A still from artWORKS

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Sun., April 23 at 11:30 pm

Teens associated with the Farnsworh Art Museum tell the stories of Midcoast teens negotiating real-life issues, such as homelessness and school dropout, and imaginatively recast them in miniature with hand-crafted sets, including a Lego village, shadow puppets, and claymation figures. In a layered and poignant narrative, teens anonymously recount how art—dance, music, theater, the written word, or the visual arts—helped them through particularly challenging times in their lives. The students creatively visualized these narratives in ways that are both sensitive and magical, demonstrating how "art works" as a form of solace and inspiration.

Homelessness in the Midcoast Strains Resources

Nov 25, 2015
Jay Field / MPBN

Homelessness in Maine dropped 13 percent over the past year, according to a recent annual report from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. But the point-in-time survey, where data are collected on single nights each winter, has also fluctuated dramatically over the past five years. Two years ago, the same report showed a 26 percent jump in homelessness in Maine.

And despite recent declines, there are now roughly the same number of homeless people in the state as their were in 2010.