On April 28, the Farnsworth Art Museum opened the first of three public school art exhibitions on the Midcoast. Under the umbrella of “Stories of the Land and Its People: An Arts-Integrated School Initiative for Midcoast Maine,” a collaboration between the museum and eight schools, the first exhibition opened at the Camden Rockport Middle School as part of the “Arts Alive” evening. Eighty-six seventh grade students working with artist Tim Christensen unveiled an installation piece they created over the spring.
“Stories of the Land” opened on April 29 at Medomak Valley High School, where 26 ninth grade students displayed a permanent installation piece which they worked on with the guidance of sculptor Andrew White.
Rounding off the series of openings, “Stories of the Land” will be celebrated with an hour-long program at 1 pm, Sunday, May 15 in the Strand Theatre in Rockland, followed by a preview and reception on the Farnsworth Art Museum campus.
Now in its fifth year, this portion of “Stories” is a partnership between the Museum and six local schools: Appleton, Hope, Lincolnville, Islesboro, Rockland South School and Rockland District Middle School. While art instruction and art appreciation are being introduced into the teacher’s lessons, more 300 elementary and middle school students are taking their own photographs in the community and in their classrooms under the guidance of their teachers, museum educators, and mentor artists. The students’ creations will be on display over the summer in Julia’s Gallery at the corner of Union Street and Elm Street (Julia’s is not handicapped accessible) and in the Farnsworth’s main building on Main Street.
“Stories of the Land” is generously supported by the Arthur K. Watson Charitable Trust, Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Peter McSpadden, Chichester du Pont Foundation, Jane’s Trust, Joyce Tenneson, Alexander Tenneson Cohen and James Abbott, the Mattina R. Proctor Foundation, Nellie Leaman Taft Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Campbell, Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation, Virginia Wellington Cabot Foundation, two anonymous donors, New Market Tax Credits Community Benefit Agreement, with in-kind support provided by Partners for Enrichment.