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Americans for the Arts

June 20, 2017

Annual convention

Frank Stella – Hess Collection

I traveled to California last week for the Americans for the Arts (AFTA) Arts Education Advisory Council meeting and the national conference. It was an exciting first trip for me to San Francisco. I was impressed with the city for many reasons. There is so much to see and do, much of it in walking distance. I arrived a couple days early to visit with a friend, a retired art teacher, who I had met during our trip to Japan in 2000 with the Fulbright program. It was great to catch up with her while visiting shops in China Town (the largest out of Asia), breathing in the smells of Little Italy, eating fish tacos in the waterfront area, sampling chocolate at Ghirardelli’s chocolate shop, and riding on the famous San Francisco trolley. We also visited the amazing Hess Collection of art in Napa Valley.

Downtown San Francisco

During the council meeting we were briefed on the advocacy work of AFTA and provided feedback on the priority education issues for AFTA. At the top of the list is programming on equity, diversity and inclusion. When we consider these topics they are very different for our rural state of Maine as compared to other parts of the country. I’m glad to be at the table sharing Maine’s ideas. AFTA is doing an amazing job of reaching out across the nation and providing face to face information as well as online resources.

The Arts Education Council walked to a school in the original downtown filled with amazing buildings that house the opera, symphony, theater, and city hall. The school was built in the 1800’s and will be the future site of an arts focused school. It is a beautiful old facility owned by the San Francisco Public Schools. We met with an energized veteran educator who is leading the work.

Chinatown

We spent some time with the other AFTA advisory panels and networks including Local Arts, Emerging Leaders, Private Sector, Public Art, and State Arts Action networks to work on AFTAs Strategic Plan. Interesting people from many organizations, large and small – all committed to the arts.

The conference was full of opportunities to learn and network. I was seeking information on Teaching Artist and community arts education programs so anything and anyone that was speaking that language, I reached out to. I attended a session called “The History of Arts-Cased Community Development” which provided a picture through the people – all giants – and their stories. The session was led by Maryo Ewell who has written a book that tells the story as well.

Bryan Stevenson

The highlight of the conference were two plenary sessions. The opening session keynote was provided by Bryan Stevenson, the founder and executive director of Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama. Mr. Stevenson is a lawyer who is committed to fighting poverty and challenging racial discrimination in the criminal justice system. He has been presented many awards for his work. He was an incredibly engaging speaker and emotionally moved the over 1000 audience members. Bryan’s TED Talk provides a picture of the clarity this man has on the topic of injustice.

Nancy Pelosi with Bob Lynch

The second session was with House Democratic Leader, US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi. She and Bob Lynch, President and CEO of Americans for the Arts, had a conversation/question and answer period on the place for the arts in America at this time. She firmly believes that the arts provide the movement for what is right in our country. She is funny, articulate, and a very good story teller.

I returned to Maine from the long and energy filled focused arts days and nights with wonderful memories and a head full of new ideas to follow up with. When I think of San Francisco the image that I will remember clearly is a walk onto the Golden Gate Bridge with the light at the end of the day. I was fortunate to share the walk, filled with laughter and conversation, with colleagues from The Pablove Foundation in California, the Turnaround Arts program from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and from the High Museum, Atlanta, Georgia. I was humbled by these amazing people doing thoughtful arts education work, impacting thousands.

Golden Gate Bridge with colleagues from across the country.

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Phase VII MALI Leaders Announced

June 13, 2017

Congrats!

CONGRATULATIONS to the 12 PK-12 Maine visual and performing arts educators and 6 teaching artists for stepping forward and taking on the role of “leader” in Maine arts education. The Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) is launching Phase VII!

Leaders will attend a 3-day summer institute at Thomas College Center for Innovation in Education and focus on their own learning; “teacher centered”. They will explore their own learning and over the next year share their learning using multiple medium. The Phase VII MALI planners are excited about this direction as they put together an agenda focused on growth mindset and hands-on engaged learning sessions.

