Student Opps

  • After-school ArtWorks! Program – Spring 2015, UMaine, Orono
    It is time for the spring semester ARTWORKS! PROGRAM.  ArtWorks! is an art program for students in grades K through Middle School that provides children an opportunity to explore the world of art through hands-on experiences with a variety of visual media, the history of art, and the viewing of art works.  Classes are taught by UMaine art education students under the supervision of Dr. Laurie Hicks, Professor of Art.  The program runs from March 20-April 17 on Friday afternoons from 3:30-5:00.  All classes are held in the Lord Hall on the UMaine campus.  The cost of program is $25.00 and covers the cost of all materials (limited scholarships are available).
    Please contact Laurie Hicks at 581-3247 or laurie.hicks@umit.maine.edu with questions and for an application which are due on February 18.
  • The Waterville Opera House is offering special showings of Steinbeck’s Of Mice & Men on March 2 and 3 at 9:30AM as a special service to high school groups in the region.  Ticket pricing for groups of twenty or more is set at $10 per ticket. Transportation support may be possible through the Maine Arts Commission’s Ticket to Ride Program.  Some school groups also have arranged to make a day out of the trip and include a tour in the Colby Museum of Art.  For more information, call Dick Dyer at the Waterville Opera House at 873-7000.  As a side note, every High-Definition production from the Metropolitan Opera, National Theatre from London and the Bolshoi Ballet from Moscow can be scheduled with advance notice for your school group.
  • Maine College of Art is hosting the Maine Regional Scholastic Art Competition and Awards. The following information includes the scheduled events. If you have any questions please email artandwriting@meca.edu or call 207-699-5037 or 207-699-5026.
    Jan.  7-9              Judging
    Jan. 10/11           Students are notified of the jury decision
    Jan. 16/17           Artwork Drop off (Snow dates: 18/19)
    Jan. 20 to 22      Hang Exhibition
    Jan. 24-Feb 14   Exhibition
    Feb. 6                   First Friday 5 to 8pm. (Unofficial Reception)
    Feb. 14                 Ceremony and art work pick up Maine College of Art; 1 to 3pm
    1pm Arrival and Reception
    2pm Award Ceremony
    3pm End of Ceremony and Exhibit
    Attendees or School Reps: take artwork down and bring home
  • VANS Custom Culture Grant Program: $2,000 Grants for High School Visual Arts & Music. Vans and Americans for the Arts partnered up to create the Custom Culture Grant Program to support arts education in high schools around the country. These grants are intended to both encourage the inclusion of the arts as an integral component of an excellent education and to support school activities that strive to meet local and national learning standards for arts education. FMI http://www.americansforthearts.org/by-program/promotion-and-recognition/strategic-partners/cause-marketing-partners/partnership-with-vans/vans-custom-culture-grants
  • Art Teacher Edu’s goal is to serve as an objective source of information to those who are interested in learning about teaching art, requirements, job duties, salary expectations and more. Check out Art Teacher Edu website at www.artteacheredu.org as a potential resource for you and/or your students.
  • Bay Chamber Concerts and Music School is offering a free student matinee for middle school students featuring the amazing Boston-based a cappella group Overboard. For details on the group visit http://www.overboardvocals.com/.
    Friday, March 27, 2015, 9:30AM, Camden Opera House
    It will be a 45 minute show. Please contact Monica Kelly at monica@baychamberconcerts.org to make arrangements.
  • Guide to Online Schools located at http://www.guidetoonlineschools.com/degrees/art.
  • Sodexo Foundation Youth Grants, Deadline: January 15
    YSA (Youth Service America) and Sodexo Foundation are looking for 100 of the best ideas from young people about how they can help end childhood hunger in their communities. $400 grants are available for youth leaders ages 5-25 across the U.S. to turn their ideas into action and make an impact on the issue of childhood hunger during Global Youth Service Day – April 17-19, 2015 – and beyond. FMI please click here.
  • The Anthony Quinn Foundation is proud to announce the opening of the application period for the 2014 Scholarship Program.  Applications will be accepted through Monday January 5th, 2015. Modeled after the personal experience of Anthony Quinn, the program distributes funds for high school students interested in the arts who wish to attend a pre-college, or summer intensive arts education program.  Students from around the world are invited to apply and must be enrolled in high school or officially registered as a home-schooled high school student.  Applications are reviewed by a panel of judges, all professional artists or art educators and independent of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.
    Winners are selected based on a list of criteria, carefully researched and developed using the highest standards of excellence and integrity.  The criteria incorporate elements of talent, personal dedication and financial need.  Winners will be notified by April 1st. To learn more about the program and our past scholarship winners, please visit our website www.anthonyquinnfoundation.org or view our recent promotional video. For the application click here.
