This week, the Maine Arts Commission has launched its 2017 Arts Iditarod, a long (and undoubtedly snowy) information and listening tour from York to Winter Harbor to Presque Isle. 

Seven regional meetings, free and open to the public are being hosted through February 21, 2017.

Julie Richard, the Commission’s Executive Director, says each gathering will include five different sessions designed to engage artists, arts organizations, educators, policy makers, and community developers in advancing the arts in Maine and Maine communities through the arts. Refreshments will be served.

The launch of the tour in Portland January 17th coincided with the opening of the Commission’s fiscal year 2018 grant applications and guidelines in its online Grants Management System.

Richard says registration is suggested in case weather necessitates schedule changes.

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Session topics include:

Follow the Money: Best practices, tips, and tricks for accessing the Maine Arts Commission’s current grants programs.

Data: the Other Half of Your Story: Data collection made fun and interesting! Learn how to capture and incorporate data in your storytelling to strengthen your arts marketing and advocacy.

Creativity Connects: a dialogue around the ways artistic creativity benefits other fields such as business, STEM education and research, the environment, and tourism; as well as one which investigates important models of artists’ practice, locating opportunities for impact and understanding how the current ecosystem of support needs to change to reflect changing practices. Creativity Connects, launched by the National Endowment for the Arts in 2015, is a multipronged effort to show how arts-based creativity intersects with and enriches other facets of life in the U.S.

Cultural Equity for Maine: How do we ensure full participation in the arts for all Mainers? How can we employ the arts to promote full participation as citizens in Maine’s cultural and civic communities? What do we need to do to ensure a place at the table for all in terms of sharing funding streams and framing the future of the arts?

Arts Education Census: The Commission’s 2016 Arts Education Census achieved 95% participation from the state’s public schools; learn about the results and possible actions arising from the data.

The Commission’s five-year cultural strategic plan, adopted in 2015, and information regarding programs and Iditarod location and agenda details are available at the Maine Arts website. Follow the Commission on Twitter and Facebook.


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