Kids Need Culture Too

Kyle Hardy Kyle Hardy

It would be hard to argue that music and art are not key components that any parent would want to see included in their child’s education and development. In rural areas or especially poor ones, it can be hard to expose children to these opportunities. However, luckily for those who live and work in Greater Portland, the culture here allows for quite the opposite: a lot of dedicated professionals creating a lot of innovative children’s programs. Here are two examples to participate in this week:

First, saxophonist Kyle Hardy continues the ‘The Kids Are Alright’ concert series at the Portland Public Library (5 Monument Way), on Saturday the 7th at 10:30 a.m. The concert is free for children and caregivers. The series is produced by the Maine Academy of Modern Music (mission statement: to provide Maine youth with the discipline, freedom, and guidance to appreciate the thrill of making contemporary music, instilling in them the power of self-expression). Hardy, who has performed with the likes of The Rustic Overtones, the Portland Jazz Orchestra, and the Fogcutters, will perform guitar-accompanied jazz standards to show how the saxophone is integral to music because of its dynamic range and flexible sound. The kids will pay attention. This guy is good.

Next, it’s Discovery Day at Levey Day School (400 Deering Ave) as they present ‘A Taste of Arts.’ This chance to learn more about Levey begins at 1 p.m on Saturday the 8th. Administrators ask that you RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or give them a call. Here’s what’s going on:

1:15pm - 2:00pm:

Making Music Workshop with Music teacher Sam Chandler (For ages 4 and 5)

Art Workshop with art instructor Kristine Biegel (For ages 6 -10)

2:15pm - 3:00pm:

Making Music Workshop (For ages 6 -10)

Art Workshop (For ages 4 and 5)

2:00pm & 3:00pm: Refreshments


Parents and children:

  • -Meet Levey’s Kindergarten teacher Debbie Kanter, Levey parents, and Head of School Gerri Chizeck

  • -Tour and get info about the school and its personalized, integrated program

  • -Take advantage of Levey’s Estimation station and free play (Kindergarten)


Let’s get some young minds inspired this winter!


Portland Public Library: 207-871-1700

Levey Day School: 207-774-7676

Last modified onWednesday, 04 January 2017 12:30