Archive for the ‘Leadership’ Category


The Art of Education

December 9, 2019

Photo booth in the classroom

Informative blog post put out by The Art of Education. Seven Reasons You Need a Photo Booth in the Art Room. A Lightbox is one and a studio photo setup is another. The ARTICLE expands on these two topics providing you with useful information.

The Art of Ed University provides resources in a variety of ways. Check out the WEBSITE to learn more.


Early Childhood Conference

December 6, 2019

Young Audiences

2020 National Conference – Young Audiences Arts for Learning. March 25-27, Nopsi Hotel, New Orleans – Arts from the Start: An Exploration of Early Childhood Learning. This year’s conference will explore timely issues around the theme of early childhood learning.

Call for Workshop Proposals
Deadline: January 15, 2020

Save the Date!

March 25-27, 2020

 NOPSI Hotel
317 Baronne St., New Orleans, LA 70112

Proposals are now being accepted for workshop sessions that address the conference theme, or relate to other priority topics as detailed in the 2020 Conference Workshop Session RFP Guidelines and Application document.

To Submit a Proposal, please download, review, and fill out the 2020 RFP Guidelines and Application document. Email the completed application form to Lauren Altschuler ( by 5:00 pm ET on January 15, 2020. Incomplete applications will not be considered. You will receive email confirmation upon receipt of your proposal.

Evaluation and Selection of workshop proposals will be completed by a Conference Advisory Committee. Lead Workshop Session Presenters will be notified via email of the final selection by February 3, 2020.

Questions? Please contact Lauren Altschuler at or 212.860.1563 ext. 107.

Stay tuned for the Official 2020 Conference Site,, for the latest information, including how to book accommodations through YA’s room block at  NOPSI Hotel, where workshop sessions will be held.


Waterfall Arts

December 5, 2019

Education director position

Waterfall Arts in Belfast seeks a motivated, energetic, and creative Education Director who will be responsible for a comprehensive, mission-related programming plan. This position is responsible for the development, scheduling, and implementation of programs offered through our classes, exhibitions, and events. A supporting Programs Committee of the Board will work in close coordination with the Education Director.

STATUS: 35 Hours a week

REPORTS TO: Executive Director

LOCATION: Belfast, Maine


  • Youth & Family Outreach Manager
  • AR Girls Teacher/Coordinator
  • Studio Monitors
  • Visual Arts and Performance Curators (contracted curator, artist or project leaders paid per project)



  • Leads, under the direction of the ED and the Program Committee, implementation of a comprehensive, balanced, mission-driven programming plan for Waterfall Arts that enhances participation and community involvement in the arts
  • Coordinates, schedules, and implements programming plan, producing both short-term and advance (1-2 years) schedules for use in planning, fundraising, and marketing
  • Work with Marketing Manager to assembles dates, bios, artistic descriptions, and related image content as necessary to promote and market program streams
  • Takes lead with problem/conflict resolution for students, faculty, guest artists, and other program-related situations.  Consults with Executive Director as necessary during or after identifying the problem/conflict
  • Carries out evaluations of WA programming, including classes, teaching artists, exhibitions, residencies, and events
  • Works with the staff to ensure collection of accurate and comprehensive program statistics for compilation as needed for evaluations, internal and external reports, grant submissions, and analysis
  • Schedules and coordinates off-site events such as non-profit conferences, lectures, as well as events related to the WA public booth at the Belfast Art & Farmers Market, etc.
  • Handles teaching and curated exhibition contract negotiations
  • In coordination with other staff and Development Committee, ensures the promotion of the Waterfall Arts Membership Program


  • Develops and oversees annual budget for program area with ED
  • Acts as key staff for Program Committee: providing committee reports to the board, communicates schedules to the committee and staff, coordination of committee assignments and goals, and recruitment and maintenance of committee membership along with Committee Board Chairs
  • Shows commitment to mission, goals and organizational objectives and is able to articulate WA mission to all constituencies both verbally and in writing
  • Work closely with ED and grant writer and/or Development Manager to develop compelling proposals for current and new programming. Available to assist with grant writing or other fundraising/development efforts
  • Shares WA representation with Executive Director or Board Members as appropriate
  • Contributes to building strategic partnerships with key constituencies (e.g. environmental and land trust groups, artists, the Maine Arts Commission, the city of Belfast, artists’ networks, downtown business groups, colleges, public schools, educators, and other professional contacts)
  • Meets regularly with Executive Director


  • Bachelor’s degree in education or equivalent
  • 3+ years’ experience in program planning and development in the arts
  • Management experience
  • Media relations and communications experience
  • The ability to manage multiple projects and tasks with limited staff support
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Thrives working in a team
  • Adapts easily to a flexible work schedule that accommodates occasional evening and weekend events.
  • Self-directed, able to create a plan, prioritize initiatives and execute independently and in collaboration with others, to agreed deadlines.
  • High-energy, outgoing, can-do personality, ability to prioritize and triage real-time demands of ongoing programs.
  • Ability to give and receive feedback well
  • Enthusiastic, friendly, and professional
  • Adaptive to the changing needs of a dynamic, small office
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and handle multiple projects at once;

BENEFITS:  Salary commensurate with experience ($38,220 – $41,860), benefits include pro-rated vacation, sick leave, and holidays.

