ARRA Program History

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) was signed into law by President Obama on February 17, 2009. It is an unprecedented effort to jumpstart our economy, create or save millions of jobs, and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st century. The Act is an extraordinary response to a crisis unlike any since the Great Depression, and includes measures to modernize our nation’s infrastructure, enhance energy independence, expand educational opportunities, preserve and improve affordable health care, provide tax relief and protect those in greatest need.


-National Endowment for the Arts, www.arts.gov

 

 

Due largely to an extraordinary advocacy campaign conducted by the nation’s cultural community, the National Endowment for the Arts received a 50 million dollar allotment of stimulus money to fund arts projects and activities that preserve jobs in the nonprofit arts sector threatened by declines in philanthropic and other support during the current economic downturn. This funding was distributed though the National Endowment for the Art’s partners – the state, regional and local arts agencies – and directly to American arts organizations.

In April 2009, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded the Maine Arts Commission $293,100 in Arts Recovery funding through its State and Regional Partnership program. Recovery Act funding was allocated to Maine in order to retain the nonprofit arts industry, one of the state’s vital economic sector, a sector that employs an estimated 68,000 people in Maine, makes Maine a treasured place to live, and attracts thousands of visitors to the state annually.

Non-profit arts organizations were eligible to apply for Maine Arts Recovery grant funding if they had:

  • suffered critical staffing cuts or could provide proof that an important existing position was in jeopardy and had compelling reasons why the retention of a creative worker is vital to the health of the organization were able to apply for a Maine Arts Recovery grant and
  • received at least one grant from the National Endowment for the Arts or the Maine Arts Commission since 2005


No Maine Arts Recovery funding was made available to support:

  • development positions or
  • the creation of new or previously unscheduled work

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Need More Help?

For General Questions:
Senior Grants Director & Accessibility
Kathy Ann Shaw: 287-2750
Help by Discipline:

Performing & Media Arts Director
Kerstin Gilg: 287-6719

Visual Arts Director
Julie Horn: 287-2790

Arts Education Director
Argy Nestor: 287-2713

Traditional Arts Specialist
Kathleen Mundell: 236-6741

Calendar

Tue, Jun 19   Lewiston, ME
Museum L-A's Peter, Paul and Noel: Why Lewiston's Basilica is Bent Lecture View »
Wed, Jun 20   Winter Harbor, ME
Schoodic Institute Lecture: Art of Acadia – Presented by Author Carl Little - June 20 View »
Fri, Jun 22 - Sat, Jun 23   Harpswell, ME
International Artist Hilmar Gottesthal Exhibit & Benefit Event View »
 

Maine Arts Commission News

MECA to get $40K grant for migration-themed exhibition View »
Maine included in National Center for Creative Aging EngAGE Initiative View »
Deering High School Student Allan Monga named Maine Poetry Out Loud State Champion View »
 

Press Release

Littlefield Gallery named Readers' Choice Award by Down East Magazine View »
Opening reception for a major exhibition of Barbara Prey paintings of Maine at the Wendell Gilley Mu View »
Maine Potters Market Features New Work by Cathy Hammond View »