FARMINGTON – Adults and students in grade seven and up are invited to a community songwriting workshop to be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Foothills Arts Center, Pleasant Street.

The participants will express their ideas on how to take care of the beauty of Western Maine’s hills, valleys and waterways. Singer/songwriter Martin Swinger will lead a process that begins with an opinion, a thought or a scientific fact. Add some rhythm, fit in a melody and a song is born.

First-time and experienced songwriters are welcome. People will work in small groups, sharing ideas and discovering ways to become environmental heroes.

Songs written in the workshop will become part of the Foothills Arts Center’s new community project called “Hurricane of Change: What’s Happening to Our Environment?” The project will culminate in the spring with a multi-media production to be performed by area adults and youth.

Future Saturday workshops in Chinese shadow puppetry and parade-style mask-making will be held on Dec. 9 and Jan. 20.

Workshop fees are $15 a person, with special discounts for families and for early registration. In addition, Foothills Arts Center has a “pay what you can” policy to make all of its programs affordable to all people.

For more details or to sign up for any of the workshops, contact Director Anne Geller at 778-0448 or [email protected] or visit

The Hurricane of Change project is funded in part by the Horizon Foundation, the Maine Arts Commission and the Maine Community Foundation.

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