[DOE-Arts] Theatre methods course, Free VA resources, MMEA conference registration now open...

Lambert, Beth Beth.Lambert at maine.gov
Thu Feb 16 11:05:00 EST 2017

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SAVE THE DATE for the Assessment in the Visual and Performing Arts Summer Institute at the University of Southern Maine June 26-28th! National arts assessment experts will be in Maine to work with Maine VPA teachers in designing and creating summative assessments to evaluate student proficiency and explore the potential for its use in evaluating student growth. Cost of the institute is free but there are a limited number of spots so keep an eye out here for information on how to register. 24 contact hours will be given and CEUs will be available for a small fee.

ARTS IN OUR SCHOOLS MONTH: Please let me know of any activities you are planning in celebrating of Youth Art Month, Music in Our Schools Month, or Theatre in our Schools Month so that I can feature them here and also attend if possible :)
MSAD 75 (Mt. Ararat): Youth Art Month K-12 student artwork exhibit opening reception and awards assembly is on March 23, at the Orion Performing Arts Center. The reception begins at 5:30, and the ceremony begins at 6:00 in the auditorium.

UMAINE to offer Theatre Methods: This new course to fulfil the requirement for certification in teaching theater in Maine will be offered this summer, June 26-July 14th in a hybrid format (self-guided with 3 on-campus days). FMI contact: Dr. Tom Mikotowicz at miko at maine.edu<mailto:miko at maine.edu> or to register online visit: https://dll.umaine.edu

NDEO Mentorship Pilot Program - PK-12 Dance Educators:  Seeking 25 applicants to participate as a Mentor or Mentee. Deadline to Apply is March 8, 2017. FMI<http://www.ndeo.org/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=893257&module_id=248103>
Maine Young Playwrights' Festival: This annual celebration of student-written plays offers an opportunity for your students to see their words jump off of the page and be seen and heard for the first time. This year's Maine Young Playwrights Festival will be held from 10:00am to 4:30pm on June 3rd and features workshops and presentations of new plays written by high school student playwrights. We want to see as many student scripts showcased in one day as we can! The format is wide open to allow schools to bring plays in any length up to 40 minutes, and in any presentational style from a simple reading to a staged reading to a fully-staged production and anywhere in between. Are you staging a student-written play for MPA One Acts? - Think about remounting it at MYPF to give your student playwright/s the chance to receive professional feedback on their writing that they aren't allowed to get from MPA judges. Or, encourage one or more of your students to write a new, original short play for submission - there's lots of time to create something new before June! Saturday, June 3rd, at Portland Stage.
NEW & FREE Visual Arts Ed Resources Available Now: The Ovation Foundation's Arts Ed Toolkit kicks off 2017 with new and FREE arts education materials. VISIT<http://www.theovationfoundation.org/arts-ed-toolkit/>
Lights Camera Action!: Nokomis Regional High School will be hosting a day of theatre workshops for students grades 5-12 on February 23rd. For more information click here<https://www.nokomislightscameraction.com/>.

Sgraffito and hand building workshop for k-12 teachers: Tim Christensen will lead a workshop on Friday, March 3 at the University of Maine at Augusta. Tim will instruct the group on several of his methods and provide time for hands-on work as well. The cost of the workshop is $25 and includes lunch. Learn more and register here: http://www.watershedceramics.org/tc-workshop/
Engineers Expo for Kids: This STEAM event will be held on March 4th at The University of Southern Maine. FMI<https://stateofmaine.adobeconnect.com/_a827390218/p7g10axx9g4/?pbMode=offline&page=m&OWASP_CSRFTOKEN=3818e685ab183a06cfa71ab78b526be258672bc9b17093968bb44c50a4ed5ed8>.
Maine Constitutional Essay and Poster Contest: The Secretary of State's Office is accepting entries for the 2017 Maine Constitution Essay and Poster Contest<http://www.maine.gov/sos/kids/student-programs/const_essay.htm> designed to promote the history of Maine, an understanding of the Maine Constitution, and the importance of democracy and voting.  Students submitting the top entry in each of four categories will be invited to be the Secretary of State's guest for a day in Augusta along with his or her class and will visit the Maine State Archives to view the Maine Constitution.  They may also visit the Maine State Museum and the State House.  Entries are due March 10, 2017.  Contest rules and information are available at: www.maine.gov/sos/kids/student-programs/const_essay.htm<http://www.maine.gov/sos/kids/student-programs/const_essay.htm>.
            Monhegan Artists 2 week Residency for K-12 Maine art teachers: FMI<https://stateofmaine.adobeconnect.com/_a827390218/p7g10axx9g4/?pbMode=offline&page=m&OWASP_CSRFTOKEN=3818e685ab183a06cfa71ab78b526be258672bc9b17093968bb44c50a4ed5ed8>

