Student Opps

  • Calling all performing arts students!  A world premier musical will be making its debut at Merrill Auditorium September 2014.  Auditions for actors, singers, and dancers will be held in Portland Saturday April 28th.  Please check the website at
    http://thebusstopatheist.com    for more information.  This will be a wonderful opportunity for those students wishing to make a career in the performing arts.  Good luck to one and all.
  • 2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program AwardsThe President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is pleased to invite applications for the 2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards.

    Programs applying for the award must meet all of the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award’s eligibility criteria. The deadline for application submissions is February 10, 2014. Please click the following link to view the application: http://www.nahyp.org/how-to-apply

  • 2014 VSA Playwright Discovery CompetitionMiddle and high school students are invited to explore the disability experience—in their own life, the lives of others, or through fictional characters—by writing a script. Writers with and without disabilities are encouraged to submit a one-act script for stage or screen. Entries may be the work of an individual student or a collaboration by up to five students. The application deadline is April 28, 2014. Learn more here.
  • Summer Institutes: Teaching the Humanities through ArtThe Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC is hosting two week-long institutes to be held June 23–27 and July 28–August 1, 2014. Core subject teachers for grades 6-12 may apply as individuals or as part of a team. Registration is $200 per participant. Graduate credits, scholarships, and low-cost housing accommodations are available. Applications are due Monday, March 31, 2014. Click here to learn more and apply.
  • C-SPAN’s StudentCam is an annual national video documentary competition that encourages students to think seriously about issues that affect our communities and our nation. Students are asked to create a short (5-8 minute) video documentary on a topic related to the competition theme “A Message to the U.S. Congress.” Documentary should address the question, ‘What’s the most important issue Congress should consider in 2012?” Maximum award: $5,000, plus $1,000 in digital equipment for school. Eligibility: individuals or teams of two to three students grades 6-8 or grades 9- 12; Deadline: January 20, 2014.
  • Please consider submitting an entry for a new logo for the Maine Art Education Association or encouraging your students to submit an entry. Please email Heidi O’Donnell at heidiaemaine@gmail.com for more information. Although we need the logo submission digitally, the Media Release Form must be printed and mailed in to our Portland Post Office Box. If interested, check out what other state associations are using by visiting:
  • Dance Camera West, The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance and the School of Film/Video at California Institute of the Arts are thrilled to welcome college and high school students to submit dance media for the CalArts/Dance Camera West Emerging Artists Competition. We welcome submissions of dance media in any dance style or genre. There will be two categories within this competition, high school (grades 9-12) and college students. This competition allows students to only compete with other students in their age group.
    There are cash and CalArts scholarship prizes for winners.
    Selected student films will be screened at the 13th Annual DCW Festival in Los Angeles (venues to be announced).
    Students are invited to participate in workshops and mentoring panels specifically designed for student filmmakers at the festival.
    Final Deadline: January 31st, 2014
    Festival Notifications will be emailed: March 13th, 2014
    Festival takes place June 6th, 7th and 8th, 2014
    For submission details and festival entry regulations or to submit your work, please visit: http://www.dancecamerawest.org/submit. Please help us spread the word by sharing this email with friends, students and colleagues.
  • Theater at Monmouth has kicked off their Stage Tour of My Father’s Dragon. You can learn more and obtain the details by visiting their website at http://www.theateratmonmouth.org/education-tours.html.
  • $2500.00 grant opportunity through Crayola. FMI please click here http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/rfp/rfp_item.jhtml?id=411800004#
  • 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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