September 20, 2020

`Voices’ conference a forum for modes of self-expression

CALAIS — “Voices From Our Future,” a conference sponsored by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Washington County high schools will be held Friday, April 10, at the Washington County Technical College. Students from Woodland, Shead, Machias and Jonesport-Beals high schools, and Washington Academy will participate in the conference.

This event will have more to do with cooperation than competition; more listening than shouting; and with the empowerment of kids and adults.

The theme of the conference will be “self expression through the arts,” and 125 students from five county high schools have submitted art works that give expression to the changes, choices and challenges in their lives. The conference will give the students an opportunity to have their works of self expression published.

A book titled “Voices From Our Future,” containing the works of all the participating students, will be published after the conference and presented to each participant, to the schools, the Washington County Commission, and area legislators. In this way, the planning committee hopes to answer the question of “Who is Listening?”

More than 30 volunteers from Washington County and other parts of Maine will contribute their time to make the conference a success, and several of the workshops offered will be led by teens.

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