Reba Short Joins Maine Arts Commission Teaching Artists Roster

The Maine Arts Commission is excited to offer a free online roster which features Maine-based professional artists, with skills and experience teaching learners of various ages, PK-12. The Teaching Artists are available to conduct high-quality learning opportunities for students in school settings and community organizations that offer arts education. We encourage educators and those responsible for arts education to utilize the roster by communicating directly with the Teaching Artists. To view the current roster of PK-12 Teaching Artists please click here.

The latest release of MAC’s Teaching Artist roster has included our very own Theatre Artistic Director, Reba Short. Congratulations, Reba!

 

Teaching Artists are professional artists who are dedicated to lifelong learning and arts education, have made it an integral part of their professional practice, and who have cultivated skills as educators in concert with their skills as artists.

The Maine Arts Commission selected these artists after conducting an application process with careful review of each applicant. The artists on the roster have demonstrated mastery of an artistic discipline, knowledge and expertise in sequential arts instruction, good communications skills, planning and organizational ability, and an understanding of their target learners.

Reflecting on this announcement, Reba shares,

“I’ve aspired to be a MAC teaching artist for a long time. I think this an opportunity for collaborative work with teachers and schools, taking the grant funded outreach work I do to a new level. I also see this as a calling to be an advocate for arts education in the state. It’s a great honor to be added to this list!”

WGME: Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine opens new exhibit

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PORTLAND (WGME) — The Children’ s Museum and Theatre of Maine wanted to make better use of its backyard space, and worked with Maine author Chris Van Dusen to help his popular children’s book, “Down to the Sea” come to life.

The museum was looking to create a natural, relaxed space, while encouraging kids to have a similar adventure as Mr. Magee and his dog, who get lost at sea, but come home safely.

“We thought that was a very good fit for us, because everything here is about coming out, taking risks and then being able to go home safe and sound,” Deputy Director Lucia Stancioff, Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine, said.

Director of Exhibits Chris Sullivan, Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine, added: “We find that the role play piece is really important in terms of early childhood development and their sort of literacy learning and empathy and the sort of great problem solving things like that.”

The author helped design the exhibit, which allows kids to explore, read and pretend.

From: http://www.wgme.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/-childrens-museum-theatre-maine-opens-new-exhibit-28055.shtml#.VZVhuflVikq

Thank You to United Way Day of Caring Volunteers!

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Day of Caring is an annual day of service sponsored by the United Way of Greater Portland. The day kicks-off with a short program in the Back Cove. Following the festivities, more than 1,000 volunteers from local businesses and schools will spend the day working at nearly 70 projects including painting, trail clearing, gardening and organizing. Greater Portland literally sparkles at the end of the day!

Today, volunteers from TD Bank and LL Bean are here to lend a hand and help with several projects inside and out at our Museum & Theatre. Thank you to LL Bean, TD Bank, and United Way of Greater Portland for organizing and working toward a beautifully cared-for Portland!

Art Class for Girls Ages 6-9 (R$)

Thursdays in March (5, 12, 19, 26) | 3:30-5:45pm

Art is a powerful vehicle for expression and communication, even at a very young age. This four session class will allow young girls to develop their sense of selves through art, friendship and their feelings using authentic artistic techniques and materials. Each class will begin by viewing a piece of art as a prompt to build observational skills and broaden our understanding of historical context and personal interpretation. We’ll discuss each piece in relation to our own experiences and then work on a project that represents our own individual points of view. Projects will encourage personal character development and confidence-building in a thoughtful and supportive environment.

Materials may include paint, collage, text, fabric and/or clay depending on interest of the participants. Our workshops offer a unique opportunity for children to meet other children from a variety of backgrounds. This is a drop-off class instructed by museum educator and teaching artist, Louisa Donelson.

FMI contact Louisa@kitetails.org. Cost is $80 for 4 weeks for members/$95 for visitors. Scholarship memberships available.

Registration deadline is Friday, February 27, 2015.

To register call 828-1234 x231 or stop by the front desk.

Click here to register online!

WGME13 Gives Coverage to Scholarship Membership Needs

Earlier this week, Kim Block from WGME13 visited our museum to interview our Executive Director, Suzanne Olson. This winter and the parade of bad weather conditions & bitter cold has greatly challenged countless families in need. The story is here:

 

PORTLAND (WGME) — All the cold weather has families flocking to the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine. But for some families, the cost of admission is out of reach. That’s why the museum offers scholarships to help make the museum accessible to everyone.

That fund is running dry, though, and the museum is hoping Mainers will consider making a difference for families in need.

“One letter I had recently that really touched me came from a homeless father who has a chance to have his children visit once a month. He wrote me a letter saying ‘I want a place I can be proud to bring my children and spend time with them together,’ pretty hard to say ‘no’ to that,” Suzanne Olson, Executive Director, Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, said.

A one year admission scholarship is $95, but the museum says it will gladly accept donations of any kind to help families enjoy the museum. No one is turned away, but the fund helps a lot.

For more information, CLICK HERE.