Eastport Arts Center

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Children’s Theater Workshop presents ‘Of Kings and Coconuts’

Eastport Arts Center’s Children’s Theater Workshop will present a comedy, “Of Kings and Coconuts” on Saturday, April 20 at 3 pm. Featuring a cast of 14 ranging in age from 7 to 27, the show pokes gentle fun at the legends of King Arthur and his knights. Participants include: Rachel Bailey, Marion Look, Tucker Thompson, Kali Wallander and Kieran Weston from Eastport; Siobhan and Roy Duffy and Wren Fraser from Perry; Cadence and Zephyr Nickerson from Pembroke; Owen Leavitt from Pembroke and Trescott; and Erin Harrell, Ivy Owens and Liam Rouleau, from St. Stephen, New Brunswick. Abby Leavitt from Pembroke and Trescott will be running lights for the show.
“Children’s Theater Workshop welcomes all who want to play,” noted director, Chris Grannis. “Look for our next session this summer!”
Tickets for the performance are $5. The Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and is handicapped-accessible.

April Vacation Arts Camp: OUTER SPACE with Sara Myrick

EAC will offer an outer space-themed arts camp during April Vacation week featuring an array of artistic activities. “Art creation need not be limited by your immediate surroundings,” says Sara Myrick, instructor for the camp. “Inspiration can be found beyond even the farthest reaches of our galaxy and imaginations!” Myrick teaches K-12 art full-time in the Eastport schools, and has led many workshops at the EAC. She is also owner of Coastal Whims, a home-based art business celebrating her love of nature and handcrafting.
The camp is for ages 6-13, and camp fee is $10. Space is limited. To reserve a spot, please email alison@eastportartscenter.org.

KinderArts presents Tiny Yogis

The Eastport Arts Center’s KinderArts program’s popular Tiny Yogis sessions will continue weekly starting March 21, and will run through June 27, skipping April 11 and 18. The group meets on Thursdays from 9:30-10:15 am. Instructor Caroline DiLio will teach yoga through music, dance and storybooks, and young participants will even learn meditation.

Owner of Maine Moon Kids Yoga, DiLio is a certified children’s yoga teacher and a mother of three. She takes a creative approach to teaching children, including games, crafts and sometimes even Minecraft poses. Learn more about her at mainemoonkidsyoga.weebly.com.

KinderArts programs are free and intended for children up to age 5; participants must come with a parent or caregiver. For more information or to be added to an email contact list for the group, please email Alison Brennan at alison@eastportartscenter.org. The class policy is that if AOS 77 schools are cancelled or delayed, the group will follow suit.

The Eastport Arts Center (EAC) is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport and eastportartscenter.org, and is handicapped-accessible. The work of the EAC has been funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Open Mic Night

EAC’s winter Open Mic series continues Saturday, March 9, from 6-8 pm. Spectators and performers of all ages are invited to the family-friendly event, which is held downstairs at EAC. All types of performances are welcome; maximum time slot is 15 minutes, but shorter acts are also acceptable. EAC will provide a small sound system, and all interested in performing can sign up upon arrival at the event. Eastport Family Pharmacy and new sister business, Machias Family Pharmacy, are sponsors of the March Open Mic. Pharmacist Ben Okafor, who opened Eastport Family Pharmacy in 2014, added the Machias location to help fill the need for a small, local pharmacy experience in the “shire town,” as well as to provide a larger group of customers with the pharmacy’s signature delivery service.

EAC Open Mic boasts free admission, donations are gratefully accepted, and complimentary beverages and snacks will be provided. Please email ahead to Alison Brennan, alison@eastportartscenter.org, if you have questions about your act. For more information about Eastport Arts Center programming please visit www.eastportartscenter.org, or call (207) 853-4650. The Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport, and is handicapped-accessible.

Outreach Program Brings the Arts to Area Preschoolers

Eastport Arts Center’s KinderArts program has received a Kars4Kids grant in support of expanded educational outreach efforts for the 2018/2019 school year. In collaboration with Theresa Fisk, District Early Childhood and Youth Coordinator for Washington County of the Cutler Institute, EAC has organized outreach visits of the KinderArts program for the Passamaquoddy Child Development Center, KidzFirst childcare center, Calais Head Start and Pre-K, Passamaquoddy Head Start and the St. Croix Early Care and Education Center. More than 60 local preschoolers have enjoyed learning yoga and meditation through dance, music and storybooks with instructor Caroline DiLio. Owner of Maine Moon Kids Yoga, DiLio is a certified children’s yoga instructor and a mother of three. She also leads the Tiny Yogis program at Eastport Arts Center, which will resume weekly starting March 21.
“Caroline’s quiet and patient presence when working with young children helps them to become fully involved in the activity.” said Marcia Rogers, Site Manager for Head Start at Child and Family Opportunities.
“The yoga and music experience can be relaxing and fun when the instructor is able to capture their interest. Caroline excels at this, which is evident in the excitement of our children when they learn she is coming to visit their classroom.”
Prior to receiving the Kars4Kids funding, EAC’s KinderArts program did a series of outreach visits to private home-based caregivers in Eastport and Perry, with support from the Crewe Foundation and the Maine Arts Commission.
“We reached out to area childcare centers because these children did not have the opportunity to travel to our center,” said Alison Brennan, EAC’s Education and Outreach Director. “Early arts learning is so important to the well-rounded growth of healthy children.”
Eastport Arts Center’s mission is to stimulate and nurture an appreciation of the visual and performing arts and the creative process and to provide a home and an environment within the community where they can prosper. More information may be found at eastportartscenter.org/education.

Children’s Theater Troupe Delights Audience

Several members of the Children’s Theater Workshop group gave a special performance and talk for the Sunday Afternoon series on April 8. Two of the groups’ favorite improv skits were shared, as well as some exciting behind-the-scenes info on the group’s upcoming production of Macbeth. One highlight of the hour was the theatrical debut of 5-year-old Gabe Hopkins, who was very engaging on stage.

The young performers also discussed their reasons for participating in theater and what they like about the form. Theater fans and families alike laughed often during the presentation, and we’re all looking forward to seeing the group’s take on Shakespeare this June.  

Photo by Robin Farrin of Coastal Maine Photography

Photo by Robin Farrin of Coastal Maine Photography

Photo by Robin Farrin of Coastal Maine Photography

Energetic International Dancers Get Calais Elementary Students Moving

On Thursday, September 21st, Eastport Arts Center’s International Dancers visited the third grade students of music teacher Miss Moody at Calais Elementary School.

Photo by Tarah Waters

This enthusiastic group of 30 children loved the music and learning folk dances from Israel, South Africa and Greece. The hour-long session began with the Israeli “Fox Dance.” This circle dance was great fun as the three foxes inside the circle chose other foxes to take their place. “This is like a game with music!” one child exclaimed.

Photo by Tarah Waters

“Pata Pata,” a party dance song from South Africa was followed with the exuberant “Tripotis” Greek dance as their final effort. The International Dancers were very impressed with the enthusiasm and skill of these young dancers. A great time was had by all.

Next on the International Dancers tour schedule are visits to Perry Elementary School on November 3 and Pembroke Elementary School on November 8.
For more information about the EAC’s education and outreach efforts, please contact Alison Brennan at alison@eastportartscenter.org.

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The work of Eastport Arts Center is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. The work of Eastport Arts Center is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.