The National Endowment for the Arts will award a total of $856,300 in grant funding to arts programs throughout Maine to encourage artistic creativity and foster innovation in Maine communities. The grants will support a wide range of programs that support public art, museums and performances.

These grants are part of a larger $82 million announcement from the NEA that will support arts projects nationwide — a total of 1,195 grants are being awarded in all 50 states. The NEA was established by Congress in 1965, and has since awarded more than $5 billion to organizations and individuals supporting the arts in their communities.

Grants will go to the Maine Arts Commission in Augusta; L.A. Public Theatre, Inc. in Lewiston; Portland Ovations, SPACE Gallery and The Telling Room in Portland; Terra Moto Inc. in South Portland; and the Vinalhaven-based Seal Bay Festival, which will receive $10,000 to support its annual summer festival and Institute of Contemporary American Music.

The goal of the Seal Bay Festival is to make American chamber music an exciting and vibrant experience for concert audiences, artists, composers, composition students and school children, serving both Maine’s year-round and summer populations while offering a unique exposure to contemporary music. The Seal Bay Festival Composer Institute offers a select group of college and conservatory level composers the opportunity to participate in a series of master classes with the distinguished guest faculty composers and to have their works performed by the Cassatt String Quartet.

The 15th Seal Bay Festival of American Chamber Music will run July 12 through 21 with concerts in Brunswick, Portland, Waterville, Yarmouth, Vinalhaven and Belfast. Participants in the 2017 Seal Bay Festival include composers Augusta Read Thomas, Victoria Bond, Delvyn Case, Laura Kaminsky, Vineet Shende and Daniel Strong Godfrey; the resident Cassatt String Quartet; and visual artist Rebecca Allan. For more information, visit