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Community meeting in Madison wraps up MAAE’s first year of local advocacy organizing

April 29th was the date of its last of seven community meetings MAAE attended and helped organize for this school year. The purpose of each meeting was to create or strengthen the links between communities and their local schools and to discuss new advocacy opportunities. The hosts of each meeting were local community arts organizations, and in some cases the meetings piggybacked on student art exhibits that were already planned. We are so grateful to our hosts and to the community and school teachers who were involved. Each meeting was different, depending on the individual community… but at each one arts students were involved, whose work and voices about how important the arts are to them were inspiring to the community. MAAE also had the opportunity to speak about its statewide advocacy campaigns and to sign people up for emailed advocacy alerts.

The six meetings this year were in the following communities:

Bridgton – October 24, hosted by Gallery 302
Winter Harbor – November 9, hosted by Schoodic Arts for All
Eastport – November 15, hosted by the Eastport Arts Center
Buxton – March 12, hosted by the Saco River Theatre
Augusta area – April 25,  hosted by UMA Art Department at the Jewett Gallery as part of its annual Higher Forms of Art HS art exhibit.
Skowhegan/Madison – April 29, hosted by Wesserunsett Arts at the A to Z Frame and Art Gallery
 
More are planned for next year. Let us know if you are interested in getting your community involved!

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