New Arts & Humanities Grants | November 2016

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$1,000 for “Acadian Coloring Book”Greater Grand Isle Historical Society, Grand Isle

  • The Acadian Coloring Book will focus on the home, family, and food in the daily life of Acadians from the 1930s to today. The Acadian Coloring Book will be approximately 48-52 pages in length. It will include a two-page introduction, forty two pages of original illustrations, and several pages of sponsor recognitions. The front and back covers will be full color original illustrations to create a striking presentation.


$500 for “A Visit with Author/Illustrator Matt Tavares”– RSU 5/Mast Landing School, Freeport

  •  Baseball-themed, award-winning author/illustrator Matt Tavares will visit Mast Landing Elementary School in Freeport, Maine. Works created as a result of his school visit will be displayed in an exhibit at the Freeport Community Library. This represents a new partnership between the school and the community library.


$1,000 for “Historical Writing Residency”Maine Farmland Trust, Belfast

  • The Joseph A. Fiore Art Center is a program of Maine Farmland Trust (MFT), a statewide organization that protects farmland, supports farmers, and advances farming.  Historically, artists have celebrated the beauty and richness of the American landscape. Our purpose is to continue and evolve the dialogue between human and environment within the context of our current culture and time. We do this through exhibitions and public educational events, research, and by hosting residencies for artists on a working farm. Within this context, the Fiore Art Center is creating a unique, one-time residency position for a writer, in addition to the six 2017 residencies for Maine visual artists: to research the history of Rolling Acres Farm and write the farm’s story.


$985 for “One Upon a Time in Maine Exhibition”Brick Store Museum, Kennebunk

  • “Once Upon a Time in Maine” will feature  fairy tales in the context of the everyday objects, now found in the collection of the Brick Store Museum.  This exhibition will pair historical artifacts – “everyday” objects used by families in the 18th, 19th and early 20th Centuries – with modern artwork created by Maine artists to place each artifact in the context of a well-known fairy tale.


$1,000 for “Kennebec Early Music Festival”– Musique du Jour, Sanford

  • The central component of the Musique du Jour will be three pairs of concerts of solo and chamber music performed in Bath and Phippsburg, August 14–19, 2017.  The Festival’s concerts will be performed at the Linden Tree Meeting House in Phippsburg and the Grace Episcopal Church in Bath, and will include music from Elizabethan England and by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and other classical masters, all performed on historic instruments – Baroque violin and violoncello, Renaissance lute, Flemish harpsichord, and two different 18th-century Viennese fortepianos.


$500 for “Sportsmen  & Me. Hunting Camp Tradition”Maine State Museum, Augusta

  • In a compelling and first-of-its-kind multi-media documentary event, the Maine State Museum (MSM), in collaboration with the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine (SAM) and Photoarchive 3D, will seek to preserve and share the rich heritage of Maine Sportsmen and Sporting camp tradition. Through this experiential education and preservation project, the rich tradition of sport, with a special lens on the Maine sporting camp, will be preserved, shared and explored through never-before-seen historic stereo images (90) which span Maine and the globe.