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MICA Idea Lab


The Maine Arts Commission is proud to present five diverse Maine artists in a fast-paced Idea Lab, modeled on the pecha kucha format, to open a full day of activities in its second Maine International Conference on the Arts.

The Idea Lab, in which artists will present their current innovations in their craft, is scheduled to begin the day with a strong dose of inspiration for the artists, arts organizations, arts educators, community developers, and policy makers attending the conference.


Marsha Donahue, Millinocket Visual Arts, 

The owner and founder of North Light Gallery, Marsha has degrees in the fine arts from American University and the Maine College of Art and cites as inspirations Winslow Homer and John Singer Sargent.



Nancy Frohlich, Rockport Arts Educator 

The founding director of Leaps of Imagination, Nancy has worked in small schools as a Head of School, Director of Studies, and teacher. Her earliest training came from Sybil Marshall, a renowned British educator, who believed that a classroom is like a symphony: one subject should flow into and connect with the others, like instruments in an orchestra. 



Salim Salim, Bowdoin Literary Artist

Salim speaks five languages and was born and raised in the city of Mosul, Iraq. Salim's family was forced to escape due to increasingly risky security issues. After leaving Iraq, Salim and his family came to the United States in 2010, where he attended Portland’s Deering High School. Salim credits organizations like Seeds of Peace, The Telling Room, and TEDxDirigo for helping him maximize his potential as an immigrant living in America.



Sarah Sockbeson, Lewiston Traditional Artist

Sarah creates handcrafted authentic Penobscot ash basketry made from the finest quality brown ash and sweetgrass and woven with traditional Maine Wabanaki techniques. She is a third generation participant in the Maine Arts Commission Traditional Arts Apprenticeship program, having apprenticed with Jennifer Neptune in 2004.



Daniel Sonenberg, South Portland Performing Artist

Daniel is a composer and performer. He is best known for his opera, The Summer King, about Negro League baseball legend Josh Gibson. The opera was premiered in concert format in a joint presentation by Portland Ovations and the University of Southern Maine at Portland’s Merrill Auditorium in May 2014, with the support of a National Endowments for the Arts grant.  It will receive its staged world premiere by Pittsburgh Opera in 2017.


All MICA venues are wheelchair accessible. To request an additional accommodation to fully participate in these events, please contact Kathy Ann Shaw at 207/287-2750 or no later than September 30. 



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