[DOE-Arts] Maine DOE VPA Weekly Newsletter

Lambert, Beth Beth.Lambert at maine.gov
Thu Dec 7 10:00:42 EST 2017

Greetings, VPA teachers! I am excited to share with you the news that I have been offered and accepted the position of coordinator of the standards and instructional support team here at the Maine DOE. This is the team that is made up of all the content specialists, including the VPA specialist, so I am becoming my boss :). I am excited about this position as I will continue to be able to work to support VPA teachers AND work to help support all the other content areas as we strive to provide a truly well-rounded and integrated education experience to all Maine students.
The VPA specialist position will be posted next week and we will begin the search process. As you consider applying, please know that, while we are eager to fill the position, we will be patient for the right person, and if that means we need to wait to fill the position until this school year ends, we will wait. Please don't let the fact that you are currently teaching stop you from applying.
Until the position is filled, I will continue to be the VPA specialist and business will continue as usual. Please continue to e-mail and call with questions and concerns. I will be here to support you in any way that I can...including conversations with Beth! Happening this afternoon. We will be discussing what is going on in Maine regarding ESSA and PBE- come join us! Register here<https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdzm97nFOjcs070fI0QFw4RK7QRlOAof7gKyCdr0f5iY6xgJw/viewform?usp=sf_link>.

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            NAEA Monthly Mentor Blog: This month's mentor for the national art education association is our very own Heidi O'Donnell. Read her entry here<http://naea.typepad.com/naea/>.

Conversations with Beth: Are you wondering about what is happening with ESSA and PBE in Maine? Join me for a zoom conversation, Thursday, December 7th at 3pm. This will be a conversation so come with your questions and feedback :) Register here<https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdzm97nFOjcs070fI0QFw4RK7QRlOAof7gKyCdr0f5iY6xgJw/viewform?usp=sf_link>.

Creative collaborative theater workshop: Maine Alliance for Arts Education presents a workshop with playwright and teaching artist Cathy Plourde about creating a play through group improvisation - no scriptwriting. Tuesday, Jan. 25 (Jan 30 snow date). 10:30 to 2 pm at 671 Forest Avenue, Portland (A Company of Girls). No charge. RSVP to spotters at maineartsed.org<mailto:spotters at maineartsed.org>.

2018 Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative University Scholarships Applications: American Theatre Wing is pleased to announce that they are now accepting applications for the 2018 Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative University Scholarships. Through these scholarships, The Wing is investing in direct support for underserved public high school seniors to foster a future generation of theatre-makers that reflects the diversity and dynamism of America as a whole. Scholarships of up to $10,000, renewable for four years, will be given to high school students in grade 12 who demonstrate need, talent, and interest to attend a four-year university theatre program. The student's area of focus can be in any aspect of theatre from performance, to design, to writing, to stage management, and others. The deadline to apply for the 2018 University Scholarships is January 22. To learn more about the University Scholarship program, and to view the guidelines and criteria click here<http://www.mmsend1.com/link.cfm?r=XuKTrNms7gE3eglxV_ZqVQ~~&pe=JYOmpGfXHZrtRYczsrsNxblY9fTvevoTS2XBjXtQOc_nM5z8PUMv2BDpwr9vVXS2atVhlyslyPXp0A2EEQkdbw~~&t=rJcLG6753tGNcl1sm-9Hzg~~>.

Local Artists Needed: Noble High School in North Berwick Maine is looking for some local artists who might share their expertise with a group of talented students for a couple of hours one day during school (and possibly right after school). This is a paid position. Interested?  Contact Fern Brown, fern.brown at msad60.org<mailto:fern.brown at msad60.org> for more information.

University of Maine Scholarships Opportunities for Your Students:
Music: ANY STUDENT who chooses to perform in a large ensemble may be eligible for this scholarship worth $12,000 over 4 years at the university based on the music educator's recommendation.

Theatre: Students wishing to be considered for the scholarship should email UMtheatrescholarship at maine.edu<mailto:UMtheatrescholarship at maine.edu> to identify their interest in the scholarship.

Information can be found at https://umaine.edu/spa/scholarships/<http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001sWvT2TZzqPE5JCsyCEdZ5wW8bzR0SK3d4AN2PKdhlpWXvp0swr3KwFKu-G4LmIELofdrbAfPyybfrUyjGFiby2zSvWn_bjZmCKVKqFpsjtH-E70LOurD5l0KhesrulEQ_2Hb14m2X_-cJQcqSIxVgEncDEaTj6DmCigpdVLCERs=&c=M89YXUqNBxhCpqrR3e98ymvEiT_bFRs7u8HJKVO_DNloItn8Cq-DdQ==&ch=Ds9pNm0_mdIpEwwpmu2CEHPpLmEWRu_T5xsX9KocIj0x43qGFmHRIA==>. In order to be eligible to receive these scholarships students must submit a complete application for admission by December 1

Portland Conservatory of Music: Maine pianists, ages 12-18, are invited to apply to the Ocy L. Downs Competition to be held March 24, 2018. The Winner will receive a monetary award of $500 and an invitation to present a solo Noonday Concert in Portland, Maine.  Special awards for exceptional performances in five historical periods will receive a $50 prize. Application deadline is March 1, 2018. Click here for a PDF application<http://portlandconservatoryofmusic.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/OcyDownsApplication2018.pdf>. Application and repertoire requirements available here<http://portlandconservatoryofmusic.org/about-pcm/awards/>.

