MAAE receives grant funding

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Feb 202013

May 23, 2012 — We are happy to announce receipt of a very generous grant from the Betterment Fund, which has allowed us to begin work in earnest on a new initiative evolving from our national award-winning “Imagination Intensive Communities” program. “Maine’s Creative Communities” seeks to engage passionate leadership in selected towns and cities to leverage existing arts and cultural resources for economic benefits and improved arts education programming for young people. To learn more, see our “Programs” page, or go directly to “Maine’s Creative Communities”.

March 5, 2013

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.

Is Getting a Master’s Degree Worth it?

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Jan 242013

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.

Join Us in Welcoming our New Executive Director

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Oct 022012

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

MAAE Announces New Strategic Priorities

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Sep 162012

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:

1. Advocacy
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.