Lakes Region Weekly reports on proposed Magic Lantern creative hub

Lakes Region Weekly reported the Maine 4-H Foundation is $2 million away from buying the Magic Lantern theater and pub in Bridgton, where it plans to create an innovation lab and learning center for local children. The foundation, which supports the University of Maine’s Cooperative Extension programs, has raised about half of the $4 million it needs for the purchase through a combination of donations and grants, according to the article. The Magic Lantern will become a hub of creative activity for youth in the Lakes Region, according to Susan Jennings, executive director of the Maine 4-H Foundation. The theater and pub will continue to operate as usual, the article states. “In rural areas of Maine, the kids are underserved,” Jennings said. “This project is going to enable young people to learn, but through some amazing opportunities that are wrapped around theater and the arts and creative arts. We’re trying to offer more opportunities for research-based university education to come into the community.”