Blue Hill Heritage Trust (BHHT) and Cynthia Winings Gallery of Blue Hill announce the launch of the Open-Air Arts Initiative (OAAI) with a kickoff event on June 4th. The mission of the OAAI is to inspire creativity in the young people who live on the Blue Hill Peninsula by encouraging them to get outside and explore nature.

The Open-Air Arts Initiative is a self-driven program in which youth (PreK-12) are invited to visit Blue Hill Heritage Trust conservation properties and create something that celebrates their connection to that place. Participants can explore their favorite BHHT trails, or learn about new properties by picking up a trail guide from their office or by visiting the OAAI website. With a backpack of art supplies, (cameras, pencils, etc) and a sense of discovery, participants can take time to notice the beauty of these valuable natural resources.  The OAAI provides a framework for these observations to be recorded and appreciated in a meaningful way.

All participants’ work will be displayed and celebrated at an art show at the Blue Hill Public Library during February 2017.  Selected works will be showcased in printed materials such as the Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Area Guide and BHHT publications.

OAAI is designed to foster creativity and help young people feel more connected to the place they call home.

OAAI will host Young Artists Workshop on the Mountain, Saturday, June 4th from10am-12pm. This workshop is free and open to all school aged youth on the peninsula. Join us for a morning of exploration and creative expression on Blue Hill Mountain, led by special guest artists from around the peninsula! For more information and to register for the event, please contact Chrissy Allen at the Blue Hill Heritage Trust 374-5118 or [email protected].

For more information, and a list of BHHT properties with trail maps and directions, please visit:  and find us on facebook!

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