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.