September


Wednesday
09/01/2021
10:00am
Ongoing Exhibition
The Advent of Green Acre, A Bahá’í Center of Learning
  • Maine Historical Society

The Eliot Bahá’í Archives preserves history relating to Green Acre, a Bahá’í Center for Learning. Sarah Jane Farmer established the Green Acre conferences in Eliot, Maine in 1894. Lecturers discussed peace, world religions, health, freedom, and social justice topics. A 1900 meeting in Palestine with ‘Abdu’l-Baha, the imprisoned leader of the Baha’i Faith, changed Farmer’s life. Afterward, she established Green Acre, which became a Baha’i Center of Learning that continues to operate today. On view through October 2, 2021. This exhibition is online and in-person through a timed ticket process. Make your reservation at www.mainehistory.org.

Wednesday
09/01/2021
10:00am
Ongoing Exhibition
Begin Again: reckoning with intolerance in Maine
  • Maine Historical Society

BEGIN AGAIN examines the roots of social justice topics and aims to stimulate civic engagement and foster dialogue among Mainers. The Black Lives Matter movement, political unrest, and COVID-19 converged into a societal crisis. BEGIN AGAIN explores Maine’s historic role in these crises and the national dialogue on race and equity through a physical exhibition and a virtual program series. On view through December 31, 2021. This exhibition is online and in person through a timed ticket process. Make your reservation at www.mainehistory.org.

Wednesday
09/01/2021
10:00am
Ongoing Exhibition
Bob Thompson: This House Is Mine
  • Colby College Museum of Art

The first museum exhibition devoted to the artist in more than twenty years, Bob Thompson: This House Is Mine traces Thompson’s brief but prolific transatlantic career, examining his formal inventiveness and his engagement with universal themes of collectivity, bearing witness, struggle, and justice. Bringing together paintings and works on paper from almost fifty public and private collections across the United States, This House Is Mine centers Bob Thompson’s work within expansive art historical narratives and ongoing dialogues about the politics of representation, charting his enduring influence. On view through January 9, 2022.

Wednesday
09/01/2021
10:00am
Ongoing Exhibition
First Freedoms in Captivity
  • First Amendment Museum

In First Freedoms in Captivity, incarcerated Maine veterans have created art that explores their experiences with their First Amendment freedoms – the freedoms of religion, speech, press, assembly, and petition. View the exhibition online or in person at the First Amendment Museum, located at 184 State St, Augusta, ME 04330 – directly beside the Governor’s Mansion. Open Monday through Friday, 10:00 am -4:00 pm. On view through December 31, 2021.

Wednesday
09/01/2021
10:00am
Ongoing Exhibition
Passing the Time: Artwork by World War II German Prisoners of War in Aroostook County
  • Maine Historical Society

In 1944, the U.S. Government established Camp Houlton, a prisoner-of-war (POW) internment camp for captured German soldiers during World War II. Many of the prisoners worked on local farms planting and harvesting potatoes. Camp Houlton housed about 3,000 prisoners and operated until May 1946. The Aroostook County Historical and Art Museum in Houlton, a Maine Memory Network Contributing Partner since 2003, has 717 items and 13 exhibits online including images of the POW soldiers and artwork they created. On view through December 31, 2021, Passing the Time…, is on view both online and in-person at the Maine Historical Society. Make your reservation at www.mainehistory.org.

Friday
09/03/2021
5:00pm
Event
Opening Reception of Freedom & Captivity: Maine Voices Beyond Prison Walls
  • UMVA Gallery

Join us for the opening reception of the UMVA exhibition, Freedom & Captivity: Maine Voices Beyond Prison Walls during Portland’s First Friday Art Walk on September 3rd from 5 p.m – 8:30 p.m. Located at 516 Congress Street, Portland, ME.

Saturday
09/04/2021
10:00am
Ongoing Exhibition
Freedom & Captivity: Maine Voices Beyond Prison Walls
  • UMVA Gallery

In this exhibition, residents and former residents of incarceration facilities express their lives in the art they create. The work defies stereotypes and emphasizes that we are all more than the worst act we have committed. We are whole people with loves and losses, skills, talents, ideas and gifts…and a longing to be free. On view through October 29, 2021. UMVA Gallery is located at 516 Congress Street in Portland, Maine. Click here for gallery hours.

Wednesday
09/08/2021
5:00pm
Event
Opening Reception of First Freedoms in Captivity: Veteran Resident Artwork
  • First Amendment Museum

Join the First Amendment Museum for the opening of First Freedoms in Captivity: Veteran Resident Artwork on Wednesday, September 8th, 2021 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. The exhibition, comprised of artwork created by incarcerated Maine veterans, explores their experiences with their First Amendment freedoms. 

Monday
09/13/2021
10:00am
Ongoing Exhibition
Art Inside
  • Waterville Creates

In Art Inside, Maine-based photographers Trent Bell, Aaron Flacke, Séan Alonzo Harris, and Lesley MacVane record artwork in these spaces inside Maine’s five prison facilities. The art featured in their photographs, all created by incarcerated people, resists the isolating and dehumanizing dimensions of punitive confinement, offering a visual literacy of freedom and creativity, of selfhood and relationality. We hope this work might provoke a reconsideration about the use of punitive confinement to address social problems. What might abolition look like? On view at Ticonic Gallery through October 30, 2021. Located at 10 Water Street, #106, Waterville, Maine 04901. For gallery hours, please call 207.616.0292.

