Posts Tagged ‘Maine’

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Excellence in VPA Education

January 18, 2017

Call for student artwork

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First Lady Ann LePage with a young artist at the Excellence celebration on December 21, 2016

For over ten years, the Maine Department of Education (DOE) and the Maine Arts Commission have been fortunate to celebrate arts education by hosting rotating student art exhibits. During the past two years Beth Lambert from the Maine DOE and I have worked together on this collaboration which celebrates the excellence of students in visual and performing arts education in Maine.

The rotating exhibits are displayed throughout the State House complex and in the Department of Education. Each exhibit features art work from three districts from three superintendent regions. Each district provides 21 pieces representing student art from grades PK-12. During the period students’ artwork is displayed, the artists and their families will be invited to the Hall of Flags in Augusta for a Celebration of Excellence in Visual and Performing Arts Education reception. Each student is recognized by the First Lady of Maine Ann LePage for their accomplishments. The reception will feature performances from the districts represented in the art show.

Under the direction of music teacher Cynthia Streznewski, musicians from Woolwich Central School perform at the State House for the celebration

Under the direction of music teacher Cynthia Streznewski, musicians from Woolwich Central School perform at the State House for the celebration on December 21.

In order to have equitable representation we are seeking artwork from the superintendents regions of York, Mid-coast, Western Maine, and Aroostook. Please consider submitting your students’ artwork. The exhibition guidelines are located at https://mainearts.maine.gov/CMSContent/arts_in_education/Excellence_VPA/2015-2016_EVPA_Artwork_Guidelines.pdf. If you are interested in displaying your student artwork, please contact Beth Lambert at 624-6642 or beth.lambert@maine.gov.

 

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Edward Little High School

October 17, 2016

The Band plays on

One of three musical performances provided by PreK-grade 12 students at the recent Maine International Conference on the Arts was provided by students from Edward Little High School in Auburn under the direction of William Buzza. The conference provided by the Maine Arts Commission on October 6 and 7 had several pop-up performances throughout the conference. The band marched up the street next to the Franco Center in Lewiston where conference participants poured onto the sidewalk to watch and listen. Afterwards the musicians performed a couple more songs inside the center. Below are two video clips.

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Bay Chambers

August 25, 2016

On the water concert

Screen Shot 2016-08-22 at 6.53.54 PMEveryone’s buzzing about the concert ON Megunticook Lake that happened last Friday evening, August 19 brought to the community by Bay Chamber Concerts. The concert on the water featuring Slavic Soul Party! was filled with energy. It was a perfect evening to be on the water – the light over was amazing. There were kayaks, canoes, motor boats and paddle boats. I am guessing about 100 boats, about 300 people and 27 dogs. (Look closely in the photo and you can see the activity). Adults and young people and dogs swimming, dancing and listening to great music – it was a real fun time!

Most interesting – as we paddled back to the landing as the sun was setting there was a peaceful rare stillness. Two couples paddled by singing in their old green canoe with straw hats, bunches of plastic flowers and a dog. In the dark the dozens of cars pulled up to the beach to load their boats and the quietness continued. I couldn’t help but think how fortunate I am to live in a state that provides unique musical opportunities in such stunning places. I’m hoping that Bay Chambers or another organization will consider providing more concerts on the water!

Megunticook ConcertThank you Bay Chamber who said: You are at the heart of everything we present here at Bay Chamber– our aim is to enrich your days and weeks through thrilling musical moments. And what a difference music can make in one week… a performance that inspires you … transports your imagination to heights unknown… or triggers a memory of meaningful moments gone by.

For those of you not familiar with Bay Chamber Concert programs I included their story in the Who Are They?: Bay Chamber blog series just over a year ago. Check them out and if you like what you see they are having a fund drive this week at THIS SITE.

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Who Are They?: Celebration Barn – Part 5

April 28, 2016

Producing

This blog post is part of a series called Who Are They? where information is provided for the Maine Arts Ed blog readers to learn about community organizations and institutions that provide educational opportunities in the arts. You will learn that they are partnering with other organizations and schools to extend learning opportunities, not supplant. Please consider ways in which you can collaborate to provide excellent arts education for all learners.

This is the last of 5 blog posts about Celebration Barn which is located at 190 Stock Farm Rd, South Paris, ME. Thanks to Ian Bannon for providing the posts.

