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SMART Recipients
Veazie Community School

Grant: $3,153This grant will support Clay in the Classroom which will send professional ceramic artist and sculptor Greg Ondo into the 5-8th grade art classes as a visiting artists and co-teacher to introduce ceramic techniques and topics to enrich three-dimensional art offerings. Mr. Ondo will also serve as a technical mentor to the Veazie Community School art instructor, supporting her professional development in the areas of hand building, glazing, and the firing of kilns. In art education, hand building projects with clay are widely considered to be on of the most inclusive and useful easy to teach all learners skills such as focus, expression, observation, experimentation, and reflection.

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William A. Farnsworth Library and Art Museum

Grant: $10,000This grant will support Julia’s Gallery Film Project which will allow a group of teens to create one 28-minute filmic project using a variety of media arts, and then demonstrate what they have learned by showing the film in diverse public venues. The project will include both veteran and novice filmmaking students and will focus on how to understand and use new media, such as digital photography, film, computer technology, video, and on-line visual resources. Filming, lighting, editing, set design and construction, wardrobe, make-up, hair styling, transcription, screen writing, and many other elements of filmmaking will be explored. The students will develop, produce, direct, edit, promote, and premier the finished video.

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The Bay School
Grant: $8,500This grant will support The Digital Age: Building a Relationship between Maine Lesson, Practical Arts and Teaching Artists, a project to integrate woodworking, claywork and metalwork in middle school curriculum.
Figures of Speech Theatre
Grant: $10,000This grant will support a model developed over the past four years to lead The Figures of Speech Student Ensemble in the creation and broadcasting of a filmed puppetry adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.
Mayo Street Arts
Grant: $10,000This grant will support the Children’s Puppet Workshop, a community-based arts and humanities program for neighborhood youths.
Ocean Avenue Elementary School
Grant: $10,000This grant will support Model, Create, Perform, Celebrate, a six-part arts project to benefit Portland’s newest school.
Opera House Arts
Grant: $10,000This grant will support Changing Education through Arts Integrated Classroom Learning.
RSU 20
Grant: $10,000This grant will support Ukuleles in the Classroom, a project that involves teaching students in four elementary schools in RSU 20 to learn to plat the ukulele.
The Telling Room
Grant: $10,000This grant will support an afterschool literary arts program for refugee and immigrant English Language Learner students.
Total: $81,653