Posts Tagged ‘MAC’

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Poetry Out Loud

April 22, 2021

Blog post 3 of 6 – Poetry

Read about the national event and details at THIS LINK. If you teach at a Maine high school and would like your school to participate during the 2021-22 school year you can get started now by reading about the details of the program. There are many components and planning ahead will help you prepare. The program is administered at the state level by the Maine Arts Commission.

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American Rescue Plan

April 14, 2021

Afterschool Arts Education can Benefit from American Rescue Plan

Thanks to the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Congress passed in March, a fantastic opportunity is available for cultural non-profits and teaching artists to partner with schools to provide after-school or summer camp enrichment programs for students.  This latest round of COVID relief for education, ESSER III (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief) calls for 20% of funds to go towards learning.  This is new.  In ESSER I and II, funds mostly covered direct prevention measures such as sanitation, air quality upgrades, facility/ space restructuring, and technology.  Also, ESSER III offers at least twice as much funding as before.  For Maine, this means over $82 million, 20% of our State’s allocation, needs to address “learning-loss.”

Dance education program Central School, South Berwick

We know that students have suffered in many ways from the COVID disruption to their learning, and the loss of opportunities for creative self-expression may be amongst the hardest.   In-person singing or making music, collaborating on art pieces, performing dance, theater or spoken word — together – has been non-existent or greatly altered this year, despite teachers’ best efforts.

Studies show that the arts inherently provide social and emotional learning, so critical at this time.

Now is the time to reach out to your local schools.  They are crafting programs themselves, arranging to bring subcontractors in, or a combination and welcome partnering to address students’ learning needs. 

The Maine Department of Education is also providing a webinar on the subject on Tuesday, April 20th at 2 pm.  To learn more about this event and to register, click here.   More information can also be found here from EdNotes or here from the Afterschool Alliance.  Readers are also invited to contact Martha Piscuskas, Director of Arts Education at the Maine Arts Commission to discuss further: martha.piscuskas@maine.gov

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Scholastic Art Awards

April 13, 2021

Maine College of Art

The 2021 Scholastic Art Award Ceremonies are archived at THIS LINK. Maine College Art is proud to be sharing this wonderful event with you. Included is a welcome and congratulations from Portland Mayor Kate Synder who honors Margaret Maxwell, recipient of the Scholastic 2021 Art Educator Excellence Award, David Greenham, Director of the Maine Arts Commission, and Christopher Wisniewski, Executive Director for the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers.

Students across the state are being recognized for their outstanding achievements in the 2021 Scholastic Art Awards. Maine is home to such an impressive generation of young artists! Special recognition goes to Della Huntley from Baxter Academy for her video liminal space received Maine’s American Visions Medal and a National Gold Medal in Film and Animation! Her teacher is Matthew Barnes. You can download Della’s Film, LIMINAL SPACE at THIS LINK.

Lilly Arbelo is from Wells High School and received a National Gold Medal in Photography for GENTLE SUFFOCATION. Her teacher is Emily Knight.

Lilly Arbelo, Wells High School, grade 11, Teacher: Emily Knight

The table below includes all of the Maine High School students who are receiving recognition this year by Scholastic for their amazing contributions of art work. In addition, the student school, grade, teacher, art work title, award, category and title of the art work. CONGRATULATIONS to all 200+ who participated!

Thank you to Pamela Moulton from Maine College of Art who is the coordinator for the Maine Regions Scholastic Art Awards.

Please be sure and scroll to the right to view all of the information about each student.

