The Portland-based Quimby Family Foundation recently awarded a grant of $12,996, to the Kennebec Valley Art Association in support of programming at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell. The grant was part of $1.3 million awarded to 70 Maine nonprofit organizations that focus on conservation, education, sustainable agriculture, and the visual and performing arts. The grants were given out at a celebratory reception at the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport at the end of August.
The Kennebec Valley Art Association is a membership-based non-profit art association, promoting the arts and artists at all levels in central Maine. The art association has owned and operated the Harlow Gallery at 160 Water Street in downtown Hallowell since 1963. The funds will support operating costs relating to education committee initiatives supporting area art teachers K-12 and their students; the Harlow Gallery internship program for college students in the arts; long term programmatic planning in the area of exhibitions; development of the KVAA’s new community membership program and advanced staff training in the use of donor database software.
Roxanne Quimby well-known Maine businesswoman, environmentalist, and philanthropist formed the Quimby Family Foundation in 2004. The next year, her twins, Hannah Quimby and Lucas St. Clair, joined the board of directors. Their mission is to advance wilderness values and to increase access to the arts in Maine.