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The Maine Arts Commission is a state agency that receives funding appropriated by the Maine State Legislature. In addition, the Agency partners with the National Endowment for the Arts for additional annual funding. The Maine Arts Commission shall encourage and stimulate public interest and participation in the cultural heritage and cultural programs of our state; shall expand the state's cultural resources; and shall encourage and assist freedom of artistic expression for the wellbeing of the arts, to meet the needs and aspirations of persons in all parts of the state.

The Maine Arts Commission offers grant funding to Maine organizations, individuals, schools, and municipalities. The grant cycle opens January fifteenth each year with the majority of deadlines before the end of March, with some offerings that have additional autumn deadlines. Funding support must be used for projects between July 1 of the current year and June 30 of the following year. If a project has components that fall outside of the timeframe, those components cannot be funded, although components within the timeframe are eligible for funding. All applications must be made through the agency online Grants Management System.

Full List of Grant Recipients - FY  2016 | 2017 | 2018 2019 | 2020 | 2021 | 2022

Fellowships - FY 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | 2020 | 2021 | 2022

July 2021 report for the FY22 awards. 

 


For a PDF of the FY21 awardees can be found here 
or at the link below. 

FY 2022 Arts & Humanities (spring) The Maine Arts Commission and the Maine Humanities Council collaborate to provide Arts & Humanities grants that assist organizations in Maine to investigate and present stories and cultural expressions of the state, its communities and its people.

Applicant Community Project Title
Blue Hill Community Development 
Blue Hill 
Threadbare Theatre Workshop's production of Mackerel Sky
Castine Historical Society, Inc.
Castine
"Castine’s Clark Fitz-Gerald: A Sculptor’s Life and Vision" exhibition
Engine Inc.  Biddeford  Good Days
Kennebec Valley Art Association Hallowell
Art & Gender, the Future is Gender Affirming; a juried art exhibit
Maine Highlands Senior Center Dover-Foxcroft

Joyous Exploratorium: Traveling Community Resource Center

Rangeley Lakes Historical Society Rangeley
Native American Exhibits Enhancement at Outdoor Heritage Museum
Wiscasset Creative Alliance 
Wiscasset
Touring History: Wiscasset Village

FY 2022 Creative Aging (spring)- The Creative Aging grant supports organizations and artists that develop high-quality, participatory, arts programs for older adults. Funds are available to support teaching artists from the Maine Arts Commission’s Creative Aging Teaching Artist Roster to work in community settings such as libraries, senior centers, arts organizations, and assisted- and independent-living centers.

Applicant Community Project Title
Bangor Region YMCA  Bangor
Decreasing Loneliness Among Older Adults Through Arts Engagement
Eastern Area Agency on Aging Brewer
Introduction to Pastel: Drawing and Painting in Color
Gorham Arts Alliance  Gorham  EcoArts for Seniors 

FY 2022 ARTS LEARNINGThis program provides funding to support high-quality visual or performing arts education for PK-12 students and/or educators of this population.

Applicant Community Project Title
317 Main Community Music Center Yarmouth Music Education Partnership for Biddeford Schools
Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine Portland  Youth Theatre Ensemble 
Leaps of Imagination  Rockport 
Earth Artists at Work on the Land
Mayo Street Arts Portland 
MSA and EECS School Partnership Program
Palaver Strings Portland 
Palaver Music Center Pre-K-2nd Grade Strings Programs
Portland Ovations 
Portland 
Cultivating Curiosity Everywhere
Portland Stage Company  Portland 
Portland Stage’s K-12 Education Programs
RSU 22 Hampden 
Space for Grace: A Collaborative Garden Breath
RSU 25 Bucksport 
"History In the Making"

FY 2022 Organization Partnership - This program provides much-needed unrestricted operating funds to arts organizations and establishes a process for partnering with the Maine Arts Commission to advance the role of the arts in strengthening communities and enhancing local economies. 

