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Maine Arts Leadership Initiative

Maine Arts Leadership Initiative


In the spring of 2011, the Maine Department of Education launched the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI). This spring with feedback from the Teacher Leaders the initiative changed the name to the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI). Presently in phase five, the Maine Arts Commission continues to provide professional learning opportunities for educators. In August 2015 the mission was changed from Creating an environment in Maine where quality assessment in arts education is an integral part of the work all arts eduators do to deepen student learning in the arts to The Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) is committed to the development of teacher leaders to ensure deep understanding and meaningful implementation of high quality teaching, learning, and assessment in the arts.


MALI IS CALLING all visual and performing arts educators for leadership roles

Are you interested in learning in a collaborative environment with colleagues from across the state? Are you interested in a leadership role that includes developing and presenting workshops? If so, consider applying to be a teacher leader for phase 6 of MALI. The application and more information is available by clicking here. The DEADLINE is Friday, May 27, 2016.

Selected teacher leader responsibilities for the 2016-17 school year include:

  • Communicate by wiki
  • Attend the three-day summer insititute, August 10-12, USM, Portland
  • Create and practice a workshop for feedback before taking it to the public, date and location to be determined
  • Present a workshop twice at a regional and mega-regional location
  • Attend a retreat to reflect on the work of phase VI with teacher leaders and the leadership team, winter/spring 2017
  • Tell your story on the Maine Arts Education blog at

If you have any questions please contact Argy Nestor at



During the Statewide Arts Education Biennial Measure of Success conference on October 9, 2015 at Point Lookout Conference Center the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative Resource Bank was unveiled. The bank includes a comprehensive searchable bank of resources developed by MALI Teacher Leaders and divided by disciplines including dance, media arts, music, theatre, visual arts, and creativity. This work is very useful to arts educators, curriculum leaders, and others responsible for teaching and learning in the arts. The Resource Bank is located at If you have any questions please contact Argy Nestor at


Since the spring of 2011 the MAAI has accomplished the following:

  • In September 2014 the Maine Arts Assessment Resources website was launched that contains a plethora of outstanding resources to assist those providing quality arts education to students in Pre-K through grade 12. The website is continually growing.
  • Seventy-three teacher leaders have participated in summer institutes, building on their knowledge and classroom practice. The focus has been leadership, assessment, technology, and creativity and teaching in a student-centered environment.
  • Teacher leaders provide workshops on a variety of topics throughout the state. At the last statewide biennial conference on October 9, 2015 Arts Education: The Measure of Success, almost 200 visual and participated in 9 workshops. The workshop leaders created resources that are available at!measure-of-success-conference/chki including videos, assessment tools and other valuable items.
  • Ninety-five arts educators have taken graduate courses available through the New England Institute for Teacher Education.  
  • “Another Arts Teacher’s Story” series of 72 blog posts highlighting the work of Maine arts educators are posted at
  • Seven webinars facilitated by Rob Westerberg and Catherine Ring are archived with meeting plans. Click for access.
  • Seven videos of arts teachers' student-centered classrooms were created and are available for teachers and other school personnel on YouTube.
  • Over 1,500 Maine arts educators have participated in one or more professional development opportunities to date included regional and statewide conferences. 


Phase Five Included:


Program Contact Information

For information about any of the Maine Arts Commission’s arts education funding opportunities or programs, please contact Argy Nestor at 207/287-2713 or by email at