Free and open to public- Coastal Regional Reentry Center’s R.A.W. Theater Group to perform at UMaine Hutchinson Center May 19

Belfast, Maine Coastal Regional Reentry Center’s Restorative Art Works (R.A.W.) Theater Group will present a free performance followed by a community discussion on Saturday, May 19 from 3:30–6:30 p.m. at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center.

R.A.W. is a performance and writing group that creates original theater adopted from true stories of conflict, resolution, hope, incarceration, addiction and freedom. The group consists of volunteers, families, allies

and men returning to communities from the Maine Coastal Regional Reentry Center. The goal of the group’s performance is to alter individual and societal perspectives and actions.

Larraine Brown, Director of the Belfast Creative Coalition, manages the group.

In addition, five works from the exhibit “From Behind the Wall — Expressions from Prison,” a visual conceptualization of the emotional states of incarceration, will be on loan to the Hutchinson Center May 14–June 1.

For more information or to request a disability accommodation, contact Nancy Bergerson, 207.338.8049. Additional information about the Hutchinson Center is online (hutchinsoncenter.umaine.edu).

About the University of Maine: The University of Maine, founded in Orono in 1865, is the state's land grant and sea grant university. As Maine's flagship public university, UMaine has a statewide mission of teaching, research and economic development, and community service. UMaine is among the most comprehensive higher education institutions in the Northeast and attracts students from Maine and 49 other states, and 67 countries. It currently enrolls 11,240 total undergraduate and graduate students who can directly participate in groundbreaking research working with world-class scholars. The University of Maine offers 35 doctoral programs and master's degrees in 85 fields; more than 90

undergraduate majors and academic programs; and one of the oldest and most prestigious honors programs in the U.S. The university promotes environmental stewardship, with substantial efforts campuswide aimed at conserving energy, recycling and adhering to green building standards in new construction. For more information about UMaine, visit umaine.edu.

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