Applicant Community Project Title
A Company of Girls Portland
Art Empo{h}ers: Afterschool Arts Programming for Underserved Girls
Aroostook Arts and Education Center Presque Isle Enrich Arts Programming in Aroostook County 
Bangor Symphony Orchestra Bangor Bangor Symphony Orchestra 2021-22 Season
Bowdoin International Music Festival Brunswick To support the Bowdoin International Music Festival's 2021 Season
Brick Store Museum Kennebunk Brick Store Museum Partnership
Celebration Barn Theater South Paris 2021 Partnership Grant Application for Celebration Barn Theater
Center Theatre, Inc.  Dover-Foxcroft  Center Theatre for the Performing Arts Operational Support 
Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine Portland Partnership with Maine Arts Commission
Eastport Arts Center Eastport EAC MAC Partnership 
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts Deer Isle Organization Partnership
Maine Academy of Modern Music Portland The Music Plays On 
Maine Crafts Association Gardiner Maine Crafts Association 21/22 Operating Support 
Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance Portland Organizational Partnership 
Mayo Street Arts Portland  Partnership
New England Music Camp Association Sidney   Providing Arts Education Through Outreach Partner Programs
Ogunquit Playhouse Foundation Ogunquit Looking Towards the Future
Opera Maine Portland To support a Partnership Grant for Opera Maine
Penobscot Theatre Company Bangor Organizational Partnership 
Points North Institute  Camden  Points North Institute Partnership 
Portland Chamber Music Festival Portland Support for the 2020-2021 season
Portland Museum of Art Portland Partnership Support
Portland Ovations Portland Annual Partnership General Operations Support
Portland Stage Company, Inc. Portland Support for Portland Stage's 2020-21 Season
Portland Symphony Orchestra Portland Production of combined virtual and live concert season
President & Trustees of Bates College Lewiston Bates Dance Festival Partnership Grant
Schoodic Arts for All Winter Harbor Continuing to offer outstanding programming in time of Covid 
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Inc. Madison Unrestricted Operating Funds
William A. Farnsworth Art Musuem Rockland  Farnsworth Art Museum Partnership

FY 2022 Project Grant for Artists - The Project Grant for Artists supports creative projects throughout Maine, assisting 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.

