Student gallery for Dia de los Muertos open at L/A Arts’ downtown gallery

Come celebrate Dia de los Muertos with us and the Spanish language students of Lewiston Middle School! This year’s Day of the Dead teaching artist residency has wrapped up, and the student found-object shrines to lost loved ones are on display at L/A Arts (221 Lisbon Street, Lewiston). Join us Wednesday, November 9 from 5:00-8:00 PM for the free opening reception. Includes refreshments!
The student artwork will be on display at L/A Arts until Nov 15 during regular business hours (M-F 9:00-5:00).

A huge thank you to all participating students. A special thank you goes to LMS Spanish teacher Jennifer Goodine and teaching artist Natasha Mayers for their hard work in making this residency possible for the sixth year in a row.

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Arts in Education programs end with success

Here are two updates from our Arts in Education programs:

LA Arts’ Maine Writes students from Edward Little High School take top two prizes in poetry slam competition in New York City
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Shown above are Edward Little High School students and teachers posing on stage after their victorious outing.

LA Arts is thrilled to announce that two Edward Little High School students, Ahmed Mohamed and Khadro Adow, took first and second place, respectively, in the 2016 Maine Writes poetry slam competition in the Bronx, New York. Mohamed and Adow, along with three of their fellow classmates, prepared for this event with classroom teacher Jill Hyland and teaching artist Joshua Vink during a year-long class at ELHS. In New York, the students competed against other high school students from schools in Brooklyn and the Bronx. A morning first-round competition took place, from which three finalists were chosen to perform in front of a packed audience of 500 people in the Lovinger Theater at Lehman College.

Of his final performance, Mohamed recalled, “I heard the cheering. It felt euphoric. It was amazing! People like me get to tell the world our stories.” Adow said, “With poetry, you are able to put how you feel into words and share it with others. It gives you confidence in who you are and where you come from.” Hyland described the experience as “a once in a lifetime opportunity to share and change the lives of people prepared to listen!”

LA Arts is pleased to have worked with two outstanding partners from New York City on this project, arts in education and technology organizations the Dreamyard Project and Global Writes. The Dreamyard Project is a nonprofit arts in education organization located in the Bronx, NYC, which since 1994 has served over 125,000 students in 100 public schools with the power of arts in education.  Global Writes’ mission is to promote literacy, communication and collaboration among young people through the integration of performing arts and technology resources.

Weaving with Sarah Haskell

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