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Maine Arts Commission Partnership Grant Award 2019

Maine Arts Commission Announces Grants to Artists, Arts Organizations & Arts Educators
Among the local recipients are Harlow Gallery, Maine Craft Association and Christopher Cart

AUGUSTA, MAINE–The Maine Arts Commission recently reviewed 288 applications for competitive grant awards—a more than 30 percent increase over FY 2018—and is thrilled to announce 156 recipients for its fiscal 2019 year (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019). Commission members met recently and approved the process for grants to artists, nonprofit arts organizations, and arts educators throughout the state in the following categories: Project Grants for Artists in multiple disciplines; Project Grants for Organizations in multiple disciplines; Partnership Grants; Arts Learning Grants; Organizational Development Grants; and the Jane Morrison Film Fund Award.

“We strive to fund as many applications as we can, in an effort to reach as many artists, students and arts organizations,” said Executive Director Julie Richard. “For each of the last three years the Commission has been able to achieve this, expanding the number of applications funded and deepening our impact.”

While we provided increased funding overall, the largest increase, both in submissions and awards, is in Project Grants for Artists, where 58 grants have been awarded as compared to 32 the previous year. The additional competitive awards, as scored by panel reviews in a process approved by the Commission, include 44 Project Grants for Organizations; 20 Arts Learning Grants; 19 Partnership Grants across organizations in three different categories based on the size of their operating budgets; 14 Organization Development Grants; and a Jane Morrison Film Scholarship. Overall, $366,810 was distributed in this round with several programs remaining to be announced, reviewed and funded, including the Maine Artist Fellowships and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship programs. To view the list of the 2018-2019 grant recipients visit www.MaineArts.com

February 2019

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Our Hometown Supports the Arts

We are very grateful to Hallowell City Council members, Mayor Walker and City Manager Nate Rudy for all they do to support the arts in Hallowell, especially for renewing annual financial support of the Harlow Gallery for the 2018 fiscal year. The Harlow Gallery’s income comes from membership dues, donations from individuals, business sponsorships, grants, fundraisers and sales; and annual support from the city of Hallowell is an essential piece of the Harlow Gallery’s budget. Granting agencies look for broad-based community support of a non-profit, especially for financial support from its hometown (which directly benefits from a non-profits’ activities). 

We are an essential keystone to Hallowell’s vibrant cultural scene.  The Harlow Gallery draws artists and cultural tourists to the city of Hallowell year round.  In recent years over 7,000 visitors passed through our doors. These people don’t just visit the gallery; they come for the day! They eat in our restaurants, shop downtown and stay for the nightlife. 

The Harlow Gallery has been a factor shaping Hallowell’s unique sense of place for decades. The Kennebec Valley Art Association founding of the Harlow Gallery in 1963 was catalyst in Hallowell’s “urban” renewal, the Harlow’s presence downtown played a role in shaping our little city into the vibrant arts & cultural destination it is today. Four years after the founding of the Harlow Gallery an article in a 1967 edition of Maine (a publication of the Department of Economic Development) described the positive influence of the KVAA as follows: “… Interest in and appreciation of art in Maine has been increased … The City of Hallowell, itself, has perked up. Many attribute the sprucing up of the commercial district which has been going on during recent years to the example set by the Kennebec Valley Art Association.”

Come visit our hometown of Hallowell, Maine!

Town offices online: www.hallowell.govoffice.com

Hallowell Board of Trade: hallowell.org

Vintage postcard City Hall, Hallowell, ME

August 2018

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Kennebec Savings Bank – Patron of the Arts

Visit Kennebec Savings Bank online at www.kennebecsavings.bank

The board, staff and membership of the Harlow Gallery truly appreciate Kennebec Savings Bank’s long-standing commitment to supporting the arts and cultural resources of central Maine.  We thank them sincerely for renewing as a Patron of the Arts in 2019! Kennebec Savings Bank is a major sponsor of Young at Art, our 16th annual showcase of art by area students from central Maine elementary and middle schools, on view in March at the Harlow Gallery, AND Higher Forms of Art our 13th annual exhibition of work by area high school students, presented in partnership with the University of Maine at Augusta at the Danforth Gallery

 

February 2019

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Roxanne Quimby Foundation

ROBERT F. BUKATY/AP IMAGES

Programming at The Harlow in 2019 is supported by a generous grant from the Roxanne Quimby Foundation. 

