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Visual Arts Matter

March 22, 2019

Just released

Education leaders, policymakers and practitioners can support student achievement and build a strong foundation for lifelong success by ensuring access to visual arts education. This new resource, created in partnership with the National Art Education Association and grounded in research found in ArtsEdSearch, explores how visual arts support student success by cultivating skills for learning, boosting academic achievement and enhancing the educational experience of traditionally underserved students.

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Critical Friend Days

November 26, 2018

Maine Arts Leadership Initiative

What happens when you bring together arts teachers, teaching artists, and arts leaders who are committed to arts education? An opportunity for all to learn at a very high level. On October 13 and November 13 – both rainy days and one a little snowy – educators traveled from all parts of the state for the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) Critical Friend Days.

CRITICAL FRIEND DAY

Critical Friend Day provides an opportunity for MALI educators to share their “Logic Model” work that has been underway since the summer institute and for some before that time. Each educator has taken on a challenge that they wish to work on and devise a plan to solve the challenge. They share their projects to date and get feedback from “critical friends”.

Some of the topics:

  • Collaboration & Emotional Intelligence
  • Poetry and Improv Play Together!
  • Empty Bowls- Nourished Hearts!
  • Increasing Art Instruction at the Elementary Level
  • Authentic Pre-Assessment
  • Dance, Sculpture, Our Ocean
  • Self-Care in Education
  • Quality Elementary Music for ME
  • Math and Music : The Leonardo Effect
  • Theater Today, Building the Foundation
  • Valley K-12 Art Curriculum

In addition to sharing their Logic Models other educators are invited to take on the role of “critical friend” that we define this way: “critical” – expressing or involving an analysis of the merits and faults of a work of literature, music, or art. “Friend” – a person who gives assistance. Both are done in a direct and gentle helpful way. Feedback from the day includes: We want the teacher leaders to create the best work possible so please be honest in your feedback. Thanks so much for your participation!

FEEDBACK

MALI education leaders and invited critical friends often say that the day is their favorite one of the year. A few comments from the participants are included below.

  • I thought it was a wonderful opportunity to hear and see what educators are doing across the state.
  • I LOVE hearing about what people are doing.
  • For Theater Today I certainly struggled with what I wanted to present and what I wanted for feedback. I found just putting it all out there and having a supporting critical friend room was wonderful and filled with growth. For Poetry and Improv this work keeps showing its beautiful placement.
  • It was good to see how committed these presenters are to their work as teaching artists. I was also impressed by how articulately they talked about their work and how it serves their students.

The day ended with an opportunity to do theater improv lead by MALI Teaching Artist Leader Nicole Cardano. The group created a “Dragon” which you can see in the video below.

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National Gallery of Art

November 16, 2018

Resources

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.

ONLINE RESOURCES

  • 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 atL-Abt@NGA.gov

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Arts Focused Field Trips

November 10, 2018

A close look in Atlanta

The Brown Center Chalkboard published an article written by Jay P. Greene, a professor of education reform at the University of Arkansas, that included the research on what students are gaining from arts experiences during field trips. Up until recently there has been little evidence on the impact of out-of-school field trips has on students.

The study was funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and was focused on Atlanta, specifically on field trips to the Woodruff Arts Center, located there. The center houses the High Art Museum, Alliance Theater, and the Atlanta Symphony. The study looks closely at trips taken by grade 4 and 5 students to these venues. The students will continue to be tracked over time.

You can read the entire article at THIS LINK

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MICA – Day 2

September 29, 2018

A day filled with GREATNESS

Kaitlin Young in the Idea Lab

The Maine International Conference on the Arts (MICA) wrapped up yesterday with a very full and high spirited, exciting day. The day started with a lively performance by the Maine Taiko Drummers. The Maine Artists Idea Lab stories followed in Hannaford Hall reaching across the many “arts” lines and inspiring folks bringing many to tears.

One of the Idea Lab presenters was Sedomocha School Music Educator Kaitlin Young (Maine 2018 Teacher of the Year) who shared her “teacher” story and reminded me of the importance of “life-long learning”! All of us who call ourselves “educators” can be proud that Kaitlin represents Maine educators who are continuously striving to provide an excellent education for all learners!

The day was filled with breakout sessions on a variety of topics relating to the Maine Arts Commission (MAC) Cultural Plan – Leveraging Investment, Building Capacity, Visibility of Arts & Cultural Sector, Arts Education & Lifelong Learning, and Promoting Cultural Tourism.

Teaching, learning, and assessment panel

Just before lunch Arts EngageME presented their Inaugural Maine Arts Awards to the surprised recipients. Throughout the day there were pop-up performers including Sara Juli, Oratorio Chorale, Portland Piano Trio, Celebration Barn, Golden Oak, and MAMM students.

