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Art + Design Resources

In the mid-80s, the city of Portland woke up to its identity as an artists’ town, and the infrastructure and support for the creative community has continued to grow ever since. Whether you’re a working artist or simply need art in your life, the following resources are here to connect you to the community, keep you in the loop, and help you make great work happen. This directory is for artists, advocates, and audience members alike.

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Museums + Galleries

Able Baker Contemporary is an artist-run gallery with an open curatorial structure. 

The Abyssinian Meeting House is the third oldest standing African American meeting house in the United States, and is of local, state and national historic significance. 

Art House Picture Frames specializes in both custom and conservation picture framing. The shop also boasts a small gallery perfect for intimate shows.

The Black Box is Portland's first retail incubator and pop-up in repurposed shipping containers located on Washington Avenue. The Black Box leases are designed with flexibility in mind to accommodate business owners who want space to test a concept or provide street-front retail space without a long-term commitment. 

The Bob Crewe Gallery at Maine College of Art hosts works by Bob Crewe, a genre-crossing creative who combined careers in music and visual arts. 

Bomb Diggity Arts is a community-support program serving adults of all abilities by promoting discovery of artistic expression and development of professional arts-based skills. Their studio and gallery is located in the heart of Downtown Portland and the Arts District.

Bridge Gallery is both a gallery and the working studio of artists Rhonda Pearle and Gary Perlmutter.

Casco Bay Artisans is an international eclectic fine art gallery representing 53 artists from around the world, with a focus here in Maine. CBA showcases many artistic mediums to include: oil; watercolor; acrylic; pastel and pallet knife paintings; marble; steel; found art object; soap stone and paper sculptures; art jewelry; pewter; porcelain; glass and stained glass; designer textile wears; and handmade fine art wooden chairs. 

Casco Bay Frames & Gallery provides professional framing services and the comfortable gallery features the diverse art of the talented staff framers.

The Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine features a wide variety of interactive exhibits and performances for kids.

Congress Square Gallery features work in oils, watercolor, acrylics, and giclée prints by R.N. Cohen and Stan Leiberman.

Cove Street Arts boasts an 8,000 square foot exhibition space dedicated to showing the incredible breadth and depth of fine art being made in the state and demonstrating how vibrant and vital Maine’s art scene continues to be. The space includes multiple galleries and showrooms, a bookstore and small works gallery, event and workshop space, and a full size retractable movie screen for video art installations and film screenings.  

Creative Portland is the official arts agency for the city of Portland and hosts bi-annual juried exhibits of works by local Maine artists. Exhibition gallery is located at 84 Free Street and is open weekdays 10-4. All local art, all for sale. 

Daunis Fine Handmade Jewelry and Gallery is a jewelry studio and gallery where guests can tour the space and see what the artists are currently working on.

Fore River Gallery features the work of artists Liz Marks, Mike M. Marks, Elizabeth Prior, and T.J. McDermott.

George Anderson Gallery features contemporary nautically themed acrylic paintings by George Anderson and Scott Tubby.

Grant Wahlquist Gallery is a contemporary art gallery representing a roster of talented artists from Maine and beyond. 

Greenhut Galleries exhibits contemporary art and sculpture by Maine artists.

Güven Gallery features Anatolian ceramics with designs influenced by contemporary, Hittite, and Ottoman art, as well as a selection of Persian and Turkish carpets.

The Henry Wadsworth-Longfellow House is the historic home of the Portland-born nineteenth-century poet.

The Institute of American Art is a small project-based museum dedicated to showing art and helping artists realize research.

Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA features innovative exhibitions and public programs that showcase new perspectives and trends in contemporary art.

The International Cryptozoology Museum here in Portland features many one-of-a-kind cryptozoological artifacts, including a life-sized Bigfoot model. Cryptozoology is the study of hidden, legendary, non-existent, or fictitious creatures (depending on how you look at it). 

Maine Craft Portland, a retail gallery + resource center in the historic Mechanic’s Hall, in downtown Portland, promotes craft in Maine through exhibitions and public programming, and directly benefits Maine craft artists through sales of their work. Maine Craft Portland opened in July 2018 and exhibits and sells the work of over 140 Maine Crafts Association member craft artists.

Maine Gallery + Studio Guide has a directory of galleries across the state and a calendar of gallery openings and other arts events. 

