Music Teacher
Maine Arts Education | Argy's Viewpoint
by Argy Nestor
1M ago
Britain’s Got Talent Taryn Charles is a music teacher who works with special needs kids. She even brought one of her students and her parent to be part of the audience during her audition on “Britain’s Got Talent”. When the judges asked why she wanted to be on “Britain’s Got Talent,” Charles said, “I love to make people smile and I think my voice is alright.” She nailed “(You Make Me Feel Like a) Natural Woman” which was written by singer-songwriter Carole King, then famously covered by Aretha Franklin. Her performance moved me to tears. If you haven’t seen I hope you enjoy ..read more
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Inspiring Poet
Maine Arts Education | Argy's Viewpoint
by Argy Nestor
1M ago
Maya Williams Not long ago I had the opportunity to attend a segment of the Maine Council for English Languages Arts teachers conference. To kick off their annual learning opportunity teachers gathered at Portland Stage for an evening of poetry provided by Maya Williams. I was delighted to hear Maya recite her own poetry. While working at the Maine Arts Commission I was responsible for the state Poetry Out Loud program for high school students. That experience provided me the opportunity to listen to many many poets, some students and some professional poets at the local, state and national le ..read more
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Maine Art Ed Assoc Awards
Maine Arts Education | Argy's Viewpoint
by Argy Nestor
2M ago
Congratulations Visual Art Educators Each spring the Maine Art Education Association presents awards for contributions to the field. The awards presentation coincides with their annual spring conference. Being recognized for commitments to educating in the arts is critical for our students and the field in general. Congratulations to the following for their contributions ..read more
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Washington, DC
Maine Arts Education | Argy's Viewpoint
by Argy Nestor
2M ago
Looking for a tour guide? As some of you may know, my youngest son has worked as a tour guide in Washington, DC since his gap year way back in 2008. He has continued to guide throughout the years while he worked in other capacities both in DC and elsewhere. Something about DC always pulled him back though. During Covid the company that he had primarily worked for shut down their DC operations and Nick was able to step up and offer planning services in addition to the guiding he had already been doing. SPN Tours was born. The company was named after my vivacious mother Sophie Prodromos N ..read more
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Teacher Appreciation Week
Maine Arts Education | Argy's Viewpoint
by Argy Nestor
2M ago
Satisfaction A huge THANK YOU to the teachers reading this blog post. Even though I’m not in the classroom every day I have a glimpse of your roles and responsibilities when I substitute. The part that amazes me is how much the role of a teacher has shifted in a relatively short period of time. You’ve become teachers, parents, social workers and much more. I read with sadness the article in last weeks Maine Sunday Telegram about the number of students without homes and the responsibility of the schools to help students get to school and stay in school by providing meals, clothing, and a place ..read more
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Invitation to Write
Maine Arts Education | Argy's Viewpoint
by Argy Nestor
2M ago
UMVA Journal This is an opportunity for visual art educators and/or teaching artists to share your ideas, methods of teaching, student work samples and message about teaching. Please consider writing for the Summer 2024 Maine Arts Journal: The Sketchbook Issue. Henry Moore, sketchbook page: eight reclining figures, felt-tip pen, crayon and pen and ink on paper, 11½ x 9⅜ in. (29.2 x 23.8 cm), 1966, Sotheby’s New York, Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale Online, 18 May 2020. CONSIDERATIONS What ways do you include sketching into student assignments or as a stand alone assignment? How do you ..read more
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Truth
Maine Arts Education | Argy's Viewpoint
by Argy Nestor
2M ago
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Student Voices
Maine Arts Education | Argy's Viewpoint
by Argy Nestor
3M ago
Arts Education Advocacy Day Recently students, educators, community members and decision makers participated in Arts Education Advocacy Day at the State House in Augusta, Maine. The Belfast Area High School students who spoke that day were very articulate about the value and importance of the arts and arts education on a personal level and beyond themselves. Heidi O’Donnell is their teacher who worked with her honor society students to create clay pins. Heidi O’Donnell with pins that the Belfast Area High School Honor Society students created Below are two of the speakers talks. The first one ..read more
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Visions of Inclusion
Maine Arts Education | Argy's Viewpoint
by Argy Nestor
3M ago
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Maine Art Ed Spring Conference
Maine Arts Education | Argy's Viewpoint
by Argy Nestor
3M ago
April 27, UMaine campus REGISTER AT THIS LINK Maine Art Education Association Spring Conference 2024 Connecting Through the Arts Saturday, April 27th, 2024 8:00-3:00PM  Collins Center for the Arts University of Maine Orono We invite you to attend the 3:30-6:00PM MAEA Art Educator of the Year Awards Ceremony in order to celebrate quality arts education staff and programs! This year’s conference highlights accessibility to quality fine arts programming and offers visual art opportunities for district’s that have state certified art educators as well as for those schools without art educator ..read more
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