EAC is thrilled to report that we’ve been selected for a Maine Arts Commission Organization Partnership grant, making the 6th consecutive year in receipt of this award. The partnership program provides unrestricted operating funds to arts organizations and establishes a process for partnering with the Maine Arts Commission to advance the role of the arts in strengthening communities and enhancing local economies. 
In a period more competitive even than a ‘normal’ year, with funding requests totalling nearly 1 million dollars (a 9% increase over last year), EAC was one of the 67% of applicants who received funding. In addition, EAC is the only grantee in the budget-size-based Bronze Tier who has received uninterrupted support. Information about grantees throughout the state and their projects may be found here.
As part of the same round of awards, EAC also received an Arts Learning grant, one of 9 awarded this year. This funding will be used for wildlife-themed haiku classes for 8th graders from Eastport Elementary, Perry Elementary and Sipayik school. Local poet Catherine Lee will teach the outdoor sessions.
“Catherine is very active in our local poetry community,” noted Alison Brennan, EAC’s Education and Outreach Director. “We are excited to be able to collaborate with her, a member of the Maine Teaching Artist roster, to provide these fun nature-themed classes. Her knowledge will take these students beyond the typical haiku experience.”
Of the 27 arts organizations that received Partnership grants this year, just 4 also received the Arts Learning grants. Beside EAC, the others are Penobscot Theatre Company, Portland Ovations and Portland Stage.
Eastport Arts Center strives to continue offering opportunities to all for connection and expression, despite closed doors. Please visit eastportartscenter.org to browse our array of online and ongoing events, an ever-growing list of EAC-produced and curated videos, online exhibitions, arts resources and stories—all part of our continuing commitment to being a place where creativity and community meet, for our Washington County community and beyond.