The Maine Historical Society museum collection includes more than 15,000 artifacts from five centuries of Maine living.

The Maine Jewish Museum contains gallery space, historic exhibits, and a main sanctuary in the renovated Etz Chaim Synagogue, a turn-of-the-century immigrant era house of worship. 

Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. has a museum dedicated to the railroad’s history and offers rides on the historic railroad.

The Maine Potters Market displays both practical and decorative pieces created by their member potters, each with their own distinctive style. 

Mainely Maps, Frames & Gallery specializes in rare, original maps and prints from the 16th to 20th century while also representing several local Maine artists.   

Mayo Street Arts is a nonprofit community gallery, music venue, and performance space that also hosts artist studios.

New System Exhibitions (NSE) is an artist-run exhibition space in West Bayside. With a non-profit mission of providing exhibition, curatorial, and performance opportunities for local and regional emerging artists, NSE is focused on facilitating direct engagement with the community and increased creative autonomy for artists.

Portland Art Gallery represents the work of Maine artists and is dedicated to highlighting superb curated artwork from across the state.

The Portland Fire Museum showcases the history of firefighting in Portland, including a number of retired firetrucks. Hours are sporadic, guests should call ahead. 

The Portland Museum of Art  (PMA) is the cultural heart of Portland, Maine, with an extensive collection and nationally renowned exhibits. The PMA boasts significant holdings of American, European, and contemporary art, as well as iconic works from Maine—highlighting the rich artistic tradition of the state and its artists. The museum brings it all to life with unparalleled programming. From special member-only events and to family activities, from Free School Tours to PMA Movies,  and from curator talks to exclusive tours of the Winslow Homer Studio—it’s all happening at the PMA.

Portland Public Library’s Lewis Gallery features a wide variety of art exhibitions on a monthly basis.

The Dorothea & Leo Rabkin Foundation is an artist-endowed foundation, exhibiting the art of Leo Rabkin and others. The foundation supports visual arts journalists nationwide with a major annual grant program.

Richard Boyd Art Gallery is an independent owner operated fine arts gallery representing a diverse group of established and emerging artists, with a connection to the state of Maine, working in a variety of mediums and styles. Exhibitions change monthly and include, solo, group and theme exhibits. 

Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery offers courses and workshops in oil painting, as well as exhibitng paintings and photography by artists from Maine and around the world.

Satellite Space is a temporary exhibition venue whose mission is to work with and expand upon the network of artists in Maine to the art world beyond. 

SPACE is a nonprofit contemporary arts space featuring visual arts, live music and performance, lectures, films, and more.

SPEEDWELL projects is a not-for-profit, artist-run studio and gallery dedicated to launching thought provoking exhibitions in all media, including site-specific installations, public art, spoken word and performance. 

St. Lawrence Arts, located in the historic St. Lawrence Church, is an affordable and accessible venue for a diverse offerings of arts including but not limited to theater, dance, music, film, visual arts, and workshops.

The pre-Revolutionary Tate House, with its period furnishings, beautiful grounds and herb gardens, and unique architecture, offers a glimpse of 18th century life in Colonial Maine.

Think Tank Coworking is a coworking space located in the Arts District that hosts the work of local artists on its office walls. 

The primary goal of the Todd Webb Archive is to educate the public about Webb, a famous photographer, and his oeuvre. The archive is making vintage work available for the first time while also offering limited edition posthumous prints that are large scale and stunning. 

The UMVA Gallery is a partnership between the Union of Maine Visual Artists and the Portland Media Center to provide gallery space in the heart of Portland's Arts District to UMVA members. 

The University of New England Art Gallery mounts six exhibitions annually, ranging from contemporary fine art to photography, to international themes, to works by women and Maine artists. The gallery also houses a permanent collection of paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculptures by nationally and internationally known artists.

Built in the 1850s, Victoria Mansion is widely considered to be one of the finest examples of the Italian Villa style in America and contains over 90% of its original interiors. 

Zero Station is a framing, printing, and lamination studio that hosts photography shows and other events.

Arts + Design Organizations

Add Verb Productions is a nonprofit program at the University of New England that provides health and wellness education through provocative theatre performances with the goal of building stronger, healthier communities.

AIGA Maine, Maine’s chapter of the design community’s professional networking group, has a robust chapter based in Portland. The organization hosts regular events for members and non-members.

