Here's a tough message to decipher. Joe is spreading the word about Maine Inside Out, a Portland nonprofit founded in 2008 that holds theater programs at Maine’s juvenile correctional facility, Long Creek Youth Development Center. More than 250 incarcerated youth have volunteered to create and share powerful original theater inside LCYDC and in communities across the state. Since 2014, MIO facilitators and young people released from LCYDC have engaged in community organizing and theater workshops to improve outcomes for youth returning home after incarceration through meaningful community engagement, peer and adult support, participant-led advocacy, leadership development and practical skill-building.
Tonight at 6pm, MIO is hosting Exposed, an original performance by a Maine Inside Out members, film by Smooth Feather Productions and an interactive art installation by their guest, the nationally touring project Performing Statistics. The event will be held at USM's Hannaford Hall. Joe hopes it's a great success and offers his thanks to MIO for the inspiring work they do.