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Mandala from "Many Hands" exhibition

Exhibit: “Many Hands: Wabanaki Paths of Learning”
Wednesday, November 16 – Friday, December 16
USM Area Gallery, Woodbury Campus Center, Portland
Opening Reception: 5-8 p.m., Wednesday, November 16, in Area Gallery 
Panel: “Paths of Learning”
4:15-5:45 p.m., Wednesday, November 30,in Area Gallery

"Many Hands: Wabanaki Paths of Learning" is an exhibit of Portland School District student work resulting from a partnership with Native American poet and artist Mihku Paul (Maliseet); USM’s art education program; USM Art Galleries; the USM Multicultural Student Affairs program; and The Telling Room, a non-profit community writing center based in Portland. Mihku Paul and USM art education students have led King Middle and Portland High School students through an exploration of American Indian art motifs and landscape elements using natural materials. The collaborative installation will also include an audio component reflecting the work of Gibson Fay-LeBlanc and Patty Hagge, two writers and teachers from The Telling Room, who have helped King Middle School students create written pieces that echo the themes of the Native American Trade Blankets Project and their personal connections to those themes.

An opening reception featuring student presentations will be held from 5-8 p.m., Wednesday, November 16, in USM’s Area Gallery, Woodbury Campus Center, Portland, 35 Bedford Avenue (off Forest Avenue).

A "Paths of Learning Panel" considering the question "How can native traditions inform contemporary art and art education practices?" will be held from 4:15-5:45 p.m., Wednesday, November 30, in the Area Gallery, Woodbury Campus Center, Portland. Panelists include teaching artist, poet, USM alumna ’10, and UNE instructor of writing programs Mihku Paul (Maliseet); artist, USM art education student and ballerina Christina Williams (Maliseet); and artist George Longfish (Seneca/Tuscorora), former faculty member in the Native American Studies Department at the University of California-Davis and Director of the C.N. Gorman Museum.

All events are free and open to the public. Free parking is available in the USM parking garage across the street from the Woodbury Campus Center. Woodbury Campus Center hours are 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Friday. For more information, contact Director of Exhibitions and Programs, Carolyn Eyler, at 207-780-5008.