First NameLast NameStudent GradeSchool NameIndividual AwardsWork CategoryWork TitleEducator1 FirstEducator1 Last
LillyArbelo11Wells High SchoolHonorable Mention |PhotographyHer SpaceEmilyKnight
LillyArbelo11Wells High SchoolGold Key | Gold MedalPhotographyGentle SuffocationEmilyKnight
LillyArbelo11Wells High SchoolSilver Key |PaintingBunny HillEmilyKnight
DenaArrison12Freeport High SchoolSilver Key |Digital ArtStay SafeKimberlyMedskerMehalic
DenaArrison12Freeport High SchoolGold Key |Art PortfolioHow does environment influence the mood?KimberlyMedskerMehalic
AlannaBachelder11Kents Hill SchoolSilver Key |Drawing & IllustrationAvocadoDylanGifford
LexiBachelder11Rangeley Lakes Regional SchoolHonorable Mention |Digital ArtJust a girlSONJAJOHNSON
EmmaBarry12Freeport High SchoolHonorable Mention |Art PortfolioOut of PlaceKimberlyMedskerMehalic
EmmaBarry12Freeport High SchoolSilver Key |Digital ArtCliffhangerKimberlyMedskerMehalic
EmmaBarry12Freeport High SchoolHonorable Mention |Art PortfolioCommon PhrasesKimberlyMedskerMehalic
JuliaBell10Baxter Academy Tech & ScienceGold Key |Digital ArtYou’re still hereMatthewBarnes
ElwenBernard12Baxter Academy Tech & ScienceHonorable Mention |Drawing & IllustrationPassport PhotoMatthewBarnes
ElwenBernard12Baxter Academy Tech & ScienceGold Key |Mixed MediaTinful of TalesMatthewBarnes
ElwenBernard12Baxter Academy Tech & ScienceGold Key |Mixed MediaTide ClockMatthewBarnes
SophiaBlanco8Winthrop High SchoolGold Key |PaintingNewportKristenKaiser
SophiaBlanco8Winthrop High SchoolHonorable Mention |PaintingClouds at Quoddy HeadlightKristenKaiser
SophiaBlanco8Winthrop High SchoolGold Key |PaintingSisterly LoveKristenKaiser
SophiaBlanco8Winthrop High SchoolHonorable Mention |SculpturePearlKristenKaiser
DorcasBolese10Yarmouth High SchoolSilver Key |PaintingAppropriateMelissaSylvester
AlainaBonis10Hebron AcademySilver Key |PaintingSunriseGabeMiller
AlainaBonis10Hebron AcademyHonorable Mention |Ceramics & GlassSelf PortraitGabeMiller
AlainaBonis10Hebron AcademyHonorable Mention |Drawing & IllustrationTimGabeMiller
AlainaBonis10Hebron AcademySilver Key |Drawing & IllustrationSelf Portrait 2GabeMiller
ZaraBoss12Thornton AcademySilver Key |Drawing & IllustrationCoffee On The Brainjennifermerry
ZaraBoss12Thornton AcademyHonorable Mention |Mixed MediaBy A ThreadJodiThomas
ZaraBoss12Thornton AcademySilver Key |Mixed MediaMind PainterJodiThomas
ZaraBoss12Thornton AcademyHonorable Mention |Art PortfolioIdentityJodiThomas
ObiBoucher12Sacopee Valley High SchoolHonorable Mention |PrintmakingDUTYShaelinShields
ObiBoucher12Sacopee Valley High SchoolSilver Key |Art PortfolioTextural WorksShaelinShields
AndrewBouvier12Berwick AcademyGold Key |PaintingA Balanced EarthRaeganRussell
ElizabethBove12Thornton AcademyHonorable Mention |Art PortfolioCharcoal StudyJodiThomas
HaydenBraun10Mount Desert Island High SchoolHonorable Mention |Comic ArtColorful MenagerieCharlieJohnson
HaydenBraun10Mount Desert Island High SchoolHonorable Mention |Digital ArtCityscapeCharlieJohnson
BreydonBrough11Oxford Hills Tech SchoolHonorable Mention |DesignReclaiming your WorldVirginiaValdes
CeliaBuetens11Orono High SchoolGold Key |PaintingMirror, MirrorJessicaBarnes
ValentinaCapri Arroyo12Thornton AcademyGold Key, American Visions Nominee |PhotographyComo el aguaJodiThomas
ErikCarson9Edward Little High SchoolGold Key |Comic ArtWatch Out!DianaCarson
SophiaCarson12Edward Little High SchoolHonorable Mention |Drawing & IllustrationIdle HandsDianaCarson
NoraCastonguay10Kents Hill SchoolHonorable Mention |SculptureRefugee MaskDylanGifford
AnnieChapman12Thornton AcademySilver Key |PaintingBrotherJodiThomas
AnnieChapman12Thornton AcademyHonorable Mention |PaintingSelf Portrait in Still LifeJodiThomas
CamdenChase12Berwick AcademyHonorable Mention |Digital ArtChanging HomeRaeganRussell
CamilaCiembroniewicz12Mt Ararat High SchoolSilver Key |Drawing & IllustrationJoseph and His CameraChristineDel Rossi
ZoeClark12Wells High SchoolGold Key |PhotographyFlightEmilyKnight
ZoeClark12Wells High SchoolHonorable Mention |PhotographyStarsEmilyKnight
ZoeClark12Wells High SchoolHonorable Mention |PhotographyReflectEmilyKnight
EmmaComparato10Brunswick High SchoolHonorable Mention |PhotographyShe’s on the doorJennieDriscoll
RileyCoron11Kennebunk High SchoolHonorable Mention |PhotographySweet SorrowKatieMooney
ChloeVioletCorral12Baxter Academy Tech & ScienceHonorable Mention |Digital ArtComplex SaviorMatthewBarnes
ChloeVioletCorral12Baxter Academy Tech & ScienceSilver Key |Film & AnimationSurprise EncounterMatthewBarnes
CarolineCouperthwait10R W Traip AcademyHonorable Mention |SculptureThe Shape of NatureKimberlyBurke
GraceCourtney12Thornton AcademyHonorable Mention |Ceramics & GlassSculpture of a Barn OwlDanaAltman
GraceCourtney12Thornton AcademyGold Key |Mixed MediaSelf-Portraitjennifermerry
AnaviCurtiss11Wells High SchoolHonorable Mention |Comic ArtEating FishEmilyKnight
EmmaDawson-Webb11R W Traip AcademySilver Key |Mixed MediaLeft BehindKimberlyBurke
EmmaDawson-Webb11R W Traip AcademyGold Key |PaintingRich LonelinessKimberlyBurke
IslaDay9George Stevens AcademyHonorable Mention |Film & AnimationGirl Versus NatureMelissaRioux
AynslieDecker12Freeport High SchoolHonorable Mention |Mixed MediaNatural ChickadeeKimberlyMedskerMehalic
KayleeDemers11Falmouth High SchoolGold Key |PaintingClimate Change: How Much Longer Can We Hang On To Our Burning Home?NancyGoldstone
KayleeDemers11Falmouth High SchoolSilver Key |Comic ArtThinking Outside The BoxNancyGoldstone
HollyDowling11Mt Blue High SchoolHonorable Mention |Drawing & IllustrationTelevision HeadPamelaChernesky
EmilyEastlack11Rangeley Lakes Regional SchoolSilver Key |Mixed MediaHumanitySONJAJOHNSON
AlexiaFasano11Oxford Hills Tech SchoolSilver Key |PhotographySkewedVirginiaValdes
AlexiaFasano11Oxford Hills Tech SchoolHonorable Mention |PhotographyTeenage MindVirginiaValdes
AlexiaFasano11Oxford Hills Tech SchoolSilver Key |PhotographyAbandoned in MaineVirginiaValdes
AlexiaFasano11Oxford Hills Tech SchoolHonorable Mention |PhotographyFierce LionessVirginiaValdes
