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Four Maine arts groups receive $329000 in federal funding

The Portland Museum of Art is one of four Maine organizations to benefit from a round of federal grants announced Thursday and will use.Its the first time the museum has received NEH funding for an exhibition, said Graeme Kennedy, the museums director of communications.
Weve received NEH money for special projects in the past, but never for an exhibition. Were pretty excited, he said.An early sign for Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, part of an exhibition at the Portland Museum of Art opening in May supported by a federal grant. Photo by Ross Lowell/Courtesy of Haystack Mountain School of CraftsU.S. Rep.
Chellie Pingree, D-1st District, announced the funding Thursday morning. The Maine Humanities Council will receive $98,779 to support programming for war veterans, and the Maine State Museum will receive a $95,000 matching grant to help raise additional capital for a planned education center.Saint Josephs College in Standish gets $34,995 to support academic programming.These competitive grant awards speak to the quality of these organizations and Maines remarkable leadership in the arts and humanities, Pingree said in a news release.
The grants are part of the NEHs annual funding cycle. The Trump administration has proposed eliminating money for the NEH and National Endowment for the Arts in its budget proposals, Pingree noted.The Maine grants were among 233 humanities projects that received federal funding on Thursday.Thursdays announcement means Maine arts groups have received more than $500,000 in federal money since February, when the National Endowment for the Arts announced $205,000 in grants to 11 Maine arts groups.

The largest grant in that batch was $40,000 for the Bates Dance Festival in Lewiston.In addition, this week in Lewiston, the newly formed LA Public Art Working Group met for the first time since receiving a $75,000 Maine Arts Commission Creative Communities = Economic Development grant for the implementation of a regional cultural plan.Community leaders hope the money will help improve the image of Lewiston and Auburn with public art projects.The Portland Museum of Art opens its Haystack exhibition May 24.In the Vanguard will explore the Deer Isle schools early years and its influence on 20th-century crafts in America. It is organized by PMA curator Diana Greenwold and Rachael Arauz, an art historian and independent curator.The exhibition will include craft objects in a variety of material as well as correspondence, articles, posters, brochures and other items from the schools archives

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Four Maine arts groups receive $328000 in federal money

The Portland Museum of Art will receive $100,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support its upcoming exhibition about Haystack .Its the first time the museum has received NEH funding for an exhibition, said Graeme Kennedy, the museums director of communications.
Weve received NEH money for special projects in the past, but never for an exhibition. Were pretty excited, he said.An early sign for Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, part of an exhibition at the Portland Museum of Art opening in May supported by a federal grant. Photo by Ross Lowell/Courtesy of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts U.S. Rep.Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, announced the funding Thursday morning. The Maine Humanities Council will receive $98,779 to support programming for war veterans, and the Maine State Museum will receive a $95,000 matching grant to help raise additional capital for a special project.St. Josephs College in Standish gets $34,995 to support academic programming.
These competitive grant awards speak to the quality of these organizations and Maines remarkable leadership in the arts and humanities, Pingree said in a press release.Thursdays announcement means Maine arts groups have received more than $500,000 in federal money since February, when the National Endowment for the Arts announced $205,000 in grants to 11 Maine arts groups.The largest grant in that batch was $40,000 for the Bates Dance Festival in Lewiston.In addition, this week in Lewiston, the newly formed LA Public Art Working Group met for the first time since receiving a $75,000 Maine Arts Commission Creative Communities = Economic Development grant for the implementation of a regional cultural plan.
Community leaders hope the money will help improve the image of Lewiston and Auburn with public art projects.The Portland Museum of Art opens its Haystack exhibition May 24.In the Vanguard will explore the Deer Isle schools early years and its influence on 20th-century craft in America. It is organized by PMA curator Diana Greenwold and Rachael Arauz, an art historian and independent curator.

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Meet the 2019 All-State girls basketball teams

This year's Alabama Sports Writers Association All-State girls basketball teams feature plenty of star power. Headlining the honorees are Pisgah's Annie Hughes, an Auburn signee and the Gatorade Alabama Player of the Year; Rutgers signee Joiya Maddox …

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Bo Bartlett receives South Arts State Fellowship award

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL)- Local artist and Columbus native, Bo Bartlett, received the 2019 South Arts State Fellowship award for Georgia. The South …
(WRBL)- Local artist and Columbus native, Bo Bartlett, received the 2019 South Arts State Fellowship award for Georgia.
The South Arts Southern Prize and State Fellowships celebrate and support the highest quality artistic work being created in the American South. Over 800 visual artists submitted their work this year for the fellowships.
Nine state fellows were selected for the award and will represent their state for the Southern Prize award. News 3 spoke with Bartlett about the award.
I feel sort of accountable to Georgia and responsible for being the representative from Georgia, said Bartlett. He also said that he was honored to receive the award and looked at it as an opportunity to celebrate all art.
The thing is about art is if you are competing in art then you dont really understand what art is all about, said Bartlett. Bartlett said that he gathered inspiration from living in Columbus and that many of his paintings are set in Midtown where he lived as a child.
He said there was a field not far from his home where he learned to appreciate time, nature and existence. Bartlett gives back to the community that helped inspire his art through several outreach programs with the homeless, those in the Muscogee County jail, and students in the Muscogee County School District.
Its about being in the community and not separating oneself, said Bartlett.He also said these programs are not so much about teaching others art as it is a chance for them to express themselves.
Bartlett encourages young artist who are trying to find their way through the creative process to trust their own instincts and intuition. As an artist you have to have many many many hours, years of believing in yourself when no one else is believing in you, said Bartlett.
Bartletts work will be on exhibit with the other eight State Fellows at the 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, South Carolina, from March 21 to May 5. The Southern Prize will be awarded to one of the finalists on April 15.
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