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Arts Education Advocacy Day

March 7, 2021

February 17 plenary session

If you missed the plenary session provided by the Maine Alliance for Arts Education (MAAE) for Arts Education Advocacy Day you are in luck! The session was recorded and available below. A HUGE THANK YOU to the MAAE partners in the ABC Arts are Basic Coalition MAEA – the Maine Art Education Association, MMEA – Maine Music Educators Association, MaineEdTA – Maine Educational Theatre Association, and the Maine dance educators. It is the first time they’ve presented together and they sent a collective message about the importance of quality arts education programming for every Maine student. Along with the leaders of the state professional organizations Governor Mills recorded message was included in the program. Others who spoke in addition to the professional organization leaders were: Commissioner of Education Pender Makin, Martha Piscuskas, Maine Arts Commission Education Director Martha Piscuskas, Maine Department of Education (MDOE) VPA Specialist Jason Anderson, and MDOE Social/Emotional Learning and Trauma Informed Practices Kellie Bailey.

Most importantly students voices were an integral part of the day. Be sure and catch them towards the end of the video. From the MAAE website:

What we may remember most vividly about Advocacy Day this year was the voices of the students – not only the individual students expressing their feelings about the arts in the videos accompanying the ABC reports, but also the live panel of arts students who are forming advocacy teams in their schools, part of a statewide new ABC initiative directed by MAAE. Coming at the end of the program, the students’ rich discussion about local advocacy and what their teams could mean for the arts in their schools not only brought together the separate themes of the four earlier reports, but made it very clear that Maine arts students can and should be a part of any future efforts to advance the cause of arts education in our state.

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Arts Education Advocacy Day

February 16, 2021

Don’t miss it!

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Maine Arts Education Advocacy Day

January 26, 2021

Sponsored by the Maine Alliance for Arts Education and the Arts are Basic Coalition, and supported by the Maine Department of Education, this 90-minute plenary session, featuring reports by Governor Janet T. Mills, Education Commissioner Pender Makin, and state arts education association leaders, will report on the impact of this year’s pandemic on arts education. The plenary will kick-off a week of meetings between high school arts advocacy student teams and their state legislators.

REGISTER NOW BY CLICKING HERE

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Playwrights Festival

March 18, 2017

Maine Educational Theatre Association

Please make a plan to join us on Saturday, June 3rd, for the Maine Educational Theatre Association’s seventh annual Maine Young Playwrights’ Festival, to be held at Portland Stage Company in Portland!

MYPF celebrates Maine’s high school writers and offers an opportunity for students to see and hear their plays on stage, in front of an audience, and with feedback from professional writers to help them improve their work. This year’s Maine Young Playwrights Festival will be held from 10:00am to 4:30pm on June 3rd and includes both theater workshops and performances of student work.

We’d like to see as many student scripts showcased in one day as we can! The format is open for student work at any level of development!  Plays will be performed in workshop settings and on the Portland Stage Mainstage.  Performances may range from seated readings of scenes to staged readings to fully produced plays, and from 5 minutes to 40 minutes.

The cost for this full day event is only ​$10.00 per participant.  Adults and members of Thespian Society troupes are ​$5.00.  You may choose to join us for lunch for $6.00 per person, or bring your own food for your group.

We’re open for submissions of student-written scripts for the festival right now!

*  Submit a student script by Friday, April 14, by completing the Script Submission Form (see link below) and emailing the script daniel.g.burson@gmail.com.​

Maine Young Playwrights Festival Script Submission form

*  We will respond by Monday, April 24, to let you know how your play will be scheduled into the festival. You and your students can then prepare a presentation of the play at whatever level works for your schedule and participants (from a simple reading to full production).

*  Once your student script has been scheduled, you’ll then need to register participants by Monday, May 15 (We’ll send you a link to the forms after you submit a script. They’re really quick and easy)

Please contact Maine EdTA board members Dan Burson daniel.g.burson@gmail.com, or Rick Osann rosann@bonnyeagle.org, with any questions about this year’s Young Playwrights Festival.

We hope you and your students can take part in this celebration of Maine’s high school playwrights this June 3rd!

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