On Friday, June 8, Julia’s Gallery for Young Artists at the Farnsworth Art Museum will open a new student exhibition titled “Stories of the Land and Its People.” The show includes the work of more than 140 Midcoast students who participated in a year-long collaboration between the Farnsworth Art Museum and public schools in Appleton, Hope, Lincolnville and Islesboro.

The opening, to which the public is invited, will include a 5:30 p.m. program at the Strand Theatre on Main Street, followed by a multi-venue preview and reception throughout the downtown museum and at Julia’s Gallery for Young Artists, at the corner of Elm and Union streets.

Begun in early October 2011, Stories of the Land and Its People: An Arts-Integrated School Initiative for Midcoast Maine was organized so students would learn from their teachers, museum professionals and mentor/artists about how to use the arts — especially digital photography and video — in their studies of English language arts, history and social sciences and other disciplines. Through the project, the Farnsworth, as the lead partner, is bringing more art-making and arts learning experiences into the fourth- and seventh-grade classrooms, as well as providing multiple guided tours in the museum throughout the academic year.

“We who have been privileged to observe the students working with their teachers in the four schools are excited that all of the good work will be made visible to the community through this exhibition,” said Roger Dell, the Farnsworth’s director of education.

Throughout the project, middle- and high-school students in Julia’s Gallery have been filming a documentary video about how the teachers are employing the arts to support core curricular requirements mandated by the state. Their documentary will be premiered Sunday, Aug. 12 at 1 p.m. at the Strand in a free screening.

The Farnsworth has received many generous grants and help from donors for “Stories of the Land” including support from the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation, Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Best Buy Children’s Foundation, Cabot Family Charitable Trust, Maine Arts Commission SMART Grant, NLT Foundation, Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation, Arthur K. Watson Charitable Trust, Joyce Tenneson, Mr. and Mrs. Peter McSpadden, Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Campbell and other donors.

Julia’s Gallery is part of the Farnsworth’s Education Department and is an award-winning, afterschool arts program that supports and sustains a creative community of teens who produce, display and celebrate the visual arts in Midcoast Maine. Founded in 2001, the mission of Julia’s Gallery is to recruit, train, advise and provide space for students — middle through high school — who wish to explore the meanings of art in their lives and who are committed to a multi-year, sequential, critical and creative program. For more information about Julia’s Gallery, contact the Education Department at 596-0949.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.