The Davis Family Foundation has awarded Jackson Memorial Library funding for an ambitious new collaboration. Spearheaded by LEAPS of IMAGINATION’s team of mentor artists, the library will host a four-week, multigenerational project to promote art exploration and a “sense of place” on the St. George peninsula.

At the center of the collaboration are fourth graders from St. George School, who became accomplished printmakers during the 2015 LEAPS of IMAGINATION program. This time around, children will be the experts, working hand-in-hand with older members of their community. Focusing on the uniqueness of their geographic area, they will engage in art, map making and writing, inspired by literature and the beauty of their natural environment.

Beginning Tuesday, Nov. 8, students will walk the path from school to the town library, where they will gather with seniors, mentor artists, the children’s librarian and St. George School teachers. Participants will generate personal and collective impressions of their peninsula. Photographs of the shared process, early art and writings will grace the walls of the library’s Community Room beginning Nov. 18. On Dec. 8, Jackson Memorial Library will host a culminating exhibition of the multigenerational art and writing in its Community Room. All are welcome.

With the Davis Family Foundation’s award, Jackson Memorial Library will have the opportunity to cultivate important relationships among generations while interweaving literature, art, science and environmental stewardship. The program marks the second collaboration among the library, LEAPS of IMAGINATION and St. George School children. The long-term goal of the project is to create a collaborative model for libraries and elementary schools in which art, innovation and real world issues dovetail with traditional library initiatives.

Librarian Sharon Moskowitz and LEAPS Director Nancy Harris Frohlich agree that “There is no better purpose for a public library than to offer a platform for imaginative thinking and a meeting place where diverse age groups can turn art and ideas into action.” Prospective participants can contact Moskowitz, Children’s Librarian at 372-8961 and visit leapsofimagination.org.

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