The Kennebec Corridor Arts & Cultural Directory was the culmination of a cultural survey project in 2005-2006 funded by a Discovery Research grant from the Maine Arts Commission. I think you will be amazed at the wealth of talented individuals and groups living and working quietly in our midst. We focused our efforts on the Kennebec Corridor–Augusta, Hallowell, Farmingdale and Gardiner–four communities tied together by the Kennebec River, the Kennebec River Rail Trial and by many social and economic ties. Our hope is that people of the Kennebec Corridor, as well as people from surrounding communities will find this directory a useful resource in many ways:
To help artists network and collaborate on projects
To help schools and other organizations find artists interested in residencies, teaching classes or giving lectures or demonstrations.
To increase visibility for the many organizations and programs relating to arts and culture in the region.
Finally, we hope to educate the greater community to the variety of resources available to them. Have you seen a show at Johnson Hall? … visited Old Fort Western, an historic site of national significance right in downtown Augusta? … checked out one of the many free concerts during Jazz Week at UMA? … viewed an art exhibition at the Harlow Gallery? … gone to a Gardiner Artwalk? … seen a Shakespeare production at the Theater at Monmouth? … checked out the live music scene in downtown Hallowell? See the “Places to Go…” section in this directory to learn more about these and many other opportunities to experience the arts and cultural wealth of the Kennebec Corridor.
This directory has been over a year in the making, and a great many people contributed to its completion, not least all those creative individuals who filled out our survey and shared their ideas and suggestions. We did our best to encourage every creative individual and group we could find or think of to participate, but even so, we know there are quite a few that are not included in this book. Maybe next time… Thank you to everyone who did participate, I hope you will find it worthwhile and I hope it will lead to many new connections, collaborations and successful creative ventures.
~~Deborah I. Fahy, Project Coordinator