Auburn City Council meets tonight, please rally your support for L/A Arts

Your Community NEEDS You…
to demonstrate your support of, and your belief in L/A Arts as a vital component of the Twin Cities.

Both in history and organizational by-laws, L/A Arts as an entity was created 40 years ago by both the Lewiston and Auburn libraries, one a municipal entity the other a non-profit. L/A Arts was seen as an extension of part of the libraries’ missions, and as such have made appointments to the L/A Arts Board; current appointments from the library are Bill Low and John Painter, respectively. While L/A Arts was never viewed as a department of either library, it was a progressive collaboration between the two cities designed to develop an understanding of the arts as necessary to enhance and stimulate vibrant and creative communities.

For the past several decades, L/A Arts has been a community arts agency supported through funding from both the cities of Lewiston and Auburn. This funding allows our organization to pay for our staffing and overhead so we can focus on bringing performance, music and art of all kinds to this community. Our Community.

For the second year in a row the Auburn City Council is preparing to eliminate funding for L/A Arts.The funding L/A Arts has requested from the City of Auburn represents less than three hundredths of one percent of the 2013 Auburn City budget. Last year the Auburn City Council voted to reject L/A Arts’ request for this critical funding, forcing us to narrow the scope of our programming in Auburn.

The next Auburn City Council meeting is: May 6 at 7PM located at 60 Court Street. This is an open session.

L/A Arts is Lewiston Auburn Arts–the local arts agency serving both sides of the river.
One River, One Community.

If you believe we have demonstrated a commitment to our community’s quality of life and are laying the groundwork for a positive future through the arts, please demonstrate that support by attending the next Auburn City Council meeting, and rally for our funding.

This Council needs to see and hear your support! If you are unable to attend please call or email your councilor and express your desire to keep L/A Arts in your community.

Ward 1 Councilor
Councilor Tizz E. H. Crowley

Ward 2 Councilor
Councilor Robert P. Hayes

Ward 3 Councilor
Councilor Mary J. K. LaFountaine

Ward 4 Councilor
Councilor David C. Young

Ward 5 Councilor
Councilor Leroy G. Walker, Sr.

At-Large Councilor
Councilor Belinda A. Gerry

At-Large Councilor
Councilor Joshua A. Shea

“Not in our Town: Light in the Darkness” to show at L/A Arts.

Not In Our Town Image The Lewiston group Welcoming Maine, is continuing in their effort to spread goodwill, create understanding, and promote social integration with an additional screening of the powerful documentary film “Not in our Town: Light in the Darkness.” The screening of “Not in our Town: Light in the Darkness,” will occur on May 8 at 7pm. It will be shown in the DownStage at L/A Arts located at 5 Canal St. Alley, Lewiston. Admission to this event is free; seating is limited, reservations encouraged.

“Not in Our Town: Light in the Darkness” is a documentary about a town coming together to take action after anti-immigrant violence devastates the community. The documentary, which debuted in September 2011, tells the story of Patchogue, N.Y., and the community’s response to an influx of Ecuadorian immigrants.

“In 2008, a series of attacks against Latino residents of Patchogue, New York, culminate in the murder of Marcelo Lucero, an Ecuadorian immigrant who had lived in the Long Island village for 13 years. Over a two-year period, the story follows Patchogue Mayor Paul Pontieri, the victim’s brother, Joselo Lucero, and everyday Patchogue residents as they address the underlying causes of the violence, heal divisions, and begin taking steps to ensure everyone in their village will be safe and respected”.

For more information and to view a trailer of the film, please visit

About Welcoming Maine

Welcoming Maine is a 12 member community group that works to improve social integration between new and native Mainers. They are being assisted by six Bates College students, all taking a class on Privilege, Power and Inequality taught by Professor Emily Kane.

Swing into warm weather with Hot Club of San Francisco Cinema Vivant

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Imagine yourself in the idyllic French countryside in the 1930’s. Sometime before dark, a gypsy caravan sets up camp in a field outside of town, luring the locals out for an evening’s fun. The wanderers travel with a film projector, pointing it at the side of a barn. As the images flicker to life beneath the stars, gypsy musicians play their guitars and fiddles, matching every movement on the screen with characteristic virtuosity, passion and humor. Reviving this lost entertainment, The Hot Club of San Francisco presents Cinema Vivant, an evening of vintage silent films accompanied by live gypsy swing, on Friday May 10. Hosted by L/A Arts and Bates College, Cinema Vivant will take place at Olin Arts Center at 7:30PM. Tickets to this wonderful event are $20 for adults and $10 for students.

