The board and staff of Maine Alliance for Arts & Education gratefully acknowledge a grant of over $4,500 from MaineShare, received in January 2013. The Alliance has been a long time member, and MaineShare’s ongoing support has been especially critical during our transition to new leadership and a new mix of programs.
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The Merrymeeting Arts Center in Bowdoinham announces its major 2013 summer show “Every Maine Lighthouse” 65 paintings by Ernest DeRaps.
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25th Vail International Dance Festival
The Vail Valley Foundation invites you to the 2013 Vail International Dance Festival, which will begin July 28 and go through August 10 at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail, Colorado and the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek, Colorado.
The 25th Vail International Dance Festival will feature 11 riveting dance performances under the leadership of artistic director and former New York City Ballet principal dancer Damian Woetzel. Included in the program is a tribute performance featuring ballet sensation Sergei Polunin, along with a performance of George Balanchine’s Serenade with a full orchestra put on by the Pacific Northwest Ballet.
Additionally, the program will feature the highly anticipated return of International Evenings of Dance on Friday, August 2 and Saturday, August 3, with performances showcasing modern dance, ballet, and ballroom classics. The festival closes with the popular Dance TV, with artists from “Dancing With the Stars,” “So You Think You Can Dance,” “America’s Best Dance Crew,” and more. This is surely an event that you will not want to miss.
A full schedule and ticket information can be found at www.vaildance.org. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday, March 13 at 11 a.m., so hurry to reserve your spot!
Ticket to Ride Funding
The Maine Arts Commission is here to assist schools with travel costs. The program provides funding to defray the cost of travel for Maine schools wishing to visit Maine arts based venues and events as part of a well-rounded curriculum. Any K-12 school in Maine is eligible to receive support of up to $300 each school year and any K-12 school in Maine with a documented free and reduced lunch student population of 50 percent or greater is eligible to receive support of up to $500 each school year.
We have ample funding to support your needs, and the application process could not be easier. Click here for details: https://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Education/Ticket-To-Ride-Signup
The SMART grant encourages schools, arts organizations/institutions and community based teaching artists to collaborate on the design and delivery of high quality arts learning experiences for pre-K-12 students. The maximum grant award is $10,000 and the deadline is April 5, 2013. Click here for details: https://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Grants/SMART
In the past few weeks three dynamic community leaders have joined the board of the Maine Alliance for Arts & Education (MAAE), helping to cement the organization’s position as the state’s only non-profit advocate for ALL the arts and for quality arts education for all Maine students. Odelle Bowman, executive director of L/A Arts in Lewiston, was elected to the board in December and has assumed the role of Vice-Chair. Con Fullam, director of Portland-based Pihcintu (a 30-voice girls’ chorus composed entirely of children from immigrant families), was elected in January; and Sandra Ruch, a documentary filmmaker, former director of marketing for New Line Cinema, and former director of the International Documentary Association, was elected in February.
“We are incredibly lucky to have these talented and enthusiastic individuals on our board of directors,” said Elizabeth Watson, MAAE’s board chair. “Each of them brings remarkable talents, connections, and creativity to our organization at a time when we are most in need of those qualities. In the wake of the nation’s financial crisis MAAE, like many other non-profits, saw a dramatic decline in revenues, and during 2012 we scaled back programs while transitioning to new leadership. With Peter Alexander now serving as our executive director we have broadened our name and mission and are restructuring our operations and programs. Our new board members are a big part of this.”
Julie Richard, the new Executive Director of the Maine Arts Commission echoed these sentiments. “I am pleased that the Maine Alliance for Arts & Education is expanding its mission and it’s board of directors,” she said. “The Maine Arts Commission anticipates working closely with MAAE in the future to advocate for the arts and arts funding here in Maine.”
