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Maine Arts Awards

February 23, 2018

First time presented

The Maine Arts Commission and ArtsEngageME are pleased to be partnering on the Maine Arts Awards – a brand new program to recognize and celebrate the arts in our communities.

The first Maine Arts Awards ceremony will take place during the Maine International Conference on the Arts on September 28, 2018. Each awardee in seven categories will be given a work of art commissioned especially for the Maine Arts Awards.

Any Maine citizen, organization, business, school, or community may be a Maine Arts Awards nominee. Accomplishments of a nominee should reflect substantial contributions made in Maine that exemplify a long-term commitment to the arts.

  • Any Maine citizen that meets the eligibility requirements can make a nomination to the Maine Arts Awards.
  • Any Maine citizen, organization, business, school, or community that meets the eligibility requirements may be nominated for a Maine Arts Award.

The Maine Arts Awards will be an annual event recognizing the deep commitment and dedication that individuals and organizations have contributed to the advancement and strengthening of the arts in Maine.

A selection committee consisting of arts funders and state leaders will make the selections from among the nominations received.

The goal of the Arts Commission and ArtsEngageME is to raise awareness of the arts and the contributions of our sector through this program.  Please join us in celebrating those who have made a difference in your community or region through the arts, and make a nomination today!

Categories for nominations include

  • Lifetime Achievement in the Arts
  • Business
  • Arts Education
  • Community
  • Artist
  • Rural Organization
  • Philanthropist

For more information and to download the guidelines and nomination form please CLICK HERE.


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.


Franklin County Fiddlers

October 14, 2016

Mt. Blue High School, Farmington

The Franklin County Fiddlers from Mt. Blue High School, Farmington, under the direction of music educator Steve Muise,  performed at the Maine International Conference on the Arts provided by the Maine Arts Commission on Thursday, October 6, at the Franco Center, in Lewiston. They were one of several pop-up performers that wowed the audience during the MICA conference! Below is a small clip of their pop-up performance.


Greely High School

October 12, 2016

Greely Madrigal singers

Last Friday at the Maine International Conference on the Arts the Greely High School Madrigal singers wowed the conference participants with their variety of repertoire during their pop-up performance. It is difficult to imagine their amazing voices, under the direction of Sarah Bailey, so you can view them performing.  I was able to capture this number on my digital camera and post it to the Maine ARTSEducation youtube channel. You can take a look and listen by CLICKING.


Pre-MICA Arts Ed

October 11, 2016

Lots of energy

Cheryl Hulteen, author of YES YES GOOD! provided an energizing workshop for 40 participants last Thursday at the Franco Center in Lewiston as part of the pre-Maine International Conference on the Arts events. They were a mixture of PK-12 arts educators, teaching artists, and representatives from community arts organizations. Below are some photos to give you an idea of the learning and those who participated.


Cheryl Hulteen and Maine teaching artist Martin Swinger








Artful Teaching!

October 4, 2016

Still room for Thursday’s Conference

Teaching Artful Practice/ Practice Artful Teaching
Franco American Heritage Center: October 6, 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Cheryly Hulteen

Cheryly Hulteen

Arts teaching professionals have much to share in their partnership to create personal artful pathways for students to express and explore creative voice through the arts. Using the Multiple Intelligences Theory, join us in a collaboration-defining, exploring, celebrating and understanding different practices of artful teaching. We will build a learning community that reflects the role the arts play in everything we do, teach and learn by strengthening the creative exchanges of artful process and practice.

  • $40 registration includes lunch, 4 contact hours provided (no cost for full time students).
  • Primary Presenter: Cheryl Hulteen

REGISTER BY CLICKING HERE. Please email Argy Nestor at or Beth Lambert at if you have any questions.

Guests are encouraged to attend the opening reception and keynote for the Maine International Conference on the Arts at the Franco Center beginning at 4:30. Featuring keynote speaker is Crystal Williams, a poet, essayist, advocate, Associate Professor of English, and Vice President for the Office of Diversity at Bates College; speaking on “Practical Approaches to Creating Impact: Getting to Cultural Equity.
MICA starts the next morning, Friday, October 7 at the Bates Mill with an Idea Lab which includes 5 presentations (similar to pecha kucha).  The Arts Commission is proud to present five diverse Maine artists:
  • Marsha Donahue, Visual Arts, Millinocket. The owner and founder of North Light Gallery, Marsha has degrees in the fine arts from American University and the Maine College of Art and cites as inspirations Winslow Homer and John Singer Sargent.
  • Nancy Frohlich, Arts Education, Rockport. The founding director of Leaps of Imagination, Nancy has worked in small schools as a Head of School, Director of Studies, and teacher. Her early training was with Sybil Marshall, who believed that a classroom is like a symphony: one subject should flow into and connect with the others, like instruments in an orchestra.
  • Salim Salim, Literature, Bowdoin College. Salim speaks five languages and was born and raised in the city of Mosul, Iraq. His family was one of many forced to escape. Salim and his family came to the U.S. in 2010, where he attended Portland’s Deering High School. Salim credits organizations like Seeds of Peace, The Telling Room, and TEDxDirigo for helping him maximize his potential as an immigrant living in America.
  • Sarah Sockbeson, Traditional Arts, Lewiston. Sarah creates handcrafted authentic Penobscot ash basketry made from the finest quality brown ash and sweetgrass and woven with traditional Maine Wabanaki techniques. She is a third generation participant in the Maine Arts Commission Traditional Arts Apprenticeship program, having apprenticed with Jennifer Neptune in 2004.
  • Daniel Sonenberg, Performing Arts, South Portland. Daniel is a composer and performer best known for his opera, The Summer King, about Negro League baseball legend Josh Gibson. The opera was premiered in concert format in a joint presentation by Portland Ovations and the University of Southern Maine in 2014, with the support of a National Endowments for the Arts grant.  It will receive its staged world premiere by Pittsburgh Opera in 2017.

