Posts Tagged ‘Maine arts education’

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Girls Rock

December 17, 2017

Tickets on sale

The Maine Academy of Modern Music’s annual Girls Rock! show returns to Port City Music Hall on Saturday, March 3.

Each March as part of Women’s History Month, MAMM hosts its annual Girls Rock! concert. The event is a celebration of girls’ involvement in music and will showcase the talents of MAMM’s students who will be performing a combination of solo and full band sets.

In addition to the concert, MAMM also hosts a Girls Rock! camp each summer.  Young female rockers get to spend a week building their skills, networking with other like-minded girls, and learning tricks of the trade from various women from Maine’s thriving local music scene.

Tickets to Girls Rock! cost $12 in advance and $15 at the door and limited preferred seating tickets are available for $20.  The doors open at 4pm and the music begins at 4:30pm.

NEW THIS YEAR: MAMM will be hosting a FREE afternoon matinee event prior to the Girls Rock! show which will feature the school’s new MAMMOTH programs, including the MAMMOTH Brass Band, MAMMOTH Rock Chorus, and MAMMOTH Strings.

The matinee, which begins at 1pm, will include performances by the MAMM’s after school MAMMOTH programs as well as the MAMMOTH programs held in collaboration with a number of the school’s partner organizations such as Portland Public Schools and Scarborough Strings.  Each group will be performing their own pieces and will all join each other onstage for one epic performance!

MAMM’s Girls Rock! is made possible with the generous support of 98.9 WCLZ, Maine Magazine, and Port City Music Hall.

PURCHASE TICKETS!

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Excellence Celebration

December 12, 2017

Quite the celebration!

First Lady Ann LePage and the artists from Camden Rockport Schools

Twice a year the Maine Arts Commission and the Department of Education recognize student artists with the Excellence in Maine Visual & Performing Education. To celebrate the occasion, 89 student exhibitors have their work displayed at the Maine State Capitol Complex.

Westbrook High School Chamber Singers under the direction of Suzanne Proulx

On December 6, 2017 three school districts from Westbrook, Camden-Rockport and the Blue Hill region were recognized with live performances and a certificate ceremony. The event featured performances from the Westbrook High School Chamber Singers, directed by Suzanne Proulx, and the Blue Hill Middle School Band, directed by Bill Schubeck. Visual Art teachers whose students participated are: Blue Hill Region: Judy Park, Nick Patterson, Penny Ricker, and Rebecca Poole-Heyne. Camden-Rockport: Kristen Andersen, Susan Dowley, and Carolyn Brown. Westbrook Schools: Mia Bogyo, Abby Jacobs, Debra Bickford, Nancy Goan, Cheri Juniewiczc, and Melissa Perkins.

Blue Hill Middle School Band under the direction of Bill Schubeck

First Lady Ann LePage presented certificates to the student artists along with Martha Harris, Chair of the Board of Education and Julie Richard, Executive Director of the Arts Commission.

First Lady Ann LePage with students from Blue Hill Region (School Union 93)

Afterwards students, their families and their teachers scattered throughout the State House complex to view the art. The student artwork will remain on display until February 2018. View each student’s work and location that it’s displayed here.  More information about the Excellence in Maine Visual & Performing Arts Education can be found on the Maine Arts Commission Education webpage.

 

School Union 93 students visiting the Maine Arts Commission to view the student artwork

 

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Save the Date

December 6, 2017

MALI conference 

MAINE ARTS COMMISSION

Mega Conference

Friday, 23 March 2018, 8:30a.m.-3:00p.m.

Oxford Hills High School, South Paris, Maine

Join us for an outstanding professional development opportunity.

Details and registration will be available in January! Watch for the information right here on the Maine Arts Education blog.

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MAMLE Conference

November 21, 2017

Middle Level Education

Recently I attended the Maine Association Middle Level Education conference at Point Lookout. I was thrilled by the number of arts education sessions that were offered and how many times I heard participants mention the importance of the arts. I heard: “the arts engage students”, “hands-on opportunities in the arts are so needs for young adolescents”, and much more.

Tammy Ranger providing the keynote

Keynote speaker, 2017 Maine Teacher of the Year, Tammy Ranger, set the tone for the 2-day conference with stories that paralleled The Wizard of Oz. Her presentation was very inspiring. (I hope to provide the entire keynote in a future blog).

Connie Carter and Rob Shetterly provided a workshop with information about the Samantha Smith Challenge. The challenge asks middle school students: “How/why can creative arts and writing inspire action on serious issues?” What a great opportunity for arts teachers to bring this important question to students. Learn more from the post I provided last week on the Samantha Smith Challenge. I hope you will consider participating with your students.

Kristen Andersen, Katie Rybakova, Allysa Anderson

Camden Rockport Middle School music teacher Allysa Anderson and art teacher Kristen Andersen were recognized for an Exemplary Practice Award along with two colleagues for a very successful integrated unit. Afterwards they shared the unit in a session. Congratulations Allysa and Kristen!

A team from the Middle School of the Kennebunks, art teacher Mary McCarthy and STEM teacher Evan Chase were recognized with an Exemplary Practice Award as well. Congratulations to both!

Both awards were presented by new executive director of the Maine Middle Level Association Executive Director Katie Rybakova who teaches at Thomas College.

Evan Chase, Katie Rybakova, and Mary McCarthy

Save the date for the 2018 MAMLE conference – October 18-19 – Point Lookout, Northport. Providing a keynote is musician, teaching artist Monte Selby.

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Deering Drama

November 17, 2017

A Christmas Carol

Deering High School students will present Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol. Performances will take place at the school located on 370 Stevens Ave., Portland on December 1, 7:00 p.m., December 2 and 9, 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. and December 10, 2:00 p.m.


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Waterville Senior High School

November 14, 2017

Once Upon a Mattress

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The Wedding Singer

November 13, 2017

Edward Little High School – Auburn

The ELHS Drama Association will present The Wedding Singer. Sarah Brooks, Choral Director, from the high school is the Musical Director for the fall musical. The performance is Friday, November 17 and Saturday, November 18, 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 19, 2:00 p.m.
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