CONGRATULATIONS to the following new MALI Teaching Artist Leaders and PK-12 Teacher Leaders:

TEACHING ARTIST LEADERS

  • NICOLE CARDANO – Theater
  • BRIAN EVANS-JONES – Creative Writing
  • RANDY FEIN – Visual Arts
  • DANA LEGAWIEC – Creative Theater
  • TOM LUTHER – Music
  • MARIE PALLUOTTO – Visual Arts

PK-12 TEACHER LEADERS

  • KRISTINE BISSON – Music 6-8 Marshwood Middle School, Eliot
  • DAVID COFFEY – Music 6-12 Belfast High School, Troy Howard Middle School, Belfast
  • AMY DONOVAN-NUCCI – Visual Art K-3 Horace Mitchell School, Kittery
  • ADELE O’BRIEN-DRAKE – Visual Art 6-8 Leonard Middle School, Old Town
  • LAURA GIBBONS – Visual Art K-6 Montello Elementary School, Lewiston
  • JAN GILL – Music PK-2 Spruce Mountain Primary School, Livermore
  • LCINDI KUGELL – Visual Art 9-12 Oxford Hills High School, Oxford
  • LORI SPRUCE – Visual Art 9-12 Brewer High School
  • WILL STECHER – Music PK-4 Newport and Corinna Elementary Schools
  • DANIELLE SULLIVAN – Music PK-8 Etna-Dixmont School
  • DOROTHY TRIPP – Music K-5 Manchester and Readfield Elementary Schools
  • KAITLIN YOUNG – Music PK-8 SeDoMoCha Elementary/Middle Schools, Dover-Foxcroft
If you’d like to learn more about MALI please CLICK HERE. The website created by MALI called Maine Arts Assessment Resources is located at THIS LINK. And, for the Resource Bank please CLICK HERE.

Teacher Leader Jean Phillips, Theatre Wiscasset High School

If you have any questions about the role of teacher leader please contact me at argy.nestor@maine.gov.
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Creativity Opens Doors

June 2, 2017

Opening reception – TODAY

Wintergreen Arts Center in Presque Isle is featuring a year of student art projects during the month of June. The opening reception – “Creativity Opens Doors!” – will be held on Friday, June 2, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, during the First Friday Downtown Art Walk. Wintergreen’s Community Support Day follows on Saturday, June 3, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Both events are free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served.

Student art projects on display include the book “Our Stories” written and illustrated by Mrs. Athena Hallowell’s after-school students; photos, props, and memorabilia from Miss Darci Faye’s youth theater plays, “The Ugly Duckling” and “The Adventures in the World of Luster,” and the musical, “We Are Monsters.”  The Presque Isle Community Garden fence project currently being completed by Mrs. Kara Addington’s after-school students will be featured along with art projects by Mrs. Brewer and Mrs. Greenlaw’s preschool students, Wintergreen’s homeschoolers’ classes, and more.

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Music Educators Opportunity

May 27, 2017

New England Institute

Proficiency-based teaching and learning is here to stay. Learn how you can effectively implement it in your MUSIC classroom, with Jake Sturtevant!  Improve your classroom results, make your Principal happy, and take care of your recertification credits this summer! For K-12 Music Educators.

Jake has been a teacher leader with the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative since it started in 2011.

For More Information, or to Register, click here.

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Teaching Artist Opportunity

May 26, 2017

Calling Teaching Artists – You’re Invited!

Summer Professional Development

Tuesday, August 1, 8:00 to 4:00

Thomas College, Waterville

The Maine Arts Commission invites teaching artists to attend an all day professional development opportunity on Tuesday, August 1. This will take place on the first day of the MAC Maine Arts Leadership Initiative summer institute on the beautiful campus of Thomas College in Waterville.

Teaching Artist Tim Christensen working with a Camden Rockport Middle School student during a residency

This year’s Teaching Artist professional development day is designed to focus on the role of the teaching artist and the relationship between the teaching artist and the K-12 arts educator.

The day includes workshops designed specifically for Teaching Artists focusing on a variety of topics: practices for Teaching Artists including standards, assessment, advocacy, marketing yourself, and more.

What will you get when you attend the Maine Arts Commission professional development day?