BriannaFlanders11Kennebunk High SchoolGold Key |Digital ArtDehumanizing DespairBrendanRoddy
AnnaFranks11Wells High SchoolHonorable Mention |PaintingGrayscale quarantineEmilyKnight
OwenGallo-Wagoner12Cheverus High SchoolGold Key |PhotographyMomChristinaMetcalf
LillianGaudiano10Bonny Eagle High SchoolGold Key |Drawing & IllustrationSpring HikeMargaretMaxwell
LillianGaudiano10Bonny Eagle High SchoolGold Key, American Visions Nominee |Drawing & IllustrationGrowing ResilienceMargaretMaxwell
LillianGaudiano10Bonny Eagle High SchoolHonorable Mention |Mixed MediaThe TwinsMargaretMaxwell
LillianGaudiano10Bonny Eagle High SchoolSilver Key |Drawing & IllustrationTessaMargaretMaxwell
DaphneGiampietro12Mt Blue High SchoolGold Key |Digital ArtTransitionPamelaChernesky
AlekGideon11Freeport High SchoolSilver Key |Drawing & IllustrationReality Against WillKimberlyMedskerMehalic
PhebeGrant12Kennebunk High SchoolSilver Key |PhotographyKnife EdgeKatieMooney
ElainaHammond11Kennebunk High SchoolSilver Key |PhotographyPooches on GoochesKatieMooney
ElainaHammond11Kennebunk High SchoolSilver Key |PhotographyFamily WalksKatieMooney
NatalieHanagan12Wells High SchoolHonorable Mention |PhotographyJoyEmilyKnight
LilyHansen11Kennebunk High SchoolHonorable Mention |Mixed MediaFire on FireBrendanRoddy
CatonHazard11Falmouth High SchoolHonorable Mention |PaintingMedia: How does it Influence your Perception?NancyGoldstone
TaylorHemenway12North Yarmouth AcademyHonorable Mention |PaintingFinningColbyMyer
TaylorHemenway12North Yarmouth AcademyHonorable Mention |Drawing & IllustrationHiding OctopusColbyMyer
AddalineHemingway10Rangeley Lakes Regional SchoolHonorable Mention |Drawing & IllustrationBlueSONJAJOHNSON
ShayleeHerrin12Marshwood High SchoolHonorable Mention |Digital ArtCuriosityRebeccaPoliquin
HopeHoffman12Kennebunk High SchoolSilver Key |PaintingThe Off-SeasonKatieMooney
HopeHoffman12Kennebunk High SchoolSilver Key |PaintingSunday EveningKatieMooney
HopeHoffman12Kennebunk High SchoolSilver Key |Digital ArtOf CourseKatieMooney
SadieHolland11York High SchoolSilver Key |Comic ArtCorvusDavidShenett
AnielaHoltrop12Freeport High SchoolHonorable Mention |Digital ArtDianthus – Scarlet CarnationsKimberlyMedskerMehalic
MiaHornschild-Bear10Freeport High SchoolHonorable Mention |Drawing & IllustrationA Self PortraitKimberlyMedskerMehalic
MiaHornschild-Bear10Freeport High SchoolGold Key |Drawing & IllustrationBuilding BlocksKimberlyMedskerMehalic
MiaHornschild-Bear10Freeport High SchoolSilver Key |Editorial Cartoon sponsored by The Herb Block FoundationDonald and His ShadowsKimberlyMedskerMehalic
MiaHornschild-Bear10Freeport High SchoolSilver Key |PhotographyInfiniteKimberlyMedskerMehalic
MiaHornschild-Bear10Freeport High SchoolSilver Key |PhotographyMomentaufnahmeKimberlyMedskerMehalic
MiaHornschild-Bear10Freeport High SchoolSilver Key |Drawing & IllustrationManifesting the MindKimberlyMedskerMehalic
NatalieHoward11Falmouth High SchoolGold Key |Drawing & IllustrationGoody BagNancyGoldstone
NatalieHoward11Falmouth High SchoolHonorable Mention |Drawing & IllustrationMystical GardenNancyGoldstone
NatalieHoward11Falmouth High SchoolSilver Key |PaintingDown the Rabbit HoleNancyGoldstone
NatalieHoward11Falmouth High SchoolHonorable Mention |Drawing & IllustrationBurning OutNancyGoldstone
NatalieHoward11Falmouth High SchoolSilver Key |Drawing & IllustrationBernese SandersNancyGoldstone
DellaHuntley12Baxter Academy Tech & ScienceGold Key, American Visions Nominee | Gold Medal, American Visions MedalFilm & Animationliminal spaceMatthewBarnes
DellaHuntley12Baxter Academy Tech & ScienceHonorable Mention |Mixed MediaWhat Lies Below/RMS KamtschatkaMatthewBarnes
DellaHuntley12Baxter Academy Tech & ScienceGold Key |PrintmakingIn A FogMatthewBarnes
DellaHuntley12Baxter Academy Tech & ScienceGold Key |Drawing & IllustrationTarot of the Blinded EyeMatthewBarnes
AnnikaHuntress12R W Traip AcademySilver Key |SculptureVivid DreamsKimberlyBurke
MadisonHurley12Portland High SchoolSilver Key |Drawing & IllustrationCoty and WinnieBarbaraLoring
DabriaHyman11Falmouth High SchoolGold Key |FashionWildnightSusanMorse
TallulahIm11North Yarmouth AcademyHonorable Mention |Drawing & IllustrationStill LifeColbyMyer
ZoëIobst12Bangor High SchoolHonorable Mention |Photographywinds of changeSusanBryand
ZoëIobst12Bangor High SchoolHonorable Mention |Digital Artam i brokenSusanBryand
ColbyJackson-Parise12Scarborough High SchoolHonorable Mention |Drawing & IllustrationElliot & LouisErinLandry-Fowler
ColbyJackson-Parise12Scarborough High SchoolHonorable Mention |Drawing & IllustrationGrandma’s AtticErinLandry-Fowler
IanJacobs9Kennebunk High SchoolHonorable Mention |Digital ArtIan’s 4th of JulyKatieMooney
LeahJarochym7York Middle SchoolSilver Key |Comic ArtHide-and-SeekAlexisKochka
EthanJason8Silver Key |Architecture & Industrial DesignVolunteer Stadium, Home of The Nashville NotesAllisonJason
EthanJason8Gold Key |PhotographySkyscraperAllisonJason
FionaJason9Baxter Academy Tech & ScienceHonorable Mention |SculptureThe House of BluesMatthewBarnes
FionaJason9Baxter Academy Tech & ScienceHonorable Mention |PhotographyHeadspaceMatthewBarnes
AmeliaJerlach10Portland High SchoolSilver Key |Drawing & IllustrationPepper the PugBarbaraLoring
HayleyKennagh12Oxford Hills Tech SchoolSilver Key |DesignWhat makes a horse, a horse.VirginiaValdes
IsabelKesselhaut11Cape Elizabeth High SchoolHonorable Mention |PhotographyGuanacoRosamondGross
IsabelKesselhaut11Cape Elizabeth High SchoolGold Key |PhotographyTake OffRosamondGross
IsabelKesselhaut11Cape Elizabeth High SchoolHonorable Mention |PhotographyIce TreeRosamondGross
IsabelKesselhaut11Cape Elizabeth High SchoolGold Key |PhotographyBeautifully BleakRosamondGross
GabrielKirmani8Honorable Mention |DesignB1uest LogoAllegraKirmani
EmmaKnowles11Kents Hill SchoolHonorable Mention |Ceramics & GlassAcorn VesselDylanGifford
SaffronLabos11Freeport High SchoolHonorable Mention |PaintingQueen of the NightKimberlyMedskerMehalic
