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The Joy Truck Project

Traveling Creative Expression and Education Center

The Joy Truck is a mobile community resource center bringing free resources and the arts alongside opportunities for leadership and co-creation within rural and low-income neighborhoods of Piscataquis County.


1. Clothes and Books for Children and Adults

2. Art Supplies and Making Tools

3. Naloxone and Information on How to Administer 

4. A Participatory, Flexible Creative Work and Play-Space

5. Information on local social services

6. Community Stipends; modest compensation for folks teaching or facilitating a workshop 

7. Community Art Exhibits celebrating the place and people so local to the hearts of our region




The work of The Joy Truck Project as connector and weaver between neighbors and towns is a communal process. Your feedback, ideas and asks are the fuel that moves the wheels. The door is always open. Donations are greatly appreciated.

Send Inquiries to:   Merrilee:    or call: (207) 974-7813

The Joy Truck Project is made possible by astounding support both financial and in-kind from community members. Additionally, generous funding from the following foundations have helped make this project a reality; Ella Lyman Cabot Trust, Maine Arts & Humanities, the Onion Foundation. Grassroots Foundation and Awesome Without Borders/Harnisch Foundation. Local partners and friends of the Joy Truck include Central Hall Commons, Center Theatre, Thompson Free Library, Dyers Hope House, Elaine's Bakery & Cafe, Piscataquis Regional Food Center, Brownville Town Office, Milo Rec Department, National Arts Strategies Creative Community Fellowship, Brownville Rec Department and Free Summer Meals, Seeds, RSU68 SeDoMoCha and extraordinary folks yet-to-meet.

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