Connecting regional arts, culture and heritage through advocacy, education, promotion and celebration.

Our region includes twelve communities in Midcoast Maine: Brunswick, Harpswell, Topsham, Bowdoin, Bowdoinham, Richmond, Bath, West Bath, Phippsburg, Woolwich, Arrowsic, and Georgetown.


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Crossroads for Community Arts:
Strategies for Success on the Road Ahead
October 18, 2007  -  7:30am - 5:30pm

Successful community arts organizations are learning organizations with leaders that anticipate challenges and opportunities on the road ahead. These leaders are identifying changes in technology, marketing, sustainability and fundraising as some of today’s greatest challenges affecting community arts.

Recognizing the significance of the creative economy, cultural tourism and cooperation with their peers, those involved with community arts are ready to learn from experts in the field and each other. They are willing to network and have their voices heard in shaping the future of Community Arts in Maine.

“Crossroads for Community Arts: Strategies for Success on the Road Ahead” is the conference that addresses the challenges faced by all those working in community arts today. The conference boasts involvement from many experts in the field. A keynote speech from Anne Katz, founder of Arts Wisconsin and workshops from Felicia Knight and Patrice Walker Powell of the National Endowment for the Arts are among the highlights.

We will assemble at the end of the day to create an action plan for Community Arts in Maine. The road ahead is a challenge. Let’s come together to share ideas and to shape our future. 

“Crossroads for Community Arts” is sponsored by the Maine Arts Commission and Five Rivers Arts Alliance, Brunswick, Maine and hosted by L/A Arts and the Franco American Heritage Center of Lewiston, Maine.  Major funding for this conference is provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.  In addition, support is provided by the City of Lewiston, Fuel, DaVinci’s and Gritty’s Restaurants, L/A Arts staff and the Community Arts Conference Steering Committee.

Thanks to sponsors

National Endowment for the Arts logo    Five Rivers logo     Maine Arts Commission logo     

And hosts

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Crossroads for Community Arts: Strategies for Success on the Road Ahead
Conference Schedule

October 17, 2007



Reception and networking for early arrivals
Light hors d’oeuvres; cash bar. Location: Gallery 5.  Host: L/A Arts.
“Almost Maine” Preview. Location: The Public Theatre. Free to conference attendees.

October 18, 2007
7:30 - 8:40
Registration. Location: Franco American Heritage Center.
8:40 - 8-50
Welcomes & Introductions

Key Note: “A Voice for Change: The Power of the Arts on the Statewide Level." Speaker: Anne Katz, Executive Director, Arts Wisconsin.  The arts at the grassroots level are a powerful force, a force that creates a shared cultural heritage, connects people, ideas and communities, transforms the built and natural environments, and educates children as citizens of the global economy.  That force grows whenpeople, organizations and communities at the grassroots level unite statewide to speak as one voice. Anne Katz will share the story of the community arts movement in Wisconsin, and the growth of Arts Wisconsin as Wisconsin's statewide arts service, advocacy and development organizational network.
Ms. Katz is Executive Director of Arts Wisconsin, a non-profit, statewide organization for community arts action, service, and development.  Arts Wisconsin’s mission is to nurture, serve, promote and speak up for the arts in all of Wisconsin’s communities.  Under her leadership, Arts Wisconsin received the 2004 Governor’s Award in Support of the Arts from the Wisconsin Foundation for the Arts.

Conference Overview        
Coffee Break

Workshop Session 1
A. Marketing & Publicity: Pitch Your Story Like a Pro. In this session, professional journalists will teach you how to craft your story and deliver it the way the pros need to get it.  Panelists include journalists from Maine’s leading newspapers and broadcast media.B. Sustainability: Strategic Planning for Community Arts Nonprofits, Linda L. Nelson. Ms. Nelson is the Executive Director for Opera House Arts at the 1912 Stonington Opera House. She is a freelance journalist and created a new media division for Village Voice Media, based in New York City.  She serves as an executive consultant in a range of fields including arts organizations, technology, education, and new media.
C. Fundraising: The Fine Art of Fundraising, Charlie Bernstein Fundraising is a noble art form. And like other art forms, there arebasics to master, creative avenues to explore, and opportunities touse your talent to give the world something new and good. Come tothis workshop to expand your fundraising palette. Charlie Bernstein is program director for Maine Initiatives, a foundation that funds grassroots organizations. He has a background in nonprofit development and managed fundraising for New Year'sPortland and Maine Festival.
D. Creative Economy: Peripheral Vision: A New Way of Looking at Communities (part one of two), Craig Dreeszen, Ph.D, and Maren Brown. This is a half-day creative economy training on how to initiate and sustain effective cultural economic development programs in communities.  Learn about the terminology and current research on cultural economic development (CED), the characteristics of effective CED partnerships, and tools for evaluating the success of your efforts.  Craig Dreeszen, Ph.D, is Consultant and Board, U. Mass. Amherst Arts Extension Service. Maren Brown is the Director of U. Mass. Amherst Arts Extension Service. 


