Past Portland Maine Event: VOL 41

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Concrete Gallery

@ VOL 41 ON MAY 24, 2018

Abbeth Russell is an artist, performer and teacher.  She strives to connect with all living things and other realms. Her natural habitat is downtown Portland where she can be found selling her art, juggling or playing harmonica with her band the Bumbling Woo hahs!  When not performing or selling her art on the street, she might be touring with the artists of the Hidden Ladder Collective or making art and teaching.

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On the UP BEAT with TEMPOart

@ VOL 41 ON MAY 24, 2018

Alice Spencer talks about Tempo Art, an initiative in Portland Maine to bring Temporary installations of Public Art of meaning to the local community and urban and cultural context.

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Smashing the Stigma of Mental Illness

@ VOL 41 ON MAY 24, 2018

Alison Ingalls talks about a story of dealing with depression and finding hope.

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A Reason for Optimism: Good People Doing Great Work

@ VOL 41 ON MAY 24, 2018

Bob Keyes is an award winning arts reporter for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram.  In his work, he sees cause for optimism in many of the places he casts his eyes. People doing heroic things to help others. Arts organizations and other community non-profits devising plans and projects to lift their neighbors and neighborhoods. Playwrights and novelists and other big-idea thinkers presenting issues, ideas and solutions to some of the most vexing conundrums of our times.

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Open Bench Project

@ VOL 41 ON MAY 24, 2018

Jake Ryan founded the OBP with a mind toward providing a place for people to gather around the idea of sharing skills, knowledge, and resources concerning the maker movement, about the process of identifying, collecting and fostering the OBP community, about what makes it “community”. He shares some of the struggles he had to endure for that distinction.

He speaks about what he is doing there, why he advocates for it and why it is both constructive and creative.

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Optimism through Compassion and Coincidence

@ VOL 41 ON MAY 24, 2018

Katie Brown discovered dead bodies twice before she was 10 years old.  This is the story of one of those discoveries and what transpired thereafter.

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@ VOL 41 ON MAY 24, 2018

Kelly shares her struggles with chronic pain and the extremes to which she has gone to regain control of her life and begin to advocate for herself and others in the pain community.

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Transcending Trump

@ VOL 41 ON MAY 24, 2018

How Linda Carleton has responded to political events she found herself unable to cope with and discovered both moments of serenity and renewed activism in the process.

Bob Keyes
Journalist, Portland Press Herald in Berwick Maine
Abbeth Russell
Artist, Teacher in Portland, Maine
Kelly Merrill
in Portland, Maine
Alice Spencer
in Portland, Maine
Alison Ingalls
in Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Katherine Ferrier
in Portland, Maine
Katie Brown
in Portland, Maine
Linda Carleton
in Portland, Maine
Jake Ryan
Founder + Director @ Open Bench Project, Open Bench Project in Portland, Maine