The Barn Arts Collective is a group of artists that create and encourage community through the practice and presentation of live arts events. Based out of The Barn, a performance and rehearsal space in Bass Harbor, Maine, the organization creates new works of performance (theater, music, dance, film), provides residencies for artists making new work, hosts and performs at community events, partners with local non-profit organizations to offer arts and educational programs, and develops and leads workshops for young people in the community.
The Collective was founded in 2008 to create opportunities for artists to develop new works of performance on Mount Desert Island. The organization has grown in each of the last seven years as it has become increasingly involved in the local community. Since 2008, over one hundred artists have come to Bass Harbor to create and continue work on new performance pieces and the collective has performed or taught at schools, libraries, community centers, and in the national park. The work takes the form of theater productions, concerts, discussions, film screenings, workshops and variety shows and uses elements of music, film, puppetry, comedy, and dance.
The Barn Arts Collective is planning on hosting two performance events in celebration of the Centennial: one in the winter and one in the summer. The first is “Alice in Winterland,” a site-specific musical performance to take place outdoors on the grounds of Camp Beech Cliff during the Acadia Winterfest weekend, March 5-6. Working in collaboration with the Southwest Harbor Public Library, this event will allow community members to experience a beloved literary classic in a totally new way — through the winter landscape of Acadia. Our summer event will be a performance of our musical adaptation of local author Nan Lincoln’s popular book, “Cecily’s Summer,” at our performance space, the Barn in Bass Harbor. This adaptation uses puppets, original songs, and audience interaction to tell the moving story of Nan’s experience raising a harbor seal pup for a summer in Pretty Marsh. The exact date of this performance is to be determined, but will most likely take place on one or more weekend afternoons in July and August. Both of these events will be free and open to the public of all ages, and post show discussions will be encouraged concerning the relation of these stories to the landscape and wildlife found in and around Acadia National Park.