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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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Mount Desert Island High School

November 15, 2017

Into the Woods

 

MDI Drama – Providing excellent educational theatre opportunities to the youth of Mount Desert Island and its surrounding communities since 1968.

MDI Drama’s home is the 396-seat Higgins-Demas Theater. The facility is named after George Demas and (the late) Joyce Higgins, two educators who guided a generation of young people to a greater understanding of the beauty of theater and life.

 

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Waterville Senior High School

November 14, 2017

Once Upon a Mattress

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The Wedding Singer

November 13, 2017

Edward Little High School – Auburn

The ELHS Drama Association will present The Wedding Singer. Sarah Brooks, Choral Director, from the high school is the Musical Director for the fall musical. The performance is Friday, November 17 and Saturday, November 18, 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 19, 2:00 p.m.
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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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Americans Who Tell the Truth

November 10, 2017

Samantha Smith Challenge – Register by January 15, 2018

“If we could be friends by just getting to know each other better than what are our countries actually arguing about? Nothing could be more important than not having a war if a war could kill everything”. ~Samantha Smith

Samantha Smith

Americans Who Tell the Truth (AWTT), partnering with Maine Association for Middle Level Education (MAMLE), and the Center for Innovation in Education (CIE) at Thomas College, is excited to launch the Fourth Annual Samantha Smith Challenge. The Samantha Smith Challenge (SSC), a dynamic educational program for Maine middle school students, promotes social justice through the arts. It is designed to build a bridge between the classroom and the world and to create curious, courageous, and engaged citizens. SSC projects teach students that, no matter what age, they can be part of solving the challenges and problems they see around them.

At the depths of the Cold War, when hot war between the Soviet Union and the United States seemed likely, a frightened young girl from Maine did something about that grim situation. Samantha Smith began by asking “Why?”. She went on to advocate for open communication and peace. A compelling storyteller, Samantha left us a legacy and an inspiring challenge: What can each of us do to make the world safer, healthier, and more fair?

Samantha was a narrative activist. By telling HER story she changed THE story-definitely a creative art! The power of the arts to deliver a message or to invoke action is indisputable. Americans Who Tell the Truth (AWTT) combines art and other media to inspire a new generation of engaged Americans who will act for the common good, our communities, and the Earth. Over thirty of the AWTT portrait subjects have used the creative arts to inspire action and are located on the AWTT website.

The SSC is about identifying important community and world issues, understanding them, and making a compelling argument in an effective medium. After doing extensive research and engaging community members and experts, student participants in the SSC will make their case for positive change. They may paint a portrait of a truthteller in their community, create a dramatic production or tell a compelling story about their issue, or write music that makes us feel braver and less alone. They may write an essay that makes a powerful argument for why we should all join in their effort to make the world a better place. Some students may choose their medium while others may be working in a specific class that teaches drawing or painting, theater or filmmaking where the teacher will define the medium.

The SSC asks, “How/why can creative arts and writing inspire action on serious issues?” All participants in this year’s SSC will gather at Thomas College on June 4, 2018 to showcase and celebrate their work.

Use the arts to showcase and bring attention to your issue, your findings, and your actions.  FOR MORE INFORMATION about the program or contact  Connie@americanswhotellthetruth.org. REGISTER by January 15, 2018.

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