Archive for the ‘Opportunity’ Category


Heart Warming

March 15, 2017

National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards

This is a video tape of the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards being presented in conjunction with Michelle Obama in November 2016. When you listen to the descriptions of the programs perhaps you will feel as I did – no matter what, the future is in good hands. It’s a bit longer than most videos I post but it is worth your time. Be sure and listen carefully when you get to about 32 minutes.


In Today’s News

March 13, 2017

Gardiner High School POL

Photo by Joe Phelan, Portland Press Herald

In the Maine Sunday Telegram a wonderful story about Gabrielle Cooper, a senior who has participated in the Poetry Out Loud program for four years. She represents Gardiner High School later on today at the Waterville Opera House for the Maine State POL Finals. It is a great opportunity to see and hear ten Maine high school students reciting poetry. The program starts at 3:00 and I hope to see you there!

Read all about Gabrielle at THIS LINK.

The ten students participating and their grades and schools are listed below.

Northern Maine Regional Champions
Natalie Lisnet, Grade 12, Bangor High School
Kate Hodgson, Grade 12, Camden Hills Regional High School
Emma Beyor, Grade 12, Erskine Academy
Gabrielle Cooper, Grade 12, Gardiner Area High School
Antyna Gould, Grade 12, Medomak Valley High School
Southern Maine Regional Champions
Amran Mahamed, Grade 11, Deering High School
Jordan Bryant, Grade 10, Greely High School
Sabrina Small, Grade 12, Maine Coast Waldorf School
Skyler Vaughn, Grade 12, The Maine Girls’ Academy
Arielle Leeman, Grade 12, Morse High School

Poetry Out Loud is organized nationally by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation and administered at the state level by the Maine Arts Commission. It begins in Maine’s schools where school champions are selected to compete in two regional finals at which ten students are ultimately selected to recite at the state finals. One student, the state champion, moves on from the state finals to represent Maine at the national finals in Washington D.C., where students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico will compete for a total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends for the purchase of poetry books.

For more information on the program please CLICK HERE.




Story SLAM

March 12, 2017

March 24 – Sweet Tree Arts




March 11, 2017

Maine’s High School Rock Off


Portland Museum of Art Open House

March 10, 2017

Teachers, we appreciate you!

In appreciation of teachers the Portland Museum of Art is having an Open House, just for you!

Image credit: Side x Side Summer Arts Institute, June 2016. Photos by Joel Ellis Brown and Tonee Harbert.

Image credit: Side x Side Summer Arts Institute, June 2016.
Photos by Joel Ellis Brown and Tonee Harbert.

Thursday, March 23
Drop in any time between 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Free; registration is strongly encouraged.
R.S.V.P. by March 10 to Louisa Donelson, Associate Educator for Youth Learning, at

Teachers, you are our best allies when it comes to sharing the PMA collection with Maine youth and we want to show our appreciation with a free Open House. Teachers in any subject, Pre-K to 12, as well as homeschoolers are invited to visit the newly reinstalled PMA.
Participate however you like, for as long as you like.

  • Join in interactive gallery activities such as haiku writing or
    contour line drawing.
  • Explore our reinstalled galleries, which now host 20% more art.
  • Learn about our new school tour themes from staff and docents
  • Network with educators across grades and disciplines.
  • Tour the new Peggy L. Osher Art Study and Collection Committee Conference Room (3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. only).
  • Enjoy complimentary refreshments.
  • Receive complimentary classroom resources.

Note: educators are always welcome to visit free of charge to assist in field trip planning. Information on parking can be found here.

Student and teacher programming at the PMA is made possible by Unum.


Mindset and Mindfulness

March 8, 2017


Lisa Ingraham

Join R.S.V.P. ME on Tuesday, March 14, 3:30 to 5:00 pm for an online roundtable discussion about how Mindset and Mindfulness strategies are being implemented to benefit the culture and climate of our schools.

Lisa Ingraham is the facilitator of R.S.V.P., an elementary art teacher at Madison Elementary School, and a Maine Arts Leadership Initiative Teacher Leader.

Mandi Mitchell

Lisa will share Madison Elementary’s exploration of Mindfulness strategies to help both students and teachers succeed in her school. Joining Lisa will be Hermon High School Art Teacher Mandi Mitchell and Maine Arts Leadership Initiative Teacher Leader will share her school’s experience using Carol Dweck’s “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success” as a text for professional development.

Sign up to participate in this Zoom* Online Video Conference – and earn 1.5 contact hours as a Maine Art Education Association member – by emailing Lisa at You can also contact her anytime with questions, comments, or to suggest a future topic.

Zoom Video Conferencing is done completely online. Joining a meeting is as simple as emailing R.S.V.P. ME facilitator, Lisa Ingraham and clicking on the link provided in the invite email that you will receive about 5 minutes before the meeting begins.


Poetry Out Loud

March 7, 2017

Highlights of the Northern and Southern

Last week the Maine Poetry Out Loud Northern and Southern events took place at Hampden Academy and Thornton Academy. I was so impressed with the 42 high school students who recited (from memory) two, and if they made it to the final round, three poems. They were poised, articulate, and so committed to the poems they shared.

If you are interested in poetry, all I can say is, you missed a wonderful performance. Fortunately, you can catch glimpses of the poets reciting in two videos produced by the Maine Arts Commission Marketing Director, Ryan Leighton.

From each event, five students were selected to move onto the state finals, Monday, March 13, 3:00 PM, Waterville Opera House. In a blog post from last week you can see who is moving to the states by CLICKING HERE. Guaranteed you will be moved beyond words when you hear these 10 students recite. Jennifer Rooks from Maine Calling will emcee. In addition to the poets, the Maranacook Chamber Singers under the direction of Drew Albert will perform and, Maine’s Poet Laureate Stu Kestenbaum will recite some of his work.

Both videos are posted on the Maine Arts Education youtube channel.

Northern Maine POL Finals – Hampden Academy

Southern Maine POL Finals – Thornton Academy

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