Outreach and Educational Opportunities
Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium provides opportunities for visitors, families, and students to experience the world of public art. Visitors can watch international artists create monumental sculptures from Maine granite, and attend workshops, lectures, and events during the duration of the 6-week symposium. The symposium is FREE and open to the public.
Students from pre-school to college visit the symposium. Some younger students come not knowing what to expect and then take in the stone sculptures with all of their senses-smelling the stone, rubbing the surfaces and feeling the variety of textures. One first grader asked sculptor Jo Kley (2007) what story went with his tower. When Jo responded, “You get to write your own story,” the child’s smile was as wide as his face. Many children stood between the “Sisters” of Roy Patterson (2007) and talked about being part of “their family.”
High school and college students alike walk around the sculptures looking at details, noting the work in progress, the technique and style of each sculptor, and asking both technical and philosophical questions about the works. Students of all ages have the opportunity to view the evolving sculptures at different times throughout the six week event. This forum presents many opportunities for on-site conversations that are both preceded and followed up at schools in Hancock, Penobscot, and Washington counties. A younger student once commented that he had never been to an “outside museum.”
The Symposium committee would like to express our appreciation to those schools whose teachers and administrators make the symposium this incredible experience possible for their students.
HOW SCHOOLS CAN PARTICIPATE
For more information on how your school can participate in a future events contact Jesse Salisbury at firstname.lastname@example.org