Wiscasset Creative Alliance wins ME Arts Commission grants
WISCASSET – The Maine Arts Commission has awarded two grants to Wiscasset Creative Alliance to support community development activities in and around Wiscasset Village. The Alliance is an ‘umbrella’ nonprofit that serves as the base for Wiscasset Art Walk, Wiscasset’s Museum in the Streets, Wiscasset Marketfest and Friends of Wiscasset Village, providing the benefits of nonprofit status to this collection of local community initiatives. .
Alliance grant for “SIDEWALK REDUX: Wiscasset Village” funds collaborative community celebration, canceled in 2020 and postponed to 2021, marking renewed community spirit after a disruptive multi-year MDOT construction project and a year of COVID-19 sequestration . The $ 4,800 grant supports the music, performances and hands-on art of Wiscasset Art Walk during the 2021 season, the music of Friends of Wiscasset Village during Schoonerfest in August and the Maine Art Gallery outdoor event in July.
According to Will Truesdell, Chairman of the Alliance Board, “This grant from the Maine Arts Commission not only provides the necessary funds for our community programming, but it also validates the goals and values of the Wiscasset Creative Alliance. We intentionally seek opportunities to collaborate with other organizations to strengthen our community and make it even more welcoming to all.
When reviewing grant applications by the Maine Arts Commission, the review committee commented on the “great community building” aspects of the Alliance proposal and found that “SIDEWALK REDUX: Wiscasset Village Unified a community vision. The panel found the skillful weaving of community needs “inspiring” and completed the project using art as a community healing tool.
The Maine Arts Commission, in partnership with the Maine Humanities Council, also awarded $ 1,000 to Wiscasset’s Museum in the Streets to support the printing of the self-guided tour brochure that helps visitors enjoy the historic information panels and photos located throughout the village area.
According to Ed Kavanagh, a member of the WMITS planning team, “We are delighted to have recently received a grant from the Maine Arts Commission and the Maine Humanities Council. We immediately ordered new brochures, which the grant enabled us to do. He added, “Museum in the Streets intends to add three new signs to our city tour. This recent grant award brings the objective closer to its achievement! “
In the fall, the grant will also fund an architectural historian who will guide the public on a walking tour of Wiscasset’s Main Street – known for its beautiful collection of federal period houses – illuminating the architectural details that are classic features of the time as well as unique details that give each structure its own character. The date of the free tour will be announced in the Alliance’s online calendar and in local media.
The Maine Arts Commission is an independent public body supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.