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MACKENZIE BURKE // JUNE 29-JULY 21

Please join us for the opening of Off Cuts, new work by Mackenzie Burke on June 29, from 5-8pm during the Biddeford+Saco ArtWalk.

Burke lives and works in Portland, Maine. His work which often deals with the supernatural or otherworldly is also largely informed by his love of cinema. With an Interdisciplinary degree from The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Mackenzie’s work spans various mediums including video, painting, sculpture and installation.

ARTIST STATEMENT

Off Cuts, a series of 12″ x 12″ paintings, is the refined end product of a period of deeply transgressive and personal art making in my life. These are the paintings that materialized in the first year of my sobriety. Each canvas is it’s own meditation. Small personal one-offs that now, when standing back seem to be circling a much larger unseeable verse about spirituality, love, and my own inconceivable redemption. There is a common fear with artists and musicians that somehow their creative practice will be lost in the processes of getting clean. Luckily, nothing could be further from the truth. These paintings reflect a fairly experimental and untethered method of image making for me. They represent a sense of new joy within the most traditional of formats. I think this is me finding my wonder again.

Shows:
The Holiday Show (group) Liberate Hollywood, Los Angles CA, 2017
Bodies (collaboration w/ Joe Schlaud), Stumptown Coffee Seattle, WA 2017
Speak of the Devil, The Stables Portland, OR 2012
Die Clean, Clawhammer & Clothespin Portland, OR 2010
Mega Unknown: Information From Beyond, grad show, NSCAD Halifax, NS 2008
events:
Merlin Video Ltd. Presents: Just Before Dawn film screening Portland, OR 2014

JUNE 27 // DANA SIPOS

Continuing our folk series with a visit from Canada’s Dana Sipos.

ADVANCE TIX $10 / DOOR $12 / ALL AGES
GET TICKETS HERE

http://www.danasipos.com/
https://soundcloud.com/dana_sipos

Dana Sipos‘ hypnotic, tenderly skewed songs are filled with a wild wind. She tours extensively, occasionally by bicycle, tall ship, canoe and train. Her last album, Roll Up the Night Sky, released on underground Nashville label Muddy Roots Records, was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award in the Pushing the Boundaries category. A new album, ​Trick of the Light, released on Toronto’s Roaring Girl Records spring 2018.
​”Delicate, slightly strange and completely mesmerizing” – Gold Flake Paint UK​

JUNE 7-8: CHILDREN’S THEATER PERFORMANCES

Come hear the incredible tale of Mowgli, a young boy raised by wolves. With the help of his friends — the bear Baloo, the panther Bagheera and the python Kaa — Mowgli learns the ways of the jungle.

Join the 13 cast members ages 7-13 for this wonderful performance.

PERFORMANCES: Thursday June 7 and Friday June 8 at 7pm. Doors at 6:30pm.
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THE DIRECTOR
Courtney Wood

ABOUT THE JUNGLE BOOK
With the help of his friends — the bear Baloo, the panther Bagheera and the python Kaa — Mowgli learns the ways of the jungle. Some of the jungle boy’s adventures are gripping, like the time he encounters the hooded cobra who guards the treasure vault in the Deserted City. Others, like the coconut-tossing monkeys who take him prisoner, are hysterical. But the jungle is also dangerous, for it is the home of Shere Khan, the man-eating tiger who has vowed to destroy Mowgli. With his fawning jackal follower, Shere Khan plots to take control of the jungle. Mowgli must use all his strength and courage to stop Shere Khan before it is too late. This faithful adaptation is extremely simple to produce and rehearse. It will enchant your audiences and have everyone cheering when Mowgli declares, ’I am Mowgli, Keeper of the Law and Guardian of the Jungle!’

JUNE 6-7: LOCAL FOOD LOCAL PLACES

Join us June 6 & 7 for a community workshop focused on food and place in Biddeford as part of the Local Foods Local Places initiative. Come for all or any sessions you can of this two day event.
 
