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Dance Grant Series 1

February 9, 2017

Dance education funding – “Hopes for the Future”

This is the first of three blog posts that will be included, February 9 – 11, describing the dance education residency that took place in December 2016 from a special grant called the “Hopes for the Future” funding. Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) Teacher Leader and dance educator from Thornton Academy Emma Campbell collaborated and planted a seed and it grew into a dance education opportunity for Maine students. Learn more from this series of posts. Please note: funding will be available again during 2017. Watch the blog and the Maine Arts Commission arts education list-serv for information.

img_4605In November of 2015 a collaborative performance was held at Thornton Academy in Saco. Two schools and five dance studios work together as part of the Community Dance Project to create the performance and raise funds to help establish a dance education grant. The “Hopes for the Future,” funding was available to schools/districts who have no dance education program in place during the school day. Applications were accepted with a handful of guidelines. Two of them being that the funding was to be used during the 2016-17 school year and a dance educator from the Maine Arts Commission Teaching Artist roster had to be selected to provide the artist residency.  The roster presently has 15 dance artists.

The funding was to be used as seed money so schools/districts would actually have a complete opportunity to experience the benefits of dance education for learners. In April 2016 the funding was awarded to MSAD #33, comprised of Dr. Levesque Elementary School in Frenchville and Wisdom Middle/High School in St. Agatha located in the northern most part of Aroostook County.  The district’s 240 students and teachers had the unique opportunity in December 2016 for dance educator/teaching artist John Morris to spend a week in their schools.

screen-shot-2016-12-07-at-2-00-25-pmI was thrilled to be able to travel to the County and visit the classrooms and see the students in action working with John Morris. Along with John worked closely with art teacher Theresa Cerceo and music teacher Charles Michaud to be sure that the learning opportunity was at an extremely high level. The preparation work that both teachers did before John arrived was evident. The 5 days were documented very well with photos, video footage, quotes from students and staff. It was obvious at the culminating performance on a chilly Friday night in St. Agatha that the opportunity exceeded the expectations.

screen-shot-2016-12-09-at-9-49-40-amDr. Fern Desjardins, Superintendent of Schools, MSAD #33 said the following:

“MSAD #33 had a unique opportunity to have a dance artist come to the District for a weeklong residency to introduce K-12 students to dance education as an art form.  I gratefully acknowledge Thornton Academy for their generous donation to the Maine Arts Commission to make the competitive grant, “Hopes for the Future” possible.  To bring dance to our rural area opened our students to a different way of expressing themselves by using a talent they may not have recognized or even considered.  This could have opened career options for some of our students who were not destined to seek a post-secondary college degree.  As I watched the closing performance of students at Wisdom Middle/High School’s Night of the Arts, I saw how dance artist John Morris had reached students of all academic abilities.  I was convinced I needed to make an effort to bring Mr. Morris back next spring for a follow-up residency.  He made it possible for a segment of our student population to really express their creative talents that are not otherwise discovered and displayed for our community to observe and truly appreciate – as they did on the evening of December 9, 2016.  The smiles, applause, and comments from the audience brought much pride to our little school.”

screen-shot-2016-12-07-at-2-19-39-pmLisa Bernier Principal at the Dr. Levesque Elementary School, Frenchville said the following:

“Having Mr. Morris in MSAD# 33 was phenomenal for students.  Not all students will excel in sports.  The students who participated and benefited in the Dance Residency are students who have talents that would have remained hidden otherwise, especially at the high school level. Administrators and the community of MSAD# 33 believe in the arts and it’s ability to shape and mold the lives of all students. The residency solidified our belief.  We are also very lucky to have exceptional educators who care enough to go above and beyond to bring such activities to the district.”

Over the next 3 days you will have the chance to read more posts that explain the details of the dance education residency. If you have questions please don’t hesitate to contact me at


Census Update

February 9, 2016

How’s it going?

Statewide Arts Education census Champion Noel Paul Stookey (of Peter, Paul, and Mary)

Statewide Arts Education census Champion Noel Paul Stookey (of Peter, Paul, and Mary)

You might be wondering how the data collection is going for the Statewide Arts Education Census. Great news – we have reached 50% of all schools completing the survey! If you had something to do with that THANK YOU so much! This represents 292 schools – GREAT news!


