EASTPORT — The Maine Community Foundation announced recently that it awarded a $5,000 Maine Expansion Arts Grant to the Local Stories Project, a collaboration between Eastport Arts Center and Charlotte Elementary School. This project is an integrated arts and history program that draws on the heritage of Downeast Maine in creating a permanent mural at Charlotte Elementary and an original play that Charlotte students will perform for the public and Eastport Elementary students.Students and teachers have been working closely with the Charlotte Historical Society conducting interviews and site visits. This research period has been rich for participants. Sixth-grader Grayson commented, “I never thought so much could change over a small period of time.” Seventh-grader Hudson said, “I learned that lots of people back then played outside, looked after littler people and had a lot more fun with each other.”Ann Luginbuhl, who teaches sixth through eighth grades said, “It has been interesting watching the students make connections between our guests and places we have visited in town. I can see that they are learning that history is really just stories about the past. It has made it much more real.”Coming up for the project are weeklong artist residencies with artist-designer Laurie Downey for creation of the mural, and artist-educator Gretchen Berg for development of the theatrical performance.The mural will be completed this spring and the play is scheduled for early April at Eastport Arts Center. Please watch for details about the May performance at eastportartscenter.org. For information about the project, email Alison Brennan, Eastport Arts Center education and outreach coordinator, at email@example.com.
Local Stories Project receives $5,000