BDN highlights Magic Lantern Innovation Lab and Learning Center
The Bangor Daily News wrote about the Maine 4-H Foundation raising $4 million to buy the Magic Lantern theater and pub in Bridgton to create the Magic Lantern Innovation Lab and Learning Center. University of Maine Cooperative Extension instructors will lead learning programs for youth ages 5–18 in the western Maine Lakes Region, according to the article. Courses will focus on engineering and science. Music and theater courses also will be offered, according to the article. “Maine 4-H has been engaged in experiential education pilot school programs for over 10 years and has successfully increased test scores, raised aspirations, increased attendance and engaged students in career-based learning,” said Susan Jennings, executive director of the Maine 4-H Foundation. To help pay for ongoing operations, the theater will continue to run its three movie screens and pub, according to the article. Half of the $4 million needed to buy the theater has been pledged by nonprofit foundations, including the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation, the Kendal C. and Anna Ham Charitable Foundation, the Maine 4-H Foundation and a major anonymous donor, according to the story. The Bridgton News also reported on the center.