The Eastport Arts Center (EAC) supports 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.
For more than a quarter century, Eastport Arts Center has been pursuing its mission: “to stimulate and nurture an appreciation of the visual and performing arts and the creative process, and to provide a home and an environment within the community where they can prosper.
Eight artists, Eastport Gallery’s co-founders, germinated EAC’s seeds over 30 years ago. By 1990, the gallery, a magnet and hub for artists, was hosting concerts, workshops, and films. Cornerstone Theater’s 1991 production awakened a passion for theater in Eastport and Stage East was born. Soon after, EAC incorporated as a non-profit arts organization, welcoming Eastport Strings Youth Orchestra, and Northern Lights Film Society. EAC’s family continues growing in the 21st century, welcoming constituents Passamaquoddy Bay Symphony Orchestra in 2007 and Quoddy Voices community choir in 2014. Eastport Gallery continues to maintain a storefront in Eastport’s business/historical district.
EAC transitioned through various “homes” before purchasing a 19th century church in downtown Eastport in 2004. Through diverse funding and community effort the 17,000+ sq ft building painstakingly has been transformed into a 106 seat theater/concert hall, lobbies, green room, large community center/gallery with commercial kitchen, teaching areas, and offices and workspaces. Energy efficiency improvements assure that EAC’s spaces are warm and welcoming year round.
For more than a thousand hours each year, the building vibrates with creative energies generated in rehearsals, performances, workshops, dance and yoga classes, art exhibitions, film screenings, and open mics. Community inspired events, social gatherings, and communal meals ensure that all members of our audience communities feel welcomed to experience enrichment, education, entertainment and opportunities for self-expression.