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In Today’s News

January 1, 2017

MAC Teaching Artist roster, new additions

The Village Soup highlighted two of the Maine Arts Commission’s latest additions to the Teaching Artist roster, Bridget Matros and Jeffrey Weinberger. Read the article by CLICKING HERE.

The MAC Teaching Artist roster is provided at no cost for those seeking a teaching artist to provide learning opportunities for students across the state in schools and community settings. The roster is located at https://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Education/Teaching-Artist-Roster. Description of the Teaching Artist program is located at https://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Education/Teaching-Artists. The call for new artists to apply to be on the roster occurs twice a year. Please contact me if you have any questions at argy.nestor@maine.gov.

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MSAD #33 Dance Residency

December 12, 2016

Wisdom Middle/High School and Dr. Levesque Elementary School

Students practicing their dance

Students practicing their dance

A week long dance education opportunity last week culminated on Friday evening with a performance at the Wisdom Middle/High School. The Winter Arts Evening included dance, music and visual art and was absolutely wonderful. With standing room only the school was filled with excited and proud parents, siblings, school staff members and other community members! The students outstanding performance brought smiles and some tears to their faces.

It was an amazing week for the students in MSAD #33 at the Wisdom Middle/High School and the Dr. Levesque Elementary Schools. All students had the opportunity to work with dance teaching artist John Morris thanks to funding provided by a benefit performance that took place in November 2015 at the Thornton Academy in Saco. Dance educator Emma Campbell coordinated the effort along with 9 other dance programs.

John working with kindergarten class

John working with kindergarten class

The grant was written by Theresa Cerceo, art teacher from MSAD #33 and John Morris. The dance unit connected with visual art, music, and dance and took place as part of the art and music curriculum. Charles Michaud is the district music teacher who participated as well. Students learned about the similarities and differences of the 3 arts disciplines. Students made art, music, and writings and responded to it through dance.

I was fortunate to be able to be in the County for part of the week and was thrilled to have the chance to see the work up close. The impact on students was enormous.

Theresa and Charles

Theresa and Charles

There will be a series of blog posts in the near future so you can learn more about the success in MSAD #33. Thanks to another generous donation from a dance performance at Thornton Academy in November 2016, the Maine Arts Commission will be offering another dance education grant for Maine schools/districts to apply for. Watch the blog this Winter for the posts and the announcement about the grant coming in early Spring.

One of the dances created and performed was depicting senior Jasmine M. DeMoranville’s poem.

Art

Pencil to paer
Brush to board
Glare at the table
Find the word

Something’s wrong
The paper’s off
The board is breaking
In your head there’s a gong
What is it that’s wrong?
Think again

A thought is forming
Words are swarming
Something’s off
The paper’s warning

Eyes are straining
Brain is whirring
Thoughts are becoming broken
Fingers twitch to find a token
What is wrong?

Disavow
Break through
Broken voice
Say thank you

Tone is flat
Face is hard to look at
Once distracted
Fall to the wrong format

The alley is dark
Nothing is visible
Plain as bark
See it flicker
Was that a spark?

The world is screaming
Ears are bleeding
Something wrong
Think through the noise.

The thought is sudden
Stunned and broken
But it’s there

The screaming is louder
Distracting
Attention pulling
Words are clear and blurry
Think harder
Think deeper

Answers drip from mind to tongue
Still unclear
Find the words

It drifts away
Grab it!
Color
Emotion
Shadow

Noise stops
Clarity settles
Words settle on fingertips
Art

A whisper on the breeze
I need it

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Deadline October 13

September 29, 2016

Teaching Artist roster – 2 weeks left to apply

Brian Evans-Jones, Teaching Artist

Brian Evans-Jones, Literary Teaching Artist – Why I teach

The Maine Arts Commission is now accepting applications for fall submissions to it PK-12 Teaching Artists Roster. The application deadline is Thursday, October 13 at 5 p.m. The roster, launched in 2014 and available at https://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Education/Teaching-Artist-Roster, includes Maine artists whose applications reflect their expertise and commitment to providing learning opportunities for students and/or teachers in PK-12 educational settings. There are currently 56 artists on the roster in disciplines including dance, literary arts, media arts, music, theater, and visual arts. Applications are accepted only two times per year.

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Nancy Salmon Dance Teaching Artist – Why I teach

The Arts Commission defines Teaching Artists as professional artists who are dedicated to lifelong learning and arts education, have made it an integral part of their professional practice, and who have cultivated skills as educators in concert with their skills as artists.

Successful applicants demonstrate mastery of an artistic discipline; knowledge and expertise in sequential arts instruction; good communication skills; planning and organizational ability; and an understanding of PK-12 learners.

To learn more about the Maine Arts Commission teaching artist program and to access the application please go to https://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Education/Teaching-Artists#.

To learn more about the Arts Commission’s other PK-12 arts education programs contact Argy Nestor at argy.nestor@maine.gov or 207-287-2713.

