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The Maine Arts Commission supports all efforts to promote arts learning. Arts education is a major focus of the Maine Arts Commission and a nationwide movement aiming to provide all students with opportunities to learn in and through the arts (dance, music, theater, visual arts and creative writing). Methods for reaching this goal include providing discipline-specific, sequential learning opportunities; integrating the arts into all curricular content areas; programs in institutions and detention centers; programs in child care centers; and after-school programs.

Arts Education Programs

The Teaching Artist Program is being established to assist artists as teachers. The Maine Arts Commission is committed to providing professional development opportunities for teaching artists and the creation of a Teaching Artist Roster. Efforts to address these areas of need are underway and will grow over time. Professional development is being offered for artists who work with PK-12 learners in a variety of school and community educational settings. 

Maine Excellence in Arts Education is a program that provides an opportunity for districts across the state to exhibit PK-12 student artwork in the Maine State Capitol Complex.

Poetry Out Loud is a national program organized by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation and administered at the state level by the Maine Arts Commission. It encourages the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance. Prizes are awarded at the state and national level with a $20,000 in scholarship awarded to the National Champion.

The Congressional Art Competition is a national contest that seeks one piece of high school student artwork from each Congressional District in the United States to be hung for one year in the U.S. Capitol Building. Each winning student is flown to Washington, DC for the official opening of the show.

The Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI), formerly known as the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI), was launched by the Maine Department of Education in the spring of 2011. Presently in phase eight, the MALI is a program of the Maine Arts Commission providing professional development opportunities for educators.

Program Contact Information

For information about any of the Maine Arts Commission’s arts education funding opportunities or programs, please contact Martha Piscuskas, Interim Director of Arts Education at vog.eniam@saksucsip.ahtram or 207/287-2713.