Arts & Cultural Alliance of Freeport Opens New Gallery/Exhibit Space
- June 14, 2021
Arts & Cultural Alliance of Freeport (ACAF) is opening its new gallery/exhibit space in Freeport with a fine arts show beginning on June 25. This is the first phase of ACAF’s Meetinghouse Arts project at 40 Main Street, Freeport, which will include a 200-seat performance and presentation space and a workshop and meeting room, in addition to the exhibit and gallery space. When complete, Meetinghouse Arts will provide a place for the Greater Freeport community to come together to create, collaborate, present, and enjoy a diverse array of arts and cultural work.
Renovation of Meetinghouse Arts has been the result of extensive planning; the support of town leaders, the business community, artists and community members; and the dedication of dozens of volunteers to bring the project forward. The construction of the additional Meetinghouse Arts spaces is ongoing and expected to be completed later this summer.
“The opening of the gallery/exhibit space is an important milestone in the development of Meetinghouse Arts, a multi-use, multi-user venue that invites the whole community to enjoy a wide variety of arts and cultural activities in the heart of downtown Freeport,” said Nancy Salmon, President of ACAF’s Board of Directors. “It will provide opportunities and experiences for residents and visitors alike and will help shine a light on Freeport as an exciting destination for arts and culture.”
“We believe Meetinghouse Arts is an important component of the Town of Freeport’s revisioning process,” said Daric Ebert, a member of ACAF’s Board and its representative to the Town committee working on revitalizing activities in downtown Freeport. “We are working with the Town to facilitate a thriving arts and cultural community.”
ACAF is well-placed to support individuals and organizations in the arts and culture sector with an organized creative network, ongoing programs, professional development opportunities, promotion, and a prominent physical venue. The Town has been very supportive of ACAF’s activities, including giving ACAF a grant from the Destination Freeport Tax Increment Financing to help with the Meetinghouse Arts renovations.
The debut show at Meetinghouse Arts is titled “A Community of Artists” and celebrates the tradition of visual arts in Greater Freeport. It will feature fine art, photography and sculpture by local artists. The show kicks off with an opening reception from 4 to 6pm on June 25 and runs through August 15. Show hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm and Sundays 12:00 to 4:00pm. Upcoming events for the year will include group shows, a fall festival, and a holiday show and sale.
ACAF is a non-profit organization formed in 2015 by residents of Freeport and representatives of local businesses and organizations. It is dedicated to fostering the Greater Freeport creative community and establishing Greater Freeport as a vibrant center for arts and culture for residents and visitors alike, thereby continuing Freeport’s long tradition of participation in and appreciation for arts and culture. For more about ACAF visit FreeportArtsAndCulture.org. For more information about Meetinghouse Arts visit Meetinghousearts.org.