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Last Few Days

April 26, 2016

Statewide Arts ed census – time is running out!

imagesAfter four months the deadline for the arts education data collection is coming to a close this Saturday, April 30. The response from schools across the state has been phenomenal. THANK YOU to all those who have helped with the completion of the surveys. With 5 days to go we are closing in on 90%. We’re going to have a ton of data on Maine arts education. YAHOOOO!

In addition during the next month the census consultant will be collecting anecdotal information from educators across the state. The next step will be for the consultant to work with the data and provide information that will give us a clear picture of what is happening at this time. It will also help inform the future work of visual and performing arts education in Maine. We should have a draft of the report by mid-summer.


If you are not sure if your school has submitted a survey please go to and view the completed survey’s list.

If your school is not listed, please download the .pdf of the questions at Complete as many questions as you are able and provide the information to the school principal asking them to complete the survey online at

The following links are available to assist, if needed:

I hope that your school has contributed to this information so your community interests can be taken into account for the future of Arts Education!

The Maine Arts Commission (MAC) is conducting this statewide census in arts education in partnership with the Maine DOE, Maine Art Educators Association, Maine Music Education Association, Maine Principals’ Association, and The New England Institute for Teacher Education.


Happy Arts Education Month!

March 1, 2016

March it is!

When others are looking out the window waiting for Spring, Visual and Performing Arts Educators and others committed to excellent quality and access to arts education, are celebrating Arts in the Schools Month!

The month of March officially marks Youth Art Month, Music in Our Schools Month, Theatre in Our Schools Month, and Dance Education Month. A time for everyone to recognize students and their involvement in Arts education. We celebrate all that is “right” and “great” about visual and performing Arts education and a time to shout about it!

Celebrating Arts in Our Schools Month

Celebrating Arts in Our Schools Month

March provides an opportunity for Arts education to shine even greater than it does day to day. How will you take advantage of this opportunity? I suggest that you read the post I wrote one year ago called Arts Education Month for ideas or borrow language from this post to communicate with others. Use your voice to let others know why you believe that a quality Arts education is essential for all students, PK-grade 12.

Parts of this blog post have been borrowed from HomeRoom, an education blog of the US Department of Education who borrowed the post from the Office of Innovation & Improvement. Other parts are from the professional dance, music, theatre, and visual arts organizations websites.

The arts are an important part of a well-rounded education for all students. Arts-rich schools, those with high-quality arts programs and comprehensive course offerings, benefit students in and outside of the art or dance studio, music room, or stage. “All children deserve arts-rich schools,” Secretary Duncan told an audience of arts education advocates in 2012, as he discussed the disappointing results of an ED survey that showed many students lacking adequate access to arts education.

There’s no better time to echo the secretary’s pronouncement than in March, widely known as “Arts in the Schools Month.” Under the leadership of national associations representing teachers of dance, music, theatre, and the visual arts, a variety of activities unfold throughout the month — some that showcase the achievements of students and others that focus on the professional growth of arts educators committed to achieving the goal of arts-rich schools for all students.

Waterville Senior High School band students

Waterville Senior High School band students


Music in Our Schools Month was established nation-wide in 1985 by the National Association for Music Education.

Music teachers celebrate Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM) in many ways by offering special performances, lessons, sing-alongs and activities to bring their music programs to the attention of administrators, parents, colleagues, and communities to display the positive benefits that school music brings to students of all ages.

Each year the National Association for Music Education sponsors a concert for MIOSM. You can view the concert videos by CLICKING HERE.

Bossov Ballet, Maine Central Institute

Bossov Ballet, Maine Central Institute


For students of dance, March is when the National Dance Education Organization celebrates the artistic and academic achievements of exceptional students through the National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NAHSDA), which recognizes students who display outstanding artistic merit, leadership, and academic achievement in studying dance. Students who are members of NHSDA have an opportunity to be nominated for one of the highest honor programs for dance in the U.S., the NDEO Artistic Merit, Leadership, and Academic Achievement Award.

