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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

We could use a few extra hands to help make this process easier. And so many people have offered help as we move to the basement for the summer while the Marble Block gets underway.

Click on the link below to sign up for a time slot so we know who is coming, when. Bring gloves, comfy shoes, tools if you have them. Boxes would be handy.

A pickup truck would be helpful as would a hand cart or dollie if you have either.

Sign Up!

To-do list:

  • Disassembling the bar and moving to the Marble Block.
  • Disassembling office cubes and moving to the Marble Block.
  • Disconnecting the plumbing for the bar and darkroom
  • Carefully de-installing artwork for pickup by artists
  • Moving the darkroom equipment to storage either in the Marble Block
  • Moving tables from FabLab to the Marble Block.
  • Moving furniture from the retail shop to the Marble Block.
  • Moving Tammy’s office to the basement (file cabinet, standing cabinet, desk)
  • No cleaning necessary, no one else is moving in.

Thank you so much! Our community is fantastic and we are feeling much loved.

Teaching Artist/Reading Tutor for Cultural Exchange Program

TO APPLY: Email cover letter with your skills and qualifications, in addition to your resumé to director@feedtheengine.org by August 15, 2019.

ABOUT THE CULTURAL EXCHANGE PROGRAM: Engine’s Cultural Exchange Program will provide support and opportunity for young New Mainers and English Language Learners (ELL) living in Biddeford using food and art as a vehicle for social cohesion. Outside of the public school system, Biddeford lacks programs and cultural spaces for New Mainers and ELLs that create the relationships that allow them to thrive and participate as full members of the community. The program will create a sense of belonging which has direct links to better health and wellness and build understanding of new cultures with the traditional residents of Biddeford.

Working with Biddeford ELL professionals, Engine, has begun to attract immigrant and refugee youth because we are accessible and affordable. In talking with the children, Engine discovered that when youth are not in school, there might often be one meal a day at home, typically dinner.  Additionally, working with the Biddeford Civil Rights Club comprised of many New Mainers, the cultural importance of having access to food from the students’ homelands was high. From these conversations came the idea that Engine, with its little kitchen and crew of volunteers, could offer a simple meal that is prepared as a group and then eaten together as a “family” followed or preceded by art making or homework assistance to help with literacy. The youth designed the menu and made Swahili potatoes, flatbreads, foo foo and peanut soup, and even Italian gnocchi. The program is not exclusive to ELLs and American youth from the community regularly attend and have developed friendships with the New Mainers.

This program is funded by a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the City of Biddeford, and follows HUD guidelines. 51% of program attendees must qualify as low-to-moderate income per HUD income rules.

Free-to-attend art and food-centered activities will take place weekly on Wednesdays during the school year (tentatively, 3:15-5pm on typical Wednesdays and 12-5 during the once monthly early release) and on Saturday afternoons at lunchtime (from 11-2:30, tentatively). Saturday sessions will be year-round starting after the school year ends.

The ideal candidate is a versatile maker with the ability to engage youth from different cultures. The Teaching Artist/Tutor will receive support from an Education Program Manager, a paid high school intern, a social work intern. Cooking will be done by volunteer chefs from the community.

Skills and Experience:

  • Proficiency in various studio art techniques, for example, sculpture, printmaking, screen printing, clay, painting, drawing.
  • Comfortable operating power tools.
  • Youth engagement skills, one-on-one and group management.
  • Computer literate with Google applications.

Aptitudes:

  • Interest in learning about different cultures;
  • Culturally sensitive to customs;
  • Outgoing, engaging, communicative;
  • Comfortable around youth;

Qualifications:

  • Previous relevant field experience required;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills to report on day’s activities;
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to and passion for Engine’s mission.

Duties:

  • Design art-making projects with multi-cultural origins.
  • Reading tutoring with recommended reading by Biddeford ELL instructors.

Timeline and Compensation:

This position is a contract position which pays $20/hr. Required program days are: Saturdays September 1, 2019 through June 31, 2020 from 11:30am-1:30pm, and, during the school year, the first-of-the-month Early Release Wednesday from 12pm-5pm, and the remaining Wednesdays in the month from 3:15pm-5:00pm.

This is a contract position and may be renewed for July 1, 2020 through June 31, 2021 if the program is deemed successful by the City of Biddeford.

Goodbye & Hello : 128 to 129

Join Engine as we say goodbye to our home for the last four years, 128 Main Street, and focus our energy on relocating to 129 Main Street, the Marble Block. As Engine heads towards its tenth anniversary in January of 2020, we’ll celebrate the artists who have exhibited work in our gallery and youth who have benefitted from our programs.

Goodbye & Hello is a celebration of all things Engine, past and future. We invite Engine’s family of artists, parents, members, and past donors to join us this evening of good friends, food, and drink.

