School in Finland

July 12, 2017

Think about this



July 11, 2017

Palindrome Week

Now here is some food for thought… Who knew??? July 10 – July 19, 2017 are all Palindrome Days (m/dd/yy).

To learn more click here.


Ben Folds at Kennedy Center

July 10, 2017

Music and the Mind

NSO Artistic Advisor Ben Folds composes a piece live with the National Symphony Orchestra and conductor Edwin Outwater during Sound Health in Concert: Music and the Mind, presented by The Kennedy Center and National Institutes of Health. Introduced by Dr. Charles Limb. Pretty amazing!

Ben Folds Composes a Song LIVE for Orchestra In Only 10 Minutes


Consider Running for Office

July 8, 2017

Who knows better?

Teachers across the country are using their voice and experience as a teacher to run for public office. Many of them have been teaching for several years and representing their state as the teacher of the year. The fact is, who knows better than a teacher about the realities of education at the school level.

Read the article in Education Week on the topic by CLICKING HERE.


100 People of Dance

July 7, 2017

100 dancers

The following is from a dance video that was created by Matt who traveled across the country teaching 100 strangers a dance. I thought this would be a good way to celebrate the birthday of our country – people across our country dancing.

This is the third and FINAL installment of the dance videos. Thought I would make a third one so it would be a cool trilogy. The only way I could top 100 places of dance was to bring in friends, family, and strangers. Filming this video was one of the craziest experiences I have ever had in my life. It took 2 months of filming and a month and a half was spent living out on the road driving all around the USA and Canada, I drove a little over 10,000 miles. This video was incredibly difficult to film and edit, so hopefully people find a little enjoyment out of this. Huge thanks to everyone that danced with me and helped film the video. Meet so many amazing people, got to see so many friends, it was an experience of a life time.


Maine Fiberarts Explores Textile History

July 6, 2017

Threads of History exhibit

Reception/Meet the Artists: Sunday, July 23, 1:30-4 p.m.
Topsham — “Threads of History: Exploring Maine’s Textile Past” is the theme of programming taking place in and around Brunswick and Topsham during July and August. Events are sponsored by arts nonprofit Maine Fiberarts and include an exhibition, a history walk, a tour of Maine Woolens, illustrated lectures about textile mill history and Maine’s silk industry, and a log cabin quilting workshop held at Maine Fiberarts. 
The exhibition at Maine Fiberarts, “Threads of History: A Contemporary Take” features work by 16 Maine artists, and is on view May 9 through September 1. A Reception/Meet the Artists takes place Sunday, July 23, from 1:30-4 p.m. which is free and open to the public.
This exhibition features work by a diverse group of artists referencing Maine textile history. The collection of work within “Threads of History” ranges from woven portraits using photo transfers, to garments and wall pieces made of paper, cloth and bark fiber. Items of clothing include bonnets made of paper, shoes formed from gold wire, and a coat assembled from picture postcards. Hooked rugs, woven photographs, handmade paper assemblages, and a canvas floor cloth are all shown. As one example, artist Jill Snyder Wallace calls her piece “Lost Industry,” “an ode to the demise of the textile, shoe and wood turning industries of Maine.”
Artists’ books on display include an elaborate beaded storybook boa entitled “Ornithology” by Nan Heldenbrand Morrissette and a journal made of kozo fiber made by Richard Lee depicting a “Trip through New Hampshire Sheep and Wool.”
On display are also artifacts of the textile industries of the past, including sewing supplies, beaded purses, textile tools, and items of clothing. 
Art and artifacts were created by: Chris Antonak, Brunswick; Elizabeth Berkana, Portland; Kate Brinsmade, Bowdoinham; Barbara Burns, Harpswell; Crystal Cawley, Portland; Janet Conner, Hiram; Stephanie Crossman, Vinalhaven; Henry D’Alessandris, Brunswick; Richard Lee, posthumously; Roslyn Logsdon, New Harbor; Arlene Morris, Brunswick; Nan Heldenbrand Morrissette, Falmouth; Gail Skudera, Lewiston; Barbara Taylor, Brunswick; Jill Snyder Wallace, Minot; and Donald Talbot, Lisbon Falls.
In addition to the exhibition and Reception on July 23, other programming includes:
  • A Log Cabin Quilting Workshop, with artist Stephanie Levy, July 22, from 10-4 at Maine Fiberarts

  • A Walk Through Brunswick Textile History with historian Candace Kanes, July 27, 5:30-6:30 p.m. (start at the clock in front of the Tontine Mall) (rain date, Saturday, July 29 from 10-11 a.m.);
  • A Tour of Maine Woolens, a Brunswick weaving mill, with president Raymond Boschold, Wednesday, August 9, from 10:30-11:30 a.m.;
  • An Illustrated Lecture on Historic Textile Mills in Brunswick and Topsham, with architectural historian Scott Hanson at Topsham Public Library, Wednesday, August 16, 6-7:30 p.m., and
  • an illustrated talk on “Maine’s Silk Industry: Famous from Coast to Coast,”
    offered by Jacqueline Field, August 30, 6-7:30 p.m. at Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick.
Details about programming locations and fees can be found at www.mainefiberarts.org under “Current Exhibition.”
“Threads of History” was made possible with funding from the Maine Humanities Council, the Alfred M. Senter Fund, the Davis Family Foundation, and Maine Fiberarts’ members and friends. For more information, please contact: Maine Fiberarts, 13 Main Street, Topsham; 207-721-0678; www.mainefiberarts.org. Gallery hours: Wednesday-Friday, 11-4; Saturday, 11-2.
FMI contact: Christine Macchi, Executive Director
Maine Fiberarts
Phone: 207-721-0678

Maine State Shutdown

July 1, 2017

The State of Maine does not have an approved budget for FY18. Consequently, Maine state government is shutdown as of July 1 and the Maine Arts Commission offices will be closed indefinitely. During this time period no new posts will be published on the Maine Arts Education blog. I will be out of the office and unable to respond to calls or emails. Information regarding the shutdown will be posted on maine.gov as it becomes available. I apologize for this inconvenience.


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