[DOE-Arts] ARTS NEWSLETTER #15

Argy Nestor Argy.Nestor at maine.gov
Fri Aug 17 15:52:23 EDT 2007



REGISTER FOR THE STATE-WIDE ARTS CONFERENCE http:// 
www.maineartseducation.org/ EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION: $75- 8/24/07

ARTS NEWSLETTER # 15- 16 AUGUST 2007
GREETINGS FROM ARGY’S CUBBY with a view of the STATE HOUSE DOME at  
the Department of Education

ARTS NEWS
The morning light has changed in my cubby, in fact it has come full  
circle since one year ago today when I started at the Department of  
Education as the Visual and Performing Arts Specialist.  I find  
myself reflecting on my year and thinking about changes as we  
transition to fall and a new school year.  My morning drive to  
Augusta is showing signs as well, a nip in the air and bits of color  
on the red maple trees.
I got an email earlier this week from Doug Clapp, art teacher in Fort  
Kent, that he returned to school, a place where each of you who are  
teachers will soon be, if you haven’t already found yourself there.   
This is about the time of month when my teacher dreams would start  
and I wondered if I would remember how to teach.  Even after 30 years  
of teaching those dreams still existed for me.
I took a splendid day trip to Winter Harbor to visit the  
International Sculpture Symposium being held at the Schoodic  
Education and Research Center located on Schoodic Point, in Acadia  
National Park.  The symposium, the first of its kind in Maine, is  
being held until September 10th and I guarantee you won’t regret  
taking the time to visit.  We knew we were getting close to the  
sculpting area as the sound of saws buzzing grew louder.  It was a  
pleasure watching and talking with the seven participating artists as  
they sawed, hammered, chiseled and used their various tools.  They  
are three weeks into their six-week residency and their art work is  
taking on the look of the final forms.  It is awesome that the old  
naval base (turned into the Education and Research Center http:// 
www.nps.gov/acad/serc.htm) is having new life breathed into it and  
that the arts are an integral part of the environment.  After the  
symposium we walked down to the water and sat on the rocks for a  
picnic lunch and watched the tide roll in and the cormorants and  
guillemot bobbing around.  To learn more about the symposium please  
go to http://www.schoodicsculpture.org/home.html
I mentioned in the Arts Newsletter #14 that the newly opened  
Northport Music Theater was presenting “Six Women With Brain  
Death”.  I had the pleasure of attending and it was delightful.  Kim  
Murphy, Camden Hills Regional High School choral director and Caitlin  
Whalen, Winthrop Public Schools music teacher were both in the show.   
The voices of the six women were very powerful!  The show continues  
through August 25th.  For more details please go to http:// 
www.northportmusictheater.com/
NEWSLETTER
This newsletter is now being mailed electronically to 492 educators  
(an increase of 11 since the last newsletter). If you are interested  
in reviewing back issues of the newsletter click on: http:// 
mailman.informe.org/pipermail/doe-arts/
If you know of others that wish to receive the newsletter please ask  
them to email me argy.nestor at maine.gov

STATE-WIDE ARTS CONFERENCE-OCT. 5, 6, 2007
AT THE CREATIVE CENTER

THE ARTS IN MAINE SCHOOLS

A conference postcard was mailed this week to over 1200 visual and  
performing arts teachers in Maine announcing that registration is  
open for the state-wide arts conference sponsored by the Maine  
Department of Education (MDOE), The Maine Alliance for Arts Education  
(MAAE) and the Maine Arts Commission (MAC) partnering with Maine Art  
Education Association (MAEA), Maine Music Educators Association  
(MMEA), Maine Drama Council (MDC) Dance Education in Maine Schools  
(DEMS) and VSA arts of Maine (VSA).   Early bird registration fee of  
$75.00 is being accepted until Friday, August 24th and $85.00 after  
that.  Be sure and go to the Maine Alliance for Arts Education  
website at http://www.maineartseducation.org/  for all the details.   
The committee has put in many hours to arrange for a great  
conference, please be sure and check It out.

MAINE LEARNING RESULTS-VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS
The public hearing for the proposed Maine Department of Education  
Regulation: Parameters for Essential Instruction which includes the  
Visual and Performing Arts will be held on September 10, 2007,  
3:00-5:30 PM at four ATM locations around the state:

* Room 103 A&B of the Cross State Office Building, Augusta, Maine  
(site of origin)

* ATM Room, Presque Isle High School, Presque Isle, Maine

* ATM Room, Bangor Library, Bangor, Maine

* ATM Room, Machias High School, Machias, Maine

This public hearing will be an opportunity to collect public comment  
on the Maine Learning Results:  Parameters for Essential  
Instruction.  You may also send in written comments to Anita  
Bernhardt, 23 State House Station, Augusta, 04333.
http://www.maine.gov/education/lres/review/peigr.html  For more  
information please see the attached Commissioner’s Information Letter.



EXTENDING THE DANCE MAP

SAVE THE DATE – Saturday, September 8, 3:00 – 5:00 PM

Bangor area – place TBA

Tri-state pilot project to train dancers to work as teaching artists  
in public schools and teachers to bring dance into their classrooms.  
This information session is FREE of charge. Pilot project and four  
days of training will take place in 2007-2008 with at least one  
residency fellowship available after training is complete. For more  
information please contact Nancy Salmon, state dance liaison for the  
project, ncsalmon at suscom-maine.net or 207-865-4311.



MAINE’S REORGANIZATION OF SCHOOL DISTRICTS
To read the latest information on the reorganization plan please see  
the attached document.