Lunch. Location: Franco American Heritage Center.  Catered by: DaVinci’s Eatery.


Workshop Session

A. Marketing & Publicity: Marketing the Arts to Your Local Audience, Felicia Knight. Ms. Knight is the Communications Director, National Endowment for the Arts and served previously as the Communications Director for U.S. Senator Susan M. Collins and with WGME-TV in Portland as an anchor and reporter and with WABI-TV in Bangor as anchor and managing editor. Knight combines her nearly 30-year professional communications background and love for the arts in this engaging session on reaching your primary audience.
B. Sustainability: Partnering for Success, Shannon Haines, Waterville and Dave Wylie, MadawaskaA financially stable and sustainable arts organization requires a broad base of support that extends beyond traditional arts enthusiasts. Find out how your organization can work with state agencies, municipal officials, and economic development professionals to access a whole new world of funding and resources for arts related projects.  Hear from panelists from across the state about communities that are embracing the arts as part of their economic development strategies.
C. Fundraising: “The Grant Doctor,” Rebecca Welsh, Jude Valentine, Kathy Ann Shaw.  Get objective feedback for your proposals from the  “Grant Doctors” who will review your narrative and budget application in advance and provide feedback on the project at the conference. Submit a two-page (maximum) narrative describing, 1) your organization’s mission, history and programs; 2) summary of your project; and 3) why this project is important to your organization’s mission. Participants may also submit a one-page budget for the project for feedback.  A confidential and individual meeting on the proposal with a “Grant Doctor” will be scheduled for 15 minutes. Rebecca Welsh, is a Commissioner, Maine Arts Commission; Jude Valentine is Project Director of CulturePass; and Kathy Ann Shaw is Senior Development Associate, Maine Arts Commission.
D. Creative Economy Peripheral Vision: A New Way of Looking at Communities (part two of two), Craig Dreeszen and Maren BrownCreative economy training continues.  Learn how to initiate and sustain effective cultural economic development programs in communities.  Craig Dreeszen, Ph.D, is Consultant and Board, U. Mass. Amherst Arts Extension Service. Maren Brown is the Director of U. Mass. Amherst Arts Extension Service. 


Workshop Session 3

A. Marketing & Publicity: Five Essentials of Successful Community Arts Websites, Reed Berkowitz. There are five key areas that should be considered in any successful community based website. Reed Berkowitz, Owner and Operator of Square One Internet, will explain the importance of each area and address ways organizations of different sizes can implement these essential elements in their new sites, or add them to their existing ones.
B. Sustainability: Board Development, Craig Dreeszen. Boards of directors are vital to the operation of nonprofits, but many organizations do not understand the role of board members, nor do they prepare board members to assume their responsibilities effectively. We will examine these issues. Craig Dreeszen, Ph.D. directs Dreeszen & Associates, a national consulting firm that provides planning, evaluation, teaching, facilitation and action research for nonprofits, foundations, and public agencies.
C. Fundraising:Making the Ask” to Individuals, Businesses and the NEA. Patrice Walker Powell, Roo Dunn, and Christopher Schario. We’ll identify best practices in crafting and making your case to different types of funders.  Patrice Walker Powell is Director of Local Arts Agencies and Challenge America/Fast Track for the National Endowment for the Arts, two programs of importance to community arts in Maine.  Challenge America is an initiative that provides small grants to benefit underserved communities for projects in civic design, cultural tourism, and arts programming. Local Arts Agencies program makes grant awards to municipal, local and regional arts agencies. She is also working with a national coalition to address Gulf Coast Recovery Efforts. Roo Dunn is Executive Director, Chocolate Church Arts Center, Bath. Christopher Schario is Artistic Director, Public Theatre, Lewiston.
D. Cultural Tourism: Maine Success Stories, Abbe Levin, Christine Macchi and Rachel Talbot Ross. Ms. Levin, Maine Office of Tourism, will introduce successful cultural tourism initiatives and their leaders, including Maine Fiberarts Tour Map and the recently opened Portland Freedom Trail.  Learn from the development of these projects.


