Portland ME – “The courageous men and women portrayed in these photographs have achieved literacy skills and met personal goals through their dedicated work with Literacy Volunteers. They inspire others with low literacy or limited English-speaking background to accomplish similar life-changing results.” So affirms Patrick Walsh, coordinator of Literacy Volunteers of Waldo County, about the significance of the FACES OF LITERACY: VOICES OF COURAGE exhibition.
LV Waldo County, a program of Broadreach Family & Community Services in cooperation with the University of Maine – Hutchinson Center in Belfast, will host the exhibit September 8 to December 17, 2010 at the Center’s H. Allen & Sally Fernald Art Gallery. Viewing hours will be weekdays 8:00 am to 9:00 pm Monday through Friday; 8:00 am to 3 pm Saturdays. The public is invited to attend an opening reception with light refreshments Tuesday, September 14, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm in The Atrium, adjacent to the Gallery. Individuals interested in LV Waldo’s fall training program to be volunteer tutors are encouraged to attend the reception.
September is National Literacy Month. Dr. C. Sue McCullough, Director of the Hutchinson Center, comments, “This collection of remarkable photographs and stories presents a wonderful opportunity to let our community know more about the important work of Maine’s Literacy Volunteers.”
The exhibit, which is part of an outreach campaign organized by Literacy Volunteers of Maine (LV Maine), has toured five Maine regions since its statewide premiere at the Saco Museum in October 2009. 20 large format, black-and-white portraits document 41 adults from across the state who came together in the Maine Literacy Volunteers Network. Small business owners, new Americans, students, health care workers, truck drivers, retired librarians, scientists and political asylees are portrayed, along with their dramatic personal testimonials. Photographers Ashley Earl, Melissa DiPaola, Emma Sampson, Jeffrey Fujiu, Jessica Perro and Diane Wren collaborated on the project pro bono under the direction of LV Maine.
Established in 1986, Literacy Volunteers of Waldo County delivers literacy instruction to adults with a dedicated corps of trained tutors. Walsh adds, “If you want to read or write better, we are here to help with confidential literacy services. Whether you have a short-term goal of getting your driver’s license, or a long-term plan to complete your GED, we can tailor a program for you. We also always need volunteer tutors to
help people improve their literacy and achieve their goals.”
LV Waldo’s next tutor training session begins September 22 in Belfast. To sign up for the tutor training, or learn more about the FACES OF LITERACY: VOICES OF COURAGE reception, call Patrick Walsh at 338-2200 extension 109.
For more information on the exhibit hours at the Fernald Art Gallery, call the Hutchinson Center, 338-8000. www.hutchinsoncenter.umaine.edu.
About Literacy Volunteers of Maine (LV Maine):
LV Maine is the state office of the Maine Literacy Volunteers Network, and is dedicated to increasing access to literacy services for adults. The affiliates that span 14 Maine counties provide free, confidential reading instruction to over 1,000 adults each year through a network of devoted and well-trained tutors. LV Maine also manages the Adult Learning Opportunities Hotline, a toll-free telephone referral service that connects people with literacy and adult education resources.
Call 1-800-322-5455. www.lvmaine.org.
Contact: Elaine Tselikis, Literacy Volunteers of Maine