Arts and Culture

Arts and culture

Cartoonist Whose Summers In Maine Inspired ‘SpongeBob’ Dies At 57

Nov 28, 2018
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Stephen Hillenburg, the animator whose childhood summers on a Maine island later inspired him to create “SpongeBob Squarepants,” died Monday in California at the age of 57, according to Nickelodeon, the network that runs the show.

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The Maine College of Art will get a large donation - $3 million - which will be used to bolster financial aid packages for students.

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“I crashed at friends’ houses for a while. It was a job to find a place to sleep. I slept under bridges, slept in my car when I was, really, whatever I could come up with that day. I’d wake up and my goal would be to find a place to sleep the next day... It made me feel weak, like I wasn’t as good as everyone else because I couldn’t figure it out, I couldn’t figure out how to not be homeless.”


The estate of artist Robert Indiana, creator of the iconic LOVE series, has auctioned off two paintings that belonged to him to raise money to defend against a lawsuit and to stabilize his deteriorating home.

The National Park Service Might Demolish A Calais House On The Historic Register

Nov 8, 2018
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Maine historic preservationists and the National Park Service are at odds over what to do with a 135-year-old house adjacent to the St. Croix Island International Historic Site in Calais.

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The documentary “Dawnland” tells the story of Native American children who for the better part of the 20th century had been taken from their families and placed in foster care with white families. Many experienced abuse and were stripped of their cultural identity.

The documentary "Dawnland" is about cultural survival and stolen children. It offers an inside look at the first truth and reconciliation commission for Native Americans, which took place in Maine.

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An iconic scene from “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” features a treasure hunter trying to get his hands on a sacred cross.

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This year marks the 25th anniversary of Maine author Lois Lowry's young adult novel, The Giver. It has won the Newberry Medal, been made into a movie, selected as one of the 100-most popular books in The Great American Read and is taught in numerous middle school and high school classrooms.

Maine Actress To Make Debut This Week As TV’s First Transgender Superhero

Oct 9, 2018
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Orono native Nicole Maines made history with her family in 2014, when they won a lawsuit against the Orono school district, winning the right for transgender students in the state of Maine to use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity.

ROCKLAND, Maine — Pop artist Robert Indiana died in a house with a hole in the roof and pigeons living inside. The front windows are now boarded up. Buckets collect water. Clapboards are peeling.

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Detroit will celebrate the life of Aretha Franklin on Friday, August 31st at 10 a.m. EST. Over two dozen people -- including heads of state, a record mogul, and music legends of nearly every description -- will take the stage of the Greater Grace Temple to speak, sing and pray in honor of the gift that Franklin so readily shared with the world.

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CAMDEN, Maine - More than a dozen windjammers are headed to Camden Harbor.  The 25th annual Camden Windjammer Festival kicks off Friday with the arrival of more than a dozen windjammers and an evening capped by fireworks on the waterfront.

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BRUNSWICK, Maine — The founder of the Dead Poets Society of America got what he wanted Monday: His remains were laid to rest under a special tombstone he commissioned before suffering a fatal heart attack.

BANGOR, Maine - The three-day National Folk Festival is about to get underway in Bangor.  The event kicks off Friday evening with a New Orleans-style parade featuring Tuba Skinny, followed by Quebec folk music, salsa and samba bands, and bluegrass and honky tonk music.