Our Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Report Is Now Online!

The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine annual report for fiscal year 2015 is here. Thank you to all of our donors, business members, sponsors, members, volunteers, and visitors for making this one of our best years yet!

Click here to download a pdf copy from our website.

Thank You for the Shout-Out, Montreal Gazette!

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Congrats to our across-the-way neighbors at the Westin Portland Harborview Hotel , who got this very favorable piece of press from the Montreal Gazette. The author, Rochelle Lash, shouts out the Museum & Theatre at the end of the piece, mentioning our placement at the heart of the Arts District.

Thank you to Rochelle and the Montreal Gazette for thinking of us!

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!”

Our Own Model Citizens

Last week, we celebrated some new citizens of the US at a Naturalization service held in our Dress Up Theatre.

This week, we have heard news that one of our own, Board member and former Board president Barbee Gilman was recently featured in Old Port Magazine. This new publication currently has a feature called “Model Citizens,” and we are thrilled to see Barbee among some terrific company.

Congrats, Barbee, and thank you for all of your work here. And, thank you to Old Port Magazine for recognizing “Model Citizens!”

“Locals Love” Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine

We were surprised, honored and delighted to receive recognition from the Green & Healthy Maine publication – published by the same folks who create the SunriseGuide – in their first annual “Locals Love” feature!

Green & Healthy Maine is an annual visitors guide and magazine that gives visitors to Maine a glimpse of the local, healthy, sustainable restaurants, businesses and other organizations our state has to offer. In addition to print versions available at hubs throughout the state, you can check out their digital edition through their website. It’s pretty cool!

“Locals Love” is a new feature, set to be an annual “best of” collection, voted on by the publication’s local readers based on their favorite green and healthy places throughout the State of Maine. We’re proud to be a part of the Greater Portland and Maine sustainable community.

Thanks to everyone who picked Children’s Museum &  Theatre of Maine as one of their favorites for “Locals Love!” You can check out all kinds of healthy programs and info throughout the Museum & Theatre all year round – please check out our blog and calendar for current offerings.

The Godmother of the Stagemobile

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An early unnamed production of the Children’s Theatre of Maine

We learned recently of the passing of a remarkable and singular woman; one that is deeply entwined with our history. Priscilla Whitehouse Rand passed away this spring in Bridgton, ME, an area where she had spent many years at work and at play.

“Like painting, like playing an instrument,

theater is a vital art form,” – Priscilla Rand

Priscilla was the inventor of the Stagemobile, a truly fantastic portable stage that was quite an attraction wherever it went. As the name suggests, this spectacle, chauffeured to its next performance location via a truck, was a splash during the 1950s when it was used regularly by the Boston Children’s Theatre. It was Priscilla’s early involvement with the Children’s Theatre of Maine, and our nascent proto-Stagemobile, that encouraged Priscilla to replicate its success when she relocated to Boston. there, she taught theatre in Dorchester during the 60s and 70s, and continued to be an ardent supporter of the children’s theatre programs, even after her retirement.

Rest easy, Mrs. Rand, and thank you for thinking outside the box of four walls, and taking vital art to the streets. That idea is so important to us, even so many years later. We are indebted.