Eastport Arts Center has announced an upcoming mural project that seeks community input.  Questionnaires are available online, via this link https://forms.gle/x81ruyEJpzdGpmsH8. Respondents will be asked to share their perspective on the value of the arts and community, including memories, images, associations, etc. All respondents are welcome.

Artists Ellen Nicholas and Kristine Gordon Moore will create mural sketches for a mural to be created in the Arts Center, based on questionnaire responses. “I’m excited to have been given this opportunity,” said Nicholas, who teaches K-8 art at Sipayik Elementary. “It is my hope that this collaboration will result in a piece of art that’s warm and welcoming to all.”

“I’m happy to be a part of this project, working as a small part of what this community has to offer,” adds Moore, an multi-media artist who is latest in a long line of traditional Passamaquoddy basket makers. “I’m mostly excited to interpret the voice of the community through art as we explore and recognize how it is woven into the fabric of our daily lives and lived experiences.”

The mural project, which has been funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, has a six-month timeline. A culminating event, at which the artists’ sketches will be revealed, as well as a documentary about the process and the artists, will be held at the Arts Center on May 21. Project organizer Mark Macey will lead a discussion on arts inclusivity.

Eastport Arts Center is at 36 Washington Street, Eastport and eastportartscenter.org, and is handicapped-accessible. EAC abides by State of Maine CDC COVID guidelines. Additionally, at this time, patrons are required to wear masks when in the EAC building. 

Artwork by EAC Mural Project artists Ellen Nicholas (left) and Kristine Gordon Moore are shown above.