‘The Maine Question’ explores functionality of art on campus and beyond

Art — whether it’s created on a page or computer or in a studio or theater — can do more than showcase creativity for amusement and cultural enrichment. Art can help teach people about historical and contemporary societies, advance research, support economic development and combat daily and systemic issues.  

Inspired by the significance and utility of art, the University of Maine Arts Initiative was formed to increase resources and support for creative works, reinforce their significance and enhance their visibility. The initiative also aims to break down the silos between artists, scientists, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders so they can work together to solve problems and enrich, enlighten and ease the lives of the people in Maine.   

In episode four of season eight of “The Maine Question,” George Kinghorn, UMaine senior executive director of cultural engagement and arts initiatives and curator and director of the Zillman Art Museum, discusses the various roles art plays on campus and elsewhere. Also featured are Gretchen Faulkner, director of the Hudson Museum; Justin Wolff, professor of art history and chair of the UMaine Department of Art; and Amber Roth, assistant professor of forest wildlife management. 

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