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New Resource for Creative Education

August 04, 2011 - By Mrs. Carol Trimble

A new resource is available for parents, educators, organizations, and others who want to strengthen educational opportunities in their communities. The Maine Alliance for Arts Education (MAAE) and its partners and funders, the Maine Department of Education (MDOE), the Maine Arts Commission (MAC), the Kennedy Center, and Bangor Savings Bank, have announced the Imagination Intensive Community (IIC) web pages, available on MAAE's website at www.maineartsed.org. Strategies and examples from exemplary Maine communities offer information on how to provide learning opportunities that foster and develop the creative skills students need for success in the 21st century.

Through the innovative Imagination Intensive Communities project, MAAE, MDOE, and MAC have identified, researched and celebrated communities where schools and organizations work effectively in collaboration to offer strong creative learning opportunities, including arts education, for their students. In 2010, six communities were named IICs: Deer Isle-Stonington, Blue Hill, Camden-Rockport, North Haven, York, and Arundel. The new web presence provide information on each of those communities. In 2011, The Telling Room, a downtown Portland nonprofit writing center, was named an IIC. A web page will be added this fall on the Telling Room.

The Maine Alliance for Arts Education (MAAE) is a statewide nonprofit that works to strengthen education in all of the arts for all Maine students. For more information on this project and other activities of MAAE, visit www.maineartsed.org or email info@maineartsed.org

For more information, contact:
Carol Trimble, Executive Director, Maine Alliance for Arts Education
207.667.7707 (w) or 207.266.3260

NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.