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Winter Windows Project

April 15, 2018

Farnsworth Art Museum

The Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland announces a unique opportunity: Winter Windows Project – Deadline for submission of ideas: June 1, 2018. Submission information.

Farnsworth Winter Windows is a Farnsworth Art Museum project designed to showcase the work of Maine artists in our Main Street windows through temporary installations of original artwork. The Museum seeks proposals from artists to create a site-specific installation for display in the windows of the Farnsworth Art Museum from November 23, 2018 to January 15, 2019.  This initiative will add an exciting component to the downtown streetscape during the holiday months, coinciding with Rockland’s Celebration of Lights and the Farnsworth’s Share the Wonder Celebration. The finalist will received a $2,500 award, inclusive of all expenses involved in the project.

Who Can Apply

Individuals, or teams of artists in Maine are eligible to apply for participation. Participants must be 18 years or older. All media will be considered. The project invites submissions from artists including but not limited to architects, filmmakers, graphic designers, painters, photographers, sculptors, textile designers, and woodworkers. Artists may submit proposals individually or as a group. One submission per artist, please.

Proposals

Proposals should include a one-page written description of the concept for the work, including dimensions and materials; one to three sketches of the proposed work (e.g. front view, detail); and one-page artist resume.  Artist teams may submit a single-page resume for each team member.  The entire proposal, consisting of the description, sketches and resume(s) must be submitted as a PDF document.  Sketches must accurately represent the work proposed; works not accurately represented may be disqualified. Entries should be complete by June 1, 2018. The finalist will be informed by August 1, 2018.

The Space

The Main Street window space is 82 inches high by 464 inches wide and 36 inches deep. The space comprises the four pairs of windows to the immediate right of the Farnsworth Administrative entrance, directly on Main Street.

VIEW and DOWNLOAD a schematic of the space.

Review

Proposals will be reviewed by Michael K. Komanecky, Farnsworth Chief Curator; Anneli Skaar, Farnsworth Creative Director; and Tom Weis. Weis is a designer, educator and cofounder of Steel House in Rockland. Weis holds a master’s degree in industrial design from the Rhode Island School of Design, where he also teaches. His work has appeared in the Cooper Hewitt National Design MuseumTime Magazine and The New York Times.

The jury will announce the winning entry on August 1, 2018

Installation

The finalist will meet with Farnsworth staff in August to see the Main Street window space, and to discuss installation requirements and parameters, including the schedule.  The finalist is responsible for delivering and installing the work in the Main Street windows, and for removing the work following the end of the project.  If there are any substantial changes to the work during fabrication, including those that do not conform to the accepted proposal or space limitations, the finalist must consult with the Farnsworth curatorial staff. Works that differ markedly from the proposal submitted may be disqualified from the project.  Installation will take place from November 13-21, 2018, and will be unveiled on November 23.

PLEASE NOTE:

Although proposals in all mediums are encouraged, thorough consideration should be taken to the fact that this is a temporary installation. Please use common sense in submitting designs with minimal impact on the space and that can be easily be removed at the end of the display period. If you have questions regarding limitations, please feel free to direct them to the email on this page. Submissions that are deemed unrealistic or potentially harmful to the space will not be considered.

If you have any questions about program participation, please EMAIL.

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ABLE Assembly: Arts Better the Lives of Everyone

March 4, 2018

Berklee College of Music

After five years of very successful Teaching Music to Students on the Autism Spectrum conferences, the Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs (BIAESN) is delighted to announce its new conference, ABLE Assembly: Arts Better the Lives of Everyone.

The ABLE Assembly promises to be an exceptional professional development opportunity in the field of arts education and special needs, bringing together educators, artists, researchers, policymakers, school administrators, program administrators, and students to share best practices, engage in hands-on experiences, explore new research, and learn from each other.

The event will feature presentations and workshops on teaching the arts to students with special needs. Keynote presenters include Sheila Scott, Ph.D.; Stephen Shore, Ed.D.; and Jenna Gabriel, Ed.M. Hands-on workshops will include opportunities to experience teaching strategies and approaches in music, dance, and theater. BIAESN is currently accepting proposals for presentations.
The conference is open to the public.
REGISTER
Registration fee is $100 and includes admission to all conference sessions and events plus lunch on Saturday and Sunday.
SCHEDULE
Friday, April 6, 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 7, 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 8, 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
LOCATION
Berklee College of Music
921 Boylston Street, Boston
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Money, Money, Money

February 22, 2018

MAC Funding

The deadline is just around the corner for several of the Maine Arts Commission (MAC) grants. The grants overview is located on the MAC site at THIS LINK.

Below are the grants and the deadlines.

March 1, 2018 DEADLINE:

  • ARTS LEARNING
  • CCED GRANT PHASE 1 & 2
  • ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
  • PARTNERSHIP
  • PROJECT GRANTS FOR ORGANIZATIONS

Applications will be accepted in our online Grants Management System (GMS) up to 5 p.m., Thursday, March 1. If you’ve never submitted an application you will need to create an account first at the link above.

