Arts & Humanities Grant awards | Fall 2018

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Arts & Humanities Grants, a partnership between the Maine Humanities Council and the Maine Arts Commission, support innovative community projects that have both arts and humanities components.

$1,000 for “Content and Context: Connecting Art to Time and Place– Maine Jewish Film Festival, Portland

  • Speakers will lead discussion on two films at the 2019 Maine Jewish Film Festival, focusing on the relationship of the arts to the social and historical context in which it was created.


$1,000 for “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the the Nighttime– Midcoast Actors’ Studio, Belfast

  • This project will create a fully-realized, artistic stage production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime at the Belfast’s Crosby Center. A question and answer session in partnership with the Autism Society of Maine will follow select performances.


$1,000 for “Omniphobia”– Snowlion Repertory Company, Portland

  • Snowlion Repertory Company will produce the world premiere theater production of Omniphobia, a collaboratively-developed multi-media exploration of fear in contemporary society.


$1,000 for “Vintage Classroom”– Mount Desert Island Historical Society, Mount Desert

  • The Vintage Classroom is a living history play developed in collaboration with the Barn Arts Collective and the MDI Historical Society. Based at the historic Sound Schoolhouse, this play incorporates elements of the past village of Sound into dynamic characters who engage audience members in 19th century classroom lessons, popular games, and examples of local trade.


$985 for “On Books: Sculpture that References LiteraturePortland Public Library, Portland

  • This exhibition will celebrate a reverence for books, understanding that there is an essential “thingness” to books along with their narrative. While the exhibited sculptures may have pages, their ideas are expressed in a form descriptive of the feeling those pages may evoke.