The Maine Arts Commission is accepting applications for spring submissions to its PreK-12 Teaching Artists Roster. The application deadline is Thursday, Oct. 13, at 5 p.m.

The roster, launched in 2014 and available at mainearts.maine.gov, includes Maine artists whose applications reflect their expertise and commitment to providing learning opportunities for students and/or teachers in PreK-12 educational settings. There are currently 56 artists on the roster in disciplines including dance, literary arts, media arts, music, theater and visual arts. Applications are accepted only two times per year.

MAC defines Teaching Artists as professional artists who are dedicated to lifelong learning and arts education; have made it an integral part of their professional practice; and who have cultivated skills as educators in concert with their skills as artists. Successful applicants demonstrate mastery of an artistic discipline; knowledge and expertise in sequential arts instruction; good communication skills; planning and organizational ability; and an understanding of PreK-12 learners.

To learn more about the Maine Arts Commission teaching artist program and to access the application, visit the website’s education page. To learn more about the Arts Commission’s other PreK-12 arts education programs, contact Argy Nestor at argy.nestor@maine.gov or 287-2713.

The Maine Arts Commission’s mission is to encourage and stimulate public interest and participation in the cultural heritage and cultural programs of our state; expand the state's cultural resources; and encourage and assist freedom of artistic expression for the well being of the arts, to meet the needs and aspirations of persons in all parts of the state. Additional information is available at mainearts.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.