The Maine Arts Commission and its new nonprofit support and advocacy group, ArtsEngageME, will meet for a luncheon, The Arts & Prosperity in Maine, from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, in the Summit Room at Point Lookout in Northport, according to a news release from the Maine Arts Commission.

The event will feature guest speakers Randy Cohen, vice president for Research and Policy at Americans for the Arts, and Dee Schneidman from the New England Foundation for the Arts. The luncheon will celebrate the release of the first statewide economic impact data for Maine’s arts and cultural sectors and will provide participants with extraordinary models for how to leverage this data in advocating for the creative sector and arts projects as individuals, organizations, communities and regions.

“Few people weave together story and data better than Randy Cohen,” said Julie Richard, executive director of the state agency, according to the release. “His luncheon keynote will entertain us as well as provide a model for how we can most effectively use data to tell our important arts stories here in Maine.”

Cohen and Schneidman will present data from two recent studies: the national Arts and Economic Prosperity 5 study by Americans for the Arts, for which the Maine Arts Commission oversaw Maine’s first statewide participation; and NEFA’s The Jobs in New England’s Creative Economy and Why They Matter. Both were released in June 2017.

The luncheon cost per ticket is $30. Those interested in attending can register

For more information, call the commission at 287-2726.

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