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Bonny Eagle High School

May 19, 2017

Doing STEAM work

Margaret A. (Peg)  Maxwell has been teaching art for many years at Bonny Eagle High School which is part of MSAD #6 and located in Standish, Maine.

Whenever I see Peg she is engaged in deep learning and has stories to tell about what her students are doing as well. At the end of March I bumped into Peg at LL Beans for the awards ceremony to recognize students whose art work had been selected as part of the 22nd Federal Junior Duck Conservation and Design Program. Of course Peg would involve her students in the opportunity since the program is a dynamic art- and science-based curriculum that teaches wetland and waterfowl conservation to students in kindergarten through high school.

Peg sees a connection between art and science and any opportunity to develop lessons on the learning connections, she takes advantage of. Peg says it best: “I do not intend to teach science or offer any credit for science courses in my department. My intention is to interest students in the sciences, encourage them to tap into their creative and scientific selves….and to encourage them to invent and make connections for their future learning and become leaders in education, arts, engineering and design.”

Peg and I chatted about a radio talk show discussing STEAM education in the Boy Scouts program. I did a little research and found THIS LINK on the topic. I am aware of the work in our 4H programs. You can read about a 4H curriculum connection of sewing to science at THIS LINK.

At the spring Maine Art Education Association conference Peg provided a session on the Art and Science connection. The description: Teachers will learn the process of science integration into the curriculum using the resources in their buildings. The process of collaboration will be discussed and the proper avenues to pursue in order to facilitate a successful experience for the students. Hands on workshop using journal making as their container of ideas for the units. Weather, botany, anatomy and physiology, astronomy, chemistry and other units of sciences will be reviewed as possible integration topics. A brief discussion about the importance of integration with sciences as a motivator will be part of the workshop.

If you have any questions please contact Peg. She can be reached and is always willing to share at

“Remember the importance of the eye and that black hole called the ‘pupil’ and how it allows us to see and learn…perhaps it is our own black hole of energy that manifests into the synapses (meaning to join) of our brain.” 


Learning by Making and Doing

March 27, 2017

MLTI Student Conference

The MLTI Student Conference Committee is still in need of a few more proposals for the 14th Annual MLTI Student Conference, to be held on Thursday May 25, 2017 at UMaine.

This year’s emphasis is on music and sound, allowing the MLTI Student Conference to continue its focus on “Learning by Making and Doing.”

Attending participants will learn how they can use their MLTI devices to create in ways that make learning happen — and tell the stories of their accomplishments. With music and sound as a focus (focus, not a limit!), the MLTI Student Conference planning team would like to consider workshops around music, spoken word recording, coding, video production, art, writing and publishing your collection of short stories, or one of any other endless possibilities!

The MLTI Student Conference supports all MLTI Devices regardless of platform (HP or Apple). Each platform provides for a variety of environments that can be used for making and doing.

You can learn more about the Conference on our website at

Submit a proposal online at

For simplicity and management, sessions may be designed for just one or two of the MLTI platforms, but “platform agnostic” sessions are encouraged.

We are looking for both adult presenters as well as student/teacher team presentations!

Spread the word – if you know of someone doing fantastic work involving technology with making, doing, or storytelling please encourage them to submit a proposal!

If you have any questions please contact Juanita at


In Today’s News

March 14, 2017

State POL Champ

Photo by staff photographer David Leaming

This is from today’s Morning Sentinel. Read about Maine’s new Poetry Out Loud Champ. Exciting event that took place yesterday at the Waterville Opera House in front of an almost full house of poetry appreciators!

CLICK HERE for the link to the article from today’s newspaper.


MALI Mega-UMaine Orono

January 26, 2017

Please note

MALI_V3_Color_100ppiThe Maine Arts Leadership Initiative Mega-regional conference at UMaine Orono scheduled for Thursday, February 2 has been canceled.


Celebrating Arts Education

January 25, 2017

Excellence in Visual and Performing Arts Education

On December 21 at the Hall of Flags in the State House in Augusta the First Lady Ann LePage, parents and family members, administrators, and officials gathered to recognize student artists and musicians as part of the Excellence in Visual and Performing Arts Education program. Over 90 students were celebrated for their art work or musical contributions.


Students and the First Lady Ann LePage pose for a photo at the celebration on December 21, 2016

The Maine Arts Commission and the Maine Department of Education, in partnership with the First Lady of Maine, Ann LePage, is proud to recognize arts education programs across the state with rotating student art exhibits.  At the celebration student musicians from the schools represented are invited to bring a performing group as part of the program.

Congratulations to the following schools, teachers, and students who are being represented at this time with an exhibit in place until the end of February throughout the State House complex and the Maine Arts Commission. Please stop by during office hours to view the exhibit.

Lisbon School Department

Lisbon High School

Teacher: Pamela Ouellette

Bailey Butler, Christopher Normand, Kierra Bouchard, Antigone Woodbury, Ciera Miller, Emily Chase, Ivy Morris.

