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In Today’s News

November 29, 2016

Funding available

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                              CONTACT: ANDREA NEMITZ
November 29, 2016                                                                                 1-877-700-6800

MINSKY FUND FOR ARTS EDUCATION OFFERS GRANTS
TO PENOBSCOT AND WASHINGTON COUNTY TEACHERS

ELLSWORTH—The Maine Community Foundation invites teachers at Penobscot County and Washington County public elementary schools to apply for support to bring the arts into their classrooms.

The Leonard and Renee Minsky Fund for Arts Education will grant up to six awards, up to $1,000 each, to teachers in grades 3 to 5 who want to integrate art into the standard curriculum.

The fund’s advisory committee is particularly interested in funding innovative and collaborative projects with professional artists from the visual and/or performing arts, including but not limited to film, video, and other media; theater arts, music, and dance; and creative writing.

Applications must be postmarked by December 15, 2016. Complete guidelines and applications are available at http://www.mainecf.org. For more information, contact Cathy Melio at cmelio@mainecf.org or by phone, toll-free, at (877) 700-6800.

A statewide organization with offices in Ellsworth and Portland, the Maine Community Foundation works with donors and other partners to improve the quality of life for all Maine people. For questions or more information, visit http://www.mainecf.org or call 1-877-700-6800.

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Playing for Maine

October 6, 2016

Playing for Change

While on location filming spots for their Playing for Change inspired video “Understand” the Maine Academy of Modern Music (MAMM), with a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, filmed a number of stand alone videos showcasing their partnering artists’ own music. Below is one of those videos, House of Hope, Sorcha Cribben-Merrill.

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Turnaround Arts

June 6, 2016

Everyday People

Turnaround Arts is using the Arts to create success in struggling schools. Currently  Turnaround Arts, a program of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities works in 68 schools in 36 districts and 15 states and the District of Columbia. The program has several artists, organization partners and the First Lady Michelle Obama collaborating and of course, the results are positive. If Turnaround Arts selected the state of Maine as a location, the programming and funding would have an enormous impact.

It was announced recently that the program will continue after President Obama leaves office. And, they released the inspirational video below. You can learn more about the Turnaround Arts program by CLICKING HERE.

 

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Free Museum Admission

May 30, 2016

Nation-wide

NEA media contact: Elizabeth Auclair, auclaire@arts.gov, 202-682-5744
Blue Star Families contact: Bana Miller, bmiller@bluestarfam.org, 910-578-4841

Free Admission at 2000+ Museums Nationwide for Military Families

As Part of Seventh Year of Blue Star Museums

Washington, DC— NEA Chairman Jane Chu and Blue Star Families CEO Kathy Roth-Douquet announced the seventh annual launch of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2016. The program also provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation’s cultural heritage and learn more about their new communities after a military move. The complete list of participating museums is available at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

“The Blue Star Museums program is a fun, free activity for military families to enjoy during the summer months,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “The program is also a great way for service member families to connect to their new communities, and it can provide a meaningful way for families to reconnect after deployment. The Blue Star Museums program is also a perfect way for the arts community to say ‘thank you’ to our service members and their families for the sacrifices they make on our behalf, every day.”

“Blue Star Museums has grown into a nationally recognized program that service members and their families look forward to each year,” said Blue Star Families Chief Executive Officer Kathy Roth-Douquet. “It helps bring our local military and civilian communities together, and offers families fun and enriching activities in their home towns. We are thrilled with the continued growth of the program and the unparalleled opportunities it offers.”

Following the remarks, participants joined a tour of the Hampton Roads Naval Museum, part of the Naval History and Heritage Command, a museum dedicated to preserving over 240 years of naval history in Hampton Roads, Virginia.

This year’s Blue Star Museums represent not just fine arts museums, but also science museums, history museums, nature centers, and dozens of children’s museums. Among this year’s new participants are the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock, Arkansas, the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire in Dover, New Hampshire, the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History in Pacific Grove, California, the Rochester Museum & Science Center in Rochester, New York, and El Rancho de las Golondrinas, a living history museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Visit arts.gov/bluestarmuseums to find a state-by-state list of participating museums.