  • Aroostook – 55%
  • Cumberland – 54%
  • Hancock – 47%
  • Kennebec Valley – 51%
  • Mid-Coast – 51%
  • Penquis – 43%
  • Washington – 62%
  • Western Maine – 49%
  • York – 51%

If you are wondering what Superintendents Region your school is in please go to THIS LINK on the Maine Department of Education website.


Below is information on the survey for you and your principal. Please share.

COMPLETED THE SURVEY? YES…. by Superintendents Regions…below are the schools who have submitted the surveys. If your school name is not on the list that means we have not received your schools data yet. There is still time, please do what you can to help!


Ashland District School

Caribou High School

Caribou Middle School

David J Lyon Washburn District Elem School

Dr Levesque Elementary School

Eagle Lake Elementary School

East Grand School

East Range II CSD School

Easton Junior-Senior High Sch

Fort Fairfield Elementary School

Fort Fairfield Middle/High School

Fort Kent Elementary School

Hilltop Elementary School

Houlton Middle/High School

Katahdin Elementary School

Limestone Community School

Madawaska Middle/High School

Pine Street Elementary School

Presque Isle Middle School

Teague Park School

Van Buren District Secondary Sch

Washburn District High School

Wisdom Middle High School

Zippel Elem School


Baxter Academy for Tech & Sciences

Blue Point School

Bowdoinham Community School

Brunswick Jr High School

Canal School

Cape Elizabeth Middle School

Casco Bay High School for Expeditionary Learning

Chebeague Island School

Denmark Elementary School – Brownfield

Durham Community School

East End Community School

Falmouth High SchoolFred P Hall School

Gorham Middle School

Gray-New Gloucester High School

Gray-New Gloucester Middle School

Greely High School

Greely Middle School 4-5

Greely Middle School 6-8

Harpswell Coastal Academy

Harpswell Community School

Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary

Howard C Reiche Community Sch

James Otis Kaler Elementary School

Jordan-Small Middle SchoolKing Middle School

Lake Region High School

Lake Region Middle School

Levey Day School

Lincoln Middle School

Lyman Moore Middle School

Mabel I Wilson School

Mast Landing School

Memorial Elem School

Molly Ockett Middle School

Mt Ararat High School

Ocean Avenue Elem School

Peaks Island Elem School

Portland High School

Riverton Elem School

Scarborough Middle School

Sebago Elementary School

Songo Locks School

South Portland High School

St Brigid School

Stevens Brook Elem School

W H Rowe School

Waldo T Skillin Elementary School

Wentworth School

Windham High School

Windham Primary School


Bucksport High School

Bucksport Middle School

Conners-Emerson School

Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary Sch

Deer Isle-Stonington High Sch

Ella Lewis School

Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School

Ellsworth High School

George Stevens Academy

Hancock Grammar School

Mountain View School

Mt Desert Island High School

Pemetic Elementary School

Peninsula School

Swans Island Elementary School

Tremont Consolidated School


St Michael School

Albert S Hall School

Albion Elementary School

Atwood Primary School

Belgrade Central School

Benton Elementary School

Bloomfield Elementary School

Carrabec High School

China Middle School

China Primary School

Clinton Elementary SchoolCony High School

Edmunds Consolidated School

Fairfield Primary School

Farrington Elementary School

Gardiner Area High School

Garret Schenck School

Hall-Dale Elementary School

Helen Thompson School

James H Bean School

Lawrence High School

Lawrence Jr High School

Lillian Parks Hussey School

Lincoln School

Madison Junior High School

Maranacook Community Middle Sch

Marcia Buker School

Messalonskee High School

Messalonskee Middle School

Mill Stream Elementary School

Monmouth Academy

Morse Memorial School

Mt View High School

Palermo Consolidated School

Pittston Consolidated School

Skowhegan Area Middle School

Teresa C Hamlin Elem School

Troy Central School

Vassalboro Community School

Warsaw Middle School

Waterville Junior High School

Waterville Senior High School

