The Farnsworth Art Museum will present a lecture titled The Youth of Azerbaijan — A Case Study in Community Arts by artist and professor Ken Krafchek Friday, July 26, at 2 p.m. in the auditorium of the downtown museum.

Krafchek will discuss a cultural exchange program he was invited to participate in at the invitation of the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan. The program invited youth and adults to express their thoughts, ideas and feelings about the future through artistic means. Krafchek will share his photography and reflect on the printmaking workshops he conducted in Baku, Ganja, Khizi, Mingachevir, Sumgayit and other locales. He also will elaborate on the field of community arts and his work at the Maryland Institute College of Art where he serves as Graduate Director and Faculty, MFA in Community Arts.

The lecture is co-presented by The Camden Philosophical Society. Krafchek also will be presenting as part of its day-long conference Philosophy and Art — Views from the 21st Century Saturday, July 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Camden.

Admission to the lecture is $10; $5 for museum members and free for Farnsworth Collective members. For more information or to register, call 596-0949 or visit

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or