SaffronLabos11Freeport High SchoolSilver Key |Digital ArtI Told You I’m FineKimberlyMedskerMehalic
SophiaLambert11Falmouth High SchoolHonorable Mention |PaintingWhen the Body Sleeps, a Storm Rolls InNancyGoldstone
MischaLandgarten10Berwick AcademySilver Key |Drawing & IllustrationBroken PortraitRaeganRussell
MischaLandgarten10Berwick AcademySilver Key |Drawing & Illustrationeye portrait 2RaeganRussell
WinnieLaRochelle10Rangeley Lakes Regional SchoolHonorable Mention |Drawing & IllustrationCovered UpSONJAJOHNSON
A.Larrabee12Kennebunk High SchoolSilver Key |Digital Art2020 Earth DayBrendanRoddy
AbbyLemieux12Kennebunk High SchoolHonorable Mention |Digital ArtFalling With StyleBrendanRoddy
CeliaLinderoth8Cape Elizabeth Middle SchoolHonorable Mention |Editorial Cartoon sponsored by The Herb Block FoundationFast FashionMargueriteLawler-Rohner
IsabelleLiu11Scarborough High SchoolSilver Key |Drawing & IllustrationA Dreary ReflectionErinLandry-Fowler
JennyMa12Berwick AcademyHonorable Mention |PaintingA Cruel Crazy Beautiful WorldRaeganRussell
JennyMa12Berwick AcademySilver Key |Drawing & IllustrationMe: Praying and Blaming —— A Reflection of Coronavirus PandemicRaeganRussell
JennyMa12Berwick AcademyGold Key |Art PortfolioMeRaeganRussell
NatalieMalone-Berry12Baxter Academy Tech & ScienceSilver Key |PrintmakingConscientia Autem LudibriisMatthewBarnes
NatalieMalone-Berry12Baxter Academy Tech & ScienceHonorable Mention |PrintmakingStreet HarmonyMatthewBarnes
NatalieMalone-Berry12Baxter Academy Tech & ScienceHonorable Mention |Drawing & IllustrationRepresenting Personal Spirituality: TarotMatthewBarnes
DanielMereness12Kennebunk High SchoolHonorable Mention |Comic ArtQuarantineKatieMooney
IsabellaMezzapelle11Freeport High SchoolGold Key |DesignYou Won’t Need It, Someone Else WillKimberlyMedskerMehalic
IsabellaMezzapelle11Freeport High SchoolHonorable Mention |Drawing & IllustrationThe Pain and The PowerKimberlyMedskerMehalic
IsabellaMezzapelle11Freeport High SchoolHonorable Mention |Drawing & IllustrationFallingKimberlyMedskerMehalic
AlexisMilem11Thornton AcademyGold Key |PhotographyI Can’t BreatheJodiThomas
KaleighMiller12Thornton AcademyHonorable Mention |PhotographyFood FlatLayJodiThomas
KailynMinoty12Gardiner Area High SchoolHonorable Mention |Digital ArtA distant embraceDebraButterfield
TeaganMoon12Portland High SchoolGold Key |Comic ArtFloating HeadBarbaraLoring
AustriaMorehouse12Mount Desert Island High SchoolSilver Key |PhotographyFinding MyselfCharlieJohnson
AustriaMorehouse12Mount Desert Island High SchoolHonorable Mention |PhotographyAtlasCharlieJohnson
AustriaMorehouse12Mount Desert Island High SchoolSilver Key |PhotographyThe Sea is On FireCharlieJohnson
AustriaMorehouse12Mount Desert Island High SchoolSilver Key |PhotographyGravityCharlieJohnson
SydneyMorrison12Freeport High SchoolHonorable Mention |Drawing & IllustrationLook Ma’ No HandsKimberlyMedskerMehalic
SydneyMorrison12Freeport High SchoolSilver Key |SculptureStradivariusKimberlyMedskerMehalic
GracieMorse12Freeport High SchoolHonorable Mention |PaintingStress ReliefKimberlyMedskerMehalic
SarenMoseley12Rangeley Lakes Regional SchoolHonorable Mention |Art PortfolioCast of CharactersSONJAJOHNSON
SaraMurray11Lewiston High SchoolHonorable Mention |PaintingLean on MeKynaPitula
ScoutNasse10Thornton AcademyHonorable Mention |PaintingSelf Portraitjennifermerry
CuliandraNero12Oxford Hills Tech SchoolSilver Key |Editorial Cartoon sponsored by The Herb Block FoundationWho’s Afraid of Winnie the Pooh?VirginiaValdes
CuliandraNero12Oxford Hills Tech SchoolHonorable Mention |PhotographyExiled RebelVirginiaValdes
CuliandraNero12Oxford Hills Tech SchoolHonorable Mention |DesignAn Exploration of Maine in TypeVirginiaValdes
CuliandraNero12Oxford Hills Tech SchoolSilver Key |Digital ArtWho’s Afraid of Winnie the Pooh?VirginiaValdes
CuliandraNero12Oxford Hills Tech SchoolSilver Key |Art PortfolioMemories of MarchVirginiaValdes
CuliandraNero12Oxford Hills Tech SchoolSilver Key |Art PortfolioThe Magic of the Wandering WitchVirginiaValdes
RosemaryNorton11Wells High SchoolHonorable Mention |Comic Art3 Space CadetsEmilyKnight
MaysaO’Connor12Honorable Mention |PaintingHubrisMaryPennington
NaomiObenhaus12Maine Virtual AcademySilver Key |Art PortfolioFall and RiseAliciaUth
RyanOcampo11Scarborough High SchoolGold Key |Ceramics & GlassCreepy Carl the CamelErinLandry-Fowler
RyanOcampo11Scarborough High SchoolGold Key |PaintingLocked Down, Looking OutErinLandry-Fowler
RyanOcampo11Scarborough High SchoolSilver Key |Ceramics & GlassPatrice LumumbaErinLandry-Fowler
JosiPalmer12Kents Hill SchoolHonorable Mention |PhotographyFocusRJJenkins
HannahParsons12Kents Hill SchoolSilver Key |Paintingroles switchedRJJenkins
Lucas G.Perez8Lyman Moore Middle SchoolHonorable Mention |PaintingAndaluciaRachelBranham
Lucas G.Perez8Lyman Moore Middle SchoolHonorable Mention |Comic ArtThe PandemicRachelBranham
Lucas G.Perez8Lyman Moore Middle SchoolGold Key |PaintingThe StrangerRachelBranham
WhitneyPerkins10Lewiston High SchoolGold Key |PhotographyCuriousSarahStocker
XochitlPope8Bonny Eagle Middle SchoolSilver Key |Photographygirl on fireKatherineThompson
BristolQuimby11Rangeley Lakes Regional SchoolHonorable Mention |Drawing & IllustrationImaginary FriendsSONJAJOHNSON
KailynnReynolds11Oxford Hills Tech SchoolSilver Key |Design2020 vote posterVirginiaValdes
MaeRichardson11Kennebunk High SchoolHonorable Mention |Ceramics & GlassIcarus fellMarnieRollerson
MaeRichardson11Kennebunk High SchoolHonorable Mention |Ceramics & GlassMidnight MeadowMarnieRollerson
ElainaRioux11Kennebunk High SchoolSilver Key |Drawing & IllustrationCurvy CitrusBrendanRoddy
KaiRosenberg12Wells High SchoolHonorable Mention |Ceramics & GlassHungry SofaEmilyKnight
MalloryRoy11Falmouth High SchoolHonorable Mention |FashionSave the SeaSusanMorse
KaitlynSawicki12Freeport High SchoolGold Key |PaintingDon and GunnerKimberlyMedskerMehalic
ArzouSayed11Gorham High SchoolHonorable Mention |Drawing & IllustrationHorse RiderSarahDolley
