Case Study

Orono, Maine hosts month-long AWTT visit

Components: truth teller portraits, scavenger hunt, movie night, community discussions, class visits. Hosted by: schools, library, businesses.

AWTT portraits and narratives were displayed in a variety of spaces in the Orono community including retail businesses, banks, offices, and community spaces. A scavenger hunt initiated by the Orono Public Library encouraged community members to find the portrait in each location and return the completed form to the library to be entered into a contest to win prizes donated by area merchants.

In addition to the scavenger hunt and the showing of the documentary film Truth Tellers, the library sponsored a panel discussion open to the community with artist Robert Shetterly and two portrait subjects.

Local schools also engaged in this project by hosting Shetterly in the schools for a day. Shetterly spoke with all grade levels and enhanced the education of students by encouraging teachers to work the concepts of environmental, racial, and social justice into their curricula.

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