Poland Community School STEAM camp

Poland Community School STEAM camp


Youth Art Month (YAM) focuses on the value of visual art and art education for all children, with the theme of “Start With Art, Learn for Life.” State affiliates of the National Art Education Association (NAEA) help with support of YAM programs throughout the month, and NAEA members locally sponsor art exhibits and other activities to direct attention to benefits of visual arts learning and to increase community understanding and support of their schools’ arts education programs.

Maine Northern Maine Regional Final participants

Maine Northern Maine Regional Final participants


Theatre In Our Schools (TIOS) is a celebration of theatre in our schools and schools in our theatres. Sponsored by the American Alliance for Theatre & Education (AATE) and the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA), the goals of TIOS are to raise public awareness of the impact of theatre education and draw attention to the need for more access to quality programs in and out of school for all students. While TIOS presentations and advocacy may happen anytime in schools, theatres, and other public spaces, AATE and EdTA will recognize and promote March as the official Theatre In Our Schools month.


Like all academic areas, students of the arts are successful because of teachers who are highly skilled, knowledgeable of developments in their fields, and motivated.

The Maine Arts Leadership Initiative provides resources aplenty at THIS LINK.

Maine DOE MEARP-1 participants

Maine DOE Maine Arts Education Resource Project – Integration participants

It’s your turn to get involved

Arts-rich schools benefit everyone. Research increasingly shows that arts education heightens engagement for all students and can increase motivation and persistence for those most at risk of failing or dropping out of school. Learning in the arts also uniquely equips students with the skills in creativity and divergent thinking as well as problem-solving and teamwork that they need to be college and career ready. The Arts Education Partnership, with support from ED and the National Endowment for the Arts, has publications and a research clearinghouse, ArtsEdSearch, to help you learn more about why the arts in our schools are worth honoring for a month.

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Attend Maine’s Arts Advocacy Day at the State House in Augusta, March 24. For more information CLICK HERE for the Maine Alliance for Arts Education website. I hope to see you there!

Take advantage of Arts Education Month to engage others in the conversation of why a quality arts education is essential for all students. Be sure that your principal and school have participated in the statewide Arts Education Census that is underway and being facilitated by the Maine Arts Commission. To learn more CLICK HERE.


Maine Arts Education Census Update

February 16, 2016

Moving forward

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Maine’s Award winning singer-songwriter, Noel Paul Stookey, is serving as the Champion for the Statewide Arts Education census. Mr. Stookey of Peter, Paul, and Mary fame, is acting as honorary Chair, advocating for the census and arts education throughout the process. Mr. Stookey’s message to principals is located at

You might be wondering how the data collection is going for the Statewide Arts Education Census. Great news – we have reached 57% of all schools completing the survey! Remember that our goal is 100%. Our increase this week was 7% or 36 schools this week. You may have had something to do with the increase. If so, THANK YOU so much! This represents 328 schools – GREAT news!
Three superintendents regions have broken 60%, they are: Washington – 69%, Aroostook – 64%, and Cumberland – 60%.

If you are wondering what Superintendents Region your school is in, please go to THIS LINK on the Maine Department of Education website. AND, if you are wondering if your school principal has completed the survey please go to and the entire list of schools who have completed the survey has just been updated.


Below is all of the information on the Statewide Arts Education Census project. Please share.


We ask that the school principal complete the survey so there is only one survey per school submitted. However, you can certainly help by taking a look at the .PDF and offering the principal your assistance to complete the survey.


The Maine Arts Commission is working on the census with the following organizations: Maine Department of Education, Maine Principals’ Association, Maine Alliance for Arts Education, Maine Art Education Association, Maine Music Educators Association, and The New England Institute for Teacher Education.

If you have questions please don’t hesitate to email me at


Census Update

February 9, 2016

How’s it going?

Statewide Arts Education census Champion Noel Paul Stookey (of Peter, Paul, and Mary)

Statewide Arts Education census Champion Noel Paul Stookey (of Peter, Paul, and Mary)

You might be wondering how the data collection is going for the Statewide Arts Education Census. Great news – we have reached 50% of all schools completing the survey! If you had something to do with that THANK YOU so much! This represents 292 schools – GREAT news!


