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LEAPS of IMAGINATION

December 15, 2017

Kids Put the Pieces Together

LEAPS of IMAGINATION received funding from the Maine Arts Commission Arts Learning grant to provide amazing opportunities this year for some midcoast schools. If you’re not familiar with the LEAPS program, this is what they ‘walk’ day to day: LEAPS of IMAGINATION brings local Maine mentor artists together with elementary school students and teachers in a collaborative school-day classroom program. Mentor artists interweave in-depth art making experiences with carefully chosen social justice and literature themes linked to the class curriculum. Our project empowers children to believe in their own capacity to create and to make change in both their local community and the larger world.

Thanks to Nancy Frohlich, founder and director of LEAPS of IMAGINATION, for sharing her latest blog post with the Maine Arts Education blog. Students from grade 4, St. George School, spent a day at the newly opened Bernard Langlais Preserve. 

Working in Langlais’ medium, on his home turf, next to his own studio brought the artist to life for St. George School’s fourth graders today. LEAPS’ mentor artists had been planning this visit for months. Although adults had anticipated children’s reactions, they hadn’t quite envisioned how children would put the pieces together.

Once kids had toured his workshop, they skipped around the property, astounded at the scale and detail of his sculptures. Sitting by the fireplace on a chilly morning, they listened to the story, “Why am I me?” Then, imagining what it must have been like to have been “Blackie” Langlais, they shared their insights with their classmates.

“He was creative – how he made the cow with the utter.” “He used a lot of random stuff.” “He doesn’t just use wood. He adds texture.” “With his bears, he adds creases.” 

He made his own tools.”  “In his photos he looked so serious. But if he really was serious, he’d make things serious. Instead he made them imaginatively!”  “He just went on and took a risk. If he made a mistake he just kept going and went with the surprises.”  “He made animals you can walk into.”  “He used ladders.” “He was smart.”  ” I can’t believe he made 3,000 sculptures!”  “He used a lot of measurements.” “He was inspirational!”

A few minutes later they began investigating animals and wood for themselves. Each child had a 12X12 piece of plywood on which to create a creature they identified with. They had plenty of time to “play” with the wood pieces, choosing them, adjusting them, and exchanging them. When they felt ready – they adhered them to their square.

We thought, what would happen if we put all the pieces together like a quilt? So that’s what we did! If you look closely you can see an eagle, a butterfly, a monkey, a chameleon, a cheetah, a wolf, a shark, a tiger, a horse, a hummingbird, a fish, a caribou, a pig, a bunny, a worm, and a whale. In the new year, we’ll install the art in the school. We bet our fourth grade Langlais experts will be excited to talk about the artist and how they approached this collective work of art.

We thank Cynthia Trone at the Langlais Sculpture Preserve for making us feel at home. We loved that roaring fire and the opportunity to become explorers on the artists’ own turf.

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Excellence Celebration

December 12, 2017

Quite the celebration!

First Lady Ann LePage and the artists from Camden Rockport Schools

Twice a year the Maine Arts Commission and the Department of Education recognize student artists with the Excellence in Maine Visual & Performing Education. To celebrate the occasion, 89 student exhibitors have their work displayed at the Maine State Capitol Complex.

Westbrook High School Chamber Singers under the direction of Suzanne Proulx

On December 6, 2017 three school districts from Westbrook, Camden-Rockport and the Blue Hill region were recognized with live performances and a certificate ceremony. The event featured performances from the Westbrook High School Chamber Singers, directed by Suzanne Proulx, and the Blue Hill Middle School Band, directed by Bill Schubeck. Visual Art teachers whose students participated are: Blue Hill Region: Judy Park, Nick Patterson, Penny Ricker, and Rebecca Poole-Heyne. Camden-Rockport: Kristen Andersen, Susan Dowley, and Carolyn Brown. Westbrook Schools: Mia Bogyo, Abby Jacobs, Debra Bickford, Nancy Goan, Cheri Juniewiczc, and Melissa Perkins.

Blue Hill Middle School Band under the direction of Bill Schubeck

First Lady Ann LePage presented certificates to the student artists along with Martha Harris, Chair of the Board of Education and Julie Richard, Executive Director of the Arts Commission.

