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Arts and culture inject $765M into Maine's economy

Statistics released Wednesday by the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis indicate that arts and cultural organizations employed 16,000 people and contributed $764.9 million in workers' income to...

PMA attendance up as 'reimagining' bears fruit

Renee Cordes |

The Portland Museum of Art's recent $2.7 million revamp and rebranding is already paying off as reflected in February attendance figures.

MECA names its next president


Laura Freid, who most recently was CEO and executive director of The Silkroad Project, was named Saturday as the 18th president of Maine College of Arts.

Reports: Children's Museum hopes to move to Thompson's Point

The Children's Museum and Theatre of Maine is at capacity and has its sights on Thompson's Point in Portland, according to two news sources.

Crewe Foundation awards MECA $216,000

A grant from the Bob Crewe Foundation for $216,000 will allow MECA to invest in additional programming and curricular offerings over the next three years.

Broderson Awards return to Portland


After a three-year hiatus, the Ad Club of Maine is putting on the Broderson Awards, an event that for more than 35 years recognized exceptional work of Maine's advertising agencies, brands and...

Author Kate Cone revisits New England's growing craft brewing industry

Lori Valigra |

Author Kate Cone noticed a lot of changes in craft breweries and brewpubs since she published her first book on the topic in 1997. Neighborhoods embraced craft pubs, and...

Portland Symphony announces four finalists to be orchestra's next director

The Portland Symphony Orchestra announced Tuesday there are four finalists under consideration for the position of music director, replacing Robert Moody, who will step down after the 2017-18 season.

Report: Nonprofits mean $11B a year to Maine economy

Renee Cordes |

One out of six Maine workers is employed in the nonprofit sector, nearly 14 times those working in agriculture (including fishing) and three times as many as in construction, according to a report...

Colby College art museum receives $100 million gift

Peter and Paula Lunder, philanthropists with long ties to Colby College, have made another $100 million gift to the college’s museum of art.