AUGUSTA — Arts + Culture Day will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, April 22, in the Maine State House Hall of Flags of the Maine State House, 210 State St., to celebrate Maine’s cultural sector and to help increase awareness for the arts in Maine, according to a news release from the Maine Arts Commission.

Bangor Symphony Orchestra String Trio will perform at Arts + Culture Day under the direction of Brian Hinrichs. Photo courtesy of Jeff Karlin

“We are extremely excited to connect the arts and culture sector of our state with policy makers in Augusta,” said Julie Richard, executive director of the Maine Arts Commission, according to the release. “It is so important that our elected officials hear the impactful stories of our artists, arts organizations and arts educators from them directly. The arts are such an important economic driver in our state and this work changes lives. We want this day to be a celebration of the sector.”

The morning opens with an assembly of artists and arts organizations gathering around informational tables. Food and beverages will be provided.

Stuart Kestenbaum Photo courtesy of the Maine Arts Commission

Opening remarks and presentations will commence at 10 a.m. The program will include performances by the Pineland Fiddlers, musicians from the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, readings by Maine Poet Laureate Stuart Kestenbaum, plus more. Speaker will include state legislators, policy makers, students and others.

Arts + Culture Day is an opportunity for the public to strengthen relationships between arts leaders and public officials and to discuss policy improvements to Maine’s cultural landscape.

“We are happy to be partnering in this event,” said Larry Rubinstein, Board President of ArtsEngageME, according to the release. “Maine is an incredibly creative source of the arts in our nation with great additions in every area of creativity to the American scene. We look forward to presenting the arts to our state’s policy leaders.”

In addition to the day’s festivities, staff members from New England Foundation for the Arts will conduct a professional development workshop at 12:30 p.m. in the Maine State Library, immediately following the Arts + Culture Day festivities.

NEFA staff will present a live demonstration of its online directory CreativeGround, highlighting its value as a promotional tool, search/exploration engine, and tie-ins with its grants programs. Attendees are walked through the front and back end of the directory and given tips for ways to make their profile stand out. The CreativeGround workshop is free, but tickets are limited to 20 attendees. Register at eventbrite.com for the CreativeGround workshop.

The event is presented in partnership with ArtsEngageME, the advocacy and support organization for the Maine Arts Commission. Arts + Culture Day will consist of two primary offerings; an area for arts organizations to provide informational tables and an area for presentations and performances, accroding to the release.

To learn more about ArtsEngageME, the Maine Arts Commission, and the agency’s Cultural Plan, events, news and programming, visit MaineArts.com or call 287-2724.


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