2004 - 2005: Upcoming Grant Projects
These projects were selected from the more than 85 grants awarded by the Maine Humanities Council this year to communities around the state. We invite you to attend these upcoming public programs. Further information and a complete list are available at www.mainehumanities.org/grants.
| Visions of a Watery
World from Long Creek
Young women at the Long Creek Youth Development Center took part in a MHC-organized series of reading and discussion activities around the theme of "Women and the Sea." They read historical documents, diaries, and letters of and about maritime women. This summer, they performed a series of songs, readings, and their own writings on the relationship between women and the ocean. This image was drawn by one of the young women in that program. "Women and the Sea" was funded in part by the River Rock Foundation.
"Threatened and Endangered," the traveling exhibition of artist's books by Rebecca Goodale featured in the MHC Spring 2004 newsletter, has opened at the Bowdoin College's Hawthorne-Longfellow Library. The show presents works that combine silkscreen, painting techniques, and cutouts with a variety of book structures. Please call (207) 725-3280 for more information. *
September 12, 2004 - ongoing
The Franco-American Heritage Society of Kennebec Valley held the grand opening of "Museum in the Streets." The project includes ten plaques that depict the lives of Franco-Americans through photographs and information written in both English and French. The plaques will be permanently stationed throughout the South End of Waterville.
September 19, 2004 - February 20, 2005
"Un/Coverings: Contemporary Maine Fiber Art" opened at the Farnsworth Museum. The exhibition is one of the central events of this year's celebration "Maine Fiberarts: State of Fiber 2004." The exhibition examines the ways in which fiber can both protect, conceal, and reveal the physical and spiritual self, and overturns conventional ideas about fabric as functional craft. Artists represented in the show include Catherine Draper, Emily Freeman, Richard Lee, Susan Barrett Merrill, Jeannie Mooney, Arlene Morris, Anne Nemrow, Margaret Schwarcz, Donald Talbot, Patricia Wheeler, and Susan Winn. Please call (207) 596-6457 for more information.
September 22 - November 3, 2004
The Curtis Memorial Library's "Cornerstones of Science" book discussion series began on September 22. E.O. Wilson's The Future of Life is being discussed in chapter order over the course of seven Wednesdays through November 3. The public is invited to bring lunch and join area authors, scientists and educators in compelling discussions on one or all of the series days. The program is free and takes place from noon to 1 p.m. in the Morrell Meeting Room at 23 Pleasant Street in Brunswick. For more information, please call Jocelyn Hubbell at (207) 725-5242.
September 24, 2004 - January 28, 2005
"John Walker: A Winter in Maine" opened at the University of Maine Museum of Art in Bangor. Walker's paintings are in the collections of the most distinguished art institutions in the world, including the British Museum in London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia. The exhibition takes place at the Museum's Norumbega Hall in downtown Bangor. For more information, please call (207) 561-3350. *
October 31 - December 12, 2004
"Living Green: Examining Sustainability" is an exhibit exploring current trends in sustainable art and architecture at the Institute for Contemporary Art in Portland. By what standards do we label an object or building as green? Is sustainable architecture self-referential, applying only to the environmental concerns of the structure, or is there a more ephemeral component to sustainability, a necessary consideration of the mutual impact of humans and structure upon one another within the environment? Artist Marguerite Kahrl, international art/architecture collaborative Spurse, and the Architectural League of New York's Ten Shades of Green come together to examine the limits and possibilities of sustainability. For more information, please call (207) 879-5742 x 229.*
* Denotes Arts and Humanities Grants awarded jointly by the Maine Humanities Council and the Maine Arts Commission