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Grant Recipients 2016-2017

The Maine Arts Commission is proud to announce our 2016-17 Grantees.


Join us in welcoming this year’s grantees! These applicants passed a rigorous public panel review, with subsequent process approval by the Commission members in July.

Projects are diverse in discipline and scope with grant amounts ranging from $800 to more than $10,000. Recipients can be found in all parts of the state and 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 program provides funding to support high-quality visual or performing arts education for PK-12 students and/or educators of this population.

317 Main Community Music Center Yarmouth
Berwick Academy South Berwick
Denmark Arts Center Denmark
Jazz Residency Initiative Denmark
L/A Arts Lewiston
Lincolnville Central School Lincolnville
Maine Academy of Modern Music Portland
Merrymeeting Arts Center Bowdoinham
Monhegan School Monhegan
Opera House Arts Stonington
Portland Ovations Portland
Portland Stage Company, Inc. Portland
Portland Symphony Orchestra Portland
Side x Side Inc. Portland
The Telling Room Portland
University of Maine at Augusta Augusta
Viles Arboretum Augusta
Waterfall Arts Belfast
William A. Farnsworth Library and Art Museum Rockland

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CCED: CULTURAL PLAN—The Cultural Plan Grant is the required Phase I of the larger Creative Communities = Economic Development (CCED) Phase II Implementation Grant or an opportunity for an organization wishing to create an independent Cultural Plan. CCED is a major grant program that encourages cultural, economic and governmental sectors to work together to effect community cultural development that stimulates downtown development.

The communities themselves must be poised for growth and engaged in economic and community planning as well as development using other funding sources. Phase I will award successful community applicants a $10,000 grant to develop a Cultural Plan. Phase II will award one successful applicant the $75,000 implementation grant over three years.

Creative Portland Portland
Houlton Community Arts Center Council Houlton
Main Street Skowhegan Skowhegan

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CREATIVE AGINGThe Creative Aging grant supports the development of high-quality, participatory arts programs for older adults. Funds are available to support teaching artists working with adults in a range of community settings including libraries, senior centers, arts organizations, and assisted- and independent-living centers.

317 Main Community Music Center Yarmouth
Abbott Memorial Library Dexter
Community Housing of Maine Portland
Figures of Speech Theatre Freeport
Lakes Region Senior Center Gorham
Merrill Memorial Library Yarmouth
Seventy-Five State Street Portland
University of Maine at Presque Isle Presque Isle


Auburn Public Library Auburn
Catholic Charities Maine Portland
Cedars Nursing Care Center Portland

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JANE MORRISON FILM SCHOLARSHIP—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. Funds can be applied towards enrichment opportunities at educational institutions, film workshops, seminars and festivals. In the past, funds have been used for classes at the Maine Media Workshops, attendance at the Summer Film Institute in New York and the Sundance Institute in Utah.


Merrill, Dean Portland
Northeast Historic Film Bucksport

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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. 

Bailey, Elisabeth Tova (Literature) Midcoast

Curtis, Amy Stacey (Visual)

Juli, Sara (Performing) Falmouth
Susan, Bickford (Media) Newcastle

Stone, Michaela (Craft)

Theriault, Edmond (Traditional) Fort Kent

Wheelock, Shanna  (Belvedere Craft) 



ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT—The Organizational Development grant is designed to support capacity-building projects for arts organizations throughout Maine. 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.

Aroostook Arts and Education Center d.b.a. Wintergreen Arts Center Presque Isle
Artsworth Ellsworth
Celebration Barn Theater South Paris
Denmark Arts Center Denmark
Fiddlehead Center for the Arts Gray
Great Cranberry Island Historical Society Cranberry Isles
Maine Media Workshops+College Rockport
Museum LA Lewiston
Museum of African Culture Portland
Points North Institute (formerly Camden International Film Festival) Rockport
Portland Ballet Company Portland
Saco River Grange Hall d.b.a. The Saco River Theatre Bar Mills
Side x Side Inc. Portland
The Beloit Poetry Journal Foundation, Inc. Windham

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PARTNERSHIP GRANT—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. As part of this program, Maine Arts Commission Partners are required to provide impact numbers as they increase audience engagement throughout the state.