Wrap-up session, Facilitator: Linda Nelson, Executive Director Opera House Arts. Let’s create an action plan!


Social Hour, Dinner.  Vouchers will provided to conference attendees for reduced prices at local restaurants.

Performance: April Verch at the Franco American Heritage Center.  Verch’s album Take Me Back (Rounder, 2006) is a testament to her commitment to and mastery of various fiddle traditions, including rollicking bluegrass, jazz-influenced originals, old-time tributes and captivating originals.  (Conference attendees receive reduced rate on tickets.)
October 19, 2007
“Ideal Partnerships-Business and the Arts.” Presentations by Carrie and Eric Agren, Fuel restaurant owners; Lincoln Jeffers, City of Lewiston; and Andrew Harris, Executive Director of L/A Arts.  Coffee & pastries served.  Location: Fuel.

Conference schedule is subject to change. Registration materials will be available soon. Conference will take place at the Franco American Center and at additional sites in downtown Lewiston.

 Mark your calendars for October 18 Community Arts Conference

 “Crossroads for Community Arts: Strategies for the Road Ahead” is a statewide conference scheduled for October 18, 2007, in Lewiston.  This is a not-to-be missed opportunity for community arts leaders, nonprofit board members and administrators, artists, and business and municipal supporters of arts organizations serving Maine communities. Sponsored by the Maine Arts Commission and Five Rivers Arts Alliance, and supported by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), this conference is the first in recent years to address the specific needs of the community arts field on a statewide level.

Hosted by L/A Arts and the Franco American Heritage Center, “Crossroads for Community Arts” will build nonprofit leadership and organizational skills, offer networking opportunities and provide a setting for the unified planning of the future for community arts in Maine.

The conference begins with a keynote address by Anne Katz, Executive Director of Arts Wisconsin, and continues with presentations that highlight successful projects and best practices that helped them succeed, as well as workshops on topics critical to community arts leaders.

Workshops, featuring two sessions presented by program directors from the NEA, will offer expert advice and subject matter. Twelve sessions will be held on four tracks: Marketing and Publicity, Sustainability, Fundraising, and Hot Topics, which includes Creative Economy and Cultural Tourism topics. In addition, conference attendees may submit grant drafts for review in a one-on-one critique session with experienced grant writers and readers from local organizations as well as from state and federal arts agencies.

Conference workshops are complemented by networking and entertainment opportunities; a reception for early arrivals is planned from 5 to 7 p.m. on October 17 at L/A Arts Gallery 5 and attendees may also attend a concert with Canadian fiddle sensation, April Verch, as she performs hits from her latest album, Take Me Back, on the evening of October 18.

Numbering more than 200 across the state, Community Arts organizations serve communities large and small. From all-volunteer groups to large presenting organizations such as the organizers of the American Folk Festival in Bangor, Community Arts organizations are, for many, the face of the arts. This conference will address the needs of these groups, providing support, expertise and networking opportunities for all in attendance.

The conference is open to all. Arts leaders from community arts and performing arts organizations, board members, volunteers, business and government leaders and economic development and downtown community organizations are all encouraged to attend. Conference registration fee is $60 per person; second attendee from same organization is half price.  Complete conference schedule and presenters are available at www.mainearts.com.  For more information, contact Harriet Mosher at Five Rivers Arts Alliance (207-798-6964; info@fiverriversartsalliance.org) or Keith Ludden at the Maine Arts Commission (207-287-2713; keith.ludden@maine.gov).


Visual Art and Craft

Ovation Awards Call for Entries

Ovation TV, a national cable network dedicated to arts programming, announces an opportunity for friends of Americans for the Arts. Awards for excellence in original arts content will recognize quality cultural programming suitable for television broadcasting. Local arts organizations are asked to submit entries, consisting of video content in the areas of performing arts, visual arts, and artists’ profiles. Winning submissions will be broadcast on Ovation TV and the nominating or submitting organizations will receive awards of $5,000-10,000.

Nominations must be submitted to Ovation TV by August 11, 2007. For more information, and the required submission and release form, please view the Ovation TV Awards Information (PDF, 58KB).

