A room full of hope

A room full of hope

This fall, we’re doing something a little bit different in the Study—our new interactive space on the second floor of the McLellan House Galleries. It’s a project inspired by artists in our collection who engage with conflict, injustice, and adversity by creating works of art that are beautiful and uplifting. We’re asking visitors to join us in that effort by sending some hope, strength, and beauty out into the world. Specifically, we’re inviting participants to write letters to anonymous strangers who might be a little low on joy or courage. Letter writers share what lends them strength, or where they go to find hope, or share something beautiful from their life experience.

In just one week, PMA visitors wrote more than 75 letters. Here are a few.

Stop by the Study before the end of the year to read more messages like these. You can also discover new artists in the PMA collection or add your message of strength, hope, or beauty to the project. Want to receive a letter in the mail? You can sign up for that too!

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October 13, 2017
Associate Educator for Gallery Learning and Interpretive Media

Phillippa came to Maine from the other Portland, and has fallen in love with the creative community here. She’s worked in museum education and tech for eight years, and has an M.A. in Art History and Museum Studies from Tufts University. At the PMA, Phillippa collaborates with artists, experts, educators, and anyone who walks through the door to create gallery experiences, multimedia, and participatory projects including The Workshop.