Advance registration for the Maine Arts Commission’s second Maine International Conference on the Arts will close Friday, Sept. 30, after which registration will be available only at the door, at an increased price. The dynamic, activity-filled conference, focused on the intersections of creativity, industry, art and innovation, will take place Thursday and Friday, Oct. 6 and 7, in Lewiston/Auburn.

The Maine International Conference on the Arts is for artists, arts organizations, arts educators, community developers, policymakers — and the artist in us all. The conference is designed to provide networking, inspiration and learning for Maine artists and communities. It is made possible by a statewide collaboration of Maine arts organizations, as well as MAC’s special international partnership with New Brunswick, Canada.

Leading the inspiration will be MICA keynote speakers Crystal Williams and Sherry Wagner-Henry. Poet, essayist and Bates College Vice President for the Office of Diversity, Williams will open the conference Thursday night with a talk titled Practical Approaches to Creating Impact: Getting to Cultural Equity, a conversation that will thread its way throughout the proceedings. Wagner-Henry, director of the Bolz Center for Arts Administration at the University of Wisconsin, will inspire the Friday lunchtime crowd with her keynote speech title Stop Asking for Permission! Leading from a Place of Making

Matt Lehrman, of Audiences Everywhere, and Crista Cloutier, The Working Artist, will bring their nationally renowned sessions to Maine for the conference. Add in an Idea Lab featuring five Maine artists; a dozen pop-up performances by a full range of Maine performers; 20 breakout sessions; local food and drink picks; local evening entertainment designed specifically for conference attendees and a first-ever Maine Craft Apprenticeships Exhibition and the result should be an action-packed and art-filled 30 hours in Maine’s second largest urban area.

Advance registration offers a 15 percent discount. To see further presenter, workshop and schedule details and to register for the Maine International Conference on the Arts, visit

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or