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  • 17 Nov 2018 11:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Saturday, November 17, 2018, 11:00 a.m. 

    William D. Adams Gallery

    After a brief exploration of the Museum, we will read a children’s book related to the month’s theme. Preschoolers, toddlers, and their grownups will then be invited to the Mirken Education Classroom to have a snack and create their own works of art.

  • 15 Nov 2018 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Thursday, November 15, 2018, Noon 

    Paul J. Schupf Wing

    In 1996, interdisciplinary artist, Gustavo Aguilar, experienced a moment of psychic disequilibrium that prompted him to examine what it meant to identify himself as an American artist. Set against the backdrop of Aguilar’s bordertown hometown of Brownsville, Texas, Ah, Raza! The Making of an American Artist traces a line of continuity to the spaces that have mapped themselves out onto him, and to the people whose dispositions are also his own.

  • 14 Nov 2018 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Wednesday, November 14, 2018, Noon 

    Museum Galleries

    Diana Tuite, curator of the exhibition Self and Society: The Norma Boom Marin Collection of German Expressionist Prints, will be joined by Katherine Hollander, Faculty Fellow in History, for a discussion of Germany’s social, political, and cultural upheaval during and after World War I.

  • 03 Nov 2018 11:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Saturday, November 3, 2018, 11:00 a.m. 

    William D. Adams Gallery

    After a brief exploration of the Museum, we will read a children’s book related to the month’s theme. Preschoolers, toddlers, and their grownups will then be invited to the Mirken Education Classroom to have a snack and create their own works of art.


  • 02 Nov 2018 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Friday, November 2, 2018, Noon 
    Colby College Museum of Art

    Artist and writer Jenna Crowder will speak with Carly Glovinski about the list of books, essays, and poems that Crowder developed in resonance with Glovinski’s exhibition Currents 8. Introduced by Beth Finch, curator of the exhibition.

  • 01 Nov 2018 5:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Thursday, November 1, 2018, 5:30 p.m.

    Waterville Public Library

    Artist Carly Glovinski and Waterville Public Library Interim Director Tammy Rabideau will be interviewed by a member of the Museum Student Advisory Board. Glovinski’s Secret Garden (Waterville), a participatory artwork made of painted objects intended to “fool the eye,” is installed on the bookshelves of the Waterville Public Library as part of the exhibition Currents 8.

  • 01 Nov 2018 10:18 AM | Anonymous member
    Interested individuals are invited to apply to the Maine Digital Humanities Institute, a FREE online seminar facilitated by Dr. Dianne Fallon, YCCC, from January 22 through March 8, 2019.  The workshop is aimed at building both skills and communities of practice, with the goal of building expertise within the Maine humanities communities, including educators, museum staff and volunteers, and students, especially graduate students.  The project is an outgrowth of efforts at YCCC to expand faculty and student knowledge of digital humanities tools.

    Applications, which are mostly aimed at a getting a sense of applicants and their projects, are due by Monday, November 25.

    In the workshop, participants will work on developing their own digital project over a seven-week time period.  Projects might range from a personal or professional project that you want to play around with, to developing a student assignment that incorporates some of these tools.

    You can find more specific information at a basic website that I have set up here:

    https://virtual.yccc.edu/MEDigitalHumanitiesInstitute

    (The application is at the bottom of the page, on the left hand side. Feel free to be in touch with questions!)

    FMI Contact:

    Dianne Fallon, Department Chair for English
    NEH Project Director: Go Local: Building Capacity for Public History in York County
    York County Community College
    112 College Drive
    Wells, Maine 04090


  • 04 Oct 2018 1:35 PM | Anonymous member

    The Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education at the University of Southern Maine is seeking applicants for the part-time (20 hours per week), temporary (up to one year from start date), non-benefitted, hourly position of Educational Outreach Assistant in the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education (OML SCCE) located on the Portland campus. Hours are typically Tuesday to Friday, morning through early afternoon (K-12 schedule). Expected start date around November 1, 2018.

