Michael O. | Performing Arts Fellow 2021

  • November 16, 2020

Michael O. | Maine Arts Fellowship - Portland, Maine

I am a singer, songwriter, performer and producer who harnesses my personal and cultural influences to create a powerful sound all my own. Through music, I aim to build connections that break down ethnic, geographic, and cultural boundaries through his exploration of himself, his heritage, and of the world around him. I moved to Maine when I was 12, and Maine has been not only my home, but one of my greatest inspirations. I am proud to be a Mainer. 

Brief Statement on the Award: 

Firstly, it is a huge honor to be named a Fellow, and I do not take it for granted. During this year of Covid, many artists have lost tours and other opportunities due to travel and crowd restrictions. More than the financial incentives, this award validated my mission to the arts, and lets me know that I'm moving in the right direction. I'm very grateful for that. 

I plan to use the award to elevate my art, and hopefully that elevation can help inspire Mainers in this new world we live in. 

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