2017 Copper Beech Tree Lighting

2017 Copper Beech Tree Lighting

Portland's Poet Laureate Gibson Fay-LeBlanc will share meditative poems, the Sea Change Chorale will sing songs of peace and hope, and The Marshmallow Cart will serve up streetside S'mores—all leading to the spectacular lighting of the 100-year-old copper beech tree, a Portland winter tradition that is not to be missed. Meet in the David E. Shaw and Family Sculpture Park at the Portland Museum of Art; entrance is on High Street. Following the lighting, warm up in the galleries with gallery talks and hands-on art projects.

6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tree Lighting Ceremony

6:30 p.m. A Community Conversation with EqualityMaine: Nan Goldin at the Portland Museum of Art
EqualityMaine's program director Gia Drew will lead a community conservation inspired by the groundbreaking Nan Goldin exhibit now on view at the Portland Museum of Art. Gia will discuss the importance of Nan's work in relationship to HIV/AIDS and its impact on the LGBTQ and art communities, as well as her own evolution as an activist, bisexual trans woman, art teacher, and photographer.

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Drop-in art activity
Join paper artist Sarah Yakawonis as she helps us design, cut, and unfold vibrantly colorful snowflake creations that will brighten up your winter home.

The Study: Give What You Can, Take What You Need
This winter, we're getting inspired by artists who engage with issues of justice, acceptance, and social change in ways that are uplifting and beautiful. We're writing letters of strength, hope, and beauty to send into the world. We'll be collecting letters in the museum's peaceful Study through the end of the year. Tonight, please join us for a special letter writing drive for the Frannie Peabody Center, in observance of World AIDS Day. 

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