New Program Initiatives at the Abbe Museum

The 2011 calendar includes several new programs, themes, partnerships, and series, which have been really exciting to develop. We started the year with some in-house programs focused around our Headline News: Wabanaki Sovereignty in the 21st Century exhibit, which includes a brown bag lunch series and an evening lecture on federal Indian policy scheduled for April. This is a new focus for the Abbe, and the lunch series is a new winter program offering. The attendance for these programs has been wonderful, and this series, as well as other winter programs, will continue to be offered for our year-round residents.

The Abbe is partnering with Acadia National Park to present a series of Wednesday cultural demonstrations at various locations in the Park. The demonstrations include musical performances, ash pounding, and birch bark canoe demonstrations. Check the Abbe Museum on-line calendar for locations and details on these programs.

Thanks to the generous support of Bar Harbor Bank and Trust, the Abbe will be able to continue our summer demonstration series, this year focused on new and emerging Wabanaki artists. There are some very talented young artists working in basketmaking, carving, and beadworking, and it's our pleasure to bring them to the Abbe and support their work.

Over the summer we will continue our Rainy Days at the Abbe program. Launched in 2010, Abbe volunteers host games, crafts, or hands-on experiences for people of all ages on rainy days, offering an alternative for people who want to be inside on a rainy day.

In the fall we are planning our third annual film series. The Abbe has the opportunity to bring films by Native film makers, or about Native issues, to the museum for a free screening and discussion, making this series very popular.

Add all this to our regular schedule of workshops, lectures, family programs, and exhibits and there is always something going on at the Abbe! For up-to-date information, times, locations, and more events, check the Abbe's on-line calendar here.