Carrie Ricker Arts Teacher Creates Virtual Arts Show to Showcase Student Work

This school year has been anything but typical, forcing teachers and students to teach and learn in new ways. As schools across the globe transitioned from classroom instruction to remote learning it was important to Jen Williams, the Visual Arts Teacher at Carrie Ricker School in Litchfield to keep her artists engaged and creating.

Normally, Williams and her colleagues would have had a large Arts Night at school filled with an art show and spring concerts. Since that could not happen this year, she decided to create a video art show to celebrate her student’s amazing artwork. This video art show showcases not only their art created at school but during remote learning.

See the Carrie Ricker Arts Show Here!

“My hope is that with this art show my students feel proud of their accomplishments and celebrated for their talents,” said Williams.  “The arts are such a vital part of education and have kept us all connected through these challenging times.”

This story was submitted by Jen Williams, Art Teacher at Carrie Ricker School in RSU 4 as part of the Maine Schools Sharing Success Campaign. To submit a story or an idea, email Rachel at rachel.paling@maine.gov.

Sebago Elementary Creates Virtual Arts Festival

Sebago Elementary has approximately 100 students and a community that is hugely supportive and proud of their school. Brenda McGuinness is an Art Teacher at Sebago Elementary School one day per week along with music teacher Jennifer Null and instrumental music teacher Lindsay Waller. In March they were making final plans for the second annual Arts Festival to be held on April 14th. Unfortunately, like events all over the world, the school Arts Festival was canceled.

With a strong desire to showcase the talents and efforts of their students, they worked hard to bring the first Virtual Arts Festival into the homes of students, their families and the community in an alternative way.

Using photographs of the art projects from each grade throughout the year as well as the various events students were involved in throughout the state, along with emailed photos of student art work during remote learning, they made a memorable slideshow of art adventures for the 2019/2020 school year.

“The reaction from our students and families to our Virtual Arts Festival has been wonderful and I feel delighted to have been able to present them with this event,” said Brenda in an email to the DOE.

This story was submitted by Brenda McGuinness, Art Teacher, Sebago Elementary School as part of the Maine Schools Sharing Success Campaign. to submit a story email Rachel at rachel.paling@maine.gov.

 

6th Annual Count ME In Multimedia Contest Promoting School Attendance, Learning and Community

Count ME In is broadening its annual contest to include multimedia submissions that promote learning and being part of a school community. Students age 6 through high school are invited to create a poster, sculpture, song, poem, story or video for the 2020 celebration in September and October 2020.   This is an opportunity for students to share their view on why school learning and being part of a school community is important.  Students can participate from home, school, or summer program.

The winning submissions will be reproduced, including the artist’s name and distributed throughout Maine.  In addition, the winning artists will receive money gift cards.  View the contest guidelines.

Please share with student you think might be interested in submitting artwork.  The deadline is Friday, July 17, 2020

For more information check out the Count ME In website.

Mattanawcook Junior High School Student Artists Honored at Maine State House

The Maine Department of Education (DOE) hosted a celebration of the Maine Visual and Performing Arts Education Showcase on February 28th in the Maine State House where the selected artwork of student visual artists and musicians from Mattanawcook Junior High School (RSU #67) were recognized.

Starting in February these students’ works will be on exhibit throughout the Maine DOE, where they will remain until June. RSU #67 teachers, administrators, and families were in attendance as artists were formally acknowledged by the DOE, including Deputy Commissioner of Education Daniel Chuhta, and Maine State Board of Education Chairman Wilson Hess, in addition to State Representatives Kathy Javner (House District 141) and Sheldon Hanington (District 142).

In addition to introductions and comments from Maine DOE Visual and Performing Arts Specialist Jason Anderson and Deputy Commissioner Dan Chuhta,  the Mattanawcook Junior High School Grade 4 Chorus performed two songs about Maine, before Mattanawcook Junior High School student artists were each presented with a certificate from the Maine DOE and a signed letter from Governor Janet Mills.

Following the ceremony, Department of Education staff took students, educators and their family members on a guided tour of artwork that is hung around the halls of the Department.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Maine DOE to Host Maine Visual and Performing Arts Education Showcase

The Maine Department of Education (DOE) is pleased to invite the media to attend a celebration of the Maine Visual and Performing Arts Education Showcase, where the selected artwork of student visual artists and musicians from Mattanawcook Junior High School (RSU #67) will be recognized. Starting this month (February), these students’ works will be on exhibit throughout the Maine DOE, where they will remain until June. RSU #67 teachers, administrators, and families will be in attendance as artists are formally acknowledged by DOE staff, including Deputy Commissioner of Education Daniel Chuhta, and Maine State Board of Education Chairman Wilson Hess.

WHEN:
Friday, February 28, 2020 from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M.

WHERE:
Hall of Flags, Maine State House, 210 State Street, Augusta, Maine 04330

AGENDA:

  • Welcome: Jason Anderson, Visual & Performing Arts Specialist, Maine DOE
  • Musical Performance: Mattanawcook Junior High School Grade 4 Chorus
  • Remarks – Dan Chuhta, Deputy Commissioner of Education, Maine DOE
  • Musical Performance: Mattanawcook Junior High School Grade 4 Chorus
  • Recognition of Artists: Wilson Hess, Chair of the Maine State Board of Education; Daniel Chuhta, Deputy Commissioner of Education, Maine DOE; Jason Anderson, Visual & Performing Arts Specialist, Maine DOE
  • Closing and Group Photo
  • Guided Tour of Artwork

CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Jason Anderson, Visual & Performing Arts Specialist, Maine Department of Education
Jason.anderson@maine.gov; 207.624.6824