New Arts & Humanities, Community Outreach Grants | January 2015

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Arts & Humanities


“Emma Lewis Coleman: Maine”

$1,000 to Museums of Old York, York

The Museums of Old York will present an exhibit of photographs by Emma Lewis Coleman (1853-1942) from the 1880s, including images of local tradespeople and historic buildings and landscapes.

Picture Writing: In Island Voices

$1,000 to Partners in Island Education, Vinalhaven

“Picture Writing: In Island Voices” is a program aimed at fostering literacy through art. The founder of the method, Beth Olshansky, will spend four days at the Vinalhaven School working with students in grades 3 to 8 and modeling for teachers how to integrate the use of Picture Writing into their curriculums.

Cyanotype Workshops and the Maine Frontier Screening

$800 to Penobscot Marine Museum, Searsport

This project includes a film screening of “The Maine Frontier: Through the Lens of Isaac Walton Simpson” with a companion multimedia presentation by filmmaker Sumner McKane and cyanotype making workshops at the Penobscot Marine Museum during the Museum’s season-long celebration of the history of photography.

Voices of the Sea

$300 to Maine Maritime Museum, Bath

This series of events will feature men and women who have gone to the sea to make a living, capturing the spirit and culture of Maine’s fishermen and those who work on the water through their unique original poetry and song. Imagery of a life working the sea will accompany the performances, adding a visual element to the events.

As it is in Heaven: the Shakers’ craft and spirituality

$1000 to the Everyman Repertory Theatre and the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland

This program is a collaboration between the Everyman Repertory Theatre and the Farnsworth Art Museum. It will include a professional production of As it is in Heaven by Arlene Hutton, a play about nine women Shakers in a community in spiritual turmoil in mid 19th century Kentucky. The play will be presented to crown the end of the Farnsworth’s exhibition of Shaker craft and art “From Mt Lebanon to the World.” The post-show talk will be presented by Roger Dell, Director of Education at the Farnsworth Art Museum, Michael Komanecki, Chief Curator at the Farnsworth Art Museum, and Brother Arnold, one of three surviving Shakers at the Sabbathday Lake community in Maine, discussing the Shakers’ contribution to American craft and spirituality.


Community Outreach


Maine Archives and Museums 2015 Program Series

$1000 to the Association of Maine Archives and Museums, Cumberland Center

This grant supports the 2015 Maine Archives and Museums program series which will provide access to information that will help initiatives across the state that are focused on preserving our cultural heritage and sharing it with the public. Such programs are central to MAM’s stated mission of fostering a strong network of collecting institutions, well trained in the best practices of their profession and equipped to collect, preserve, and interpret Maine’s collective past in service of the public trust. There will be a special focus on photography in 2015, the year of the Maine Photo Project.

Out & Allied Youth Theatre

$1000 to the Waterville Inclusive Community Project, Waterville

The Out & Allied Youth Theatre will create a one-hour production to be performed three times at Waterville Opera House’s Studio Theater and once at Colby College. Students will draw from their personal experiences to write, direct, act in, do the technology, and promote the play with support from Powder & Wig, Colby College’s student-run theater group. Students have talked about a thematic approach with thoughts being to create pieces focused on religion, transgender youth, coming out to siblings/family, and experiences at less tolerant schools.

“Time Remembered – Time Forgotten”

$1000 to The Choral Art Society, Portland

The Choral Art Society will present “Time Remembered-Time Forgotten,” an event featuring the New England premiere of Robert S. Cohen’s “Alzheimer’s Stories” for chorus, soloists, and instruments. A pre-performance panel discussion will address the positive impact of the arts on Alzheimers and dementia patients.