[DOE-Arts] Maine DOE VPA Weekly Newsletter

Lambert, Beth Beth.Lambert at maine.gov
Thu Dec 21 14:59:26 EST 2017


Welcome to the Maine Department of Education Visual and Performing Arts Weekly E-mail!
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MAINE ARTS EDUCATION IN THE NEWS:
           Arts classrooms in community get big boost<http://courier.mainelymediallc.com/news/2017-12-07/Editorial/Arts_classrooms_in_community_get_big_boost.html>

            MECA's new president sees arts education as key to navigating an ever-changing world<http://www.pressherald.com/2017/12/10/mecas-new-president-sees-arts-education-as-key-to-navigating-an-ever-changing-world/>


MAINE DOE ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Screensaver Challenge: Over the last nine years, the MLTI device has featured screen savers featuring outstanding student works of art (twenty each year). Please consider submitting your students' artwork for this competition. Artwork submissions are due January 22, 2018. You can find the guidelines<http://maine.gov/doe/mlti/student/artchallenge/guidelines/index.html> for submission on our website. Please submit any questions to Beth Lambert<mailto:beth.lambert at maine.gov>.
The students whose artwork is selected will have their artwork featured on the Big Screen at the MLTI Student Conference<http://www.maine.gov/mlti/studentconference/index.shtml>. The 20 artists will be receiving free conference registration and their artwork will be made available as a download for either a screensaver or background image on every 2018-2019 MLTI devices. Student's artwork will be printed, displayed, and celebrated at the Department of Education during the summer of 2018.

            Visual and Performing Arts Specialist Position Open: Here is the link<http://www.maine.gov/fps/opportunities/> to the job description. The position will remain open until January 31, 2018. Let me know if you have any questions!

OPPORTUNITIES:
Free Modern Band PD for Maine Music Teachers!: A special Modern Band workshop is being featured at the Maine Music Educators Association Conference in support of Maine Kids Rock! Saturday, May 19th, 8am-2pm. All participants will receive a Epiphone guitar, modern band curriculum, the opportunity to apply for a classroom set of instruments, and a catered lunch and happy hour. Register here<littlekidsrock.org/for-teachers/apply>

STEAM: The GeoChallenge<https://www.nationalgeographic.org/education/programs/geochallenge?utm_source=NatGeocom&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=Geoeducator_Newsletter_20171216&utm_campaign=Geoeducator&utm_rd=3739411415> is a new standards-based competition from the National Geographic Society that challenges student groups in grades five through eight to develop a creative solution to a real-world problem. Participating students form teams of between four and six people. These groups respond to a problem, challenge, or critical issue by using research, collaboration, creativity, and communication to create and present real-world solutions. The best projects will have the chance to move on to a regional competition.
This year's challenge-On the Move!<https://www.nationalgeographic.org/education/programs/geochallenge?utm_source=NatGeocom&utm_medium=Email&utm_content=Geoeducator_Newsletter_20171216&utm_campaign=Geoeducator&utm_rd=3739411415#theme>-invites participants to learn about the problems facing migratory species while building skills in geography, mapmaking, storytelling, theatrical techniques, and video production. Teams must submit a video and application to National Geographic by February 1, 2018, for a chance to attend a regional competition. FMI and to register.<https://natgeo.tfaforms.net/38>

Bangor Symphony Orchestra Young People's Concert: The BSO invites students in grades 3-8 to attend this year's Young People's Concerts at the Collins Center for the Arts, Monday, May 21st, 2018 at 9:45am and 11:30am. Tickets are $3 each for students and teachers and orders are filled on first come, first served basis. FMI<https://www.bangorsymphony.org/young-peoples-concert/>

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~~>.

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.

SAVE THE DATE:
Northeast Educational Theatre Festival: Maine will host the two-day festival on Jan. 19-20, 2018, at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham. Maine will host the two-day festival on Jan. 19-20, 2018, at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham.The Festival will feature guest artists, Cory Tabino, from Circus Maine, Tim Mooney  with his one-man touring show, and Jim Palmarini from the Educational Theatre Association. A series of professional development workshops will be offered in addition to student events. See our website for  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.

EMPLOYMENT:
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.


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Beth A Lambert
Visual and Performing Arts Specialist
Maine Department of Education
23 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
207-624-6642
beth.lambert at maine.gov<mailto:beth.lambert at maine.gov>
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