April 23, 2013 (Portland, ME) – More than 350 Maine students in grades K-12 entered the first-ever CLYNK for Art School Competition by creating artwork to inspire recycling. CLYNK, the Maine company that makes it easy to recycle and make a difference, recently announced the six winners:
Colby Frost from George E. Jack Elementary School in Standish
Kayleigh Therriault from Mill Stream Elementary School in Norridgewock
Maija Jacobs from Westbrook Middle School in Westbrook
Ellie McGee from Mount Desert Middle School in Mount Desert
Senna Bui from South Portland High School in South Portland
Emma Jordan from South Portland High School in South Portland
Each student's artwork will be displayed on a huge, mobile canvas— the side of one of five CLYNK trucks that pick up bottles and cans at CLYNK locations in Hannaford stores. Each winning entry was also awarded $250 to support school art programs. Visit www.clynk.com/art to view the students' artwork online.
CLYNK trucks are being unveiled at the winning artists' schools over the next few weeks. On Thursday, April 25 at 9:00am, all the students at George E. Jack Elementary School in Standish will watch as Colby Frost's winning piece is revealed. It will be a memorable birthday present for the fourth grader who will be turning ten that day.
"It feels awesome to win," said Frost who has won other art competitions before but "nothing like this." He hopes his artwork will remind his neighbors to "go green." "You don't want all people coming to your hometown and say 'uggh, I don't like this town,'" Frost added. "Recycling helps the world stay cleaner and greener."
On Friday, April 26 at 11:00am, South Portland High School will recognize its two winning student artists Emma Jordan and Senna Bui, both eleventh graders. With help from ecology teacher Tania Ferrante, South Portland H.S. students are active in environmental initiatives, including recycling, composting for the school garden, and zero waste awareness week.
A panel of judges selected the six winning entries, using criteria that included artistic merit and relevance to recycling. Jean Maginnis, Executive Director of the Maine Center for Creativity, was one of the judges.
"Art helps us to express our feelings and ideas, which can then lead to action," said Maginnis. "What stood out about the winning entries were the students' abilities to convey complex ideas about environmentalism in simple designs."
Paul Gebhardt, another judge and an adjunct professor at the Maine College of Art, was excited about the collaboration between CLYNK and Maine schools: "This competition gave students the opportunity to learn how recycling is a practical way to support the environment— and how communicating that message through art can have an impact on their world."
CLYNK is a Maine business that started in the spring of 2006. CLYNK self-serve kiosks are exclusively located in 46 Hannaford Supermarkets across Maine. The company's mission is to make recycling— and making a difference— easier for everyone. Through programs like Hannaford Community Cash and Cans for a Cure, CLYNK makes it easy for people and businesses to support their communities and the causes that are important to them. The company recently received the 2012 Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence for "voluntarily going beyond regulatory requirements to creatively and collaboratively initiate innovation that is both environmentally and economically sustainable." To learn more, visit www.clynk.com/art .
The Southwestern Maine Activities Association (SMAA) student-athlete summit took place on March 20, 2013 at Scarborough high school. Each member SMAA school brings 10 students to the summit to participate in a day dedicated to the topics of leadership and sportsmanship. This years sessions included; overcoming adversity, substance use/abuse, healthy choices, leadership/communication, and a college coach panel discussion. The summit culminates with each school casting a group vote for the schools which they determine display good sportsmanship for all sports throughout the year. The SMAA will award the sportsmanship banner at the last SMAA athletic director meeting of the year.
front row: Adam Perron (SMCC womens soccer coach), Todd Livingston (SP Athletic Director)
middle row: Brianne Maloney, Akadia Higgins, Samantha Munson, Madeline Hasson, Paige Carter
back row: Noah Blake, Jordan Susi, Joshua Allen, Michael Cuesta, Ismael Baez
Two "Before I Die..." interactive projects to debut in Maine with the help of the Maine Center for Creativity's newly formed Community Art Task Force.
The Maine Center for Creativity and its newly formed Community Art Task Force announced today the installation of the internationally acclaimed, interactive mural from Candy Chang, Before I Die..., at two locations in the greater Portland area this spring.
Chang’s Before I Die… “is … one of the most creative community projects ever,” says The Atlantic. The murals are approximately 40 feet wide by eight feet tall; painted with black chalkboard paint. Stenciled on the wall is the phrase “Before I Die I want to ______________” numerous times. Project sponsors prepare the wall and provide chalk; inviting the general public to share their voice, thoughts, and inspiration. The result is a truly unique display reflecting the diversity of the individuals and their journeys.
The first Before I Die… project is exclusively for the South Portland High School senior class to reflect on high school and capture their aspirations for their future. The wall will be unveiled on May 20th from 6 to 7pm at the Art District Show in the South Portland Community Center.
The second Before I Die… project will launch on Friday, June 7th at 5pm, and continue through the end of June at Flatbread Company, 75 Commercial Street, near the Ferry Terminal. The public is invited to share their most intimate hopes and dreams on the side of the building by filling in the blank “Before I Die I want to_____________________."
The launch of the public wall will coincide with the Creative Communities Exchange Conference, hosted in Portland June 6th – 7th. At the end of June, the wall will be documented and added to the official Before I Die…. website athttp://www.beforeidie.cc.
Nela Alvarez-Sotomayor, a South Portland High School photography teacher, senior class advisor and member of the newly formed Community Art Task Force, is credited with bringing this project to Maine. “I’ve been reading so much about the project, researching it and watching the TED talk video of the artist, Candy Chang. I thought it would be a neat project that would not only reach my students, but help inspire our community.” Joining Nela in sponsoring the project are Maine Center for Creativity Board Member Greg Boulos, of CBRE|The Boulos Company, and Bobby Morgan, owner of Flatbread Company in Portland.
“Projects of this caliber can be daunting to launch. The Community Art Task Force was formed with just that end in mind, to assist in getting public art projects off the ground, regardless of where in Maine they are located,” said Boulos of the task force’s role.
About Maine Center for Creativity The Maine Center for Creativity (MCC) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) led by a volunteer board of directors. Founded in May 2005, MCC is committed to nurturing innovative companies and people in Maine by developing projects and programs that support the growth of creative industries and the arts. Among its educational and creative projects, MCC is organizing Art All Around™, an international design competition to paint the Sprague Energy tanks in South Portland, the Creative Toolbox Series, Pecha Kucha events in Maine; and the newly formed Community Art Task Force. For more information, please visit http://www.mainecenterforcreativity.org
About Candy Chang and the Before I Die Project Candy Chang is an artist who is passionate about public space and personal well-being. By combining public art with activism and introspection, she has been recognized for her projects to help improve our communities and ourselves. She is a TED Senior Fellow, a Tulane Urban Innovation Fellow, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, and was named a “Live Your Best Life” Local Hero by Oprah Magazine. She received a BS in Architecture, a BFA in Graphic Design, and a Masters in Urban Planning from Columbia University.
Before I Die… is an interactive public art project that invites people to share their hopes and dreams in public space. After artist and urban planner Candy Chang lost someone she loved very much, she painted the wall of an abandoned house in her neighborhood in New Orleans with chalkboard paint and stenciled it with a grid of the sentence “Before I die I want to ______.” Passersby can use chalk to write directly on the wall. The project has since spread worldwide and walls have been created by communities in Mexico, the Netherlands, Australia, Kazakhstan, and beyond. The project is about remembering what is important to you, creating a public space for contemplation, and re-imagining how our public spaces can better reflect what matters to us as a community and as individuals. For more about Candy Chang http://candychang.com.