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Happenings at the Farnsworth

December 7, 2017

Art Museum in December

The Farnsworth Art Museum has several opportunities during December.

  • On a Mountain in Maine opens on December 17th in the galleries.
  • Art Talk: Unexpected Journeys: Louise Nevelson and Pedro Guerrero, Thursday, December 7, 2pm
  • Membership: 20% discount through December 15 – use code GIFT365 at checkout
  • Art Talk and Film: Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes: When Art Danced with Music, Thursday, December 28, 2pm
  • Dramatic Reading: All She Must Possess, Saturday, December 30, 2pm. New play about the famed art-collecting Cone Sisters of Baltimore.

Happenings at PMA

December 1, 2017

Portland Museum of Art upcoming eventsThe Portland Museum of Art (PMA) has several opportunities for young people and families during the month of December. The information is below and linked to the PMA site.

2017 Copper Beech Tree Lighting – Friday, December 1, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., tree lighting ceremony begins at 6 p.m.Portland Poet Laureate Gibson Fay-LeBlanc, the Sea Change Chorale, and The Marshmallow Cart join us for the lighting of the copper beech tree. Come inside for art-making activities as well as special gallery talks and Day Without Art installations to honor World AIDS Day. Free and open to the public!

Noontime Talks

December 1: Nan Goldin with Jessica May

December 15: “Ahead of her Time: Nancy Hemenway Barton’s Lume III” with Anne B. Hill, curator of The University of New England Art Gallery.

December 22: Mindfulness in the Galleries: Winter Solstice

Nye Documentary

Bill Nye: Science Guy
Friday, December 8, 2 p.m.
Friday, December 8, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 9, 2 p.m.
Sunday, December 10, 2 p.m.
This documentary gets the best of both worlds, building a personal story of the likable, trustworthy Nye, as well as offering a serious, hopeful love letter to science itself.”—Common Sense Media

School Vacation Week

December 27, 28, 29: PMA Family Films


Giving Tuesday!

November 28, 2017

Reach out and touch

I love the idea of Giving Tuesday and already this morning I’ve received several emails from organizations and individuals reaching out and asking for support. Some have asked for financial support and others include other ideas for support.

During Thanksgiving break my family had a chance to celebrate an 87 year old aunt who passed away. At the funeral the family displayed pictures and items that represented Aunt Mart and stories were shared about her life from when she was very young and up until recently. She was one of those people who lended a helping hand throughout her life. Just after high school she worked in a sewing factory and later on delivered mail on a rural route. Her sewing skills were put to good use over the years. In fact, Aunt Mart and my mother in law sewed my wedding dress. She never married or had children of her own but she was there for her nephews and nieces and supported their parents in multiple ways. She was a quiet giver, always ready to lend a helping hand.

Most of the family was there to help clean out her home and one thing became very clear. She was an incredible giver! She didn’t just give on Giving Tuesday but all year round. She made financial donations to organizations that supported animals, the environment, and education. She was a knitter and a crocheter and created many afghans that were donated to organizations who needed them. In the last year she made one for everyone in the family. And, she loved watching the birds and fed them daily; another way that Aunt Mart gave to the world.

I was so grateful to be with family to celebrate, not only Thanksgiving, but Aunt Mart’s life. The experience gave me the chance to pause and consider my own giving. And, to think about what Aunt Mart’s giving life means to me. With Giving Tuesday upon us, I just want you to know that I appreciate what you give each day to young people through visual and performing arts education. The gift that you offer has the potential to impact them the rest of their lives. I hope that you have a chance to pause today and think about your giving.


Saving Stuff to Make Art

November 25, 2017


Visual Art teachers have their eyes open to turning something that they ‘see’ or ‘do’ into an idea for a lesson. This story is about a veteran nurse in Toronto who turned refuse into a mural. For 28 years Tilda Shalof collected items from her work – plastic items including caps, connectors, stoppers, and much more. The things that are left over from treating some of the sickest patients.

She was going to leave her hospital job in the ICU and met with a friend, an artist, to create a mural that used over 100,000 of the colorful items. The art work is installed in the Toronto General Hospital and measures 4 feet high by 9 feet long. When Tilda looks at the items she is reminded of the patients and how all of the items represent the work and care that a hospital staff provides to patients.

You can read the article from the Toronto Star and watch the video at THIS LINK.

Sharing this article and/or video could be an inspiration for your students.


Music Scholarship

November 24, 2017

The Kotzschmar Memorial Trust Scholarship

Hermann Kotzschmar

The Kotzschmar Memorial Trust Scholarship was established in 1911 to provide financial aid “in the musical education of such pupil or pupils, of marked musical ability.” According to the terms of the trust, preference is to be given to promising students of the organ. If no such promising student is found, the trust states that the award “….may be used in aid of students of marked music ability in piano, violin, other musical instruments or voice culture.”

Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ (FOKO) is the administrator of this fund, arranges the auditions and disperses the awards.

Auditions are open to students age 10-18 (grades 4-12), and age 19-25, studying organ, piano, voice, and all orchestral instruments.

Application Deadline: December 15, 2017


Saturday, March 10, 2018

Cathedral of St. Luke, Portland, ME



Happy Thanksgiving

November 23, 2017


Thank you for your contributions to visual and performing arts education. I am so grateful! Warm wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Arts Integration Workshop-Malawi

November 20, 2017

Lend your skills and travel to Africa, summer 2018

Are you a visual or performing arts educator or a teaching artist considering travel options during the summer of 2018? Are you interested in sharing arts integration methods in a small country in Africa? If so, consider traveling with Go! Malawi to the beautiful Ntchisi Village in Malawi to provide teacher workshops for local teachers. You might be the ideal educator to share your knowledge and make this the third summer that Maine educators have traveled to Malawi doing so. In return, you will be forever impacted by the experience.

In 2016 Lindsay Pinchbeck, founder and director of Sweetland School, an arts integrated school in Hope and Argy Nestor, director of arts education at the Maine Arts Commission traveled to Malawi and provided a 13-day workshop with 12 teachers from M’Pamila Primary School. The experience was so amazing that they are committed to continuing the program through 2020.

Go! Malawi’s mission is to collaborate with rural Malawian communities to develop sustainable programs in education, healthcare, commerce, and education. Read more about the teaching opportunity on the Go! Malawi site.

Read the documented story of Lindsay and Argy’s experience with a description of their program from July 2016. Contact us with questions or to obtain an application. Applications are now being accepted!

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