[DOE-Arts] Maine DOE Weekly VPA Newsletter!

Menifield, Nathaniel J Nathaniel.J.Menifield at maine.gov
Fri Oct 12 11:28:36 EDT 2018

Welcome to the Maine Department of Education Visual and Performing Arts Weekly Newsletter!
This service is designed to keep Maine educators informed about current issues, upcoming opportunities, and visual and performing arts resources for consideration. Do not respond to this message or post messages to the ListServ as this is not a discussion forum. Please forward this message to others who may want to join the ListServ. Just click here<https://mailman.informe.org/mailman/listinfo/doe-arts> to subscribe.
Thought for the Week: "If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced." ~ Vincent van Gogh
A Note from Nate: Comfort zones are tricky things. Despite our best efforts to encourage our students to take artistic risks, we sometimes forget that, as arts educators and leaders, we aren't exempt from that same charge. This week, I had the pleasure of witnessing several of our Maine music educators come together for two days of modern band workshops as part of the Maine Kids Rock Initiative. As always, the energy was palpable and engagement high. One of the greatest personal takeaways, though, involved the moments of uncertainty: watching the teacher who sang a solo for the first time ever in front of a crowd, or cheering on those who stepped up to improvise on an unfamiliar instrument. Was it easy for them? Nope. Was it worth it? Absolutely! Those teachers were proof that Van Gogh got it right. So what will you do to step outside of your own professional comfort zone this week? If you're not sure yet, that's okay. Whatever you decide, enjoy the adventure, and know that we're all rooting for you! I can't wait to hear how it goes.

Happy Friday,


Want a Free Book? Register Today!: It's time for a new season of the Fresh Chapters Book Club! This exciting professional learning opportunity allows VPA teachers to connect virtually and have meaningful discussion, exchange new ideas, and earn valuable contact hours. This session's featured read will be LAUNCH: Using Design Thinking to Boost Creativity and Bring Out the Maker in Every Student by John Spencer and A.J. Juliani (read about the book and the authors here<http://thelaunchcycle.com/>). We will meet 4-5 times via Zoom, with specific dates to be determined by participants once registration has closed (each session will be scheduled for 1.5 hours). The first TWENTY individuals to register will receive a free book! If you're lucky number twenty-one, not to worry; find a copy of your own, and you can still be a part of the fun. Register HERE<http://events.egov.com/eventreg/ME/event.htm?name=freshchapterslaunch>! (The deadline to register is Monday, October 15th.)
Spotlight Schools: Do you know of a certified teacher doing great things in their Maine public school's curricular dance, music, theatre, or visual art program? Nominate them to be recognized as a Spotlight School! This is a great way to acknowledge the abundance of talent in our state, and the nomination process is a breeze! Simply reply to this message or send an e-mail to nathaniel.j.menifield at maine.gov<mailto:nathaniel.j.menifield at maine.gov> with the following information:
*         Your name (nominator)
*         Name of PreK-12, certified, public school teacher (nominee)
*         Nominee's primary area (dance, music, theatre, or visual art)
*         Nominee's school or school district
*         A brief reason for the nomination
Theatre Teachers' Night Out: You and a guest are invited to Portland Stage's second annual Teacher's Night Out on Saturday, November 17th. Enjoy an evening of theater, snacks, and drinks, all for FREE. The evening will begin with a reception in our Theater for Kids space where you will have the opportunity to learn more about our education programming, followed by a complimentary performance of Refuge Malja. If you would like to attend, email education at portlandstage.org<mailto:education at portlandstage.org> with your name, the name of your guest (if applicable), your school, and the grade(s) and subject(s) you teach. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today!

Theatre at Monmouth: Through Page to Stage, Theater at Monmouth has provided literature-based education tours in schools and community centers since the Theater's founding.
For 2019 ATM will present Tall Tales Twice Told (for grades pre-k to 8th) to deepen understanding of, appreciation for, and connection to classic literature. Tall Tales Twice Told is a collection of American folk tales featuring characters and situation larger than life and older than time. From Paul Bunyan and his Big Blue Ox to John Henry the Railroad Man and Johnny Appleseed the Planter of Orchards to Kate Shelley and the Midnight Express-these timeless and timely tales introduce students to American history, culture, and role models.

