The Maine Arts Commission reviewed more than 200 applications for competitive grant awards and has announced the more than 100 recipients for 2017-18, including a number on the Midcoast. MAC was able to fund 10 percent more applications than in the previous year; and the number of applications received for the Commission's flagship program, the Partnership Grants, increased by 20 percent.

Competitive awards are given to artists, nonprofit arts organizations and arts educators throughout the state in the following categories: Creative Aging; Project Grants for Artists in multiple disciplines; Project Grants for Organizations; Partnership Grants; Arts Learning Grants; Organizational Development Grants; Creative Communities = Economic Development (CCED) Cultural Planning Grants; and the Jane Morrison Film Fund Award.

“We’re thrilled to support a greater percentages of our applicants' requests than in previous years, deepening our impact across the state," said MAC Executive Director Julie Richard.

The recipients passed a rigorous public panel review, with subsequent process approval by the Commission members in August. Projects are diverse in discipline and scope with grant amounts ranging from $800 to more than $10,000. Overall, $373,000 was distributed in this round, with several programs remaining to be adjudicated and funded including the Maine Artist Fellowships and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship programs.

To view the complete list of the 2017-2018 grant recipients, visit Following are the Midcoast awardees.

Arts Learning grants provide funding to support high-quality visual or performing arts education for PK-12 students and/or educators of this population. Awardees are Leonard Middle School, Winterport; Oceanside High School, Rockland; Partners in Island Education, Vinalhaven; Union Elementary School, Union; and Waterfall Arts, Belfast.

The Cultural Plan Grant is the required Phase I of the larger Creative Communities = Economic Development (CCED) Phase II Implementation Grant or an opportunity for an organization wishing to create an independent Cultural Plan. CCED is a major grant program that encourages cultural, economic and governmental sectors to work together to effect community cultural development that stimulates downtown development. An award was granted to Belfast Creative Coalition.

The Jane Morrison Memorial Film Fund supports educational opportunities for filmmakers. Funds from this program are designed to help filmmakers take advantage of opportunities that develop their skills and keep them current with film technology and standards. Funds can be applied towards enrichment opportunities at educational institutions, film workshops, seminars and festivals. Rockland filmmaker Daniel Quintanilla received this award.

The Partnership Grant program provides much-needed unrestricted operating funds to arts organizations and establishes a process for partnering with MAC to advance the role of the arts in strengthening communities and enhancing local economies. As part of this program, Maine Arts Commission Partners are required to provide impact numbers as they increase audience engagement throughout the state. A Tier 3 grant goes to Waterfall Arts in Belfast; and a Tier 1 grant goes to the William A. Farnsworth Library and Art Museum in Rockland.

The Project Grant for Artists supports creative projects throughout Maine, assisting artists with the creation of new work and the continuation of existing arts programs. Projects can be in any artistic discipline and on any scale. Recipients include Jay Christopher Pinchbeck of Hope; and Kim Bernard, Brian Reid and Sarah Szwajkos, all of Rockland.

The Project Grant for Organizations is designed to support creative projects throughout Maine. Grant funds assist arts organizations with the production of high-quality creative activities, the creation of new work and the continuation of successful arts programs. Projects can be in any artistic discipline and on any scale. Recipients include Everyman Repertory Theatre of Rockport; Maine Celtic Celebration of Belfast; and Points North Institute of Camden.