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Spotlight - April 2014

posted Mar 31, 2014, 6:30 AM by Susan Conley   [ updated Mar 31, 2014, 12:30 PM by Dawna Green ]

When one door closes, another opens..

Find out how you can be a part of this exciting opportunity

Margo Harrington, 
Arts Alliance Chair

“...technology alone is not enough - it’s technology married with liberal arts, married with humanities, that yields us the results…”
-Steve Jobs

here is a quiet yet dedicated group of people within our community who truly understand this concept. They realize that their efforts can make an impression on MSAD #51 students that will last a lifetime. They also realize that many parents today may not, for any number of reasons, be able to regularly provide arts experiences for their children. They understand that when you focus solely on technology you miss a crucial, creative element that helps make children successful in the long run. 

For more than 10 years MSAD #51 Arts Alliance has partnered volunteers, art and music teachers, and school administrators to work together to integrate arts enrichment events and programs into the school day and enhance the learning experience of all our students. They have provided opportunities for students to listen and learn in writer’s workshops with a visiting poet and a singer-songwriter, have the chance to play drums, ukuleles, and Kantele harps, attend plays, and puppet shows and the Portland Symphony, hip hop and contra and jazz danced, as well as seen what hard work and dedication yield – some very talented Greely High School singers and musicians! On top of all that - they provide two scholarships every year, one for art and one for music, to GHS graduating seniors who will further their studies in the arts after graduation.

Thank you and Best Wishes to Margo! Margo Harrington, the inspirational leader of the group will be stepping down as the Chair of the Arts Alliance at the end of this school year. Having held this position for 10 years, Margo is prepared to share her knowledge with a person, or persons, interested in stepping into this role. If you are organized, an excellent communicator, believe in the importance of the arts in education, and if you want to work to provide valuable enrichment to student learning, please reach out to Margo (at Margo@msad51ARTS.org) or any of the members of the Arts Alliance for more information.

Here are a few of the exciting things the Arts Alliance has coming up in the next few weeks:

Family Arts Night kicks off the fun at GMS on April 1. This is an event you do not want to miss! Students in grades K-8 will have their artwork on display throughout GMS. Student groups will sing, dance, perform in color guard and jazz combos, lead theater games, and everyone will have the chance to make lots of art! The event is free, though the raffle is a crucial part of the success of the two scholarships that are presented at graduation. The event is from 6PM - 8PM. Stop by for a few minutes, or stay for the whole event. You won’t be disappointed.

Volunteer Opportunity in Support of Family Arts Night. Every year the Arts Alliance asks for help from community volunteers to put up and take down the art displayed at the Family Arts Night. The dates are: Monday 3/31, Tuesday 4/1, and Wednesday 4/2. There is an online sign up that was created to ensure enough time and people are dedicated to the task. For more information or to sign up directly, please email Carrie Jowett at jowett4@gmail.com.

Portland Symphony Orchestra KinderKoncert on April 8. Members of The Portland Symphony Orchestra will be performing a concert for all of the students at MIW on April 8th. The PSO Brass Quintet will take students on a journey to explore the many places we hear music in our daily lives.

Contra Dance at NYMS on April 16. A number of 4th graders have been learning about folk dance in their music classes this year. On April 18 all 4th & 5th graders, and hopefully many of their teachers too, will have the opportunity to learn to Contra Dance at NYMS. A number of local musicians along with caller Maggie Robinson will entertain, instruct, and engage students in this traditional partnered folk dance.

Welcome to GMS! is an end of the school year art project for all current 3rd, 4th & 5th grader students who will be transitioning to the newly expanded Greely Middle School. Flags will be created by these students and their guidance counselors. These same flags will welcome students to their new school in the fall.

School Year Events Calendar - Fundraiser. As always, the Arts Alliance will be selling their School Year Events calendar at the start of the 2014-2015 school year. This calendar is only $15.00 and is FULL of information pertaining to the events of the school year. You will find every meeting, early release, vacation, concert, and registration date confirmed for the school year - and much more! Plus, every month is decorated with colorful and creative artwork by MSAD #51 students K-12th grade.

“The arts are the best insurance policy a city can take on itself." -Woody Dumas, former Mayor, Baton Rouge

Help support the Arts Alliance and their efforts to keep the Arts strong in MSAD #51. Attend Family Arts Night, purchase a calendar, and consider volunteering within the organization. The investment is sure to be as rewarding to you as it is to our community.

April 2014 Spotlight written by Carrie Jowett, Communications Committee