March 8, 2018 DEADLINE:

  • JANE MORRISON FILM FUND
  • PROJECT GRANTS FOR ARTISTS

Questions? Comments? Email or call Senior Grants Director Kathy Shaw at kathy.shaw@maine.gov or 207-287- 2750.

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Creating the Future

December 19, 2017

End of year reflection – creating communities of hope

With another calendar year coming to a close, I’m taking a few minutes on this blog to reflect about the work (and play) that you do across the state and country – making the world a better place!

You engage in art, music, dance, theater, writing, AND you make environments where others can create in the arts. But, what you do is so much more than creating. You make positive spaces where individuals are comfortable and find a home. Where young people and adults can come together and learn from each other, where they can stretch themselves and in many cases, learn to believe in themselves. These spaces that you provide for all ages leads to creating the future – full of wide eyes and HOPE!

During the December holidays we recognize and celebrate and they are full of hope. The arts help bridge this hope to carry forward throughout the year – in our hearts and in our communities. Through teaching and learning your work inspires learners and equips them to find their own purpose and voice. Each person can take that forward and contribute hope to their communities.

THANK YOU for the time you spend, sometimes awake at night, wondering how to reach every learner. How you will face the challenges. How to guide them in finding their voice and empowering them to be life-long creative learners. Teaching is a super power and your leadership in the classroom, school, and community is appreciated. The courage that it takes to go into your classroom, stand before a school board, attend town meetings, testify before the legislature, write a letter to an influential person at the national level and all of the things you do, does not go unnoticed.

You each have a story to tell and in 2018 I encourage you to tell that story through a contribution to the Maine Arts Education blog. Perhaps it is an idea that you use that works with individuals or large groups of learners. Or maybe its a mountain that you’ve climbed through your own art making process. Or an encounter that you’ve had many years after having taught a student. Perhaps it is a change in your community that is happening because of the work your students are doing. Whatever your story, please have the courage in 2018 to share it with others. Not to boast, but so we can learn from your experiences. Many of you’ve heard me say “none of us is as smart as all of us”. I invite you to share your knowledge so we can all learn. My friend Carol Trimble says “we’re a genius”. I love that!

My wish for you during the break is to celebrate what you give each and every day! As the sun sets on another year, THANK YOU for your passion and the commitment you make to provide and support an excellent arts education for every learner!

Photos provided by Equinox Guiding Service

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Poems, Poems, Poems

December 10, 2017

How many to go?

This is one of the many, many, many poems that students can select from to memorize and recite to participate in Poetry Out Loud. Tomorrow’s blog post will provide information on the Maine Poetry Out Loud program and information on attending on one of the Maine Arts Commission upcoming Poetry Out Loud events.

I like the generosity of numbers.
The way, for example,
they are willing to count
anything or anyone:
two pickles, one door to the room,
eight dancers dressed as swans.

I like the domesticity of addition—
add two cups of milk and stir—
the sense of plenty: six plums
on the ground, three more
falling from the tree.

And multiplication’s school
of fish times fish,
whose silver bodies breed
beneath the shadow
of a boat.

Even subtraction is never loss,
just addition somewhere else:
five sparrows take away two,
the two in someone else’s
garden now.

There’s an amplitude to long division,
as it opens Chinese take-out
box by paper box,
inside every folded cookie
a new fortune.

And I never fail to be surprised
by the gift of an odd remainder,
footloose at the end:
forty-seven divided by eleven equals four,
with three remaining.

Three boys beyond their mother’s call,
two Italians off to the sea,
one sock that isn’t anywhere you look.

  • Mary Cornish, “Numbers” from Red Studio. Copyright © 2007 by Mary Cornish. Reprinted by permission of Oberlin College Press.

  • Source: Red Studio (Oberlin College Press, 2007)

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.

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Live to Learn

December 3, 2017

Tim Minchin

Nine life lessons provided by comedian Tim Minchin that you may want to share with your students. Please be sure and review the video before sharing with others so you can determine if it is appropriate for your audience.

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The Addams Family Musical

October 29, 2017

Messalonskee High School Players

‘Buh buh da do *snap* *snap*’… The MHS Players bring that classic tune from The Addams Family to the stage on Nov. 17, 18, and 19. The dark humor of this dysfunctional family reminds us that love conquers all. Wednesday trades her pigtails for an engagement ring and hilarity ensues when her boyfriend’s Ohioan family meet the dark and sinister members of the Addams clan. Storms, ghostly ancestors, rhymes, the color yellow, and love?! It’s all there for the older fans of the 1960s t.v. show to reminisce over while introducing younger members of the audience to the darkly comedic family. The performance by the Messalonskee High School Players is under the guidance of the new director, Shelby Thibodeau, herself an alumnus of Players. In addition, the Players are pleased to welcome as the new musical director, Mike Peterson, a long time music teacher in the district.  The actors are currently honing their singing and dancing while the crew hand craft the ghostly costumes of the living and the dead and build the Addams Family mansion on stage at the Messalonskee High School Performing Arts Center.  All are welcome on Nov. 17 and 18 at 7:00 pm and on Nov. 19 at 2:00 in the afternoon. Tickets are $5 for students and seniors, and $10 for adults.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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