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:
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
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’s Anne Ackerman presented her workshop, “Illuminated Poetry,” with help from coworkers, Meghan Scribner and Side x Side executive director, Beth Wilbur Van Mierlo, during the National Art Education Association’s CREATE 2021 National Convention last week.
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.
Side x Side’s September Arts Institute from No Umbrella Media on Vimeo.