Page to Stage tours Tall Tales Twice Told to schools and community centers April 24 - May 24.
More Information on the dates, play, and workshops is available at this link: http://theateratmonmouth.org/education/education-tours/
Scholarships are available.
Through Shakespeare in Maine Communities: Theater at Monmouth has provided literature-based education tours in schools and community centers since 2005. For 2018, they'll present King Lear (for grades 5-12) to deepen understanding of, appreciation for, and connection to classic literature. King Lear will tour to schools and community centers across the state from October 8-28 with student matinee and public performances in Cumston Hall October 12 through 15. For more information or to download reservation forms, visit www.theateratmonmouth.org/education-tours<http://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=&msgid=0&act=111111&c=1057170&destination=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.theateratmonmouth.org%2Feducation-tours>.

Northern New England Collegiate Symposium on Music Education: The 10th Annual Northern New England Collegiate Symposium on Music Education will take place on Saturday, October 20th, from 8:30am to 4pm at the University of Southern Maine School of Music in Gorham, Maine. The featured presenter will be Dr. Peter Webster.  Many of you are familiar with Dr. Webster's impressive career as teacher, researcher, author and scholar in the field of creativity and music creativity. Bonus round - Peter is from Maine!

He will present three sessions: Creativity and Creativity in Music, Teacher Creativity, and Using Teacher Creativity to Help Students Discover Their Own Creativity. In between these session will be several others focusing on creative practices across K-12 settings (Escape Rooms, Wii Tech Improvisation, Composing for K-2, and so on). Lunch will be provided and 0.6 CEUs are available.

To register, please visit:

TEMPO Performance: TEMPO: The Eastern Maine Pops Orchestra will perform concerts of really good music at St.Saviour's Church in Bar Harbor at 2:00pm plus a repeat performance at the Moore Community Center in Ellsworth at 6:00pm, Saturday, October 27. The 30 piece full orchestra is under the direction of Mr. Ethan Edmondson, music educator at Ellsworth Middle School.  The repertoire is appropriate for all ages and includes the 1812 Overture, Shenandoah, Queen of the Night, Theme from Titanic, Pines of Rome, Africa, and Berceuse and Finale. There is something for everyone! Door admission is $10/adults, $5/students, $20/family, free/children under 12.

TEMPO is open to musicians of all ages and is comprised of strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion for the full orchestral experience. The orchestra serves the cultural life of Midcoast, central and Downeast Maine. Rehearsals are centrally located in Ellsworth. Bringing generations together with music, TEMPO provides entertainment and education to both the musicians and audience. Contact Rebecca Edmondson at redmondson at barhbr.com<mailto:redmondson at barhbr.com> or 244-7193.

Art Awards/Competitions: (Please see the following communication from the Maine College of Art)
We are happy to announce the opening of the 2019 Maine Region Scholastic Art Award Competition and the 2019 Congressional Art Competition! We invite your students to submit artwork to participate in these juried competitions. Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity, and talent of our nation's youth, and provided opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated. Each year, increasing numbers of teens participate in the program, and become a part of our community-young artists and writers, filmmakers and photographers, poets and sculptors, video game artists and science fiction writers-along with countless educators who support and encourage the creative process.