B A C K C O U N T R Y   A R T   T R I P S
Bath Artist Michael Branca announces four trips this summer for adventurous artists and artistic adventurers to beautiful locations around Maine to camp, hike, paint and draw. Lots of information and the complete vision are online at www.backcountryarttrips.com

Trips include: Wolfe's Neck, Freeport, Maine; 2-Day Trip: June 23-24 Chewonki Neck, Wiscasset, Maine; 2-Day Trip: July 21-22  Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Maine; 4-Day Trip: August 18-21 Baxter State Park, Millinocket, Maine; 4-Day Trip: September 6-9

FMI: Michael Branca; www.mikebranca.com, www.backcountryarttrips.com, 207-443-4718

Brunswick Outdoor Art Festival is opening its art exhibit and sale to include fine craftspeople.  Organizers also encourage artists to consider sharing exhibit space for this first-time sidewalk art sale.  The Festival to be held on August 18, 2007 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., on the sidewalk of Maine Street in Downtown Brunswick. Deadline extended. 

There are still spaces available in this first-time show. For complete info, go to: http://www.brunswickdowntown.com/brunswick-arts-festival.aspx

Art of Maine State Parks And Baxter State Park Juried Art Exhibition

The Kennebec Valley Art Association is proud to sponsor the first Art of Maine State Parks exhibit. Our exhibit is modeled after the prestigious national Arts for the Parks, which just this year ceased to exist. The purpose of this exhibit is to honor artist who exhibit excellence, and to enhance public awareness of our state parks.

The KVAA is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation that owns and operates The Harlow Gallery located at 160 Water Street in Hallowell, Maine. There will be a gala opening reception held on Friday, October 5th from 5-8 PM. Prize winners will be announced at 6:00 PM during this event.

Prizes - First Prize $500, second Prize $200, third prize $100. There will also be purchase prizes provided by New England Controls of Bangor and Vallee Real Estate of Hallowell.

Eligibility - Open to all artists who are legal residents of the state of Maine. This includes member of the Kennebec Valley Art Association. However, jurors and family members of the jurors are excluded from this competition.

Subject - Artists are asked to capture the essence of the landscape, wildlife and/or history represented within state parks and historic sites governed by Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands and Baxter State Park. (Please go to www.harlowgallery.org to view park eligibility listings).

Format - Original, two-dimensional art only;no sculpture, photography, reproductions, or computer-generated artwork will be accepted.

Image Size - The size is for the image only, and does not include frames or mats. The total square inches must be at least 300 and no more than 616 square inches, or your image will be disqualified. Image size is determined by multiplying the horizontal and vertical dimensions. For example: an 18-inch by 24 inch painting would equal 432 inches.

Media - Oil, watercolor, scratch board, acrylic, gouache, alkyd, tempera, mixed media, pastel, pencil, pen and ink, hand pulled prints and batik are accepted. If you have any questions regarding your media, please call or email us at linda@artbytheriver.com (Note: Linda will be out of town from 6/10 – 6/17 and 6/24 – 6/29).

Deadline - All entries must be hand delivered on Sunday, September 30, 2007 between 9 AM and 6 PM. No exceptions.

Entry Form and Fee - A completed and signed entry form and non-refundable entry fee must accompany each entry. Entry fees are $15.00/entry for KVAA members and $20.00/entry for non-KVAA members. Submit as many entries as you wish. Fees may be paid with Visa, MasterCard, personal check, money order, cashiers check or cash. Please do not attach resumes, or any other information aside from the entry form at the time of submission

PORTALS: Art and Spirit

Not long ago, the late contemporary art curator Marcia Tucker wrote: "It is increasingly hard to find artists who publicly acknowledge spirituality as a primary impetus for art-making." Keeping in mind spirituality and religion's sometimes contested reputation within the contemporary art world, CMCA is seeking artists who both acknowledge and demonstrate this dimension of their artistic practice. A broad range of attitudes and imagery will be considered. References to recognizable iconography or to specific traditions need not be apparent, although an underlying impetus should be visually transmitted.

All mediums are welcome. Please include a written statement in addition to an artist's resume. PORTALS will take place in CMCA's Loft Gallery, January - April 2008. A selection of works will be shown in Cambridge prior to the CMCA exhibition, October - December 2007.

Please send up to 10 images, and follow the (newly revised) general guidelines on our website. For submission details please visit, http://www.cmcanow.org/public_html/html/submission_guidelines.html

Submission Postmark Deadline: Friday, August 3rd, 2007.

The Maine Arts Commission currently is overseeing three "Percent For Art Projects."

