Posts Tagged ‘Gibson Fay-LeBlanc’

h1

POL Today

February 29, 2016

Northern Regional Finals – Hampden Academy

The Poetry Out Loud (POL) Northern Regional Finals will be held today starting at 3:00 PM at Hampden Academy. The Maine Arts Commission (MAC) invites you to attend this exciting event – no cost and open to the public. Nineteen students will be competing for one of 5 spots in the State Finals. The following students have already competed at the school level and will proudly represent them:

  • Lydia Caron – Bangor High School
  • Amanda O’Brien – Calais High School
  • Kara Robak – Camden Hills Regional High School
  • Morgan Steward – Carrabec High School
  • Abigail Corson – Gardiner Area High School
  • Phoebe Zildjian – George Stevens Academy
  • Emily Albert – Hall-Dale High School
  • Danielle Barrett – Hampden Academy
  • Katherine McKee – Kents Hill School
  • Dianna Nicholas – Lee Academy
  • Hannah Orr – Maine Central Institute
  • Antyna Gould – Medomak Valley High School
  • Tara Seymour – Messalonskee High School
  • Emmeline Willey – Monmouth Academy
  • Michaela Dube – Presque Isle High School
  • Owen Sinclair – Rangeley Lakes Regional School
  • Stefanie Johansen – Richmond High School
  • Anna Bucklin – Searsport District High School
  • Lauren Brown – Waterville Senior High School

We are happy to include in today’s program the Hampden Academy R&B Project, under the direction of music teacher Patrick Michaud. They are one of four jazz groups at Hampden Academy. They perform a wide variety of styles ranging from Frank Sinatra to Ray Lamontange. The group was created to give students an opportunity to perform in an ensemble that will allow them to perform in the music industry beyond high school.

Poetry Out Loud is organized nationally by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation and administered at the state level by the MAC. POL encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. Since it began, millions of students at more than 7,300 schools nationwide have participated. This great program also gives students an opportunity to master public-speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.

Recently students had the opportunity to work with two award winning Maine poets, Megan Grumbling and Gibson Fay-LeBlanc during an online workshop. It was a outstanding learning session where students had a chance to practice and receive feedback on their recitations.

Online POL workshop

Online POL workshop

The Maine State Finals for POL will be held on March 15, Waterville Opera House, 3 PM TODAY – open to the public, no cost! Jennifer Rooks, Public Affairs Host and Producer at Maine Public Broadcasting Network (MPBN), will serve as the event’s emcee.

For more information about Maine’s POL program, please visit http://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Education/POL-Home or contact Argy Nestor, Maine Arts Commission Director of Arts Education at argy.nestor@maine.gov or 207-287-2713.

h1

In Today’s News

June 29, 2015

Gibson Fay-LeBlanc

Recently named Portland’s Poet Laureate Gibson Fay-LeBlanc is not only a poet but a hockey player as well. Read about him in today’s Maine Sunday Telegram Audience section in an article written by Bob Keyes at http://www.pressherald.com/2015/06/28/portlands-newest-poet-laureate-writes-about-playing-hockey/. The Maine Arts Commission Poetry Out Loud program has been fortunate to have Gibson participating during the last few years.

Photo by Whitney Hayward/Staff Photographer, Maine Sunday Telegram

Photo by Whitney Hayward/Staff Photographer, Maine Sunday Telegram

h1

Imagination Intensive Community 2011

May 24, 2011

The Telling Room is a marvelous example of providing imaginative opps for students

Last Thursday I had the chance to visit The Telling Room in Portland. I joined a team that observed and documented the outstanding components of the program. The Telling Room has been named the Imagination Intensive Community for 2011. Below is the news release and pictures from our visit. CONGRATULATIONS to The Telling Room and the staff and the hundreds of volunteers who are so passionate about the important work they do providing imaginative opportunities for students.

The Telling Room staff

NEWS RELEASE – The Maine Alliance for Arts Education, the Maine Department of Education, and the Maine Arts Commission are pleased to announce that the Telling Room in Portland has been named Maine’s 2011 Imagination Intensive Community.

With funding this year from the Kennedy Center, the Maine Arts Commission, the Maine Department of Education, and Bangor Savings Bank, the Imagination Intensive Communities program is in its second year of identifying and celebrating, through an open application process, those Maine communities where schools and partnering organizations of all kinds invest in the imaginative development of children and youth.

The Telling Room exhibit at the Portland Public Library

Located in downtown Portland, the Telling Room is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the idea that children and young adults are natural storytellers. Recognized for its many programs and community partnerships, the Telling Room focuses on young writers ages 6 to 18 and seeks to build confidence, provide real audiences for students’ stories, and strengthen literacy skills through literature, writing, music, drama, and visual arts.

Director Gibson Fay-LeBlanc accepts IIC banner

The Telling Room has evolved into a community that reaches beyond its own doors to collaborate with a wide variety of local and regional partners, including schools, Portland Public Library, Portland Ovations, and others. As the selection panel noted, “The Telling Room should be recognized and celebrated for participating in community building in a most meaningful way through their work.”

Engaged in learning

When notified of the award, Telling Room Executive Director, Gibson Fay-LeBlanc commented, “The Telling Room is honored to be selected as an Imagination Intensive Community. We believe that the power of creative expression can change our communities and prepare our youth for future success and are pleased to join the other model communities, schools, and organizations that are teaching students in and through the arts around the state. We value this award both for recognizing our past work with young writers and artists and for the way it will push us to continue to innovate and better serve students in Greater Portland and beyond.”

Comfy corner at The Telling Room

Past Imaginative Intensive Communities include Arundel, Blue Hill, Camden-Rockport, Deer Isle/Stonington, North Haven, and York (2010). Five communities have received honorable mention as “emerging communities:” Dover-Foxcroft and Kittery (2011) and Brunswick, Denmark, and Portland’s Reiche School (2010).

Visiting team member Bette Manchester speaks to Teen Librarian, Justin Hoenke, Portland Public Library

The search for these communities grew out of a statewide census of arts learning that documented that children’s access to education in dance, music, theater, and visual art is not equal throughout the state. The census raised the question, “Where are the communities that even in hard times use their available resources to support the development of young people’s creativity and innovation?” The Imagination Intensive Communities project was developed to answer that question.

An award celebration, at which the Telling Room will be recognized as the 2011 Imagination Intensive Community, is scheduled for May 19 and will include presentation of check for $1200, a banner, and award certificates for the Telling Room and its collaborating community partners.

The Maine Alliance for Arts Education (MAAE) is a statewide nonprofit that works to strengthen education in all of the arts for all Maine students. For more information on this project, the results of the arts education census, and other activities of MAAE, visit www.maineartsed.org or email info@maineartsed.org .

Telling Room photo:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/thetellingroom/5579769981/in/set-72157626282612047#/

All photographs taken by Gail Scott.

%d bloggers like this: