Maine Media Workshops will host two free community events for media artists Monday, July 18 and Wednesday, July 20 at Union Hall Theater, second floor of 2 Union St. in the village.

Back by popular demand July 18 at 4 p.m. is a screening of the film “What is a Portrait?” showing Arnold Newman at work photographing his protégé Gregory Heisler. Following the screening, panelists Michael Komanecky, chief curator at the Farnsworth Art Museum; and Emily Schiffer, 2010 winner of the Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture, will discuss the life and work of this master photographer and friend of the Workshops.

On July 20 at 4:30 p.m., Eleanor Whitney of the New York Foundation for the Arts will present information about the foundation’s program Artspire, which provides nationwide resources for artists in all disciplines at every stage in their careers. The presentation is geared to individual artists across disciplines and small/emerging arts organizations and will cover Artspire/NYFA’s fundraising and support programs.

Visual, performing, literary artists and filmmakers are all encouraged to attend. A Q&A session will follow the presentation. For more information about NYFA’s programs visit The Artspire website ( assists individual artists, artists’ collaborative projects and emerging arts organizations in all disciplines to apply for funding usually available only to organizations with 501(c)(3) nonprofit status.

For information on all free Maine Media community programs, visit; call 236-8581; or send email to

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to