WATERVILLE — Thomas College student artists and Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter artists will hold an Expressive Arts Exhibition and Reception from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday, April 25. And and 3:45 to 4:45 Tuesday, April 26, at the Grand Central Café, 10 Railroad Square.

This event is free and open to the public. Grand Central Café will provide complimentary refreshments.

Attendees to view a variety of artists’ works and hear the artists introduce themselves and their art pieces.

The exhibition is a result of Thomas College professor Maryam Mermey’s Exploring the Expressive Arts class. As part of the class students focus on a service through the arts project. Mermey and her students gave a workshop for the guests of the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter, who will also be in attendance at the event.

“The arts should be for everyone,” she said in a news release.

Mermey’s class is based on an original, arts-based transformative learning model, which provides deeper learning to college students in addressing the relevant challenge of social justice. The model refers to the meaningful integration of a diversity of art forms such as the visual, performing, literary and film arts.

“The arts-based transformative learning model culminates in the Thomas College and Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter Expressive Arts Exhibit and Reception to help illuminate the talents of college students and homeless shelter guests as a way to celebrate our common humanity,” she said in the release.

For more information, contact MacKenzie Riley at [email protected] or 859-1313.

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