Applicant Community Project Title
Alexander, Anne Windham Diverse Petals 
Alexandrou, Rachel  Alna Foraged Feast 
Allen, Judith Portland  Mapping the Walk 
Alonzo, Lisa  Brunswick  Analog Alley Mural Project 
Amend, Joyce  York Pouring My Heart Out 
Aoki, Aretha  Topsham Izumonookuni 
Backus, Todd Portland  Too Strange to Live, Too Weird to Die 
Barr, Lynne  Cornish  Telling Stories 
Beaudoin, Genevieve  Brunswick  "Change Your Mind" Live Performance Music Video
Beckford, Simon Liberty Local Wildlife Stickers
Benson, M.J.  South Portland  Plein Air, Pigments, & Public Engagement 
Bernard, Kim  Rockland Pedal Shredder 
Booher, Jennifer  Bar Harbor Stained Glass Windows of Mount Desert Island
Brimstein, Quincy  Portland  Building Community and Finding Expression through Creative Ecology 
Brooks, Robin Topsham  Stories of Our Foremothers
Bruun, Peter Southport First The Crying
Burns, Greg Brunswick  Abstract Photography Residency
Carey, Jordan  Portland  Roots & Culture 
Caswell, Cole Peaks Island  Rise 
Charland, Caleb  Brewer  Materials Needed to Enlarge A Novel Photographic Printing Process
Chen, Ray  Falmouth  Age of Influence - US National Exhibition Switzerland 
Clay, Chris Portland You Haven't Been Down Every Road
Cotter, Caroline  Mount Desert  "Don't Wait" Music Video 
Crupi, Viva Portland  Pivot & Rebrand 
Cullen, Lynne Portland  "Walk Among the Shadows: The Secret History of Eastern Cemetery" 
Darling, Eric  Appleton  Drift Rope Project 
Davis, Sophie  Waldoboro  Rise Up! 
Evans, Sian Veazie  La Survivance: Here All the Time 
Fein, Randy  Lincolnville Collaborate with Hero Media Arts to create an online presence 
Fisher-Lochhead, Daniel Mount Desert Danny Fischer-Lochhead Tap Quartet Mini-Tour
Franzel, Johanna Cape Elizabeth Writing Ourselves Awake: Making Embodied Creativity Accessible
Gaffney, Sarah Kilch  Vassalboro Leaves to the Sky Book Project 
Gallagher, Ross  Bath  Maine Soundscapes & the Comtemporary Electronic Exponents of Jazz
Gorman, Michael  Palermo  Never Leaving This Boat 
Gottlieb, Audrey York  Copyright Registration of Photographs 
Gray, Julie  Saco  Under the Shroud, Beyond the Veil: Self Portrait as Spirit 
Hamacher, Sophie Freeport (Super)vision: On Motherhood and Surveillance
Harrison, Ruthanne Richmond Mixed Media Video Presentation 
Haskell, Sarah  York  Botanical Dyes: Co-creating with Nature 
Henkin, Lauren  Rockland  Exhibition Catalog-Prop Books 
Herrling, Malcolm Bradley  Maine In The Raw: Black and White Portraits 
Hoffman, Nancy 3.  Peaks Island  Who Nose? The Tarot of the Human Body 
Howard, Camille  Portland  The Anglerfish 
Jackson, Derek  Portland  Life Tonight 
Jerome, Judith  Deer Isle  Website Redesign and Development
Juli, Sara Falmouth Burnt-Out-Wife
Kendall, Jessy Lewiston  Letterfounder Craft Studio
Kendall, Zak New Sharon "Room to Grow" Vinyl Record Production 
Leighton, Sarah Searsport  Rug Hooking Education 
Logue, Peter Rockport "An Artist's Guide to Investing" e-book for artists 
Manning, Deiran Winter Harbor  Diabelli Variations 
Maus, Pam Owls Head  Brenda Commander: Indigneous Woman, Tribal Chief 
Miller, Nina  Portland  Healing Harmonies - Bringing Back Our Community
Moulton, Pamela  South Portland The Forest Is Off The Wall 
Mullin, Zachary South Portland Hip Hop In the Park 
Ng, Elaine Rockland  Fingerprints of Place 
Ober, Elijah  South Portland Calcium 
Ouellette, Dylan  Presque Isle Home Studio Revamp
Qualey, Erica  Walpole  Virtual Art Teaching Studio Upgrade 
Richard, Michael  Portland  Artist MAC Grant
Roberts, Jill  Kennebunk  Sumi Scarves 
Rosen, Becky Jane Portland  Matrilineal 
Rosengren Moran, Hannah South Portland Eco-Friendly Alphabet Zine
Russell, Kate Sedgwick Threadbare at Carding Brook 2021
Skaar Rocknak, Anneli  Camden  Monarch
Sockbeson, Sarah Veazie  29 Native Voices Podcast Production Project
Stake, Kristen Portland Choreographing Community 
Stewart, Heather  Portland "I Have No Carbons" 
Stone, Michaela  Rockport Studio Crie Outdoor Market 
Sugatski, Kallie  Portland  Experiemental Outdoor Concert Series
Sylvain, Robert Portland Memere's Notebook CD Release 
Szwajkos, Sarah Camden  Liminal - Limited Edition Homemade Book 
Tanguay, Carla Mount Desert Maine Music Therapy Resource Establishment 
Thibeau, Kaitlin Scarborough Plants and Prints
Trautman, Michael  Portland Death of a Clown
Trunzo, Sara Unity  Cabin Fever Dream EP
Viera Jr. Antonio da Rocha Gray The Malaga Ship
Warden, Norma Auburn Bringing Books to Life Through Photography
Wiley, Thom Southwest Harbor The Calvineers Movie 
Williams, Augustus  Bristol  Moving Boxes
Wingo, Chekotah Blue Hill  The Gatherers 
Wong, Evelyn Portland Mooncakes for Democracy 
Yobaskas, Lauren Cape Elizabeth Opera in the Pines 

FY 2022 Project Grant for Organizations - The Project Grant for Organizations is designed to support creative projects throughout Maine. Grant funds assist arts 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.

