‘Stories of the Land’ returns

May 15, 2018

Rockland — The public is invited to attend the opening celebration of the Farnsworth Art Museum’s “Stories of the Land and Its People” exhibition, culmination of a yearlong arts-integration program featuring the work of 162 local elementary and middle school students, Sunday, May 20.

The downtown Strand Theatre will roll out the red carpet at 12:45 p.m. for student artists’ entrance. At 1 p.m., there will be an opening ceremony at the Strand, followed from 2 to 5 p.m. by a reception and exhibition at the museum.

“Stories of the Land and Its People” is a dynamic exhibition with art created by fourth and seventh grade students, who used the art experience to study a variety of subjects including Maine studies, science, environment, poetry, geography and more. The exhibition, which will run to Sept. 9, includes interactive stations, digital work and touchable items created for visitors to enjoy.

The museum provides this arts in education program free of charge to Midcoast schools. It is led by Farnsworth museum educators in collaboration with teaching artists, classroom teachers and the students; and is inspired by local fieldwork and the latest research from Harvard University’s Project Zero and Lincoln Center Education in New York.

This student exhibition is a small sample of artwork created by 162 elementary and middle school students who took part in the 2017-2018 Stories program. The Arts in Education Program at the Farnsworth Art Museum thanks the generosity of the following organizations and individuals for their support of the program in the 2017-2018 school year: Arison Arts Foundation, Van Otterloo Family Foundation, Anonimo Foundation, Nellie Leaman Taft Foundation, Dead River Company, Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Maine Arts Commission, Anneli Skaar and an Anonymous Donor.

Sunday’s program, which includes student readings at 2:30 p.m. in the museum library, is free and open to the public. For more information, visit farnsworthmuseum.org.

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

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