The three opportunities can be found at: http://mainearts.maine.gov/opportunities/default.asp <http://mainearts.maine.gov/opportunities/default.asp> Enter percent for art in the category box to find these opportunities at: The SeDoMoCha Elementary School, Dover-Foxcroft, ME; The Student Technology Center, University of Maine at Augusta, and The Medomak Middle School, Waldoboro, Maine. There is also a public art competition for the Maine Turnpike Authority and so far there has been little interest from Maine artists, so we urge you to contact us. (Search the opportunities using competition as the category) For more information regarding any of these opportunities please call Donna McNeil at 207/287-2726 or email, donna.mcneil@maine.gov.

New Percent for Art Prospectus Announced Hall-Dale Elementary School, Hallowell, Maine
The Maine Arts Commission is calling artists to submit proposals for the design, execution and installation of artwork at the Hall-Dale Elementary School, Hallowell, Maine Percent for Art site. Budget: Approximately $37,000 Background The Hall-Dale Elementary School is a new facility that serves the two rural Kennebec River communities of Hallowell and Farmingdale; communities that welcome diversity and embrace the arts.

The art selection committee is particularly interested in artwork which speaks directly to the population of the school, engaging inspiring and/or educating the students. The entire school area is open for consideration by artists; however, the library, the skylight areas and the two-story high, 30-foot-long hallway to the left of the main entrance to the school are three areas that have been identified as being particularly suited to artwork. To view more details of this and other opportunities, use this link: Opportunities Section <http://mainearts.maine.gov/opportunities/default.asp> , and select "Percent for Art Competition" in the drop down menu, then click the "Search Opportunities" Button. For more information contact Donna McNeil at, 207/287-2726 or email donna.mcneil@maine.gov <mailto:donna.mcneil@maine.gov> 877/887-3878 TTY, NexTalk user ID: donna.mcneil

PERCENT FOR ART at Harold Alfond Cancer Care Center
The Harold Alfond Cancer Care Center is calling Maine artists to submit proposals to design, execute and install artwork at its new integrated care facility to be located off Old Belfast Road and the new route 3 interchange in Augusta, Maine at 361 Old Belgrade Road, Augusta Maine 04330. 

For full prospectus and more information, please use this link, Percent for Art Release <http://mainearts.maine.gov/news/release.asp?ID=7551>


The City of Portland, Maine invites artists and design professionals with Maine affiliations to submit proposals for fully completed public art pieces for Winslow Park.  This artwork will be installed in Winslow Park, a small green node located near Portland's Back Cove, at the corner of Preble Street and Baxter Boulevard.  The site is adjacent to the Back Cove Trail, and within walking distance of the Bayside neighborhood and the University of Southern Maine campus. 

To read more about this opportunity use this link: http://mainearts.maine.gov/news/release.asp?ID=7548\

Maine Arts Commission Opportunities

These and other listings can be seen in detail at: http://mainearts.maine.gov/opportunities/default.asp

PUBLIC MURAL, Maine Dept of Labor
The Department of Labor is calling MAINE ARTISTS ONLY to submit proposals to design, execute and install a historically representative mural at the newly renovated Department of Labor, Augusta, Maine. $60,000.00 is available for the commissioning of an interior wall mural in the entrance which covers two contiguous walls 18.5 x 6 feet and 12 x 6 feet above a knee wall. The mural should be adhered irremovably to the wall. One wall has a fire detection device and emergency lights, so please take that into consideration. Site visits are permitted but may wait until the final round of proposals.  The Department of Labor is calling MAINE ARTISTS ONLY to submit proposals to design, execute and install a historically representative mural at the newly renovated Department of Labor, Augusta, Maine.  All professional artists may apply for consideration for this project. Please follow the application guidelines below. Contact Donna McNeil, Assistant Director, Maine Arts Commission, with questions at 207/287-6746, donna.mcneil@maine.gov, 207/287-2726 TTY or via NexTalk.Net UserID: donnamcneil.

Alaska Airport Percent For Art Opportunity The Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA) announces a Call for Artists for the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC). The deadline is May 23, 2007 and the total art budget is approximately $700,000 for three sites. For the complete Request for Qualifications (RFQ), visit Artist Opportunities on the ASCA website: www.eed.state.ak.us/akscaContact: Andrea Noble (907) 269-6605 or 1-888-278-7424

F.W. Horch Sustainable Goods & Supplies, 56 Maine Street, Brunswick is looking for Maine made kitchen compost pails. We would like to offer a wide selection of Maine compost pails in our store and online at www.fwhorch.com. F.W. Horch provides practical products for sustainable living including goods & supplies to help conserve resources and protect your environment. Please contact jill@fwhorch.com with questions.

