Meet the Arts Education Network Team

Argy Nestor

Director of Arts Education, Maine Arts Commission

Maine Arts Commission
193 State Street
Augusta, ME 04330


Argy Nestor is the Director of Arts Education at the Maine Arts Commission. She served as the Visual and Performing Arts Specialist at the Maine Department of Education and taught visual arts for 30 years . Argy received her master’s degree in education from the University of Maine, Orono and Bachelor of Arts in Arts Education from Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ.

Argy is the 1995 Maine Teacher of the Year . In 2014 she was the recipient of the National Art Education Association Distinguished Service Award. She was named the 2013 Maine Art Educator Advocate of the Year and the 2012 Art in the Heart Advocate. Argy was presented the Maine Middle Level Association Outstanding Middle Level Educator of the Year Award in 2005. She traveled with the Fulbright Memorial Fund Teachers program to Japan in 2000.

During Argy’s career she has presented at the regional, state, and national level on curriculum integration, literacy, assessment, gifted and talented, advocacy, and the value of arts education at the heart of curriculum.

Argy has a popular blog at where she makes daily posts with a plethora of information and the stories of educators, students, and arts organizations.

Argy is most proud of the accomplishments of the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative . She is deeply committed to facilitating learning opportunities for educators knowing that it will impact the achievement of all students.

In July 2016 Argy had an amazing opportunity to travel to Malawi, Africa where she worked with teachers providing a 10 - day arts integration workshop.