Celebration Barn Theater has a long history of producing new work that is crafted, innovative, and wildly alive. In the 70’s and 80’s the Barn’s founder, Tony Montanaro, trained and directed ensembles of touring performers in addition to helping individual artists create compelling works that are uniquely their own.

he Last Hurrah at Camp Maine Photo by Davin Currie

he Last Hurrah at Camp Maine
Photo by Davin Currie

The tradition continues with Amanda Huotari at the helm as Celebration Barn’s Artistic and Executive Director. Last summer, NYC’s Jeff Wirth wrote and directed The Last Hurrah at Camp Maine, a comic summer camp reunion. Celebration Barn’s property played the role of the oldest summer camp in the state as the story unfolded all over the grounds and all around the audience.

Those of you who participated in the performance experienced firsthand the power of Jeff Wirth’s unique brand of interactive theater. It was met with such rave reviews from our audience that we have invited Jeff back to the Barn this summer to teach and present his latest creation: StoryBox.

StoryBox-1024x753The StoryBox itself is a multi-tech stage designed specifically for interactive performances- where live performance seamlessly integrates with improvisational lighting, soundscapes, and video streaming.

Jeff will bring together an ensemble of interactive performers during a week-long intensive training at Celebration Barn. The ensemble members will emerge as, “‘quintuple threat’ performers, combining skills in acting, dramatic improvisation, story structure, social psychology, and technology.”

Inter-actors employ these skills to empower the audience members, referred to as spect-actors, to play and direct the action of each scene. Audience members are invited to engage in whatever way they are most comfortable. They may choose to participate or sit back and enjoy the show as usual.

We can’t wait to see what Jeff–and all of you spect-actors–have in store for us this summer!

For more information about Celebration Barn Theater workshops, visit their by CLICKING HERE.

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Who Are They?: Celebration Barn – Part 4

April 21, 2016

Summer performance series

This blog post is part of a series called Who Are They? where information is provided for the Maine Arts Ed blog readers to learn about community organizations and institutions that provide educational opportunities in the arts. You will learn that they are partnering with other organizations and schools to extend learning opportunities, not supplant. Please consider ways in which you can collaborate to provide excellent arts education for all learners.

This is the fourth of 5 blog posts about Celebration Barn which is located at 190 Stock Farm Rd, South Paris, ME. Thanks to Ian Bannon for providing the posts.

Celebration Barn’s Summer Show Series offers Western Maine audiences the opportunity to experience original performances by a diverse range of world-class touring artists. From masterful physical comedy to powerful storytelling, and off-the-wall improvisation to unforgettable spectacle, each Saturday night performance offers a truly unique experience. offer local, statewide and national audiences the opportunity to experience original performances by a diverse range of world-class touring artists.

Happenstance Theater's Brouhaha, coming to Celebration Barn on August 20, 2016

Happenstance Theater’s Brouhaha, coming to Celebration Barn on August 20, 2016

Our 2016 Summer Show Series will feature Mike Miclon’s The Early Evening Show on the First Saturday of every month: June 4, July 2, August 6, September 3 & October 1! See what made this Western Maine gem the longest running variety show in the state.

Tickets are typically $14 adults, $12 seniors (60+) and $8 kids (17 and under), unless special event pricing is indicated. Seating is general admission. Purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended. Shows begin at 8:00 PM (unless otherwise noted). Doors open 30 minutes before showtime.

Tickets can be purchased anytime online at http://www.celebrationbarn.com/shows-at-the-barn/ or Monday-Saturday from 9:30-12:30 via telephone at Celebration Barn’s Box Office: (207) 743-8452.

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In Today’s News

March 13, 2016

Maine Sunday Telegram

Read the following articles in the Maine Sunday Telegram and Portland Press Herald:

From the Portland Museum of Art’s Youth Art Month exhibition, “Teenage Angst” by Caitlyn Duffy, a 12th grade student of art teacher Chris Crosby at Gorham High School. Courtesy photo

From the Portland Museum of Art’s Youth Art Month exhibition, “Teenage Angst” by Caitlyn Duffy, a 12th grade student of art teacher Chris Crosby at Gorham High School. Courtesy photo

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In Today’s News

February 5, 2016

Doodle winner sister of Doodle winner

Albert Hall 5th grader continues school, family Doodle 4 Google streak. Karin Zimba is the Maine winner of the Internet search engine’s annual doodle contest; her sister, at the same school, won in 2014.

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Read the entire article by clicking here https://www.centralmaine.com/2016/02/05/albert-hall-fourth-grader-continues-school-and-family-doodle-4-google-streak/.

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