SCHEDULE: This position requires a flexible schedule at times, with some night and weekend work required as needed for staffing onsite and outreach events and meetings.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Most work will be done at a computer with some background noise. Requires typing, participating in meetings. Limited public speaking will be required.

ABOUT WATERFALL ARTS: Launched in 2000, Waterfall Arts is a community arts center that offers resources to students, professionals, and arts enthusiasts of all ages. Opportunities include classes, exhibitions, art events, performances, open community studios (clay, print, and darkroom photography), public art projects, and more.

HOW TO APPLY: Please send a cover letter, resume, and references to Please submit all materials as a single PDF. Position open until filled.

Waterfall Arts is an equal opportunity employer, committed to attracting, developing, and retaining exceptional people. We welcome and encourage applicants with diverse experiences, identities, and educational backgrounds. Applicants and employees shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender (including pregnancy and gender expression) identity, color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law or ordinance.


Do You Think Kids Are Stupid?

November 25, 2019

Abhijit Sinha

Founder and CEO of Project DEFY, Abhijit Sinha, has created the Nook Self-Learning model in a small village near Bangalore and leads Project DEFY.  He and a team have enabled many communities to develop and run their own Nooks. Abhijit believes that high-quality​ education should be accessible in every ‘Nook’ & corner of the country. He is a proponent of the Makerspace concept where each individual is responsible for his or her own education. In this TED talk, Abhijit focuses on how Project Defy which came into existence and has been successfully running without school teachers albeit with internet connection & local volunteers.

What started as an experiment at the age of 22, has now become a functional format of scalable self-learning that is taking shape in the grassroots of the world. He is attempting to de-colonize mindsets by deconstructing education and bringing the control of learning and life back into the hands of the people. He is a habitual optimist and a forever-learner, who has a lot to say, but usually prefers keeping his head down and working. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.


Integrating the Arts

November 14, 2019


Edutopia is a great resource that I’ve noted in the past on several occasions. The online resources that they make available to anyone interested are ‘spot on’ for the needs of today’s educators. They have repeatedly shared information on student-centered learning. Edutopia doesn’t disappoint.

MindShift, another outstanding resource, recently included in a communication, a video that was created by Edutopia called How the Arts Can Be Integrated into Every Subject. Even though this video is 10 years old it will provide you a window into what arts integration could look like.


What Does Standards Based Education Look Like?

November 11, 2019

Frequently asked question

Jen Etter

I am often asked: What does standards based education or proficiency based education look like in the visual or performing arts classroom? A handful of years ago the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) took on that question and answered it by creating a series of videos of arts teachers in their classrooms teaching. Over a two year period Debi Lynn Baker and I visited these schools to gather footage that Debi than created into short videos to provide resources

Brian McPherson

Brian McPherson

for the field.

I am grateful to the following MALI leaders who let us in to their classrooms and school world and shared the work they were doing everyday. Lisa Ingraham, Brian McPherson, Andrea Wollstadt, Jane Snider, Jen Etter, Charlie Johnson, and Rob Westerberg. I hope you’ll find them inspirational and thought provoking. All videos are located on the Maine Arts Assessment website.

Andrea Wollstadt

Even though practices change these life-long learners will provide you something to use for food for thought and perhaps inspire you to consider the teaching and learning practices in your classrooms.

Elementary School Visual Art – Lisa Ingraham, Madison Elementary School

Elementary School Visual Art – Brian McPherson, Woodside Elementary School, Topsham

Jane Snider

Jane Snider

Elementary School Music – Andrea Wollstadt, John F. Kennedy Memorial School, Biddeford

Middle School Visual Art – Jane Snider, Hancock Grammar School

Middle School Music – Jen Etter, York Middle School

Andrea Wollstadt

High School Visual Art – Charlie Johnson, Mount Desert Island High School

High School Music – Rob Westerberg, York High School



Charlie Johnson

Rob Westerberg


Brain Power and Music

November 9, 2019


“If children are not introduced to music at an early age, I believe something fundamental is actually being taken from them.” ~ Luciano Pavarotti

Teaching Artists Allison and Hunt Smith

Studies, research, papers, surveys, and much more all focused on the developing brain – there’s so many that support the ideas around the importance and impact that music education can make. Now more ever there is research that links the benefits of music as medicine and music therapy is always highlighting using music as a treatment that impacts mental health issues.

I especially like what this article includes – read for yourself. Available at THIS LINK. I suggest adding this to your advocacy resources to pull out at a moments notice to share with school leaders, colleagues, and community members.

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