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Eaton Peabody, 2019 Season Sponsor

Thank you Eaton Peabody for renewing as a season sponsor of the Harlow Gallery in 2019, and for supporting Young at Art, our 16th annual showcase of art by area students from central Maine elementary and middle schools, on view in March at the Harlow Gallery, AND Higher Forms of Art our 13th annual exhibition of work by area high school students, presented also in March in partnership with the University of Maine at Augusta at the Danforth Gallery

Eaton Peabody is a Maine-based law firm with more than 50 attorneys serving New England and Atlantic Canada from offices in Augusta, Bangor, Brunswick, Ellsworth and Portland. The firm offers sophisticated legal expertise that emphasizes responsive client service.

Visit Eaton Peabody online at www.eatonpeabody.com

February 2019

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Scrummy Afters Candy Shoppe, Season Sponsor

“Scrum·my” = British slang for scrumptious, “Aft·ers” = Dessert; sweets.

No visit to Hallowell is complete without a visit to Scrummy Afters Candy Shoppe, a sweet escape from reality where candy is second to experience. It is our goal at Scrummy Afters to stimulate the senses and spark imagination for adults and kids alike.

Visit them in person at 136 Water Street in Hallowell, and online at scrummyafters.com!

The owners of Scrummy Afters, Hilary and Kim, are big believers in community – they support our city of Hallowell by sharing great ideas for building community, volunteerism and sponsorships. The board and staff of the Harlow Gallery are grateful for their generous support and patronage of the arts!

Hilary at scrummy afters
Hilary Davis behind the counter in the Scrummy Afters Novelty Candy Shoppe. Photo 2012 by Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal

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February 2019

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Dead River Company, sponsor of Young at Art


On behalf of all the students, teachers and schools participating this year, our sincere thanks to Dead River Company for supporting our 16th year of Young at Art K-8 at The Harlow.


 

Young At Art 2015

Trusted, responsive, and always reliable.

This is the reputation that Dead River Company has earned over decades. Our company, founded in 1909, is still family-owned. In 1936, the purchase of a small petroleum bulk storage plant, four gasoline stations and an Esso franchise marked Dead River Company’s entrance into the petroleum business. Since that time, we have steadily grown into one of the largest home heating service providers in Northern New England.

While our size ensures you will always have the fuel you need, it’s how we deliver our products and services that matters most.

Our promise is to deliver an exceptional level of customer service. That means consideration for your time and schedule, paying attention to the details that matter to you, and doing our jobs with the greatest skill and expertise.

We also believe in being local, so we can respond quickly and dependably. Whenever you call upon us, we will be ready. This is how we deliver on a promise.

Our Commitment to Community

Dead River Company has offices in towns and cities across New England, including right here in Hallowell. We believe it’s both a privilege and responsibility to be an active member of the communities we serve. It’s why we support hundreds of causes and continue to help local organizations like the Harlow Gallery enhance the quality of life for our neighbors.

Visit Dead River Company online at www.deadriver.com

 

 

February 2019

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Capitol Dental Care, Season Sponsor

 Dr. Randall P. Cutri, Dr. Frederick J. Elsaesser of Capitol Dental Care

Capitol Dental Care has been a Harlow Gallery season sponsor since 2014. We are very thankful for their ongoing support, and for all they do to support the arts and art education in central Maine, such as their artist of the month program and their annual poster design contest for area elementary school students.

In 2019 Capitol Dental Care is a sponsor of the 16th year of Young at Art at the Harlow Gallery AND Higher Forms of Art our 13th annual exhibition of work by area high school students, presented in partnership with the University of Maine at Augusta at the Danforth Gallery

Young at Art 2014

Capitol Dental Care, located at 278 State Street in Augusta, provides comprehensive and compassionate dental services to people living in and around Kennebec County. From check-ups to advanced procedures, they can help you meet your preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dental needs.

Dr. Randall P. Cutri, Dr. Frederick J. Elsaesser, and the rest of the Capitol Dental Care team strive to keep you smiling. Using the latest technology, they will provide virtually pain-free, gentle care to patients of all ages.

Please email info@capitoldentalme.com or call 207-622-9215 for an appointment.

The board, staff and membership of the Harlow Gallery is grateful for Capitol Dental Care’s generous underwriting of programming at the gallery as Season Sponsor since 2014!

Click here to visit Capitol Dental Care online.

February 2019

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Camden National Bank, Season Sponsor

Our hometown branch of Camden National Bank, located at 14 Winthrop Street in Hallowell is a season sponsor in 2019! Please stop in and thank them for supporting arts programming at the Harlow Gallery to benefit the central Maine community.

