New Community Outreach grants | May 2015

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$1,000 to “Micmac Warriors: Duty, Honor, and Culture,” Aroostook Band of Micmacs, Presque Isle

Micmac Warriors is a photographic exhibit hosted by the Aroostook Band of Micmacs featuring tribal members who served in the United States military during the 20th and 21st centuries. As representatives of a long and proud warrior tradition within Micmac culture, they endured prejudice and hardships to serve a country that was sometimes not their own. Photos of at least 30 military members will be accompanied by their stories plus information about the Micmac warrior culture and deep tribal ties to a wide range of military skills and activities.


$750 to “Industry and Innovation in Bridgton: Products of New England Culture” Program Series, Bridgton Historical Society, Bridgton

The Bridgton Historical Society will present a series of programs related to their “Industry and Innovation in Bridgton” theme for the 2015 season (June-September). Programs will run the gamut from formal lectures to guided historical hikes and hands-on activities for families.


$1,000 to “Uncovering History: Sean Dorsey Dance, The Missing Generation,” Bates Dance Festival, Lewiston

The Festival will host nationally recognized transgender choreographer and activist Sean Dorsey in a series of community workshops, lectures, radio interviews, and performances focused on the history of the AIDS epidemic as told through the voices of survivors. Public programs related to this grant will run May 27 through July 18, 2015.


$1,000 to “Margaretta Days Festival and Crafts Fair,” Machias Historical Society, Machias

This one-day festival with the Machias Historical Society at the University of Maine at Machias celebrates the “Battle of the Margaretta” which took place near Machias and was the first naval battle of the American Revolution. The festival includes a recreation of the event as it unfolded, providing a first-hand experience to educate attendees. Local historians talk about the events that led up to the battle, the personalities involved, and the extraordinary efforts of local people who brought about the victory for the American side.


$300 to “Publication of an Exhibition Companion Piece to support the ‘Maine Indian Basketry Exhibition’ at Maine Fiberarts,” Maine Fiberarts, Topsham

This grant will support printing costs for a publication accompanying the summer exhibition of distinctive contemporary and historic Maine Indian basketry (Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy, and Penobscot) at Maine Fiberarts. The publication will identify the basket makers and their work in order to introduce Wabanaki basketry to new audiences.


$900 to “Stone Things at Good Will,” L. C. Bates Museum, Hinckley

The “Stone Things at Good Will” project will share the history of the stone monuments and a small building on the Good Will-Hinckley trails. The project is designed to inform people not just about the unique stories of each monument, but also explain the early 20th century thinking behind establishing this parkland through a copied monument guide, an exhibition, guided monument tours and an exhibition opening talk.