On Thursday, Feb 1st, Side x Side Executive Director Beth Wilbur Van Mierlo was a featured panelist on Maine Public’s Maine Calling during an episode on Arts in Education. > Listen to the recording Panelists: Beth Wilbur Van Mierlo, executive director, Side x Side Kathy Bertini, team coordinator, Interdisciplinary Instruction, Maine Department of Education VIP Callers:
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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
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
Fifth graders at Ocean Avenue Elementary School recently wrapped up a Side x Side program led by teaching artist Anne Ackerman and integrated with a science unit on matter. During the program, students experimented with three different art mediums (chromatography, suminagashi printmaking, and wax resist) to help understand solutions, their components, and how they interact.
Mark your calendars and plan to join Side x Side at Flatbread Company in Portland on Tuesday, Nov. 15th, 5-9pm! A portion of each pizza sold (including takeout orders) between 5:00 and 9:00pm will be donated to Side x Side! Eat pizza and help fund Side x Side’s arts-integrated programs in the Portland public schools!
We recently wrapped up our seventh annual Side x Side Summer Arts Institute and loved collaborating and making art for two days with our amazing classroom teachers and specialists! This year’s professional development event for educators featured art-making workshops, training, and planning in Portland (at Ocean Avenue Elementary School) and Lewiston (at Connors Elementary School), as
Join Side x Side for its 7th annual summer professional development program on August 18-19, 2021. This year’s Summer Arts Institute will offer a combination of in-person, physically distanced, and virtual workshop options in both Portland and Lewiston with two days of art making and time for planning and networking across districts. Our keynote speaker
Side x Side was honored to be accepted as a presenter at the 49th annual North American Association for Environmental Education Conference in October. This year due to the ongoing pandemic, the conference moved online and presenters submitted video workshops along with relevant resource documents for the event. Side x Side’s teaching artist coordinator Anne Ackerman
Our annual professional development for educators – the Summer Arts Institute – was moved online and to September this year. We were thrilled to have so many of our Portland and Lewiston educators with us for the one-day virtual event last Saturday. Attendees enjoyed a Mindfulness and Art session led by Meghan Quigley Graham of the