 

Sponsored by Camden National Bank


 

February 2019

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The Walters Family, $1,000 Season Sponsors

Thank you to the Walters family for sponsoring Dog Days at the Harlow this summer. 

Chris Walters with daughters Grace & Lydia
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Maine Community Foundation

The Kennebec Valley Art Association (KVAA) recently received a $4,000 grant from the Expansion Arts program of the Maine Community Foundation to sustain and develop an expanded art workshop program to educate and enrich the public while building organizational capacity.

“Our new Saturday morning workshop series launched last spring in our new larger space,” said Harlow executive director Deb Fahy, “We believe the arts are an important part of a well-rounded, vibrant community. The new workshop series offers everybody the opportunity to engage in creative expression and learn new skills to enrich their lives. You don’t have to be a professional artist to make art, and the act of creating art provides personal satisfaction, joy and a sense of purpose. Our workshop program also provides The Harlow with a reliable new income stream and help us support

About the Maine Community Foundation
With offices in Ellsworth and Portland, the Maine Community Foundation works with donors and other partners to improve the quality of life for all Maine people. To learn more about the foundation, visit www.mainecf.org.

November 2018

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Margaret Burnham Charitable Trust

The Kennebec Valley Art Association (KVAA) recently received a $2,000 from the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust  to sustain and develop an expanded art workshop program to educate and enrich the public.

“Our new Saturday morning workshop series launched last spring in our new larger space,” said Harlow executive director Deb Fahy, “We believe the arts are an important part of a well-rounded, vibrant community. The new workshop series offers everybody the opportunity to engage in creative expression and learn new skills to enrich their lives. You don’t have to be a professional artist to make art, and the act of creating art provides personal satisfaction, joy and a sense of purpose. Our workshop program also provides The Harlow with a reliable new income stream and help us support area teaching artists.”

About the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust
Margaret E. Burnham was a lifelong resident of Falmouth, Maine. Her legacy and dedication to her community live on today through the Trust which was established at her death in 1994. The trust funds five areas of interest: Social Services, Arts and Culture, Medical, Educational and Environment. For more information visit http://www.margaretburnham.org/.

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“Enjoy the Hue” sponsored by Rosemary & Ish

A thousand thank yous to Rosemary & Ish for helping the Harlow connect & celebrate art, artists and community by supporting Hallowell’s own Bruce Mayo’s solo show in August.

July 2018

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The Jennings Family, $1,000 Season Sponsors

A gift from the Jennings family, Doug, Melinda, D.J. & Amy, in support of Dog Days in July and Bruce Mayo’s Solo Show in August.

Jennings-Family

May 2017

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Sponsors wanted!

To Central Maine Business Owners and Citizens Who Appreciate the Arts,

I invite you to become a partner in the arts by sponsoring an exhibition or program at the Harlow Gallery. The gallery is an integral part of the cultural life of central Maine, and has been a positive economic agent ever since the Kennebec Valley Art Association founded the gallery in downtown Hallowell in 1963.  The Harlow’s founding acted as a catalyst sparking Hallowell’s “urban” renewal, and played a key role in shaping the city into the vibrant arts & cultural destination it is today. Four years after the founding of the Harlow Gallery an article in a 1967 edition of Maine (a publication of the Department of Economic Development) described the positive influence of the KVAA as follows: “… Interest in and appreciation of art in Maine has been increased … The City of Hallowell, itself, has perked up. Many attribute the sprucing up of the commercial district which has been going on during recent years to the example set by the Kennebec Valley Art Association.”  

This influence continues today – the Harlow is part of Hallowell’s recipe for success and our influence as a cultural destination benefits the greater Augusta community as well. The Harlow Gallery draws artists and cultural tourists to the area year round – in recent years 6,500 to 7,500 visitors passed through our doors annually.  These people don’t just visit the gallery; they come for the day, to explore, shop, eat out and do other business throughout the region.  

Our sponsorship program provides businesses with valuable benefits and we try hard to make sponsoring programming at the Harlow a win-win partnership. Click to view our 2017 Sponsor Perk ChartWe are always open to new creative ways to partner with area businesses. The Harlow Gallery is owned and operate by the KVAA, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization so sponsorships are fully tax deductible in accordance with current tax law.

Don’t hesitate to contact me or one of our board members with questions or ideas, I would be happy to discuss options by phone, via email or in person.

Sincerely,
Deborah Fahy
Executive Director

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