Bug-Maineia Photos of Vivien Russe and Mary Hart at the Maine State Museum

 Ant Girl Vivien Russe and honorary Ant Girl Mary Hart(who assisted us in making the giant Ant scrolls for our Ant Farm exhibition last April), worked all day long at BUG -Maineia, a project that merged art and science at the Maine State Museum on Sept. 13th!  
Parents, teachers and kids were very involved and enthusiastic. Participants use pre-made Ant Girl stamps to make a new scroll of leafcutter ants.  Mary Hart was a champ not only providing materials, good ideas and a lot of enthusiasm.  Mary had the good idea of take-away index cards(see below). Thank you to Vivian and Mary Hart for their hard work!

The Bug Maine-ia project helped create a new ant scroll!



SEPT. 10th Ant Girl Vivien Russe at BUG-MAINE-ia + Maine State Museum 9am -3pm

SEPT. 10th  9am -3pm

 Don't miss out on Vivien Russe's workshop on leaf cutter ants.
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The leaf cutter ants and humans are two species that are farmers. The leaf cutter ants cut leaves and carry them back to the colony to be used as a substrate to grow a fungus that is the food source for the colony.

At Bug-Maine-ia, kids can participate in making an ant scroll to capture this activity. Using soft block images of ants, they will print a column of ants on a long roll of paper and will then attach the leaf fragments to each ant. At the end of the day, the scroll will show just how busy these ants and these kids can be.

A similar activity was done by Ant Girls of Maine, as part of Ant Farm; at the nexus of Art and Science, a multimedia installation supported by the Maine Arts Commission.