Press Release

Kids Camp and Downeast Tours

ORONO, Maine —  In conjunction with the Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium (SISS), which will be held July 22-Aug. 30 on the University of Maine campus, the UMaine Division of Lifelong Learning is offering two daylong tours of Maine coastal locations that are the sites of sculptures from previous symposia. The symposium is also offering a five-session children’s camp.

The tours will be held on Thursday, Aug. 9 and Thursday, Aug. 23. The Aug. 9 tour will start at the site of the current symposium, then go to Ellsworth and then south to sites in Little Deer Isle, Blue Hill, Bar Harbor and Southwest Harbor. The Aug. 23 tour starts in Orono, continues to Ellsworth, and then heads north to Eastport.

The registration deadline for the first tour is July 27 and for the second tour is Aug. 10. To register, go to or call UMaine Conference Services at (207) 581-4092.

The tours include visits with the artists participating in the current symposium, a viewing of the 2009 documentary film “Rock Solid: The Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium,” and a narrated tour conducted by former SISS artist Mark Herrington.

The cost for each tour is $85 and includes motor coach transportation and lunch.

SISS is also offering a summer camp for kids in grades 6-12. Campers will have the opportunity to visit the symposium, meet the artists observe the progress of the sculptures, learn various sculpting techniques and styles, and create sculptures of

their own.

Camp sessions will be held 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on the five Saturdays during the symposium, starting Saturday, July 28. The cost for all five Saturday sessions is $125, which includes tools and materials.

Registration will be open until July 28. For more information email



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