AUGUSTA — On Jan. 8, the Maine Arts Commission will launch its 2019 Arts Iditarod, an informational tour from Portland to Fort Kent and Damariscotta to Bangor.
The four regional meetings will provide free professional development workshops, information, and discussion opportunities to the state’s diverse arts and cultural organizations, as well as individual artists, educators, and community policy makers and members interested in development in and through the arts.
“An important part of the Art Commission’s mission is to support the cultural sector in all parts of the state,” said Julie Richard, the Commission’s Executive Director. “It’s essential that we provide critical learning opportunities that help our sector stretch and grow.”
The Arts Iditarod kicks off Tuesday, Jan. 8, in Portland’s SPACE Gallery, in cooperation with Creative Portland. Event registration is available both online at Eventbrite, and when the doors open at 11:30 a.m. on the day of the event. The sessions will run noon-4 p.m. and all Iditarod sessions are open to the public. In the event of inclement weather, the Iditarod will be postponed to a later date yet to be determined.
Other sites are Wednesday, Jan. 9, Bangor Arts Exchange; Wednesday, Jan. 16, River Arts in Damariscotta; and Tuesday, Feb. 5, University of Maine at Fort Kent.
Advance registration is recommended. Each of the four community stops will include three workshop intensives, on Fundraising; Cultural Planning; and Strategic Planning for both arts organizations and artists. In addition, there will also be information sessions on several of the Arts Commission initiatives, including ArtsEngageME, the Commission’s nonprofit advocacy and support organization; the Maine’s Bicentennial celebration; and the agency’s grant funding opportunities. Food and refreshments will be served.
You can also register at the Maine Arts Commission website to review, as of Jan. 1, the new grant program guidelines and open applications. To receive the Art Commission’s monthly e-newsletters, with information about grants and other opportunities and awards; follow the Commission on social media @MaineArts #MaineArts.