The Eastport Arts Center (EAC) nurtures and promotes six year-round constituent groups engaged in theater, art, music, film, education and community outreach. The EAC is available for rental and serves as our region’s premiere venue for an array of special events and visiting artists and performers. Our mission:To stimulate and nurture an appreciation of the visual, literary, and performing arts and the creative process, and to provide a home and an environment within the community where they can prosper.

Please Note: EAC abides by State of Maine CDC COVID guidelines, revisiting our policy monthly. At this time, the use of masks in our building is optional. As well as gatherings at the Center, we continue to offer online opportunities for connection and expression. Check out upcoming and past projects here, and sign up to receive a digest of this site in our weekly email newsletter. Learn more about the EAC here.

Do you like what we’re doing? We depend on contributions from our community and patrons to help keep the Arts Center open. Please consider showing your support by donating, or get involved by volunteering.

EAC Video & Podcasts

EAC Media is here for you! Follow links to our video and audio offerings, or enjoy stills below! TOP THREE (our current most-viewed titles):Jim Kovaleski reads Robert Frost’s “Mowing”A Studio Visit with Gail McGlamery, Free Range Fiber Studio, Eastport, MaineGreg Biss plays Etude #3 by Philip Glass ART & … [Read More]

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Upcoming Events

April Break Arts Camp: Music Chat & Mini Concert with Danny Holt

Wednesday, April 17 @ 3:30 pm

EAC April break week Arts Camp continues with dynamic young pianist Danny Holt, who will offer a Music Chat and Mini Concert on Wednesday, April 17, 3:30-4:30 pm. An experienced youth educator and professional musician, Holt offers an exciting program to open the ears of new listeners, and demonstrate … [Read More]

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10th Annual Student Art Exhibition

Thursday, April 18 @ 8:00 am

Eastport Arts Center will present the 10th annual Student Art Exhibition from April 1 through April 29, at Washington Street Gallery.  A perennial favorite at the Arts Center, the show features artwork of K-12 students and homeschoolers from all around the region. PLEASE NOTE: Due to predicted poor weather, … [Read More]

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KinderArts (Calais session)

Thursday, April 18 @ 10:00 am

Please note, if local schools are canceled or have an ‘early release’, KinderArts too will be canceled. Eastport Arts Center’s KinderArts program meets weekly in two communities: Thursdays, 10-10:45 am at Sunrise Opportunities (the former Calais Congregational church), 21 Calais Avenue; and Fridays, 10-10:45 am at Eastport Arts Center. The free sessions, … [Read More]

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World & Contemporary Dance

Thursday, April 18 @ 4:00 pm

Please note, if local schools are canceled or have an ‘early release’, World & Contemporary Dance too will be canceled! EAC’s World and Contemporary Dance Group meets on Thursdays from 4-5 pm. The group enjoys learning modern and classic international dances from around the globe, including Pata Pata and … [Read More]

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KinderArts (Eastport session)

Friday, April 19 @ 10:00 am

Please note, if local schools are canceled or have an ‘early release’, KinderArts too will be canceled. Eastport Arts Center’s KinderArts program meets weekly in two communities: Thursdays, 10-10:45 am at Sunrise Opportunities (the former Calais Congregational church), 21 Calais Avenue; and Fridays, 10-10:45 am at Eastport Arts Center. The free sessions, … [Read More]

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Meditation and Mindful Movement with Caroline Coleman

Friday, April 19 @ 11:00 am

Please note, if local schools are canceled or have an ‘early release’, this session will also be canceled. All are invited to join instructor Caroline Coleman Fridays, starting January 19, for a rejuvenating one-hour session of Mindful Meditation and Movement, starting promptly at 11 am, at Eastport Arts Center. … [Read More]

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Gentle Flow Yoga with Katie Melancon

Saturday, April 20 @ 8:30 am

Katie Melancon’s Gentle Flow Yoga is offered Saturdays, 8:30-9:30 am, both at Eastport Arts Center, and online.This class is accessible to all students. As the session moves through a slow flow of postures, students’ bodies have time to warm up, aiming for proper alignment and giving plenty of room to … [Read More]

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Writers Read

Saturday, April 20 @ 2:00 pm

All are invited to “Writers Read,” an open stage for creative writing, on Saturday, April 20, 2-4 pm, at Eastport Arts Center.  Writers of all kinds, whether seasoned wordsmiths or emerging talents, are invited to share their written work. The event aims to create an atmosphere of inspiration and connection … [Read More]

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EAC News & Recent Activities

EAC Community Members Begin Postcard Project; Arts Camp is April 17!

