Beginning on Monday, July 26, the downtown Farnsworth Art Museum will be one of only eight sites worldwide hosting New York City’s Lincoln Center Institute’s International Educator Workshop.

The Farnsworth’s strategic alliance with the Lincoln Center Institute will be launched at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., Monday, July 26 at 6 p.m. with a performance of “Nightingale” by the Figures of Speech Theatre of Freeport. The performance is open to the public, free of charge, and no reservations are necessary.

Lincoln Center Institute’s International Educator Workshop, intended for educators, artists, school or arts administrators, curriculum developers and college and university professors, focuses on imaginative teaching and learning through the experiential study of theater and visual arts for K-12 teachers. This one-week workshop is an immersion experience using live works of art and guided inquiry that includes art making, questioning, reflection and contextual research to support imaginative teaching and learning across all subject areas.

The workshop includes support for teachers in building their own aesthetic practice related to their subject/grade or area of expertise. This year’s workshop will explore the visual arts through the Farnsworth’s Louise Nevelson exhibition; and the performing arts through Figure of Speech Theatre’s performance of “Nightingale.”

“Nightingale” is Figure of Speech Theatre’s exotic musical adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen story of the emperor who is moved by the song of a plain gray bird … until he receives the gift of a jeweled mechanical bird, with which he becomes obsessed. The production gently stresses the importance of connection with nature and with the true essences of life. “Nightingale” enjoyed a successful Broadway run at the New Victory Theater and is a UNIMA Citation of Excellence winner (1996). It is intended for children and adults of all ages.

The Farnsworth’s strategic alliance with Lincoln Center Institute is made possible through funding support provided by the Arthur K. Watson Charitable Trust; and Amy and Bob Campbell; and with the collaboration of the Maine Department of Education, the University of Maine and The Strand Theatre.

Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts in Education, established in 1975 and located in New York City, is the educational cornerstone of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. It is the leading organization in developing skills of observation, inquiry, imagination and creativity through guided encounters with the visual and performing arts. For nearly 35 years, Lincoln Center Institute has shared its unique method of education with more than twenty million students, teachers, college professors and arts administrators representing public schools, arts organizations and professional teaching colleges in New York City, across the nation and around the world.

For more information, visit or call 596-6457, ext. 103.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to