Special Preview (tickets $100, limited to 50) from 6-7pm will include

  • Artist Meet and Greet, for final show at 128 Main, Intermission
  • Delicious, festive hors d’oeuvres* from Big Tree Catering–the folks who created Eventide, Honey Paw, and Hugo’s; fresh oysters from Nonesuch Oysters’ Abigail Carroll; and amuse-bouches.
  • Specialty cocktails with Round Turn Distilling
  • Sneak-peek of Lorne, Biddeford’s newest wine bar, with a tasting of a special selection of bottles and bubbly
  • Beer samplings with Banded Brewing
  • Music by blues master Sam Smithwick

The Main Event (Tickets $50, limited to 125) from 7-9pm will include:

  • Viewing of final show at 128 Main, Intermission
  • Peek into 129 Main with sound installation
  • Delicious, festive food from Big Tree Catering–the folks who created Eventide, Honey Paw, and Hugo’s
  • Auction of Experiential Packages with Lucas Hunt Auctioneer
  • Special Guests
  • Raise the Roof Auction of Bricks and Sticks
  • Wine and beer courtesy of Lorne and Banded Brewing
  • Goodbye & Hello Toast to end the evening by Brit Saliwanchik

Attire: Artsy Chic, if that is a thing. And can be widely interpreted in Maine. But please do dress comfortable but don’t be afraid to let your creative flag fly!

Food: Cocktail party with heavy hors d’oeuvres–a buffet-style with three different large wooden boards festooned with cheeses, charcuterie, smoked fish, and all the accompanying pickles, jams, and mustards you can imagine.

Experiential Packages

Bid on one or more of these four packages that intend to give you a unique, off-the-menu experience in and around downtown Biddeford. Bid as one or as a group of friends. These experiences are meant to share:

  1. FOOD LIFE: Start your indulgent day in Biddeford with a private lesson in ice cream making for 3 at Sweet Cream with Jonathan Denton and Jacqui DeFranca. Next, you’ll head over to Banded Brewing’s barrel-aging basement bar for a toast with Ian McConnell, owner and head brewmaster. Then get a private viewing of the earliest cookbooks printed in Maine, some which literally only exist in this location, with renowned antiquarian book expert Don Lindgren of Rabelais. The grand finale, enjoy a fine dining prix fixe experience for 4 at elda, the brainchild of James Beard nominee Chef Bowman Brown and one of Eater’s Best Restaurants in the Country in 2018.
  2. OUTDOOR LIFE: Start the day right with a private movement lesson (1-3 people) at with Carissa Rubin and at Metta Studio in the Pepperell Mill Campus. Pick up your picnic lunch from Part & Parcel and then head off with Dr. Aline Potvin, naturopath, on an urban foraging excursion where you’ll find both edible and medicinal plants. Then, set sail for with Broad Reach Sailing and Saco River Tours for an evening tour of Saco River and Bay. (Tandem sail for 12 people or double the fun with two individual sails for 6). A bottle of Round Turn Distilling Bimini Gin and Stone Fort Vodka included for boat drinks. The next morning, learn to fly at Metta Studios with a private group aerial yoga class (all levels welcome! 8 people max).
  3. CITY LIFE: Enjoy a unique urban experience as guests (up to 15) gather on the rooftop deck of Pepperell Mill Campus with snacks by Brian Gossman of Farm to Coast, and cocktails courtesy of mill owners Doug and Lauren Sanford. You’re then invited to the theater with tickets for 8 to the City Theater production of Drowsy Chaperone. Top off your night on the town with a tasty treat at Elements Books Coffee Beer.
  4. CULTURAL LIFE: Enjoy a private tour of the Ogunquit Museum of American Art’s new summer exhibitions with museum staff and docents. Then, practice your own skills with a private lesson with Biddeford landscape artist Janet Ledoux (supplies included) and a sun print session with NOC Darkroom @ Engine’s Tina Johnson. Learn the finer points of coffee with private coffee-tasting session with connoisseur and roaster Jon Philips of Time & Tide. Later in the summer get ready for a sneak peek into the highly-anticipated new restaurant Magnus on Water with sommelier Brittany Saliwanchik. From art to food to history, dive deep into all the best of Southern Maine.

Can’t come but still want to support Engine? 

Proxy Auction Bids on Experiential Packages

You can buy a paddle and we’ll have proxies bid on the experience packages for you. Fill out the Proxy Form here.


Bricks & Sticks Auction

You can buy a brick or stick online as well by visiting our donation page!


Many thanks to our wonderful community for their support of this event:

BIG TREE CATERING / NONESUCH OYSTERS / LORNE / MAGNUS ON WATER / BANDED BREWING / ROUND TURN DISTILLING / LUCAS HUNT AUCTIONEER / ELDA / SWEETCREAM DAIRY / TIME & TIDE / ELEMENTS / RABELAIS / METTA STUDIOS / NOC DARKROOM / JANET LEDOUX FINE ARTIST / DR. ALINE POTVIN / BROAD REACH SAILING / SACO BAY TOURS / CITY THEATER

ONE BLUE SKY MURAL

One of artist Pat Perry’s large-scale murals.

