New Programs

This fall LEAPS of IMAGINATION kicked off a pilot program, Animal Voices: Kids Speak their Minds about the Earth….

Artists introduced children to Wheeler Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, where they heard from Len Greenhalgh about how he turned an aging granite quarry into a home for more than 100 animal species. Students made 2 visits to the sanctuary, where they searched for signs of animal homes, drew from observation, and deepened their love of nature. Each child made a personal connection to one animal and created an elaborate mask and accompanying poetry. Maine Arts Commission’s Ticket to Ride, funded their transportation.

In November and December LEAPS’ artists launch a new program for St. George’s fourth graders.  Breaking New Ground, funded by the Nellie Leaman Taft Foundation and St. George School, connects elementary school children to art, to their local natural surroundings, and to one another in a collaboration with Jackson Memorial Library.  Following their 4-week art and nature investigation, which includes experiencing the wildlife at Wheeler Bay, students will mentor kindergarteners, creating shared works of art.

We are pleased to announce a 4-way partnership between LEAPS, Georges River Land Trust, Cushing Community School, and Thomaston Grammar School for a spring 2019 program. Entitled Working Across Communities, children from two schools will cross boundaries, meeting at Langlais Sculpture Preserve as young artists working in tandem. We are grateful for the support of Maine Arts Commission, Jane’s Trust, Maine Community Foundation, and RSU 13 for supporting this collaboration.