$1.3 million in arts funding coming to Maine

Posted April 28, 2009, at 4:26 p.m.

The Old Town-based Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance is one of nine Maine arts organizations to receive funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe announced Monday.

A total of $1,342,100 was awarded, the senators said.

The alliance received a $30,000 grant to support the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program and Maine Indian Basketmakers Gathering and Festival, which helps basket-makers and apprentices in the traditions of ash and sweet-grass basketry among the Maliseet, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot tribes of Maine.

It was one of the largest grants in this round of funding.

Cultural Resources Inc. of Rockport received $20,000 to support Artists of the Forest, a folk and traditional arts project that will assist community leaders in documenting local stories and presenting them to a wider audience.

The Maine Arts Commission received $1,109,600, the largest of the grant expenditures. The funds will go to support the state commission’s partnership with the NEA.

Other grant recipients are: the Maine State Museum in Augusta ($100,000); Bowdoin Summer Music Festival Inc. ($12,500); Figures of Speech Theater in Freeport ($18,000); Portland Museum of Art ($30,000); Maine Humanities Council in Portland ($12,000); and Five Rivers Arts Alliance in Brunswick ($10,000).

The grant awards announced Monday are not related to the funding available through the federal economic stimulus package the Maine Arts Commission announced last month.

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