• April 16, 2020



Creative Portland announces a virtual events calendar to foster arts community bonds and to stay socially connected
while physically apart. The calendar can be accessed on the First Friday Art Walk landing page of the CreativePortland website . Arts organizations, artists of all genres, and music venues promoting virtual happenings are encouraged to self-upload their listings on the Creative Portland website . A newly updated resource page has also
been designed to highlight relief grant links for artists impacted by Covid-19.

“The novelty of bustling crowds and buskers performing their First Friday best may be postponed while our monthly art
walk is on hold during the pandemic,” concedes Dinah Minot, Executive Director of the Office of Creative Portland,
“but we’re still proud to promote the creative talents of our bold and resilient arts community by pivoting our focus to
the ‘new normal’ of virtual exhibitions, online classes, podcasts, experiential shares, author readings, taped
productions, and local musician’s live streams and album release launches. In addition, to our artist relief fund efforts,
we have also culled together other relief sources and opportunities for local artists during this challenging time.”

In a winter publication of the Survey of Public Participation in the Arts conducted by the National Endowment of the
Arts and the U.S. Census Bureau, Portland surpassed most cities in the U.S. in public arts participation. The data
reveals that three out of four of Portland’s population (73%) attends arts events during the year compared to the
national average of 48.5%. Further, residents are 84% likely to use an electronic device (vs 73% nationwide) to
access or experience art. That’s why Creative Portland is also developing a cultural app, a digital marketing tool to
increase access to the arts, when the arts community returns to the new “normal” and is able to engage in-person
public participation.

In the meantime, the FREE virtual event listings, supported by First Friday Art Walk sponsors Greater Portland Metro,
The Crewe Foundation, Coffee by Design, the Dorothea & Leo Rabkin Foundation, the Portland Museum of Art,
Portland Ovations, Maine College of Art, Mechanics Hall, and the Portland Phoenix will focus on local cultural listings
and will compliment Portland Press Herald’s “Do This” calendar and Maine Public’s extensive Community Calendar .
Creative Portland continues to plan our signature public programs, including a Fall juried arts exhibition, 2020 Vision:
Past, Present, and Future , the Portland Arts & Culture Summit postponed until Tuesday, September 22, and Hear
Here 2021 , the third edition of the local performing arts showcase, scheduled for Sunday, February 7, 2021 at Merrill
Auditorium .
Meanwhile, all hands are on deck as we establish and build the Portland Artist Relief Fund , powered by the people



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