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Teaching Artist Roster

September 13, 2016

Join the roster

Interested in being on the Teaching Artists roster?

Teaching Artist Ian Bannon

Teaching Artist Ian Bannon

The Maine Arts Commission is now accepting applications for the PK-12 Teaching Artists Roster. The online roster was established in the fall of 2014 and includes artists whose applications reflect their expertise and commitment to providing learning opportunities for students and/or teachers in the PK-12 education setting.

Teaching Artists are professional artists who are dedicated to lifelong learning and arts education, have made it an integral part of their professional practice, and who have cultivated skills as educators in concert with their skills as artists.

For more information about the program and application information including the downloadable application please CLICK HERE. The application deadline is October 13, 2016!

Application Calendar 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016   PK-12 Teaching Artist Application available

Thursday, October 13, 2016   Application deadline for PK-12 Teaching Artist

December 2016 Updated Teaching Artist roster available

Spring 2017  PK-12 Teaching Artist Application available for next round

This opportunity is provided to teaching artists who are not employed by one particular school in an ongoing teaching situation.

If you have any questions please contact Argy Nestor, Director of Arts Education, at argy.nestor@maine.gov.

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In Today’s News

June 29, 2016

MACs Teaching Artist roster in the news

Screen Shot 2016-06-29 at 9.12.45 AMIn the Kennebec Journal/Morning Sentinel Central Maine newspaper an article posted yesterday on the Maine Arts Commission Teaching Artist roster. Please check it out by CLICKING HERE.

 

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Teaching Artist Roster

June 16, 2016

MAC announces newest additions

Cosmos Paper Sculpture - Karen Brooks

Cosmos Paper Sculpture – Karen Brooks

The Maine Arts Commission (MAC) is pleased to announce the latest Teaching Artists who have been added to the free online PK-Grade 12 Teaching Artist roster. The roster was established in December 2014 and has a total of 56 artists. Artists complete an application process and have demonstrated mastery of an artistic discipline, knowledge and expertise in sequential arts instruction, good communication skills, planning and organizational ability, and an understanding of their target learners.

Tim Christensen - Sgraffito

Tim Christensen – Sgraffito

Teaching Artists are professional artists who are dedicated to lifelong learning and arts education, have made it an integral part of their professional practice, and who have cultivated skills as educators in concert with their skills as artists.

The Teaching Artists are available to conduct high-quality learning opportunities for students (and teachers) in school settings and community organizations that offer arts education. We encourage educators and those responsible for arts education to utilize the roster by communicating directly with the Teaching Artists. Each artist has a profile on the roster that provides information to help you determine if they may be a good match for your school or arts organization.

The roster is located at THIS LINK. CONGRATULATIONS to the following artists who have been added to the roster:

  • Annegret Baier: West African Music and Dance, Cultural exposure and appreciation
  • Karen Brooks: Paper Art, Sculpture and Book Arts
  • Scot Cannon: Music, Mime, Songwriting, Music Recording, Character Education
  • Tim Christensen: Sgraffito on Porcelain, Sculpture, Pottery, Public Art
  • Sara Anne Donnelly: Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Journalism
  • Brian Evans-Jones: Poetry, Creative Writing
  • Gibson Fay-Lablanc: Poetry, Fiction and Nonfiction Writing
  • Namory Keita: Traditional West African Drum and Dance

    Nancy Salmon - dancers

    Nancy Salmon – dancers

  • Elly Lovin: Dance, Creative Movement, Yoga
  • Nancy Salmon: Dance
  • Putnam Smith: Music

On August 10 all Teaching Artists, whether a member of the roster or not, will have the opportunity to attend a one-day professional development opportunity being held at the USM Portland campus. Please watch the blog and arts ed list-serv for the details and registration. If you are not a member of the list-serv please email me at argy.nestor@maine.gov and I am happy to add your email address.

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Calling All Teaching Artists

April 15, 2016

Interested in being on the Teaching Artists roster?

IMG_1017The Maine Arts Commission is now accepting applications for the PK-12 Teaching Artists Roster. The online roster was established in the fall of 2014 and includes artists whose applications reflect their expertise and commitment to providing learning opportunities for students and/or teachers in the PK-12 education setting.

Teaching Artists are professional artists who are dedicated to lifelong learning and arts education, have made it an integral part of their professional practice, and who have cultivated skills as educators in concert with their skills as artists.

For more information about the program and application information including the downloadable application please CLICK HERE. The application deadline is MAY 12!

Application Calendar 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016   PK-12 Teaching Artist Application available

Thursday, May 12, 2016   Application deadline for PK-12 Teaching Artist

June 2016  Updated Teaching Artist roster available

Fall 2016  PK-12 Teaching Artist Application available for next round

This opportunity is provided to teaching artists who are not employed by one particular school in an ongoing teaching situation.

If you have any questions please contact Argy Nestor, Director of Arts Education, at argy.nestor@maine.gov.

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