[DOE-Arts] Maine DOE VPA Newsletter

Lambert, Beth Beth.Lambert at maine.gov
Thu Oct 26 12:01:05 EDT 2017

Welcome to the Maine Department of Education Visual and Performing Arts Weekly E-mail!
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            Suzanne Goulet NAEA's Monthly Mentor for October: Read her "pearls" of wisdom here<http://naea.typepad.com/naea/>!

            Falmouth Student Hits Stride with Skateboard Design<http://www.theforecaster.net/falmouth-student-hits-stride-with-skateboard-design/>

            Taters Get Artistic Makeovers at Houlton Elementary School<http://thecounty.me/2017/10/21/news/education/taters-get-artistic-makeovers/>

            Wells High School A Capella Group Bound for NYC<http://www.journaltribune.com/news/2017-10-25/Front_Page/Wells_a_capella_group_bound_for_NYC.html>

Proficiency Based Diplomas: Many arts educators have called or e-mailed with questions regarding the Maine DOE's priority notice<https://mainedoenews.net/2017/10/05/priority-notice-maine-does-path-forward-with-respect-to-chapter-134-regulations-for-awarding-a-high-school-diploma/> that went out earlier this month regarding Chapter 134 (the regulations for awarding a high school diploma). It is important to note that this notice is NOT about the Proficiency-Based Diploma Law (20-A MRS 4722-A), which remains, but rather about the rule that interprets the law and supports the implementation of the law. If you have questions or concerns about what this means for you or your school, please call or e-mail<mailto:beth.lambert at maine.gov> and I'd be happy to talk more about it.

ESSA: Your districts are beginning to work on the ESSA application. Here are some resources that have been created to help you understand the opportunities for the arts in ESSA. Please give me a call or e-mail<mailto:beth.lambert at maine.gov> if you have questions and I am happy to help break things down.

            Maine's State ESSA Application<http://www.maine.gov/doe/essa/documents/ME_ConsolidatedStatePlan%20VF%20with%20signature.pdf>
            ESSA: Mapping opportunities for the arts<https://www.ecs.org/essa-mapping-opportunities-for-the-arts/>
            Title 1 and the arts<https://www.title1arts.org/>

Arts Education Data: The State of Maine is collecting arts participation and access data (yeah!). This will likely be handled through your central office but I wanted to let you know in case you are asked. You can direct any questions to me.

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.

Arts in Our Schools K-12: Opening House and Community Conversation. Join local school teachers and students to learn about the arts in our schools and how the SAD 6 community can take advantage of new opportunities for arts education and community involvement. Monday, October 30th  at the Saco River Theatre at The Old White Church, Bar Mills (Buxton), ME, from 6-7:30pm.

Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute<https://www.carnegiehall.org/Education/>: invites outstanding young American instrumentalists ages 14-17 to audition for NYO2's 2018 season<https://www.carnegiehall.org/nyo2/>. NYO2 has a particular focus on attracting talented students from groups underserved by and underrepresented in the classical orchestral field. NYO2 is free for all participants, including room and board, and all rehearsal, teaching, and performance activities. A formal nomination<https://www.carnegiehall.org/NYO2/ApplicationInformation/?sourceCode=27821&cluid=86079529&utm_source=mail2&utm_campaign=wmi-NYO2-10-13-2017&cmp=1&utm_medium=email> from a teacher, ensemble director, school/band/orchestra administrator, or community leader is required as part of the application. Dec. 1 is the deadline for submitting online applications<https://www.carnegiehall.org/NYO2/ApplicationInformation/?sourceCode=27821&cluid=86079529&utm_source=mail2&utm_campaign=wmi-NYO2-10-13-2017&cmp=1&utm_medium=email> for the NYO2 orchestral program<https://www.carnegiehall.org/NYO2/ApplicationInformation/?sourceCode=27821&cluid=86079529&utm_source=mail2&utm_campaign=wmi-NYO2-10-13-2017&cmp=1&utm_medium=email>.

Samsung Solve For Tomorrow: The Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest awards more than $2 million* in technology to schools across the country for developing creative STEAM classroom projects that tackle real-world problems. FMI<http://www.samsung.com/us/solvefortomorrow/index.html>.

Musical Theater Songwriting Contest Seeks Talented High School Students: The National Endowment for the Arts has announced a national competition for musical theater songwriting, and it's looking for talented young composers. Application period begins Oct. 2 and ends Jan. 5th. FMI<http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/high_school_and_beyond/2017/09/musical_theater_songwriting_contest_seeks_talented_high_school_students.html?cmp=eml-enl-eu-news3&M=58199491&U=919505>.

Call for conference sessions for Maine Music Education Association spring conference: Deadline is Nov. 30th, 2017. You can apply here<http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001MsyqlXfzM_vacuXyaG0zFdNuhgw7IqF1gVnYzP7cvcHp5pr10B8LVXuL0O4qv5KQVOKUYU4aL1V0mJae2-LupcDugK37fX8kgaQE7r8o-CVHVF1KdnKgPDrkIf0JVq4VOjHLclezuQDvNIQu4NS572faiOHKxrgI3hwPd572Bk1ejn8XxO04DLnuilzOEroza_8R0rrYku8=&c=AbBKDBvj_FbWbPhtdp_uIjKicaX5qyfoIiU5kTb3ZlhLUyI6ijmwuw==&ch=NYXn453CjMMNKVymQSuojuSxrQ0sEIJHIJooXEOwNLZYbdR5wjGpxw==>.

