May 26, 2018
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UM center to host art conference

The Collins Center for the Arts in Orono will play host to a wide variety of performers, promoters and organizations from New England and Canada this week. The first-ever Over the Edge Conference is set for Aug. 4-6, with the goal of improving performing arts touring between the two regions to enrich the area culturally, economically and socially.

The CCA will join Atlantic Presenters Association, which represents Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick; the Maine Arts Commission and New England Foundation for the Arts in presenting the conference, set for 10 a.m.-5 p.m. all three days. Some of the issues scheduled to be discussed include obtaining artist visas, building partnerships between Canadian and New England performing arts organizations, and showcasing some of the many performers from both the Maritimes and Maine.

Discussions and meetings are set for morning and afternoons. On Wednesday from 1-4 p.m. an eclectic selection of Canadian musicians, dancers and other artists will perform, and on Friday from 2-5 p.m. Maine performers are set, including Maine bands Gypsy Tailwind, Stiff Whisker and the Driftwood Kids and Dark Bottle Brewing Company.

The conference is free and open to artists and arts presenters, but tickets must be reserved. To do so, visit

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