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Democracy, Journalism and the Informed Citizen

November 18, 2018


Educator Georgina Grenier received a grant from the Maine Humanities Council called Democracy, Journalism and the Informed Citizen. She is the gifted and talented (GT) teacher in MSAD17 and her teaching includes students identified in visual art, grades K-6. Georgina will be creating multiple books that will be a compilation of writing and images about decision making and is entitled “Certainty”. This project is open to writers and artists representing students and adults who feel strongly about this topic. Do you know seniors who need service learning credits, AP English and/or thoughtful students who might write?

Georgina is using the issue of how we make decisions as an entry point to discussion about how we maintain a civil society that can respect all its occupants. Georgina says: “As you may have noticed, facts and fake-facts are at odds with each other, all occurring  while we have giant social and environmental problems to fix, but often cannot get past arguing about whether we actually have problems and decide what to do”.

You are invited to participate in a community-wide writing and image making project about decision-making. Submit your writing and/or artwork about a decision you made, or share your perspectives about your process of decision-making. Consider… writing about a creative decision you have made, or how you approach creative decisions in general. Any aspect of the topic is welcome though, of any length. Drawings, diagrams and photos are welcome too.

A recitation of all writing and public discussion will occur during March 2019 and thumb drives of each page will be sent to local libraries and schools to use as discussion starters about how media and personal experience can be used to inform decision-making. The books will be exhibited locally during October 2019.

DEADLINE: December 12, 2018. PLEASE NOTE: Donated work will remain anonymous, unless donors wish to be credited.

If you have questions please contact Georgina at

You are invited to Participate  in “Certainty”, a community-wide writing project

about decision-making.

Decisions can be gut-wrenching dilemmas, or impulsive whims.

Even if we are unaware of it, we make decisions constantly, and cannot get through life without making them.

You are invited to donate your writing about a decision you made, or share your perspectives about your process of decision-making.

Food for Thought:

            What changes your mind from being uncertain to certain? Is it more coffee, clearing your mind, listing the pros and cons, looking at the evidence,are ethics involved? Do you leave things to chance, rely on someone else to make a decision, or use an app?

 How do you decide how to decide?

All of us have experienced difficult choices and adversity; these go with being human. How did we decide what to do?

Telling the events of a significant decision you made might help others in a similar situation.

            In a time when many are turning from dialog to shouting, it is increasingly difficult to solve societaland environmental problems that need urgent work. Too often, we do not reach a discussion of information and cannot begin to decide what actions to take.

How do we maintain a civil society that has informed discussions and

solves our problems?

             Opinion pieces, one-line of advice telling what your mother said, poems, descriptions of joyous decisions, life-changing ones, humorous, amazing and lucky ones are also appreciated.

All are welcomed. How did they turn out?

You opinion, however brief, counts.

Sometimes there is no certain choice we can make. Adversity must be faced, and the only choice is to decide how.

All writing will be compiled into a hand-made book of responses, with each entry illustrated.

A copy will be returned to each person who participates.

It is hoped that you will share it with friends and family to spread its wisdom.

Writers will remain anonymous unless they want to be credited.

Contact information will not be shared.

In March 2019 a reading and public discussion of ideas the book contains will be held at Norway Memorial Library.

Please send your writing to

by Wednesday, December 12, 2018. 




November 17, 2018

Sunday November 18, 2:00 p.m.


National Gallery of Art

November 16, 2018


The National Gallery of Art has an online free resource catalog that contains numerous resources for individuals and institutions to borrow. The catalog provides brief descriptions of the teaching packets, guides and DVDs available.


  • Over 100 sessions and 15 interactive programs for students from Pre-K to grade 12 that focus on art-making and the intersection of art with math, science, language arts, and history. LINK
  • The National Gallery of Arts Pinterest page contains themed, lessons, workshops, and project ideas.
  • High-quality digital images are accessible to download through NGA Images. More than 51,000 open access files are yours to search, browse, share, and download. LINK

Visit HERE to create an account to borrow free teaching packets, guides, and DVDs not available online. They offer a wide selection of programs on well-known artists such as Edward Hopper, Pablo Picasso, and Alexander Calder. Each program highlights an aspect of art history which can be appreciated by a wide variety of audiences

If you have any questions contact Lily Abt, 202.842.6269 or email Lily


A Bit of Helsinki

November 13, 2018


I traveled to Helsinki, Finland last week for the HundrED Summit. An amazing group of  gathering of inspirational educators from around the world participated exchanging ideas, sharing work, and learning from each other. And, learn did I do! Below are a few photos with more information and details to come – just as soon as my jet lag is behind me and I catch up on my sleep! You can start by going to the HundrED site and see the live streamed recordings from all three days.