Mural Project to Connect Cultures in Maine and Iraq

Two Countries + Two Classrooms + Two Street Art Murals = One Vision of Friendship

Between May 29 and June 1, Detroit-based artist Pat Perry (http://patperry.net/art/walls) will be painting a mural at 15 York Street in the Pepperell Mill Campus which will be informed by two groups of elementary students – fourth and fifth graders from the Biddeford Intermediate School in Biddeford, Maine, and fifth graders from the International School of Chouelfat in Sulaymaniyah Iraq. The project is called the One Blue Sky project (http://www.oneblueskyproject.org/) and is funded by The Good Works Foundation and coordinated by Engine, a Biddeford-based arts organization.

The public is invited to meet the artist and others involved at an open house on June 1, 2019 from 11am-2pm at the site of the mural.

One Blue Sky project strives to build bridges between youth of different cultures in order to create empathy and understanding. Artist Pat Perry will create a massive wall mural in each of the two cities of Biddeford, Maine and Sulaymaniyah, Iraq, that will incorporate the students’ ideas about friendship. Students will be involved in some of the painting.

The students will be supervised by their respective teachers, Kate Gerwig in the U.S. and Samantha Robison of nonprofit APTart in Iraq. Tammy Ackerman, co-founder and director of the Biddeford based nonprofit arts organization Engine is the local site coordinator. Doug and Lauren Sanford of the Pepperell Mill Campus are donating their wall for the mural. Jesse Galkowski and Ashley Zipp of Feels Like Media will be donating time recording the classroom interviews. Emad Rashidi, a filmmaker from Iran, will be producing a documentary on the project. These individuals are donating their time and talent to the artist team that is helping make this dream a reality.

Ackerman says, “The power of art to create understanding and empathy cannot be underestimated. I am so pleased to be working a professional group of people who are willing to give of their time for such a worthwhile effort.”

This unique bicontinental project is the brainchild of Laura Rodgers, who was inspired by the birth of her granddaughter to help children connect and break down barriers while creating works of art in their respective cities.  

As Laura says, “I am a Jewish grandmother and I have a Muslim grand-daughter whom I adore. I found that I had misperceptions about faith and culture that were changed by this very personal experience. The One Blue Sky project grew from my desire to help create that kind of bond on a global scale.  Helping children across the globe connect and recognize what they have in common, opens hearts and encourages understanding.”

Ultimately, the two finished wall murals will form a diptych, which, when viewed digitally, will be a symbol of our shared humanity that reaches across boundaries.  The lesson is clear: we are more alike than different.

This project is possible because of The Good Works Foundation, created by Jerry Friedman with the express mission of teaching children the values of empathy, kindness, and love through books, TV series, and other media. Says Friedman, “Ten trekking years ago I met an inspiring person, a nun in Laos who gave discarded children hope and joy. She lived by the words of C.S. Lewis, ‘You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.’ She is the most caring person I’ve ever met and I took her picture. She travels with me every day, an image on my desktop, and I don’t even know her name. I feel One Blue Sky is a way for us to promote the principles she embodied.  Nothing could be more uplifting than one child interacting personally with another to make a difference on this planet.”

If you are interested in interviewing Laura Rodgers or Jerry Friedman and attending the event in Biddeford on June 1, please contact Laura Rodgers at (508) 662-2683.

MAY 18: OPENING OF INTERMISSION

For our last show at 128 Main Street, before we take a break while the Marble Block is built, we honor the Biddeford artists who have been part of Engine’s community. There are so many more but we can’t show them all. Come celebrate with us.

Sarah Baldwin
Patricia M. Brace
Stephen Burt
Rebecca Cote
Jarid del Deo
Laura Lee McGuirk Dunn
Cat Dussault
Michael Evans
Enrico Della Pietra
Julie Kuceris Gray
Sean Hasey
Hannah Hirsch
Rayne Grace Hoke
Tina Johnson
Kim Largey
Ann Thompson
Ashley Zipp

VOTE FOR THE MURAL

Create your own

The finalists have been selected for the 230 Main Street mural in downtown Biddeford. The Biddeford Public Art Committee, a committee of Engine, has selected four very different murals. The artists are Jared Goulette, Patrick Corrigan, Susan Bartlett Rice, and Rebecca Cote.

Please vote for your favorite mural that best exemplifies “community matters more.” This mural is sponsored by the Bangor Foundation and will be located on the side of New Mornings Natural Foods store.

Voting closes May 17 at 11:59pm.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE AND VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE MURAL

SUSAN BARTLETT RICE
PATRICK CORRIGAN
REBECCA COTE
JARED GOULETTE

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