January 13, 2012 is the last day to apply for the $2,000 award. Artists and organizations exploring new and dynamic practices in producing artwork should consider applying. Innovation can be in the form of materials, production methods, project concepts, technology integration, or can come in the form of timing, placement of work, means of distribution or the manner that it is presented. Proposals should demonstrate excellence in the field and have some demonstration of public presence or community impact
In the past Haystack Mountain School of Crafts received the grant for aspects of incorporating an MIT Fab Lab into their facility. Opera House Arts in Stonington received the award for innovative programming for the productions of Much Ado About Nothing and Elizabeth Rex. Artist Nate Aldrich was given support to create a permanent interactive sound-scape installation at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art.
More information can be found on the Maine Arts Commission Website.