Monday
09/20/2021
7:00pm
Webinar
Abolition for the 21st Century
  • Colby College

Join us for Abolition for the 21st Century’ with Orisanmi Burton (Anthropology, American University, Abolition 101 video), Dylan Rodriguez (American Studies, UC-Riverside, founding member of Critical Resistance and author of Forced Passages: Imprisoned Radical Intellectuals and the U.S. Prison Regime) and Jackie Wang (Culture and Media Studies, New School and author of Carceral Capitalism).

Monday
09/27/2021
7:00pm
Workshop
What Does Abolition Feel Like?
  • Colby College

Performance workshop by artist Anna Martine Whitehead.

October


Monday
10/04/2021
7:00pm
Workshop
What Does Abolition Sound Like?
  • Colby College

A performance workshop with artist-musician Paul Rucker creating music in response to prompts by Robin D. G. Kelley (History, UCLA, author of Freedom Dreams).

Monday
10/11/2021
7:00pm
Webinar
Carceral Reparations
  • Colby College

Performance and talk by artist Cameron Rowland.

Friday
10/22/2021
10:00am
Ongoing Exhibition
Home Fires
  • University of New England Art Gallery, Portland Campus

Home Fires presents the work of artists who have experienced incarceration in their immediate or distant family, or who use this concept as a structural theme in their work, to shine a light on what incarceration can mean for those of us who have stayed at home. Artists include Gustavo and Gaelyn Aguilar (TUG Collective), Julie K. Gray, Kim Wilson, Lauren Tosswill, Forrest Meyer, and Mai Snow. On view at UNE Art Gallery in Portland, ME through January 23, 2022.

Monday
10/25/2021
7:00pm
Webinar
Visualizing Incarceration
  • Colby College

A conversation with curator Sean Kelley (Eastern State Penitentiary), filmmaker and author Brett Story (Prison in 12 Landscapes; Prison Nation), and artist Rowan Renee.

November


Monday
11/01/2021
10:00am
Ongoing Exhibition
sea/sky, blood, earth, you
  • Emery Community Arts Center

Imagining freedom, whether as decarceration if not outright abolition, requires empathy, and empathy—literally, the capacity to feel (pathos) together (em)—involves tapping into the part of ourselves that is relational. sea/sky, blood, earth, you starts from that which is relational, in this case, the experience of aging rooted in the body, to gather some finer meaning about fragility, resilience, and the performance of care. Tracing a relationship of kinship among caregivers, Returning Citizens, families, and reentry advocates, this multifaceted project aims to foster awareness of, and reform for, elderly and terminally-ill incarcerated individuals and Returning Citizens. On view through December 9, 2021. Gallery hours are 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Saturday (closed Sundays and government holidays).

Monday
11/01/2021
7:00pm
Webinar
Abolitionist Futures and Queer Liberation
  • Colby College

A conversation with Uri McMillan (African American Studies, UCLA, author of Embodied Avatars: Genealogies of Black Feminist Art and Performance), Danielle Jackson (curator, Artists Space), and artist Sable Elyse Smith.

Thursday
11/04/2021
5:00pm
Event
Opening Reception: sea/sky, blood, earth, you
  • Emery Community Arts Center

Join us for the opening reception of sea/sky, blood, earth, you at the Emery Community Arts Center in Farmington, ME; with a presentation by Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition to follow at 7:00 pm.

Thursday
11/04/2021
7:00pm
Performance
Affirmation
  • Palaver Strings

Palaver Strings joins forces with the genre-defying chamber ensemble Warp Trio to present Affirmation live at One Longfellow Square in Portland, Maine. This program centers music and stories that have been suppressed or misrepresented in mainstream media narratives. At the heart of the project is Affirmation, a new concerto grosso for piano trio, percussion, electronics, and strings. Written by Warp Trio’s own Josh Henderson, this piece is inspired by Assata Shakur’s poetry, which, in Henderson’s words, “encapsulates the experiences of Black trauma, chaos, loss, and joy while maintaining a commitment to Black life and living.” Shakur’s writing, the campaign of fear coordinated against her, and her arrest and escape, all find potent echoes in our current political climate. Our program also features Kareem Roustom’s Dabke for String Orchestra, Florence Price’s Five Folk Songs in Counterpoint, and Akenya Seymour’s Fear the Lamb, which addresses the life and death of Emmett Till in three vivid movements. In this age of unprecedented access to truth and misinformation, Affirmation reflects on the struggle for representation, in the concert hall and the world at large.

Monday
11/08/2021
7:00pm
Webinar
Solitary Confinement
  • Colby College

A conversation between philosopher Lisa Guenther (Queens University) and artist jackie sumell.

Monday
11/15/2021
7:00pm
Workshop
Gender, Feminism and Abolition
  • Colby College

A workshop with journalist Victoria Law.

December


Monday
12/06/2021
7:00pm
Webinar
Performance of Felon Poems
  • Colby College

Performed by Reginald Dwayne Betts.

Spring


Saturday
05/07/2022
4:00pm
Ongoing Exhibition
Wilderness and Culture
  • L.C. Bates Museum

Taking its cue from the 2021 state-wide initiative Freedom & Captivity, the 2022 L.C. Bates summer exhibition, Wilderness and Culture, invites artists to reflect upon the meanings that these two concepts hold for the natural world and the ways in which we conceive, represent, and imagine freedom and captivity in nature. Possible avenues of reflection are, for instance, wilderness, cultivation, and domestication. The L.C. Bates is a non-traditional, encyclopedic museum with a focus on the natural world. Its annual summer exhibition, which runs from May to October, is the result of a collaboration between the museum’s staff and two Colby students under the supervision of Prof. Véronique Plesch. The exhibition’s opening reception will occur on May 7th, 2022 from 4-6 pm at the museum.