Creative Portland is a nonprofit organization established by the City to support economic development efforts that capitalize on and grow Portland’s creative economy, create employment opportunities, and foster arts district development.

CSArt Maine is a community-supported art share program that offers a subscription-based service for locally produced art. Similar to a CSA farm share, subscribers receive a seasonal portion of art produced by local artists. CSArt Maine's goal is to function as an alternative avenue for local artists to disseminate work outside of the traditional gallery model and break down the walls between artist and collector. 

Indigo Arts Alliance is an innovative hybrid of studio spaces for artists residencies with communal work space that facilitates collaboration that is committed to the artistic development of citizens of color. IAA provides an environment for the production of artwork in all media across disciplines and is intended for professional, emerging artists and students of art to learn, explore and grow their work in a creative atmosphere. 

The Maine Arts Commission is Maine’s state-run arts and cultural agency. They keep a comprehensive directory of Maine artists, arts organizations, collectives, and associations. Groups and individuals are invited to subscribe.

The Maine Humanities Council promotes literature, history, philosophy, and the arts in Maine.

Maine Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts provides legal council for artists and organizations with limited financial resources. MEVLA also does broad outreach and education about arts-related business and legal issues.

Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance is a thirty-five year old nonprofit whose mission is to enrich the cultural life of Maine by supporting writers and the literary arts.

Mayo Street Arts is a nonprofit community arts center with a gallery, artist studios, music and theater performances, and classes.

MENSK‘s mission is to inspire and support personal, local, and regional action for the development of creative and sustainable communities.

Portland Prophouse is a full service prop house offering sourcing and prop rentals. They can help any production’s vision come to life by sourcing and providing all necessary props, and liaise with out of town production teams to provide efficient, local sourcing services.

Portland Public Library is the City’s cultural center and is the most visited cultural institution in Maine offering print, film, music, and online collections to showcase the arts and creativity. PPL offers materials in the arts and humanities, a wide variety of programming in partnership with local cultural organizations, and a place where creative organizations and individuals can share their work with others. 

Portland Society for Architecture's membership includes architects, engineers, landscape architects, design professionals, and individuals committed to the protection and enhancement of those aspects of urban design which contribute to Portland’s economic activity and cultural identity. Their work includes advocacy and educational programming open to everyone.

Portland Downtown is a nonprofit committed to the economic vitality of Portland’s downtown. Their website features guides to events, tours, arts, dining, and shopping in Portland.

Portland Public Art Committee is an all-volunteer subcommittee of the Portland City Council that commissions and maintains the public art collection of the City of Portland. 

Rosemont Artists Guild of Maine is a group of fine and craft artists living and working in the Rosemont neighborhood of Portland, Maine.

The Society for East End Arts (SEA) is s a Munjoy Hill-based organization of artists that seeks to promote awareness of the arts in Portland's East End through networking and community.

St. Lawrence Arts Center is a nonprofit community arts space featuring theater, dance, music, film, and workshops.

The Telling Room is a nonprofit writing center dedicated to the idea that children and young adults are natural storytellers. Focused on young Portland-area writers ages six to 18, Telling Room programs build confidence, strengthen literacy skills, and provide real audiences for students’ stories.

TEMPOart energizes Portland’s public spaces through temporary art installations - engaging residents and visitors, enriching its creative community, and enhancing Portland’s reputation as a world-class city. They provide opportunities for artists to experiment with new mediums, highlight current issues, and engage a wide public audience.

Performance Venues

The Apohadion Theater in Portland's West Bayside neighborhood hosts music, comedy, and theater performances, plus films and art exhibitions.  

AURA hosts nationally known talent as well as private events in their facility in the heart of downtown. The concert venue holds holds over 1000 attendees with a special VIP room for pre-concert gatherings or private parties, a sportsbar, and the Basement Club. 

Besides a 12-lane bowling alley, Bayside Bowl features Bayside Stage, with local and national bands and DJs playing most weekends and special annual events.

Blue presents an array of live music, including jazz, celtic, Middle Eastern, blues, bluegrass, old time, and folk, and dedicates every Saturday night to Jazz at the Blue.

Located on Thompson's Point, Brick South's rough hewn wood and steel beams, warm brick walls, and gleaming concrete floors provide a beautiful texture on which to build your unique event, from weddings to trade shows to music festivals to photo shoots. 

Empire is a 250-person capacity club located upstairs from Empire Chinese Kitchen that presents a range of happenings from live music to private functions, film, and regularly scheduled events.

