For Arts in Education Advocacy Day, sponsored by Maine Alliance for Art Education (MAAE) S.L.A.M.! students traveled to the State House in Augusta. There, they interviewed Acting – Commissioner of Education, Dr. Beardsley, participated in MAAE’s celebration by presenting S.L.A.M.!’s Belief statements in a spoken – word performance and then visited the Maine Arts Commission to learn about careers in the art. By sitting down with these enthusiastic and gracious department heads, students gained a deeper perspective on how MAC supports the arts in Maine. The following day, S.L.A.M.! visited Colby College, the museum and the drama department and; then, University of Maine Orono’s Performing Arts Department. These two days were jammed packed with advocacy work, education regarding careers in the arts, college tours and artwork.
” Honestly, the best part of the trip would have to be when SLAM interviewed and sat down with the DOE. It was really cool to hear his opinions on the matter, and beneficial to SLAM because we learned a lot about the education system. ” – Andrew
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“I feel like I accomplished something great and that it might have made a difference. I feel more confident and have more faith in myself. SLAM!” – Daley
” The trip to Augusta was very educational and interesting. The experience was crazy amazing, and definitely helped S.L.A.M.! and myself in terms of art education, and just getting to know people in general. The art museum that we visited was phenomenal and was definitely the best experience out of the whole trip.” – Jasmine
“Seeing all the artwork at Colby, it was really interesting to see all the different art styles… it showed, it doesn’t all have to be paper and pen… gave me a better idea of where my art can be a in a few years.” – Amber