Twenty students were recognized during the Youth Art Month celebration March 12 at the Maine Education Association in Augusta. Among those in attendance, front from left, were Willow Ellis, Clinton Elementary School; Evangeline Fitzcharles, Songo Locks Elementary School; and Skye Hill, Biddeford, independent study. Back from left are Jesse Hargrove, vice-president, Maine Education Association, Herman Public Schools; Blaike McFarland, Maranacook Community Middle School; Jalyn Drost, Medomak Valley High School; Liza Cookson, Belfast Area High School; Sero Sproul, Wiscasset Middle High School; Sophia Petroff, Brunswick JHS; Hannah Nelson, Waterville Alternative HS; Amelia Martin, Brunswick High School; Lynda Leonas, president, Maine Art Education Association, Auburn Public Schools; and Suzanne Goulet, MEA/MAEA Youth Art Show coordinator, Waterville Public Schools. Jessica Hamilton-Jones photo

The Maine Education Association, along with the Maine Art Education Association, recently held The Art of Education: A Student Exhibition at MEA’s Augusta office.

The art exhibit will remain on display through November.

The Art of Education: A Student Exhibition at MEA’s Augusta office. Jessica Hamilton-Jones photo

MEA/MAEA Youth Art Month 2023’s participating schools include Albert S. Hall, Canaan Elementary, Clinton Elementary, George J. Mitchell, Sylvio J. Gilbert Elementary and Lincoln Elementary.

Also, Madison Elementary, Madison Junior High, Maine Arts Academy, Maranacook Community Middle, Messalonskee High, Messalonskee Middle and Mount Merici Academy.

Also, Mt. Vernon Elementary, Palermo Consolidated, Readfield Elementary, Warsaw Middle, Waterville Alternative High, Waterville Senior High and Waterville Junior High.

Also, Wayne Elementary, Whitefield Elementary, Winslow High and Winslow Junior High, and Wiscasset Middle High School.


“Every day educators witness and guide the power of the arts to uplift, hold and sustain students, in their learning and creative journeys. We are so appreciative of all educators’ extra efforts to share and support their students’ work,” said Jesse Hargrove, vice president of the Maine Education Association, according to a news release from the Maine Education Association.

The collaboration between MEA and the MAEA began many years ago to help celebrate students’ art outside of the classroom and in surrounding communities.

Art and design educators who are both MEA and MAEA members curate, nominate and submit the students’ work, and MEA coordinates professional framing of each piece and then hosts the exhibition in the MEA Augusta office at 35 Community Drive. For sharing their work, the professionally framed work is returned to the student artists at the end of the exhibition.

The art exhibition opened for the year March 12 with more than 70 educators, family, friends and artists in attendance. Hargrove recognized each artist for sharing their work, the families for their commitment and support of art education in public schools, while recognizing the importance of the arts for students.

Horace Mann was recognized for funding the professional framing of the student art.

For more information about the exhibit, contact Suzanne Goulet, MEA/MAEA Youth Art Show coordinator, Waterville Public Schools, at



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