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Le Jazz Hot is the quartet of the Hot Club of San Francisco, still continuing the tradition of fine French Gypsy Jazz performed on string instruments. Inspired by Django Reinhardt, a man hailed as one of the greatest guitar players that ever lived, Hot Club of San Francisco revives an art form based on the foundations of gypsy culture, American Jazz and the polygot culture of 1920s Paris. Once you hear it you can’t forget it. It is sophisticated, yet it has a sentimental quality. It is Gypsy jazz, and the popularity of this sometimes flamboyant, sometimes melancholy guitar music is growing around the world. Aficionados everywhere are forming bands, called Hot Clubs in honor of Django Reinhardt’s famous Quintet of the Hot Club of France.

Cinema Vivant is a celebration of imagination and innovation; it combines live gypsy swing and jazz with vintage silent films. Before World War I, European filmmaker Ladislaw Starewicz pioneered stop-action animation, creating a never-before-seen movie experience. A gifted storyteller who used the new medium of animation to illuminate his fantastic imaginings of the secret lives of ordinary objects, Starewicz has become an obscure cult hero. Two Starewicz films are featured in Cinema Vivant—The Cameraman’s Revenge, a charming piece about the marital troubles of beetles and The Mascot, an adventure story about lost toys. On the other side of the Atlantic, American Charley Bowers revolutionized the industry in the 1920’s by combining animation with live action. There It Is, a recently rediscovered film by Bowers, is a whimsical comedy about a mysterious occurrence investigated by Scotland Yard.

Maine Humanities Council brings A Streetcar Named Desire to Lewiston!

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Featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Atlantic, Outside the Wire is a social impact company that uses theater to address pressing public health and social issues. The company travels around the world, presenting dramatic readings of powerful literary works and empowering communities to respond to issues raised in facilitated discussions. Professional actors have appeared on Broadway, in Portland Stage Company productions, an din films and TV shows such as The Talented Mr. Ripley, The Namesake and Law and Order.

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The Maine Humanities Council has commissioned Outside the Wire to structure a performance and discussion around the issue of domestic violence. Partners from domestic violence prevention agencies from across Maine have been integral in its development. Representatives from these agencies will attend each performance to answer questions and distribute resources.

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Our partners from the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence include: Spruce Run (Penobscot), Caring Unlimited (York), Womancare (Piscataquis), Next Step Domestic Violence Project (Washington & Hancock) Safe Voices (Androscoggin, Franklin & Oxford), and Family Crisis Services (Cumberland & Sagadahoc).


Portland Tickets
Tuesday, April 16
John Ford Theater, Portland High School

Lewiston Tickets
Wednesday, April 17
Franco American Heritage Center

Bangor Tickets
Thursday, April 18
Gracie Theatre, Husson University

No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Click here to learn more.


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Art and Parties, Beer and Food. L/A Arts pairs fun and fundraising on March 10 with Arts and Crafts

Still bathing in the afterglow of the Ice Festival of Lewiston Auburn—or sulking because you were unable to join in the fun? L/A Arts is excited to present another unique fundraiser that combines a social gathering with the arts. Arts and Crafts partners L/A Arts, Fishbones Restaurant and Sebago Brewing Company to combine a scrumptious five course dinner tasting with craft beer pairings, and fabulous works of visual art by Maine artists. Each attendee will leave with a piece of beautiful work—ranging from photography to oil paintings, shadow boxes to pottery. On Sunday March 10, join L/A Arts to fill your belly and your walls.

This exclusive fundraising event supports L/A Arts mission to engage and inspire a vibrant community through arts and culture. That means more events like Ice Fest L/A, free summer concerts in the park, Art Walk Lewiston Auburn last Friday Art Walks, Main Stage Performances and a whole lot more.

Limited tickets are available to attend Arts and Crafts and are priced at $100—a steal when considering a five course meal from a five star restaurant, tasty beer pairings and your very own piece of Maine made art work.

Tickets can be purchased by calling L/A Arts at 782-7228 or online.

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Artists who have donated their work to be a part of this event include:

Therese Banks, Wendy Barrett, Pam Bell, Claude Bergeron, Don Bernard, Stephanie Berry, Felice Boucher, Steve Bradford, Sean Cabbaniss, Dan Cake, Melinda Campbell, Maureen Caron, Grayling Cunningham, Lisa Davis, Hillary Dow, Jody Dube, Neill Ewing-Wegmann, David Footer, Jennifer Gammon, Jen Gibbons, Sarah Haskell, Stanley Hollenbec, Penny Hood, Jeff Jacques, Bonita Kenny, Dacia Klinkerch, Alfred Kypta, Karl Lalemond, Kerry Landry, Mike Landry, Annette LaVallee, Mike Libby, Kathy Ligori, Vicki Lund, Natasha Mayers, Mike McAllister, Connie McVey, Kathleen Murphy, Adam Nelson, Arla Patch, Tom Platz, Tom Reichard, Michael Reidy, Susan Roux, Andrea Segars, Sandy Simard-Nyberg, Gail Skundera, Mary Spencer, Anne Strout, Judy Taylor, Debora Trafton, Miles Turner, Jim Walker, Helen Warren, Greg Waters, Sheri Withers and Sarah White.

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