ARTISTS SOUGHT: Charlie’s Smokin’ Barbeque, 4 Pleasant St., Brunswick is seeking artwork for its walls. Stop by to see space (Tues – Sundays). Best time to contact the owner, Carlo Pilgrim, is Tues, Wed, or Thurs between 5:30 & 6 pm. Or by phone at 380-9761.

Exhibit at Bookland Brunswick, a local independent bookseller at Cook's Corner, is offering to display and sell work in their 6 lighted, locked, display cases. The cases can be rented for $15.00 a week; rental fee will more than double beginning the Monday before Thanksgiving until Dec. 31. This is a juried opportunity. Artists and artisans should submit photos of their work to Sharon Turner. Artists will receive 100% of the sale. The only fee collected by Bookland will be the rental fee. Call Sharon Turner at 725-2313 for more details.

Portland Incubator Maine artists are invited to sell their work in Congress Square in conjunction with First Fridays. Read on: "Join us every friday evening in congress sq @ "the Incubator" until the season/weather tells us it's too nasty. Exercise your right to sell it, if you MAKE IT, or at least to talk with those who are. This has to be one of the easiest/most organic ways to grow local culture, the way we need it... now. Act local. Hope to see you in the sq." Contact: Eli M. Cayer, MENSK Founder/Director. 207 653 7406 mobil. 207 775 4373 office/fax. www.mensk.cc. eli@mensk.cc.

Maine Arts Commission Any Maine resident can apply for the $13,000 Individual Artist Fellowship award. In 2005 the Maine Arts Commission awarded an author, film maker and visual artist. Visit the grants page of the Maine Arts Commission website to learn more.

To subscribe to Maine Arts Commission listservs, log in to or create your MaineArts.com account.

At the content manager dashboard, select the "My Account" tab
In My Account, select the link for "Email Subscriptions"
Select each listserv you wish to receive!


Job Opening for Performer Figures of Speech Theatre, a puppet/actor/movement theater based in Freeport, is looking for a performer with solid acting skills, a good sense of movement, and a flexible schedule to do regional touring with Far East - Tales from China and Japan. We'll teach the puppetry skills! If you're interested in consideration, please send info to Carol Farrell at figures@concentric.net <mailto:figures@concentric.net> .

MatchBook.org is a powerful tool for performing artists, venues and presenting organizations across New England. This New England-wide database offers the opportunity to post an extensive profile, with images and audio clips. It is used by presenting organizations to discover new talent, develop collaborations and book performers. Also includes technical advice and professional development calendar. This is a free service of the New England Foundation for the Arts.

MatchBook.org’s Professional Development Opportunities calendar offers a chronological list of workshops, classes, conferences and lectures for the arts and culture community.  Listings on this calendar aim to provide artists and presenters in New England with opportunities for developing their work and networks.  Check out the calendar to find out about networking conferences, learning opportunities for artist-educators, or development workshops that could help enhance your work!



MatchBook.org is a powerful tool for performing artists, venues and presenting organizations across New England. This New England-wide database offers the opportunity to post an extensive profile, with images and audio clips. It is used by presenting organizations to discover new talent, develop collaborations and book performers. Also includes technical advice and professional development calendar. This is a free service of the New England Foundation for the Arts.

MatchBook.org’s Professional Development Opportunities calendar offers a chronological list of workshops, classes, conferences and lectures for the arts and culture community.  Listings on this calendar aim to provide artists and presenters in New England with opportunities for developing their work and networks.  Check out the calendar to find out about networking conferences, learning opportunities for artist-educators, or development workshops that could help enhance your work!

Every Thursday night at 6 p.m. at Cafe Creme (corner of Front and Centre Sts. in Bath). For more information: wwwdavidbullard.com.

