[DOE-Arts] ARTS NEWSLETTER #24

Argy Nestor argy.nestor at maine.gov
Wed Jan 2 20:42:06 EST 2008



ARTS NEWSLETTER # 24 – 1 January 2008

GREETINGS FROM ARGY’S CUBBY with a view of the STATE HOUSE DOME at  
the Department of Education

ARTS NEWS

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  I hope you had a wonderful vacation!  I enjoyed  
visiting with family and I am LOVING the snow!  I hope you are as well.



ARTS, INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY INSTITUTE

On April 6 and 7, 2008 Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) is  
sponsoring “Arts, Innovation and Creativity” Institute at the  
Samoset in Rockport.  We are looking for presenters who are  
interested in facilitating a workshop that includes a connection  
between one or more of the arts with one or more Maine Learning  
Results content that uses technology.  The Call for Presenters form  
is attached and needs to be returned by January 10th.  This is a  
great opportunity to share the good work you do in your classrooms  
throughout Maine.



ARTS EDUCATION WEB PAGE AT THE MAINE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

The ARTS EDUCATION webpage at the Department of Education is now  
available at http://www.maine.gov/education/lres/vpa/ or you can  
access it through the MLR page at http://www.maine.gov/education/lres/ 
pei/index.html

Please book mark the first link since the information will be  
changing periodically as new information and resources become available.

At the Arts Ed webpage you can find information on the following:

MAINE LEARNING RESULTS
DIGITAL CAMERAS AVAILABLE TO BORROW
ARTS BLOG
PORTAPORTAL


NEWSLETTER

The newsletter this week is going to 595 readers. This is an increase  
of 1 from the last newsletter.  The 600th subscriber will receive a  
prize.  Back issues are located at http://mailman.informe.org/ 
pipermail/doe-arts/
If you know of someone who would like to receive the newsletter  
please have them email me at: argy.nestor at maine.gov


TeLL- PLEASE PARTICIPATE
Please be sure to participate in the Teaching, Leading and Learning  
Survey (TeLL).  The purpose is to gather information about school  
climate from practicing educators.  This is a great opportunity for  
all arts educators to communicate and give input.  The Maine  
Department of Education and the Maine Education Association is  
working with the New Teacher Center at the University of California  
at Santa Cruz to conduct the survey.  Educators can respond to the  
TeLL online until January 18, and responses will be anonymous and  
confidential. For more information about the survey, please visit:  
http://TELLMaine.org


MAINE ALLIANCE FOR ARTS EDUCATION AWARDS
Just a reminder that nominations are being accepted for the MAAE  
awards until January 10th!  The awards recognize those who are making  
a difference to arts education for Maine students.  You can nominate  
teachers, artists, administrators, community supporters, parents, and  
schools. For info and nomination forms go to www.maineartseducation.org

MAINE TEACHER OF THE YEAR
Last year we had four arts teachers nominated for Maine Teacher of  
the Year.  Arts educators have so much to be proud of when it comes  
to the impact we have on student development.  I urge you to nominate  
an arts teachers for the honor of Maine Teacher of the Year.  The  
deadline for nominations is February 15th.  Please email me if you’d  
like more information.

2008 WINDSOR FAIR DESIGN CONTEST
$1000.00 will be awarded to the artist whose design is selected to  
use on posters and t-shirts. The deadline for work is January 31st.   
Please contact Julie Browne for more information windsorfair at gwi.net,  
with Windsor Fair Artwork in the subject line.  This is a great  
opportunity for you or your students!

UK
In The Observer, December 9, 2007 edition, an article written by  
Vanessa Thorpe and Nicholas Watt stated that the government of  
Britain pledged that every child in Britain will have the chance to  
experience the arts directly as part of their school routine, with  
five hours of cultural learning and activity every week.  James  
Purnell, Cultural Secretary, told The Observer: “We will be  
announcing in the Children's Plan that we want to move towards five  
hours of culture to match what is available in sport, giving young  
people the chance to develop both as critical spectators and  
practitioners.”
   To read the article in its entirety please read the attached  
(available in word and .rft).

CRITICAL LINKS
Arts Education Partnership has a Critical Link newsletter which you  
can subscribe to or you can just read the newsletter online.  For  
more information please click on http://www.aep-arts.org/aboutus/cl.htm.

ARTIST
Henry Wolyniec, Visual Artist from Portland, offers workshops for  
students in K-12 on the use of comics as an artist medium.  He has  
done workshops ranging from one day to a five week course.  If you’d  
like more information please contact Henry at henryw at maine.rr.com or  
772-4146



CREATIVE ECONOMY
With the support from the Maine Arts Commission, the New England  
Foundation for the Arts published a creative economy report that you  
can access by clicking here: The Creative Economy: A New Definition.

The report proposes a standard research methodology and core  
definition of New Englands creative economy that could be employed  
throughout the US.


QUOTE OF THE NEWSLETTER

“Some people think music education is a privilege, but I think  
it’s essential to being human.”

-       Jewel – singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist



Make it a GREAT 2008,

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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