Arts organizations receive stimulus funds

Posted July 08, 2009, at 6:55 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Several eastern and northern Maine nonprofit arts organizations were among 13 to receive up to $10,000 each in federal funding from the Maine Arts Recovery Program, part of the federal economic stimulus package.

The organizations include the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, Waterfall Arts in Belfast, the Southern Aroostook Cultural Arts Project in Houlton and the Association Culturelle et Historique du Mont-Carmel in Lille. Each has been awarded $10,000.

The stimulus money, presented by the Maine Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, offers funds to subsidize the preservation of jobs within nonprofit arts organizations.

Other organizations that received funding are Friends of the DaPonte String Quartet, Damariscotta ($10,000); Johnson Hall Performing Arts Center, Gardiner ($10,000); Kennebec Valley Art Association, Hallowell ($10,000); L/A Arts, Lewiston ($10,000); Lark Society for Chamber Music, Portland ($6,000); Lincoln County Community Theater & Orchestra, Damariscotta ($10,000); Mahoosuc Arts Council, Bethel ($9,000); Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Skowhegan ($10,000); and VSA arts of Maine, Brunswick ($10,000).

The NEA recently announced grants to six arts organizations, including the Bangor Folk Festival, Cultural Resources Inc. of Rockport and the Old Town-based Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance.

Approximately $120,000 in funding is still available through the Maine Arts Recovery Program with a September deadline.

For more information, go to www.mainearts.com.

jbloch@bangordailynews.net

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