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Happenings at PMA

December 1, 2017

Portland Museum of Art upcoming eventsThe Portland Museum of Art (PMA) has several opportunities for young people and families during the month of December. The information is below and linked to the PMA site.

2017 Copper Beech Tree Lighting – Friday, December 1, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., tree lighting ceremony begins at 6 p.m.Portland Poet Laureate Gibson Fay-LeBlanc, the Sea Change Chorale, and The Marshmallow Cart join us for the lighting of the copper beech tree. Come inside for art-making activities as well as special gallery talks and Day Without Art installations to honor World AIDS Day. Free and open to the public!

Noontime Talks

December 1: Nan Goldin with Jessica May

December 15: “Ahead of her Time: Nancy Hemenway Barton’s Lume III” with Anne B. Hill, curator of The University of New England Art Gallery.

December 22: Mindfulness in the Galleries: Winter Solstice

Nye Documentary

Bill Nye: Science Guy
Friday, December 8, 2 p.m.
Friday, December 8, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 9, 2 p.m.
Sunday, December 10, 2 p.m.
This documentary gets the best of both worlds, building a personal story of the likable, trustworthy Nye, as well as offering a serious, hopeful love letter to science itself.”—Common Sense Media

School Vacation Week

December 27, 28, 29: PMA Family Films

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Portland Museum of Art

November 3, 2017

Teachers, we appreciate you!

Teacher and Educator Open House

Thursday, November 9

Drop-in any time between 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. – Free

You are our best allies when it comes to sharing the PMA collection with Maine youth, and this free Open House shows our appreciation. Teachers in any subject from Pre-K to high school, as well as homeschoolers, are invited to visit the PMA.

 

  • Participate in interactive gallery activities such as poetry writing, contour line drawing, and mini-school tours.
  • Learn about the time-honored tour technique, Visual Thinking Strategies.
  • Ask docents and staff about our tour themes and formats.
  • Network with educators across grades and disciplines.
  • Learn about the Peggy L. Osher Art Study and Collection Committee Conference Room (3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. only).
  • Enjoy complimentary refreshments.
  • Receive complimentary PMA Highlights Catalog and other classroom freebies.

Please remember—educators are always welcome to visit the PMA free of charge to assist in field trip planning.

For more information please CLICK HERE.

Deadline to register is November 6.

Questions, contact Louisa Donelson, Associate Educator for Youth Learning.

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Portland Museum of Art

June 1, 2017

Summer Job for Teens

Portland Museum of Art is accepting applications from teens for a part-time paid job call the Homer High School Fellowship. These positions offer high school students the opportunity to learn about the museum industry through the development of youth and teen programs. This seven-week fellowship program is designed to foster creative thinking, to build community, and to use the PMA collection for inspiration and idea building. For more information on the job and for application materials, please CLICK HERE.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Creates new ways for teen audiences to engage with the museum and its works of art through the creation of interpretative materials and programs.
  • Participates in discussions about ways in which PMA programming could attract teen audiences.
  • Assists Learning and Interpretation staff in design and execution of drop-in art activities for youth, teen, and family audiences.
  • Attends PMA public programs (artist and curator talks, daily tours, etc.) to learn about the museum’s collection and exhibitions and to better understand how the museum makes the collection and exhibitions accessible to the public.
  • Participates in visits to working artists’ studios and visits the Winslow Homer Studio at Prouts Neck to learn about the importance of place in Homer’s work, and to link the process of observing with the process of creating.
  • Works on special projects in the Learning and Interpretation department with museum staff serving as mentors.

Questions about the Fellowship should be directed to Louisa Donelson, Associate Educator for Youth Learning (207) 775-6148, ext. 3226, ldonelson@portlandmuseum.org

For more information on the PMA’s teen programs visit www.portlandmuseum.org/teens

 

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Portland Museum of Art Open House

March 10, 2017

Teachers, we appreciate you!

In appreciation of teachers the Portland Museum of Art is having an Open House, just for you!

Image credit: Side x Side Summer Arts Institute, June 2016. Photos by Joel Ellis Brown and Tonee Harbert.

Image credit: Side x Side Summer Arts Institute, June 2016.
Photos by Joel Ellis Brown and Tonee Harbert.

Thursday, March 23
Drop in any time between 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Free; registration is strongly encouraged.
R.S.V.P. by March 10 to Louisa Donelson, Associate Educator for Youth Learning, at ldonelson@portlandmuseum.org.

Teachers, you are our best allies when it comes to sharing the PMA collection with Maine youth and we want to show our appreciation with a free Open House. Teachers in any subject, Pre-K to 12, as well as homeschoolers are invited to visit the newly reinstalled PMA.
Participate however you like, for as long as you like.

  • Join in interactive gallery activities such as haiku writing or
    contour line drawing.
  • Explore our reinstalled galleries, which now host 20% more art.
  • Learn about our new school tour themes from staff and docents
  • Network with educators across grades and disciplines.
  • Tour the new Peggy L. Osher Art Study and Collection Committee Conference Room (3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. only).
  • Enjoy complimentary refreshments.
  • Receive complimentary classroom resources.

Note: educators are always welcome to visit free of charge to assist in field trip planning. Information on parking can be found here.

Student and teacher programming at the PMA is made possible by Unum.

