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MECA gets $300,000 grant for craft, other programs

A $300,000 grant from the Windgate Charitable Foundation will boost the Maine College of Art's craft programs.

Lauders' $5 million gift launches PMA endowment campaign

A $5 million gift from benefactors Judy and Leonard Lauder marks the official launch of the Portland Museum of Art's initiative to boost its endowment by $15 million.

Portland Buy Local hires first executive director

Portland Buy Local, which was started a decade ago to represent independent businesses, has selected Jenn Thompson as its first executive director.

FAME financing boosts Thompson's Point project

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The Finance Authority of Maine has approved a $500,000 direct loan to Forefront Brick South LLC to help finance property improvements and working capital related to the redevelopment of a vacant...

New Portland shop will put artisans center stage

An unlikely duo of an international financier and a photographer are teaming up to open a new Portland brick-and-mortar gallery shop on Washington Avenue that will feature original art, handmade...

Lincoln Street Center interested in buying McLain School

The owner of Lincoln Street Center, a former school that has found a new lease on life as a Rockland-based arts center, has expressed interest in purchasing yet another school property in the city.

The business of being Bob Dylan

Kevin Steeves |

There's a sense of giddiness in Dennis Bailey's voice when he recalls the first time that the music of Bob Dylan resonated with him: “'Nashville Skyline:' And only because Johnny Cash was on...

Nat May, director of Portland’s SPACE, stepping down

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Nat May, the executive director of SPACE Gallery, the alternative arts venue that has become a cornerstone of Portland’s creative arts community, will be stepping down from his post effective...

Rockland's creative economy spurs a renaissance

Laurie Schreiber |

Thousands of seasonal visitors and summer residents have discovered a growing slate of cultural happenings in recent years in Rockland, with the transformation of a forlorn waterfront with an influx...

'Greetings from Portland' mural artist selected for Westbrook project

Although the Greetings from Portland mural that once resided on the side of the downtown Portland events venue The Asylum has been reduced to rubble, the artist behind the mural has been commissioned...