Posts Tagged ‘Maine Arts Commission’

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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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National Poetry Out Loud

April 21, 2021

Blog post 2 of 6 – Poetry

Washington, DC—For the first time in the program’s 16-year history, the Poetry Out Loud™ national semifinals and finals will be held virtually this May. Each year, high school students nationwide experience Poetry Out Loud, memorizing and reciting classic and contemporary poetry and participating in local, regional, and state competitions. From the thousands of students who competed in 2020-2021, 55 finalists—one from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa—will advance to compete in the Poetry Out Loud national finals. The virtual finals will culminate in the announcement of the 2021 national champion, who will receive a grand prize of $20,000. Visit poetryoutloud.org for the list of the 2021 Poetry Out Loud state and jurisdictional champions and their high schools.

Representing Maine at the national event will be Emily Paruk from Gorham High School. Emily will be reciting Once the World Was Perfect by Joy Harjo, Fairy-tale Logic by A.E. Stallings, and [‘Often Rebuked, Yet Always Back Returning’] by Emily Bronte. You can learn more about Maine’s state recitations and hear Emily reciting at the blog post from yesterday, April 20.

Poetry Out Loud is a partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Foundation, and the state and jurisdictional arts agencies. This national program encourages the study of great poetry by offering free educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition for high school students, helping them to master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life. The 2021 finalists come from a diverse range of communities around the United States, including for the first time Guam and American Samoa.

“We know this has been a challenging year for students and we hope Poetry Out Loud has provided them with an opportunity to find joy, comfort, or explore new ideas in a poem,” said Ann Eilers, acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. “We encourage audiences to tune in to the national finals to celebrate the hard work and incredible accomplishments of these students and cheer on their state champions.”

On Sunday, May 2, 2021 beginning at 12pm ET, the Poetry Out Loud national semifinals will be broadcast through a one-time-only webcast at arts.gov/poetry-out-loud. Each of the 55 champions submit in advance video recordings of their poetry recitations, which will be reviewed and scored by judges with expertise in poetry, performance, and the literary arts. The recitations from all 55 students will be broadcast on May 2 as part of one of three regional semifinals, and will include the announcement of the top nine students (three from each region) who will advance in the competition. Visit arts.gov/poetry-out-loud for the full semifinals schedule.

On Thursday, May 27 at 7:00 pm ET, actor and writer Shaun Taylor-Corbett will host the 2021 Poetry Out Loud national finals. Webcast at arts.gov/poetry-out-loud, the evening will feature pre-recorded recitations, live interviews with the top nine finalists, and the live announcement of the 2021 Poetry Out Loud National Champion. The national finals judges will include Cathy Linh CheEduardo C. CorralGabriel CortezIdris GoodwinElisa New, and Branden Wellington.

“We are so grateful to our partners across the country for making Poetry Out Loud possible in this evolving reality,” said Justine Haka, Poetry Foundation program manager. “The students themselves have been an inspiration, joining this program because they are open to the power of poetry and what it can do to connect us while we are apart.”

A total of $50,000 in awards and school or organizational stipends will be awarded at the national finals, including $20,000 for the Poetry Out Loud National Champion, and $10,000 and $5,000 for the second- and third-place finalists. The Poetry Foundation provides and administers all aspects of the monetary prizes awarded for Poetry Out Loud. The Poetry Out Loud national finals are administered by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. Closed captioning and American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided for both the Poetry Out Loud national semifinals and finals.

Join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram using #POL21 and #IAmPoetryOutLoud and follow the National Endowment for the Arts and Poetry Foundation at @PoetryOutLoud@NEAArts, and @PoetryFound.

The Poetry Out Loud state champions also had the opportunity to highlight their own original poetry by competing in the Poetry Ourselves competition. State champions were able to submit an original work of poetry in one of two categories: either a written poem or a video of a spoken poem. The winner and runner-up in each category will be selected by poet Eve L. Ewing and announced in May.

About Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud starts at the classroom/school or at the local level with an area organization. Students memorize and recite poems they select from an anthology of more than 1,100 classic and contemporary poems. Winners then may advance to a regional and/or state competition, and ultimately to the national finals. Since the program began in 2005, more than 4.1 million students and 68,000 teachers from 17,000 schools and organizations across the nation have participated in Poetry Out Loud. For more information about Poetry Out Loud and how to participate in the 2021-2022 program, visit poetryoutloud.org.

Poetry Out Loud in Maine is administered by the Maine Arts Commission. For more information visit the MAC POL page at THIS LINK.

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Maine Poetry Out Loud

April 20, 2021

Blog post 1 of 6 – Poetry

It is very exciting to see Allan Monga, Maine’s State Poetry Out Loud (POL) 2018 champ, as the emcee of the Maine state finals this year. Unfortunately, they couldn’t be held in person but how wonderful that they’ve been recorded so you can enjoy watching and listening to students from 10 Maine high schools reciting poetry.

CONGRATULATIONS to the Maine poetry student finalists and THANK YOU TEACHERS!

