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On the first Friday evening of every month, the city’s artists, galleries, and arts venues open up their doors for Portland’s thriving First Friday Art Walk.

Upcoming First Friday Art Walk

Friday, October 1, 2021

Portland Public Library
5 Monument Square

October 1 | 5-8pm
Portland Public Library has partnered with Freedom & Captivity to create an exhibit of photographs of art created by current inmates in Maine. These photographs by Sean Alonzo Harris, Lesley MacVane and Trent Bell from inside Mainer's Correctional Facilities reveal the human necessity to create art. On view in the Congress Street windows at Portland Public Library from September 15 - October 15, 2021.
An outdoor opening reception will be held during October's First Friday Art Walk on October 1, 2021 from 5 - 8 pm on Congress Street with Maine Youth Justice.
Maine Youth Justice is a youth-led, nonpartisan, activist organization whose goal is to close Long Creek, Mainer's youth detention facility, and create safer and stronger communities by investing in a continuum of community-based alternatives to incarceration for youth where all of Mainer's young people can not only survive, but thrive.
The vision of youth justice is a collaborative and equitable response to harm that recognizes and builds on the strengths of individuals and community.
The Youth Justice project was funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.
MYJ will have a table with information about the campaign to close Long Creek, how to get involved in the movement to end youth incarceration and Know Your Rights posters created by Central Maine SURJ (Showing Up For Racial Justice).
Freedom & Captivity is a state-wide public humanities initiative during Fall 2021 to bring critical perspectives from the humanities to the interrogation of incarceration. Recognizing that mass incarceration is fueled by racism and profit-generating mechanisms that tear apart communities and families, the project offers opportunities for public engagement about imagining prison abolition and the redirection of resources toward community investments, the repair of racial and gender injustice, intergenerational trauma, and eldercare for the aging population in Mainer's prisons. The project, which includes art exhibitions, workshops, webinars, a podcast, research and creative production, public education materials, and linked courses taught across Mainer's campuses, aims to cultivate opportunities for imagining freedom in an abolitionist society. The project is conceived with the participation of people in Maine directly impacted by the carceral system.

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Congress Square Park
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Zero Station
222 Anderson Street, Portland, Maine

October 1 | 5-7
Reverb: Sensibilities of Sound & Resonance Reverb is created when a sound or signal is reflected causing numerous reflections to build up and then decay as the sound is absorbed by the surfaces of objects in the space.Two curators, Tracey Cockrell and J.E. Paterak joined forces to present two dimensional works of art by seven women artists from around the country. Featuring the work of Lorene Anderson (CA), Meredith Broberg (MA), Grace DeGennaro (ME), Rita Grendze (IL), Anna Hepler (MA), Rachel Katz (ME), Ling-Wen Tsai (ME)

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Zero Station

Friday, October 1, 2021
5:00 PM 7:30 PM
Zero Station (map)
REverb: Sensibilities of Sound & Resonance

reverb, is created when a sound or signal is reflected causing numerous reflections to build up and then decay as the sound is absorbed by the surfaces of objects in the space.

Two curators, Tracey Cockrell and J.E. Paterak joined forces to present two dimensional works of art by seven women artists from around the country. Featuring the work of Lorene Anderson (CA), Meredith Broberg (MA), Grace DeGennaro (ME), Rita Grendze (IL), Anna Hepler (MA), Rachel Katz (ME), Ling-Wen Tsai (ME).

Exhibition runs from October 1 through November 12.

We hope to have an online gallery conversation or two with the seven artists details TBA.

Images left to right, G. DeGennaro (ME), L. Anderson (CA), L. Tsai (ME), M. Broberg (MA), R. Grendze (IL), R. Katz (ME), A. Hepler (MA)

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The Black Box

Join the Black Box for our third consecutive participation in Portland's First Friday Art Walk! We are so excited to extend this event beyond the Art's District and into the heart of Washington Ave. located between Munjoy Hill and East Bayside. As passionate small businesses and art supporters, we are looking forward to utilizing our connections with local artisans and vendors to bring more cultural awareness to the community! Our event will take place between 5-8pm on Friday September 3rd and include a new work release and live painting experience from local muralist Rebecca Volynsky, an illustration and animation sale from local artist Joe Rosshirt of Forthouse Studios, a furniture and home design sale from Studio89, and live painting from local artist Jacob Powers. In addition, guests will be able to enjoy ramen from Ishi Ishi, pastries and drinks from Onggi, and wine from Bluet. Enjoy live music, live art, and artist meet-and-greets in addition to shopping at all of The Black Box businesses! Come on out and celebrate the small businesses and local artists of the Munjoy/Bayside community- we look forward to seeing you there!

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PelotonLabs

The Complete City: Filled In
Peloton Labs, 795 Congress Street
October FFAW

The Portland Society for Architecture (PSA) invited architects, designers and students to visualize and test the limits of Portland’s newly adopted building code regulating the construction of accessory dwelling units (ADUs). The hope of PSA was that the competition would bring to light any overly restrictive rules in the current code as well as give inspiration to anyone looking to build an ADU on their own property.

We received 32 submissions from local, national and international teams.
Our submissions were juried by John Peterson, Curator of the Loeb Fellowship at Harvard University; Roseanne Haggerty, Director of Community Solutions;
Kevin Kraft, Deputy Director of Planning & Urban Development at City of Portland, Maine;
Milan Nevajda, Director of Planning, City of South Portland, Maine;
Jake Ryan, Founder and Director of the Open Bench Project in Portland, Maine;
Tara Hill, Director of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland, Maine; and
William O’Brien Jr., principal of WOJR + Associate Professor in the MIT Department of Architecture. Winners and all submissions are on display at Peloton Labs

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