    The Educational Outreach Assistant will assist the Coordinator of Educational Outreach with curriculum development, field trip support (on and off site), teacher workshops, and increased outreach to local high school educators. This position provides administrative and complex clerical work for OML SCCE outreach, with a strong emphasis on K-12 outreach, organization, and follow through. This position works collaboratively in a small team environment to support the mission and services of the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education. Independent judgment and initiative are frequently exercised. The Educational Outreach Assistant works with other staff on library marketing, social media, and website activities and content. This position has extensive in-person, telephone, and online interactions with students (K-12 and university), faculty, staff, and the general public, and utilizes a wide range of resources in a variety of formats. For more information about the position and qualifications, please visit the job ad.  Applications are due by October 14, 2018.


  • 21 Sep 2018 5:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Museum L-A is thrilled to announce a new gallery exhibit opening this fall that explores the Franco-American experience through a new medium: cartoons. The exhibit, “Beau-frog: The Art of Peter Archambault,” will display the artwork and political cartoons of Peter Archambault, a native of Madawaska, Maine. His artwork, featured monthly in a Franco-American publication at the University of Maine at Orono, Le F.A.R.O.G. Forum, provided rich political commentary, an investigation into immigration practices, and an exploration of the Franco-American culture in Maine and New England.

    The public is invited to attend the free opening reception of the exhibit on October 3, 2018, at 5:30 pm. 

    During the exhibit, Susan Pinette, Director of Franco American Programs at the University of Maine will give a free talk about the artwork on display and Peter Archambault’s life on November 14, 2018, at 6:30 pm in the Museum L-A gallery space.  The history of Franco-American communities in the seventies and eighties has not yet been written.  This talk aims to begin to fill this void by exploring drawings made by a Franco-American artist engaged in struggles to support and defend the rights of Franco-Americans.

     Archambault created a character called “Beau-frog” as a way to reclaim the common slur generally directed toward francophone and French heritage people during this era. The daily exploits of the frog truly illustrate the trials and tribulations of a minority figure coming to terms with their personal and cultural identity while surrounded by the pressures of an Anglophone majority. Despite this work being created for the Franco-American students on the Orono campus, the cultural exploration found in Archambault’s cartoon drawings can speak to the experiences of the people in our community of Lewiston-Auburn, a place deeply affected by French Canadian immigration since the 1850s. While on display in the Museum L-A gallery, his work gives visitors the chance to explore these themes of immigration and cultural identity through the unique medium of cartoons, and allows them to come up with their own interpretations and conclusions about the meaning behind the art.

     “Beau-frog: The Art of Peter Archambault” was created in partnership with The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine and the UMaine Franco American Programs.

      “This exhibit comes to our gallery space at a very appropriate time, since Museum L-A is dedicating Fall 2018 to talking about immigration at the local and national level through the Becoming American program,” Museum L-A’s Director of Education and Outreach, Kate Webber says. Becoming American is a public program that features films, discussions, and a wide variety of events across the twin cities in collaboration with over 20 community partners. Museum L-A was selected as one of 32 sites across America to host this program series. For more information about the upcoming programming, please visit Museum L-A’s website.

     Museum L-A is located in the Bates Mill Complex at 35 Canal Street in Lewiston, Maine.  Its hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm and Saturdays from 10 am to 3 pm.  Special tour requests and large group tours outside of these hours are available by appointment.

     For more information, please contact info@museumla.org or call 207-333-3881.


  • 16 Sep 2018 11:00 AM | Anonymous member

    On September 16 from 11 am to 3 pm, the Westport Island History Committee in collaboration with homeowners, the Community Association, the Town Hall Committee and other island partners will be sponsoring an historic homes tour:  "An Island Home: Six Historic Houses of Westport Island Maine." 

    The houses are all associated with families of the first Westport Island settlers.  Homesteads include characteristic features such as stone-walled pastures, barns and other outbuildings, mills, wharves and related waterfront structures. The homes are representative of 18th  to 19th century Georgian, Federal and Greek Revival styles.

    Tickets will be $20/person -- cash or check only -- and will be available on the day of the tour at the Old Town Hall, 1217 Main Road.  A light lunch will be Included in the admission fee; lunch will be available at the Town Hall for the duration of the event -- 11 am to 3 pm.  The historic Westport Community Church next door will also be open for viewing.  For questions: call the Town Office, 882-8477 ext. 3

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