AUGUSTA, Maine, Feb. 18 -- The Maine Arts Commission issued the following news release:
The Maine Arts Commission and Maine Community Foundation are pleased to announce partner grants to the Beehive Design Collective in Machias, Maine for Creative Economy efforts in the Machias region of Downeast Maine.
The Maine Arts Commission has made a $75,000 grant over a three-year period through its Creative Communities = Economic Development (CCED) grant. The CCED grant encourages cultural, economic and governmental sectors to work together to effect community development through the arts. The CCED review committee that recommended the award recognized "a strong applicant that has been a driver in the area for a long time". They were, "impressed with the progression and renewed vitality in Machias", and cited that the "timing is right for the branding of the Machias area and building energy in a new way".
In addition, the Maine Community Foundation committed $25,000 from their Belvedere Fund for Downeast with the goal of bolstering the work begun with the CCED funds. Maine Arts Commission Executive Director, Julie Richard noted that "the Commission's partnership with the Maine Community Foundation goes back several years. The Maine Arts Commission is especially pleased to be able to increase support to the Beehive Collective and the fine work they are doing on behalf of the community. The additional funds from the Maine Community Foundation will enable the Beehive Collective to make their community development plan a reality, that much faster."
The Beehive Design Collective is a wildly motivated, all-volunteer, activist arts collective dedicated to "cross-pollinating the grassroots" by creating collaborative, anti-copyright images for use as educational and organizing tools. They work as word-toimage translators of complex global stories, shared with the world through conversations with affected communities.
The Maine Arts Commission shall encourage and stimulate public interest and participation in the cultural heritage and cultural programs of our state; shall expand the state's cultural resources; and shall encourage and assist freedom of artistic expression for the well being of the arts, to meet the needs and aspirations of persons in all parts of the state.
For more information, contact the Maine Arts Commission at 207/287-2724.
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