First Lady Ann LePage with students from Blue Hill Region (School Union 93)

Afterwards students, their families and their teachers scattered throughout the State House complex to view the art. The student artwork will remain on display until February 2018. View each student’s work and location that it’s displayed here.  More information about the Excellence in Maine Visual & Performing Arts Education can be found on the Maine Arts Commission Education webpage.

 

School Union 93 students visiting the Maine Arts Commission to view the student artwork

 

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Arts Integration Workshop-Malawi

November 20, 2017

Lend your skills and travel to Africa, summer 2018

Are you a visual or performing arts educator or a teaching artist considering travel options during the summer of 2018? Are you interested in sharing arts integration methods in a small country in Africa? If so, consider traveling with Go! Malawi to the beautiful Ntchisi Village in Malawi to provide teacher workshops for local teachers. You might be the ideal educator to share your knowledge and make this the third summer that Maine educators have traveled to Malawi doing so. In return, you will be forever impacted by the experience.

In 2016 Lindsay Pinchbeck, founder and director of Sweetland School, an arts integrated school in Hope and Argy Nestor, director of arts education at the Maine Arts Commission traveled to Malawi and provided a 13-day workshop with 12 teachers from M’Pamila Primary School. The experience was so amazing that they are committed to continuing the program through 2020.

Go! Malawi’s mission is to collaborate with rural Malawian communities to develop sustainable programs in education, healthcare, commerce, and education. Read more about the teaching opportunity on the Go! Malawi site.

Read the documented story of Lindsay and Argy’s experience with a description of their program from July 2016. Contact us with questions or to obtain an application. Applications are now being accepted!

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UMaine Excited

November 16, 2017

2018 Maine Teacher of the Year graduate of UMaine

In the UMaine News, music educator and Maine Arts Leadership Initiative Teacher Leader Kaitlin Young is interviewed as Maine’s 2018 Teacher of the Year. Kaitlin is a 2010 UMaine graduate in Music Education.

Kaitlin said: “I feel incredibly honored and humbled to be named the 2018 Maine Teacher of the Year.”

When asked do you hope this award will motivate other musicians to go into teaching or for schools to invest more in music programs?, Kaitlin’s response: 
I am an educator first and foremost, and music is the content through which I choose to help children experience the learning process and about their role within their community and beyond. There are many other incredible educators across our state who teach a variety of different contents, but we teach students first.

I would love to see schools invest more in their music and arts programming. In my experience, our school’s investment in arts education has strengthened our entire community. The growth and success of our school and arts programs have been made possible by celebrating how making connections between all content areas provides a stronger and more authentic learning experience for all of our students. They can take these learning experiences with them beyond the classroom.

Students need to experience, not just have access to, quality arts education the same way that they need to experience quality math, science, social studies, etc. The more you learn and experience, the more connections you make. These connections allow for a greater perspective that help you to think creatively, flexibly and empathetically. The arts have defined cultures for thousands of years and are essential to helping students express themselves and understand their role within their school communities and beyond.

I am hopeful this will encourage communities to invest in their students and schools, as well as think deeply about the role that music educators, and all educators, play in the lives of our students as we encourage them to become well-rounded adults.

Read the ENTIRE INTERVIEW.

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Waterville Senior High School

November 14, 2017

Once Upon a Mattress

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Orono High School

November 12, 2017

Legally Blonde 

Orono High School’s fall musical: Legally Blonde, has gone to the dogs!  Orono High School is performing Legally Blonde the Musical next weekend and the The cast and crew are partnering with the Bangor Humane Society.  A dog up for adoption will be featured at every performance and Bruiser Woods will be played by the adorable Theodore Roosevelt Rosenthal Qualey a Bangor Humane Society alum. All of the money raised from concessions will go to support the awesome work of the Bangor Humane Society.  Show dates are November 16, 17 at 7 p.m. and November 18 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.  Tickets can be reserved by calling 866-1029 or emailing Cami Carter at ccarter@rsu26.org

 

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The Grand

November 11, 2017

Alice Down the Rabbit Hole

November 17-19, Friday and Saturday, 7:00 p.m., Sunday, 2:00 p.m. Being performed at The Grand Performing Arts Center, Ellsworth. Directed by Jasmine Ireland.

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