The workshop will consist of facilitated sessions to identify local foods and local place-making initiatives in Biddeford. The community meeting will include interactive discussions about opportunities to use local food initiatives to strengthen downtown Main Street, foster economic development, and promote better public health outcomes. The second day action planning sessions will highlight best practices and focus on creating a community action plan with specific implementation steps.
 
AGENDA
 
WEDNESDAY EVENING: 6:00PM – 9:00PM
The purpose of this session is to introduce everyone to the project and engage in exercises that reveal community values and vision. There will be presentations made by both consultants and local leaders. This is a “show and tell” session where people learn from each other and sets the stage for more detailed work the following day.
 
THURSDAY MORNING: 9:00AM-NOON
The purpose of this session is to explore strategies for accomplishing the goals and vision discussed the previous night. This will involve a presentation with case study examples and exercise to help the community identify components/assets of its local food system, where the community may like to
apply specific strategies. The session ends with a brainstorming session on next steps actions to prep for the afternoon session.
 
LUNCH BREAK: NOON – 1:30PM LOCALLY, ON YOUR OWN
 
THURSDAY AFTERNOON: 1:30PM – 4:00PM
This final work session will identify specific actions and responsible parties, and finish any of the work products started in the morning. The results will be completed Action Planning tables that include specific actions for achieving the goal, along with timelines, milestones, financial and human resources, roles and responsibilities, and next steps. Emphasis will be on near term and implementable next steps needed to move forward. The session concludes with a plenary debrief, closing statements and next steps.
 
Community partners are Engine: Propelling the Creative Community, UNE Coastal Healthy Communities Coalition, Heart of Biddeford, TheFarm, Biddeford Economic Development Office, Biddeford High School Civil Rights Club and the Biddeford Schools Foundation.
 
Cities and towns across the country are undertaking new initiatives and strengthening current programs that support development and growth of local food systems while reinvesting in downtowns and existing neighborhoods. These efforts can help communities achieve multiple goals, such as:
 
• Keeping money spent on food within the local economy and creating new jobs in the region.
• Diversifying the local economy and sustaining or reinvigorating a region’s agricultural heritage.
• Increasing the vitality of a historic Main Street or an existing neighborhood, helping to attract reinvestment and growth to these areas.
• Revitalizing already-developed areas to reap environmental benefits.
• Reducing food insecurity and food deserts.
 
Nationwide, consumers are growing more interested in getting foods from producers in the same geographic region through farmers markets, community-supported agriculture, farm-to-school programs, and similar initiatives. Strong interest from communities prompted a group of federal agencies to offer assistance with a community-driven planning process that explores how to use the benefits of local foods to help revitalize downtowns and neighborhoods.
 
PHOTO COURTESY OF SPITZER PHOTO

JUNE 4 LOU BARLOW

2018 finds Lou without obligations to his bands and ready to bring acoustic guitars and his extensive back-catalogue on the road for a series of intimate solo performances. Requests will be taken, stories will be told and Lou will be in the best setting to share the emotionally direct, melodic songs he’s known for.

Doors 7pm, Lou will start around 7:30-7:45. Lou is serious about that timing.

Lou will have his new 7 inch, “Love Intervene” for sale at the merch table.

GET ADVANCE TICKETS HERE ON EVENTBRITE

Tix available only online. Please do not call or stop into Engine for tickets as Engine is not handling the sales for this particular show.

ELECTRIFY! OPENS MAY 25

Engine is pleased to host Electrify! a nationally-touring show of 15 talented emerging young artists, ages 21 to 25, with disabilities from around the U.S. presented by the VSA, the Kennedy Center’s international organization on arts and disability based in Washington, D.C. Electrify! will open on May 25 during the Biddeford+Saco ArtWalk from 5-8pm and show through June 23.

One of the artists, Haley Macherone, BFA ’17 Maine College of Art, will give a short presentation at 6pm about her work.

The year-long national tour kicked off in Washington, D.C. at the Rayburn House Office Building on October 25, 2017, and is presented through generous support from Volkswagen Group of America.