The PK-12 arts education sessions were informative, enlightening, and inspirational. Thank you to the following who contributed their expertise to the sessions designed especially for educators.

How do teaching, learning and assessment work together in a positive, productive standards-based Visual and Performing Arts classroom? 

Jeff Beaudry, Jen Etter, Kelly Hrenko, Michelle Kaschub, Holly Leighton, and John Morris!

Teaching artists and PK-12 arts teachers session

When Teaching Artists and Arts Teachers Connect, Students Win

Kate Smith, Brian Evans-Jones, Kris Bisson, Tim Christensen, Lori Spruce, John Morris, Carmel Collins

Empowering Your Voice for Arts Education 

Catherine Ring

MAC provides MICA biennially so if you missed it this year mark your calendar for the next one being held in 2020. It will be a great way to celebrate the Bicentennial of our state.

Catherine Ring presenting

Some of the MALI folks in attendance

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Pre-MICA and MICA This Week

September 25, 2018

Still time to register

If you haven’t heard the Maine Arts Commission is providing 3 conferences this Thursday and Friday, September 27 and 28, Abramson Center, USM, Portland.

LEARN ALL THE DETAILS AND REGISTER HERE.

Thursday, September 27 | Pre-Conferences & Opening Reception

8:00 AM ~ The 2018 Maine State Teacher of the Year, Kaitlin Young, will provide an engaging keynote at the Arts Education Pre-Conference: At the HEART of Arts Education and provide seeds of inspiration to help you create action steps for your work at the school and/or community level. Attend as individuals or consider bringing a team from your school and/or community. The day will start and conclude with creative art and music making.

12:00 PM ~ Rural Arts Development Pre-Conference – Maine is the most rural state in the nation.  Therefore, we have more unique challenges in our cultural sector with regard to sustainability, audience development, communications and connectivity.  This Pre-Conference will provide hands-on advice, models to emulate and a space to have those conversations that are unique to artists and arts organizations functioning in our rural environment here in Maine.  Don’t miss this opportunity!

4:00 PM ~ Opening Reception: A celebration of the arts with Keynote Speaker Maryo Gard EwellRural Community Development in and Through the Arts

View the conference schedule.

Friday, September 28 | Maine Arts Awards

12:00 PM ~ ArtsEngageME is pleased to be partnering with the Maine Arts Commission on the inaugural Maine Arts Awards – a brand new program to recognize and celebrate the arts in our communities. Awardees will be recognized for their substantial contributions made in Maine that exemplify a long-term commitment to the arts. Each awardee in seven categories will be given a work of art commissioned especially for the Maine Arts Awards by Molly Neptune Parker, a fourth generation Passamaquoddy basketweaver and National Heritage Fellow.

View the conference schedule.

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Conference for Community Arts Education

September 9, 2018

700+ Leaders Will Assemble in Baltimore

 81stAnnual Conference for Community Arts Education

 Shaping the national dialogue on the impact of arts education and creativity

Registration is now open for the 2018 Conference for Community Arts Education to be held in Baltimore, MD, November 14-17, 2018. Over 700 arts education leaders and stakeholders, representing more than 350 arts and cultural organizations and cross-sector agencies from across the U.S., will convene to gain practical strategies, share advice, and advance a common vision: a nation where arts learning is accessible and embraced as essential for human development and healthy communities.

This year’s conference will focus on leadership development, organizational sustainability, and the vital role that arts learning and creative practice play in achieving racial equity, promoting healing, and engendering hope. Visionary and creative change makers from across the country and throughout Baltimore will lead dozens of workshops, roundtables, and special events, hosted both at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel and at community sites throughout the city. The program is organized into progressive tracks in Creative Youth Development, Leadership Development, Arts in Education, Social Justice, Human Resources, Nonprofit Growth and Sustainability, plus a special track dedicated to highlighting Lessons from Baltimore. For program DETAILS AND REGISTRATION.

The Conference for Community Arts Education is the leading national gathering for nonprofit arts education leaders representing arts and cultural centers, community arts schools, preparatory programs, performing arts companies, youth serving organizations (e.g., Boys and Girls Clubs of America), museums, and other agencies. Some organizations provide classes and lessons in their own facilities; others collaborate with senior centers, hospitals, public schools, and other agencies to increase access to arts education. Many do both. This diversity of backgrounds creates unique opportunities for delegates to connect with peers, explore new partnerships, and grow. Funders, policy makers, academics, researchers, and other allies, including those in non-arts sectors (e.g., youth development, health, education, etc.), are also encouraged to attend. Ensuring that all people enjoy access to quality arts learning opportunities throughout their lifespans requires a collective effort. To learn more about the National Guild for Community Arts Education programs PLEASE VISIT

 

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