Strand receives grant for school outreach

Jul 11, 2018
LADAMA, a band of international musicians, leads students at Rockland’s South School in a workshop about Latin rhythms and sounds.

Rockland — The Strand Theatre has received a $1,000 grant from the Emily and William Muir Community Fund II of the Maine Community Foundation to support its free educational programming. The funds will be used to support the theater’s outreach and coordination efforts with local schools.

In the just concluded second year of its new Educational Engagement Program, the nonprofit Strand welcomed more than 1,000 students to the downtown theater for a variety of screenings and live performances. Students and teachers from Thomaston Grammar School, Owls Head Central School, South School, Cushing Community School, Oceanside High School, Midcoast School of Technology, Belfast Area High School, Waldo County Technical Center and Camden Hills Regional High School participated.

“We’re thrilled to be able to offer high quality, immersive arts and educational experiences to the young people in our community! This grant will help us continue to build this program in the coming year,” said Jessie Davis, the Strand Theatre’s executive director.

The Strand Theatre, a National Historic Landmark by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is operated by Friends of the Strand Theatre. For more information about the theater, visit or call 594-0070.

With offices in Ellsworth and Portland, the Maine Community Foundation works with donors and other partners to improve the quality of life for all Maine people. To learn more about the foundation, visit

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

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