New Major Grants | December 2014

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Maine is Home Profile Project

$7,500 to Welcoming Maine, Portland

Through the “Maine Is Home” profile project, Welcoming Maine will create five multimedia profile stories that will highlight positive cross-cultural relationships in the Lewiston/Auburn area. The project will bridge social boundaries between new Mainers and their native-born neighbors through interactive storytelling, thereby creating a more welcoming climate.


Early Maine Photography: 1840 to 1870

$7,500 to Maine Historical Society, Portland

Within a year of the invention of the daguerreotype in 1839, photography found its way to Maine, creating a lasting record of the appearance of the state’s people and places during the mid-nineteenth century. Maine Historical Society will showcase its extensive holdings of early Maine photographs, which vividly illustrate life in the state during the period leading up to the Civil War.


Victoria Mansion Fashion and Textile Exhibit

$7,445 to Victoria Mansion, Portland

Victoria Mansion is presenting a six-month-long exhibit about the connections between fashion, industry, and cultural change in the Victorian period. In addition to the exhibit, this project includes lectures, trips, demonstrations, and other public programs.


“Acadian Rebellion”—An audio documentary of a dramatic 1971 strike in Madawaska, Maine

$6,250 to University of Maine at Fort Kent, Fort Kent

“Acadian Rebellion” will tell the story of a 1971 strike at Fraser Paper in Madawaska. Interviews with direct participants, historians, and other experts unfold a dramatic moment in Maine history of civil disobedience and violence that pitted local Francophone Acadian workers against Anglophone company managers from Maine and Canada.


Through Her Lens: Women Photographers of Mid-Coast Maine, 1890 – 1920

$4,595 to Penobscot Marine Museum, Searsport

This interactive, multi-site, multimedia exhibit will highlight women’s roles in culture through the exploration of the lives and work of four women photographers who lived and photographed in mid-coast Maine at the turn of the 20th century.


Directors’ Cut: Selections from the Maine Art Museum Trail

$3,750 to Portland Museum of Art, Portland

In the summer of 2015, the PMA will organize an exhibition featuring works of art specially selected by each of the directors from the eight museum members of the Maine Art Museum Trail, from paintings and sculpture to works on paper and photography. The exhibition will be on view at the PMA from May 21 through September 20, 2015, in conjunction with the Trail’s rebranding and promotion across the state.