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.
French Teens Need Host Families For the summer of 2013
July 9th to 29th or August 6th to 26th
State Championship game will be played on Saturday, March 2nd at 7:00 p.m. at the Augusta Civic Center.
- doors are scheduled to be open at 5:30 p.m. or as soon as the building has been cleared after the girls state championship game.
The game will be broadcast on MPBN television.
State Championship Tickets: will be sold in the athletic office this week, which is located in Beal Gymnasium. Please enter through the front doors and the athletic office is located down the hallway on the left. All tickets sold for the state championship game are general admission.
Ticket prices are $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for students.
Cash or checks made out to SPHS will be accepted for payment.
Schedule for ticket sales:
Tuesday 2/26: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday 2/27: 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Thursday 2/28: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Friday 3/1: 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.