  • Information on applying your expertise as an artist to the structuring of your lessons and residencies.
  • Hands-on experience in relating the learning standards and assessments to your work.
  • Opportunities to network with PK-12 visual and performing arts teachers from Maine schools.
  • Participation in sessions that are planned to fit your needs as a teaching artist.
  • A light breakfast, a yummy lunch, and afternoon snacks

Teaching Artists interested in attending must register by CLICKING HERE.

Teaching Artist John Morris working with students in MSAD#33

To apply for the Maine Arts Commission Teaching Artist roster artists are required to attend the summer professional development opportunity. The Commission will be accepting applications in the fall of 2017. CLICK HERE for the MAC Teaching Artist roster.

Presented by Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) of the Maine Arts Commission. To learn more about the MALI please CLICK HERE. Facilitated by Teaching Artist John Morris and Music Educator Kate Smith.

If you have any questions please contact Argy Nestor, Director of Arts Education, Maine Arts Commission, argy.nestor@maine.gov or John Morris at JohnMorris08@gmail.com.

 

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Congratulations Music Educators

May 24, 2017

Accomplishing at the highest level

Congratulations to the following Maine Music Educators who received awards last week during the Maine Music Educators Association annual conference at UMaine Orono.

MMEA School Admistrator of the Year: Barbara Jordan, Principal of the Albert S. Hall School, Waterville

Sue Barre, Barbara Jordan, Ciara Hargrove, Kristen Alberts

Maine Music Educator of the Year: Mike Sakash, Fryeburg Academy

Mike Sakash with Josh Bosse

Maine New Music Educator Award: Josh Champagne of Sanford High School

Ben Potvin with Josh Champagne

Dale Huff Outstanding Music Department Award – Music Educators: Ashley Albert, Jill Hodgdon, Danielle Murphy,  Heidi Anderson, Mike Scarpone and Lisa Cushman, Assistant Principal, Brunswick Junior High School representing administration

Ashley Albert, Jill Hodgdon, Danielle Murphy, Heidi Anderson, Mike Scarpone and Lisa Cushman, Assistant Principal, Brunswick Junior High School representing administration

Maine Music Educators Appreciation Award:

Brian Nadeau

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Superb All-State

May 23, 2017

Congrats on a great conference MMEA!

The registration table was well cared for with Sam Moore-Young, Ben Potvin, and UMaine music major student Micaela Ellis.

We know that it takes a village for success to happen and the many hands that planned (for months) to put together a celebratory Maine Music Educators Association (MMEA) conference are to be commended. Congratulations and a huge THANK YOU to those who took care of the many details!

All smiles in the vendor section! Pamela Kinsey, Roger Whitney, and Glen Sargent.

This year the MMEA celebrates 100 years. In fact, MMEA is the oldest professional state music association in the country. Certainly something to be proud of!!! There are many dedicated people who have come and gone during the last 100 years who have proudly lead the organization. Those who come forward and do their parts as leaders stand on the shoulders of giants! At this time Waterville music educator Sue Barre serves as President. Thank you for the endless hours and your dedication!

Fun in the Motor Booty horn section!

For those of you who are history buffs I thank music educator Sam Moore-Young, Craig Skeffington and retired music educator Bob Mode for providing the following…

Our parent organization, National Association for Music Education (NAfME) began as a small meeting of 104 music supervisors in Keokuk, Iowa in 1907 after the 1906 National Education Association (NEA) was canceled due to the San Francisco earthquake. After meeting again in 1909 in reaction to the NEA not addressing the concerns of music supervisors, the group formally organized in 1910 and called itself the Music Supervisors National Conference (MSNC).

In October 1915, at a meeting of music supervisors held in connection with the state Teachers Convention in the assembly room of Portland High School, it was decided that it was advisable to form a closer association of Maine school music teachers. A committee was formed to draw up a constitution. This was the beginning of the first state-level organization of public school music teachers in the United States.

For a number of years, the new organization, known as the Maine Music Supervisors Association (MMSA), met only once a year, at the time of the State Teachers Convention in October. At the October 1917 meeting in Bangor, with forty people in attendance, it was voted to collect dues of twenty-fie cents per year. 

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