What: Lest We Forget
Where: Hall of Flags, State Capitol, Augusta
When: March 22, 2012, 9:00-3:30
Nancy Scott , James Gallagher and Terri Snape, are among over 30 artists whose exhibits will be on display at the Hall of Flags, in Augusta during the second annual event titled “Lest We Forget” on March 22, 2012, from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm, to celebrate the 16th anniversary of the official closure of the Pineland Center in Pownal, Maine.
“This exhibit will bring the voices of the people with disabilities we serve into our celebration,” said MACSP Managing Director, Mary Lou Dyer. “The remarkable diversity and creativity of the pieces underscore the value of supporting community integration and self-expression for everyone, including individuals with disabilities.” The decision to close Pineland Center and integrate its residents within the community speaks volumes to the commitment Mainers have to inclusion and fairness.
The Maine Association for Community Service Providers (MACSP) is an association of nearly 70 organizations providing community based services to people with intellectual disabilities. Services include pre-schools, early intervention services, community supports, work supports, home supports, respite, and parent education. MACSP members provide services in all sixteen counties in Maine.
In 1907 the Maine Legislature established a school for “idiotic and feeble-mined” children. In the late 1950’s some 1700 residents lived in approximately 50 buildings. It was a place where people were left and often forgotten. After the last resident left in 1996 Maine has led the nation in welcoming people with disabilities into our communities, our schools, our workplaces, and into our art world.
We are proud of the partnerships that have developed with self advocates, families, state governmental agencies, and the legislature. We hope that people coming through the Hall of Flags on March 22, 2012, will appreciate the art work and the fact that not so long ago these artists might not be living and creating in our communities throughout Maine.
We are hopeful that no one will forget our history and will celebrate our progress.