The UCCPA and Unity College family has gotten just a little bigger; Meg and Bub Fournier (mostly Meg) had a healthy boy. Meg’s on maternity leave for a while, but we’re carrying on programming and goodness at the UCCPA. Things may not be as smooth without Meg, but there is still a ton of great things happening.
Friday, September 21 from 5-7 PM we will rededicate the Leonard R. Craig Gallery at the UCCPA and open the Kenny Cole show “Even Now the Reaper Draws His Wages.”
Saturday, September 22 at 7:30 we’re partnering with the Camden International Film Festival to screen “The City Dark,” a documentary film about light pollution. After the screening Ben Fowlie, Founder and Director of CIFF, will lead a Q&A with Ian Cheney, the film maker.
Every Thursday, you can catch some great Celtic music brought to us by Phil and the good people at Skye Theater.
Congratulations to Meg and her family. For the time being, please contact me with any UCCPA business: firstname.lastname@example.org.
John Zavodny, Director, Center for Environmental Arts and Humanities and UCCPA Administrator
It is with great pleasure that I greet you all for the first time as the new Manager and Public Arts Coordinator of Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts! When I first visited Maine ten years ago, I arrived in the middle of the night. I was staying in Thorndike and my first daylight hours in the state were spent exploring the Unity area. I was in love. I made the decision to move to Maine a short two months later and haven’t looked back since. I have since worked in a number of communities around the state, but it brings me great joy to now return to Unity to serve the area that first introduced me to the magic and wonder of Maine.
The Unity Centre for the Performing Arts was built by generous philanthropists Bert and Coral Clifford. On opening night in December of 2000, Bert Clifford addressed the audience with these words, “Doesn’t everyone dream? The dream you are sitting in tonight was created by a couple who dream of how to make their hometown a better place for those who live, work and retire here.” Under the guidance of founding manager John Sullivan, this dream has become a reality. Renamed the Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts when the venue was gifted to Unity College in 2007, the UCCPA has seen many events including world renowned musicians, award winning speakers, and memorable community gatherings.
I look forward to building upon the strong foundation laid here to continue to grow the UCCPA as a dynamic and engaging arts and cultural resource for both the Unity area and greater Maine communities. In the late summer, we will begin rolling out a full schedule of events that will include more music programming, workshops, lectures, shows in the newly dedicated Leonard Craig Gallery and more. In the meantime, be sure to check out the amazing talent that the Skye Theatre has lined up here at the UCCPA on Thursday nights and stay tuned for more events that may pop up along the way. You will find information on upcoming shows on the EVENTS page. You can also receive all the latest UCCPA news right in your inbox – if you have not yet subscribed to our new email list, you can do so by clicking here.
With warmest regards,
Manager and Public Arts Coordinator
Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts