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Veterans Day Celebration Through the Arts

November 23, 2012

Veterans Day at Lake Region High School

What a wonderful array of music, dance and voice that filled Lake Region High School in honor of our veterans on Veterans Day. Amongst our honored veterans and special guests were  Maine’s First Lady, Ms. Ann LePage, and Ms. Elizabeth Watson, Chair of the Maine Alliance for Arts Education. Parents, the entire student body and faculty cheered and applauded as music, voice and dance performances were presented. The high school choir under direction of Mr. Eugene Long, and the school band under direction of Mr. Paul Greenstone, played and sang a medley of patriotic songs to honor our veterans. Their voices and notes filled the gym with pride and energy amongst deep appreciation from the audience. The dancers, under the direction of Ms. Carmel Collins, dressed in army uniforms, took the veterans back to the 1940’s with a rendition of the popular Andrew’s Sisters song ‘Boogie, Woogie, Bugle Boy.’ This was followed by a lyrical dance to the song ‘The River Flows in You,’ by Yiruma. The dance was symbolic of how love, pride, and prayers flow like a river through each member of the U.S. armed forces wherever they are. The final dance  was performed to Toby Keith’s ‘Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue.‘ As dancers took to the floor dressed in sequined shirts sporting the initials USA, cheers filtered through the crowd. It was a wonderful day of celebration rolling in on the waves of the arts.

Thank you to Carmel Collins for providing the blog post information and the photographs.


Maine Alliance for Arts Education

October 18, 2012

An invitation from the board chair, Elizabeth Watson


Please join me this Sunday at 5:30 – 7:00pm at Slates Restaurant in Hallowell (163 Water Street) for a fundraising reception to welcome Peter Alexander as the new executive director of the Maine Alliance for Arts Education (MAAE).

Julie Richard, the new director of the Maine Arts Commission, will be our keynote speaker, and co-sponsors for the event include the Maine Music Educators Association and the Maine Art Education Association.  So if you have an interest in arts education in Maine, this event is the place to be!  But space is limited, so please RSVP to

Even if you are unable to attend, please consider making a contribution to help jumpstart MAAE’s new strategic plan. Under Peter Alexander’s leadership we are about to undertake new programs to help boost awareness, appreciation, and investment in arts education in all Maine communities, and we need your financial support. You can make a tax-deductible contribution by visiting MAAE’s new website at or by going directly to our donation page here. If you prefer to donate by check, please send it to Maine Alliance for Arts Education at P.O. Box 872, Augusta, ME 04332-0872

Also, if you have not done so already, please take a moment to update your information in our database.  You can do this by clicking on the “update your profile” link at the bottom of this message.

I look forward to seeing you on Sunday!


Elizabeth Watson
Board Chair
Maine Alliance for Arts Education

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