Three area nonprofits receive grants from Quimby Family Foundation

Posted Oct. 11, 2011, at 5:09 p.m.

BANGOR — Three of Bangor’s most popular cultural organizations have been awarded grants from the Quimby Family Foundation to strengthen their programs and offerings.

The Bangor Symphony Orchestra, Maine Discovery Museum and River City Cinema received a combined $45,000 in support from the foundation. The three organizations were recognized, along with 67 other Maine organizations, at a luncheon in Freeport.

These three organizations are founding members of Bangor Arts. For more information about Bangor Arts, visit http://www.bangorarts.com/.

The BSO received a grant for the Know Your Orchestra! voucher program. This program encourages children to become acquainted with classical music and allows families to attend orchestra concerts for less than the cost of a night at the movies. Each voucher admits one student and one friend or sibling free, and accompanying adults and any additional friends or siblings are admitted for $10 each.

BSO board President Joyce Clark-Sarnacki was pleased to learn of the grant award. She said, “The BSO is excited to have the Quimby Family Foundation’s support for this increasingly popular offering, allowing a broader audience to attend our performances and, in many cases, be introduced early in life to the magic of live symphonic music.”

The Maine Discovery Museum received a grant in support of its Art in the Heart of Downtown program. The visiting artists program is designed to increase attendance and diversity of workshops and classes, to collaborate on projects within Bangor Arts, and increase awareness and utilization of the museum’s Main Street Gallery space.

“Maine Discovery Museum is very pleased to earn the continued support from the Quimby Family Foundation for our Art in the Heart of Downtown initiative,” said Niles Parker, MDM executive director. “The first round of artists’ exhibitions and programs were very popular with children and families. We have already begun to schedule local artists in residence for the months ahead, and we look forward to introducing museum visitors to more local artists through a wide variety of styles and media.”

River City Cinema received welcome grant support to expand operations, achieve a more sustainable business model and work more closely with other local and statewide arts, education and social development groups. “We are very grateful to the Quimby Family Foundation for recognizing River City Cinema’s contribution to the cultural tapestry of northeastern Maine,” said co-founder Kathlyn Tenga-Gonzalez.

As a member of Bangor Arts, River City Cinema promotes film and video literacy and production in the community through screenings of a variety of foreign, independent and locally made contemporary films, accompanied by insightful discussions led by local experts in the fields pertinent to each particular screening. To expand outreach, River City shows a thematic series each summer in the open air at Pickering Square, free to the community. Co-founder Michael Grillo said, “As we continue to contribute to building a strong film community, we look forward to a long-range goal of establishing a film center that will entail post-production facilities as well as screening rooms so that we can support emerging filmmakers in the area, in collaboration with local educational institutions.”

For information about the Quimby Family Foundation, visit: http://www.quimbyfamilyfoundation.org/.

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