According to a story by WABI, and in honor of Black History Month, Waterville Creates has teamed up with Colby College Museum of Art, Kennebec Montessori School, Waterville Public Schools and the Family Violence Project, to created a special Art Kit for everyone to celebrate the artwork and legacy of Maine artist, Ashley Bryan.

Ashley Bryan is an American artist, writer, and illustrator of children’s books, and the majority of his subjects are derived from the African-American experience.

Waterville Creates President, Shannon Haines says:

“His captivating storytelling and vivid collage work make his books a treat for all ages, and it is our hope that these art kits will inspire families to not only read and create together but also to learn more about Bryan’s work.”

The Beautiful Blackbird art kit will be distributed on February 25 at the Alfond Youth and Community Center, located at 124 North Street in Waterville at 4:00 p.m. until supplies last.

There will also be a number of kits available for the Alfond Weekend Backpack Program and the Waterville Public Library’s “Library To Go” program.

In addition to these special art kits, Waterville Creates and the Maine Film Center will highlight a documentary by filmmaker, Richard Kane, entitled I Know a Man…Ashley Bryan, throughout the month of February at

A long-time resident of Cranberry Island in Isleford, Maine, Ashley Bryan is committed to using his artwork and writing as a vehicle to create unity and understanding around his African heritage.

For more information about Waterville Creates, visit

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