KellieScott12Kents Hill SchoolHonorable Mention |SculptureAnxiety MaskDylanGifford
EllaShaffer11Rangeley Lakes Regional SchoolHonorable Mention |Drawing & IllustrationLilySONJAJOHNSON
AnnaSharp10Falmouth High SchoolGold Key, American Visions Nominee |Drawing & IllustrationTargetNancyGoldstone
HannahSlone11Kennebunk High SchoolSilver Key |PhotographyMakers of FashionKatieMooney
HannahSlone11Kennebunk High SchoolSilver Key |FashionSlow FashionBrendanRoddy
HannahSlone11Kennebunk High SchoolHonorable Mention |FashionRecycled FashionBrendanRoddy
AnitaSmith10Scarborough High SchoolGold Key |Drawing & IllustrationTitaErinLandry-Fowler
AnitaSmith10Scarborough High SchoolHonorable Mention |Digital ArtMemoryErinLandry-Fowler
AnitaSmith10Scarborough High SchoolGold Key |Digital ArtMistakesErinLandry-Fowler
JacobSmith12Winthrop High SchoolHonorable Mention |PhotographyClimbing the Fire TowerTiffanyShaw
JacobSmith12Winthrop High SchoolHonorable Mention |Digital ArtExist LoudlyTiffanyShaw
PaigeSpears12Winslow High SchoolHonorable Mention |Drawing & IllustrationDreamscapeSuzanneGoulet
PaigeSpears12Winslow High SchoolHonorable Mention |Art PortfolioVivid ImaginationSuzanneGoulet
CharlesSpencer10Portland High SchoolHonorable Mention |PhotographyThe MountainsBarbaraLoring
EllenaStepp9Thornton AcademyHonorable Mention |PhotographyTrappedJodiThomas
EllenaStepp9Thornton AcademyHonorable Mention |PhotographyInto the MirrorJodiThomas
EllenaStepp9Thornton AcademySilver Key |PhotographyBooks and BubblesJodiThomas
AmeliaStokes10Rangeley Lakes Regional SchoolHonorable Mention |Mixed Mediabreath of fresh airSonjaJhonson
CarolineStraw8Cape Elizabeth Middle SchoolSilver Key |JewelryNecklaceMargueriteLawler-Rohner
CarolineStraw8Cape Elizabeth Middle SchoolHonorable Mention |PhotographyFirst Day Of SpringMargueriteLawler-Rohner
SallyStronge10North Yarmouth AcademyHonorable Mention |PaintingBrothersColbyMyer
SallyStronge10North Yarmouth AcademyHonorable Mention |Mixed MediaCatching a MiracleColbyMyer
ViktoriaSugars12Oxford Hills Tech SchoolHonorable Mention |DesignHairstyles for a Black ChristmasVirginiaValdes
ViktoriaSugars12Oxford Hills Tech SchoolHonorable Mention |Comic ArtSafe or SinkVirginiaValdes
ViktoriaSugars12Oxford Hills Tech SchoolHonorable Mention |Art PortfolioBlack Girls RepresentVirginiaValdes
ViktoriaSugars12Oxford Hills Tech SchoolHonorable Mention |DesignZoom Alternate UniverseVirginiaValdes
ViktoriaSugars12Oxford Hills Tech SchoolHonorable Mention |Digital ArtAfralienVirginiaValdes
AudreySwasey12Oxford Hills Tech SchoolHonorable Mention |DesignWizard of OzVirginiaValdes
HaileyTalbert10Falmouth High SchoolHonorable Mention |SculptureCardboard ClogsNancyGoldstone
HaileyTalbert10Falmouth High SchoolHonorable Mention |PaintingAugust Fishing in MaineNancyGoldstone
MeganThibeault12Thornton AcademyHonorable Mention |Drawing & IllustrationStill LifeJodiThomas
MeganThibeault12Thornton AcademyGold Key |Art PortfolioMy Artistic JourneyJodiThomas
NinaThompson11Baxter Academy Tech & ScienceHonorable Mention |PaintingThe Congregation of Four WitchesMatthewBarnes
MaggieThyer11Bangor High SchoolHonorable Mention |Mixed MediaWhere Have you Been?SusanBryand
AldenTimm12Oxford Hills Tech SchoolGold Key |PhotographyChanging Of RolesVirginiaValdes
AldenTimm12Oxford Hills Tech SchoolSilver Key |PhotographyLook UpVirginiaValdes
QuinnTremblay12Wells High SchoolHonorable Mention |Drawing & IllustrationBackstage at BurlesqueEmilyKnight
CarolineVan Hemel11Kennebunk High SchoolHonorable Mention |PhotographyForgotten Attic WindowKatieMooney
GraceWard12Wells High SchoolHonorable Mention |Drawing & IllustrationGraphite WomanEmilyKnight
CalebWeinstein11Berwick AcademyGold Key |Ceramics & GlassCopper Ruby Cylinder with Iris Vanilla WeavingRaeganRussell
CalebWeinstein11Berwick AcademyGold Key |Ceramics & GlassBlack Wavy Bowl with Enamel White Weaving and Lipstick Red Lip WrapRaeganRussell
JiazhengWen12Kents Hill SchoolHonorable Mention |SculptureBreaking the WallDylanGifford
LilyWest9Freeport High SchoolSilver Key |Drawing & IllustrationA Walk with WallaceKimberlyMedskerMehalic
JillianWight10Freeport High SchoolSilver Key |Editorial Cartoon sponsored by The Herb Block FoundationHow To Be a Classy LadyKimberlyMedskerMehalic
JillianWight10Freeport High SchoolHonorable Mention |Drawing & IllustrationTrippy ChickensKimberlyMedskerMehalic
JillianWight10Freeport High SchoolSilver Key |Drawing & IllustrationDreamlandKimberlyMedskerMehalic
Autumn-SkyeWilliams12Rangeley Lakes Regional SchoolSilver Key |Mixed MediaIgnorance 2020SONJAJOHNSON
FrancineWilson-Charuk12Bangor High SchoolHonorable Mention |PhotographyHarry and MaayanEricHutchins
FrancineWilson-Charuk12Bangor High SchoolHonorable Mention |PhotographyMomEricHutchins
BenWuoristo12Bangor High SchoolHonorable Mention |Digital ArtNovelty NegativesSusanBryand
BenWuoristo12Bangor High SchoolGold Key |PhotographySurroundingsSusanBryand
CocoXu10Falmouth High SchoolHonorable Mention |PhotographyPuzzledSusanMorse
CocoXu10Falmouth High SchoolSilver Key |PhotographyMasked ReflectionSusanMorse
CocoXu10Falmouth High SchoolHonorable Mention |PhotographyHazeSusanMorse
RuoxuanZhang12Lee AcademyGold Key |Drawing & IllustrationCity Still LifeMonicaLiaw
RuoxuanZhang12Lee AcademyGold Key |Drawing & IllustrationTurmoilMonicaLiaw
RuoxuanZhang12Lee AcademyGold Key |Drawing & IllustrationFreedomAdrienLanfranchi
RuoxuanZhang12Lee AcademySilver Key |PaintingMemories through an Old TownMonicaLiaw
RuoxuanZhang12Lee AcademySilver Key |PaintingSelf Portrait with Heat GunAdrienLanfranchi
RuoxuanZhang12Lee AcademyGold Key |Drawing & IllustrationWar LandscapeAdrienLanfranchi
RuoxuanZhang12Lee AcademyHonorable Mention |Drawing & IllustrationInk Figure DrawingMonicaLiaw
RuoxuanZhang12Lee AcademyGold Key |SculptureReality CheckAdrienLanfranchi
RuoxuanZhang12Lee AcademyGold Key |PaintingOil leakAdrienLanfranchi
JulianZhu10Fryeburg AcademyGold Key |PhotographyGraduation 2020-Under COVID-19JenniferBartlett
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Arts Ed Advocacy Day

