• October 17, 2023


CONTACT: Suzanne Watson  207-865-0044


DATE: 2 October 2023 

Meetinghouse Arts Stage and: A Panel Discussion


As part of our October 2023 Truth Tellers Series at Meetinghouse Arts, join us on Thursday, October 26 at 6:00 PM for a screening of the film Dawnland, followed by a Panel Discussion.


Dawnland is a film about the untold story of Indigenous child removal in the United States through the nation’s first-ever state-endorsed Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). The Truth and Reconciliation Commission investigated the devastating impact of Maine’s child welfare practices on the Wabanaki people.


The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Esther Anne, Co-founder of Wabanaki REACH (whose portrait can be seen in our Robert Shetterly exhibition in our Art Gallery under her former name, Esther Attean); Heather Augustine, Community Education Development Coordinator at Wabanaki REACH, member of the Elsipogtog First Nation of Canada and the daughter of an Indian Residential School survivor; Penthea Burns, Co-founder of Wabanaki REACH; and Carol Wishcamper, Co-chair of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission.

More info can be found at: https://meetinghousearts.org/event/dawnland-film-screening/

Tickets are free, but donations are greatly appreciated. You can get tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dawnland-film-screening-panel-discussion-tickets-730441027777?aff=oddtdtcreator

About Meetinghouse Arts:

Meetinghouse Arts Gallery & Stage  is a newly renovated, flexible, multi-use arts venue located within the historic First Parish Church, at 40 Main Street in downtown Freeport, across from the Freeport Historical Society. Meetinghouse Arts Gallery & Stage contains a 200-seat performance venue, an art gallery, exhibition space and gathering hall.


The mission of Meetinghouse Arts is to cultivate Greater Freeport as a vibrant center for arts and culture by fostering creative collaboration, expanding access to arts and cultural assets, and amplifying the arts and culture as powerful tools to create, strengthen, and connect community.

Upcoming Meetinghouse Arts Events: 


October 20-28

Robert Shetterly  Portraits of People Who Tell the Truth


Saturday, October 28 at 

Fiddle-icious  An orchestra of over 140 playing a lively mixture of traditional music


Saturday, November 4

Laszlo Gardony, Jazz Pianist and Composer


November 3-11, 2023

Wild Mercy, the art of Amy Kustra


November 12, 2023 at 4:00 PM

Erica Brown & Bluegrass Connection



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Suzanne Watson

Freeport  ME