Maine Arts Commission meetings are open to the public. Email the agency to request access code. 

January 19 - Virtual 

March 9 - Virtual 

May 11 - Virtual 

July 13 - Virtual 

September 14 - TBD

November 9 - TBD


April 13, 2021 Maine Arts Commission presents virtual Poetry Out Loud State Finals

Gorham High School Senior, Emily Paruk, named Maine Poetry Out Loud State Champion

The Maine Arts Commission is proud to present the Poetry Out Loud State Finals. In the first ever statewide competition in which poetry recitations were recorded and scored by a panel of virtual judges, ten students rose through the ranks of schoolwide and regional competitions to compete in the Maine state final.

The Maine poetry finalists include: Emma Collins, North Yarmouth AcademyHazel Dow, Waterville Senior High School; Katelyn Nestor, Gardiner Area High School; Emily Paruk, Gorham High School; Zeke Sitarz, Lisbon; Sofia Stockwell, North Haven Community School; Helen Strout, Cape Elizabeth High School; Rose Tuttle, Mount Ararat High School; Ada Vancil, John Bapst Memorial High School; and Magnolia Vandiver, George Stevens Academy. The Maine State Finals judges were Mihku Paul, Ekhlas Ahmed, Erica Rubin Irish, and Todd McKinley. 

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 

Maine DataArts Webinar

Data at Work: Introduction to DataArts Analytic Tools - Webinar for Maine Arts Organizations

Once you have completed a Cultural Data Profile, the SMU DataArts platform offers a wealth of reporting tools. This webinar will cover the basics of running analytic reports, whether you want to run a trend report to see changes at your organization over time or a comparison report to benchmark against a group of peer organizations. The webinar will also include an overview of the KIPI Dashboard and other DataArts analytic tools. (1 hour)


July 14, 2021 -WEBINAR:  Applying for ARP Grants - Rep. Pingree/NEA Virtual Workshop

Please join Congresswoman Chellie Pingree and the National Endowment for the Arts for a virtual workshop outlining how to apply for American Rescue Plan (ARP) relief funding from the NEA. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, July 14, from 10:30-11:30 am.

In this one-hour workshop, NEA subject matter experts will walk you through how to submit a competitive application for this funding. There will be time for Q&A. Registration is required in order to attend. To register and receive the Zoom link, please RSVP here no later than 5 pm on Tuesday, July 13.

Updated July 12, 2021 -  NEA staff conducted a American Rescue Plan Grants for Organizations guidelines webinar 

The NEA’s American Rescue Plan funds will be awarded to support jobs in the arts and culture sector, keep the doors open to nonprofit organizations nationwide, and assist the field in its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. On June 30, 2021, NEA staff conducted a webinar giving an overview of the American Rescue Plan Grant for Organizations guidelines. A presentation providing information on determining eligibility, how to apply, and tips for your application was followed by a Q&A session.

American Rescue Plan Grants to Organizations guidelines:


 January 11, 2021

 Maine International Conference on the Arts Packet & Resources