LA Arts News.

We’re Hiring: Community Organizer

LA Arts seeks a community organizer to build its capacity to serve a key constituency —  Lewiston-Auburn’s African immigrant community — as the organization pursues its mission to engage and inspire a vibrant community through arts and culture.

 

Goals include increasing representation of this community in LA Arts programming, the LA Arts Board of Directors and staff, and increasing arts engagements among community members. Candidates should have excellent listening skills, be able to identify community members’ needs and interests, and be able to establish and build working relationships with key stakeholders. Ability to communicate in the primary languages of L-A’s African immigrant community preferred. The job entails generating leads to identify and support key arts constituents within the community; organizing, planning, and running meetings to vet ideas and develop relationships with key constituents; and working with the LA Arts communications and office manager and the LA Arts Board to develop and implement arts solutions to expressed community needs. This is a part-time position of 10 hours per week. Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter, and 2 references to alison.gibbs@laarts.org.

 

LA Arts, the arts agency of Lewiston and Auburn, Maine, champions the essential role the arts play in shaping an economically robust, socially integrated, and forward-looking community. We work with governments, businesses, schools, and local arts and cultural organizations to create opportunities for community members across generations to experience, learn, and participate in the arts.

Art in the Windows in Lewiston This Spring

Art Glass by Jim Nutting 

Rinck Advertising Windows

113 Lisbon Street, Lewiston

April 15 – June 15, 2021

Echoes and Loops, New Paintings by Kate Cargile

LA Arts Gallery Windows

221 Lisbon Street, Lewiston

May 15 – July 1, 2021

Artist Books by Purple Bean Bindery

Lewiston Public Library Windows

200 Lisbon Street, Lewiston

April 15 – June 15, 2021

 

 

Lewiston, Maine, May 5, 2021 – LA Arts and community partners bring a lively Art in the Windows program to downtown Lewiston this spring, with new work now on view at a number of locations along Lisbon Street. 

 

Echoes and Loops, New Paintings by Kate Cargile will be on view in the LA Arts Gallery windows at 221 Lisbon Street in Lewiston from May 15 through July 1, 2021. Kate is a middle school art teacher whose artwork is shaped by her strong interests in literature, history, and visual culture studies. She works in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, printmaking, appliqué quilting, and paper mache sculpture. Her subject matter ranges from “the beauty of the people, objects and places that make up my everyday life to fanciful ideas from myths, legends, tales and my own wild imagination,” she says. Kate adds, “The artistic process is like trying to tune an old radio. There are many different stations and frequent static. When you get a clear station it’s always best to listen intently to what is playing.”

 

Artist books by Auburn artist Anna Low of Purplebean Bindery are on view nearby, in the windows of the Lewiston Public Library. These beautiful and unique creations can be seen from the street anytime or up close and personal during one of the library’ browsing blocks throughout the week. Each book is different and tells its own story in a distinctive format. Low’s formal education is in photography and art education. She received a BA from Hampshire College, an MA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and spent a year in Speós – The Paris Photographic Institute. Her photographs and artist books have been exhibited throughout New England and published in several periodicals, including Maine Magazine.

 

Art glassworks by Maine native, Bates College and Edward Little High School graduate Jim Nutting are on display in the windows of Rinck Advertising. Jim has more than 30 years of experience working in stained glass and has completed numerous small to large commissions for individuals and businesses. He has restored dozens of church windows and sold work at many craft shows and galleries, but now concentrates on filling Maine Art Glass in Lisbon Falls with his original art.

 

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 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.

 

April 2021 virtual Art Walk LA

Lewiston, Maine, April 21, 2021 –  The next “virtual” Art Walk L/A happens Friday, April 30, 2021 on www.laarts.org/artwalk/, YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram and includes visual arts, music, literature, and more, featuring:

 

  • “I’m No Meteorologist” by Indigenous Artpoet and indie rap artist Myles Bullen
  • A visit stained glass artist Jim Nutting at Maine Art Glass in Lisbon Falls
  • Meet the local artists exhibiting at Gritty’s and Craft Brew Underground in Auburn
  • Local Writers Read 2020 Maine Literary Award Finalists Series
  • And more! 

 

LA Arts and the Art Walk LA Committee are also pleased to present the 2021 Art Walk Artists online gallery. 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 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 Community Arts Champion sponsors Acadia Insurance, Austin Associates, P.A., Bates College, Baxter Brewing Co., Berman & Simmons, the City of Auburn, the City of Lewiston, Liberty Mutual, the Sun Journal as well as the Davis Family Foundation, Maine Arts Commission, Maine Community Foundation, the New England Foundation for the Arts, 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.

Art Walk LA Welcomes Bates Winter Arts Festival

Lewiston, Maine, February 22, 2021 – If we can’t safely gather a large crowd in downtown Lewiston-Auburn for an art walk right now, we’ll bring Art Walk L-A to you! The next “virtual” Art Walk L-A happens Friday, February 26, 2021 on www.laarts.org/artwalk/, YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram. This month we feature art and performances from the Bates Winter Arts Festival:

 

  • Original artwork by Bates Arts Society members
  • Bates College Deansmen perform “A Change in my Life” by Rockapella
  • Original song by LuisDa Molina-Rueda 
  • Magic by Abby Segal
  • Poem in Hindi by festival coordinator and international student Kush Sharma 
  • Local Writers Read 2020 Maine Literary Award Finalists Series
  • And more! 

 

LA Arts and the Art Walk LA Committee are also pleased to present the 2021 Art Walk Artists online gallery. 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 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 Community Arts Champion sponsors Acadia Insurance, Austin Associates, P.A., Bates College, Baxter Brewing Co., Berman & Simmons, the City of Auburn, the City of Lewiston, Liberty Mutual, the Sun Journal as well as the Davis Family Foundation, 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.