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The First Coast

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Galen Koch
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$5,000 Awarded
 

Collaborators: Jenny Rebecca Nelson, Justin Levesque, Seth Brayton, and Henry Finch

The First Coast is a mobile studio / exhibition space that will travel to year-round coastal communities in Maine during the off-season. Through collaborations and workshops, residents will engage in conversation about their community’s working maritime identity and personal perspective of the place. The First Coast is an initiative to collect sounds, stories, images, and ideas that contribute to collective coastal memory and seek to reconstruct existing narratives and mythologies of both Maine and Mainers.

The First Coast has expanded its mission. With several other organizations in Maine, we are working to create a database of Maine stories, interviews, and sounds. This has become a central part of the work in the mobile studio, and an important broad long-term goal of The First Coast and partner organizations. In 2019, TFC and collaborating artists will begin production on site-specific audio exhibits and sound walks in Lubec and Stonington.