Side x Side is delighted and honored to be the recipient of a $10,000 Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust grant. These funds will help us to expand and sustain our arts-integrated professional development and in-school programming in the Portland and Lewiston public schools. We look forward to saying “yes” to brighter classrooms and vibrant communities through the
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We were honored to have Senator Angus King join us Friday, September 15th at the Side x Side studio for a press conference announcing $242K in congressionally-directed spending through the office of Senator King and the U.S. Department of Education for our new state-wide professional development series, Project M.A.I.N.E. (Maine Arts Integration Network of Excellence)! This
In May–June, fifth graders at East End Community School participated in a Side x Side program that was a collaboration between teaching artists Leah Cross and Meghan Scribner and art teacher Melissa Maher. During the program, students learned about public murals, composition, and design. Using handmade collage paper, they created visual components to convey empowerment,
At the end of the school year, fifth graders at the East End Community School wrapped up a Side x Side program integrating a poetry and figurative language unit with self-portrait drawing and collage. Led by teaching artists Leah Cross and Meghan Scribner, students created identity flags that represent qualities and characteristics they see in
Third graders at Ocean Avenue Elementary School recently wrapped up a Side x Side program led by teaching artist Gretchen Berg that integrated a science unit on extreme weather with physical theater. Students learned to use physical theater to tell global stories about the science and mythology of extreme weather and its impact on the
King Middle School seventh graders recently wrapped up a Side x Side mural program that was a collaboration between classroom teacher Mindy Allen, art teacher Rachel Maloney-Hawkins, and Side x Side teaching artist Alicia Uth. During the program, students researched global perspectives on public art, activism throughout history, and how art can positively impact the community. They then designed and
Sixth graders at Thomas J. McMahon Elementary School in Lewiston recently wrapped up a Side x Side program that was a collaboration between FoodCorps service member Ms. Guion, sixth grade teacher Ms. Stambolis, and Side x Side teaching artist Sarah Boyden. Students learned about pollination and decomposition and used drawing, watercolor, and collage to create characters for
Second graders at Reiche Community School recently wrapped up a Side x Side program that integrated a science unit on pollinators of Maine with papier-mâché sculpture. Led by teaching artist Nance Parker, students designed, built, and painted papier-mâché pollinator bugs and birds to share with their classmates.
Kindergartners in Maestra Mejia’s Spanish emersion class at Lyseth Elementary School recently wrapped up a Side x Side program that integrated a science unit on the human body and the five senses with drawing, painting, and bookmaking. Led by teaching artist Meghan Scribner, students began by using wax resist and watercolor to create covers for their books.