Summer update for “The American Dream” reflects engagement with the community

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and the smells of sunscreen and hot dogs are filling the air. All of this means summer and TEMPOart’s summer programming are in full swing.

Here is what we have accomplished so far:

From July 11th to July 15th, Oak Street Studios held their sculpture class as part of its summer camp programs for children. These kids visited the sculpture and made their own totem pieces inspired by Judith Hoffman’s “The American Dream.”

This month and into August, Mayo Street Arts will incorporate the sculpture as inspiration for their RAD! (Reading! Art! Dance!) summer program for children ages 7-11. RAD! improves literacy and encourages creativity through engaging, hands-on learning activities. Mayo Street Arts first visited the sculpture with their class on July 12th and Community Network Television was there to capture this visit and even snagged a few interviews with some of the budding artists. Watch the segment here.

On August 5th, from 5 – 8pm, both the students at Oak Street Studios and Mayo Street Arts will have their pieces exhibited at the park as part of a First Friday Extravaganza. For this, TEMPOart will also be partnering with Greater Portland Landmarks to offer an architectural scavenger hunt of the India Street Neighborhood.