Calling attention to the vibrant dance scene that exists here in Maine, Portland Dance Month kicks off on October 4th, showcasing a series of performances featuring different dance forms. We’ll learn about the growing collaborations among dance communities in Maine—from ballet to modern to folk—and ways for people to watch, learn and appreciate dance throughout the state.

Creating Gardiner Film Poster

Maine Public TV Air Times:
Thur., May 30 at 10:00 pm

This film explores a diverse array of creative talents celebrating the creative people and spaces in Gardiner, Maine. Interviews with members of the community and performances creative spaces are interspersed with features focusing on different artist in Gardiner to give the public a snapshot of the local creative community that is constantly evolving and expanding.

Creating Gardiner was produced by Lee Arnott of Sweet Thunder Productions.

The Common Ground Fair begins today, so what better time than now to look at the fiber arts in Maine? Maine has a rich community of people who work in fiber arts — from people who spin wool and knit to those who paint silk or create cloth sculptures. We'll learn more about the wide range of creations that fiber artists make, the practical uses, and the contributions of fiber artists to Maine's economy and brand.

How can the arts contribute to rural community development in Maine? Some of our state's smallest and most isolated towns have found that promoting arts and cultural opportunities have brought them new life. In advance of the Maine Arts Commission's conference on this subject, we explore the role of the arts in rural development.


Our panel discusses how the arts have a direct impact on Maine's economy – from jobs to tourism to the creative economy. We'll also learn about the new Maine Arts Awards.

Guests: Julie A. Richard, Executive Director, Maine Arts Commission


Saskia Reinholt, Reinholt Consulting LLC


Larry Rubinstein, president of ArtsEngageME

The Maine Arts Commission is hoping everyone will respond to a survey about the art in their lives and communities, in hopes of shaping the future.  How important are the arts to you?  And what are your hopes for Maine arts in the 21st century?

Guests:  Julie Richard, Executive Director, Maine Arts Commission

Kimberly Callas, Belfast Creative Coalition

Argy Nestor, Director of Arts Education, Maine Arts Commission

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  Why do people go to the theatre and how do the people behind the plays decide what to put on stage - and what not to.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by 

Wendy Poole, Executive Director at The Theater Project 

Chris Schario, Artistic Director, The Public Theatre 

The Intersection of Science, Music, and Creativity

Aug 15, 2013

  What are we learning about how music makes us more creative?

Host Suzanne Nance was joined by:

David Shaw, Black Point Group, Former Chair of The Jackson Laboratory

Dr. Charles Limb, Associate Professor - Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery Faculty, Peabody Conservatory of Music

Jennifer Torrance, Jackson Laboratory's Senior Manager of Multimedia Services


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Theater in Maine

Jul 9, 2013

  What are the must-see shows currently on-stage or those coming soon to a venue near you?

Host Jennifer Rooks was joined by: 

Dawn McAndrews, Producing Artistic Director, Theater at Monmouth

Anita Stewart, Executive and Artistic Director, Portland Stage

and Dierdre Fulton, writer and volunteer organizer for the PortFringe Festival

  Aaron Robinson, Maine composer, conductor, recording artist and author, has written a new book about the power of music.

Host Suzanne Nance was joined by:

Aaron Robinson, author of Does God Sing

[ Aaron Robinson - "Does God Sing - A Musical Journey" originally aired on Maine Calling January 22, 2013.]

Music in Maine

Apr 10, 2013

  Join a panel of music lovers and writers for a conversation about local bands, great venues and what makes the music scene in our state thrive.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by:

Lara Seaver – Host of ‘Music from 207’ and Private Stage (WCLZ and WPXT).

Spencer Albee – Portland Musician and Event Promoter (former member of AS FAST AS and Rustic Overtones).

Aimsel Ponti, Writer, Portland Press Herald (Focuses on the local music scene)

Chamber Music in Maine

Aug 7, 2012

  Maine has several Chamber Music Festivals and Concerts during the summer.  Hear what is going on in the Chamber Music World.

Host Suzanne Nance was joined by:

Wilhelmina "Mina" Smith - Artistic Director, Salt Bay Chamberfest

Manuel Bagorro, Artistic Director, Bay Chamber Concerts

and Jennifer (Jenny) Elowitch, Artistic Director, Portland Chamber Music Festival

Opera in Maine

Jul 17, 2012

  Suzanne Nance, and two opera experts joined in a discussion about this often misunderstood art form. Hear why opera is still relevant in today's modern world.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by :

Jack Riddle, Member of PORTopera Board of Directors

Dona Vaughn, Artistic Director, PORTopera

and Suzanne Nance, up-and-coming singer and host of MPBN Radio's Morning Classical Music with Suzanne Nance

Theatre in Maine

May 17, 2012

  The theater scene in Maine. We took a look at the challenges of putting on live productions in Maine and got a preview of some upcoming plays you won't want to miss.

Host Keith Shortall will be joined by :

Anita Stewart, Executive & Artistic Director, Portland Stage

Linda Nelson, Executive Director, Opera House Arts at the Stonington Opera House

Steven Peterson, Executive Director, Maine State Music Theatre and  

Bari Newport, Artistic Director, Penobscot Theatre Company

  Pulitzer Prize winning author Richard Russo and his daughter Kate discussed Richard's latest book Interventions, a novella collection with four long stories in a uniquely formatted book.

Host Keith Shortall was joined by Richard Russo and his artist daughter, Kate,who painted pictures to go along with the book.

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