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Happy May from Executive Director, Dinah Minot

The lush bright green grass, trees, and buds are a wonder! And not to be taken for granted. I recently returned from a wonderful vacation with my family in California. Alas, the crumbling chalky soil of the mountains and terrain alongside the Pacific Coast Highway were a horrible reminder of drought and climate change. Returning to idyllic Maine by air, I could recognize upon descent my favorite lighthouse and neighborhood, grateful to be home in a friendly, traffic-free city, now open for outside dining with lovely planters and street barricade designs by local artists. Even as we’re starting to feel there might be freedom ahead and hoping that we’re turning a corner due to increased vaccinations, COVID cases are still climbing. Unfortunately, to maintain social distancing and Maine CDC standards, First Friday Art Walk will be postponed until at least July 2, 2021. In the meantime, enjoy our Cultural Events Calendar for upcoming virtual and in-person events. The City of Portland has worked hard to provide safe options to conduct business outside, especially with the creation of street closures and parklets. Creative Portland is proud of the local artist designs around town, including posters, street pole banners, barricade jacket designs, and stencils, offering friendly reminders for safety compliance.


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