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Updated: May 28, 2024

National Endowment for the Arts grants directs $1.2M to 8 Maine organizations

The National Endowment for the Arts directed more than $110 million towards U.S. arts organizations, including eight in Maine.

In all, Maine organizations received $1,174,525.

Here's the breakdown:

Maine Arts Commission, Augusta: $979,525. Grant will support arts programs, services and activities associated with carrying out the agency’s National Endowment for the Arts-approved strategic plan. 

Maine State Music Theatre, Brunswick, $10,000: Will support free, sensory-friendly performances of musicals for young audiences. 

Maine Museum of Innovation Learning and Labor, Lewiston, $30,000: To support a community-driven design plan for the incorporation of art, history and cultural features into the multi-use Riverwalk promenade connecting the cities of Lewiston and Auburn in Maine along the Androscoggin River. 

University of Maine System, Orono, $60,000: To support arts programming and permanent public art that addresses the effect of climate change on wild blueberries and local pollinators. 

Wabanaki Cultural Preservation Coalition (aka Nibezun), Passadumkeag, $35,000:To support Nibezun's Wabanaki Traditional Arts Mentorship program, Wabanaki traditional arts making workshops and the implementation of the Wabanaki Artist Directory. 

Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center, Portland, $25,000 Portland: To support New Mainers On Stage. 

Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance, Portland, $20,000: To support the Maine Lit Fest.

The Telling Room, Portland, $15,000: To support salary costs for the Young Writers and Leaders Program. 

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