BANGOR — The Bangor City Council recently voted to approve the latest round of arts and cultural grant awards, as recommended by the City’s Commission on Cultural Development (CCD) committee. The range of projects supported by the CCD’s biannual grant cycle include an Arabic language music video, an open mic event designed to cultivate the next generation of performers and a locally relevant theatre production about the opioid crisis.
The fall 2019 round of grants were awarded to: Zakariah Allaf, to finish production of his original Arabic language hip-hop composition, “Stress,” and its accompanying video addressing the experience of a Syrian immigrant moving to Bangor; Launchpad, to fund logistical and production needs to stage its monthly, all-ages Open Mic program at Bangor Arts Exchange for 12 months; and the Penobscot Theatre, to provide support for the production of Safety Net, a timely new work about a small-town fire chief attempting to deal with the worsening opioid crisis, including free tickets to local patrons who have been impacted by addiction as well as pre- and post-performance talks by a variety of experts from around the state.
The City of Bangor awards grants twice a year, with deadlines in May and November. For more information and to apply for a grant, visit bangormaine.gov/culturalcommission.
The City of Bangor recognizes the arts as a major economic driver, generating over 10 million dollars locally in entertainment venues, restaurants, hotels and stores; creating 312 full-time equivalent jobs; generating $6.2 million in income for city residents; and $1.1 million in local and state government income.