Saturday, December 15th, 2018

Value of deaf culture, ASL and awareness

Posted on October 03, 2018 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Marx Aldrich, Arts & Culture Editor & Elliot Caron, Staff Photographer Deaf culture is a rich culture with a unique language. American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf culture are what form the basis of the Deaf community. Deaf culture has its own art, language, history, values, societal norms and its own community. The International Week […]

History and creativity in book arts display

Posted on September 24, 2018 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By: Elliot Caron, Staff Writer Book arts offers the opportunity for all students to bring out a unique form of creativity within the art community that can’t be found anywhere else at USM. USM is celebrating 12 years of their summer book arts program. This program allows artists to explore an art form that few […]

A cosmic perspective

Posted on September 24, 2018 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By: Ben Theriault, Staff Writer An overlooked resource on the USM campus is the Southworth Planetarium. On Monday September 17 I visited the planetarium to attend their double-feature presentation titled “Beyond the Arctic Circle” and “Aurora Storm.” The Southworth Planetarium is located in the basement of the science building on the Portland campus. For the price […]

Peaks Island: a safe haven for artists

Posted on September 24, 2018 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By: Lydia Libby, Web Editor For artists like Molly Tracey, Kristen Chalmers, and Diane Wienke, Peaks Island provides a quiet and inspiring space for them to work. “The island is beautiful and inspiring,” said artist and owner of the Peaks Island art gallery Gem, Kristen Chalmers. So what attracts artists to Peaks? Well, oftentimes, the […]

Movietalk: A female twist in the film noir genre

Posted on September 24, 2018 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Cody Curtis, Staff Writer Sex, murder, and a mystery. Themes prevalent in many adult investigative films, especially this weekend’s newest female-led picture, A Simple Favor. For a time film noir and detective stories seemed to have disappeared from the cinema. Up until the release of Gone Girl (2014), The Nice Guys (2016), and now […]

Free Friday concert begins a Fall of diverse offerings

Posted on September 20, 2018 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Jacob Forbes, Staff Writer This Friday, USM kicks off its Convocation event-series with a free concert open to the public at 4:30 p.m. on the Payson-Smith Lawn. The concert will feature Sabouyouma, an Afro-Funk group based in Vermont, M.A.K.U. Soundsystem, an NYC-based pan-Latino party band, USM student performers and the Philadelphia-based rapper-singer Ivy Soul. […]

Theatre and SPA performances

Posted on September 10, 2018 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Ben Theriault, Staff Writer This year the USM Theater Department will offer an exciting and eclectic variety of shows ranging from horror and romance drama to political farce and poetry. All performances will be housed in Russell Hall on the Gorham campus. USM’s rendition of Henry James’s grim gothic-horror, The Turn of the Screw, served […]

CSGD and Multicultural Center combined into the Student Diversity Centers in Portland and Gorham

Posted on September 10, 2018 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Jessica Pike, Staff Writer The Multicultural Student Affairs office has changed their name to Intercultural Student Engagement (ISE), with hopes of representing and advocating for students in their intersectional identities. The new Student Diversity Centers are spaces on campus where people of different ability, class, ethnicity, gender identity, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation and […]

Portland music and performance venues

Posted on September 10, 2018 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture, Music

By Sam Perry, Staff Writer Fans of the performing arts will appreciate the variety of on-stage performances throughout the city of Portland. As a hub of New England culture, Portland offers something for everyone. Several venues even offer budget-friendly pricing. Theater enthusiasts rejoice in discounted tickets at One Longfellow Square. Located in the west end […]

Redesign of communication and media studies

Posted on April 30, 2018 by USM Free Press in Arts & Culture

By Elizabeth Trudel, Staff Writer     Starting in the Fall of 2018, USM’s Communication and Media Studies (CMS) department will be launching new and improved course curriculums. Students and faculty will experience the full effect of these major changes that the department has been undergoing and working toward for the past three years, in response […]