[DOE-Arts] August Greetings!

Argy Nestor argy.nestor at maine.gov
Tue Aug 18 07:51:05 EDT 2009

Good Morning! I hope you're enjoying the August weather. I know some  
folks have returned to school and many of you are moving in that  
direction! I hope you are having fun, wherever you are!

We are busy planning the statewide arts education conference for  
October 8th and 9th. Carol Trimble from the Maine Alliance for Arts  
Education, Paul Faria from the Maine Arts Commission and  
representatives from the Maine Music Educators Association, Maine Art  
Education Association, vsaArts of Maine, Maine Dance and Drama Council  
are part of the planning committee. Thursday, the 8th will be a  
celebration of arts education and most importantly all of you, the  
educators. On Friday we have a keynote planned by the 2007 National  
Teacher of the Year Music Educator, Andrea Peterson, from Washington  
state and workshops presented by arts educators from throughout Maine.  
Registration opens on September 1st and the cost is $75.00 (some  
scholarships available). Don't delay! You can read more information at http://www.maine.gov/education/lres/vpa/news.html 
  We hope you will join us at Point Lookout in Northport.

Below are the latest blog posts since you heard from me last. Along  
with the posts there are new  listings under Upcoming Events, Prof and  
Student Opps, and Research. If you have any news you'd like me to  
include in the future please send it to me at argy.nestor at maine.gov

If you have a new email address due to reorganization please let me  
know asap. Thank you to those who have communicated with me about this.

If you are interested in having your student art work displayed at the  
Department of Education offices in Augusta please let me know.

Blog posts:
** Piano Duet- a 90 year old couple play "Old Grey Bonnet"
** Edupunks and Changes in Education-how technology is changing  
** Letter from the Secretary of Education-Secretary Duncan writes to  
school and education leaders about the importance of arts education
** Arts and Cognition: Findings Hint at Relationships-The Dana  
Foundation research on the Arts and relationship to academic achievement
** American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)-Information on  
federal funds
** Missing the Quotes!
** No Future Left Behind-Video created by students
** Welcome Address-Dr. Karl Paulnack, pianist & Director of the Music  
Division at Boston Conservatory speech
** Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium-incredible sculptures  
being created right before your eyes
** "Why California Must Fund Music Education"-article on California  
music education
** Parish Maps-England to America-Fascinating project
** Statewide Arts Educators Conference-The Arts Connect!- information  
on the upcoming conference- October 8,9th
** Congrats to Music Educator Jayne Sawtelle- finalist for Maine  
Teacher of the Year

Happy New School Year!

Make it a great day,

Argy Nestor
Visual and Performing Arts Specialist
Maine Department of Education
23 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0023
fax: 207-624-6821
argy.nestor at maine.gov

"The Arts Connect" statewide Arts Education Conference-October 8,9,  

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