Wayne Elementary School

Williams Elementary School

Windsor Elementary School

Winthrop Grade School

Winthrop High School

Winthrop Middle School


Ames & Weymouth Elementary Schools

Bath Middle School

Belfast Area High School

Boothbay Region Elem School

Camden-Rockport Elementary School

Camden-Rockport Middle School

Captain Albert W. Stevens School

Dike-Newell School

Edgecomb Eddy School

Hope Elementary School

Islesboro Central School

Lincoln Academy

Lincolnville Central School

Lura Libby School

Miller School

Monhegan Island School

Morse High School

Nobleboro Central School

North Haven Community School

Oceanside High School

EastPen Bay Christian School

South Bristol Elementary School

South School

Southport Central School

Troy A Howard Middle School

Union Elementary

Warren Community School

West Bath School

Woolwich Central School


Hollis Elementary School

Alton Elementary School

Brewer Community School

Caravel Middle School

Carmel Elementary School

Central High School

Central Middle School

Corinna Elementary School

Dedham School

Dexter Regional High School

Dr Lewis S Libby School

Eddington & Holding Elem

Etna-Dixmont School

Forest Hills Consolidated School

Hartland Consolidated School

Hermon Elementary School

Holbrook School

Hudson Elementary School

Indian Island High School

John Bapst Memorial High School

Lee/Winn Elementary School

Mattanawcook Academy

Mattanawcook Jr High School

\Medway Middle School

Morison Memorial School

Mountain View Youth Dev Ctr

Old Town Elementary School

Penobscot Valley High School

Penquis Valley High School

Piscataquis Community Secondary Sch

Ridge View Community School

Samuel L Wagner Middle School

Se Do Mo Cha Elem – Middle School

Sebasticook Valley Middle School

Stearns Jr-Sr High School

Suzanne M Smith Elementary School

Veazie Community School


Bay Ridge Elementary

Beals Elementary School

Calais Elementary School

Cherryfield Elementary

Daniel W Merritt School

Harrington Elementary School

Jonesport Elementary School

Jonesport-Beals High School

Lubec Consolidated School

Machias Memorial High School

Milbridge Elementary School

Narraguagus Jr/Sr High School

Pembroke Elementary School

Princeton Elementary School

Shead High School

Whiting Village School

Woodland Jr-Sr High School

Washington Academy


St Dominic Academy-Lewiston

Academy Hill School

Agnes Gray School

Andover Elementary School

Buckfield Jr-Sr High School

Elm Street School-Mechanic Falls

Fairview School

Farwell Elementary School

Greene Central School

Guy E Rowe School

Hebron Station School

Jay Elementary School

Leavitt Area High School

Leeds Central School

Lisbon High School

Livermore Elementary School

Martel Elem School

Minot Consolidated School

Mountain Valley High School

Mt Abram Regional High School

Mt Blue High School

Oxford Elementary School

Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School

Oxford Hills Middle School

Paris Elementary School

Park Avenue Elementary School

Poland Community School

Poland Regional High School

Sabattus Primary School

Sherwood Heights Elementary School

Spruce Mountain High School

Telstar High School

Telstar Middle School

Tripp Middle School

Turner Primary School

W G Mallett School

Walton Elem School

Washburn School

Waterford Memorial – Harrison School


Berwick Academy

Biddeford High School

Biddeford Intermediate School

Bonny Eagle Middle School

C K Burns School Carl J Lamb School

Dayton Consolidated School

Eliot Elementary School

Governor John Fairfield School

John F Kennedy Memorial School

Kennebunk High School

Kennebunkport Consolidated Sch

Lafayette School

Margaret Chase Smith Sch.-Sanford

Marshwood Great Works School

Marshwood High School

Marshwood Middle School

Noble High School

Old Orchard Beach High School

Saco Middle School

Sanford High School

Sanford Jr High School

Sea Road School

Shapleigh School

Village Elementary School-York

Waterboro Elementary School

Wells Elementary School

Wells High School

Wells Junior High School

Willard Elem School

York High School

Young School

Fairfield School

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