'First Coast' Project Aims to tell our Stories
The First Coast is a mobile studio / exhibition space that will travel to year-round coastal communities in Maine during the off-season. Through collaborations and workshops residents engage in conversation about their community’s working maritime identity and personal perspective of place.
The First Coast will be a collection of sounds, stories, images, and ideas that seek to reconstruct the narratives and mythologies of both Maine and Mainers.
The First Coast is an effort to reclaim the Maine coastline by creating a body of multimedia work that expresses the needs, desires, and identities of year-round coastal Mainers.
In the Winter of 2017, Galen Koch and woodworker Seth Brayton began renovating a 1976 Airstream trailer. The 30’ trailer is outfitted with a pop-up recording studio, digital archiving services, and a space for communities to gather and engage. The trailer is powered by solar energy and is entirely off-grid, allowing The First Coast to travel and work in any rural community in Maine, without compromising access to quality technical gear and equipment.