University of Maine Scholarships Opportunities for Your Students:
Visual Arts: The Department of Art invites your students to submit a digital portfolio of their artwork along with an application statement for consideration for a $3,000 University of Maine Art Scholarship.  Renewable for up to three additional years for new applicants and two years for transfers, the scholarship offers students admitted to the university and committed to majoring in Studio Art, Art Education, or History of Art great educational opportunities.
To apply, please send an e-mail to us at um.art.vapa at maine.edu<mailto:um.art.vapa at maine.edu> with ten to fifteen attached .jpg images, your mailing address and name of your current school, plus a statement discussing your work and your interests in the Visual Arts.  To ensure smooth communications, please make sure that your e-mail with attachments does not exceed 10 MB total.  We'll need receive your portfolio by 10 November, 2017.  For VAPA Scholarship awards, students must also submit a completed application for admission to UMaine by the 1 December Early Action deadline.  To apply to UMaine, please visit go.umaine.edu/apply<http://go.umaine.edu/apply/>.

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. 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==>.

Portland Stage Company: From Away is an annual festival of new work celebrating the voices of international playwrights. After hearing excerpts from the work of four writers, you have an opportunity to speak with them about theater, writing, and life in the communities they have traveled from. This year's featured writers at the From Away festival are playwright, fiction writer, and poet Hajar Bali of Algeria; playwright, screenwriter, filmmaker, and fiction writer Santiago Giralt of Argentina; playwright, fiction writer, journalist, and critic Subraj Singh of Guyana, and playwright, screenwriter, actor, and translator Xavier Villanova of Mexico. You can reserve a seat for the event here<http://www.portlandstage.org/work-with-us/for-playwrights/from-away/>.

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.

Submissions Open! 2018 Scholastic Awards Celebrate the Work of Young Artists and Writers: The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers is accepting submissions<http://portal.criticalimpact.com/go.cfm?a=1&eid=3eb27b2aa150e879383698465e933efc&c=25742&jid=146f48fed582bb80&d=5c1c6a2e2a9f197f3947229f28c3afba> of original work that demonstrate technical skill and reflect a personal voice or vision for its 2018 Scholastic Awards. Public, private or home-school students enrolled in seventh-12th grade are eligible to submit their work. Deadlines for submission is December 14th.

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/>.

Poetry Outloud: Poetry Out Loud is organized by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation; it is administered at the state level by the Maine Arts Commission. Begun in high schools nationwide in 2006, this dynamic program encourages our nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. The program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage. In addition to providing a meaningful educational experience of poetry in written and spoken form, over $100,000 in awards is given to successful students and schools at the state and national level, including $20,000 awarded to the National Champion. FMI and to register<https://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Programs/POL-Home>.

Maine Young Playwrights Festival: The Maine Young Playwrights Festival is an annual event celebrating Maine's high school writers and providing an opportunity for students to see and hear their plays on stage, in front of an audience, and with feedback from professional writers to help them improve their work. As many student scripts will be showcased in one day as can! The format is open for student work at any level of development!  Performances range from seated readings of scenes to staged readings to fully produced plays, and from 5 minutes to 40 minutes. Saturday, December 2nd, location still TBD.

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.

RSU 24: Sumner Memorial High School is seeking candidates for our full-time high school Art Teacher position.  The Art Teacher provides comprehensive art instruction to students in grades 9-12, including Art I and Art II, Digital Art, Yearbook, Philosophy of the Artist, and Project Based Learning Art.  Qualifications include a record of successful teaching experience, the ability to take advantage of our students' excitement and enthusiasm, and the ability to collaborate with staff and students at the high school level.  Proficiency Based Education experience is plus.  Must hold a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree with an Art and Secondary Education concentrations preferred. FMI.<http://www.rsu24.org/apps/jobs/show_job.jsp?REC_ID=24086>

Brunswick School Department: Long term Substitute: Kindergarten through Grade 2 General Music Teacher at Coffin Elementary School. Experience with K-2 general music and ability to plan and implement lessons including, but not limited to, singing, playing instruments and moving to music. Duties include general music classes, an adapted general music class, and a behavior program general music class. FMI<https://brunswickschooldepartment.tedk12.com/hire/ViewJob.aspx?JobID=187>.

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.

Sanford Performing Arts Center: Seeking a manager for the performing arts center who will bring business, leadership and entrepreneurial skills to the Sanford Performing Arts Center with a thorough grounding in performing arts facility management and a strong background in establishing community partnerships, fund-raising, and promotion. For a detailed job description & application information: http://tinyurl.com/SanfordPAC; Applications open October 1st; Start date January 2nd, 2018.

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.

            How to Assess Arts Education-And Why You Should<http://e-news.edweek.org/ct/94171410:Tpf5ynboN:m:1:219565114:9843B64C392E6F9D9740050C6BC7C6F7:r:919505>

            What's Next for Arts Education?<http://e-news.edweek.org/ct/94263733:TaKnlBbXN:m:1:219565114:504B4E2A9B124B95CFF706834AD7B1F6:r:919505>

            Forgery Forensics: How to Spot a Fake<https://youtu.be/KA5Kr1qhSyg>

Beth A Lambert
Visual and Performing Arts Specialist
Aroostook County 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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