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June 16, 2017

Maine arts programs to receive $850K in federal funding

The National Endowment for the Arts awarded $856,300 in grant funding to arts programs throughout Maine.

The grants will support a wide range of programs that support public art, museums and performances and are intended to encourage artistic creativity and foster innovation in Maine communities. They are part of a $82 million national allocation from the NEA supporting 1,195 grants to programs in all 50 states.

Maine arts organizations receiving NEA grants are:

  • Maine Arts Commission in Augusta will receive $741,300 to support Partnership Agreement Activities.
  • L.A. Public Theatre Inc. in Lewiston will receive $10,000 to support the development and production of "My Mother's Clothes Are Not My Mother" by Maine writer Elizabeth Peavey.
  • Portland Ovations in Portland will receive $10,000 to support the presentation of multidisciplinary artists and accompanying activities.
  • SPACE Gallery in Portland will receive $20,000 to support an artist residency program for emerging and mid-career artists.
  • Telling Room in Portland will receive $10,000 to support the Young Writers and Leaders Program.
  • Terra Moto Inc. in South Portland will receive $50,000 to support Art at Work's Part I: Maine USA. As many as 20 Maine communities will create a unique performance event that reflects their particular perspective on a U.S. historical event or theme.
  • Seal Bay Festival on Vinalhaven will receive $10,000 to support the annual summer chamber music festival and Institute of Contemporary American Music.

"Maine has a long and storied tradition of gifted artists and dedicated patrons of the arts, and we are fortunate to have so many passionate organizations continuing this tradition today," Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King said in a joint statement announcing the Maine grants. "These grants will help develop and maintain our state's vibrant culture, support artistic expression in Maine communities, and encourage future generations of artists to realize their potential."

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