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Money, Money, Money

February 22, 2018

MAC Funding

The deadline is just around the corner for several of the Maine Arts Commission (MAC) grants. The grants overview is located on the MAC site at THIS LINK.

Below are the grants and the deadlines.

March 1, 2018 DEADLINE:


Applications will be accepted in our online Grants Management System (GMS) up to 5 p.m., Thursday, March 1. If you’ve never submitted an application you will need to create an account first at the link above.

March 8, 2018 DEADLINE:


Questions? Comments? Email or call Senior Grants Director Kathy Shaw at or 207-287- 2750.


MAC Awards Grants

August 22, 2017

Over $37,000 awarded!

The Arts Learning grants, along with several other grant programs, totaling $375,134.00 were approved yesterday by the commission members of the Maine Arts Commission.

One of this years grant recipients: Teaching artist Susan Camp will be providing an artist residency at Leonard Middle School in Old Town during this school year. She will work with visual art educator Adele O’Brien-Drake to create portraits on gourds.

The Arts Learning grants are providing $37,200.00 to a mixture of 18 schools and organizations all committed to providing quality arts education programming for young people. The selection process involves four amazing panelists who dedicated hours and hours to reviewing each application, gathering to discuss them and scoring each one, using a rubric based on the criteria. The panelists scores are added together to determine a total score.

We are considering changing the arts education grant for next year to build on the successes. I encourage you to consider applying by brainstorming ideas and having conversations with school personnel, community arts organizations, and teaching artists. If you have questions or wish to discuss an idea please don’t hesitate to contact me at  I’d be glad to assist you in the applications process. The deadline is the end of March BUT it is never to early to begin the planning process. Each awardee’s work will have a blog post that will include the project so you can learn about them. This years recipients are listed below with the titles of their applications. CONGRATULATIONS to all of you!

  • 317 Main Community Center, Yarmouth – Building Learning and Life Skills through Music Education
  • Bangor High School, Bangor – Ceramic/Sgraffito Artist workshop
  • Breakwater Learning, Portland – Play Start Studio: Artist in Residence
  • Figures of Speech Theatre, Freeport – The Art of Memory
  • Jazz Residency Initiative, Denmark – Jazz Residency Initiative Programming
  • Learning Works, Portland – Learning Works Afterschool, Youth Dance Program
  • Leonard Middle School, Old Town, Harvesting Identify
  • Longfellow Elementary School, Portland – Filling a Void: Building a Performing Arts Program at Longfellow Elementary
  • Maine Academy of Modern Music, Portland – Mammoth Rock Chorus in Local Elementary Schools,
  • Oceanside High School, Rockland – OHS Art Lab in the Halls – A School & Community Collaboration
  • Opera House Arts, Stonington – Creative  Stages Theatre Education Initiative
  • Partners in Island Education, Vinalhaven – Galvanizing Student Connections between the Island Landscape and Art
  • Portland Ballet, Portland – CORPS support
  • Portland Ovations, Portland – Story to Stage
  • Portland Stage, Portland – Support for Portland Stage’s K-12 Education Programming
  • The Telling Room, Portland – Field Trips
  • Union Elementary School, Union – Come Spring
  • Waterfall Arts, Belfast – Youth & Family Outreach After School Art Programs

Kids Learn From the Arts

February 5, 2013


The ARTSblog is a program of Americans for the Arts and is authored by Lisa Phillips. She has written a book called ‘The Artistic Edge 7 Skills Children Need to Succeed in an Increasingly Right Brain World‘. You can find a link to the ARTSblog in the blogroll on the right side of the front page of meartsed blog.

On November 26, 2012 Lisa wrote a post called The Top 10 Skills Children Learn from the ArtsWe know that there are plenty of articles and educators promoting STEM/STEAM and 21st Century skills and the connections to the arts. Lisa outline 10 skills that are directly connected. Arts for arts sake is a priority however we can not deny that the arts contribute (as they have over time) to the development of the whole child for balance and citizenship.

Here are the 10. Please go to this link to read the entire blog post.

  1. Creativity
  2. Confidence
  3. Problem Solving
  4. Perseverance
  5. Focus
  6. Non-Verbal Communication
  7. Receiving Constructive Criticism
  8. Collaboration
  9. Dedication
  10. Accountability

What do you think of Lisa’s list?


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