Laurie Downey is a visual artist/designer and educator. Laurie has been a teaching artist in Maine public schools for many years, working with students in rural elementary schools through the Local Stories Project, which she began in 1998. This multidisciplinary, integrated arts project combines a local history research unit followed by student creation of two public art works – a permanent in-school mural and an original theater piece. She also works with Side x Side program in Portland public schools. As an artist and designer, Laurie designs graphic surface patterns and lightscreens based on the natural textures.