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Our Stories – Seeking Belonging

The more than year-long pandemic has taught us much to take into the future together. One of the things many Ovations' Members have mentioned to us is how our human need to gather and to belong — to groups, to communities, to a place and to each other — have been made more visible by our social [...]

By | April 16th, 2021|Categories: Our Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Our Stories – The Intersection of Art, Food and Culture

Community suppers. Church potlucks. Festive receptions. Learning how to cook traditional dishes then sitting down together to enjoy. Gathering to exchange art, food, culture and community is on the menu at Portland Ovations. Throughout the years, our welcoming Portland communities have opened their hearts and cookbooks to Ovations artists visiting us from away. Fondly we [...]

By | April 8th, 2021|Categories: Our Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Our Stories – POP 90’s Impact

What an unforgettable night! Being back on stage at Merrill, reveling in the beauty of that space with artists working together LIVE ... and you were there, too, only not in your usual red velvet seats. And still: your dedicated support as well as the enthusiasm of so many local businesses and others made POP 90 [...]

By | April 2nd, 2021|Categories: Our Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Our Stories – The Making of POP 90

We're hoping you're joining us next Thursday, March 25 for Ovations' big, live-and-virtual kickoff celebration of our 90th anniversary year. When you do, you'll be experiencing Ovations through the looking glass of our digital realms: we will be live at Merrill Auditorium, but you, our audiences, are not quite able to be with us there [...]

By | March 21st, 2021|Categories: Our Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Our Stories – Staying Home with Samuel James

Usually Samuel James is on the road many weeks of the year, but since March of 2020 he has been spending all his time, like most of us, in Maine. This has been lucky for Ovations and our audiences, as it allowed us to invite him to participate as one of our five Commissioned Maine [...]

By | March 12th, 2021|Categories: Our Stories|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Arts Integration at Home – Freeze Dance

Posted Wednesday, June 3, 2020 Our last activity is a way to celebrate the school year that is wrapping up. While it might not feel like a celebratory time, dancing is important for a few reasons. As an art form, it has been a form of resistance for many oppressed cultures. Dance also asks us [...]

Arts Integration at Home – Alphabet Relay

Posted Monday, June 1, 2020 The end of the school year is a time for reflecting. Today’s activity, Alphabet Relay, is an energetic way for kids to reflect on this unique school year - from what was challenging to how much they’ve learned and discovered. DOWNLOAD THIS ACTIVITY AS A PRINTABLE .PDF EXAMPLES [...]

Arts Integration at Home – Two by Three by Bradford

Posted Wednesday, May 27, 2020 As the school year winds down, we’ve got a few more activities to bring some joy and movement to your distance learning. Two by Three by Bradford allows students to practice focus, listening, and awareness starting with the simple act of counting to three. This activity comes from theatre practitioner [...]

Arts Integration at Home – Cross the Room If

Posted Wednesday, May 20, 2020 Today’s activity, Cross the Room If... is a tried and true warm-up game typically used as a way to get to know new people. But for classroom and distance learning, it is a great way to share opinions and thoughts and spark deeper discussion. Depending on how you choose to [...]

Arts Integration at Home – This Setting Needs

Posted Monday, May 18, 2020 Today’s arts integration activity, This Setting Needs..., combines imagination, observation, and detail-oriented thinking to challenge kids to create a 3-D, one-of-a-kind environment. This activity is a great way for students to show their knowledge of a book, an environment or a moment in time. It can also be a fun [...]