Arts educator Nancy Frohlich of Rockport is among the five diverse Maine artists presented by the Maine Arts Commission in a fast-paced Idea Lab to open the second Maine International Conference on the Arts Friday, Oct. 7, at the Bates Mill.

The PechaKucha-styled Idea Lab, in which artists will present their current innovations in their craft, is scheduled to begin the day with a strong dose of inspiration for the artists, arts organizations, arts educators, community developers and policy makers attending the conference.

Nancy Frohlich, founding director of LEAPS of Imagination, has worked in small schools as a head of school, director of studies and teacher. Her earliest training came from Sybil Marshall, a renowned British educator, who believed that a classroom is like a symphony — one subject should flow into and connect with the others, like instruments in an orchestra.

Also participating in the Idea Lab are: visual artist Marsha Donahue; multi-lingual writer and TEDx speaker Salim Salim of Bowdoin College; traditional artist Sarah Sockbeson of Lewiston, who creates handcrafted authentic Penobscot ash basketry woven with traditional Maine Wabanaki techniques; and Daniel Sonenberg of South Portland, a composer and performer whose “The Summer King,” about Negro League baseball legend Josh Gibson, will receive its staged world premiere by Pittsburgh Opera in 2017.

Following the Idea Lab, the Maine International Conference on the Arts will offer 20 breakout sessions in five tracks to support the growth and development of individual artists, arts organizations and communities, as well as 12 pop-up performances by Maine artists; an Exhibition Hall; a walking tour of Lewiston-Auburn; and lunchtime keynote speech “Stop Asking for Permission! Leading from a Place of Making (Things Happen),” delivered by Sherry Wagner-Henry, director of the Bolz Center for Arts Administration at the University of Wisconsin.

To see further presenter, workshop and schedule details and to register for the Maine International Conference on the Arts, visit

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