The Maine Arts Commission today announced the appointment of John Holdridge as Arts in Education associate. John will oversee the agency’s arts in education programs while seeking to bring the arts closer to the center of the ongoing discussions about education in Maine.
John has been involved in the field of arts and education for the past fifteen years. After five seasons as a professional actor with Perishable Theatre's Shows for Young Audiences in Providence, RI, John became the Resident Teaching Artist with the ArtsLiteracy Project in the Education Department at Brown University.
While at the Artsliteracy Project John worked as a teaching artist partner in K-12 classrooms of all levels and content areas, mentored teacher and artist partnerships learning to integrate their fields as a way to deepen and demonstrate student comprehension, and created and facilitated professional development opportunities for several districts in Rhode Island, Boston, MA, St. Paul, MN, Inhumas, Brazil and the summer lab school at Brown University. In addition to these duties John taught in the teacher education program at Brown, served as the curriculum specialist for the NEA sponsored teacher training institute, and presented at local and national conferences including the annual meeting of the Arts Education Partnership at Lincoln Center.
“I am hoping that in my position I will be able to contribute to the education conversations that are taking place here in Maine and nationally,” said Holdridge. “There is currently a huge emphasis being placed on creativity, imagination, and innovation in our learning environments. I want to make sure that teaching and learning in and through the arts remain at the center of that conversation. I’d like to solidify the role of the teaching artist in and around schools, support teachers and students as artists, develop effective models for arts integration and help Maine become a regional and national leader in the field."
You can read the full press release within the press release section of MaineArts.com
Full details can be found on the Maine.gov website.