In Washington County: Relationships Build Community, a recent video highlighting Washington County Fund grantees of the Maine Community Foundation, EAC is featured alongside Family Futures Downeast, Mano en Mano, Sunrise County Economic Council, the Tides Institute & Museum of Art, Women for Healthy Rural Living and their project Incredible Edible Milbridge, and collaborators Downeast Salmon Federation and the Sipayik Environmental Department.

The MCF team visited EAC this past summer, and captured Children’s Theater Workshop participants in a romp with instructor Mark Macey, then caught up with EAC Director Chris Grannis.

“The Maine Community Foundation (MCF) has been supportive of the Eastport Arts Center since the very beginning of our organization,” noted EAC Director Chris Grannis. “They helped the Northern Lights Film Society purchase projectors and other equipment needed to make their beginnings; and with MCF help Stage East and Eastport Gallery renovated the Center’s upstairs lobby for artwork and theater displays and to celebrate Stage East’s 25th anniversary. An important grant for us was the money to allow free admission for people 17 and under, which allowed more families to attend our events. Another grant supplied more light instruments for theater; also, the KinderArts program was outfitted and supplied with a much needed dividing wall. MCF has been a consistent and important supporter of the EAC and the people of our community.”
Another major area of support has been MCF’s Belvedere Traditional Handcrafts Fund, which has provided substantial funding for EAC workshops, both online and in person, and instructional videos, as well as funding for gear to aid EAC’s efforts to augment our online/media presence during 2020’s lockdown.

(In haste? The EAC’s segment begins at the 2:35 mark).

We were tickled to see that MCF’s choice of header image for YouTube was a photo of Jenie M. Smith and Johnny Lynch in Stage East’s 2014 production of Love and Other Natural Disasters, photo by Robin Farrin. We also thought it timely to share the video in tandem with the new session of Children’s Theater Workshop, which begins with instructors Mark Macey and L. Elwood on October 16.