In addition to its undergraduate and graduate classes and programs, the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast promotes lifelong learning and cultural and economic development opportunities to Maine’s midcoast communities.

In 2007, the H. Allen and Sally Fernald Art Gallery was created with the construction of a new wing. Since that time, artwork created by the school children of Belfast, the veterans of Maine, the archives of the Penobscot Marine Museum, and others have hung on the gallery walls attracting thousands of visitors. Opportunities to meet individual artists are provided at the opening receptions of most exhibitions. Among several upcoming outreach events is a free lecture by local home builder, Jim Bahoosh, on small houses on Jan. 19, Fiber Arts Exhibit beginning Feb. 9 and the Senior College Arts Festival on June 2 and 3.

Demonstrating continued growth, the Center’s conference services, which offers space planning, registration, catering and technical support, have become a destination site for local and statewide organizations. To give clients the best event experience possible the Hutchinson Center offers a large, adaptable conference center, auditorium and break-out classrooms, as well as leading edge technology. Some of the Center’s upcoming conference service events include the Waldo County Candidate Forum on Jan. 21, Community Wellness Class on Feb. 13 and the Camden Conference on Feb. 16.

The Hutchinson Center’s professional development programs serve the area with certificate programs, workshops and training in the fields of business, industry, education, human service, and personal development. Individuals may choose programs to expand their areas of expertise, launch a new career path, or create a pathway to a job promotion. Exploring topics such as grant writing, leadership, ethics, restorative practices, project management and others help to develop skills that strengthen professional profiles, community development, organizational growth and student success.

Currently, in partnership with Belfast’s Senior College, over 600 senior citizens participate in quality programming at the Hutchinson Center.

As a cultural and educational hub for the city, the Hutchinson Center is pleased to promote Belfast to participants of its outreach, conference services and professional development programs.

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