Recent Grants: Maine Expansion Arts Fund

2016 Grants

  • Eastport Arts Center, to train a person to repair and maintain Instrument Library instruments and an intern for the "Paper Orchestra Project" who would reach out to area elementary schools: $2,500
  • Leaps of Imagination, to serve children in Thomaston whose in-school art experiences have diminished due to decreasing public funds: $3,000
  • Cultural Resources, Inc., to support production of the “One Life/Many Stories” touring exhibition: $2,200
  • Creative Learning and Performance, Inc., to pay a teacher/director for the 2017 season and maintain a children's program where theater is introduced, studied, produced, and performed: $2,000
  • Belfast Stagehouse, to collaborate with the 2017 Bar Harbor Music Festival expansion that will bring three concerts and a master pianist class to locations in Belfast and Northport/Bayside: $4,000
  • United Society of Shakers, to provide travel stipends, honoraria, and performance fees to Wabanaki artists participating in the Maine Native American Summer Market: $4,200
  • Rangeley Friends of the Performing Arts, to fund a six-month, after-school instrumental music program for local students: $4,000
  • Seven Eagles Media Production, for an educational arts exhibit that demonstrates the importance of historical cultural practices and environmental issues that threaten traditional resources: $5,000
  • Western Maine Art Group, for an outreach campaign to attract a broader audience to the 50th annual art festival and expand free workshop offerings at the festival: $2,500
  • Augusta Symphony Orchestra, to relocate rehearsals and concerts to Snow Pond Center for the Arts and establish connections that will help sustain the longevity of the orchestra: $2,100
  • Blue Hill Concert Association, to fund a daylong educational outreach event by the Minetti String Quartet of Vienna, Austria, on March 4, 2017, in Blue Hill: $2,500
  • Village Green Center for the Arts, to create Make A Show, an after-school program for elementary school students to design, create, and perform an original piece of theater: $2,000
  • Wabanaki Health and Wellness, Inc. , to support development of two traveling exhibitions of visual and written art created by incarcerated Wabanaki people: $5,000
  • Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, to provide honorariums to poets selected by Maine Poet Laureate Stuart Kestenbaum to appear on the Maine Public Radio program, “Poems from Here”: $2,600
  • Arab American Cultural and Entertainment Organization, to organize an exhibition of Arabic art with a musical ensemble and dancing, specifically for school children: $1,200

2015 Grants

  • Americans Who Tell the Truth, for workshops to train Maine middle school students to use storytelling to create narratives to address community problems: $3,000
  • Apogee Arts, to support a series of outdoor performances on a portable stage in Brooksville, Bucksport, and Belfast: $2,000
  • Artsworth, to use a donated fiber studio for a fibers program at Artsworth: $3,150
  • Belfast Creative Coalition, to expand the program to include a part-time coordinator: $3,500
  • Celebration Barn Theater, to increase the Oxford Hills community’s access to theatrical performances and raise its profile in Western Maine: $2,500
  • Eastport Arts Center, to bring visiting artists to Down East Maine to work with community members, the local historical society, and elementary students to create a permanent mural and public performance based on local history: $5,000
  • Ellsworth Community Music Institute, to create a children's chorus open to Ellsworth area children in grades K-8: $3,360
  • Everyman Repertory Theatre, for a performance of “Casablanca” at the Waterman's Community Center in North Haven: $2,000
  • Figures of Speech Theatre, to produce “The Art of Memory,” an arts/educational program that will take place in one-room schoolhouses on Maine’s outer islands, $4,000
  • Gedakina, Inc., to support “HERStory-Celebrating Indigenous Women & Girls,” gatherings for Native women and girls ages 13 and up to expanding their voices through spoken and written word, song, and artistic expression, $3,000
  • Greater Grand Isle Historical Society, to create an Acadian coloring book that celebrates Acadian culture, history, and heritage: $2,000
  • Hewnoaks Artist Colony, to hold art/writing workshops for the Greater Lovell community at Hewnoaks Artist Colony: $750
  • Kennebec Valley Art Association, to support an exhibition of art and poetry by artists of the LINC Wellness Center and Waterville Social Club: $2,500
  • Upstander Project, to conduct teacher professional development workshops testing the relevancy of its new short documentary film “First Light” and companion learning resources: $5,000

2014 Grants

  • Castine Historical Society, to support Ode to Hermione art programs: $2,500
  • Denmark Arts Center, to support Project Denmark: $1,500
  • Eastport Arts Center, to support Reaching Out Across the Generations: $5,000
  • Friends of L.C. Bates Museum, for the Maine Amazing Seasons exhibition and related events: $1,025
  • Kennebec Valley Arts Association, for the second year of partnership between Harlow Gallery and University of Maine-Augusta:    $2,400
  • Literacy Volunteers of Midcoast Maine, to support Outcast Players' use of improvisation, journals, and other methods to explore issues of adult non-readers: $4,400
  • Maine FiberArts, to support for gallery exhibitions in 2015: $2,500
  • Mercer Community Club, to support a cultural event series: $1,300
  • Out As I Want to Be, to bring "Wild & Precious" performance piece and host a daylong gay arts and culture community event: $2,500
  • Partners in Island Education, for an artist-in-residency with Hio Ridge Dance as part of Island Voices: $3,210
  • Penobscot Nation Cultural and Historic Preservation, for "Katahdin, Greatest Mountain," a multi-media installation: $3,000
  • Seven Eagles Media Production, to present three performing-arts workshops at Collins Center for the Arts: $5,000
  • Tree Street Youth, to hire a staff person for arts and cultural enrichment programming: $2,500
  • Waterfall Arts, for the Community Environmental Arts Residency: $3,400