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RAISe YOUR VOICE: Writing Workshop with Maine Education Project


Producing for Raise Your Voice can be a great way to make friends, and share your ideas with our audience.

Raise Your Voice!, the Maine Education Project’s center for ideas and perspectives from students and teachers reaches a broad audience interested in education and we want your voice in the conversation.

We want to know what young people think about what they’re learning, how they’re learning, and what they’re doing with the skills they're gaining. And we want to know what it means to teach young people today, what challenges educators face, and how we as a society can ease the process and help improve the system.

For the second summer in a row we're inviting high school students to  join our Raise Your Voice Workshops, two-weeks of writing, making new friends, and creating multimedia. You'll gain valuable communication skills while developing work we'll feature on Raise Your Voice. These programs will take place at the University of Maine in Orono and at Baxter Academy for Technology and Science in Portland. They're free, and they'll run from July 23 to August 3, 8:30 a.m. to noon each day.

Space is limited so register early!

For more information about any of our programs, contact Dave Boardman, our education program coordinator, at, or call him at 207.423.6934. And if you're a teacher and interested in working Raise Your Voice into your curriculum, reach out. We'd love to talk about ways to connect your students with our audiences.

Part of The Maine Education Project and funded by The Nellie Mae Education FoundationRaise Your Voice!provides a forum for students and educators to share what it means to teach and learn in today's world.


19th Century photographic techniques

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In a unique partnership with Maine Media Workshops, Baxter is pleased to offer an after school photography class with MMW instructor, Brenton Hamilton.

This fall, learn the exciting developments of chemistry, light and lenses. This is an introduction to the special photography practiced in the 19th c. We will make cyanotypes, salted paper and other emulsions with silver, iron, fine brushes, art papers in the light! Students will use digital capture - but also see pinhole and view cameras at work. This is a course where we will make things creating images with unusual photographic techniques. Baxter students have the opportunity to meet graduation standards in Art & Design.


About the instructor:

Brenton Hamilton holds his MFA in photography, earned in 1992, from the Savannah College of Art & Design. He is the Chair of the Professional Certificate in Visual Storytelling program at Maine Media College.

His teaching specialties include, B&W Craft,  Historic Processes, and the History of Photography at Maine Media College. Brenton is an enthusiastic workshop leader exhibiting special care and interest in the teaching process and for his students.


Class Dates/Time: Thursdays, 9/21-12/14,  3:30-5:30pm

Location: 185 Lancaster ST, Portland

Class size: 10

Cost: FREE for current Baxter students (use code BAXTERSTUDENT at checkout), $250 for non-Baxter high school students.

Email with further questions.