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Art in Action Project & Conference


Belfast Creative Coalition & R.A.W Restorative Art Works

in partnership with

Presents the First Annual Arts in Action Project | Conference 

Summon the power of the arts to address our opioid epidemic

Using the tools of writing, visual arts, performance, theater, and music, creatives, educators, interested people from all disciplines and sectors will consider the opioid epidemic through the powerful lens of creative expression.


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Friday evening keynote & performance demonstrating & celebrating the power of art & connection

Friday, November 1  | SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Friday Afternoon
3:00-4:30 pm
Opening Reception for Keynoter, Vijay Gupta and Workshop Presenters, and sponsors.
Tickets to this private reception are available by contacting Larraine Brown at info@belfastcreativecoalition.org
Location: Bayview Point Event Center Theatre (United Farmer’s Market) 18 Spring Street, Belfast, Maine. Directions & map.

Friday Evening
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Doors open at 6:00 pm*
Tickets $30 per person
Conference Convocation and Keynote Presentation by Vijay Gupta, including many special guests and surprises.
Location: Bayview Point Event Center (United Farmer’s Market) 18 Spring Street, Belfast, Maine. Directions & map.
*Doors open at 6:00 pm for Music and Interactive Arts and Mural Installation that features Project Connect: A visual arts response to social justice issues and addiction from our community.

Saturday Artivism Workshops on the transformational tools of art 

Saturday Morning & Afternoon from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm
What’s Art Got to Do with it? Artivism Workshops
Tickets: $95 Earlybird, $120 after October 20, tickets also include Friday Night Keynote & Sunday Brunch
Saturday Workshop participants may choose from any of the three morning workshops, and all will join Vijay in the afternoon in the main auditorium. Workshops are open to folks with any skill level, interest or experience. Scholarships are available. Workshops qualify for CEUs.
Location: the University of Maine, Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave, Belfast, Maine. Directions & map.

Saturday, November 2  | SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

8:00 to 8:30 am Coffee and continental breakfast – Atrium
8:30 to 9:00 am Welcome by Larraine Brown, Robyn Goff & Special Guest with Missing Man Formation FlyoverFeaturing local RV Experimental Aircraft Pilots (weather permitting) honoring those lost to the opioid crisis, watch together on Hutchinson Center Front Lawn.
9:00 to Noon Morning Workshops (see teacher bios below):
  • Civic Empathy with Gerard Stropnicky, United States Artists Lowe Fellow  
  • Visual Art in Action with Natasha Mayers, Artist Rapid Response Team
  • Written Word in Action with Joe Jackson, Director of MPAC
Noon to 1:00 pm Lunch & Keynote – Atrium  There will be various food vendors available or you may bring your own lunch.
1:00 to 4:30 pm Music For Change with Vijay
Vjiay Gupta speaks practically and tactically about how he uses his talent, skill, and passion to impact the lives of people living on the streets or those incarcerated. Rooted in practices of trauma-informed care, Street Symphony is dedicated to engaging artist-practitioners in clinics, shelters and prisons, affected by homelessness, incarceration and poverty, through musical performance, teaching artistry and dialogue. Gupta inspires attendees to move into their own communities, empowered by their own human, civic and artistic voices.
4:30 to 5:30 pm Celebrating Connections Toward Action Steps

Sunday Brunch & Imagining Solutions

Sunday, November 3  | SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

10:00 am to 1:00 pm  Imagining Solutions Brunch. Food and facilitated circles to consider and create possibilities and potential next steps. Open to all those who attend full conference.   Location: Belfast Maskers Theater, 17 Court Street, Belfast. Directions & map.

>>>Buy tickets & register HERE for Friday Keynote, Saturday Workshops & Sunday Brunch<<<

More about our featured ARTISTS AND ACTIVISTS

Vijay Gupta is a violinist and social justice advocate, esteemed performer, communicator, and citizen-artist.  He is a leading advocate for the role of the arts and music to heal, inspire, provoke change, and foster social connection. Gupta is the founder and Artistic Director of Street Symphony, a non-profit organization providing musical engagement, dialogue and teaching artistry for homeless and incarcerated communities in Los Angeles. After receiving a MacArthur Fellowship in 2018 he was profiled on NBC Dateline and PBS. Learn more about Vijay Gupta.


Natasha Mayers A tried and true activist artist. With few exceptions, her art — paintings and murals and the banners she helps create as part of the Artists Rapid Response Team, or ARRT! Learn more about Natasha Mayers.



Gerard Stropnicky is a theatre artist, writer, director, and co-founder of the Network of Ensemble Theaters, the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, and CampEmerge, a camp for families touched by autism. He was named United States Artists Lowe Fellow in 2010.



Joseph Jackson Justice Advocate, Youth and Community Liaison at Maine Inside Out. He is also the coordinator of Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition, a group that engages in direct advocacy with the Maine Department of Corrections on behalf of prisoners and their families. Learn more about Joe Jackson.


MAY TO OCTOBER: Community Talks at the Bazz see full schedule HERE


Connection is the opposite of addiction.  Meet the connectors that make this event possible.