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January 8, 2018

Belfast Creative Coalition hires veteran community organizer as its director

Photo / Tony Chiodo.
Photo / Tony Chiodo.
Larraine Brown has been named the director of the Belfast Creative Coalition.

Belfast Creative Coalition, a nonprofit promoting arts and cultural activities in the Belfast region, has named Larraine Brown as its director.

Brown brings to the coalition 30-plus years of experience in management, fundraising and development of nonprofits and start-up businesses. She began her career as a community organizer in Toronto and since then has founded and managed an urban-based publishing business; created and raised funds for the Belfast "15-Minute" Theater Festival and International Playwriting Competition, held annually from 2001-2004; and filled the first project manager position tasked with helping to bring the national Main Street initiative to Belfast in 2010.

For three years she was the National Alliance on Mental Illness Maine chapter's development director and a mental health education specialist.

Most recently she served as the executive director of the Restorative Justice Project Maine, where she formed the theater group, R.A.W. (Restorative Art Works).

"Integral to her career and life has been a commitment to myriad art forms as tools of beauty, activism and inspiration," the coalition said in a news release. "Larraine genuinely believes that Art Saves Lives! She is delighted to be an 'official' advocate for the arts in her favorite small, vibrant city."

About Belfast Creative Coalition

The Belfast Creative Coalition was formed in 2012 through a Maine Arts Commission Creative Communities = Economic Development grant. Its mission is to cultivate arts and culture in order to attract people and businesses to the Belfast area.

As a creative place-making initiative, the primary result of its efforts has been to provide a voice and vision equally to many diverse constituencies, including individuals, organizations and creative businesses as well as cultural micro-businesses, creative entrepreneurs and isolated and underserved artists, whose livelihoods are enhanced by shared promotional strategies, professional training opportunities and a strong, visible, centralized, website and directory.

The coalition's members are from communities throughout Waldo county.

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