Tree Street Youth, in collaboration with Union of Maine Visual Artists — Lewiston Auburn, is accepting original art work in connection with Tree Street Youth’s annual fundraising event I am Tree.

For the past seven years, the accessibility of the programs has enabled local youth to hope, dream and rise up to any occasion possible. For that reason, the youth chose this year’s theme to be “I Am The Future.”

New this year is a silent auction of local artist and youth art. Organizers ask that participants submit a piece of art (in any medium) interpreting the “I am the Future,” theme. The theme is open to the interpretation of the artist and may touch on areas such as unity across lines of difference, aspirations, leadership, connection to the community and resilience.

Artist’s work will be on display at the fundraiser on Thursday, April 26, at Bates Mill Atrium, 36 Chestnut St. and for the following 30 days at Mechanics Savings Bank branch locations.

Artists may email up to four jpeg images with title, artist’s name, medium and dimensions to UMVALew[email protected], attention: I am Tree, by 5 p.m. Thursday, April 5. Artists of accepted work will receive an email on Friday, April 6.

The fundraiser/silent auction will be held April 26, if your artwork is accepted, you and your guest will receive complimentary tickets.

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