Arts & Humanities Grant awards | Spring 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.


$750 for “Bridgton at 250: Music of the Times– Bridgton Historical Society, Bridgton

  • As part of its season long commemoration of the 250th anniversary of Bridgton’s settlement, the Bridgton Historical Society is partnering with the Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival to present an informal concert of music from the period of settlement. The concert will be held in the barn at Narramissic, the society’s historic farmstead.


$620 for “Refuge Malja: Community Outreach & Translation– Portland Stage Company, Portland

  • This grant supports Portland Stage Company’s English to Arabic translation of marketing and promotional materials for their upcoming world premiere production of Refuge Malja by Bess Welden, a Portland Stage Company affiliate artist.


$500 for “The 39 Steps: A Live Radio Play– Historic New England, South Berwick

  • The grant supports the Historic New England Hamilton House production of The Thirty Nine Steps: A Live Radio Play by Joe Landry.


$500 for “Ovations Offstage Lecture Series– Portland Ovations, Portland

  • “Ovations Offstage” will provide humanities-based lectures that align with their 2018 -19 mainstage series.


$500 for “Classics in Context Discussion Series” Theater at Monmouth, Monmouth

  • Theater at Monmouth will work with Project Scholar Benjamin Bertram to implement a scholar and artist discussions series for the 2018 Summer Repertory Season, “Roar! The Year of the Woman,” including four pre-show discussions and one comprehensive scholarly overview article.


$1,000 for “Touch One Thread” – Belfast Flying Shoes, Belfast

  • Touch One Thread is a documentary project dedicated to photographs and oral histories of the Belfast Flying Shoes contra dance series.


$500 for “Flamenco Performance” – Mayo Street Arts, Portland

  • This grant supports a flamenco dance and music performance by Lindsey Bourassa and accompanying artists, highlighting the cante (song) component of flamenco as integral to the dance.


$620 for “Uilleann Pipes Exhibition” – Little Sea Folk, Portland

  • Exploring one of the Stalwarts of traditional Irish music, Little Sea Folk Festival’s Uilleann Pipes Exhibition will be an opportunity for the greater Portland area to become better acquainted with its Irish heritage.