  • Aroostook – 55%
  • Cumberland – 54%
  • Hancock – 47%
  • Kennebec Valley – 51%
  • Mid-Coast – 51%
  • Penquis – 43%
  • Washington – 62%
  • Western Maine – 49%
  • York – 51%

If you are wondering what Superintendents Region your school is in please go to THIS LINK on the Maine Department of Education website.


Below is information on the survey for you and your principal. Please share.

COMPLETED THE SURVEY? YES…. by Superintendents Regions…below are the schools who have submitted the surveys. If your school name is not on the list that means we have not received your schools data yet. There is still time, please do what you can to help!


Ashland District School

Caribou High School

Caribou Middle School

David J Lyon Washburn District Elem School

Dr Levesque Elementary School

Eagle Lake Elementary School

East Grand School

East Range II CSD School

Easton Junior-Senior High Sch

Fort Fairfield Elementary School

Fort Fairfield Middle/High School

Fort Kent Elementary School

Hilltop Elementary School

Houlton Middle/High School

Katahdin Elementary School

Limestone Community School

Madawaska Middle/High School

Pine Street Elementary School

Presque Isle Middle School

Teague Park School

Van Buren District Secondary Sch

Washburn District High School

Wisdom Middle High School

Zippel Elem School


Baxter Academy for Tech & Sciences

Blue Point School

Bowdoinham Community School

Brunswick Jr High School

Canal School

Cape Elizabeth Middle School

Casco Bay High School for Expeditionary Learning

Chebeague Island School

Denmark Elementary School – Brownfield

Durham Community School

East End Community School

Falmouth High SchoolFred P Hall School

Gorham Middle School

Gray-New Gloucester High School

Gray-New Gloucester Middle School

Greely High School

Greely Middle School 4-5

Greely Middle School 6-8

Harpswell Coastal Academy

Harpswell Community School

Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary

Howard C Reiche Community Sch

James Otis Kaler Elementary School

Jordan-Small Middle SchoolKing Middle School

Lake Region High School

Lake Region Middle School

Levey Day School

Lincoln Middle School

Lyman Moore Middle School

Mabel I Wilson School

Mast Landing School

Memorial Elem School

Molly Ockett Middle School

Mt Ararat High School

Ocean Avenue Elem School

Peaks Island Elem School

Portland High School

Riverton Elem School

Scarborough Middle School

Sebago Elementary School

Songo Locks School

South Portland High School

St Brigid School

Stevens Brook Elem School

W H Rowe School

Waldo T Skillin Elementary School

Wentworth School

Windham High School

Windham Primary School


Bucksport High School

Bucksport Middle School

Conners-Emerson School

Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary Sch

Deer Isle-Stonington High Sch

Ella Lewis School

Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School

Ellsworth High School

George Stevens Academy

Hancock Grammar School

Mountain View School

Mt Desert Island High School

Pemetic Elementary School

Peninsula School

Swans Island Elementary School

Tremont Consolidated School


St Michael School

Albert S Hall School

Albion Elementary School

Atwood Primary School

Belgrade Central School

Benton Elementary School

Bloomfield Elementary School

Carrabec High School

China Middle School

China Primary School

Clinton Elementary SchoolCony High School

Edmunds Consolidated School

Fairfield Primary School

Farrington Elementary School

Gardiner Area High School

Garret Schenck School

Hall-Dale Elementary School

Helen Thompson School

James H Bean School

Lawrence High School

Lawrence Jr High School

Lillian Parks Hussey School

Lincoln School

Madison Junior High School

Maranacook Community Middle Sch

Marcia Buker School

Messalonskee High School

Messalonskee Middle School

Mill Stream Elementary School

Monmouth Academy

Morse Memorial School

Mt View High School

Palermo Consolidated School

Pittston Consolidated School

Skowhegan Area Middle School

Teresa C Hamlin Elem School

Troy Central School

Vassalboro Community School

Warsaw Middle School

Waterville Junior High School

Waterville Senior High School

