Maine Arts Organizations



Maine Arts Commission 

The Maine Arts Assessment Initiative is a program of Maine Arts Commission. MAC's mission is to encourage and stimulate public interest and participation in the cultural heritage and cultural programs of Maine; expand the state's cultural resources; 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. Their Executive Director is Julie Richard, and their Director of Arts Education is our own Argy Nestor.


Maine Music Educators Association

MMEA is a Non-Profit Organization dedicated to: 1) Working for the welfare of music educators, to advance music education and to improve instructional opportunities for all, 2) Developing and promoting policies and standards that mark this profession, 3) Helping to unify and strengthen the music teaching profession, 4) Helping to secure and maintain school music programs in Maine. 5) Speaking with a common voice on matters pertaining to music education before the Maine State Board of Education. The MMEA state President is Sue Barre.

Maine Art Education Association

The Maine Art Education Association is a statewide professional organization for individuals interested in, or engaged in activities concerned with or related to art, art education, or education, in the state of Maine. The MAEA state President is Suzanne Goulet

Maine Department of Education, Visual And Performing Arts 

The Maine Department of Education's mission is to provide leadership and to collaborate with educators and learning communities in order to ensure that every learner has the opportunity to be successful. The Department is working toward an education system that engages and challenges every student, is customized to each student's individual needs and harnesses the power of technology to enhance and individualize learning. The Maine DOE Arts Specialist is Beth Lambert.

Maine Alliance for Arts & Education

The mission of the Maine Alliance for Arts & Education is to promote and advocate for arts, culture, and educational excellence in visual art, music, theater, dance, and writing in all Maine schools and communities. Their Executive Director is Susan Potters.

New England Institute for Teacher Education

“… Inspiring curiosity and rekindling imagination within the hearts and minds of teachers and their students, so that there will be joy in teaching and learning.” 

The New England Institute for Teacher Education is all about helping teachers get what they need to improve teaching and learning.  By “teachers” we mean classroom and specialist teachers, administrators, educational technicians, parents and adults interested in improving their own education. NEI offers studies of excellence and depth in education and liberal arts to any adult learner, including, but not limited to, teachers, administrators, and educational technicians. The Institute's Executive Director is our own Catherine Ring.


Maine College of Art

Located in the heart of the Portland Arts District, Maine College of Art offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts, a Master of Fine Arts in Studio Arts, a Post-Baccalaureate in Art Education as well as Continuing Studies for adults and youths, including a Pre-College intensive for high school students. The College has transformed a former department store into the main campus building with vibrant classrooms and studios that are open 24/7. Also located in the Porteous Building, the Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA serves a critical regional role in its commitment to presenting contemporary, provocative work by living artists from Maine and around the globe. The MECA President is Laura Freid.