Arts students honored

AUGUSTA – The Maine Department of Education and the Maine Arts Commission are holding a celebration of Excellence in Maine Visual and Performing Arts Education hosted by First Lady Ann M. LePage, December 4, in the Hall of Flags at the State House in Augusta. Joining the First Lady are State Board of Education Chair Martha Harris, and Maine Arts Commission Executive Director Julie Richards, and Acting Education Commissioner Bill Beardsley.

The Excellence in Maine Visual and Performing Arts Education is a rotating exhibit that displays artwork throughout the State House complex and the Department of Education in the Cross Building. Sixty-three students from AOS 93, AOS 92, MSAD 41, and the Biddeford School District will have their artwork displayed through the end of February. Additionally, music groups from these districts will perform at the celebration. Mrs. LePage will be presenting each art student a certificate and a letter from Governor Paul R. LePage recognizing their creative accomplishments.

Maine DOE Visual and Performing Arts Specialist Beth Lambert says, “I am so proud of the work Maine arts teachers are doing with our students throughout the state. It is a privilege to have these students come to Augusta and be honored in this way. Arts education is essential for all students in order to gain the skills needed to develop college and career readiness, such as critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity so that Maine kids can succeed in the ever-changing diverse and global economies of today’s world.”

Governor LePage’s letter to the students reads in part, “Art shows creative thinking that is seen in other subjects like with the great artist Leonardo da Vinci. He was an artist, sculptor, architect, scientist and military engineer. In addition to his beautiful art, he made important discoveries about human anatomy. And even though the technology did not yet exist to build them, he envisioned the helicopter, military tank, and calculator, among other inventions. The arts are a vitally important part of any education because it’s the creative thinking that leads to imagining new ways of making things work and improving the world we live in.”

Media is invited to join in the celebration, Friday, December 4, at 2:00 pm in the Hall of Flags. For more information contact, Visual and Performing Arts Specialist Beth Lambert at beth.lambert@maine.gov or 624-6642 or Director of Communications, Anne Gabbianelli at anne.gabbianelli@maine.gov or 624-6747.

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