Taking It To The Streets

It's not exactly news that arts programs are being cut at an alarming rate. But often, the arts are a catalyst for academic success, connection and healing. Which makes the ArtVan — which provides art therapy on the go — more important than ever.

The city of Bath started ArtVan in 2004 as a way to reach out to low-income neighborhoods and seniors. Since then, its mission has grown, and the van now makes its services available to those on the streets, in public housing developments, corrections facilities, schools and group homes, and anyone with limited access to social services. Over time, its outreach has expanded, as well, to include Brunswick, Lewiston and Biddeford. In 2007, ArtVan began a successful collaboration with VSA Arts of Maine.

Curious? We thought you might be. So if you're in the Topsham area over the next two weeks, stop by the Barn Door Cafe, where "Art Speaks" will be on display through March 26. Working with words and images, students in ArtVan's Artists Xtraordinaire (or AVAX) after-school program at Bath Middle School have created a compelling exhibition.

The work will be on view from March 16 to March 26 during regular business hours (7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday). The Barn Door Cafe and Bakery is located on 4 Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 102. For information, click here or call 207.721.3229.


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