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Cultural Exchange

Below are some of the many ongoing examples of international cultural collaborations that are happening in Maine or open to Maine artists. If you are aware of something not listed please make the Maine Arts Commission aware of it so it can be include.


Current Examples

Two Nation Vacation The Maine Office of Tourism and New Brunswick Tourism and Parks have developed a cross-border tourism initiative that includes three vacation travel itineraries linking sites in Maine and New Brunswick. These include a Scenic Coastal Loop, an Acadia and River Valley Loop and a Fredericton and Bangor Loop.

Contact East For a more than a quarter of a century, the very best of Atlantic Canadian talent in theatre, music, and dance have gathered to showcase their talents for regional, national and international buyers at Contact East. The conference provides an unprecedented opportunity to network with, and to learn from, some of the best presenters in the business from the Atlantic Provinces across Canada and internationally.

East Coast Music Association The mission of the East Coast Music Association is to foster, develop, promote and celebrate East Coast Music and its artists locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

Historic Bold Coast Museums and Fundy Bay Museums An alliance of museums in eastern Maine, Maine's Historic Bold Coast, have met with a counterpart alliance of museums in New Brunswick’s southwestern coast, known as Fundy Culture.  The goals of Maine's Historic Bold Coast are to create a collaborative structure of museums, historic properties and other cultural organizations from Ellsworth to Campobello, and to develop a historic museums tour that will stimulate public interest and participation in the area's history, natural beauty, and cultural institutions.

Schoodic Symposium Since 2007, the Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium has brought a small group of sculptors from around the world to Winter Harbor, Maine, where they spend upwards of six weeks creating original large scale sculptures using Maine granite. There has been interest in developing a granite sculpture symposium in Saint John, New Brunswick.

The Tides Institute & Museum of Art The Tides Institute is sponsoring and organizing a fifth annual cross-border artist studio tour. The Two Countries/One Bay Art Studio Tour will feature work by 50 artists from along the coastal Maine/New Brunswick border. The Maine Office of Tourism, Tourism New Brunswick, and the Maine Arts Commission are supporters of the tour. Tides Institute is also responsible for the Maine side of a printmakers exchange with New Brunswick.

American Folk festival The American Folk Festival is an annual large-scale, three-day event that takes place at the end of August in downtown Bangor, Maine. The Festival presents music and dance from the many cultures from around the world.

Roosevelt Campobello International Park Located across the Maine/New Brunswick border on Campobello Island, this is the only U.S./Canada park in existence. There is also the St. Croix Island International Site, located in the U.S. but situated immediately on the Maine/New Brunswick border near the mouth of the St. Croix River. The U.S. National Park Service maintains an interpretive area on the Maine side as does Parks Canada on the New Brunswick side.

FrancoFête en Acadie The Orchestre Symphonique du Haut-Saint-Jean in Saint-Basile New Brunswick is comprised of amateur and semi-professional musicians from Maine and New Brunswick under the direction of professional musician and conductor Daniel Finzi of Montreal.

Symposium De Peinture This event is held annually in July in Madawaska Maine. Both professional and amateur Canadian artists are invited to exhibit.

Annual Conferences of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers These meetings have taken place since 1973. The conferences focuses on topics like expansion of economic ties, the fostering of energy exchanges, environmental issues and the coordination of numerous policies and programs in such areas as transportation, forest management and tourism.

Radio Canada

Maine Public Broadcasting Network Maines Public Broadcasting Network broadcasts a variety of Canadian shows and features Canadian artists as part of regular programming.


For more information please contact Kerstin Gilg
Director of  Media Arts and Performing Arts at the Maine Arts Commission
207/ 287-6719 -