The Eastport Arts Center (EAC) supports seven 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 official mission is: “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.”
In 1985, a small group of local artists opened the Eastport Gallery, a non-profit co-operative on Water Street, which offered occasional concerts and films. Stage East community theater group began in 1990, that same year, the non-profit umbrella organization the Eastport Arts Center (EAC) was formed. The Arts Center now includes seven constituent members.
In late 2004, Eastport Arts Center purchased the Washington Street Baptist Church, built in 1837. With two floors and almost 9,200 square feet, there is downstairs space perfect for performances, functions, exhibitions and meetings. In the accessible upstairs, an auditorium, equipped with 106 seats, provides a stage and professional lighting. The building provides a home where the constituent groups and community arts activities can thrive and grow. The Eastport Arts Center has become an environment rich with creativity, artists, and those who appreciate and support the arts.