Thursday, May 28, 2015

Welcome to new Chamber Member The Barn Arts Collective!

Please join us in welcoming The Barn Arts Collective, our newest Chamber Member!

The Barn Arts Collective (formerly the Mohawk Arts Collective) is a group of artists that create and encourage community through the practice and presentation of live arts events. Based out of The Barn, a performance and rehearsal space in Bass Harbor, Maine, the organization creates new works of  performance (theater, music, dance, film), provides residencies for artists making new work, hosts and performs at community events, partners with local non-profit organizations to offer arts and educational programs, and develops and leads workshops for young people in the community. 

The Collective was founded in 2008 to create opportunities for artists to develop new works of performance on Mount Desert Island. The organization has grown in each of the last seven years as it has become increasingly involved in the local community. Since 2008, over one hundred artists have come to Bass Harbor to create and continue work on new performance pieces and the collective has performed or taught at schools, libraries, community centers, and in the national park. The work takes the form of theater productions, concerts, discussions, film screenings, workshops and variety shows and uses elements of music, film, puppetry, comedy, and dance.

Current Programs Offered:
-Fostering the growth of local artists by providing space and instruction in music, theater making, movement, acting, and script analysis.

-Introducing non-local artists and their work to the community through residencies that provide space and support for new works of performance.

-Partnering with the Common Good Cafe, a non-profit soup kitchen in Southwest Harbor, to provide family entertainment nights during the winter months, including original children's theater shows and live music.

-Providing a community forum for discussion and interpretation of great works of literature. The 2015 winter session explores the plays, stories, and letters of Anton Chekhov.

-Working with area schools, libraries, and camps to present theater programs and workshops for young people of all ages. Goals of current teaching artist programs include improving literacy through the study and performance of Shakespeare, increasing environmental awareness through a make-your-own adventure puppet musical, examining technology and its role in our lives in an interactive rock musical, and remembering the bravery of resistance groups in Nazi Germany through a film and theater double feature event. 

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