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Ticket to Ride

September 26, 2017

Funding

Many of you are familiar with the Maine Arts Commission Ticket to Ride program. Our funding at the moment has been depleted but the good news is that more funding is on its way.

Down East Magazine will be hosting the 4th annual Art of Giving Gala at the Stroudwater Lodge in Westbrook on October 26, 5-8 p.m. The event is free to attend, but guests must RSVP at events@downeast.com. The event’s art sale has raised almost $100,000 in the past three years.

We’re excited that part of the funds raised from the Art of Giving program will support the Ticket to Ride program.

An aerialist performed last year at Down East Magazine’s Art of Giving Gala.

“We’ve had fantastic response year after year to our Art of Giving program,” Down East Editor-In-Chief Kathleen Fleury said. “We’re proud to support the Ticket to Ride Program and four talented artists again this year.”

Ticket to Ride is a program of the Maine Arts Commission that helps fund travel for Maine students visiting art venues and events. Money is raised at the event through art sales, with 20 percent going to Ticket to Ride and the rest going to the artists.

Four artists will be chosen by a panel of judges to participate in the gala. According to the press release, the judges will consider the artists’ technique, aesthetics and biography. The deadline to apply is Sept. 30 and artists can apply on the Down East website.

Last year’s event included art by R. Scott Baltz, Therese L. Provenzano, Matthew Russ and Roland Salazar.

Guests at the gala will be served food and drink and there will be live entertainment.

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DonorsChoose Projects, Grades 6-12

August 25, 2017

The word from Tracy

Thank you to Gorham Middle School general music teacher and choral and steel drum director Tracy Williamson for sharing this information for music educators. This could be a big help for Maine music programs.

DonorsChoose.org is providing a funding opportunity. Yamaha is matching donations to music supplies requested through DonorsChoose Projects for grades 6-12.  Tracy just received $1000 of supplies and instruments funded for her new classroom composition project through this opportunity.
For starters you need a DonorsChoose account to view the offer – this is a screenshot of the information.
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In Today’s News

May 25, 2017

Monson

A dozen properties in the town of Monson, ME were purchased by the Libra Foundation for $750,000. They plan to put about $10 million into revitalizing the community. Their plans include converting houses into artist residences and the community center into studio space.

Read about it in today’s Bangor Daily News by CLICKING HERE.

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Dance Education Grant Deadline Today

May 16, 2017

Funding available

Just in case you missed the information earlier….. The Thornton Academy dance education program collaborated with seven schools and studios with a culminating performance on November 18, 2016 and raised $3575. On March 4, 2017 Dancers Making a Difference, a non-profit organization held their fifth annual benefit performance with fourteen schools and studios performing to raise $6730. The total, $10,305.00, has been generously provided for the funding of this dance education grant program. This opportunity provides funding to support high-quality dance education for PreK-12 students and/or educators of this population in schools where dance education is not currently in place. This funding is meant to inspire and to exhibit the value of dance education.

Deadline: Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Total funding available to be divided: $10,305.00 (maximum award of $3,500)

The funding cycle for this program: September 1, 2017 through March 30, 2018

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In Today’s News

May 7, 2017

Music grant from Little Kids Rock

The Kennebec Journal reports that ten Maine schools will be receiving $5,000 worth of instruments next year. “Little Kids Rock is a national nonprofit whose mission is to build a world where children can live rich, purposeful lives by ensuring that all public school children have the opportunity to unlock their inner music makers.” Read the article by CLICKING HERE.

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In Today’s News

April 30, 2017

Dance Education Funding

John Morris, teaching artist

Up to $3000.00 grants are being offered to schools/districts who are interested in providing dance education for students in grades PK-12. The Maine Arts Commission Teaching Artist roster located at https://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/opportunities/Teaching-Artist-Roster has 14 dance educators included. Contact one of them if you are a school interested in applying for the funding. The grant application deadline is May 16.

Read more about the opportunity in the article at http://www.centralmaine.com/2017/04/18/new-dance-education-grant-program-offered/.

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Dance Education Grant

April 5, 2017

Funding available

For the second year the dance world in Maine has provided funding for a dance education grant program that the Maine Arts Commission is administering. I am so impressed with the commitment to dance education and the grassroots efforts of individuals and collaborative groups. I encourage you to apply for these dance education funds. Application deadline: Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Please note: Funding is only available to school districts presently with no dance education. Extra points will be given to those applications from schools with less opportunities in arts education. This information was learned in the statewide arts education data collection conducted during the last school year.

The Maine Arts Commission is offering dance education grants to schools/districts interested in providing dance education by teaching artists who are part of the Maine Arts Commission Teaching Artist Roster located at http://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Education/Teaching-Artist-Roster.

The Thornton Academy dance education program collaborated with seven schools and studios with a culminating performance on November 18, 2016 and raised $3575. On March 4, 2017 Dancers Making a Difference, a non-profit organization held their fifth annual benefit performance with fourteen schools and studios performing to raise $6730. The total, $10,305.00, has been generously provided for the funding of this dance education grant program. This opportunity provides funding to support high-quality dance education for PreK-12 students and/or educators of this population in schools where dance education is not currently in place. This funding is meant to inspire and to exhibit the value of dance education.

Deadline: Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Total funding available to be divided: $10,305.00 (maximum award of $3,500)

The funding cycle for this program: September 1, 2017 through March 30, 2018

REVIEW CRITERIA

  • Demonstration of high quality teaching and learning for all learners.
  • Clear description of the idea and its impact.
  • Description of the learning opportunity including objectives, outcomes (including performance information), and assessment methodology.
  • Alignment with dance standards.
  • Evidence of collaborative planning among the school educator(s) and the Teaching Artist(s) and evidence on how you will sustain this program.

NARRATIVE

  1. Provide a brief overview of your dance education project.
  2. Describe in detail your project. Include the following:
    1. Who will be served? Describe the school community.
    2. Who is involved? Teaching artist(s) from the Maine Arts Commission Teaching Artist roster, and professional teacher(s) from the school. Describe their collaborative/involvement in the planning and implementation?
    3. Time line. When will each component of this project take place? Who are the Teaching Artists and teachers involved. Who are the professional teacher(s) from the school, and teaching artist(s) from the Maine Arts Commission Teaching Artist roster and describe their collaborative/involvement in the planning and implementation of this project.
  3. Clearly state the objectives and outcomes for the idea, plan for the culminating performance and for evaluating the success.
  4. How does your proposal align with the State of Maine Learning Results for Visual and Performing Arts? If relevant, speak to the National Core Arts and/or the Common Core Standards.
  5. What are your plans to sustain this work?

APPLICATION PACKAGE REQUIREMENTS

A completed application in the Grants Management System (GMS) for the Arts Learning Grant contains:

  • Completed answers to all narrative prompts
  • Project budget
  • Two letters of support. One from a teacher from the school and one from teaching artist on the MAC roster who will provide the residency.

Applicants will be notified of the review outcome by June 19, 2017.

CONSIDERATION

Evidence of long-term impact.

The school/district awarded funds for dance education will be expected to document the teaching artist residency so others can learn about the work.

TO APPLY

To start a dance education grant application please go to https://mainearts-grants.maine.gov/account/login?ReturnUrl=%2fapplicant%2fgran and establish an account if you do not already have one. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me at argy.nestor@maine.gov.

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