Know Your Orchestra! voucher program: encourages students to become acquainted with classical music and their home orchestra. This program allows up to 4 children 18-and-under to attend BSO Masterworks Concerts for just $4 when accompanied by up to 2 adults, who can receive $14 tickets. Download and print <https://www.bangorsymphony.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/KYO-Voucher_17-18-Color.pdf> a copy of the 2017-18 Voucher.

Northeast Educational Theatre Festival: Maine will host the two-day festival on Jan. 19-20, 2018, at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham. FMI<http://www.northeastedta.org/festival-2018.html>.

Maine Art Education Association Spring Conference: Professional Development to GO!; Ashland District School, April 7th. BONUS Option: Friday - Join MAEA on a coach bus that will drive the 95 corridor picking up eager and committed Art Educators. The mile markers will fly bye as we engage in mobile professional development and art making in this pre-conference event as we journey to grow with our colleagues in Aroostook County

MAINE Powered By TEACH TO LEAD SUMMIT: Monday, April 9th at Husson University. We are excited to announce a collaboration between the United States Department of Education, the Maine Department of Education, Husson University, and the Maine Teach to Lead Teacher Leadership Committee to host the first Maine Powered By Teach to Lead Summit. The summit is a unique opportunity for teams of teachers and administrators to develop concrete plans to solve problems in their schools and districts and to network with other teachers from across our state. Teams can share teacher-led work happening across Maine. This event offers time away from your district, allowing team members to delve deeply into the problem-solving process. Applications coming soon.

Maine Music Education Association Annual Conference: "Music for All" at the University of Maine in Orono on May 17-19th.

AOS 96: The Machias School system is looking for an instrumental music teacher for grades 4-12. For more information contact Superintendent Scott Porter at (207) 255-6585. https://servingschools.com/job/zr3btv/music-teacher/machias/me

Art Position available: 3/5 art position for Athens Community School and Harmony Elementary

MSAD 44: 3/5 general music teacher position open at Crescent Park School in Bethel.

Enrichment Program of Snow Pond Center for the Arts<http://enrichment.snowpond.org/>: is looking for volunteers for the program that have areas of interest, expertise, knowledge, and experience in any are or field that could help the children be exposed to more interesting and fun things. Contact Jen Birch<mailto:jen.birch at snowpond.org> for more information.

          Dave Chapelle Credits DC Arts School for His Success. Read more<http://www.mmsend2.com/link.cfm?r=Oo2Hij-oZ54Oyhr0KdSy5g~~&pe=Ck-tWihXbQ6D7okT6evHsdx71JbjFJ0GyjukSXQTo_SJ4PeYd-xaJCausSdWAgXnmeDwUBi7lJi-RbX16h9SFg~~&t=K6eOcC0LDD9ZJ3vHP_3N4w~~>.
      Arts Education: A Look Ahead<http://www.mmsend2.com/link.cfm?r=Oo2Hij-oZ54Oyhr0KdSy5g~~&pe=CYAHT9LLdXjaIqUfPHiqc55ktYqYhJa-qhDnQdt4N0bWba59obb-WOj6i9SqDGgJumKPTh0Ir_3laIoZaqDvYA~~&t=K6eOcC0LDD9ZJ3vHP_3N4w~~> by Education Week
Benefits of the Arts<http://www.mmsend2.com/link.cfm?r=Oo2Hij-oZ54Oyhr0KdSy5g~~&pe=BBSo5tl_LzKrN1tCQWegyEBFtuMeoIdIGgyNciDp_0Ka1G74dA1G7Vd39h5ku8etsjOjrKAs4_36jWIYtLiFjw~~&t=K6eOcC0LDD9ZJ3vHP_3N4w~~> by CreatEquity
Researching the Benefits of Art Museums-A Nationwide Study<http://www.mmsend2.com/link.cfm?r=Oo2Hij-oZ54Oyhr0KdSy5g~~&pe=wF7cEI5B0lGjyGknTtVrfZjvTS-Nj6Hd9ladPJ8JuAj6IzMqo04TPeKOtWk6lkdtz0I2hskknTgvwd6AVfxoEQ~~&t=K6eOcC0LDD9ZJ3vHP_3N4w~~> by Emily Holtrop
Arts Education Helps Train Tomorrow's Workforce: A Strong Arts Education Helps Prep Kids For The Future<http://www.mmsend2.com/link.cfm?r=Oo2Hij-oZ54Oyhr0KdSy5g~~&pe=_kaRf28rvdAfkHMNfymDUowGVeQ3ZhL_IsJaV6utq9ywZ8TaxEnx5j_mwpKSmEkjnQ6tWOmR3BFiyqIy4ZzZUQ~~&t=K6eOcC0LDD9ZJ3vHP_3N4w~~> by Mari Horita

Beth A Lambert
Visual and Performing Arts Specialist
Maine Department of Education
23 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
beth.lambert at maine.gov<mailto:beth.lambert at maine.gov>
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