The Farnsworth Art Museum has received a $5,000 grant from the Bangor Savings Foundation for its Julia’s Gallery for Young Artists program. The funds from the Bangor Savings Foundation will go toward the production of a teen-made arts video created by the students of Julia’s Gallery for Young Artists.

Farnsworth Director Christopher J. Brownawell said that Julia’s Gallery for Young Artists at the Farnsworth provides an invaluable service to Midcoast teens.

“These funds, donated by the Bangor Savings Foundation, will help us to continue offering free video programming to these students, who have already shown such great promise over the past year,” he said.

Bangor Savings is a strong supporter of the creative economy, said Bangor Savings Bank Vice President and Area Sales Manager Skip Bates.

“Innovation and creativity are essential skills for a productive community. Teaching our kids about art, film production, and at the same time wrestling with difficult issues like teen homelessness is an inspired way for the Farnsworth to fulfill its mission,” Bates said.

Julia’s Gallery for Young Artists, an afterschool art program for teens, has been a valued part of the education department at the Farnsworth since 2001. Since its inception, Julia’s Gallery members have accrued an impressive history of service to Midcoast middle and high school-age children by organizing some two dozen exhibitions of teen art that have displayed more than 1,000 creations to the public in the program’s own stand-alone building on the Farnsworth campus.

In the past 12 months, these students have planned, produced and premiered two innovative videos: “The Roaring 20s,” a music video shot entirely on a High Definition iPhone; and “artWORKS,” a stop-motion, animation video about how the arts play an important role in the lives of young people at risk that recently was accepted as an entry to the 2011 Camden International Film Festival.

The Farnsworth Art Museum celebrates Maine’s ongoing role in American art. It offers a nationally recognized collection of works from many of America’s greatest artists, with 20,000 square feet of gallery space and more than 10,000 works in the collection. The Farnsworth has one of the largest public collections of works by 20th-century sculptor Louise Nevelson, while its Wyeth Center features the works of Andrew, N.C. and Jamie Wyeth. For more information on current exhibitions, programs and events, visit farnsworthmuseum.org.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.