Arts and Culture

Arts and culture

Robbie Feinberg / Maine Public

Nearly 130 years ago, an anthropologist visited Calais and recorded songs, words and stories from members of the Passamaquoddy tribe. For years, these field recordings, some of the oldest in the world, were largely hidden from public view.

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The Ogunquit Museum of American Art, established more than 60 years ago, has received a nearly $2 million Legacy Gift from arts philanthropist Ann Ramsay-Jenkins, a member of the Museum's Board of Directors who grew up in Portland.

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Maine is officially celebrating its bicentennial. Maine Public’s Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz spent some time with Herb Adams, a former state representative from Portland who is also known for being steeped in the state's history.  Adams sheds light on how the state came to be nearly 200 years ago, and the event's connection to the battle over slavery.

ROCKLAND, Maine - The Maine Lobster Festival is getting started in Rockland, where festival goers plan to eat hundreds of the state's beloved arthropods and crown a new sea goddess.

PORTLAND, Maine - A Boston book store owner who's served as a frequent guest appraiser on PBS' "Antiques Roadshow" is in Maine to talk about old and rare books.

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Over the winter, Maine Public’s Ed Morin has been watching a building go up across the way from our Portland studios. It turns out that the building is the new home of Indigo Arts Alliance, a new arts non-profit that aims to improve the visibility of Maine's artists of color, while connecting them with a national arts community. Ed headed over to the brand new and booming space to speak with founders Marcia and Daniel Minter about how conversations with friends over decades led to this project.

Maine Arts Commission

The Lewiston City Council has named a high school senior the city’s first “Youth Poet Laureate.”

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A 164-Year-Old Bangor Church Will Hold Its Last Service On June 30

May 7, 2019
Linda Coan O'Kresik / Bangor Daily News

Grace United Methodist Church in Bangor will hold its last worship service on June 30 and close its doors after serving the community near Union and Thirds streets for more than 160 years.

Willis Ryder Arnold / Maine Public

Erin French's famed restaurant, The Lost Kitchen, in Freedom, will open for the new season in a matter of days.  Since opening in 2014 the 40-seat restaurant at the site of an old mill has become so popular that French conducts a mail-in lottery for reservations. This year's is already over. She received 20,000 post cards.  Only 1,000 will be chosen.  French came by Maine Public's Portland studios recently for a chat with Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz.


Melissa Sweet grew up in New Jersey, but when she first came to Maine in the 1970s, she fell in love.

Mainers In Paris 'Took Some Of The Last Photos That Exist' Of Notre Dame

Apr 16, 2019
Courtesy of Jasmine Ireland / via Bangor Daily News

Mainers who witnessed the enormous fire that engulfed the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris on Monday described the experience as harrowing and surreal.

Courtesy Adam Fisher

The new animated movie "Missing Link" opens nationally and in Maine today. It tells the tale of a big foot-like character trying to find missing relatives. The film features the voices of Hollywood stars like Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, and Zach Galifianakis. But one of the films animators, Adam Fisher, is originally from Maine and recently left the West Coast to teach animation at the Maine College of Art.  Fisher spoke with Morning Edition host Irwin Gratz about the film and his work.

PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's Roman Catholics are celebrating the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland.

UNITY, Maine - A Maine town is asking people to keep a grip on their balloons. Residents of Unity on Saturday approved an ordinance prohibiting the intentional release of 10 or more balloons within a 24-hour period.