Portland Museum of Art
The 19th annual Maine Art Education Association (MAEA) Youth Art Month opening took place this past Saturday at the Portland Museum of Art (PMA). This year marks the 33rd anniversary of YAM which is celebrated to emphasize the value of art education and to encourage public support for art education.
PMA Director Mark Bessire, organizers Stacy Rodenberger and Dana Baldwin, and PMA exhibition designers and installers did an incredible job displaying the 123 pieces of Maine K-12 student artwork. The PMA site states: Sharing this work by K-12 students allows the museum to recognize the value of art education for all children and to encourage public support for quality school art programs.
Congratulations to Manon Lewis for coordinating the event and for the other MAEA board members for their contributions. And congratulations to the teachers who took the time to select the work, transport it to Portland, and provide the information for display. In many cases the teachers attended the opening reception to celebrate their students.
The Saturday event also recognized 2 Outstanding Art Educators: Asa Adams Elementary School K-5 art teacher Nancy Lloyd-Fitch and Camden Hills Regional High School art teacher Carolyn Brown. Both well deserved recognitions for their years of dedication to Maine students.
All the work in the show is outstanding, located near the entrance of the museum and the 4th floor, and will remain on display until March 31st. I recommend that you don’t miss it!