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Abbe Museum Bar Harbor
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts Deer Isle
Penobscot Theatre Company Bangor
Portland Museum of Art Portland
Portland Ovations Portland
Portland Stage Company, Inc. Portland
Portland Symphony Orchestra Portland
William A. Farnsworth Library and Museum Rockland


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Bangor Symphony Orchestra Bangor
Bates Dance Festival/Bates College Lewiston
Bowdoin International Music Festival Brunswick
Maine Crafts Association Gardiner
Opera House Arts Stonington


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A Company of Girls Portland
Eastport Arts Center Eastport
The Telling Room Portland
Waterfall Arts Belfast

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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.

Alexander, Anne Kamilla Windham
Allen, Judith Portland
Arcadipone, Diana Otisfield
Axelman, Eric Norridgewock
Bailey, Anne Tenants Harbor
Ballon, Dianne Portland
Beckman, Siri Stonington
Bourassa, Lindsey South Portland
Caroline Losneck, Christoph Gelfand, Tonee Harbert - documentary film Portland
Curtis, Amy Stacey Lyman
Droge, Michel Portland
Fitzpatrick, Gayle Ogunquit
Harrist, Cookie Denmark
Hauser, Michelle Rockland
Hepler, Anna Eastport
Kahn, Benjamin South Portland
Lawler, Marguerite Portland
Lloyd, Megan Portland
Marchesi, Mark South Portland
Montanaro, Karen Casco
Moore, Thomas Belfast
Ng, Elaine Rockland
Parker, Brittany Bass Harbor
Reid, Brian Rockland
Schultz, Eloise Bar Harbor
Sonenberg, Daniel Portland
Spaien, Gail South Portland
Tan, Megan Portland
Theriault, Brian J. Fort Kent
Vander Schaaf, Dietlind Portland
Wagner-Peck, Kari Portland
Welden, Bess Portland
White, Shoshannah 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 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.

Alice James Poetry Cooperative, Inc. Farmington
Apogee Arts d.b.a. Alison Chase/Performance Brooksville
Cobscook Community Learning Center Trescott
Country Dance and Song Society, Inc. d.b.a. DownEast Friends of the Folk Arts Portland
Everyman Repertory Theatre Rockport
Friends of Congress Square Park Portland
Heart of Biddeford Biddeford
Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine Augusta
Island Institute Rockland
Jazz Residency Initiative Denmark
Kennebec Valley Art Association d.b.a. Harlow Gallery Hallowell
Maine College of Art Portland
Maine Fiberarts Topsham
Maine Folklife Center Orono
Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance Old Town
Mainely Girls Castle Hill
Northeast Hearing & Speech Portland
Northeast Historic Film Bucksport
Penobscot Cultural Historic Preservation Department Old Town
Portland Conservatory of Music Portland
Portland Opera Repertory Theater d.b.a. PORTopera Portland
Rangeley Friends of the Performing Arts Rangeley
Saint Joseph's College Standish
Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Inc. Skowhegan
Somali Bantu Community Lewiston of Maine Lewiston
SPACE Gallery Portland
Terra Moto Inc. South Portland
The Choral Art Society Portland
The Public Theatre Lewiston
The Southwest Harbor Public Library Southwest Harbor
The United Society of Shakers New Gloucester
Theater at Monmouth Monmouth
Tides Institute & Museum of Art Eastport
Viles Arboretum Augusta
Western Maine Play Museum Wilton
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.

Larock, Cynthia Lewiston
Somali Bantu Community Lewiston of Maine Lewiston
Stevens, Christian Freeport
Theriault, Brian J. Fort Kent



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2016-2017 Interactive Map


To view the list of awards from the Maine Arts Commission 2015–16 Grant Cycle please click here.

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