March 22, 2021

Documentation of the day – February 17

If you were able to attend the virtual plenary sessions on February 17 in recognition of Arts Education Advocacy Day you are aware of the outstanding opportunity the 2 hour session provided. If you were not there, you’re in luck. All of the sessions were recorded and embedded below. The day was organized by the Maine Alliance for Arts Education (MAAE) in collaboration with the leaders of the ABC – Arts Are Basic Coalition.

The first one below actually took place during the last part of Arts Education Advocacy Day, the ABC Student Advocacy Initiatives. We know at the heart of providing quality arts education programs and access to it are students! I salute all the Maine students who care deeply for the arts and are afforded an excellent curriculum. And, to all the arts educators striving to provide access to these programs, thank you!

ABC Student Advocacy Initiative

Governor Janet T. Mills Arts Ed Advocacy Message

Remarks from Maine Arts Commission Arts Education Director Martha Piscuskas

Conversation with Maine Art Education Association President Lynda Leonas and Argy Nestor

Visual Art Advocacy Video Maine Minds

Conversation with Maine Educational Theatre Association leader Kailey Smith and Beth Lambert

Maine Department of Education – Kellie Bailey, Social/Emotional Learning and Trauma-Informed Practices Specialist, Commissioner Pender Makin, and Jason Anderson, Visual and Performing Arts Specialist

Conversation with Maine Dance Educator representative Thornton Academy Dance Educator Emma Campbell and MaryEllen Schaper

Conversation with Maine Music Educators Association President Sandra Barry and Kaitlin Young

Music Advocacy Video

Thank you to Susan Potters, Executive Director of MAAE and Melissa Birkhold MAAE Advocacy Coordinator for the plenary session for Maine Arts Ed Advocacy Day and making these individual videos available. The videos are also available on the MAAE website at THIS LINK.

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Happy Arts Education Month

March 1, 2021

Celebrate!

On Wednesday, February 17 Arts Education Advocacy Day was celebrated during a zoom a plenary session provided by the Arts are Basic Coalition (ABC) and the Maine Alliance for Arts Education (MAAE) working with the Maine Department of Education and the Maine Arts Commission. All of Maine’s professional arts education organizations leaders are members of ABC and presented along with amazing student voices. I’m sure many of the Maine Arts Education blog readers attended.

Commissioner of Education, Pender Makin, participated in the event and I think her message is a great place to start March – Arts Education Month. I encourage you to share her message with your colleagues (visual and performing arts educators and all others), with parents, school board members and your community members. The archive of the plenary session will be available and provided by MAAE in the very near future.

COMMISSIONER PENDER MAKIN’S MESSAGE

We (MDOE) value the arts in education extremely highly and perhaps above everything else and here’s why: it’s more than the pragmatic use of the arts to build the architecture, the neural pathways within brains that their engagement in the arts definitely develops, allowing them to better learn and more deeply learn all of their other content. That’s important but it’s not that, it goes beyond the creativity, the self-expression. Even goes beyond the social emotional pieces. It goes beyond the power of the arts which is so critically important at this time above all other times to heal a broken society, to find and create unity in divisiveness. It goes beyond that even. And here’s what I think it is. Arts in education, especially in public education, where every child is supposed to have their very best shot provided for them is critical because it ultimately makes life worth living. The arts make all the other business we do worth doing. It is critical now and always has been but we really need to move forward that we provide equity of opportunity, equity of access, and make sure that all of our arts opportunities are widely available and represent the demographics in the surrounding community.”

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MICA

February 21, 2021

Maine Arts Commission provided conference

Thanks to the Maine Arts Commission outstanding staff another fantastic Maine International Conference on the Arts (MICA) took place this year. Even though it happened virtually the quality of presentations was outstanding. And, fortunately the amazing sessions were recorded and available for you to watch them over and over by CLICKING HERE.  

In addition to the workshops the performances are available to watch as well by CLICKING HERE. They vary greatly and the topics are very interesting. It’s a great way to listen and learn about something you’re curious about or perhaps you’ve never heard of. Scan through the titles and descriptions, make a list of what you’d like to watch and when. Grab your favorite snack and sit back in a comfy chair and enjoy each and every one.

One of the workshops during the conference was called Creating Welcoming Spaces. As a follow up to that workshop MAC is offering a follow-up session. In this continued conversation happening LIVE February 25 at 1 p.m. on the Maine Arts Commission’s Facebook Page, moderator Marty Pottenger will again be joined by Samuel James, Brigid Rankowski, Chris Newell, Nyamoun Nquany Machar (Moon), and Bridget Matros to discuss the long term work needed to make our spaces and programs more all-embracing,  accessible, and genuinely welcoming to our increasingly diverse community of Mainers. 

Everyone attending this event  is encouraged to watch the first session from the Virtual MICA conference.

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MALI Becomes MAEPL

December 8, 2020

Teacher Network Rebrands its Commitment to Arts Education

The Teacher Leader network known as MALI, or Maine Arts Leadership Initiative, has taken on the new mantle of MAEPL, Maine Arts Education Partners in Leadership, with the revised mission to develop and promote high quality arts education for all.” Leaders of MAEPL say the new name and mission statement better encapsulates what this community of arts educators has been and will continue to be. The process evolved as a result of bringing in new staff and expanding the organization’s leadership structure. Jake Sturtevant, music educator at Falmouth High School, longtime MALI member and Chair of the MAEPL Vision Team, said, “We are still committed to partnering with each other to be resilient, compassionate, and curious Teacher Leaders for our students and in our communities.”

2014 Summer MALI Institute

MALI, now MAEPL, a program of the Maine Arts Commission, is a unique teacher leader development program specifically for preK-12 visual and performing arts (VPA) educators from across the state, one of the very few in the country.  Led by active educators, they focus on the emerging needs of the field.  Components of the year-long program for both classroom teachers and teaching artists in all arts disciplines include community-building, an annual Individualized Professional Development Plan, structured mutual accountability, and leadership development. Over 120 Maine VPA teachers, as well as teaching artists, have participated in the last ten years.  

Even before the pandemic, teachers of the arts often felt isolated.  School district-level trainings are often geared towards general or “core” subject teachers.  “I’m only one of two in my district teaching elementary music.  We are in our little islands, far from anyone else doing what we do,” said Kate Smith, 2014 York County Teacher of the Year and MAEPL Program Team Leader.  “MALI changed all that.” 

Pamela Kinsey, Lori Spruce, Kate Smith, Pam Chernesky, Julie Richard, Winter Retreat 2020

This past year the group took a deep dive into their own organizational structure, assessing and clarifying their policies and processes. Even through the pandemic, the Leadership Teams met and solicited input from the entire membership, and determined a new name, a refined mission, and a new logo. “We chose the whirling maple seed pod as our new symbol because we felt it reflected the best of what we do – taking new ideas, learning and sharing together, then planting them throughout our school communities,” said Jennie Driscoll, visual art educator at Brunswick High School and Vision Team member. “It’s got our energy.”  