  • Penobscot Theatre Company is proud to announce their fall Dramatic Academy performances of Frankenstein! Performed by our Dramatic Academy students, ranging in age from 4 to 14, this new adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic tale is a fully produced gothic extravaganza sure to delight and terrify audiences of all ages. Frankenstein: Oct. 31 at 5pm, Nov. 1 at 4pm, Nov. 2 at 11am at the Bangor Opera House, 131 Main St, Bangor, ME 04401. For tickets call: (207) 942-3333 or visit www.penobscottheatre.org.
  • ARRL: ETP grants
    Through its Education & Technology Program, the National Association for Amateur Radio offers grants for radio station equipment and related software and resources for classrooms in the US. Maximum award: varies. Eligibility: schools that provide a plan to use Amateur Radio as part of an enrichment program and/or as part of in-classroom learning. Deadline: November 1, 2014. For more information please click here.
  • Penobscot Theatre Company located in Bangor offers The Wizard of Oz. Student matinees: December 9, 11, and 18, at 10:00 AM. To book a student matinee or learn more please call 947.6618 x107 or email education@penobcottheatre.org.  Penobscot Theatre offers school residencies under the following topics called Bringing Learning Alive! 1) Authors Alive 2) Improv Alive 3) Arts Alive. FMI including  pricing please email or call (info above).
  • Screen Shot 2014-09-30 at 9.16.17 PMThe Bangor Symphony Orchestra is excited to kick off its 119th season on Sunday, October 12 at 3 p.m. at the Collins Center for the Arts in Orono!
    Please share the attached Know Your Orchestra! voucher with students, family, friends, colleagues, and others, and invite them to attend this performance and others throughout the season.
    The Know Your Orchestra! voucher program encourages students to become acquainted with classical music and their home orchestra. Each voucher admits up to four K-12 students for free when accompanied by at least one adult. Up to two accompanying adults can receive a discounted ticket price of $10.00. Each free ticket and adult ticket is subject to an additional $3.00 box office handling fee. The attached voucher may be used for any of the 2014-15 season Masterworks concerts. We encourage voucher holders to reserve their tickets before the concert by calling the CCA Box Office at 581.1755 or 1.800.622.TIXX Monday thru Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please copy the attached black and white file “KYOboardingpass_2014” and distribute it widely. If you would like a color version, please let me know.
    The program includes Spanish-inspired works and features the talented classical guitarist Ana Vidovic as soloist in Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez. Favorites by Bizet and Rimsky-Korsakov alongside beautiful and lively works by de Falla and Chabrier will leave audiences dreaming of Spain in Maine!
    For more information about the rest of the season, please visit our website bangorsymphony.org.
  • Affordable Colleges Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing free higher education tools for current and future college students and their families, recently published research on all the Not-For-Profit universities and colleges in Maine that offer online college programs.  Historically, online programs have only been offered by for-profit institutions.  Today, many of the most established not-for-profit state colleges and national universities have launched programs that provide flexibility and lower tuition prices for students.  This dataset is unique to our site and is even ahead of the curve compared to other government education data sources such as NCES and IPEDS.  A few of the key features on the page:
    – Unique list of accredited not-for-profit institutions offering online programs, sorted by affordability
    – Spotlight interviews provided by many college deans with the institution’s philosophy on online learning
    – Direct links to the specific online departments, or e-campus, of each institution
    Anyone can access the college guide at the following location:
  • Regional Fine Arts. Looking to collaborate with students from other regions of the U.S. or other countries. To complete a cultural project regarding the music/arts and crafts unique to that region. We would share information about Cajun and Zydeco music and/or art. This is a very open-ended project, so if it sparks an idea that you’d like to try let me know. We can collaborate via email, compressed video, and/or Skype. If interested contact high school librarian Adri LeBlanc @adri.leblanc@cpsb.org, DeQuincy High School. Audience: Education: Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12.


  1. Thanks for keeping up with all this info, it was very helpful today. We have a great film we wanted to enter in the film festival. We thought it was not going to happen, but now because I read this great blog we know we still have time!!
    Lisa Gilman

  2. Parents are always asking me for art enrichment program information.

    Now they are especially interested in summer arts programs.

    Any way we can get those programs K-12 & state-wide listed here?

  3. What a great idea Vicky! I’d be glad to include those at the “Student Opps” link which can be accessed from the front page of the blog. I do receive info from teachers and community organizations for programs. I will invite the list-serv members next week to send me specific info for summer programs and will be sure to post them there. Thanks!

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