It was the summer of 2011 when I first came to River Tree. I was visiting the Kennebunks and looking for an arts based camp for my young children. Immediately I was impressed by the openness of the Irvine Gallery, the warm nature of the staff, and the camaraderie of the people within the walls at 35 Western Avenue. I knew I had found a very special place.
As my family spent more time in the Kennebunks, we are now year round residents, I realized that River Tree was founded with the purpose of bringing the joy and benefits of music, theater and visual art to everyone in our community. We are fortunate to live in a place that believes in supporting local artists and respects the power of creativity.
River Tree is the the oldest community arts center in the state of Maine. We currently serve over 150 students throughout the year and over 300 in our summer programs. Our staff is committed to providing traditional arts programming along with innovative programs where art intersects with technology.
I am very proud of the direction we are moving in at River Tree. I encourage you to take some time to visit the Irvine Gallery, tour the new ceramics studio, register for an improv class, or simply send us an email with a suggestion of how we can best serve you. You will see that our staff and board of directors is committed to honoring our founders and best serving our communities through the arts.
My hope is that we continue to care for what we have and ensure that it is passed down from generation to generation.