Following the idea lab there will be 20 breakout sessions with 4 specific to education including:

  • John Morris

    John Morris

    Creativity: A Group Inquiry presented by teaching artist/dancer John Morris
    Session Description:
    What is creativity? How can it potentially impact our lives? And how do we talk about it with each other? This structured group dialogue will help artists, advocates and educators make connections between creativity research and creativity in practice, while promoting inquiry into the nature of creativity, as well as its role in art, education and community.

  • screen-shot-2016-10-04-at-7-26-18-amSTEAMing up in Maine – panel with KATE COOK WHITT, Thomas College Assistant Professor teaching STEAM education, (Kate has a B.A. in Neuroscience and Music History/Theory), JONATHAN GRAFFIUS, K-6 art teacher, Poland Community School, who includes STEAM in his teaching, MALLEY WEBER, self-employed artist and specializes in teaching about local glacial-marine clay and integrates the science of ceramics with art, CHUCK CARTER, Chief Creative Officer who creates video games connecting illustration and animation.Session Description: What is all the buzz about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) going on across the country? What are the benefits of STEAM in Maine education and beyond? This  presentation, in panel format, will bring together four people who are focusing on the topic in their work and play. From PK to higher ed, from teaching artist to game creator. Your questions and ideas are welcome!
  • Lindsay Pinchbeck

    Lindsay Pinchbeck

    Stories and Images of Malawi – No one can show you the sunDzuwa Salodzelano with presenters LINDSAY PINCHBECK, director of Sweet Tree Arts and founder of Sweetland School, a Reggio Emilia Inspired Arts Integrated elementary program in Hope, ME. ARGY NESTOR, Director of Arts Education at the Maine Arts Commission.Session Description: An 18-day journey to Malawi in July led to the most amazing teachers doing incredible work with very little resources (financial or tangible). The arts were the powerful tool that guided the daily workshops with 12 teachers and opened the hearts and minds of all involved. Join Lindsay and Argy on a visual journey and hear stories of songs and traditions gathered along the paths in Malawi.

  • Take a peek at the full schedule by CLICKING HERE.

MICA Conference

September 28, 2016

Registration still open

screen-shot-2016-09-28-at-9-08-12-amLooking for some creative inspiration? How about learning about how we can create cultural equity for all Mainers, or leading from a place of making? These are just two samples of the many inspiring keynotes and sessions you’ll get at the Maine Arts Commission Maine International Conference on the Arts (MICA) October 6-7 in Lewiston/Auburn. Poet and advocate Crystal Williams will speak on “Practical Approaches to Creating Impact: Getting to Cultural Equity” Thursday night at 5:30 p.m., and Friday lunch keynote is “Stop Asking for Permission! Leading from a Place of Making (Things Happen)” by Sherry Wagner-Henry. Advance Registration closes September 30: go to to learn more and to register today!


Following the arts education conference on Thursday afternoon, October 6, the MICA officially opens at 4:00 pm with a reception at 4:30 pm, Franco Center, Lewiston. Following the reception Pam Breaux, CEO of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) will provide a brief “State of the States”. Crystal Williams will be the opening keynote at 5:30 pm. Poet, essayist, and Bates College VP and Chief Diversity Officer Crystal’s keynote. Following the keynote in downtown Lewiston: cultural offerings including Downtown Lewiston Gallery Crawl, showcases at The Community Little Theater in Auburn, Franco-Fest at Bates College, Poetry Reading at the Lewiston Library, and more.


MICA opens on Friday morning with an Idea Lab – 5 artists presenting in a Pecha Kucha format. Included in the Idea Lab is Nancy Frolich who established an arts and literacy with a program she created called LEAPS of Imagination. During the day participants have choices between 20 sessions – 5 different strands with 4 sessions under each of these topics: Leveraging Investment, Visibility of the Arts & Culture Sector, Arts Education, Cultural Tourism, and Building Capacity. A general schedule is located at THIS LINK. A pdf and more schedule info is located at THIS LINK.

I hope to see you in Lewiston! If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email me at

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