Let's Talk About Arts & Culture

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Friday, May 5, 2017 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm EDT
128 Main St, Biddeford, ME 04005
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Join fellow funders and nonprofits for a joint discussion of trends, bright spots, and challenges related to arts and culture in Maine.

Organizations all across Maine are engaged in arts and culture, through libraries and museums, arts education workshops, the promotion of indigenous art, reading groups, music or dance performances, historic preservation, and more.

At this time when funding for arts and culture feels particularly tenuous, join us for a shared conversation among funders and nonprofits. What are the trends? What concerns are those working this area grappling with? What opportunities exist to shape our work in Maine?

Hear from a group of funders interested in arts and culture about what is most on their mind these days and their current priorities. Next, break into small group discussion to dig deeper on a variety of topics.

Attendees will have a chance to choose discussion topics that best fit their work and interests.

The Engine gallery space where the program will be hosted.

The program will be hosted at Engine in downtown Biddeford.

About the Program

Like last year's successful "Let's Talk About Health" and "Let's Talk About Early Education" programs, "Let's Talk About Arts & Culture" will be focused on fostering dialogue between funders and nonprofit organizations. The program will open with a short welcome. Funders with an interest in arts and culture in Maine will briefly introduce themselves and their funding interest. Finally, attendees will break out into two rounds of small group discussion. Discussion topics are based on funder priorities and the interests of those in the room.

It is MPC's belief that fostering of dialogue among funders and nonprofit organizations helps make philanthropy more effective in Maine and can lead to better outcomes. 


  • $25 for MPC Members
  • $45 for nonmembers

Do you need an accommodation in order to fully participate in this program? Please contact Vrylena Olney at vrylena@mainephilanthropy.org or 207-780-5039 at least two weeks prior to the event to discuss your specific needs.

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