All summer long, Blue Star Museums will share stories through social media. Follow Blue Star Museums on Twitter @NEAarts and @BlueStarFamily, #bluestarmuseums, on Facebook, and read the NEA Art Works blog for weekly stories on participating museums and exhibits.

Museums are welcome to join Blue Star Museums throughout the summer. Interested museums may contact bluestarmuseums@arts.gov or call 202-682-5451.

Leadership support for Blue Star Families programming and promotional materials has been provided by MetLife Foundation. The effort to recruit museums has involved partnerships with the American Alliance of Museums, the Association of Art Museum Directors, the Association of Children’s Museums, the American Association of State and Local History, and the Association of Science-Technology Centers.

About Blue Star Museums

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America. The program runs from Memorial Day, May 30, 2016 through Labor Day, September 5, 2016.

The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps – and up to five family members. Some special or limited-time museum exhibits may not be included in this free admission program. For questions on particular exhibits or museums, please contact the museum directly. To find participating museums and plan your trip, visit arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

This is the latest NEA program to bring quality arts programs to the military community. Other NEA programs for the military have included the NEA Military Healing Arts Partnership; Great American Voices Military Base Tour; and Shakespeare in American Communities Military Base Tour.

About Blue Star Families

Blue Star Families is a national, nonprofit network of military spouses, children, parents and friends, as well as service members, veterans and civilians, dedicated to supporting, connecting and empowering military families. With our partners, Blue Star Families leverages data-driven insights to curate resources for military families, including career development tools, local community events for families, and caregiver support. Since its inception in 2009, Blue Star Families has engaged tens of thousands of volunteers and serves more than 1.5 million military family members. Blue Star Families also works directly with the Department of Defense and senior members of local, State and Federal government to bring the most important military family issues to light. With Blue Star Families, military families can find answers to their challenges anywhere they are. Visit bluestarfam.org for more information.

About the National Endowment for the Arts

Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts and the agency is celebrating this milestone with events and activities through September 2016.

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In Today’s News

May 18, 2016

Congratulations Princeton Elementary School

PRINCETON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL RECEIVES LOWE’S TOOLBOX FOR EDUCATION GRANT FOR GROWING MUSIC PROGRAM
$27,968.01 will provide funding for Expanding Our Musical Horizons

Princeton, Maine– The Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation has awarded a

$27,968.01 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education® grant to Princeton Elementary School in Princeton

for renovation of a classroom to accommodate the school’s growing music program. Princeton

Elementary is one of many schools across the United States to be awarded a Lowe’s Toolbox

for Education grant this spring for improvement projects.

With nearly 90% of the school participating in the music program, the students at Princeton

Elementary have simply outgrown the current music room. With the help of Lowe’s Toolbox

for Education Grant the students will soon be moving to a larger classroom. Funds from the

grant will provide soundproofing for the room as well as shelving for storage. The grant will

also make possible the installation of an interactive white board for use with computer

assisted lessons. In addition, the classroom will be equipped with a full line of world drums

and orff xylophones. Finally, the school’s 30 year old piano will be replaced with a new

digital keyboard. The project is scheduled to be completed for the start of the new school

year.

“It is so exciting to see our students recognized for their hard work and dedication to the

music program”, said music teacher Alice Sullivan. “This renovation will give them the space

and materials to continue to grow and learn.”

Since its inception in 2005, Lowe’s Toolbox for Education has provided more than $45 million

in grants to more than 10,000 schools, benefiting more than 6 million schoolchildren. Grants

are available to K-12 public schools in the United States for a wide range of improvement

projects. Schools may be eligible to receive Toolbox grants up to $100,000. Parent groups

and educators can apply by visiting ToolboxForEducation.com. The fall cycle will open Aug. 1,

2016.

To view a full list of projects by state, visit ToolboxForEducation.com/winners. Select the

spring 2016 winners tab, which will list the school and the supporting Lowe’s store available

for assistance.

Since 1957, the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation has helped improve

communities across North America through financial contributions and support for employee

volunteerism.

