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Maine Arts Awards

October 30, 2018

First ever presented

One of the highlights of the Maine International Conference on the Arts held in September at USM was the presentation of the Maine Arts Awards by Arts EngageME. This is the first time these awards have been presented in Maine. Arts EngageME is an advocacy and support organization for the Maine Arts Commission. It is modeled on the support organizations for many of Maine’s other state cultural agencies, with a directive to increase the Commission’s capacity to advocate and to hold an endowment in support of Maine’s cultural sector.

Emily Isaacson | Artist of the Year presented her award with Severin Beliveau, Larry Rubenstein, and Julie Richard


  • Emily Isaacson – Artist of the Year
  • 240 Strings – Arts Education Association
  • Rangeley Friends of the Arts – Rural Arts
  • Schoodic Arts for All – Community Organization
  • Alan & Lorna Crichton – Philanthropy
  • Bill Raiten – Lifetime Achievement


These videos were created by Maine Arts Commission Marketing & Communications Director, Ryan Leighton and they are MARVELOUS!

Bill Raiten with Ryan Leighton








Maine Arts Awards

February 23, 2018

First time presented

The Maine Arts Commission and ArtsEngageME are pleased to be partnering on the Maine Arts Awards – a brand new program to recognize and celebrate the arts in our communities.

The first Maine Arts Awards ceremony will take place during the Maine International Conference on the Arts on September 28, 2018. Each awardee in seven categories will be given a work of art commissioned especially for the Maine Arts Awards.

Any Maine citizen, organization, business, school, or community may be a Maine Arts Awards nominee. Accomplishments of a nominee should reflect substantial contributions made in Maine that exemplify a long-term commitment to the arts.

  • Any Maine citizen that meets the eligibility requirements can make a nomination to the Maine Arts Awards.
  • Any Maine citizen, organization, business, school, or community that meets the eligibility requirements may be nominated for a Maine Arts Award.

The Maine Arts Awards will be an annual event recognizing the deep commitment and dedication that individuals and organizations have contributed to the advancement and strengthening of the arts in Maine.

A selection committee consisting of arts funders and state leaders will make the selections from among the nominations received.

The goal of the Arts Commission and ArtsEngageME is to raise awareness of the arts and the contributions of our sector through this program.  Please join us in celebrating those who have made a difference in your community or region through the arts, and make a nomination today!

Categories for nominations include

  • Lifetime Achievement in the Arts
  • Business
  • Arts Education
  • Community
  • Artist
  • Rural Organization
  • Philanthropist

For more information and to download the guidelines and nomination form please CLICK HERE.

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