Visit to a music class on Tuesday

Lindsay Pinchbeck and I were selected as Ambassadors for HundrED

Finland Minister of Education Sanni Grahn-Laasonen

Young people were present and their voices were loud and clear!

There were amazing presentations with thoughtful ideas including this one by Ilkka Paananen, CEO of Supercell




The Little Fir Tree

November 12, 2018

Support the local theatre

The Waldo Theatre is presenting a family-friendly benefit concert at 4:30 PM on Saturday, December 8th at the Broad Bay Congregational Church in downtown Waldoboro. The concert will celebrate winter and the holiday season through a reading of Margaret Wise Brown’s beloved children’s book, “The Little Fir Tree.”

The reading will be accompanied by projections of Barbara Cooney’s award-winning illustrations and live music performed by Josie and Sophie Davis, Colin Wheatley, and Ju-Young Lee. Local actress Devin Fletcher will narrate the story.

A reception with cookies and hot drinks provided by Laura Cabot Catering will follow the performance. Admission is by a suggested donation of $12 for adults and children are admitted for free. Proceeds from the event will benefit the renovation and restoration of the historic Waldo theatre – one of Waldoboro’s most treasured gathering places. For more information, email, or visit


Dance for Joy

November 9, 2018

What fun

Amber Pendleton, grade 6, Prescott Memorial School, Washington

This collage was created by Amber Pendleton who was in 5th grade at the time when Teaching Artist Chrissy Fowler provided a dance residency at Prescott Memorial School in Washington. She was working with art teacher Anthony Lufkin and a Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) Teacher Leader (MAL) in a Gifted and Talented art class. This was Amber’s response to the fabulous opportunity. The residency took place with funding from the Maine Arts Commission Dance Education fund. This fund was established by a MALI dance teacher at Thornton Academy, Emma Arenstam Campbell. If you’re interested in bringing dance education to your school please watch for the information coming soon on this blog for the 2019-20 school year. The dance performance that has provided the funding for this grant will take place at Thornton Academy on Friday, November 16, 6:30 p.m. Only dance educators on the Maine Arts Commission Teaching Artist Roster are eligible for the funding. Please consider reaching out to one of them and begin planning for next year. This funding has been in place for three years and hundreds of students in grades Pre-K through 12 throughout Maine have benefited from the opportunities it has afforded. If you have questions please don’t hesitate to contact me at



November 6, 2018

Learning, learning, learning

Baltimore – I was fortunate to travel to Baltimore last week where I participated in the State Arts Agency annual professional development institute (PDI). It was an outstanding learning opportunity in both the formal sessions and informal conversations to connect with my colleagues who do similar work across the country. They all care deeply about arts education. The purpose of this year’s PDI was to continue to explore issues related to diversity, equity, access and inclusion in arts education by focusing on the intersection of different types of structural inequity and individual and community trauma, and the ways in which arts learning can promote individual and community resilience and improve equitable educational outcomes.

Our guiding question: How can state arts agency (SAA) arts education managers address trauma and individual and community resilience through arts learning? 

It guided us well and we’ve returned to our individual states with knowledge that will impact our roles at each state art agency across the US.

Helsinki, Finland –  I’m in Helsinki this week attending the hundrED Innovation Summit. Lindsay Pinchbeck, founder and director of Sweet Tree Arts, and I were invited to attend the HundrED summit in Finland after recently being selected as Ambassadors for the program. We are excited about the learning opportunity.

You can attend virtually – the event is being streamed online. If you can participate please REGISTER!

It is Education Week in Finland so I have the opportunity to spend time in schools. I’m looking forward to learning more about their education program and specifically arts education. Fact: I learned recently that Finland has more heavy metal bands per capita than anywhere else in the world.

Finland is celebrating their hundred year birthday and the summit brings together educators from around the world to learn from each other. I’m looking forward to meeting the innovators; among them Pasi Sahlberg.

What is HundrED? is a not-for-profit organization that discovers inspiring innovations in K12 education. HundrED’s goal is to help improve education and inspire a grassroots movement through encouraging pedagogically sound, ambitious innovations to spread across the world.

The purpose of education is to help every child flourish, no matter what happens in life. In a fast-changing world, education must adapt to keep up. The world is full of inspiring innovations, but they can struggle to spread beyond their immediate environments. That’s why HundrED discovers, researches and shares impactful and scalable K12 innovations with the world, for free.

I hope you will have a chance to look at the HundrED website and check out their resources. Of course, I will be sharing my learning on the blog.

Education Week

Helsinki Education Week is an annual, week-long festival with a dual purpose: to make visible all of the exemplary work done in the capital’s schools, while also learning lessons from the rest of the world by collaborating with international education specialists visiting the city. The Helsinki Education Week’s lead organizer is the City of Helsinki and its Education Department and its official partners are HundrED and Helsingin Sanomat.

Embracing Education in All Schools 

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