The Farnsworth Art Museum will open the annual art exhibition of student works titled “Stories of the Land and Its People” Sunday, May 21. The opening will be celebrated with a public event beginning 1 p.m. at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St.; and continuing at the Farnsworth, across the street, from 2 to 5 p.m.

The show, featuring the works of 250 elementary, middle and high school students in Midcoast Maine, who took part in the Farnsworth’s Stories of the Land and its People educational initiative, will be on display in the museum’s Crosman Gallery through June 18.

This student exhibition is a small sample of work created this year. The Farnsworth collaborated with 13 classrooms in six public schools in Appleton, Camden-Rockport, Hope, Lincolnville, Rockland and Waldoboro. Throughout the academic year, museum educators, teaching artists and classroom teachers in partnership led the students’ arts-learning experiences in the classroom, on field trips into the community and at the museum.

In its sixth year, this collaborative arts-integration approach supports the core curriculum requirements mandated by the State of Maine. At the public opening event, the community is invited to join educators, teaching artists, and student artists in celebrating the students’ final presentation of arts-integrated work.

The opening ceremony will be preceded by a red carpet entrance at 12:40 p.m. Both the opening and the afternoon showing are free and open to the public.

The 2016-2017 Stories of the Land and Its People Project of the Arts in Education Program, along with its exhibitions and presentations, are generously supported by Arthur K. Watson Charitable Trust; New Markets Tax Credits Community Benefit Agreement; Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation; Chichester duPont Foundation; Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts; Virginia Wellington Cabot Foundation; Peter McSpadden; an anonymous contributor; other donors; and in-kind support provided by Partners for Enrichment.

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