Arts Education Celebration Events - March 28-April 1!

  • March 21, 2022

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Arts Education for ME Celebration Week: March 28 – April 1

This year the series of hour-long virtual events will focus on supporting arts educators and students throughout the last week of March.  The effort is led by Maine Alliance for Arts Education (MAAE), with arts education leaders from all the disciplines, MAEPL, MAC, and DOE. A highlight this year is actor John Lithgow will be speaking on Thursday March 31, having chaired the production of a new report Art for Life’s Sake: The Case for Arts Education  by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; we are honored that Representative Chellie Pingree will also speak about new legislation, the Arts Education for All Act.  All events are free and all are welcome.

Scroll Below to register for individual sessions below by clicking on “Register” and completing the information. Come to one session - or come to all! Links will be provided following registration.


State of the Arts: Education Edition

Monday, March 28th from 6-7 p.m.

The Arts are Basic Coalition (ABC) is a partnership of statewide leaders in arts education, represented by Maine’s professional teachers’ associations in visual art, music, theater and dance ,the Maine Alliance for Arts Education, The Maine Arts Commission, The Maine Department of Education, and Maine Arts Education Partners in Leadership (MAEPL) to “advocate with a common strong voice for the visual and performing arts for all students in Maine.”

Come learn more about the work of these organizations and how to get involved in promoting and strengthening arts education in Maine.

REGISTER for State of the Arts: Education Edition


Voices of the Future: Student Leadership Group

Tuesday, March 29th from 6-7 p.m. 

Young people are our future leaders. This session will provide an opportunity to hear from the voices of our Student Leadership Group about their experiences in arts education and how they are moving forward in the midst of continued pandemic-related challenges.

REGISTER for Voices of the Future


Creating ME

Wednesday, March 30th from 6-7 p.m.

As educational leaders, we need to engage in our own creativity in order to better advocate for arts education. Creative play is essential to reconnecting us to our purpose and our community. This session will be led by arts educators and engage participants in virtual community art-making. This session is open to all arts education allies. No previous arts experience or materials required. Come with an open mind and open heart.

REGISTER for Creating ME


Arts Education Celebration Day

Thursday, March 31st from 3:00-4:30 p.m. 

Come hear national and local voices celebrate Arts Education for Maine. Let’s salute “Arts in Our Schools Month” and identify ways that we can each be a catalyst for continued conversation and change in our own communities.

Speakers for the day include:

  • Actor & Arts Advocate, John Lithgow
  • U.S. Representative Chellie Pingree
  • Members of the Arts Are Basic Coalition Student Leadership Group

Performance by Hermon High School Steel Pan Band

REGISTER for Arts Education Celebration Day


Maine Arts Education Dine & Discuss

Friday, April 1st from 3:00-4:30 p.m.

“Arts Education Month” in Maine has been full of wonderful opportunities to elevate and celebrate the great work that is happening in schools each day. This session is intended for arts educators and teaching artists to connect, reflect, let their hair down, and discuss ways that we can continue to support each other, and this work, beyond March.

REGISTER for Maine Arts Education Dine & Discuss


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193 State Street
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Augusta  ME  04333