The Congressional Art Competition takes place each spring, when the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. Since this competition began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.
Maine College of Art is pleased to be hosting both Scholastics and the Congressional Art Awards this year. For complete details on student eligibility, competition categories, jury criteria, important dates and deadlines, and more, please visit meca.edu/info-for/educators/maine-region-art-awards/ or artandwriting.org<https://www.artandwriting.org/>.
Memory Project: The Memory Project is a nonprofit organization that invites art teachers and their students to create portraits as special gifts for children facing challenges around the world.  Since 2004 they've created more than 130,000 portraits for children in 45 countries, and our participating art teachers consistently tell us this is one of their students' very favorite activities. Want to learn more about getting involved with your students? Check out their work here<https://www.memoryproject.org/>.
Teacher Travel Opportunity: Travel the world affordably, earn professional development credit, and bring global understanding into your classroom! Founded in 2007, Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO) is a 501c3 non-profit organization that has sent over 2400 teachers abroad on adventurous travel programs. With GEEO educators can earn professional development and graduate credit while seeing the world. GEEO's trips are 5 to 23 days in length and are designed and discounted to be interesting and affordable for teachers. In addition to amazing tour leaders, many of the programs are accompanied by university faculty that are experts on the destination. The deposit is $250 for each program and then the final payment is due 60 days before departure.

Detailed information about each trip, including itineraries, costs, travel dates, and more can be found at https://geeo.org<https://geeo.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=4340e2548aa5733e84086edac&id=5cde981f01&e=3f9efdb0c4>. GEEO can be reached 7 days a week, toll-free at 1-877-600-0105<tel:1-877-600-0105> between 9 AM-9 PM EST.

Midcoast Maine Art Education Resource Guide: Looking for arts resources and opportunities in the Midcoast region? Check out this fantastic resource for educators and families here<http://www.maineartresources.com/>!
 Music Matters 2018: This updated resource<https://www.ecs.org/music-matters/> explores the demonstrated effects of music education and how it helps students   develop the foundational capacities for lifelong success.
Maine College of Art: Maine College of Art (MECA) invites applications for a full-time Assistant or Associate Professor of Art
Education. Find more information and apply here<https://www.meca.edu/about/employment/faculty-positions/>.
Oxford Hills: Elementary Art Position available. Find more information here<https://sad17.tedk12.com/hire/index.aspx>.
AOS #96: Machias/E.Machias MUSIC POSITION. Find more information here<https://servingschools.com/job/uq92rs/full-time-music-teacher/machias/me>.
Houlton: K-5 music position. Apply on Serving Schools here<https://www.servingschools.com/job/5smla2/full-time-elementary-school-music-teacher/houlton/maine>.
MDIRSS: Conners Emerson School; Bar Harbor; Instrumental Music -- 83% time. FMI<https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kPVTJPivE_luMgd1pemv9JG7NvbmhKL4-plIs0M6fSw/edit>.
Moosabec CSD: Pre-K-12 Music Teacher; Jonesport. Find out more on Serving Schools here<https://www.servingschools.com/job/xubsq3/prek-12-music-teacher/jonesport/me>.
MSAD #37 Harrington/Addison/Milbridge: Find out more here<https://servingschools.com/job/adzn5s/music-teacher/harrington/me>.
Mt. Blue School District: K-5 General Music/9-12 Choral<https://www.servingschools.com/job/w2hx6b/teacher-music/farmington/me>; Farmington/Wilton. Check out the link for more information and to apply.
Portland Public Schools: Elementary Music Teacher; Presumpscot School. Find out more on Serving Schools here<https://www.servingschools.com/job/jr5mhf/part-time-music-teacher-(fte-60)-presumpscot-elementary-school-(983)/portland/maine>.                                                                                   .
Waterville Public Schools: MUSIC TEACHER -- 50% -- ALBERT S. HALL SCHOOL is looking for a music educator to teach music classes to grades 4 and 5 students, recorder exploration classes to all grade 4 students, beginning choral program for grade 5 students, and an adaptive music class.
Please apply to: Eric L. Haley, Superintendent of Schools - Kennebec Valley Consolidated Schools, AOS #92 - 25 Messalonskee Avenue - Waterville, ME   04901.
Nate Menifield
Visual & Performing Arts Specialist/Regional Education Representative (Cumberland County)
Standards & Instructional Supports Team
Maine Department of Education
23 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333
(207) 624-6824  (Office)
(207) 592-3524  (Cell)
nathaniel.j.menifield at maine.gov<mailto:nathaniel.j.menifield at maine.gov>
MDOE - Visual & Performing Arts Website<https://www.maine.gov/doe/arts/>

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