Artists Rapid Response Team! (ARRT!) Recent Projects and Outreach

ARRT! is a project of the UMVA. ARRTists collaborate to provide progressive organizations with images to give a visual voice to their messages and campaigns.  This quarter ARRTists could be found outside the studio working in communities in a variety of ways in addition to the banner making collaborations they have become known for. An exhibition of a selection of banners was on display during the month of January at the UU Church in Brunswick and another during March at the UMVA/CTN Gallery in Portland.  See more at



LumenARRT! crew has been hard at work designing and collaborating with renowned climate scientist Paul Mayewski, to create projections that will educate and delight audiences about lesser known aspects of climate change and how they can contribute to making positive change.  See more at

ARRT! images, props and ARTists were spotted at actions throughout the state and at the Women’s marches in DC. Young ARRTists have been joining the crew in the studio to add their creative touches and energy.



During January and February, a group of ARRTists* met each week at the Mirs, Maine Immigrant and Refugee Services Center in Lewiston Maine to assist children in an after school program. The goal was to paint several murals that will be hung in the new Mir’s location later this spring, or early summer. The children decided on the theme: “Welcome” for the 4×6 foot banner s that will be hung on the walls to greet visitors to the new center.


ARRTists involved were: Christine Higgins, Judy LaBrasca, Carol Scribner, Nikki Millonzi and Amanda Mitchell. Depicted above are some photos of the activity. Center website:

Carol Scribner, pictured above with students, beloved friend , lifelong activist and fellow ARRT! member died suddenly this March. She will be sorely missed and dearly remembered by the countless lives she touched. Peace to Carol and her family.