Category Archives: The Arts

Authors: never leave home without this in the trunk of your car


SACO – Not unlike many other fall seasons, this year has been very busy. Each year as school starts, I frantically try to learn about more than 100 new students, figure out a routine for the work day and family life, and continue to pursue my dream of writing and publishing. This year, I am […]

River Tree Arts Center finds itself at the crossroads


KENNEBUNK — As late spring turns to summer, the River Tree Center for the Arts in Kennebunk finds itself in a period of transition as well. As recently as last fall, Maureen DiGiovanni, the president of the board of directors, wasn’t sure the nonprofit community arts center would be able to stay in its building […]

Community College and Service Agency Form Partnership


SANFORD — The York County Community Action Corp. celebrated its first official day of partnership with York County Community College Wednesday by dedicating a gallery space at its Sanford offices to longtime employee Connie Garber. Garber was surprised to see members of the staff, the board of directors of both organizations, faculty and students at […]

Arts Education Leads the Way


As a student, teacher, and parent, I have long valued the traditional forms of education. If students studied what I considered the core subjects of education – English, history, mathematics, and science – that seemed the most beneficial and I expected those studies would have the greatest impact on a person’s professional and personal life. […]

A Story in Every Face – Humans of Thornton Academy


SACO – As a teacher, I am always looking for a way to engage my students and get them more involved in the work we are doing in class. Part of that search for meaningful work often leads me to look at the tools, systems, and the projects my colleagues are using in their courses. […]

One of the Best Lessons for Students and Teachers


SACO – For teachers, Saturdays are often days to catch up on grading, sleep in a bit later, and generally recharge for the coming week. This past Saturday, as 150 students from 16 different high schools gathered at Thornton Academy, I was again reminded why I chose to leave the corporate world behind and enter […]

12 Great Reads From 2015


SACO – Many of my colleagues write stories that contain lists about everything from the best beer in the state, to the top 10 places to buy a donut in and around Portland. Come to think of it, I probably read that last article more than once. Anyway, this year has been remarkable for me […]