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Happy August from Executive Director Dinah Minot

An outdoor film festival, a Conclave series at the empty State Theater, an outdoor weekend shopping experience with local makers at East End Vend, virtual art exhibitions to buy local art, and Maine stories of all kinds are HAPPENING NOW in Portland, all with safe social distancing practices in place. We are particularly grateful to Portland Museum of Art and Maine Historical Society, our cultural anchors, for providing safe zones to share stories that offer connectivity and a sense of belonging.

The dog days of summer often elicit a feeling of relaxation, of warm and sultry days lounging on the beautiful coast of Maine, but 2020 has hit most of us in the gut, impacted by the Pandemic. We’re not feeling the vibe of Ella Fitzgerald swooning “Summertime and the livin’ is easy.” We're feeling concerned and sometimes overwhelmed. HOW TO HELP: Buy Local Art, Support Save Our Stages, Hire Local artists or musicians, Donate to Creative Portland to continue programs and initiatives, Donate to the Portland Artist Relief Fund, where cash awards are re-granted directly to artists. Wear masks in public, social distance, avoid crowds, wash hands, and stay home if sick.

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