Arts in Education Program

Student Exhibitions

Through observation, reflection, critique, and revision, our students work with museum educators, classroom teachers, and artists to create final works of art that connects to curricular standards.  

Stories of the Land and Its People Exhibition 2018

Stories of the Land and Its People is a dynamic exhibition with art created by 4th and 7th grade students who used the art experience to study a variety of subjects including Maine studies, science, environment, poetry, geography, and more!  The exhibition includes interactive stations, digital work and touchable items created for visitors to enjoy.  The museum provides this arts in education program free of charge to Midcoast Maine schools.  It is led by Farnsworth museum educators in collaboration with teaching artists, classroom teachers and the students and is inspired by local fieldwork and the latest research from Harvard University’s Project Zero and Lincoln Center Education in New York.

This student exhibition is a small sample of artwork created by 162 elementary and middle school students who took part in the 2017-2018 Stories program.  Program and exhibition designed by Arts in Education Program Manager Andrea L. Curtis.  Installation supported by Claire Horne, Jared Cowan, Karen Talbot, Robert Coburn, Dale York, Jamie Calles, Jonathan Frost, and Jon Stewart.  

Photos by Michael O'Neil

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Stories 2018 Exhibition Event

May 20, 2018

Stories of the land and its people 2018 Exhibition

Opening Event
Sunday, May 20, 2018

Opening Ceremony and Student Performances, 1-2pm, Strand Theatre
Red carpet entrance at 12:40pm

Exhibition Opening & Reception, 2-5pm, Farnsworth Art Museum
Student readings in the library at 2:30pm

This event is free and open to the public.


Student Exhibition 2017

May 21, 2017 - September 10, 2017

Stories of the Land and Its People - Exhibition 2017

Students in the 2016-2017 yearlong Stories of the Land and Its People program studied a range of topics, including environmental studies, biology, community, sustainability, natural science, engineering, math, and poetry. The slideshow below highlights artwork presented by 250 midcoast Maine students at the Farnsworth Art Museum. Exhibition: May 21, 2017 - September 10, 2017. Program and exhibition designed by Arts in Education Program Manager, Andrea L. Curtis. Installation support by Jared Cowan, Robert Coburn, Kelsey Gibbs, Matthew Silverman, Scott Sell, and John Stewart. 

Photos by Michael O'Neil.

Stories of the Land and Its People - Opening Reception

Over 350 students, parents, artists, and educators celebrated the Stories of the Land and Its People opening on May 21, 2017 at the Farnsworth Art Museum. Event highlights include the red carpet entrance for families, student musical performances with artist Scot Cannon, the teacher and artist appreciation ceremony at the Strand Theatre, a program film directed by Scott Sell, kid-friendly catering, student poetry readings in the museum library, and the unveiling of the student exhibition in the Crosman Gallery. 

Photos by Michael O'Neil.

Stories of the Land and Its People - Exhibition 2016

During the 2015-2016 school year, 4th and 7th grade Mid-coast Maine students explored color, nutrient cycles, poetry, agriculture, town history, watersheds, crafters and more in their yearlong arts-integrated Stories projects. Through the medium of photography, students went out into their community to visually tell their story.  Each class participated in studio sessions with a professional artist, practiced deep noticing in the museum galleries, were visited by museum educators in the classroom, and developed curricular connections to their projects.  This slideshow represents some of this yearlong work. Program and exhibition designed by Arts in Education Program Manager, Andrea L. Curtis. Installation support by Jared Cowan, Matthew Smolinksy, Robert Coburn, Andrew White, Scott Sell, and Margaret Rizzio. 

Photos by Kelsey Gibbs.