The 2017 VSA Emerging Young Artists Competition, a Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program of the Kennedy Center, drew submissions from talented young artists with disabilities from around the U.S. This year’s theme, around which the artists were challenged to create work, was to excite our senses, awaken our curiosity and electrify our very being. The winners, selected from a pool of hundreds of applicants, were chosen for their artistic quality, proficiency and enlightening or compelling interpretations of the theme.

“These young artists challenge us to see the world from a different point of view, and through their personal lens. Their work will spark debate and conversation, and ultimately ignite understanding,” said Betty Siegel, Director of VSA and Accessibility of the Kennedy Center. “We thank Volkswagen Group of America for their continued support in making this possible. We look forward to seeing the impact these 15 young artists and their work will have on invoking unity and inclusivity across the nation.”

2017 marks the 16th year of the program in which VSA’s Emerging Artists Competition challenges young artists with disabilities to demonstrate their talents and skills across visual arts genres. The winners receive a total of $60,000 in cash awards as well as national recognition via the exhibition, which will travel to museums and galleries as part of a one year national tour. As part of their award package, the winners also receive all-expense paid travel to Washington, D.C. for three days of educational events and seminars October 24-27, 2017, including a reception at the Rayburn House Office Building on October 25, 2017. Over the three days, the artists will convene at the Kennedy Center for a series of professional development workshops, which will provide skill-building and practical knowledge-sharing opportunities to support career growth. Volkswagen Group of America has supported the program through funds and board support since 2002. Additionally, the company will display the art in its Herndon, Virginia headquarters for employees and visitors to view as part of the national tour.

David Geanacopoulos, Senior Executive Vice President for Public Affairs and Policy of Volkswagen Group of America, remarked, “We are thrilled to once again support VSA’s Emerging Young Artist Competition, the program not only empowers young artists but it inspires our entire company. The program combines art and culture while advocating for diversity and inclusion, all values that Volkswagen Group of America promotes throughout the organization.”

FUNDING CREDITS:
The VSA Emerging Young Artists Program is sponsored by Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

ABOUT THE OFFICE OF VSA AND ACCESSIBILTY AT THE KENNEDY CENTER
The Kennedy Center has been at the forefront of making the performing arts accessible to persons with disabilities. Serving the international disability and arts community, the Office of VSA and Accessibility, a Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability program, provides opportunities for people with disabilities of all ages across the globe to learn through, participate in, and enjoy the arts. The Office focuses its efforts on arts and special education initiatives; accessibility services for patrons and visitors with disabilities; professional development for educators and cultural administrators; and career opportunities in the arts for people with disabilities. For more information, please visit http://education.kennedy­ center.org/education/ #Access .

ABOUT EDUCATION AT THE KENNEDY CENTER
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is the national champion for arts learning and creativity. Committed to increasing opportunities for all people to participate in, learn about, and understand the arts, the Center offers programs and events that strive to reflect the nation and its communities, and that are accessible and inclusive for all. From the Center’s stages to classrooms and communities across the country, to online resources accessible nearly anywhere, the Center serves the burgeoning artist, the curious explorer, the student (of any age), the teacher and teaching artist-any person interested in arts learning and utilizing the arts for positive change.

As an essential component of the living memorial to President Kennedy, the Center’s Education programs utilize the arts to embrace the ideals of service, justice, freedom, courage, and gratitude, and cultivate the Citizen Artists in all the people we serve. For more information, please visit kennedy-center.org/education /.

ABOUT VOLKSWAGEN GROUP OF AMERICA, INC.
Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. 0fWGoA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers and the largest carmaker in Europe. VWGoA operates a manufacturing plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee and houses the U.S. operations of a worldwide family of distinguished and exciting brands including Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, and Volkswagen, as well as VW Credit, Inc. Founded in 1955, the company’s headquarters are in Herndon, Virginia. The company has approximately 6,000 employees in the United States and sells its vehicles through a network of approximately 1,000 dealers.