Lisbon Community School

Teacher: Jo Martyn-Fisher

Adelle Anderson, Camden Therrien, Hannah Card, Gracie Guay, Olivia Green, Emmett Mooney, Emma St. Pierre

Philip W. Sugg Middle School

Teacher: Nicholas D’alfonso

Maia Tebbets, Dylan Cox, Serena Serrano, Lacey Cram, Emma Tapley, Laura Mockler, Susan Hart

Dr. Levesque Elementary School and Wisdom Middle/High School

Teacher: Theresa Cerceo

Ellie Cyr, Cody Guerrett, Sam Paradis, Annick Gendreau, Ella Jarett, Nevaeh Barclay, Elijah Hayes, Kamden Daigle, Macie Albert, Katelyn Zetterman, Mavrick Levesque, Logan Pelletier, Ella Voisine,Colleen Thamsen, Layne Murphey, Ethan Hayes

Alex Deschaine, Owen Sirois, Amber Albert, Jasmine Demoranville, Daley Pedersen, Kelly Pelletier Deschaine


Woolwich Central School

Teacher: Laura Devin

Kara Munsey, Joy Holbrook, Iris Hennin, Ophelia Hibl, Otto Hible, Lillian Pomerleau

Phippsburg Elementary School

Teacher: Rosemary Polizotto

Addison Cearbaugh, Annabelle Gerow, Nathan Trask, Shelby Norman,Josiah Keller, Braylon Williams

Fisher Mitchell Elementary School

Teacher: Ross Berkowitz

Rebekah St. Pierre, Charlie Thelen, Julia Marlowe, Gavin Woodbury, Miread Glover

Bath Middle School

Teacher: Brandon Ward

Alexandria Nickerson, Josh Haycock, Ben Brewer, Helen Bertlesman

We are presently seeking art work for a show scheduled for the 2017-18 school year. In order to have equitable representation we are seeking artwork from the superintendents regions of York, Mid-coast, Western Maine, and Aroostook. Please consider submitting your students’ artwork. The exhibition guidelines are located at If you are interested in participating, please contact Beth Lambert at 624-6642 or


UMVA Journal

January 5, 2017

Winter 2017 Journal of Union of Maine Visual Artists


This is an amazing publication that features the work and stories of many Maine visual artists.  This is a great resource for you teachers as well as your students.

Lindsay Pinchbeck and I wrote a piece about our travels to Malawi in July that is included in the Winter 2017 issue, Lines of Thought. To access the free journal please CLICK HERE.

If you haven’t subscribed (it’s free), do it now. Please let them know what you think. They welcome feedback and suggestions of every stripe, including your ideas and submissions for future issues. If you know any artists who would be perfect for the upcoming theme, Light in the Dark: Art As a Sane Voice in an Insane World (description can be found in the Journal), please let them know. There is info on the last page about how to order hard copies.

And if you are not already a member of the Union of Maine Visual Artists, we would welcome you joining. Current and archived journals can be found here:


Nestor Elected to Americans for the Arts’ Advisory Council

January 3, 2017

Press release

screen-shot-2017-01-03-at-7-02-27-pmFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 3, 2017
CONTACT: Linda Nelson, Assistant Director

Argy Nestor Elected to Americans for the Arts’ Advisory Council
Nestor additionally named the Maine Arts Commission’s Employee of the Year

AUGUSTA, ME, December 22, 2016—Members of Americans for the Arts, the leading organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America, have elected Argy Nestor, the Director of Arts Education for the Maine Arts Commission, as a member of their advisory council for Arts Education. In the Arts Education Council, Nestor will work with fellow arts leaders to advise Americans for the Arts’ staff on trends in the field to create programs and services that will build a deeper connection to the field and the Arts Education Network. Council members are involved in visibility campaigns like National Arts in Education Week, the development of tools and resources, and peer-to-peer learning.
“We are thrilled to have Argy elected to this council, to bring Maine’s voice to the national table,” said Julie Richard, Executive Director of the Maine Arts Commission. “Arts Education is a high priority for our Commission, and Argy brings great expertise to this post as she is tireless in her efforts to learn about, design, and advance these programs and services.”

argy-nestor-awardsNestor was also named the Commission’s Employee of the Year during a state ceremony at the Blaine House December 7.

Prior to joining the Arts Commission, Argy Nestor worked for seven years at the Maine Department of Education as the visual and performing arts specialist, serving approximately 1,200 Maine dance, music, theatre, and visual arts teachers. Before moving to the state level, Argy taught middle school visual art education for 30 years. She has been recognized for her accomplishments as an educator multiple times, including being named the 1995 Maine Teacher of the Year. Argy believes her success has come through communication and has established a listserv of over 1,200 educators and an arts education blog at

“Americans for the Arts strives to cultivate the next generation of arts leaders in America, and I am pleased to welcome Argy Nestor to our advisory council,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “These leaders are willing to dedicate their time and expertise to work with peers across the country to shape national programs and messages and help craft services for states, communities, and local organizations. I applaud Ms. Nestor for her valued contribution and commitment that will undoubtedly improve the state of arts in America.”

Potential council members were nominated in mid-September and were voted on by members of Americans for the Arts through November 14, 2016. Nestor will serve a three-year term, from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2019.

The Maine Arts Commission is Maine’s state agency for the arts, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Commission supports artists, arts organizations, arts educators, policy makers and community developers in advancing Maine’s economic, educational, and cultural development in and through the arts. The Commission encourages and stimulates public interest and participation in the cultural heritage and programs of Maine; works to expand the state’s cultural resources; and encourages and assists freedom of artistic expression for the well-being of the arts, to meet the needs and aspirations of persons in all parts of the state. Additional information is available at

Americans for the Arts is the leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America. With offices in Washington, D.C. and New York City, it has a record of more than 50 years of service. Americans for the Arts is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. Additional information is available at

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