Thursday, July 14, 2011

Free Information Sessions Offered by Maine Arts Commission

Staff members from the Maine Arts Commission are taking to the road next week to present at two venues, one in Eastport on July 20 and the other in Lubec on July 21.

Artists and staff of cultural organizations are encouraged to attend these free presentations in order to gain knowledge of various ways of accessing funding.

The Tides Institute and Museum of Art will host the director of the Maine Arts Commission for an Art Talk titled, Public Art is Not an Oxymoron, on Wednesday, July 20 at 7:00 pm. Agency representatives will show examples of public art from around the state, the nation, and the world, discussing the ins and outs of navigating the process of public art, and the specifics of Maine’s Percent for Art law. A question and answer discussion will follow. This event is free and open to the public.
The Cobscook Community Learning Center (CCLC), in Lubec, will be the venue for a free workshop about funding sources for artists and arts organizations, and how to access them.

This workshop takes place from 12 – 2 p.m., Thursday, July 21. Staff from the Maine Arts Commission, including Donna McNeil, will present basic information about the Maine Arts Commission’s grant programs and additional funding opportunities available to artists and cultural organizations through the commission. The presentation will include a review of the National Endowment for the Arts’ new funding categories and tips and tricks for grant writing basics.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch – the CCLC will provide a light dessert and beverages. This will be an informal gathering which will allow participants to ask specific questions and steer the presentation in the direction most helpful to them. Please call 207/733-2233 with questions.

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