[DOE-Arts] ARTS EDUCATION NEWSLETTER #25

Argy Nestor argy.nestor at maine.gov
Tue Jan 15 12:40:18 EST 2008



ARTS NEWSLETTER # 25 – 15 January 2008

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

ARTS NEWS

This week’s news is plentiful!  I hope you are enjoying the snowy  
winter!  Thank you to all of you that sent me information!  Welcome  
to the many new newsletter subscribers!

DOE ARTS EDUCATION WEBSITE

Please check out the arts education web page on the Department of  
Education website at http://www.maine.gov/education/lres/vpa/



NEWSLETTER

WHOOOOOOO HOOOOOOO!  This edition of the newsletter is going to 614  
readers, an increase of 19 from the last newsletter.  As promised the  
600th subscriber is receiving a prize.  Congratulations CAROL  
WALDRON!   And a big THANK YOU to Darrell Bulmer from the Maine Arts  
Commission who mentioned the arts ed newsletter in the MAC newsletter  
inviting people to subscribe.  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

MAINE ALLIANCE FOR ARTS EDUCATION
Creative students in an idea filled environment charged with  
excitement!  On Monday, January 7th I attended an outstanding Career  
in the Arts Day sponsored by Maine Alliance for Arts Education.  One  
hundred and thirty six students and their teachers from fifteen high  
schools and two middle schools from three counties attended the Arts  
and Technology conference at UMaine. The keynote address was given by  
Linda Nelson, founding Executive Director for Opera House Arts at the  
1912 Stonington Opera House.  Workshop sessions included 3D Modeling,  
Character Animation, Commercial Photography, Digital Art/Film,  
Documentary Films, New Media Arts, Radio Host, Theater Technology,  
Theater/Web Design, and Video Game Design.  It was a success!


MUSIC OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS
The talent search is on once again for “The Best High School Rock  
Band in the State of Maine.”  The 24th Annual Reindeer Rock-Off is  
open to original high school bands from across the state.  Deadline  
for registration is February 22nd.

The winning band will receive $1000.00 plus recording studio time  
from Tonezone.  For more information and a registration packet please  
contact Reindeer at 857-9002 or email events at reindeergroup.org



OPPORTUNITIES FOR MUSIC EDUCATORS

·        Maine Band Directors’ Forum will take place on Sunday,  
January 20th at 2:00 PM at Bowdoin College, Room 106, Bannister  
located in the back end of the chapel.  For more information please  
contact John Morneau at jmorneau at u74.k12.e.us

Interested in a session on using Garage Band?  Music teacher Roger  
Whitney from Wiscasset is a top notch educator who is willing to  
conduct an after school or workshop day session for you.  If  
interested please contact Roger at 882-7767 or  
rwhitney at wiscasset.k12.me.us
2008 MENC NATIONAL CONFERENCE, APRIL, 9-13, 2008, MILWAUKEE, WI –  
For more information please go to http://www.menc.org/connect/conf/ 
wi08/wi08.html
The Maine Kantele Institute will be held at Southern Maine Community  
College August 3-9th.  The course offers 4.5 CEUs (45 hours) from  
USM. For more information please go to http://www.kantelelaulu.com or  
contact Sarah_Cummings-Ridge at msad51.org

OPPORTUNITIES FOR ART TEACHERS AND STUDENTS
Cabot Mill Gallery and Studio in Brunswick is offering several  
classes for adults.  During February School Vacation Week several  
classes are being offered for students.  To learn more about their  
offerings please go to cabotgallery at suscom-maine.net
Art Talk Gardiner is a series on Sunday’s, 4-5:30, sponsored by  
Gardiner Savings Bank of Maine and organized by Artdogs.  The first  
session is on January 27th presented by watercolorist John Carnew and  
entitled: “A brief overview of the History of Watercolor and  
influences on his work.”  For more information please contact Karen  
Adrienne at karenadrien at yahoo.com