MAAE was founded in 1973 as one of thirty-three state affiliates of the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network to ensure that every Maine student has life-long access to high quality arts education. “We are still true to this mission,” said Alexander, “But to be even more effective we need to bolster the arts in every aspect of the community, because arts education gets a lot more attention where the arts play a central role in a community’s economy and quality of life. Our board understands this, and our new members, as leaders of arts organizations themselves, will be instrumental in charting our course forward, each of them assisting in unique ways that draw on their particular skills and passions.”
Alexander explained further that Sandra Ruch is helping develop and promote a new membership program with an array of valuable benefits for both individuals and institutions, such as fiscal sponsorship and access to foundation funding resources and low-cost insurance. Con Fullam is helping develop a series of “Careers in the Arts” symposiums that will bring students from all over Maine into direct contact with nationally known professional musicians, artists, dancers and actors. Odelle Bowman, through her extraordinary work at L/A Arts, is already demonstrating the guiding principle of MAAE’s new direction: that students, parents, school administrators, and elected officials place greater value on arts education programs when the role of the arts and culture is prominently featured in the life of the community.
Evelyn Rogers writes that she has published an article that discusses the pay raise that teachers receive for obtaining a graduate degree, often referred to as the Master’s bump, and provides tips on how teachers can evaluate and select a university program. The article is quite informative and a great help to anyone considering going for a higher degree.
For a flyer about the Summer Institute, please click here: SMI 2013 Flyer.pdf
The public affairs radio show that MAAE’s director, Peter Alexander, did at WERU in November 2012 with Julie Richard (Maine Arts Commission) and Argy Nestor (Maine Dept of Education) is now available at http://archives.weru.org/maine-arts-alive/maine-arts-alive-112712. If you are interested in the state of visual and performing arts education in Maine, this is worth a listen.
The Board of Directors is pleased to invite you to join us in welcoming our new executive director, Peter Alexander, at a fundraising reception on October 21 at Slates Restaurant in Hallowell. Enjoy presentations by some of Maine’s best young musicians and artists, and hear inspirational talks by Julie Richard, the new director of the Maine Arts Commission, and other arts education leaders. Space for this event is limited, so please reserve a seat by writing to email@example.com.
Maine Alliance for Arts Education announces a new strategic focus for the organization.
Now in its 34th year of serving the arts education community in Maine, the Maine Alliance for Arts Education (MAAE) has just completed an organizational assessment to determine how to best meet its mission to encourage and strengthen educational excellence in visual art, music, theater, and dance in all Maine schools and communities.
With the retirement of long-time Executive Director, Carol Trimble last December, the MAAE Board of Directors has used the transition time before hiring a replacement as an opportunity to assess the needs of the arts education community in Maine and MAAE’s core strengths as an organization. Going forward, MAAE will focus its strategic efforts in two key areas: Advocacy and Professional Development. MAAE acknowledges its many partners throughout Maine for providing invaluable assistance and support during this planning process.
Going forward, MAAE will work in collaboration with established and new partners and networks of educators, parents, arts organizations, communities, and supporters to advance arts education in Maine guided by these two priorities:
Proactively influence arts education policy at the state and national level through monitoring and lobbying legislation that affects arts education, and, over time, developing and supporting advocacy strategies at the local level among schools, parents, community partners, arts organizations, and cultural institutions to sustain and improve arts education.
2. Professional Development
Support arts educators, classroom teachers, school administrators, and parents to improve and promote arts education in all Maine schools by planning and implementing professional development activities through workshops, conferences, training, distribution of resource information, and other innovative programming.
In order to strengthen its statewide mission, the Board has also decided to phase out, over the next few months, two regional programs: Building Community Through the Arts in the greater Bangor and Penquis areas, under the leadership of Susan Potters, Education Director, and Learning (Arts) in Community (LINC) in Hancock County—as well as the Imagination Intensive Communities (IIC) program.
We are building a new site to better serve our members and our mission. MAAE has a new strategic plan and a new executive director, and we are gearing up for a major advocacy campaign on behalf of arts education programs and students in throughout the State of Maine. Check back soon. And in the meantime, join our mailing list by clicking here