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:
Fourth graders at East End Community School recently participating in an arts-integrated Side x Side program called, “Poetic Forms and Inspiring Minds.” A collaboration between Side x Side teaching artist Leah Cross and classroom teachers, students wrote original poetry and used drawing, watercolor, and collage to visually represent their poems and the inspiration behind them.
Seventh grade ELL students at Lewiston Middle School recently wrapped up a Side x Side program integrating a literacy unit based on the book “A Long Walk to Water” by Linda Sue Park with mixed media bookmaking. Led by teaching artist Jill Osgood, students learned how to use watercolors with crayon resist and collage to
Earlier this school year, first grade teachers at Ocean Avenue Elementary School collaborated with Side x Side on a “Who We Are” International Baccalaureate (IB) unit. Working with Side x Side teaching artist Sarah Boyden, students created inquiry notebooks with self-portrait puppets and puppet theaters to use throughout the school year.
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