2 Bangor groups get arts grants

Posted Nov. 04, 2009, at 11:41 p.m.

AUGUST, Maine — The Penobscot Theater and Bangor Symphony Orchestra were among the Maine nonprofit arts organizations that have received $10,242 grants through the federal economic stimulus package, the Maine Arts Commission announced Wednesday.

Thirteen organizations received grants of at least $8,890 Wednesday in the final round of Maine Arts Recovery Grants.

The Maine Arts Commission, which organized the distribution of grants, gave out $255,101 in stimulus funds this year to 26 Maine organizations. Another $230,000 went to Maine arts organizations directly from the National Endowment for the Arts or the New England Foundation for the Arts.

Maine Arts Commission Director Donna McNeil announced in March the funds would be available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The grants were to be used to subsidize the preservation of jobs, not for the creation of a new position or for previously unscheduled work.

“The BSO is excited to have this support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Maine Arts Commission to ensure that we are able to retain much-needed services,” said BSO board of directors President Sam Lanham in a separate release from the symphony.

The Association Culturelle et Historique du Mont-Carmel, which is based in Grand Isle, received a $10,000 grant as did the Eastport Arts Center.

Other grant winners include A Company of Girls in Portland, the Portland Stage Company, Figures of Speech Theater in Freeport, Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance of Portland, Fiddlehead Center for the Arts in Gray, Five Rivers Arts Alliance of Brunswick, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Newcastle and the Maine Alliance for Arts Education in Augusta.

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport also received a $10,242 grant, but the funding is on hold because the position that was to be funded, that of director of education, was eliminated last week.

Other organizations that have received stimulus funds this year include the American Folk Festival, the Old Town-based Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance, Bay Chamber Concerts in Rockport, the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, the Southern Aroostook Cultural Arts Project in Houlton and Waterfalls Arts in Belfast.

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