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Morley joins Maine Media Workshops + College

Feb 26, 2021
Amy Morley

Rockport — Amy Morley has been hired to lead the Office of Advancement at Maine Media Workshops + College. She is a philanthropy professional and artist/writer originally from the Chicago area who grew up on Mount Desert Island.

Morley earned her BA from Hampshire College where she studied visual arts with a concentration in photography. She interned with animator Emily Hubley before landing a job in publicity at Cartoon Network. After living in NYC and Atlanta, she moved back to Maine in 2006 and has been dedicated to the non-profit sector, working in philanthropy, operations and educational programming in support of the arts, biomedical research, social justice and economic development. Most recently, she served as a development data specialist with the MDI Biological Laboratory helping to shape giving and communication strategies and coordinate fundraising operations.

Morley is also a playwright and actor. She studied playwriting for two years with John Cariani at Opera House Arts and her short plays have been performed in small theaters in Maine and Seattle. She is a graduate of Leadership Hancock County and has volunteered as an elected official with the Lamoine Conservation Commission, with the Camden International Film Festival and as a vice president and development committee chair for The Grand theater in Ellsworth, where she was instrumental in governance and development efforts.

“I have loved Maine Media from afar for more than a decade. As a storyteller with a passion for film, photography and writing, but also as someone informed by work experience in higher education, I believe what Maine Media offers in programming and its educational model is astoundingly creative, unique and relevant," Morley said. "My heart is in creative pursuits, whether art or science, but also philanthropy because where we decide to allocate our charitable, discretionary funds is more than a poignant expression of what we wish to see nurtured in the world. It creates that world.“

Founded in 1973 as a summer school for photographers, Maine Media Workshops + College is today a not-for-profit degree granting institution offering more than 400 workshops on campus or online, certificate programs and master classes in the fields of photography, film, media art, printmaking, creative writing and book arts, and serves nearly 2,000 national and international students annually on a 20-acre campus in Rockport.

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