"It is critical that every child in Maine is ensured access to a quality, comprehensive arts education - and that arts educators are given all the tools necessary to achieve that goal.  We at the Maine Arts Commission are committed to strengthening arts education throughout the State through several means including the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative.  So often arts educators are left out of traditional professional development opportunities - and quite often, they are the only arts teacher in their school or in their district.  The Maine Arts Assessment Initiative provides arts educators the time and space to learn, share and advance arts education in this state.  It is a wonderful model for the rest of the country to follow in supporting and strengthening arts education everywhere."

In the Fall of 2010, the Maine Department of Education launched the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative. Now underway with phase eight and a refined title and mission to better reflect our needs as a state moving forward, the the Maine Arts Commission continues to provide professional development opportunities for educators, administrators and teaching artists. The Commission's commitment to Arts Education is expressed by Julie Richard, Executive Director: 




Creating an environment in Maine where quality assessment in arts education is an integral part of the work all arts educators do to deepen student learning in the arts.

Something unique is happening in Maine. Arts educators are leading the way to strategic transformation in Maine's schools, and they're doing it from the ground up. A standards-based/students-centered approach is the premise of the work.



Committed to the development of Teacher Leaders to ensure deep understanding and meaningful implementation of high quality teaching, learning and assessment in the Arts for all students.

On February 28, 2015 the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI) Teacher Leaders met and decided that it was time to consider a change – a change in the title of the initiative AND the mission. It was time because MAAI, since its inception has been committed to meeting the needs of visual and performing arts teachers and education. The participants that day brainstormed ideas and titles and at the summer MAAI institute on August 3 at USM the new title and mission were unveiled. MAAI is now MALI – from the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative to the Maine Arts Leadership InitiativeMALI is committed to providing opportunities for visual and performing arts educators and teaching artists to build and expand on their knowledge and skills in teaching, learning, and assessment. In addition, we will continue to intentionally recognize the potential in teachers as leaders and provide ways for educators to find their voices and spaces at the table.