Recent Grants: Maine Expansion Arts Fund

2017 Grants

  • Apogee Arts, for the “Behind the Proscenium” performance series and workshops: $2,500
  • Augusta Symphony Orchestra, to fund a promotional outreach campaign to attract new audience members: $1,000
  • Bagaduce Theatre, for costumes and sets for a 2018 production of “The Importance of Being Ernest” by Oscar Wilde: $2,000
  • Bangor Youth Ballet, to support “Nutcracker in a Nutshell” and “Spring Story Book Ballet” at Crosby Center in Belfast: $3,100
  • Belfast Flying Shoes, to produce three new Belfast Flying Shoes outreach events in 2018: $3,500
  • Celebration Barn Theater, to collaborate with Norway Downtown to create an interactive performance: $5,000
  • Figures of Speech Theatre, to partner with Eastport Arts Center to adapt local stories into a live shadow puppet performance: $1,800
  • Gateway Milbridge, for free weekly musical performances at Gateway theater: $4,000
  • Main Street Bucksport, to launch a free community film series to expand the International Maritime Film Festival into a year-round event: $2,000
  • Medomak Arts Project, to encourage the arts in Waldoboro by partnering with local artists and farmers in a collaborative project: $2,500
  • Midcoast Actors Studio, to bring live theater to Bayside in Northport and to produce a summer youth musical theater camp for ages 7 to17 in Midcoast Maine: $4,000
  • Millay House Rockland, to fund the annual Arts & Poetry Festival: $4,000
  • The Committee to Restore the Abyssinian Meeting House, to research period clothing, create costumes, and develop a script for a one-act play about the Underground Railroad: $3,000
  • Timelines Community, Inc., to create four storytelling/dramatic events that will encourage youth and elders to share experiences as well as play-act characters from native and local legends: $3,500
  • United Youth Empowerment Services, to develop and carry out a 10-month project to engage immigrant youth ages 10 to 17 in after-school arts enrichment in the field of broadcast media/filmmaking: $5,000

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