Category Archives: Visual & Performing Arts

Maine Music Teacher of the Year

The Maine Music Educators Association has named its 2016 Music Educator of the Year. Dana Ross, who has taught for the past 18 years at Winterport’s Samuel L. Wagner Middle School and Leroy H. Smith School in RSU 22, received the honor last month.

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Students honored for their creative accomplishments by Maine’s First Lady

The Hall of Flags was filled with music and a lot of excited school students who were recognized at a celebration of Excellence in Maine Visual and Performing Arts Education. This combined celebration by the Maine Department of Education and the Maine Arts Commission hosted nearly 60 students where Maine’s First Lady Ann LePage congratulated the students, “I am so impressed with your imagination and skills. Even the quotes with your pictures express your skills and we are so pleased to have your art work on display.”

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Maine arts students to be recognized at State House

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 LePage on April 26. The celebration will be held from 2-4 p.m. in the Hall of Flags at the State House in Augusta.

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Dance education grant announced for Aroostook County

The following is an announcement from the Maine Arts Commission 

The Maine Arts Commission has awarded a grant, “Hopes for the Future,” to provide dance education to K-12 students in Frenchville and St. Agatha in the northern most part of Aroostook County. The $2,650 award to Maine School Administrative District (MSAD) 33 will give the district’s 240 students and teachers a unique opportunity to participate in the dance making process.

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Individual assessment in the large group ensemble

You can’t enter a school in Maine today without hearing conversations about proficiency-based diplomas and standards-based grading. Given this focus, arts educators have an interest in ensuring that they are using standards-based assessments to evaluate a student’s growth and development. The information gathered through assessment should be used to determine whether or not students understand and can apply content, and this process is perhaps the most critical aspect of the learning process for teachers. However, arts teachers nation-wide tend to lean towards assessing non-achievement criteria such as behavior, effort, participation, and attendance.

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Maine Arts Education Advocacy Day

Last week, National and Maine Arts Education Advocacy Day was celebrated; a celebration in Maine that was organized by the Maine Alliance for Arts Education directed by Susan Potters. The celebration featured nearly 150 students from all 16 counties who came to the State House to articulate the importance of arts education to legislators and guests.

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Poetry Out Loud Maine state champion heads into nationals

A Mt. Ararat High School student is off to Washington, D.C. in May for national competition after winning the 2016 Poetry Out Loud competition this month held in Waterville.

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Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) Screensaver Challenge

Twenty student artists will have an audience of more than 70,000 students and educators for their artwork starting this fall.

More than 125 Maine students submitted images to be considered for the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) Screensaver Challenge. An independent panel of three judges used a rubric to score each image and select the winners.

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Maine high school students compete in national poetry contest

The 2016 Maine State Finals for Poetry Out Loud, a National Poetry Recitation Contest, will be held on March 15 at 3 p.m. at the Waterville Opera House. The competition is free and open to the public.

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Assessment strategies for the theatre classroom

Assessment is part of the educational process. However, assessment can become an afterthought in the theatre classroom due to educator concerns that theatre is too subjective to assess successfully or that traditional assessment tools are not applicable to a performance-based discipline. Fortunately, theatre gurus, Susan K. Green and Stephen Gundersheim, have identified the following six sequential steps that educators can use to prioritize and develop effective theatre assessments.

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