Arts & Humanities Grants | Spring 2017

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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 “Center for Small Town Jewish Life Fall Shabbaton– Colby College, Waterville

  • The Center for Small Town Jewish Life at Colby College will host its Fall Shabbaton on November 3 -4, 2017. A weekend of art exploration, community building, and Jewish learning, the Shabbaton is an opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds from across the state to immerse themselves in Jewish culture.


$1,000 for “Library Tour of  T.S. Eliot’s ‘Four Quartets’ – Figures of Speech Theatre, Freeport

  • The project’s central component is a recitation from memory of “Four Quartets,” T.S. Eliot’s poetic masterwork, presented in collaboration with four public libraries along the Maine coast. Each recitation will be followed by an open-ended conversation between the audience and performer/poet John Farrell.


$1,000 for “Lighthouse Keeper Community Outreach Project– Seal Bay Festival

  • Lighthouse Keeper, by Delvyn Case, is an interactive hour long event that combines live classical chamber music and storytelling to bring to life the true story of Abbie Burgess, the young girl who tended a lighthouse on the coast of Maine during the greatest Nor’easter of the nineteenth-century, and who was immortalized in the classic children’s book Keep the Lights Burning Abbie by Peter Roop. This event will be presented to audiences at several community venues in Portland, Yarmouth and Waterville during the summer of 2017.


$1,000 for “Maine Coast Stone Symposium– Boothbay Railway Village, Boothbay

  • The Boothbay Railway Village and Maine Stone Workers Guild have partnered to develop a biennial program named the Maine Coast Stone Symposium. The first month-long celebration of the history, art and culture of Maine’s stone industry will take place in August 2017 and include educational programs, a history exhibit, and a 10 day sculpture symposium investigating the ties between technology, industry, and the creative world.  


$1,000 for “Translation and Reading of ‘Refuge/Malja’– Portland Stage Company, Portland

  • Portland Stage Company presents a new play reading, followed by a public discussion/ Q&A featuring Ali Al Mschakeel. Mschakeel will speak about the cross-cultural experience of a new Mainer working with local artists to develop original work for the stage, and how his personal story as a recent immigrant from Iraq, helps playwright, actors, director and audience contextualize the events and themes of the play.