New director wants Freeport’s artistic organization to diversify into the community


The new CEO of an arts organization in Freeport said she wanted to increase her interactions and involvement in the community.

Dana Legawiec said she looks forward to helping the Freeport Arts and Culture Alliance collaborate with organizations in and around Freeport to elevate the arts and artistic experiences of community members.

“My main priority is to build on existing relationships with schools, artists and community members and to help ACFO meet the needs of the community,” said Legawiec. “I want to invite more conversations about what ACFO can do, mean or facilitate for our community.”

Legawiec will assume the new leadership role on July 1. “It’s exciting and exciting,” she said. “I feel a great sense of responsibility towards the community. It gives me hope about the arts and the community that there is some kind of commitment being made right now. “

She said the arts allow us to connect with aspects of ourselves through identity and with others through imagination, empathy and compassion.

“Art is everywhere,” Legawiec said. “Having the ability to see it and make connections from the inner self to the outside world, through the medium across space and time, will benefit everyone with a greater sense of connection to each other.

According to Legawiec, his career is shaped by decades-long collaborations with playwrights, directors and choreographers of the Los Angeles theater scene. As an actress, she has developed original pieces with Padua Playwrights Productions, including world premieres of “Joe and Betty” by Murray Mednick, “Gary’s Walk” and Clown Show for Bruno.

She is a faculty member at Colby College and the theater departments at the University of Southern Maine and founded the theater program at Bowdoinham Community School. She is also a freelance teaching artist for many schools and organizations in New England.

As a community artist teacher, Legawiec uses theater to empower and raise the voices of very young people in rural Maine. She draws on three decades of experience working in ensemble theater to develop programs for children that celebrate individuality within collaboration while fostering deep connections with place.

Legawiec is committed to building inclusive creative communities. It aims to use specific theater tools and strategies to work with community teachers and increase student engagement around literature.

“We hope to develop teaching artists to work in schools on all artistic platforms,” ​​she added.

In addition to this, she wants to invite community groups to broaden the idea of ​​what art is, who becomes an artist, who can engage in art and how art appears in our lives. .

ACAF is a non-profit organization formed in 2015 by the residents, businesses and arts groups of Freeport.

“Historically, ACFO has delivered many programs and I am looking for opportunities to do a lot more. I look forward to contributions from community members to find out what they want, what interests them and what would enrich their lives.

Speaking about the new ACAF gallery and exhibition space which opens in Freeport with a fine art exhibit titled ‘A Community of Artists’ starting June 25, Legawiec said: “C It’s very exciting to have a real physical space to uplift the arts and bring the community together. We also have concerts scheduled throughout the summer.

The show features original fine art including painting, photography, glasswork, sculpture, and fiber arts. The gallery also includes a gift space with cards made from images of original paintings as well as small works.



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