Arts & Humanities Grants | April 2016

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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.


$850 for “Art in Exodus at MECA”- Maine College of Art 

  • MECA plans to hold its second annual Art in Exodus exhibition in its flagship Porteous Building June 1-24, 2016, in recognition of World Refugee Day, which takes place every year on June 20 and will be celebrated this year in Portland at King Middle School on Saturday, June 4, 2016. The idea of hosting an exhibit featuring refugee artists evolved from a dialogue hosted by the World Affairs Council ofMaine and Creative Portland in a forum titled “Celebrating Immigration: A Community Dialogue onEconomic Opportunity and Integration.”


$1,000 for “Classics in Context Audience Engagement”- Theater at Monmouth

  • Theater at Monmouth will work with Project Scholar Benjamin Bertram to plan and implement a scholar and artist audience engagement series titled “Classics in Context” for the 2016 Summer RepertorySeason and beyond. This series will feature a pre-season article and three panel discussions aimed at increasing audience comfort with classic theatre by providing a window into its origins, critical response, as well as scholarly and artistic perspectives.


$1,000 for “First Light” – SPACE Gallery

  • A screening of the short documentary film “First Light” and a panel discussion to be held at SPACE gallery in Portland including members the Upstander Project, Maine-Wabanaki REACH. “First Light” independently documents the work of the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). The event will include panelists from the UP and REACH who can share their firsthand experiences from behind-the-scenes of the TRC from the perspective of filmmaker, educator, and facilitator.


 $1,000 for “A New Play as Performance & Literature” – The Saco River Theatre

  • Saco River Theatre (SRT) will hold a series of connected events in November, 2016, as part of the development process for THE RESTORATION, a new play by Maine-native writer Billy Mitchell. THE RESTORATION was commissioned by SRT for our theater, and will be the first world premiere in the theater’s 25-year history. Set in York County, Maine, THE RESTORATION follows a woman who returns to her great-aunt’s rural home for the first time in 15 years and begins to confront both her own past and her late-relative’s mysterious history.


$1,000 for “Seeking Resonance”- Portland Ovations

  • In 2016-2017, Ovations Offstage will offer two lecture series: one to accompany our full multidisciplinary season ofperformances in contemporary dance, chamber music, global traditions and theater and another toengage our community in a unique thematic series, “Seeking Resonance”.


$1,000 for “Afro-Solo Man- Denmark Arts Center 

  • As DAC artists-in-residence for Summer 2016, Ricarrdo Valentine and Orlando Hunter of Brotherhood Dance will research the history of African-Americans in Maine alongside personal investigations of identity, race, sexuality and heritage. The artists will transform their research into anew performance work utilizing dance, storytelling, music, poetry and video projection.


$1,000 for “Taley’s Folly”- Everyman Repertory Theatre 

  • A collaboration with the Holocaust and Human Rights Center in Augusta, Everyman Repertory Theatre be presenting Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Talley’s Folly” by Lanford Wilson. “Talley’s Folly” touches on the subject of immigrants fleeing the holocaust to the United States. Scott Erb, professor of political sciences at the University of Maine at Farmington, will present a pre-show talk at performances in Rockport and Augusta.


$1,000 for “Improvisation Plus: Jazzing it up in Eastport”- Eastport Arts Center

  • This project has 2 main components to reach an intergenerational audience. The first is an educational piece for students including both musicianship and cultural history of jazz. The second component will consist of a public concert including a student-created arrangement, information on jazz history through program notes, and a Q&A period for audience members.


As events are scheduled for these grants, we will list them in our events calendar