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Portland Museum of Art

February 3, 2017

Open house

The Portland Museum of Art invites you to their free open house on Saturday, February 4, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. They’ve completing changes to the museum and they’d like you to see if first. All are welcome at no cost!

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You’re invited… for an all-day Open House with free admission for everyone to the Portland Museum of Art. Gallery talks with community members, and all-ages games and art-making activities. Explore an entirely new PMA and discover the strength and new visual presentation of the museum’s collection, which features 20% more art on view—often in new and surprising places—themed galleries, and interactive, multimedia kiosks.

These events also mark the public openings of the museum’s spring exhibitions: The Thrill of the Chase: The Wagstaff Collection of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum, The Mistress and the Muse: Selections from the Isabelle and Scott Black Collection, and Artist’s Choice: Photographs from the Judy Glickman Lauder Collection.

Activities throughout the day include:
Community Highlights Catalog – Reimagine your favorite work of art in the PMA. Using a variety of drawing and collage materials, create your own version of your favorite work in the collection and leave it behind to be added into our community-created highlights catalog.
Community Voices – We are inviting community members to share personal responses to their favorite work in the collection. Hear unique 15-minute perspectives on the collection.

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For more information please contact Louisa Donelson at ldonelson@portlandmuseum.org or call 207.699.4885.

Admission for the Community Open House is courtesy of TD Bank and TD Charitable Foundation.

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Big Fun Friday

November 21, 2016

What a day!

I had the pleasure of participating in three very different events last Friday. The STEM Summit, the 3-day reading of Moby Dick, and an amazing dance performance at Thornton Academy.

STEM SUMMIT

screen-shot-2016-11-21-at-9-04-05-pmMy morning started at Colby College at the STEM Summit “Building Bridges: Developing Partnerships to Build Capacity for STEM Education in Maine”. I was a member of a panel including Lindsey Pinchbeck, SweetTree Arts; Brett Elwell, EverFi; Hannah Walden, Maine Central Institute; Kate Cook Whitt, Thomas College; and Eva Szillery, Maine Mathematics Science and Engineering Talent Search. The session was called “Addressing STEM From Differing Perspectives for Students” and below is the description. I had the chance to share some of the amazing Maine arts educators work happening in STEAM in Maine!!

Designing engaging STEM learning experiences cannot be done through one-size-fits all approaches. This panel showcases the wide variety of ways learners can access STEM, through the arts, sports, coding, and others. Learn about the opportunities that are available to Maine’s teachers and how you can participate in these innovative approaches to STEM learning and teaching.

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Irwin Gratz

PORTLAND MUSEUM OF ART

From there I headed south to the Portland Museum of Art to participate in the three-day non-stop reading of the classic Moby Dick. It was fun and a fairly intense experience. We had to read from the book that they provided. For those of you who have read the book the language can be challenging and the sentences a mile long. It has been some time since I read to my own sons or my middle school students so reading out loud felt like a new experience. By the end my eyes were bouncing!

Interestingly enough, from PBS radio, Irwin Gratz read not to long before my scheduled 10 minutes. And, not long after me Julie Richard read. What I loved most but wasn’t able to appreciate it (since I was looking down to follow along in the book) was behind the reader on the large screen were rotating images of a graphic novel of Moby Dick.

FALL INTO DANCE

img_4394My last stop of the day was at Thornton Academy in Saco for the Fall Into Dance concert. Participating schools: Thornton Academy, Berwick Academy, Studio for the Living Arts, Collective Motion, Community Dance Project, New England Dance Project. Last years performance raised $2,650 and the funding was awarded to MSAD #33 for a dance education residency which will take place in two weeks. I was stunned when I read on the giant check the amount of $3575.00. Look for the information in the future and begin conversations with your colleagues about possibilities of having a teaching artist at your school next school year.

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Announcing the amount of $3575.00 being given to the Maine Arts Commission to disperse as a dance education grant.

 

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Portland Museum of Art

November 10, 2016

Educational opportunities

Great stuff happening in the near future at the Portland Museum of Art that you don’t want to miss!

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  1. Portland’s first ever Moby-Dick Marathon Reading. On Thursday, November 17, the PMA kicks off a four-day, marathon-style reading of Herman Melville’s masterpiece in the Bernard Osher Foundation Auditorium. The book will be read (and perhaps on some cases, performed!) aloud by curators, artists, fishermen and women, writers, students, business leaders, special guests, and more. CLICK HERE for more details.
  2. shrunken-treasures-cover_scott-nashPMA Family Day with Scott Nash. Illustrator, author, and designer Scott Nash visits to share drawing tips and tricks. These workshops encourage kids and their grown-ups to experiment with unique sketching techniques—including some that Scott even uses when imagining and illustrating his books such as Shrunken Treasures. After the art-making, visit the exhibition Of Whales in Paint: Rockwell Kent’s Moby-Dick to explore how various artists and writers across time have represented the iconic story of Moby-Dick. CLICK HERE for more details.
  3. Now on view Kent, Matisse, and more… In the 1930s the pioneering French artist Henri Matisse began to produce book illustrations and artist books. Over the next two decades, he completed a dozen book projects, working with a variety of printing techniques to explore the relationship between image and text—both visually and thematically. This exhibition, provided by the Bank of America Art in our Communities program, presents four of Matisse’s art books, revealing the artist’s dynamic and multifaceted relationship with literature, creativity, and visual expression. CLICK HERE to learn more.matisse_brand
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