The Eastport Arts Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Deborah A. Smith as part-time Development Director. This new position involves working with board members and volunteers to secure broad-based fundraising goals for the organization, whose mission is to stimulate and nurture an appreciation of the visual and performing arts and the creative process, and to provide a home and an environment within the community where they can prosper.
In his announcement, Gregory Biss, President of The Eastport Arts Center Board, said: “We are very pleased to welcome Debbie Smith to the Arts Center team and are confident that she will help us successfully increase our fundraising efforts as we continue to build community-wide and year-round arts programs.”
Before joining the Eastport Arts Center on July 1, Smith served as a grant specialist for Kennesaw State University, near Atlanta, Georgia for seven years, but she is no stranger to Washington County. She and her husband have spent a portion of every summer for the last 30 years in Harrington, Maine. Her prior work experience in the cultural sector includes positions as registrar and curator at the Maine State Museum and as director of the Pejepscot Historical Society in Brunswick. She holds degrees in American studies, an MA in material culture and museum studies, and a Ph.D. in public policy. From 2004 to 2006, she served as Chair of the Maine Cultural Affairs Council, appointed by Governor John Baldacci.
The Eastport Arts Center nurtures and promotes seven year-round constituent groups engaged in theater, art, music, film, education and community outreach. Housed in the former Washington Street Baptist Church, built in 1837, the building’s two floors and almost 9,200 square feet can host performances, functions, exhibitions, workshops and meetings. In the accessible upstairs, an auditorium, equipped with 106 seats, provides a stage and professional lighting. Since 1985, The Eastport Arts Center has become an environment rich with creativity, artists, and those who appreciate and support the arts.