Cutler Institute

Understanding Maine Inside Out: As a Model for Social and Emotional Learning and Community Resilience Building

A Policy and Practice Brief

This brief report describes how Maine Inside Out (MIO), a nonprofit arts organization located in Portland, Maine, has implemented programming and the promising data related to the benefits of that program on participants in the areas of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and community building. Though the data contained in this paper is preliminary, it may inform other systems, organizations, and individuals interested in developing a service or intervention model that utilizes theater or the arts as a way to build authentic relationships with youth. The purpose of this brief is to explore this promising programmatic approach as well as to establish a basis for further research and development.