The new executive director of a Freeport arts organization said she wanted to increase her interactions and community engagement.
Dana Legawiec said she looks forward to helping the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Freeport work with organizations in and around Freeport to enhance the arts and arts experiences for members of the community.
“My top priority is to build on existing relationships with schools, artists and community members and help ACAF meet the needs of the community,” Legawiec said. “I would like to invite you to further discussions about what ACAF can do, mean or facilitate for our community.”
Legawiec takes over the new leadership role on July 1st. âIt’s exciting and exciting,â she said. âI feel a great sense of responsibility towards society. It makes me hopeful about art and community that some kind of engagement is 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.
âArt is everywhere,â said Legawiec. “The ability to see it and to leave connections from the inner self to the outside world, across the medium through space and time, will benefit those who feel more connected.”
According to Legawiec, her career has been shaped by decades of collaboration with playwrights, directors and choreographers in the Los Angeles theater scene. As an actress, she has developed original plays with Padua Playwrights Productions, including the world premieres of Murray Mednicks âJoe and Bettyâ, âGary’s Walkâ and the clown show for Bruno.
She is a faculty member at Colby College and the theater departments of the University of Southern Maine and founded the theater program at Bowdoinham Community School. She also works as an independent teaching artist for many New England schools and organizations.
As a community-based teaching artist, Legawiec uses the theater to empower and raise the voices of the very young in rural Maine. She draws on three decades of experience in ensemble theater to develop programs for children that celebrate individuality in cooperation and at the same time promote deep connections to the place.
Legawiec is committed to building inclusive creative communities. Her goal is to use theatrical tools and specific strategies to work with teachers in the community and increase student engagement with literature.
“We hope we can teach artists to work and work in schools across all art platforms,” ââshe added.
In addition, she would like to invite the community groups to expand the idea of ââwhat art is, who becomes an artist, engages with art, and how art shows up in our lives.
ACAF is a non-profit organization founded in 2015 by Freeport residents, businesses and art groups.
âACAF has run many programs in the past and I am looking for ways to do a lot more. I look forward to input from community members to find out what they want, what they are curious about and what would enrich their lives. “
Regarding ACAF’s new gallery and exhibition space, which will open from June 25th with an art exhibition entitled âA Community of Artistsâ in Freeport, Legawiec said: Community together. We have also planned concerts throughout the summer. “
The show features original visual arts such as painting, photography, glasswork, sculpture, and fiber art. The gallery also includes a gift area with cards made from images of original paintings, as well as small works.