Applicant Community Project Title
317 Main Community Music Center Yarmouth Maine Folk Music Dance Series 
Alice James Brooks Farmington Electronic publication, promotion, and distribution of poetry
Bar Harbor Festival Corporation  Bangor Community Connections - Eight Classical Music Events
Bearnstow Mount Vernon A Bearnstow Jaunt 
Blue Hill Bach Blue Hill Blue Hill Bach Summer Festival Online
Castine Historical Society, Inc.  Castine Castine's Clark Fitz-Gerald: A Sculptor's Life and Vision
Cobscook Community Learning Center Trescott Making In Place: Connecting Across Isolation
Creative Portland  Portland  Gulf of Maine ECOARTS: 'Bigelow Project' 
Creative Portland Cooperartion  Portland  Reopen & Revive: Summer Performance Outdoor Stages
Ellsworth Community Music Institute  Ellsworth  Arthur Russell Festival Short Documentary
Friends of Congress Square Park Portland In the Square Arts Programming 
Friends of DaPonte String Quartet Damariscotta  Young Strings Workshop 
Friends of the Strand Theatre Denmark Jazz Residency Initiative 2020-21 Programming
Heart of Ellsworth  Ellsworth  Ellsworth's First Outdoor Mural 
Ice Dance International  Kittery  2020/22 Winter Residency. 
Institute of Contemporary Art Portland  Monitor: Surveillance, Data, and the New Panoptic 
Kennebec Youth Symphony Orchestra  Manchester  Support for Conductors and Mentors 
Knox County Homeless Coalition Rockland  TLP Mobile Makerspace 
LA Public Theatre Inc.  Lewiston Youth Education and Outreach Program
Maine Mental Health Connections Bangor  Together Place Neighborhood Recovery Mural Project
New Surry Repetory Theatre & School Blue Hill  New Surry Theatre 50th Season 2021-22
Palaver Strings Inc.  Portland Welcome Here: Music and Stories of Welcome in Maine
Pierre Monteux Memorial Foundation Hancock Student scholarships 
Portland Public Library  Portland  Art in Captivity: Inside Out
Portland School of Ballet  Portland  Pointe Shoe Fund
Salt Bay Chamberfest Damariscotta  Salt Bay Chamberfest 27th Season: Doors Open! 
Salt Pond Community Broadcasting Co. East Orland  Maine Musician Hour
The Telling Room Portland  The Telling Room Anthology Project 
The Theater at Monmouth  Monmouth  Shakespeare in Maine Communities Program
Waterfall Arts  Belfast  Digital Storytelling Model
Wiscasset Creative Alliance  Wiscasset  Sidewalk Redux: Wiscasset Village 

FY 2022 Jane Morrison Film Fund - The Jane Morrison Memorial Film Fund supports educational opportunities for filmmakers. Funds from this program are designed to help filmmakers take advantage of opportunities that develop their skills and keep them current with film technology and standards. 

Applicant Community Project Title
Daly, Donna Owls Head Professional Development 
Fatora, Luke  Rockland  Professional Development

FY 2022 Organization Development - The Organizational Development grant is designed to support capacity-building projects for arts organizations. Grant funds can help 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.

Applicant Community Project Title
Beloit Poetry Journal Foundation, Inc.  Windham  Assessment and Plan for Use / Preservation - Capacity Building
Center for Furniture Craftsmanship  Rockport Executive Director Seach
Classical Uprising Portland  Strategic Planning for Sustainable Growth
Engine, Inc.  Biddeford  Capacity Building Support 
Friends of the Maine State Museum  Augusta  Exploring the Maine Labor Mural Online
Chocolate Church Arts Center (Bath) Bath Maintenance of CCAC Organizational during COVID-19
Maine Charitable Mechanic Association Portland  Mechanics' Hall: Strategizing the Future
Saco River Grange Hall, Inc.  Bar Mills  Structural Survey for Expansion and Repairs
Side x Side Inc.  Portland  Moving Forward: Equality within Side x Side Inc. 
SPACE Gallery  Portland Reestablishing SPACE in the post-pandemic arts landscape
Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts Newcastle  Capturing the Impact of Watershed's New Studio and Public Spaces 
Waterville Creates Waterville  Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Assessment + Action Plan

FY 2022 Dance Education The Dance Education Grant provides funding to support schools or organizations doing dance education projects that enrich PK-12 students and/or educators. Eligible schools must NOT currently have a dance education program in place.

Applicant Community Fellowship 
RSU 22 Hampden  Nature, Art & Movement

FY 2022 Traditional Arts ApprenticeshipThe Traditional Arts Apprenticeship helps communities sustain their cultural heritage by providing an opportunity for master traditional artists to pass on their skills to a qualified apprentice or apprentices.

Applicant Community Fellowship 
Theriault, Brian  Fort Kent Making Traditional Snowshoes

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Need More Help?
For General Questions:
Director of Grants & Accessibility
Kerstin Gilg: 287-6719
Help by Discipline:

Interim Media & Performing Arts Director
Meg Fournier: 287-2713

Assistant Director, Visual Arts Director
Julie Horn: 287-2790

Arts Education Director 
Martha Piscuskas: 287-2750

Traditional Arts Specialist
Kathleen Mundell: 236-6741