Cultural Facilities Recipients
Johnson Hall Performing Arts Center 

Johnson Hall Performing Arts CenterGrant: $5,000This grant will support window rehabilitation to improve the façade of Johnson Hall by removing plywood and installing storefront windows. The Hall is the oldest operating theater in Maine and the current dominance of plywood on the exterior of the building gives a “closed and condemned” appearance. The installation of windows will improve the theater’s community profile. The renovations will provide a fresh new look for the theater, improving Gardiner’s downtown and showing progress toward the goal of full renovation. The improvements will also bring more attention to and help to support the theater’s capital campaign and long-term vision and viability.


Opera House Arts

Opera House ArtsGrant: $2,976This grant will support the upgrade of the Stonington Opera House’s 1941 projection system to digital cinema in order for Opera House Arts to be able to continue to offer movies as an important backbone of its year round programming. In terms of making high level artistic programming accessible to community members, film programming is an essential component of the organization’s offerings. The ability to book and screen high-quality first-run and independent feature films from major distributors depends on this conversion.


Hancock County Auditorium Associates
Grant: $5,000This grant will support facilities repair to halt water seepage into the theater.
L/A Public Theater, Inc.
Grant: $4,741This grant will support lighting grid and work light upgrades which will increase artistic flexibility and enhance safety and working conditions, as well as provide long term significant energy savings.
The Saco River Theatre
Grant: $2,976This grant will support the stabilization, replacement, and restoration of the large windows on the building’s front façade.
Franco-American Heritage Center
Grant: $4,500This grant will support a professional grade sound system for the theater. This will provide greater flexibility for music performers and sound technicians, allowing the facility to accommodate the needs and expectations of larger, national and international-level performers while dramatically improving the sound quality of smaller scale concerts and theater productions.
Franco-American Heritage Center
Grant: $4,500The grant money supports a project that will make essential repairs to the accessible parking and adjacent elevator entry areas.
Hancock County Auditorium Associates
Grant: $4,500The grant money supports improvements and renovations to the auditorium.
The Public Theatre
Grant: $4,443The grant money supports sound and lighting upgrades to bring the systems in line with current industry standards, and a hearing assistance expansion.
Dyer Library/Saco Museum
Grant: $1,150The grant money supports the installation of insulation in the rear galleries of the Saco Museum.
Rufus Porter Museum
Grant: $3,696The grant money supports renovating the Bridgton Gallery’s exhibit space for regionally significant 19th century art and artists.
Portland Stage Company
Grant: $2,421The grant money supports a project that is set to replace outdated and failing lighting system components and wiring.
Total: $45,903

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Kerstin Gilg: 287-6719
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Meg Fournier: 287-2713

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Julie Horn: 287-2790

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Martha Piscuskas: 287-2750

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Kathleen Mundell: 236-6741