Maine’s Imagination Intensive Communities project was one of nine projects in the United States to receive a Best Practice award from the Partnership for 21st Century Skills at its recent National Summit. During the 2009-2010 IIC pilot year, six Maine communities were identified as Imagination Intensive Communities including Camden-Rockport and North Haven.

IIC is a process developed by the Maine Alliance for Arts Education and the Maine Department of Education to identify, recognize, research, and share information on communities where schools and community organizations work effectively together to provide imaginative learning opportunities for students. The project was piloted in 2009-2010 with funding from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Betterment Fund, the Maine Arts Commission and the Maine Department of Education.

Information on each community and the strategies they use to provide imaginative learning opportunities for students will be posted in November online at maineartsed.org, as will be application information for the 2010-2011 search for Imagination Intensive Communities. For more information, contact Carol Trimble, Executive Director of Maine Alliance for Arts Education, at ctrimble@maineartsed.org; or Argy Nestor, the Maine Department of Education’s Visual and Performing Arts Specialist, at argy.nestor@maine.gov.

The Maine Alliance for Arts Education is a statewide nonprofit that works to strengthen education in all of the arts for all Maine students.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.