Arts are Basic Coalition

Arts are Basic Coalition (ABC)
In summer 2000, the Maine Arts Commission and the Maine Alliance for Arts Education convened a large group of arts education organizations and supporters to investigate ways in which we can collaborate for the cause of “arts every day for every child.” Out of this meeting grew a new coalition, called ABC (Arts are Basic Coalition). Our mission is “to advocate with a common strong voice for the visual and performing arts for all students in Maine.”

Position Statement

The arts are basic to a child’s education.

National statistics show that students who participate in the arts

• improve their learning in academic subjects,

• understand diverse cultures,

• learn group cooperation skills,

• have fewer disciplinary problems and higher school attendance rates,

• increase their scores on standardized tests, and

• develop such life skills as creative thinking and productive inter-personal communications.

Every student in Maine should have the opportunity to actively learn in and through all the arts—visual, music, dance, theater and writing—at least on a weekly basis in every grade K-12.

Our mission is to advocate, with a strong voice, for every student in Maine to have the opportunity to actively learn in and through all the arts—visual, music, dance, theater and writing—at least on a weekly basis in every grade K-12. Please join us in advocating for Maine’s students!

ALL THE ARTS IN EDUCATION: The Maine Alliance for Arts Education (MAAE) works to strengthen educational excellence in visual art, music, theater, dance, and writing in all Maine schools and communities. A member of the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network, MAAE provides a connection to national expertise while focusing on Maine’s unique issues. MAAE offers professional development workshops, arts residencies and mentor programs throughout Maine. Contact

DANCE : Contacts: Emma Campbell –

DRAMA: The Maine Theater Educators Association represents all Maine secondary schools in Drama Performance (specific to drama competition) and is currently exploring professional improvement opportunities such as theater certification. Together with the Maine Principals Association, MDC hosts the annual Drama Festival Competition for schools. This year 88 schools and academies will participate. Contact: Dillon Bates

MUSIC: The Maine Music Educators Association (MMEA) helps to advance music education in Maine schools through comprehensive music programs in all schools, involvement of people of all ages in learning music, high-quality preparation of teachers and use of the most effective techniques and resources in music instruction. MMEA promotes the nine national standards of the Music Educators National Conference (members since 1942) and the Maine Learning Results.

VISUAL ART: The Maine Art Education Association (MAEA) is devoted to providing an excellent visual arts education for all the children of Maine. Our goals include the professional development of all members, the promotion of art education at all levels, and the encouragement of innovation and research in art education. MAEA provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and for collaboration with other arts organizations in the state. Contact