Arts and Culture

Arts and culture

The National Endowment for the Humanities will help renovate a historic library in southern Maine that dates to the 19th century.

Mical Hutson

When "Almost, Maine" opened in Portland in 2004, the play was well-received and would go on to receive mixed reviews in New York a few years later. Today, it's one of the most frequently produced plays in the United States, particularly in high school and community theaters. “Almost, Maine” playwright John Cariani, who grew up in Presque Isle, joins the cast of the latest production at Portland Stage Company in celebration of Maine's bicentennial.

'Your Songs Will Live On. You Will Be Missed.' Rick Charette Leaves The Stage

Dec 27, 2019
John McLaughlin / Bangor Daily News

Beloved Maine children’s singer Rick Charette and his Bubblegum Band played their 29th annual holiday concert at St. Joseph’s College earlier this month. It was a sold-out show, standing room only. As always, the price of admission was a new, unwrapped toy for a child in need.

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Two-hundred years ago tomorrow, a hurdle arose on Maine's path to statehood. It had a name: Alabama.

American Folk Festival Ends After 18 Years On Bangor Waterfront

Nov 27, 2019
Linda Coan O'Kresik / Bangor Daily News

The American Folk Festival said Tuesday that the 2019 edition of the 18-year-old festival was its last, and that the organization would dissolve at the end of the year.

Image courtesy of the artists, Dave Clough, and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art

Two Maine artists have been tasked with using up to $1 million to create their first permanent public artwork.

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At the age of 92, Jacqueline Moore of Portland has published a book of poetry called “Chasing the Grass.” In it, she explores themes about the natural world’s beauty and vulnerability, especially against the backdrop of human disruption.

via Aaron Robinson

Maine composer Aaron Robinson says he was 16 or 17 when started playing the piano and taught himself the "Maple Leaf Rag."

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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.”