About Lowe’s in the Community

Lowe’s, a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company, has a 50-year legacy of supporting the

communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community

improvement projects. Since 2007, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational

Foundation together have contributed more than $250 million to these efforts, and for more

than two decades Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers have donated their time to make our

communities better places to live. To learn more, visit Lowes.com/SocialResponsibility and

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Dance Grant Awarded

April 11, 2016

Aroostook county schools awarded dance grant

MSAD#33 Student Riley Theriault; Teaching Artist John Morris; MSAD 33# Art Educator Theresa Cerceo; Maine Arts Commission Director of Arts Education Argy Nestor; Thornton Academy Dance Teacher Emma Campbell; and Thornton Academy student dancer Vojtech Machytka. Photo courtesy of the Maine Arts Commission.

MSAD#33 Student Riley Theriault; Teaching Artist John Morris; MSAD 33# Art Educator Theresa Cerceo; Maine Arts Commission Director of Arts Education Argy Nestor; Thornton Academy Dance Teacher Emma Campbell; and Thornton Academy student dancer Vojtech Machytka. Photo courtesy of the Maine Arts Commission.

AUGUSTA, ME, April 8, 2016—The Maine Arts Commission has awarded a special new grant, “Hopes for the Future,” to provide dance education to K-12 students in Frenchville and St. Agatha in the northern most part of Aroostook County. The $2,650 award to Maine School Administrative District (MSAD) 33 will give the district’s 240 students and teachers a unique opportunity to participate in the dance making process.

“We are extremely pleased that MSAD #33 will benefit from this inaugural grant.  It couldn’t go to a more worthy district in a very deserving part of our State,” stated Julie Richard, Maine Arts Commission Executive Director.

The district’s Art Educator, Theresa Cerceo, and Teaching Artist John Morris collaborated in pursuing the grant. Mr. Morris is a member of the Maine Arts Commission Teaching Artist online roster located at https://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Education/Teaching-Artist-Roster.

He will guide the students through a dance-making process over the course of a five day  residency that will culminate in a final show.  Mr. Morris has also created an open online resource for dance located in the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative Resource Bank at http://www.maineartsedresources.org/. He will employ these resources as part of teacher workshops during the residency so the work can continue after his departure. “In adding dance education to the community’s experience with the arts, we will broaden their knowledge base of the arts as an academic subject,” stated Ms. Cerceo.

Funding for this grant was provided via a collaborative performance held in November 2016 at Thornton Academy in Saco. Seven schools and dance studios worked together to create the performance and raise the funds to make possible this unique opportunity for dance education. The residency will be documented on the Maine Arts Education blog at meartsed@wordpress.com so that members of the public can learn more about the residency’s process and impact.

The Maine Arts Commission is encouraging other organizations and/or arts venues to consider such collaborations to provide funding to schools to help establish either dance or theater education programs. Students have limited access to both of these disciplines across the state.

To learn more about the Commission’s PK-12 arts education programs, including the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) and the teaching artist roster, or how to develop a grant like this one, contact Argy Nestor at argy.nestor@maine.gov or 207-287-2713.

The Maine Arts Commission shall encourage and stimulate public interest and participation in the cultural heritage and cultural programs of our state; shall expand the state’s cultural resources; and shall encourage and assist freedom of artistic expression for the well-being of the arts, to meet the needs and aspirations of persons in all parts of the state. Additional information is available at mainearts.com.

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College Board Arts Awards

February 10, 2016

Excellence and Innovation

Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 11.50.49 AMApplications are now open for the 2016 College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts. This annual award, for programs that serve students in grades 6–12, recognizes and celebrates the achievements of arts initiatives that promote learning and creativity in exemplary and inventive ways.

Awards are given in three categories:

  1. Arts Integration: For a program that uses an innovative approach to cross-curricular study, drawing connections between arts-based learning and the themes, content, and ideas of other subjects.
  2. Equity Through Arts: For a program that uses the arts as a tool for increasing academic engagement among underrepresented students.
  3. Civic Engagement/Professional Partnerships: For a program that uses art experiences as vehicles for engagement with local arts professionals and/or nonprofit organizations.

An award of $5,000 will be given to a winning school in each category. Among the three winning schools, one will be named the national winner and will be awarded an additional $2,500.

The application deadline is April 18, 2016.

Visit the website for further details and full application instructions, including eligibility criteria. Email acharleroy@collegeboard.org with any questions during the application process.
Read about last year’s winners.

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