In 2020 they also delivered a virtual Summer Institute to 50 VPA educators, addressing the social and emotional resiliency needed this year. In addition, many members led efforts to support and connect with other teachers quickly adjusting to online instruction, leading virtual seminars through the Maine Department of Education and the Maine Arts Commission.

Group exercise at Winter Retreat, 2020

 “MALI grew a wealth of resources and committed members over the years,” said the current Director of Arts Education for the Maine Arts Commission, Martha Piscuskas, referring to the online Resource Bank and Arts Assessment Resources website, available free to all teachers. “We wanted to build on those strengths.” In addition to the professional development programs, next steps include creating an advisory council, streamlining their web presence, and continued advocacy for the sector. 

The group formed in 2010 to focus on student assessments, an emerging need for visual and performing arts teachers at that time. After learning from other states, a small group of educators led by Argy Nestor, the former Director of Arts Education at the Commission, Rob Westerberg, Choral Director at York High School, and Catherine Ring, former school administrator and art teacher, created the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative. They established the multi-day Summer Institute, sharing a framework and best practices for successful arts assessment in the classroom. “We quickly became the assessment experts in our schools,” said Sturtevant. 

Hope Lord and Adele Drake, MALI Summer Institute 2017

In 2015 the group added “teacher voice” and advocacy to their mission, becoming the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI), again addressing emerging needs of the sector. “I never would have thought to seek out leadership positions, continue my graduate studies, or have presented at conferences without the support and influence of MALI,” said Iva Damon, visual art teacher and Humanities Department Head at Leavitt Area High School.    

For more information about MAEPL, and to learn about how to get involved, contact Director of Arts Education for the Maine Arts Commission, Martha Piscuskas at martha.piscuskas@maine.gov. Arts education resources developed over the years are accessible through the Maine Arts Commission’s website, https://mainearts.maine.gov/pages/programs/maai.

The Maine Arts Commission is a state agency supporting artists, arts organizations, educators, policy makers, and community developers to advance the arts in Maine since 1966.  www.Mainearts.com


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The Poetry Place

December 7, 2020

Teaching Artist Brian Evans-Jones

Maine is fortunate to have Brian Evans-Jones as a poet and writer. He has established a unique website called The Poetry Place. What’s so interesting about it is that he offers The Poetry Parlor to offer support and an online learning environment for participants to write poetry. If you’re interested in writing poetry or perhaps you write poetry but want to learn more about writing poetry, I recommend Brian and The Poetry Place. Here are some questions (from Brian’s site) that can help you get a better idea:

  • Do you want to write better poems?
  • Do you wish you knew more about the techniques of poetry?
  • Do you need help with ideas and getting poems written?
  • Would you love to connect with like-minded poets?

There are many free resources on the site including a 30 page .pdf that you can download. It is called 8 Steps to Better Poems and is filled with a plethora of ideas and information to guide you to writing better poems. The document is broken into 3 segments: Poetry Techniques, Mastering Drafting and Your Next Steps. You can’t go wrong since the document is free! I suggest that you check it out and recommend that your colleagues and students do the same. You can also sign up for his newsletter which is filled with inspiring ideas.

LOOKING FOR INSPIRATION?

Poetry Parlor took me on a positive journey from using an existing poem as an idea to developing the first draft of my poem. The chosen poem and the discussions were inspirational in my own poetry writing.

Then, there were excellent tips on editing that helped to produce a published poem.”

— Sue B.

Brian is a teacher who is providing the motivation and guidance on an individual basis as well as providing time with others who write poetry. You can become a member of the parlor and benefit from following:

  • Getting authentic feedback and support from Brian and others
  • Learning techniques
  • Reading great poetry
  • Writing every month
  • Meeting other poets

Poetry Parlor can work for you if…

  • You have written poetry before, maybe for years, and you would like to broaden your knowledge and skills
  • You would like to learn more about the techniques and forms of poetry
  • You are looking for regular inspiration to help you create poems
  • You want to get feedback on your poems to help you improve
  • You want to know more about poetry being published now
  • You’re just starting poetry and would like some structure and guidance to help you
  • You’d like to get to know other poets in similar positions to yourself, for support, friendship, and encouragement.

ABOUT BRIAN

I was Poet Laureate of Hampshire in the UK (where I used to live) in 2012‑13, and in America I won the Maureen Egen Award from Poets & Writers in 2017. I’ve had poems published in magazines, competitions, and art events on both sides of the Atlantic. And I’ve taught at three colleges/universities, visited dozens of schools as a visiting Teaching Artist, and worked with hundreds of adult students through my own workshops and courses.

Brian coached the Maine State Poetry Out Loud (POL) champion Joao Victor before he traveled to the national competition where he finished in the top 10. Brian served as a judge for POL during 206-2018. POL is open to all Maine high school students and administered by the Maine Arts Commission (MAC). Brian is a member of the MAC Teaching Artist roster and a Teaching Artist Leader with the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) established in 2011.

If you want to learn more check out the site and contact Brian at brian@brianevansjones.com and please let him know I sent you.

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Call for MALI Teacher Leaders

May 21, 2020

You’re invited!

Visual, Performing and Literary Arts Teacher/

Teaching Artist Leader SEARCH: MALI – Phase 20-21

APPLICATION DEADLINE: MONDAY, JUNE 1Join us for a GREAT opportunity! The Maine Arts Leadership Initiative invites YOU, with other selected Maine teachers and teaching artists, to be part of a year-long exploration in leading your school communities and the profession in effective teaching and learning in the arts.  If you are selected, you will be expected to attend the 2020 Summer Institute, taking place virtually June 15, July 24, and in-person August 5, pending state policy.   

This year’s Institute will explore Leading with Resilience; Embedding Social and Emotional Learning in our Teaching, Ourselves, and Our Communities; and Arts Advocacy.  

If you are selected, there is no cost to attend the Institute; however the expectation is that you integrate your learnings in your classroom, your school community, and share with other educators in your region of Maine and beyond.  Full participants will receive documentation of up to 35 contact hours.   

If interested, please complete the online application form, linked here and below, by June 1.

Questions? Contact Martha Piscuskas, Director of Arts Education at the Maine Arts Commission, Martha.Piscuskas@maine.gov  207-287-2750

Year-long Expectations for Teaching Artist/Teacher leaders (TA/TAL):

  • Attend New Teacher/TA introduction cohort zoom on Monday June 15
  • Complete pre-reading/viewing and participate in online discussion (on google classroom) 
  • Attend and participate in 2 virtual discussion meetings on Wednesdays – June 24 & July 15 – (w/mixed cohorts and breakout rooms)
  • Attend August 5, Wednesday in-person day in Waterville (tbd) if possible
  • Commit to two reflection sessions as a MALI TA/TAL one with cohort, one with “thought partner”
  • Develop a personalized Growth Plan for the coming year, and practice/learn ways to share it with others
  • Engage in Fall “thought partner” one-on-one check in 
  • Attend winter retreat – tentatively February 28, 2021.  Will include update on personal goal and/or action plan 
  • Author a guest blog post on the Maine Arts Ed daily blog

JOIN US!  Become a Teacher Leader and Change Lives 

APPLY TODAY!

