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PHS students in Visual Pilot Program Inspire

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PHS students in Visual Pilot Program Inspire
Posted on 11/05/2020
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Located in the coastal town of Rockport, Maine Media’s campus is normally a hub for visual storytellers from all over the world during the warmer months of the year. This summer, however, the arts center adapted to life during a global pandemic and launched a virtual series, making its renowned photography and filmmaking workshops available online for professional and aspiring artists alike. Locally, the initiative included a new Young Artist Scholarship Program to help foster the creative potential of Maine’s diverse and underrepresented youth. The program got its start this August when 10 Portland High School students, involved with the high school’s mentoring program, participated in a month-long virtual photography workshop.

Instructor and award-winning photographer Madeleine Morlet was thrilled with the results. “It’s been a challenging year for all of us, which has made the experience of working with these talented young adults particularly special,” explained Morlet, who posted the images on Maine Media’s Instagram page at the end of the workshop. “Sharing their photography has helped us build our community through fresh perspectives in image making and storytelling.”

The students' images also caught the eye of Maine Media’s leadership team, who were inspired to expand the program. During a recent online event, the organization raised more than $20,000 within minutes after Amira, one of the student photographers who is now a junior at PHS, spoke to a virtual audience of more than 200 people about what she gained from the experience. “We're all moved by the work these students produced during our pilot program with Madeleine this summer, and we look forward to the contributions they will no doubt make as leading voices of their generation,” said Michael Mansfield, president of Maine Media Workshops + College. “We hope to continue building upon this success through our fundraising efforts and be able to offer more deserving young artists the opportunity to explore their creativity through visual storytelling.”

To learn more about Maine Media’s Young Artist Scholarship Program, email Kelsey Grossmann at kgrossmann@mainemedia.edu, or visit https://forms.gle/4RWnaFCPkJierUJE8 for an application