BAY CHAMBER CONCERTS
On Sunday, February 10 from 1:00-4:00 PM join Libana at the Rockport  
Opera House for a community sing.  Libana is a women's world music  
ensemble based in Boston.  During the workshop, participants will  
learn rounds and chants from many cultures around the world.  Open to  
all levels.  To participate, call the bay Chamber Concerts box office  
at 207-236-2823.  Tickets are $10 for individuals and $20 for  
families.  Educational group rates are available.  Libana will appear  
in concert at the Camden Opera House at 7:30 p.m., February 9.  For  
more information please go to http://www.baychamberconcerts.org/ 
index.cfm
Next Generation Youth Chamber Music Program – One week for Maine  
residents, 11-20 years old.  Participants are selected by audition  
for wind, string, brass, piano and vocal applicants and pre-formed  
ensemble groups.  Application deadline is February 1st.  The program  
takes place August 11-15th. Please contact Allison Lakin, 236-2823  
for more information.
Young Stars of Maine Prize Program – Serious Maine residents, ages  
12-25 are eligible to apply for a music prize of $1000.00.  The six  
classical prizes cover solo voice, piano, woodwinds, brass, string  
and chamber music ensembles; the jazz prize is open to solo musicians  
or ensembles.  Application deadline is May 9th.  Please contact  
Allison Lakin, 236-2823 for more information.


FUNDING

New Arts Education Grant Opportunities
The U.S. Department of Education announced a new Professional  
Development for Arts Educators (PDAE) grant competition.  Local  
education agencies are eligible to apply, in partnership with local  
non-profits, museums, arts education associations, theaters,  
libraries, and community or faith-based organizations. The grants are  
estimated to be about $200,000 per year, for up to four years.  They  
will be awarding about 30 grants and the deadline for Intent to Apply  
is February 11 and deadline for Applications is February 29, 2008.   
The awardees will be announced in the early summer.  For further  
information please go to

               http://www.ed.gov/fund/grant/find/edlite- 
forecast.html#chart5

At this not-for-profit web site, teachers submit project proposals  
for materials or experiences their students need to learn.  These  
ideas become classroom reality when concerned individuals, who are  
called Citizen Philanthropists, choose projects to fund.  For more  
information please go to www.donorchoose.org


RECOGNIZE ARTS EDUCATORS

·      MAAE has extended the deadline for the Arts Education Awards  
Nominations.  Deadline is January 18th.  For more information please  
go to http://www.maineartseducation.org/

·      The U.S. Department of Education's Teacher-to-Teacher  
Initiative is accepting nominations for 2008 American Stars of  
Teaching until March 31. Parents, students, colleagues, school  
administrators and others can

               nominate an exemplary teacher who they believe has the  
qualities to be

            an American Star of Teaching.  To nominate a teacher  
please go to

            http://www.ed.gov/teachers/how/tools/initiative/index.html



UPCOMING EVENTS
District III Music High School Festival at Cony High School,  
Saturday, January  26th, 3:00.   You can purchase tickets at the door  
for $4.00.
Midcoast Symphony Concert, Lewiston, Saturday, January 19th, 7:30 and  
Topsham, Sunday, January 20th, 2:30.  21 and under admitted free,  
$14.00.  For more information please go to http:// 
www.midcoastsymphony.org

GREAT WEBSITE
Please check out this amazing website that Sheila Bohlin sent called  
ARTNATOMY http://www.artnatomia.net/uk/artnatomy.html


LEARNING AND GIVING

Free Rice
How to Play:
Click on the answer that best defines the word
If you get it right, you get a harder word.  If wrong, you get an  
easier word.
For each word you get right, we donate 20 grains of rice to the  
United Nations World Food Program.
For more information please go to www.freerice.com

KOREAN STUDIES FOR SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHERS

An opportunity for 100 grades 6-12 social studies teachers and  
administrators to participate in a 12 day all expenses paid workshop  
in Korea.  The deadline for applications is February 22nd. For more  
information and the application please go to http://www.iie.org/ksw  
or call 1-800-270-4317.


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 day,
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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