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
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!
Sixth graders at Lyman Moore Middle School recently wrapped up a Side x Side bookmaking and physical theater program led by teaching artists Anne Ackerman and Gretchen Berg. Integrated with a science unit on climate change, students worked with Ackerman to create alternative book forms to capture their research on Earth’s vanishing ice and visualize ice melt
Students at Lincoln Middle School have a beautiful and educational new mural hanging in their stairway! Created by seventh graders during a 2019-2020 Side x Side program, the mural, titled “What is Biodiversity?” was a collaboration between teaching artist Laurie Downey and teachers Ms. Backus, Mr. Lindsay, and Ms. Cabral. The program was integrated with
This year more than any other, our teachers need support to continue providing engaging, relevant, and creative learning opportunities for our students. Side x Side supports our teachers through dynamic professional development and arts-integrated programs that strengthen their approach to problem solving, critical thinking, development of interpersonal skills, and focus on social emotional learning. Please consider a
Interested in seeing Side x Side’s school programs in action? Check out our new Visual Program Diary. This diary highlights our programs happening in the Portland, South Portland, and Lewiston public schools by school year.
Project ARTiculate is an arts integrated cross-curricular mural program developed by Side x Side to strategically serve youth across all three Portland middle schools during a pivotal developmental time. Creating site-based murals provides an opportunity for students to acquire and demonstrate the 21st Century skills of collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking while addressing core content, leadership, student empowerment,
As part of a “Pathway to the Plate and Beyond” expedition at King Middle School, the seventh grade Moosehead team collaborated with Side x Side teaching artist, Laurie Downey, on a mural which asks the expedition’s essential question, “How can King Middle School reduce its food waste?”
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Four murals inspired by seventh grade King Middle School students who participated in creative leadership workshops led by Side x Side teaching artists during the winter and spring of 2019 were installed in seventh grade bathrooms at King this fall.
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