The Agency's Commitment
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.
Stay in the Know
The Maine Arts Education blog provides useful information for arts educators, those interested in arts education and students. Visit the blog at http://meartsed.wordpress.com/ to subscribe and receive notifications for the daily post.
The Maine Arts Commission Arts Education electronic mailing list provides information about current news and events related to arts education and agency initiatives. Communications to the list go out once a week and you may sign up by emailing the Director of Arts Education at email@example.com.
Arts Education Funding Opportunities
The Arts Learning Grant is a program that provides grants up to $5,000 to assist schools, arts institutions and community arts organizations, to develop arts education projects in conjunction with artists for PK-12 students.
Ticket to Ride is a program that provides funding to defray the cost of travel for Maine schools wishing to visit Maine arts based venues and events as part of a well rounded curriculum. Any PK-12 school in Maine is eligible to receive support of up to $300 each school year and any PK-12 school in Maine with a documented free and reduced lunch student population of 50 percent or greater is eligible to receive support of up to $500 each school year. Funding is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis as long as there are remaining funds. The funding is non competitive and the only criteria is need.
Dance Education Grant is a new program that funds dance education residency for PK-12 schools/districts to use for a dance course. There is no required matching of funds. Dance educators must be members of the Maine Arts Commission Treaching Artist roster. Applicants may apply for awards up to $3,000.
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.
Excellence in Maine Visual and Performing Arts Education is a collaborative effort of the Maine Arts Commission and the Maine Department of Education. This program 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 six, 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 Argy Nestor, Director of Arts Education at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207/287-2713.