Maine Students Need Your Support to Thrive
The Board of Directors of the MAAE includes arts education advocates from communities around the state, educators, arts specialists, school administrators, business people, legislators, and advisors from the Maine Arts Commission and the Maine Department of Education.
Educational Programs We Sponsor
MAAE’s work to achieve its mission “to promote and encourage education in all of the arts for all Maine students” includes providing educational programming that models promising practices in arts education. In addition to providing engaging arts education experiences for stakeholders of all ages and experience levels in the classroom, MAAE continues to expand the scope of these projects to empower participants with knowledge, skills, and resources and be champions for arts education across Maine.
Check out the individual pages for our educational programming below.
BUILDING COMMUNITY THROUGH THE ARTS
BCTA GETS STATE & NATIONAL RECOGNITION
Building Community Through the Arts (BCTA), which builds trust among students in Maine academic classrooms through creative theater and dance, has recently gotten the attention of the Maine Department of Education and Americans for the Arts in Washington DC.
In partnership with the administration of AOS 77 in Eastport, and with the encouragement of the Maine Department of Education, MAAE has been piloting the state’s first model of school wide and classroom teacher-based arts integration in theater and dance.
STUDENT LEADERSHIP GROUP
The Student Leadership Group is facilitating the formation of ABC Student Advocacy Teams at schools around the state. Within individual schools, these teams will connect students engaged in different art forms. The teams will also form a larger network of young arts advocates from all corners of Maine, learning from each other and supporting each other.
Self Portrait by Autumn Brewer ’22 ’23
The mission of the Maine Alliance for Arts Education is to promote and encourage education in all of the arts for all Maine students.
The Maine Alliance for Arts Education (MAAE) was founded in 1973 and incorporated in 1980. Through a creative network of teachers, parents, artists, organizations, and community supporters, the Alliance works at the state level and in local communities to strengthen educational excellence in visual art, music, dance, drama, and creative writing. MAAE is a member of the national Kennedy Center Alliances for Arts Education Network, which has recognized the MAAE for its exemplary work on the local level and in advocacy.
A true Artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others.
Collaboration Strengthens Curriculum
Our 2023 student intern, Haley, is currently curating a large selection of artwork from classrooms across the State of Maine. Showcasing student artwork not only builds the esteem of student artists, but assists educators as they are inspired to create new and innovate lesson plans. The old adage says “iron sharpens iron”. Likewise, we believe that collaboration strengthens curriculum.
Talking With Artists Who Teach: Katenia Keller Katenia (pronounced Ka-teena) is a dancer,...
Dana Wieluns Legawiec, the new Executive Director for Maine Alliance for Arts Education (MAAE),...
MAAE's initiative to organize community/school advocacy coalitions around the state got a good...
Want to Help Maine Students Get Involved with the Arts?
There are many ways you can get involved. We are always looking for teaching artists and for those who wish to fund programs which enrich curriculum and expand our students horizons. Reach out to us. We'd love to hear from you.