New Arts & Humanities grants | May 2015

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$1,000 to “A Closer Perspective: Furthering Access to Native Culture,” Mahoosuc Arts Council, Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce, Bethel

The Arts Council, in partnership with the Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce, will work to deepen community engagement in an on-going project to authenticate local native culture and provide community access to native arts and culture. Native artists and educators Barry and Lorry Dana will display art and provide free demonstrations of basket making at the MollyOckett Day Festival July 18, 2015. In addition, they will hold a free public lecture/discussion at the Bethel Inn to explain the Wabanaki culture.


$1,000 to “Maine Indian Basketry Exhibition,” Maine Fiberarts, Topsham

An exhibition (May 1-June 30, 2015) of distinctive contemporary and historic Maine Indian basketry at Fiberarts in Topsham will be curated by Penobscot basket maker Theresa Secord and Gretchen Faulkner of the Hudson Museum. The exhibit will be accompanied by a slide presentation, talk, basket making workshop, children’s program, and related information about Wabanaki basketry.


$1,000 to “Bay Clay, Bay Brick, Bay Pottery,” Merrymeeting Arts Center, Bowdoinham Historical Society, Bowdoinham

The central feature of this project will be an exhibit at the Arts Center featuring works by local potters plus information about prehistoric to colonial pottery and brick making in the Merrymeeting Bay area. There will be related public talks on geology and archaeology, workshops using local clay, and a writing workshop using clay as a literary metaphor.


$447.50 to “Family Stories: How and Why to Remember & Tell Them” and “Braving the Middle Ground” by Dr. Jo Radner, Rangeley Lakes Region Historical Society, Rangeley

This grant supports two presentations by Dr. Jo Radner on August 19, 2015. “Family Stories” is a workshop to help people gather information about their family histories. “Braving the Middle Ground” will be a performance of historical stories which took place in Pre-Revolutionary Northern New England.


$500 to “Ovations Offstage Lecture Series,” Portland Ovations, Portland

This series of 8 lectures serves as a free pre-performance opportunity to help audiences understand, appreciate, and engage in the performing arts. Speakers work to place artists, their art forms, and specific works in historical, literary, cultural, and social contexts.


$1000 to “Roochie Toochie and the Ragtime Shepard Kings,” Mayo Street Arts, Portland

Roochie Toochie and the Ragtime Shepard Kings will appear at Mayo Street Arts in Portland July 22-24, 2015 for a series of concerts, lectures, and a workshop pertaining to the history of Tin Pan Alley songs. The band is comprised of 5 professional musicians who record and promote the history of popular music from the early 1900s.


$947.50 to “Visual Storytelling: Celebrating Maine Illustrators” Family Programming, Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk

The museum will present a series of workshops (May thru Sept. 2015) taught by Maine-based illustrators for students and their families, emphasizing both the art and history of illustration.