You're Invited to the Maine Arts Iditarod

  • January 08, 2019

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Maine Arts Iditarod returns in 2019

With a blast of winter weather and a fresh new year ahead, the Maine Arts Commission is pleased to present the 2019 Arts Iditarod!  Our Arts Iditarod will feature Commission staff braving the elements to travel to four of the state's eight ‘tourism regions’. Why? As we implement our five-year Cultural Plan, we've got a lot to talk about, to hear from you, and to deliver as promised! This winter's Iditarod will include workshop intensives for your professional development plus, whatever you bring to the table! These meetings are free and open to the public, but you will need to register. We hope to see you at one of them.

General schedule

1/16/19    12 to 4



River Arts

241 US Route 1 (North) Damariscotta, Maine 04543

2/5/19     12 to 4


Fort Kent 

University of Maine Fort Kent

23 University Drive Fort Kent, ME 04743

Nadeau Conference Room (attached to Cyr Hall)

2/21/19   12 to 4



SPACE Gallery 

538 Congress Street

Portland, ME 04101

2/26/19     12 to 4




Bangor Arts Exchange

193 Exchange Street

Bangor, ME 04401




Fort Kent  





11:30 a.m.            Doors open/ Registration

12:00 p.m.           Iditarod opening

introductions and welcome/ Host organization welcome

12:15 p.m.            Workshop 1

                                How to Raise More Money: a workshop for arts organizations 

Presented by Larry Rubinstein

 This workshop will provide participants with the necessary tools to approach potential donors and take the fear out of the “ask.” Specifically, participants will learn the following:

•     How to make the phone call to get an appointment

•     Where to have the appointment

•     Who should participate

•     How do you ask

•     Follow up and stewardship

1:15 p.m.              Break

1:25 p.m.              Infomercial 1

  •  ArtsEngageME Updates
  •  Cultural Sector Network Membership
  •  Maine Arts Awards
  •  Arts + Culture Day at the State House

1:40 p.m.             Workshop 2

Mini Town Hall

Presented by Julie Richard, Executive Director, Maine Arts Commission

Help the Maine Arts Commission prepare for the next iteration of the statewide Cultural Plan by providing feedback during this informal question and answer session. 

2:25 p.m.             Infomercial 2

•     Maine 200 – Maine’s Bicentennial Celebration

•     Grants Program Updates

2:40 p.m.             Break

2:50 p.m.             Workshop 3

Strategic Planning for Artists & Organizations - Plus an Overview of Cultural Planning

Presented by Julie Richard, Executive Director, Maine Arts Commission

Learn about the key steps and elements needed to create a comprehensive Strategic Plan for you or your organization.  This session applies to both artists and organizations.

3:50 p.m.             Final Q &A

4:00 p.m.            Departure


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Ryan Leighton

193 State Street
SHS 25
Augusta  ME  04333