EMMA COLLINS, grade 12 – North Yarmouth Academy, Teacher: Ross Markonish

HAZEL DOW, grade 11 – Waterville Senior High School, Teacher: Thomas Creeley

KATELYN NESTOR, grade 10 – Gardiner Area High School, Teacher: Melissa Cheeseman

EMILY PARUK, grade 12 – Gorham High School, Teacher: Kerry Herlihy

ZEKE SITARZ, grade 12 – Lisbon High School, Teacher: Danielle Sylvia

SOFIA STOCKWELL, grade 10 – North Haven Community School, Teacher: Matt Rich

HELEN STOUT, grade 12 – Cape Elizabeth High School, Teacher: Lisa Melanson

ROSE TUTTLE, grade 9 – Mount Ararat High School, Teacher: Emily Vail

ADA VANCIL, grade 11 – John Bapst Memorial High School, Teacher: Jennifer Babcock

MAGNOLIA VANDIVER, grade 12 – George Stevens Academy, Teacher: Maria Johnson

After three rounds of strong performances, the Maine Arts Commission POL judges announced Emily Paruk, a senior from Gorham High School, to represent Maine in May at the National POL event. Helen Strout, a senior at Cape Elizabeth High School, finished runner-up. The Maine State Finals judges were Mihku Paul, Ekhlas Ahmed, Erica Rubin Irish, and Todd McKinley. 

Emily Paruk recited Once the World Was Perfect by Joy Harjo, Fairy-tale Logic by A.E. Stallings, and [‘Often Rebuked, Yet Always Back Returning’] by Emily Bronte.

This will be the first year in the program’s 16-year history that the national competition to be held virtually. Her first appearance is May 2 at noon during one of three semifinal matches. If she advances beyond the semifinal, Paruk will compete in the national finals on May 27 at 7 p.m.

Maine’s POL program is organized by the Maine Arts Commission in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.

For more information about Maine Poetry Out Loud, visit MaineArts.com or contact Meg Fournier, Interim Director of Media and Performing Arts, Maine Arts Commission at megan.b.fournier@maine.gov. More than four million students have participated in Poetry Out Loud over the past 16 years, many advancing from classroom competitions to school competitions to state competitions to, finally, the national finals. For more information about the national POL program, visit poetryoutloud.org.

The film includes three rounds of student recitation videos, as well as performances by musicians from Maine Academy of Modern Music. Enjoy the recorded state finals below.

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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
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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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Teaching Artists Residencies During Covid

February 20, 2021

Possible and yes, happening!

In December 2020 Martha Piscuskas, director of Arts Education at the Maine Arts Commission (MAC), moderated a discussion with teaching artists and a middle schooler called School Arts Residencies During COVID? Yes We Can! Included in the discussion were teaching artists: Bridget Matros, Alicia Phelps, Tim Christensen, and Dana Lagawiec with student Theo Forcier, Mt. Ararat Middle School. They discussed keys to success for remote school artist residencies and what they’re doing during the pandemic to further connections and learning opportunities for Maine learners.

The webinar was recorded and archived on YouTube and can be viewed below. The video opens with Martha sharing a land acknowledgment. Bridget Matros (starts at 4:30) is the Kids & Family Outreach Manager at Waterfall Arts and she is in the middle of a residency in Brunswick provided by the well established Arts Are Elementary program. She shares the set up in how she is teaching multiple learners in more than one space at one time. Alicia Phelps (starts at 12:00) teaches piano and voice and is Director of Community Partnerships and Special Programs at the community music center in Yarmouth, 317 Main. She is a recipient of a MAC grant. Tim is a ceramic artist (starts at 22:00) and became a Teaching Artist Leader with MAC’s Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) in Phase 6, 2016-17. Dana (starts at 31:15) does creative theater and became a Teaching Artist Leader with MALI Phase 7, 2017-18. The session finishes with circus artist MALI Phase 6, 2016-17 MALI Teaching Artist Brigid Rankowski monitoring questions. During the summer of 2020 MALI transformed into Maine Arts Education Partners in Leadership (MAEPL). Tim, Dana, Bridget, and Brigid are on the Maine Arts Commission Teaching Artist Roster.

RESOURCES FROM THE WEBINAR

MAC has the following education specific grants available with a deadline of April 1, 2021. Learn more by clicking on the grant title. Arts LearningCreative AgingDance Education. If you have any questions please contact Martha at Martha.Piscuskas@maine.gov.

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Former President Visits Portland

February 19, 2021

Barack Obama converses with Telling Room students

On January 26 former President Barack Obama participated in a zoom conversation with 26 students from Portland’s Telling Room’s Young Writers & Leaders program, an after-school creative writing and leadership program for international and multicultural students. For security reasons the virtual conversation was kept quiet but fortunately the conversation was videotaped and you can see the edited version below that was released this week to the media.

President Obama talked with the students about his recently published memoir, “A Promised Land.” Each student received a copy and were clearly thrilled for the opportunity to ask the President some questions and hear from him about writing and other topics. He talked a little about his play list and admits that he can’t listen while writing because he starts singing and moving. His final advice to the group was to “reach out to those who are doing what they want to be doing and ask them to teach you”.

The relationships with the Obama family has been going on for some time. Co-founder of the Telling Room, Sara Corbett is friends with Michelle Obama and helped with the President’s memoir. You can read the entire article in The Portland Press Herald, published on February 18th.

Telling Room’s Young Writers & Leaders program, an after-school creative writing and leadership program for international and multicultural students. 

Telling Room Mission

At the Telling Room, we empower youth through writing and share their voices with the world. Focused on young writers ages 6 to 18, we seek to build confidence, strengthen literacy skills, and provide real audiences for our students. We believe that the power of creative expression can change our communities and prepare our youth for future success.

One the years The Telling Room has been a recipient of Arts Learning Grants provided by the Maine Arts Commission. Their story has been shared on this blog in the past. Learn more about available funding for arts education on the Maine Arts Commission website.

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