Arts Are Elementary

To spark curiosity, creativity and critical thinking through arts integration in elementary schools within the greater Brunswick area, and to raise awareness of the arts in the local community.


Who We Are

Arts Are Elementary works in partnership with local schools to provide every public K-5 classroom in Brunswick with professional artist residencies and have been doing so since 1980. We also provide opportunities for the broader community to engage with art.

Arts Are Elementary is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, funded by donations.


Your support is important to our work at Arts Are Elementary. There are many ways you can contribute, and every little bit that you commit goes a long way in helping us fulfill our mission. As little as $5/month goes a long way.

How We're Funded

  • It costs $16.36/student to provide the artists residencies.

  • Forty-two percent of the cost is funded by the Brunswick School Department.

  • Seventeen percent is funded by the schools' parent groups.

  • The remaining 41% is funded by parents, local businesses and community members. This includes funding provided by the Maine Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Act, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan of 2020. The Nathaniel Davis Fund has provided funding to support the 5th grade residency in 2020-2021.


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"I support AAE because the presence of professional artists in the classroom enhances my child's learning experience and opens her eyes to a world of possibilities. AAE delivers this opportunity to all of Brunswick's elementary school students, many of whom wouldn't otherwise be able to enjoy these experiences." Deb Leslie, AAE Board President + parent


Current Residencies

Professional Artists in the Classroom


3rd Grade

Dawn Prindall & Virginia Brown

3rd Grade will explore the connection between art and poetry during their residency with Dawn Prindall & Virginia Brown.

Cabin Fever Reliever Dance - CANCELLED
Sat, Apr 04
Coffin School
Apr 04, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Coffin School, 20 Barrows St, Brunswick, ME 04011, USA
Calling all Brunswick elementary school students! Join us for an informal dance celebrating the end of winter, start of spring, and Coffin School.
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Past Events

  • An Evening with Art, November 3, 2018​

  • The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow Puppet Show, October 27, 2018​

  • Cahoots, March 31, 2018

  • Free After School Art Session, February 28, 2018

  • Benefit Concert for Arts Are Elementary by Seth Levy and the John Cross Project, May 20, 2017



Valued Partnerships


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