More MSA from Home

We miss you!

While we can’t see you in person right now at Mayo Street Arts, we still aim to keep you connected, entertained, and amazed by the artists and performers from our community. 

Below is a sample of art, performance, and activities from members of our community you can enjoy safely from your own home.

Online Drumming & Dance Classes

Join Embody the Rhythm online for Guinea style West African Dance, honoring the source and original teachers of this form, and sharing from Wabanaki territory, known under colonized terms as Portland, Maine. The communally supported, sliding scale classes are live online via Zoom twice a week with classes added monthly (and possibly outdoors soon)!

Learn more at

Roochies in Quarantine

Here’s a little music from Matt & Joy of Maine’s Roochie Toochie and the Ragtime Shepherd Kings to brighten your day. Listen here and enjoy!

A moving and original performance by Lindsey Bourassa

See local Flamenco dancer and MSA Mission Awardee Lindsey Bourassa in the film “El Lobo y La Paloma”. The program — created, choreographed, and performed by Bourassa — explores the theme of loss, connection, and ancestry through fully original flamenco dance, Arabic music and song, poetry, and projected imagery. Screen the performance online here.

Megan Gumbling wrote about the film in the Portland Phoenix and said: “El Lobo y La Paloma” is part filmed performance, part art film, a lyrical, meditative, visionary exploration of the experience of loss – loss of a person, an identity, or even a country.” Read more about the film here.

Learn to juggle with Janoah Bailin!

Juggling does wonders for concentration, hand-eye coordination, dexterity… and it grows brain matter! Learn to juggle in your own home with materials from around the house. Check out this entertaining class with Janoah “anygoodjokes?” online here!

Palaver Solo Sessions (Livestream)

Every Thursday, a different Palaver Strings member will share 10-20 minutes of solo music that they love, live on social media. Tune in here. Palaver Strings will be hosting a Virtual Palaver Gathering on 5/31. Find details to sign up and support here.

Puppet-making and more with Sandglass Theater

Jana Zeller of Vermont’s Sandglass Theater wasn’t able to join us this spring at MSA, but Sandglass Theater is live-streaming puppetry projects weekly for your amusement and engagement. Follow here to join in.

In addition, Sandglass Theater is streaming classic family show by Ines Zeller Bass on Vimeo. Cozy up for final performance of Isidor’s Cheek from 2015 to watch at home here.