EAC Postcard Project is born! Several artist friends, EAC volunteers and community members have agreed to mail custom postcards to EAC this week, for a special delivery next week to our APRIL BREAK ARTS CAMP. The Wednesday, April 17 camp day begins at 1 pm with Sue Riddle’s Postal … [Read More]

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Arts Camp Boasts Energetic Youth Music Program with Danny Holt

EAC April break week Arts Camp will feature dynamic young pianist Danny Holt, who will offer a Music Chat and Mini Concert on Wednesday, April 17, 3:30-4:30 pm. An experienced youth educator and professional musician, Holt offers an exciting program to open the ears of new listeners, and demonstrate … [Read More]

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Writers Read Planned for April 20

All are invited to “Writers Read,” an open stage for creative writing, on Saturday, April 20, 2-4 pm, at Eastport Arts Center.  Writers of all kinds, whether seasoned wordsmiths or emerging talents, are invited to share their written work. The event aims to create an atmosphere of inspiration and connection … [Read More]

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MICE to Inspire at Last Saturday Contra Dance

Eastport Arts Center will host a Contra Dance with the Moose Island Contra Etc. (MICE) band, on Saturday, April  27, 6-9 pm. Band members are Alice Schuth on fiddle, Susan Luthin on octave mandolin and whistle, Joan Lowden on bass, Kara McCrimmon on piano accordion, guitar and Irish whistle, … [Read More]

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Youth Opera Paints Hopeful Picture of Classroom Unity

You Can’t Sit Here, an original children’s opera presented by Eastport Arts Center last month was a riveting success for participants and audiences, spanning four years’ work for the writers and producers, and nearly a year for the cast of 10 students. A dedicated group of theater-makers, including nearly … [Read More]

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Post-Apocalyptic Australia! See it On the Big Screen with EAC Films

EAC Films will present screenings on back-to-back weekends in late April. First up is Mad Max: Fury Road (2015, R), an Australian post-apocalyptic action film, with screenings at 2 pm and 6 pm, Sunday, April 21.  Swank Films synopsizes as follows: From director George Miller, originator of the post-apocalyptic … [Read More]

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‘Easternmost Cambodian Band’ Captivated EAC Crowd; Show to Be Repeated in Lubec, April 19

By Catherine J.S. LeeFor the March 17th program of the Sunday Afternoons at the Arts Center series, Lubec musician Jane Lanctot and friends presented a program of Cambodian music before a large and enthusiastic audience. Some of the styles and songs were 800 to 1,000 years old, dating from … [Read More]

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‘You Can’t Sit Here,’ From the Inside, Plus Credit Where Credit is Due (The Big Thanks List!)

“There was lots of work, many rehearsals (never enough) tough music, tight schedule, some kids living miles away, 10 to 18 year olds with adolescent energy and drama, details, details and more details, cold days, rainy days, colds, school conflicts, very limited funds…” writes You Can’t Sit Here co-producer … [Read More]

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Eastport Gallery’s Community Show is Coming Soon

It is only 6 weeks before the deadline for our Annual Community Show. Get your paint brushes, pencils and pottery ready! The Eastport Gallery will open at 109 Water Street for the summer season on Friday May 31, with its annual Community Show and an all-new Member Show. The Community Show will be … [Read More]

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Arts Camp to Kick Off with Sue Riddle’s DIY Mailable Art

EAC will offer an April break week Arts Camp on Wednesday, April 17. Events will include a Postal Art workshop with Sue Riddle, and a Music Chat and Mini Concert with pianist Danny Holt. Popular instructor Sue Riddle’s creative session on mailable art will begin the Arts Camp, from 1-3 … [Read More]

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EAC Tickets Now Available Online!

Tickets for upcoming performances and films may now be purchased online, via this link. Please note that tickets for Stage East productions are being sold via their site. See you soon at the EAC!

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Poetry Contest is Open! Youth and Adult Entries Eligible for Prizes!

The Eastport Arts Center Prize for Poetry, an open contest, will run April 1-June 30, 2024. Submissions of original and unpublished poems are welcomed by youth and adult writers on two general themes: ‘The Sea’ and ‘The Woods.’ Winners will be announced on August 24; winning selections will be … [Read More]

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EAC’s Next Open Mic—In Honor of Sadi the Eastport Service Dog—is April 12

Eastport Arts Center’s popular Open Mic Night will be held Friday, April 12. The event has been sponsored by Mike MacPhee, in honor of Sadi the Eastport service dog, who is undergoing treatment for liver cancer. Songs and words about dogs are appreciated. Sign-ups for performers will be taken … [Read More]

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Annual Student Art Exhibition is Open! Reception will be held April 27

Eastport Arts Center will present the 10th annual Student Art Exhibition from April 1 through April 29, at Washington Street Gallery.  A perennial favorite at the Arts Center, the show features artwork of K-12 students and homeschoolers from all around the region. PLEASE NOTE: Due to predicted poor weather, … [Read More]

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Sketchbook Project Exhibition is Open (Online!)

EAC’s Sketchbook Project, a collaboration with Eastport Gallery, proudly presents its online exhibition. The show may be viewed here. Led by artist Alison Ross, the 8-week project was packed for participants with interesting lessons and inspiration, as well as a loosening up of their drawing muscles! In addition to … [Read More]

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