Questions on the Application:

Name/contact information

Administrator Name/contact information (if classroom teacher)

Paragraph of Interest — Selected individuals will be expected to be active leaders in helping to develop and support excellence in teaching and learning in Maine. A full commitment to the Institute timeline is expected as seen in the online information sheet.  Please attach a brief overview of your interest and current/past experience (if any) in Leadership. Include your experience collaborating with other arts educators and experiences relevant to the initiative.  (Please no more than ~ 500 words, about 1 page.) 

Resume/CV —  If you are a Teaching Artist, please also include websites or documentation of your teaching work.  

Letter of Reference – CLASSROOM TEACHERS: This should be from your administrator.  TEACHING ARTISTS: This should be from a school or community  organization with whom you have worked.   Please attach a Letter of Recommendation in which the person includes comments and/or examples reflecting your leadership potential and your ability to work collaboratively.  Selected individuals will be responsible for sharing their newly developed expertise and related classroom experiences with other arts educators.

Maine Arts Leadership Initiative 

Background Information

MALI MISSION

MALI’s OVERALL OBJECTIVES 

  • Create and implement a statewide plan for teacher leadership in arts education. This includes professional development opportunities, locally, regionally and statewide, which will expand on the knowledge and skills of teachers to better prepare them to teach in a student-centered and proficiency-based learning environment.
  • Develop and implement standards-based high quality teaching and learning statewide for Visual and Performing Arts 
  • Continue to build on expanding the team of arts educators and teaching artists representing all regions of Maine
  • Provide workshops and other professional development opportunities for educators 
  • Founded in 2011
  • 108 teacher leaders and teaching artists leaders have attended summer institutes on assessment, leadership, technology, creativity, proficiency-based standards-based and student-centered teaching and learning
  • Teacher leaders have presented workshops at three statewide arts education conferences, with over 600 educators attending
  • Teacher leaders facilitated regional workshops across Maine and 15 mega-regional sites across Maine
  • Maine Arts Ed Blog — 78 teachers profiled in Another Arts Teacher’s Story series 
  • Arts assessment graduate courses offered by New England Institute for
    Teacher Education
  • Nine arts education assessment webinars for Maine educators facilitated by Rob Westerberg and Catherine Ring – archived
  • Video stories of seven teacher leaders that demonstrate a standards-based arts education classroom located on Maine ARTSEducation YouTube channel
  • Teacher Leader Resource Team development of items for resource bank
  • Maine Arts Assessment Resources website
  • Partners have included MDOE, USM, MAEA, MMEA, University of Maine Performing Arts, and New England Institute for Teacher Education, Bates College

For More Information

APPLY TODAY TO BECOME A MALI TEACHER LEADER

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MALI Update

February 4, 2020

Good news from the Maine Arts Commission

The Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) members and Martha Piscuskas the new director of arts education at the Maine Arts Commission have been working since last summer on the valuable work of MALI.

For those veteran readers of this blog, you are probably well aware of MALI and its importance to the field of Maine Arts Education. For any newcomers, and those needing a refresher, MALI is a program of the Maine Arts Commission. MALI is a network of Maine Arts Teacher Leaders and Teaching Artist Leaders dedicated to supporting each others’ leadership, growth as educators, and promotion of authentic arts experiences in all genres for all Maine students. It grew out of the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative, a grassroots effort by some Maine Arts Teachers to educate themselves and create some guidelines and practices for arts assessment. Almost every year since 2011,  MALI has held a summer institute for visual and performing arts teachers to deepen their mastery of teaching the arts. A yearlong cohort continues to work together, working towards specific individual goals and culminating in public presentations.

TWO IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

  • Winter Retreat – Saturday, Feb 29
  • Summer Institute NOTE NEW MONTH: — Thursday and Friday, June 25 & 26

With a leadership transition, MALI is taking this year to re-evaluate its purpose, clarify its structure and strengthen its role. Two leadership teams are tackling these tasks, and will be seeking feedback from all MALI members.

VISION TEAM

Vision Team members Dana Legawiec, Jen Driscoll, Lynda Leonas, Jake Sturtevant, and Sue Barre. Skyping in: Shawna Barnes, Jen Acosta

The Vision Team is a think-tank tasked with establishing a system and structure for MALI to grow and thrive into the future. It is comprised of 7 MALI Teacher Leaders and Teaching Artist Leaders, including Jake Sturtevant (Phase 1), Jen Acosta (Phase 1), Shawna Barnes (Phase 8), Sue Barre (Phase 3), Jennie Driscoll (Phase 1), Dana Legawiec (Phase 7), Lynda Leonas (Phase 5) and Martha Piscuskas (MAC). The team members have had a variety of powerful MALI experiences, and agree that the organization has had a lasting impact on Maine Arts Education.

The Vision Team has reviewed the MALI vision and mission statements, as well as the current structure of MALI. It is their goal to ensure that MALI will continue to foster a community of passionate Arts Educators and Teaching Artists. The community will allow for professional growth that will directly impact students. It is their intent to help maintain, and sustain, the positive aspects of MALI, while strengthening the organizational mission that MALI represents.

In order to focus discussion they have been investigating answers to these questions:

  1. What does it mean to be a MALI Teacher Leader/Teaching Artist Leader?
  2. How can MALI gain fiscal stability?
  3. How can the MALI community bring in more passionate Arts Educators and Teaching Artists?
  4. How can MALI develop an institutional governance structure that allows for flexibility and growth, and maintains a grassroots approach for developing a community of Arts Educators?

They will continue discussions, and would welcome thoughts and ideas from anyone who has been touched by the MALI community. They will develop a future MALI Vision at the Winter Retreat on Saturday, February 29, 2020.

PROGRAM TEAM

Program Team members Kate Smith, Dorie Tripp, and Kaitlin Young deep in thought. Other side of table include Melanie Crowe, Bronwyn Sale, Iva Damon, and Brigid Rankowski

The Program Team was tasked with maintaining MALI’s current offerings such as the Winter Retreat, a call for new members, the Summer Institute and Critical Friends’ Day. The Program Team members are Kate Smith (phase 4), Bronwyn Sale (higher ed rep), Iva Damon (phase 5), Melanie Crowe (Phase 3), Kaitlin Young (phase 7), Dorie Tripp (Phase 7), Emma Campbell (phase 4), Brigid Rankowski (Phase 6)  and Martha Piscuskas (MAC). The team has met several times via zoom conference and in person on January 26th. They have chosen the themes “teacher leadership” and “self-care” for the MALI Winter Retreat on February 29th and look forward to seeing all MALI members past and present.

MALI Teams thank all Maine arts educators for all you do and continue to do, and look forward to hearing from you. To share feedback or for more information, or to MALI folks for sign-up information, please connect with a Team member, or Martha Piscuskas, Director of Arts Education at the Maine Arts Commission: martha.piscuskas@maine.gov 207-287-2750.

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