IIC are communities that nourish young people's imaginations in schools, through community activities, service learning projects, volunteering, and informal opportunities that encourage learning from families, elders, and peers.

In 2009 a group of educators and activists set out to identify Imagination Intensive Communities. Following a demanding application and site-visit process, six communities stood out as places where children and youth learn, create, invent, innovate, and contribute.

In 2010, Maine's Imagination Intensive Communities initiative received a Best Practice award from the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21). Cited as one of nine innovative state programs nationwide, Dr. Steven Paine, chair of the P21 state partner advisory council had these words of praise, "These states are shining examples of best practices [and] how to build education systems that ensure 21st century college and career readiness for every student."

partnershipTo learn about the six communities in Maine that were selected as Imagination Intensive Communities, and to find out how each community built it's unique strategies for creating opportunities for youth, follow the links below.

Follow the links below to find out how each community built their unique strategies for creating these opportunities:

Arundel: Develop a Unified Arts Teams

Blue Hill: Make Students' Imaginations Visible

Camden-Rockport: Build on Your Traditions

Deer Isle-Stonington: Fuel Imagination Everywhere

North Haven: Imagine Locally

Telling Room: Experiment with a variety of  mechanisms for meeting      the needs of diverse communities

York: Engage Your Entire Community

Contact a community to learn more about these 2010 IIC winners. To return to the MAAE website click here.

Kennedy Center
Maine Arts Commision
This project is supported in part with a grant from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.