Business Training

Women, Work & Community offers free workshops for entrepreneurs. http://www.womenworkandcommunity.org/scripts/training.php

This website reports on trends in marketing the arts, especially new media. See recent article on Rich Americans Use Internet to Research and Buy , Direct Mail goes Digital, and Websites: You've only got 3 seconds... www.artsmarketing.org

Vermont Arts Council
offers a Cultural Tourism Toolkit
that can be helpful for developing local initiatives: http://www.culturalheritagetourism.org/CulturalHeritageToolkits.htm

AND FROM VERMONT: A Vermont Council on Rural Development Conference: Sharing Communities’ Strategies for Successful Creative Economy Work; Advancing Vermont’s Creative Economy on Wednesday July 18th, 2007 at the State House, Montpelier, Vermont 9:00am – 4:00pm.  For further information, contact Helen Labun Jordan at 802-223-3793, ccp@sover.net

www.mainebusinessworks.org is an excellent source for business management trainings, workshop announcements and more. This site lists training opportunities in the state by region, provider, and topic.  The site is a resource for the creative business sector as well as the business community as a whole.

Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI)www.ceimaine.org - nonprofit Community Development Corporation and Community Development Financial Institution whose role is to develop job-creating natural resources and small business ventures in primarily rural regions of Maine.

Creative Economy Councilwww.creative-economy.org - partnership and collaboration of business, government, and cultural sectors that promotes the development of New England’s creative economy.

Maine Business Workswww.mainebusinessworks.org - provides access to a broad array of business development assistance available throughout the State of Maine including business education, financing programs, and small business information and/or assistance.

Maine.com Starting a Business - www.maine.gov/portal/business/ - state website with several resources on starting a small business.

Maine Department of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Resourceswww.getrealmaine.com - Part of the Maine Dept. of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Resources. Celebrates and promotes Maine food and agricultural products; allows agricultural businesses to connect with prospective customers; provides business resources for producers; provides information on where to buy local products.

Maine Department of Economic and Community Developmentwww.econdevmaine.com - goal to create economic opportunities for the people of Maine and to foster the prosperity of the state’s economy.  Serves as the umbrella organization to the offices of Tourism, Business Development, the International Trade Center, Community Development, Film and Innovation and Science.

MCBDP: Midcoast Council for Business Development and Planningwww.mcbdp.org - public-private non-profit development corporation that supports business retention, expansion and attraction to improve the regional economy of Bath, Brunswick, Topsham, Richmond, Bowdoinham and Phippsburg, Maine

Small Business Development Centerswww.mainesbdc.org - provides comprehensive business management assistance, training, resource and information services to Maine's micro, small, and technology-based business communities. Website includes many tools and useful articles, as well as a calendar of local events targeted toward business knowledge and development.

Southern Midcoast Maine Chamber of Commercewww.midcoastmaine.com - contains an array of information on the region, including tourism, an events calendar, things to do, and resources for starting a business.

U.S. Small Business Association Startup - www.sbaonline.sba.gov/starting_business - A national government website that includes a useful online questionnaire/analysis tool that will prepare you for self-employment (Click on “Checklist for starting a business”)

Women’s Agricultural Networkwww.umaine.edu/umext/wagn - Enables women and other underserved people to successfully own, operate and support agriculturally-related enterprises through a series of educational, technical assistance, and networking opportunities.

Women, Work & Communitywww.womenworkandcommunity.org - Provides training and assistance for development in the workforce, microenterprises, assets, and leadership in order to improve the economic lives of Maine women and their families.  In 2006-07 WW&C will provide free Creative Enterprise Workshops for artists and creative entrepreneurs.

Take a look at this website for details on a free listing.  “Arts & Entertainment” and “Maine Specialty Products” are two of their twenty-two categories.  Go to: http://www.mainebusinesslisting.com


Beautiful, sunny art studio with large windows facing the riverin the old Cabot Mill building (Ft. Andross), Maine Street, Brunswick.A spacious 1,350 sq ft with studio, gallery space (for exhibition opportunities), and large bath with sink.  Historic charm with original wood floors, high ceilings and arched windows.Would like to share space with another serious artist.  $375 a month each includes utilities. Available now.  Please call 729-8575 or 837-9108 for more info.  

ARTIST STUDIO: Very large river and sunset view art studio available to share. Owner rarely there. $450 includes everything.  725-8253.

New weekly magazine The Maine Switch Covers Arts and Events
If you are looking for new ways to get yourself noticed, then check out the free weekly magazine The Maine Switch which is on newsstands every Thursday in Greater Portland from Brunswick to Old Orchard Beach and west to Windham and online at www.themaineswitch.com. To read the full press release, use this link: Maine Switch Release.

