LA Arts News.
Lewiston, Maine, May 27, 2020 – If we can’t safely gather in downtown Lewiston-Auburn for an art walk right now, we’ll bring Art Walk L-A to you! “Virtual” Art Walk L-A happens Friday, May 29, 2020 on YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram and includes visual arts, poetry, dance, and music features including:
- “Disconnected,” a new digital rendering by Lewiston artist Angie Lafrance, whose “Isolation” illustration series was recently published by BBC World News, with soundtrack courtesy of Corey DuFour, Justin Pardy, and Dan Coulombe of Sleigh Beggey.
- Original poems read by Lewiston Youth Poet Laureate Ryleigh Mae Emmert.
- “A Reel,” a video collage by choreographer and performer Laura K. Nicoll, who splits time between Maine and Brooklyn, NY, with footage from the Bates College Campus, surrounding area in Lewiston, and a walk in Brooklyn. Music by Capital Cities, Annie Lennox, Miike Snow, Franz Ferdinand, and Janet Jackson.
- A video of raw, one-take live performances by singer-songwriter Michael Krapovicky, featuring songs from his 2010 and 2014 releases “Lowlife” and “Songs I Lied About,” his soon-to-be released concept record “Summer Thunder,” and The Grumps album ”Down and Out.”
LA Arts and the Art Walk LA Committee are also pleased to present the 2020 Art Walk LA Artists web page. Artists and artisans included on this page each have works for sale; please support them with your purchases! Visual artists and artisans can register free at https://www.laarts.org/artwalk/ and we’ll share your work on this web page throughout the season. 100% of art sale proceeds go to artists and makers.
Virtual Art Walk LA and all LA Arts programs would not be possible without the generous support of community partners including 2020 Community Arts Champion sponsors Acadia Insurance, Austin Associates, P.A., Bates College, Baxter Brewing Co., Berman & Simmons, the City of Lewiston, the Sun Journal as well as the Maine Arts Commission, Maine Community Foundation, the Onion Foundation,, and the Ladd Foundation.
Since 1973, LA Arts, the arts agency for the cities of Lewiston and Auburn Maine, has pursued a mission to engage and inspire a vibrant community through arts and culture. The agency works with governments, businesses, schools and local arts and cultural organizations to create opportunities for community members across the generations to experience, learn, and participate in the arts. LA Arts organizes arts programs and initiatives, supports the work of local artists and arts organizations, and highlights the essential role the arts play in shaping an economically vital, socially integrated, and forward-looking future for its community. Learn more at www.laarts.org.
Lewiston, Maine, April 10, 2020 – Now as much as ever, arts experiences are important ways for us to engage, connect, and get inspired! LA Arts offers the following list of available web and social media arts engagements for our community to enjoy and share during this period of social distancing.
- ACLA calendar on the LA Arts website shares upcoming virtual arts and culture events.
- Bates College Museum of Art is active on social media with features like Marsden Hartley Monday.
- Children’s Museum + Theatre of Maine offers some daily online programs for families.
- Center for Puppetry Arts offers puppet shows, workshops and more, all from home!
- Connors Elementary School art teacher Kelsey Boucher is posting videos of fun art projects on a distance learning art website.
- Gendron Franco Center is sharing fun local and not-so-local musical performances on Facebook.
- LA Arts Facebook page is sharing all the arts content we can find as we find it!
- Lewiston Public Library is hosting virtual events on Facebook like read alouds and book chats.
- LUNCH DOODLES with Mo Willems are free videos on the Kennedy Center website.
- Maine Historical Society is collecting your Covid-19 pandemic stories for the My Maine Stories web pages.
- Maine Public’s Maine Museum Portal lets you virtually explore some exhibitions currently on view at museums across Maine.
- Maine State Museum is celebrating Maine’s Bicentennial by sharing insights and stories about Maine’s path to statehood.
- Monterey Bay Aquarium has multiple animal live cams you can tune into!
- Museum LA offers cultural content and features on Facebook like ‘Object of the Month.’
- NPR live virtual concerts is a continually updated list of live audio and video streams. Most are free.
- Opera Maine started a weekly web series that explores different aspects of opera.
- Portland Museum of Art is offering virtual film screenings.
- Portland Ovations offers some fun theater activities to try with your family.
- Portland Press Herald Do This calendar offers lots of virtual arts and culture experiences to try.
- State Theatre, Portland is livestreaming digital concerts on its Facebook page.
- Sun Journal/ Encore calendar lists online arts and culture happenings around L-A.
Have an arts experience to add to this list? Please let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org
For Immediate Release
Contact: LA Arts
First Art Walk Planned for June 26, 2020
Lewiston, Maine, March 19, 2020 – LA Arts, the arts agency of Lewiston and Auburn, today announced an open call for artists, artisans and performers for the Art Walk LA 2020 season. PLEASE NOTE: While the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted the Art Walk LA Committee to cancel the May 2020 art walk, the team hopes to bring back the festive monthly community arts celebration on June 26, 2020.
Art Walk LA turns the downtown into a bustling arts district on the final Friday of each month from May* through September, converting outdoor plazas, sidewalks, and more than 20 businesses and storefronts into lively art galleries and performance spaces.
Area artists, artisans, and performers are encouraged to register at https://www.laarts.org/artwalk/register/.
Art Walk LA brings thousands of people to downtown Lewiston and Auburn, making it a cultural staple and a great opportunity for exhibitors and performers to connect with audiences. LA Arts and the Art Walk LA committee look forward to working with all of this year’s artists and performers.
Since 1973, L/A Arts, the arts agency for the cities of Lewiston and Auburn Maine, has pursued a mission to engage and inspire a vibrant community through arts and culture. The agency works with governments, businesses, schools and local arts and cultural organizations to create opportunities for community members across the generations to experience, learn, and participate in the arts. L/A Arts organizes arts programs and initiatives, supports the work of local artists and art organizations, and highlights the essential role the arts play in shaping an economically vital, socially integrated, and forward-looking future for its community. Learn more at www.laarts.org.
*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the May 29, 2020 Art Walk LA is cancelled.