Awareness photo project at Waterfall Arts
Belfast — Waterfall Arts will host the United Way of Eastern Maine’s Waldo County Health Awareness Project (HAP), an innovative, photography-based community health education pilot, in its Corridor Gallery. The exhibit will open with a 5 to 7 p.m. reception for the many collaborating artists, community organizations and the public Friday, Dec. 14 at the arts center, 256 High St
Eleni Murphy, Waldo HAP project coordinator, collaborated with people of all ages to take a close look at local social and physical environments. The exhibit at Waterfall Arts is the final culmination of the project and is an effort to educate the community about health in Waldo County and the steps to take to participate, volunteer or donate to any of Waldo HAP’s organizations.
Students from Belfast Community Outreach Program in Education (BCOPE) are one of the groups involved in the HAP. They documented their school as a social environment and also investigated the economy of Waldo County, meeting with local business owners and employees and photographing them. Game Loft participants also documented many activities that take place both at the Game Loft and within the community. Peace Jam, a group of Mt. View High School students, documented their social environment and captured their role as environmental activists within the school.
Waldo County Meals on Wheels, another participating group, helps maintain independence for homebound people who are unable to cook and or shop for themselves. Meals on Wheels volunteers shared their delivery routes, and MOW recipients shared their experiences with the program. Spectrum Generations’ Adult Day Break is dedicated to assisting older adults or people with disabilities to remain able, active and alert. Adult Day Break provides social support in a comfortable environment with daily activities and healthy meals. Waldo County Action Partners also is an integral part of ADB, as it provides transportation for many of the participants. Adult Day Break took photographs of their daily environment and BCOPE students also documented the many activities at the program.
“Bringing together different sectors of our community is a part of Waterfall Arts’ mission to create community in harmony with nature through the transformative power of the arts. We are delighted to be working with Eleni Murphy and United Way of Eastern Maine and offering exhibition space for this project. Using art as a way to increase awareness, and offer creative solutions to community problems, is absolutely one of our roles as a community art center,” said Martha Piscuskas, director of programming at Waterfall Arts.
The opening reception is free, and all are welcome to attend. The Waldo HAP exhibit will be on display through the end of February. Waterfall Arts gallery hours through Sunday, Dec. 23 are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day except Mondays. For gallery hours after the 23rd, visit waterfallarts.org or call 338-2222. For more information on United Way of Eastern Maine’s programs, visit unitedwayem.org.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or firstname.lastname@example.org.