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  • Flatbread Pizza Fundraiser

    Flatbread Company at 72 Commercial Street in Portland is donating a portion of its pizza sales from 5-9 pm on Tuesday, January 17th to Side x Side.

    Join us for dinner and live music from 6-7 pm by CAMEO featuring Casco Bay High School students Satchel Butterfield, Nick DiGiovanni, Simon Hale and Halim Moldaver and you will automatically support Side x Side programs!

    Side x Side ignites academic excellence in education through comprehensive arts-based programs bringing critical thinking, creativity and innovation into the classroom.

    Side x Side K-5 “Project Imagine” programs are being conducted at four Portland public elementary schools. Grade level programs range from printmaking, book-making, sculpture, illustration and mural-making to physical theater, dance, map-making and film.

    FMI: view poster

  • Side x Side Community Night Fundraiser at B.Good

    b.good at 15 Exchange Street in Portland’s Old Port will donate 10% of its total sales from 6-9pm on Wednesday, November 2nd to Side x Side.

    Join us for drinks, dinner and live music and you will automatically support Side x Side programs!

    Side x Side ignites academic excellence in education through comprehensive arts-based programs bringing critical thinking, creativity and innovation into the classroom.

    Side x Side K-5 “Project Imagine” programs are being conducted at four Portland public elementary schools. Grade level programs range from printmaking, book-making, sculpture, illustration and mural-making to physical theater, dance, map-making and film.

    FMI: view poster

  • Side x Side Recently Awarded Three Grants!

    Side x Side is very pleased to announce that it has recently been awarded a $7,560.00 grant from the Peaks Island Fund of the Maine Community Foundation. The Maine Community Foundation works to improve the quality of life for all Maine people and the Peaks Island Fund connects people who care with causes that matter to benefit the Peaks Island community. The grant funding will go toward a multidisciplinary afterschool program on Peaks Island with artists Pamela Moulton and Jamie Hogan that will bring critical thinking, creativity and innovation to students while aligning with core curriculum on Landforms and World War II history. The program will be conducted in collaboration with Ocean Avenue Elementary School students in Portland.

    Side x Side is also honored to have been awarded two grants from the Maine Arts Commission in the amount of $3,900.00. The Maine Arts Commission is a dynamic state agency supporting Maine arts and culture through grants and services. A Maine Arts Commission Organizational Development award will allow Side x Side to work with Lift360 to create a comprehensive plan to guide Side x Side toward achieving its mission while supporting its growth and enabling the organization to deepen its connections to the school district and greater Portland community. A Maine Arts Commission Arts Learning award will provide funds to hire local consultants to provide engaging and relevant professional development in arts integration best practices to classroom teachers.

    Side x Side ignites academic excellence in education through comprehensive arts integration by bringing critical thinking, creativity and innovation into the classroom through arts-based programs. Through community partnerships with the University of Southern Maine, the Portland Public School Department, local artists and professionals, Side x Side integrates classroom curriculum with the arts to enhance student learning and achievement. Side x Side began in 2014 working with over 300 students in one elementary school. This year, Side x Side will reach over 1,700 K-5 students in four elementary schools.

    We at Side x Side are very excited to be the recipients of a grant from the Maine Community Foundation’s Peaks Island Fund which will help expand our programming outside of Portland and two grants from the Maine Arts Commission that will strengthen our organization and deliver high-impact professional development for classroom teachers and teaching artists.

    For more information on the Peaks Island Fund and the Maine Community Foundation, go to:
    http://peaksislandfund.org
    http://www.mainecf.org

    For more information on the Maine Arts Commission, go to:
    http://mainearts.maine.gov

  • Side x Side Slides into Summer by Jamie Hogan

  • Launching Land Forms at Ocean Avenue Elementary by Jamie Hogan

    Thanks to Side x Side, I had more adventures in second grade, this time at Ocean Avenue Elementary School in Portland, Maine… Read more….

  • Side x Side Open House & Indiegogo Launch Party

    Please join us Friday, March 4th from 5-8pm to find out what Side x Side has been up to and help us celebrate the launch of our Indiegogo online fundraising campaign. The event will be held as part of Portland’s First Friday festivities and is located at Side x Side’s office at 636 Congress Street in Portland. view invite

  • The Portland Project

    Third grade students at Riverton elementary school in Portland worked with teaching artists, Gretchen Berg and Laurie Downey on a Side x Side physical theater and mural-making program culminating in a showcase event at the school featuring a performance and unveiling of the mural.
    Read more….

  • Epic Side x Side Report by Jamie Hogan

    A week ago today, I found myself happily in the mix of buzzing teachers at the Portland Museum of Art for the first annual Side x Side Summer Arts Institute.  Read more….

  • Artronics Intensive with Casco Bay High School

    In early January, Side x Side collaborated with the University of Southern Maine (USM) to teach a week-long intensive art and technology program for Casco Bay High School students. Read more….

  • Portland Schools Receive Major Arts Education Grant

  • Side x Side, USM Awarded $1.9 Million Grant for Arts in Education in Portland Schools

    PORTLAND, Maine – Youth in Action: Side x Side, a Portland-based arts-education organization, and the University of Southern Maine (USM) announced today that they are the recipients of a joint million-dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

    Read more….

  • PCAH Launches the Turnaround: Arts Initiative to Help Improve Low-Performing Schools

    The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) announced the launch of a new arts education initiative to help turn around low-performing schools. Read more….