Grant Recipients 2015-2016


Awards from the Maine Arts Commission 

for the 2015–16 Grant Cycle. 

The Maine Arts Commission welcomed the 2015-16 grantees, fellowship recipients and apprenticeship awardees. These applicants passed a rigorous public panel review, with subsequent process approval by the Commission members in July 2015.

Projects were diverse in discipline and scope with grant amounts ranging from less than $1,000 to nearly $15,000. Recipients can be found in all parts of the state and all in all represent the quality of the culture and heritage throughout Maine. 

Use the interactive map below the listings to filter by grant type and see the geographic distribution of recipients.












ARTS LEARNING—This grant supports schools, arts organizations/institutions and community based teaching artists as they collaborate on the design and delivery of high quality arts learning experiences for K-12 students.

317 Main Community Music Center Yarmouth
Center for Maine Contemporary Art Rockport
Figures of Speech Theatre Freeport
Gorham Arts Alliance Gorham
L/A Arts Lewiston
Maine Alliance for Arts Education Kittery
Maine Film Center Waterville
Opera House Arts Stonington
Portland Symphony Orchestra Portland
The Telling Room Portland
The University of Maine at Augusta Readfield
Viles Arboretum Augusta

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CCED: CULTURAL PLAN—This program encourages cultural, economic and governmental sectors to work together to effect community cultural development. Beginning in 2015, applicants to the CCED grant program will be required to have completed a community or regional Cultural Plan. Because of this new requirement, the Maine Arts Commission has divided this program in to two phases. Phase I will award successful community applicants a grant to develop a Cultural Plan. 

L/A Arts Lewiston
Waterville Main Street Waterville

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CREATIVE AGING—The Creative Aging grant provides funding for teaching artists working with adults in a range of community settings including libraries, senior centers, arts organizations, and assisted- and independent-living centers. 

Spectrum Generations Cohen Community Center Hallowell
The Park Danforth Portland

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MAINE ARTIST FELLOWSHIP—This merit-based award is primarily informed by an applicant's body of work and serves to acknowledges artistic excellence and advance the careers of Maine artists. Click a recipient's name for more information.

Conley, Susan (Literature) Portland
Dorenfeld, Morris (Craft) Spruce Head
Logue, Peter (Media) Southwest Harbor
Monke, Kirsten (Performing) Harpswell
Moulton, Pamela (Visual) Portland
Romano, Cara (Belvedere Craft) Bar Harbor
Boardman, Gregory (Traditional) Lewiston


2016 Maine Artist Fellowship Award Winners

Seven of Maine's Best Artists

Our quarterly newsletter takes a deeper dive into agency news and the January issue features our 2016 Fellowship recipients. 

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ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT—This grant provides funding for arts and cultural organizations to support capacity-building projects for organizations throughout Maine. Grant funds can help organizations address issues that include positioning of the organization, board and staff development, planning, financial management, and marketing. Projects can be in any artistic discipline and on any scale.

Bangor Ballet Bangor
Chocolate Church Arts Center Bath
Kennebec Valley Art Association Hallowell
Theater at Monmouth Monmouth

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PARTNERSHIP GRANT—This grant provides funding for arts and cultural organizations to enter into partnership with the Maine Arts Commission. Funds are unrestricted and will go to building the state’s cultural infrastructure. 

317 Main Community Music Center Yarmouth
Bangor Symphony Orchestra Bangor
Bates College (Bates Dance Festival) Lewiston
Bowdoin International Music Festival Brunswick
Denmark Arts Center Denmark
Eastport Arts Center Eastport
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts Deer Isle
Mayo Street Arts Portland
Portland Chamber Music Festival Portland
Portland Ovations Portland
Portland Symphony Orchestra Portland
The Telling Room Portland

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PROJECT GRANT FOR ARTISTS—The Project Grant for Artists is designed to support creative projects throughout Maine. Grant funds assist artists with the creation of new work and the continuation of existing arts programs. Projects can be in any artistic discipline and on any scale. 

Aldrich, Nathaniel Penobscot
Alexander, Anne Kamilla Windham
Brox, Jane  Brunswick
Callas, Kimberly Brooks
Crowder, Jenna Portland
Goodwin, Thomas Waldo
Gray, Julie Saco
Grobe, Fritz Buckfield
Grumbling, Megan Portland
Hepler, Anna Eastport
Ingraham, Tina Bath
Kolster, Michael Brunswick
Levesque, Justin Portland
Loughridge, Sally South Bristol
Macdonald, James Burnham
Merrill, Susan Brooksville
Montgomery, Jack Freeport
Motenko, Howie Seal Harbor
Quin-Easter, Erica Caribou
Romano, Cara Bar Harbor
Rosen, Andy South Portland
Royle, Dorothy Portland
Salazar Rose, Roland Biddeford
Sears, Will Portland
Small, Antonia Port Clyde
Sturchio, Gabriella Portland
van der Ven, Simon Lincolnville
Wagner-Peck, Kari Portland
Welden, Bess Portland
Zildjian, Georgia Portland

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PROJECT GRANT FOR ORGANIZATIONS—The Project Grant for Organizations is designed to support creative projects throughout Maine. Grant funds assist organizations with the production of high-quality creative activities, the creation of new work, and the continuation of successful arts programs. Projects can be in any artistic discipline and on any scale. 

A Company of Girls Portland
Alice James Poetry Cooperative, Inc. Farmington
Belfast Creative Coalition  Belfast 
Camden International Film Festival Camden
Celebration Barn Theater South Paris
Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine Portland
Everyman Repertory Theatre Rockport
Family Violence Project Augusta
Figures of Speech Theatre Freeport
Friends of Congress Square Park Portland
Friends of DaPonte String Quartet Damariscotta
Harald Saeverud Music Program/PBSO Pembroke
Independence Association/Spindleworks Art Center Brunswick
Maine Crafts Association Gardiner
Maine Fiberarts Topsham
Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance Old Town
Maine Photo Project c/o Maine HIstorical Society Portland
Museum LA Lewiston
Northeast Historic Film Bucksport
Peregrine Press Portland
Pierre Monteux Memorial Foundation Hancock
Portland Stage Portland
Robinson Ballet Bangor
Somali Bantu Community of Lewiston Maine Lewiston 
The Choral Art Society Portland
The Downeasters Scarborough
The Public Theatre Lewiston
The United Society of Shakers, Sabbathday Lake Inc. New Gloucester
Theater at Monmouth Monmouth
Viles Arboretum Augusta
York County Community College Wells

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TRADITIONAL ARTS APPRENTICESHIP—This award provides financial support for a master traditional artist to share his or her skills with one or more qualified apprentices. The apprenticeships serve communities by preserving, strengthening and honoring cultural traditions and art forms. 

CAFAM Chinese School  Windham
Plumb, Julia Northport
Sockbeson, Sarah Kingfield
Somali Bantu Community of Lewiston Maine Lewiston

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Map of Maine Arts Commission

Awardees for the 2015–16 Grant Cycle


For more information about Maine Art Commission grant programs please visit or contact Kathy Ann Shaw, Senior Director for Grants and Arts Accessibility at 207/287-2750 or vog.eniam@wahs.yhtak

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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