Planning for an Arts Center in Bowdoinham

Artists and friends of the late Bryce Muir of Bowdoinham are beginning the planning process for an Art Center in the Town of Bowdoinham. The concept for the center includes a Brycework^(TM) space, gallery space for work by local artists, educational space, a performing art space and a gallery shop selling art, crafts and related items of interest.  "We would love to have as many people as possible to come to this first event and give us ideas and input on what they envision an art center in Bowdoinham looking like," says Peggy Muir.  FMI: Tony Cox at 666-5531 or go to www.bowdoinham.com <http://www.bowdoinham.com/> (and click on economic development).

Maine and New England Arts Organizations

Designing Womenwww.designingwomen.org – Since 1991, this non-profit has been bridging art and the community by sponsoring shows featuring female artisans from New England, and working directly with organizations who benefit women and girls in the community.

Directions: Maine Crafts Guildwww.mainecraftsguild.com - serves professional craftspeople of Maine, promotes tradition of fine crafts, and operates retail shows.

Maine Arts Commission www.mainearts.com – directory of artists and organizations, information on grants and fellowships, as well as programs for both artists and organizations.

Maine Crafts Associationwww.mainecrafts.org – Founded in 1983, have organized high quality educational programs for craft artists, collectors, and the public and have provided opportunities for exhibits and shows.

Maine FiberArtswww.mainefiberarts.org – non-profit formed to promote Maine’s fiber community and to foster its special work in basketry, beadwork, clothing design, crochet, embroidery, felting, knitting, lacework, needlework, paper, quilting, rugs, sewing, spinning, surface design, and weaving.

Maine Literature Daily - http://www.mainepoetry.com - New literary events and news are always on tap for your information. There is also a calendar that lists events for the month at http://calendar.yahoo.com/aopoetry Visit this web page and you will be able to plan your month easily.

Maine Media Women www.mainemediawomen.org - network of communications specialists, provides a forum for the exchange of ideas, new developments, support, and recognition for mend and women involved in the media.

Maine Musicwww.mainemusic.org - comprehensive online database of Maine music, including presenters, musicians, composers, instrument makers, festivals, etc. Also includes an event calendar.

Maine Sculptorswww.mainesculptors.com – online gallery, calendar of exhibitions and events, and membership for professional sculptors in Maine.

Maine Songwriter’s Associationwww.mesongwriters.com - search for songwriters by name and/or town.  State-wide, non-profit, member organization that supports songwriters and their art. Mission is to encourage, recognize, educate, support and promote developing songwriters.

Maine Writers and Publishers Alliancewww.mainewriters.org - promotes the value of literature and the art of writing by building a community of publishers, writers, and readers of all ages within Maine.  Sponsors workshops, book signings and readings, publishes newsletter, provides information services.

Matchbook.orgwww.matchbook.org -New England’s online cultural marketplace that connects artists, presenters, and communities.  Free registration and listing.  Classifieds, resources, venue and artist search with sound samples.

New England Foundation for the Artswww.nefa.org – Promoting arts in New England as grantmaker, program initiator, regional laboratory, project coordinator, developer of resources, and builder of creative partnerships among artists, arts organizations and funders.

Spindleworks Art Cooperativewww.spindleworks.org - non profit art center for adults with disabilities. Over 35 artists from the local community receive supplies, studio space, participate in shows, and receive commissions from their work.

Union of Maine Visual Artistswww.umvaonline.org – volunteer-run organization whose goal is to support the community of Maine contemporary artists. “UMVA insists on the ideal of art as a spiritual and aesthetic communication beyond commerce.”

Professional development

Maine Media Arts Projectwww.memap.org - volunteer organization whose goals are to educate Maine students in the Media-Arts through free in-school workshops, instructed by business world professionals, and to help build new-media- and technology-based career opportunities for Maine graduates within the state of Maine.

Maine Technology Centers www.techcentersmaine.com - Role is to assist small-business start-up, thereby improving opportunities for workers through the creation of technologically-advanced jobs and encouraging private sector initiatives.

Juried shows, grants, and morewww.mainearts.com   Go to “Opportunities.”

Maine Made Programwww.mainemade.com - Offers unique products from over 1000 Maine companies crafted from Maine’s rich natural resources.

Matchbook.orgwww.matchbook.org -New England’s online cultural marketplace that connects performers, presenters, and communities.  Free registration and listing.  Classifieds, resources, venue and artist search with sound samples.

National Arts Organizations

Americans for the Arts
Is an national arts advocacy organization with policy, resources, visibility and national conferences. Many kinks and research in cultural policy.




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