RESEARCH AND SUMMER READING
In Arts Newsletter #14 I shared the Value of the Arts, Part ll.   
Attached is

The Value of the Arts, Part II

August 9, 2007  |  Volume 2  |  Issue 22

An education in the arts can open up new channels of learning for all  
students. When schools engage students in the visual, musical, or  
dramatic arts as separate classes, cross-curricular projects, or  
extracurricular activities, they get students to grasp and appreciate  
the elements of human culture that transcend space and time while  
helping them draw connections between content areas.

GRANT OPPORTUNITY
"Grants to Fund Projects Making Creative Use of Common Teaching Aids"  
Office Depot/SHOPA 2006 Kids In Need Teacher Grants are available to  
fund projects that make creative use of common teaching aids,  
approach curriculum from an imaginative angle, or tie nontraditional  
concepts together for the purpose of illustrating commonalities.  
Innovation and merit account for 40 percent of the evaluation.  
Maximum Award: $500. Eligibility: K-12 teachers.
Deadline: September 30, 2007.  For more information please go to  
http://www.kidsinneed.net/grants/guidelines.php

ART OPENING
You are cordially invited to the:

Butterfly Mural Opening & Meet the Artists

Saturday, August 18, 10:30-12:00

Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant Street, Brunswick

Mural artists Olga Pastuchiv and Jane Page-Conway have been working  
at Curtis Memorial Library to create a butterfly mural.  Eight  
panels, featuring larger than life views of butterflies will be  
installed on the Children's Garden fence.



SPEAKING OF BUTTERFLIES
If you like butterflies you will most likely like this website called  
Monarch Butterfly: Journey North for Kids.  Please check out http:// 
www.learner.org/jnorth/tm/monarch/jr/KidsJourneyNorthTeach.html#concept

AND ANOTHER JOURNEY TO FOLLOW…
If you are interested in sailing, adventure and/or reading a blog  
please go to
http://1000daysatsea.blogspot.com/search?updated-min=2007-01-01T00% 
3A00%3A00-08%3A00&updated-max=2008-01-01T00%3A00%3A00-08%3A00&max- 
results=50
You can follow Reid Stowe & Soanya Ahmad stories on their 1000 non- 
stop or re-supplying days at sea.

MAINE MASTER PREMIERES
Featuring: The film portrait LOIS DODD at the Farnswoth Art Museum  
Rockland

Wednesday, August 22.  Two showings- 6 and 7 PM, free and open to the  
public. If you have questions please contact Richard Kane at  
kanelewis at aol.com

207-359-2320



BENEFIT CONCERT @ St. PATRICK’S CHURCH, NEWCASTLE
Saturday, September 1, 7:30 Concert for Clarinet, Voice, and Piano:  
Benefit for Vocal Music Program at Lincoln Academy, suggested  
Donation $10 at the door

Mei-Shen Gregory, Clarinet, Beth Preston, Soprano Bridget Convey, Piano

Contact Beth Preston for more information: preston at lincolnacademy.org



STUDENT ART DISPLAY
The Maine Principals’ Association is looking for K-12 framed student  
art work to display at its conference center in Augusta for the  
upcoming school year.  Check with your school principal for more  
information.  A letter of interest needs to be submitted by September  
28, 2007.


POETRY READING
Sunday, September 30 at 7pm at the Cushing Library –
Readers, Ellen Goldsmith and Alan Clark
I recently met Ellen to learn about fantastic work she has done in  
NYC with parents and teachers called Connecting Art, Books, Home and  
School.
If you’d like to learn more please contact Ellen at  
goldellen at gmail.com


PHOTOGRAPHER CINDY MCINTYRE

Offering one day classes in her studio in Waldoboro for individuals  
or groups on “Tinting Digital Photographs”.  Classes will teach  
painting with oil paints, pencils, and watercolors on prints you make  
on the computer.  For more information please email Cindy or check  
out her website or call : cindy at cindymcintyre.com

www.CindyMcIntyre.com 207-832-7490


ASCD CLASSES
·               October 9, 2007
Leadership in Literacy: Developing a School-wide Partnership
with Peter Lancia,
Hilton Garden Inn, Freeport

·               October 22, 2007
Transforming Learning Communities
with Liz Keroack & Matt King, Augusta Civic Center

For more information or to register, please visit the website
www.maineascd.org

ART TEACHER POSITIONS
Please see the attachment for art teaching positions available  
throughout the country.

CENTER FOR MAINE CONTEMPORARY ART
Beehive Collective Will Bring Their Buzz to CMCA Tuesday, August 21st  
at 7:00PM.  This dynamic group of young artist-activists will share  
the work they are doing to foster positive change in Maine and other  
parts of the world.
For more information please go to the CMCA website http:// 
www.artsmaine.org/

SERVICE LEARNING
Charlie Hartman, Education Consultant at the MDOE passed this on to  
me. “As you move along in your summer projects and fall lesson- 
planning, you

may want to consider projects that combine art and service-learning as a

particularly fertile area for K-12 programs. Art provides a direct  
connection to cultural meaning and expression, can be a great way for  
students to make a visible community contribution, and can add  
richness and diversity to your reflection activities”.  If you have  
questions about possible funding please contact Charlie at:  
charlie.hartman at maine.gov


QUOTE OF THE NEWSLETTER
GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz said, “What we've got at GM now is a  
general comprehension that you can't run this business by the left,  
intellectual, analytical side of the brain. You have to have a lot of  
right side, creative input. We are in the arts and entertainment  
business, and we're putting a huge emphasis on world-class design."

Make it a great last few days August,
Argy
Argy Nestor
Visual and Performing Arts Specialist
Maine Department of Education
23 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0023
207-624-6825
fax: 207-624-6821
argy.nestor at maine.gov















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