Maine Arts Commission’s Commitment to Arts Education:
It is critical that every child in Maine is ensured access to a quality, comprehensive arts education - and that arts educators are given all the tools necessary to achieve that goal. We at the Maine Arts Commission are committed to strengthening arts education throughout the State through several means including the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative. So often arts educators are left out of traditional professional development opportunities - and quite often, they are the only arts teacher in their school or in their district. The Maine Arts Assessment Initiative provides arts educators the time and space to learn, share and advance arts education in this state. It is a wonderful model for the rest of the country to follow in supporting and strengthening arts education everywhere. - Julie Richard
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. Presently in phase seven, the Maine Arts Commission continues to provide professional learning opportunities for educators. One hundred and four PJ-12 teacher leaders and teaching artist leaders provide workshops at the local, regional, and statewide level. Their work continues to transform arts education in Maine classrooms.
Ticket to Ride - 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.
Art Learning Grants - Provides funding for teaching artist programs, artists-in-residence, and community arts education with a connection to in-school arts education, curriculum planning in the arts or professional development for staff or teaching artists’ advancement in arts education for teachers of all content.
Congressional Art Competition - To provide an opportunity for Members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents.
Teaching Artist Roster - Free online roster which features Maine-based professional artists, with skills and experience teaching learners of various ages, PK-12.
Maine Arts Commission Mission:
The Maine Arts Commission shall encourage and stimulate public interest and participation in the cultural heritage and cultural programs of our state; shall expand the state's cultural resources; and shall encourage and assist freedom of artistic expression for the well being of the arts, to meet the needs and aspirations of persons in all parts of the state. To carry out this mission, which is drawn from the Maine Art Commission's enabling legislation, the agency will support programs and partnerships that:
engender a cooperative environment within the arts field that results in more efficient delivery of programs and services;
further the goals of the state as articulated by its elected leadership, advancing the arts through activities in such areas as technology, education, and the economy;
have the potential to change lives by giving people of all ages the opportunity to come into meaningful contact with artists and art-making; and
build a broad support base for the arts by increasing local capacity for arts-making and arts presenting, and by increasing local advocacy.