Arts Education Advocacy Day: March 8, 2017 at the Hall of Flags in the Maine State Capitol. The Maine Alliance for Arts Education (MAAE) and its community arts organization partners around the state are inviting arts teachers to send their most enthusiastic students to meet one-on-one with their elected representatives at the Statehouse. To get involved and find out more, contact Susan Potters, MAAE director, at spotters at maineartsed.org<mailto:spotters at maineartsed.org>.

Maine Arts Assessment Initiative Mega Regional Workshops: Now in its sixth phase, the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative has 81 teacher leaders representing PK-12 arts educators and 4 teaching artist leaders. The new teacher leaders attending a 3-day workshop at USM this summer used an Individual Action Plan model, and returning teacher leaders used a Logic Model, to create a plan of action for this school year. These educators will be sharing their research and ideas during the following mega-regional sessions: (Registration opens Oct. 31st and the cost is $25.00 and contact hours are available.)

*         Friday, March 17, 2017 Hebron Station School, Hebron, Register at http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07edl3axweiwnuwzd6/a018lixhjx7cv/questions
*         Wednesday, March 22, 2017 Easton Schools, Aroostook County

Maine Art Education Association Spring Conference: The Maine Art Education Association is seeking presenters for their Spring Conference, April 8th, at Westbrook Middle School. To apply click here<https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf-WK0ctbEzEkFdVX8a42GdKzGlHO8xCMjBBsAvb2TzXyRrgw/viewform?c=0&w=1>.

Theatre Teacher Professional Development Day: April 26, 2017 at University of Maine, Orono. A full day of workshops about teaching theatre in the Middle School and High School classroom.  The day of workshops will be offered at no cost to participants. Visit http://www.northeastedta.org/maine-pd-workshop.html to register.

Maine Music Educators Association Centennial Conference - May 18-20, 2017 at University of Maine, Orono. Register here<http://www.mainemmea.org/conference-registration.html>.

Maine Young Playwrights' Festival: June 3rd at The Portland Stage Company.

Maine DOE Summer VPA Assessment Institute: June 26-28th at the University of Southern Maine.

            Midcoast Community Chorus: Seeking an Artistic Director. FMI<http://www.mccsings.org/>.

           Teacher Creates Unique Handshakes for 5th Grade Class. WATCH<https://www.facebook.com/NBCCharlotte/videos/1452928124748673/?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=>
            Kenny G Discusses How Arts Education Shaped His Life with the National Endowment for the Arts. READ<https://www.arts.gov/art-works/2017/how-arts-education-shaped-my-life>
            Americans for the Arts Issues Statement on Arts Education in Public Schools Upon the Appointment of Betsy DeVos. READ<https://stateofmaine.adobeconnect.com/_a827390218/p7g10axx9g4/?pbMode=offline&page=m&OWASP_CSRFTOKEN=3818e685ab183a06cfa71ab78b526be258672bc9b17093968bb44c50a4ed5ed8http://www.americansforthearts.org/news-room/arts-mobilization-center/statement-on-arts-education-in-public-schools-upon-the-appointment-of-betsy-devos?utm_source=MagnetMail&utm_medium=email&utm_term=beth.lambert@maine.gov&utm_content=arts%5Fed%5Ffield%5Fnotes%5F2%5F13%5F17&utm_campaign=Arts%20Ed%20Field%20Notes%3A%20February%2013>
            Canadian Study Shows How Drama, Music and Painting Helps Kids Learn. READ<http://calgaryherald.com/entertainment/local-arts/rethinking-education-u-of-c-study-shows-how-social-empowerment-arts-integration-keeps-kids-way-more-engaged>

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Beth A Lambert
Visual and Performing Arts Specialist
Aroostook County and Western Maine Regional Representative
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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