UMaine Hutchinson Center exhibits artwork by Broadreach preschoolers  

Belfast, Maine — The University of Maine Hutchinson Center will host “Celebrating Sprouts,” a unique display of the natural world as viewed through the eyes of children, June 30–July 21.


Over 24 framed artworks highlight the creativity of preschoolers ages 2 to 5. The pieces were completed during the recent school year at Broadreach Family & Community Services, which offers an early education pre-K program and a new nature-based outdoor preschool known as “Sprouts.”


A free public reception will be held from 5–7 p.m. Tuesday, July 11 at the Hutchinson Center. The event will include opening remarks about the value of nature-based learning by UMaine faculty member Susan Armistead, parent testimonials and a silent auction featuring selected art pieces by the children. All proceeds will benefit the early education programs of Broadreach Family & Community Services, a Maine 501c3 nonprofit organization.


For more information or to request an accommodation, contact Nancy Bergerson, 207.338.8049. Additional information about the Hutchinson Center is online



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