Archive for the ‘Creativity’ Category

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Dancing

June 20, 2019

Opportunity to dance in June and July

Chrissy Fowler is one busy person – dancing into and throughout the summer. In fact, Chrissy is all about dancing! She spent the weekend of June 15, 16, and 17 at the Maine Fiddle Camp playing music, listening to more music, dancing, singing, laughing, eating tasty food, watching the snapping turtles, admiring the flora & fauna, and more. Chrissy is a ball of energy!

Below is a schedule of many other fun dancing and music events scheduled.

Saturday, June 22: BAR HARBOR – Calling a Contra Dance with Big Moose at Jesup Library, 6:30 p.m. First house is a community dance for all ages, especially families. Info: 288- 4245.

Saturday, June 29: BANGOR – Calling a Contra Dance with Spintuition at the UU Church on Park St. 7:00 p.m. intro, 7:30 dance. Info: bangorcontra.org

Friday, July 5: BELFAST – Calling the Belfast Flying Shoes (BFS) Community Dance with the All-Comers Band, 6:30 p.m. Calling the BFS Contras with Riptide, 8:00 p.m. Info: belfastflyingshoes.org.

Saturday, July 6: VINALHAVEN – Calling an outdoor Community Contra Dance with Velodipede and the Vinalhaven All Stars (Julia Plumb, Baron Collins-Hill, plus community musicians sitting in). Dancing in the Carver harbor parking lot, Main St., in downtown Vinalhaven, 6:30 p.m., free! Donations accepted, to benefit Vinalhaven Partners in Island Education. (Rain location: Vinalhaven School, 21 Arcola Lane). Transportation info: maine.gov/mdot/ferry/vinalhaven/.
 
Saturday, July 11: GREAT CRANBERRY ISLAND – Calling a Community Contra Dance with Pixie Lauer, Tom Judge, Susan Groce, Nick Appolonio, and others, at the Longfellow School, to benefit the Great Cranberry Island Historical Society. Info: gcihs.org.
Friday, July 12: ISLESBORO – Calling a Community Contra Dance with Bennett Konesni and Benjamin Fosses at the Islesboro Historical Society, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Get to Islesboro on the MDOT ferry, possible Quicksilver back to the mainland after the dance (check with Chrissy for list & availability). Info: islesborohistorical.org/.
Sunday, July 14: BAYSIDE – Calling a Community Contra Dance with Bluebird at the Bayside Community Hall at 813 Shore Road in Northport, 7:00 p.m. workshop, 7:30 p.m. dance. Info: baysidearts.org.
Saturday, July 27 (rain date July 28): Calling a Community Contra Dance with Lisa Newcomb, with music by the Don Roy Trio (Don & Cindy Roy were awarded the 2018 NEA Heritage Arts Fellowship – wow)!, 4:00 p.m. at City Park in Belfast. Part of the Belfast Flying Shoes “Dancing in the Park” outdoor dance series. Info: belfastflyingshoes.org/dancing-in-the-park/.
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Amazing Animation!

June 17, 2019

Share with your students

If you’ve ever tried your hand at animation I’m sure you’ll agree that this animation is spectacular. It was created by the World Wildlife Fund Hungary. I think I’ve posted this earlier but it is one of those videos worth seeing multiple times. I’m sure your students (of all ages) would be interested in seeing this. I know that many Maine schools are still in session. You may want to incorporate into a lesson for the last few days or use it in the fall when you kick off the school year. No matter what, take a look and consider how we’re all connected.

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AFTA Resources

June 14, 2019

Americans for the Arts

AFTA has tons of resources on their website. Like many outstanding sites there are too many resources to locate. Over the next few weeks I will provide resources on the blog that you can include in your summer independent learning or perhaps use when coming together with colleagues for collaborative learning. I encourage you to share them with others. And don’t hesitate to email me at meartsed@gmail.com with resources that you find useful so I can share them with others on the Maine Arts Education blog.

AFTA has a collection of videos called “Encourage Creativity: Teach the Arts”. Who to use each video ‘with’ and ‘what for’ is included with each description to help you determine if they will work for you. They provide the length of each video and they are each downloadable. The four videos range from 42 minutes to a documentary that is 7 hours and 19 minutes long. They are filled with stories, facts and figures to use for advocacy, and voices of learners of all ages.

They are creative documents that are very well put together. Please check them out at THIS LINK

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Pumpkinfest T-Shirt Design

June 9, 2019

Last call to artists – decline, June 17

The deadline for submitting an entry to the Pumpkinfest T-Shirt Design Contest is approaching quickly. Monday, June 17, 2019 is the deadline to submit an entry for this year’s contest.  The winning design will be printed on this year’s official 2019 Pumpkinfest t-shirts and other apparel.  The artist who creates the winning design will receive a $500 prize.

To be eligible for submitting an entry for the $500 prize, the artist must be a Maine resident (year-round or summer), including students attending Maine universities and colleges.  To be considered, the artwork must be received no later than the deadline of Monday, June 17, 2019, and must follow these guidelines:

  • Be original, professional quality artwork (no photographs).
  • Include the words “2019 Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta™”.
  • Represent the Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta’s family-friendly and festive nature.
  • While color is encouraged, the design should avoid elements that do not reproduce clearly,   such as watercolor or shading.
  • The finished design should be 12″ x 13″ in size.

Designs must be submitted as…

  1. Hard copy, postal-mailed to: Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta, P.O. Box 1101,

Damariscotta, ME 04543-1101, and/or

  1. Electronically in JPG format, emailed as an attachment to…

artists@damariscottapumpkinfest.com or saved onto a thumb drive and postal-mailed.

The winning design’s creator will be contacted by a Damariscotta Pumpkinfest & Regatta representative.  At the conclusion of the contest, all of the submitted original designs will be return mailed to the artists.

If you have any questions please email John Bristow.

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New England Institute

June 7, 2019

Summer courses

Sign Up Now for Summer 2019 Courses!
Get a jumpstart on your recertification requirements, work with a team on an online course, get a new endorsement or just get some great refreshers on best teaching practices, pre-K – 12. All courses are approved by the Maine Department of Education for 4.5 CEUs.
There are courses on:
Literacy for Children & Adolescents
Gifted and Talented
Google Suite 101
Teaching the Exceptional Child
Teaching Children with Autism
Teaching Children of Poverty
Music Assessment
Maine Writers
Critical and Creative Thinking and more!
Our new website makes finding a course and registering easy. Online summer courses begin in late June, early July.
For more information, visit our website.
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Music on the Medomak

May 30, 2019

Waldoboro

Once again Sophie and Josie Davis and friends Colin Wheatley and JY Lee will provide a summer concert that feature photos and artwork of the Midcoast area. This one, called “Music on the Medomak” will celebrate the Medomak River’s working waterfront – we hope it will capture the resilience and beauty of the river alongside it’s utilitarianism and the work it provides for so many people in the Waldoboro area. That concert will be at 7:00 p.m., June 22 at the Broad Bay Church in Waldoboro. More details about this concert on their newly created website!

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Visual Literacy Through Gouache

May 29, 2019

Burnt Island

Two opportunities for professional development taking place this summer on Burnt Island, read the details below. If you have questions please contact FMI contact Elaine Jones at Elaine.Jones@maine.gov.

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