Arts are Basic Coalition (ABC)

ABC Expands its Advocacy

The Arts are Basic Coalition (ABC), the MAAE-led advocacy partnership made up of the heads of Maine’s professional teachers’ associations in art, music theater and dance, has expanded the scope of its work. Until now ABC has limited its advocacy to state legislation, successfully advocating to keep the arts in the Maine Learning Results, restore the Visual and Performing Arts staff position at the Department of Education, and ensure a one-credit arts requirement for high school graduation. ABC will now also be advocating to stakeholders in schools and communities around the state. Each of the partnering organizations has designated a special advocacy delegate, who will represent that organization as ABC’s work expands. (See the names and contact info to the right.) ABC showed off the coalition’s new logo at Arts and Culture Day at the capitol (see photo above), and will play a larger role in organizing MAAE’s semi-annual Arts Education Advocacy Day itself at the Statehouse.

ABC is also planning to create a student Leadership Group that will join ABC in these efforts… stay tuned for more news about that!





ABC’s Mission and History:

The mission of the Arts are Basic Coalition ABC is “to advocate with a common strong voice for the visual and performing arts for all students in Maine.”  ABC was created when the Maine Arts Commission and the Maine Alliance for Arts Education in the summer of 2000 convened a large group of Maine arts education organizations and supporters to investigate ways in which we could collaborate for the cause of “arts every day for every child.” Out of this meeting grew ABC, made up of the heads of each of the Maine professional teacher associations representing music, visual art, theatre and dance and led by MAAE.


MMEA’s mission is to promote and advance Music Education by providing a voice and venue for advocacy and advancement of Music Education in Maine.


To work for all the Maine Music Educators and for all Music Education.

To develop and promote the adoption of practices, policies, and standards which align with both the Maine Learning Results and the National Standards for Music Education.

To unify and strengthen the music-teaching profession and to secure and maintain through advocacy the existence of school music programs within the school day in the State of Maine.

To provide members with a forum and voice on matters pertaining to the music teaching profession and to present their individual and common interests before the Maine State Board of Education, their designees and other legal authorities when appropriate and necessary.

Advocacy contact: Victoria Cherry –



MAEA is a statewide professional organization whose members are committed to excellence in visual arts education.


To encourage best practices in standards-based and learner-centered visual arts classrooms in all Maine schools

To foster high quality teaching in visual arts and provide professional opportunities in curriculum, instruction and assessment, as well as in current issues and artistic practice

To provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and support collaboration among educators and other arts agencies to ensure quality programs for all learners


Advocacy contact: Theresa Cerceo –



Maine EdTA’s mission is shaping lives through theatre education by: honoring student achievement in theatre and enriching their theatre education experience; supporting teachers by providing professional development, networking opportunities, resources, and recognition; and influencing public opinion that theatre education is essential and builds life skills. 


Advocacy contact: Rick Osann –



Advocacy contact: Emma Campbell –