Mayo Street Arts has generously offered to host YES! for the summer of 2012. They will be providing space for both 2-week long sessions. From their website:
“The neighborhood we serve is one of Portland’s most diverse and promising communities, blending Somalis, Egyptians, Ethiopians, Sudanese, Balinese, Indonesians, and many other new arrivals with established African Americans and with native Mainers.
Each year Mayo Street Arts stages over 150 exhibitions, musical performances, dances, theatric presentations, literary happenings, and children’s workshops with guest artists that cover subjects like African dance, Cuban drumming, and script writing. Workshops culminate in regular Saturday productions, which recently included a Sicilian marionette show and a presentation of Homer’s Odyssey.
Recently an artist mentorship program for nine young girls who are all learning English, and who together speak 13 languages, empowered them to design and build their own puppets and create and present their own performance. Activities like this one celebrate the nature of this growingly vibrant community and demonstrate that it is one of the most multicultural places in our county.”
YES! is excited to be a partner in Mayo Street Art’s effort to build a creative, open, multicultural arts community here in Portland, Maine.