Wayne Elementary School

Williams Elementary School

Windsor Elementary School

Winthrop Grade School

Winthrop High School

Winthrop Middle School


Ames & Weymouth Elementary Schools

Bath Middle School

Belfast Area High School

Boothbay Region Elem School

Camden-Rockport Elementary School

Camden-Rockport Middle School

Captain Albert W. Stevens School

Dike-Newell School

Edgecomb Eddy School

Hope Elementary School

Islesboro Central School

Lincoln Academy

Lincolnville Central School

Lura Libby School

Miller School

Monhegan Island School

Morse High School

Nobleboro Central School

North Haven Community School

Oceanside High School

EastPen Bay Christian School

South Bristol Elementary School

South School

Southport Central School

Troy A Howard Middle School

Union Elementary

Warren Community School

West Bath School

Woolwich Central School


Hollis Elementary School

Alton Elementary School

Brewer Community School

Caravel Middle School

Carmel Elementary School

Central High School

Central Middle School

Corinna Elementary School

Dedham School

Dexter Regional High School

Dr Lewis S Libby School

Eddington & Holding Elem

Etna-Dixmont School

Forest Hills Consolidated School

Hartland Consolidated School

Hermon Elementary School

Holbrook School

Hudson Elementary School

Indian Island High School

John Bapst Memorial High School

Lee/Winn Elementary School

Mattanawcook Academy

Mattanawcook Jr High School

\Medway Middle School

Morison Memorial School

Mountain View Youth Dev Ctr

Old Town Elementary School

Penobscot Valley High School

Penquis Valley High School

Piscataquis Community Secondary Sch

Ridge View Community School

Samuel L Wagner Middle School

Se Do Mo Cha Elem – Middle School

Sebasticook Valley Middle School

Stearns Jr-Sr High School

Suzanne M Smith Elementary School

Veazie Community School


Bay Ridge Elementary

Beals Elementary School

Calais Elementary School

Cherryfield Elementary

Daniel W Merritt School

Harrington Elementary School

Jonesport Elementary School

Jonesport-Beals High School

Lubec Consolidated School

Machias Memorial High School

Milbridge Elementary School

Narraguagus Jr/Sr High School

Pembroke Elementary School

Princeton Elementary School

Shead High School

Whiting Village School

Woodland Jr-Sr High School

Washington Academy


St Dominic Academy-Lewiston

Academy Hill School

Agnes Gray School

Andover Elementary School

Buckfield Jr-Sr High School

Elm Street School-Mechanic Falls

Fairview School

Farwell Elementary School

Greene Central School

Guy E Rowe School

Hebron Station School

Jay Elementary School

Leavitt Area High School

Leeds Central School

Lisbon High School

Livermore Elementary School

Martel Elem School

Minot Consolidated School

Mountain Valley High School

Mt Abram Regional High School

Mt Blue High School

Oxford Elementary School

Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School

Oxford Hills Middle School

Paris Elementary School

Park Avenue Elementary School

Poland Community School

Poland Regional High School

Sabattus Primary School

Sherwood Heights Elementary School

Spruce Mountain High School

Telstar High School

Telstar Middle School

Tripp Middle School

Turner Primary School

W G Mallett School

Walton Elem School

Washburn School

Waterford Memorial – Harrison School


Berwick Academy

Biddeford High School

Biddeford Intermediate School

Bonny Eagle Middle School

C K Burns School Carl J Lamb School

Dayton Consolidated School

Eliot Elementary School

Governor John Fairfield School

John F Kennedy Memorial School

Kennebunk High School

Kennebunkport Consolidated Sch

Lafayette School

Margaret Chase Smith Sch.-Sanford

Marshwood Great Works School

Marshwood High School

Marshwood Middle School

Noble High School

Old Orchard Beach High School

Saco Middle School

Sanford High School

Sanford Jr High School

Sea Road School

Shapleigh School

Village Elementary School-York

Waterboro Elementary School

Wells Elementary School

Wells High School

Wells Junior High School

Willard Elem School

York High School

Young School

Fairfield School

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