Flask is a one-of-a-kind neighborhood bar in Portland's West End featuring live entertainment with DJ's and bands of all genres, every day of the week, and also hosts an array of private events and fundraisers. Everyone is welcome at Flask.

Geno's is a small, no-frills rock club and bar that books independent local, east coast, and national bands.

The Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine offers warm, modern, and welcoming spaces to accommodate gatherings and events of every size including meetings, performances, social gatherings, panel discussions, and lectures.

Last Church on the Left was built in 1914 by Scandinavian immigrants and is now the home and studio of local photographer Jay York, who hosts living room-style concerts. 

Mechanics' Hall is a Portland landmark and historic, multi-use building with a performance hall (occupancy: 160) and studios for rent (with elevator access) on Congress Street in the heart of Portland's Arts District.

Mayo Street Arts is a nonprofit gallery, music venue, and performance space that also hosts artist studios.

Merrill Auditorium is a 1,908 seat performing arts theater built in 1912 and renovated in 1997. Tenants include Portland Symphony Orchestra, Portland Ovations, Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ, Maine State Ballet, and Portland Ballet. The rehearsal hall is also available for rental. 

The Nickelodeon is a six-screen movie theater located in the heart of the Old Port.

One Longfellow Square is a non-profit performing arts and concert venue offering a warm and intimate atmosphere that hosts live musical performances, film screenings, theater and dance productions, and community events. 

Port City Music Hall is the frequent host of well-known and lesser-known, I-saw-them-when musical acts.

The Portland Ballet Studio Theater hosts local and visiting (musical) theater, dance, and music companies. The 74-seat theater has a top-notch lighting- and sound-system, with a spacious lobby that can be used for parties can receptions.

Portland House of Music + Events is a 300 person downtown venue that hosts performing groups of all genres and can be booked for private events including wedding receptions, work party events, meetups, dances, corporate events and more.

The Portland Museum of Art offers multiple spaces for rent to the public, including the Bernard Osher Foundation Auditorium, where they hold their series PMA Films

Portland Public Library's Main Library on Monument Square has spaces for adult popular reading, technology services, cultural center activities (Lewis Gallery, Rines Auditorium, and meeting rooms available to rent), along with the new Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library and S. Donald Sussman Teen Library. 

Portland Stage is a top-notch professional theater company that produces a range of programming, from its Mainstage season of seven shows to new, experimental theater productions in the 70-seat Studio Theater.

SPACE is a nonprofit contemporary arts venue and gallery featuring visual arts, live music and performance, lectures, films, and more.

St. Lawrence Arts Center is a nonprofit community arts space featuring theater, dance, music, film, and workshops.

The State Theatre is a 1,680-seat performing arts venue in downtown Portland. The historic Art Deco theater building is the setting for a variety of nationally known acts and occasional local events. The State Theatre also serves as the exclusive live music promoter for Thompson's Point

Sun Tiki Studios has one large practice room and five small practice rooms to rent hourly with two more large rooms being built, plus a performance space that holds just under 100 people with a great sound system and air conditioning.

Zero Station is a multipurpose space in East Bayside that can accommodate live music, video screenings, and community & cultural events. On-site facilities include a 75 person capacity indoor/outdoor space, sound and light equipment, and projector. They also offer digital printing, mounting, framing, and lamination services.

In addition to the above performance venues, many Portland restaurants and bars offer live music on a daily, weekly, or seasonal basis, including The Dogfish Bar & Grille, B.GOOD, Andy's Old Port Pub, The Thirsty Pig, Bull Feeney's, El Rayo, Amigos Restaurant & Bar, Rí-Rá, Lincolns, Gritty's, MJ's Wine Bar, Portland Lobster Company, Salvage BBQ, Slab, and The Porthole

Looking to get see more local music? Rad Plaid is Portland’s Live Local Music Calendar supporting the local music scene with smart event suggestions based on your favorite artists. Create or Follow upcoming events, hear previews, get thoughtful updates, and more.

Another great resource for musicians in Portland is The Maine Embassy - a hub for local/regional/national music happening in Maine. They maintain a local directory of venues, artists, media, and festivals relevant to Maine artists.

Creative Economy Conferences + Events

Architalx hosts periodic lectures and discussions about architecture. This nonprofit is dedicated to broadening the awareness and understanding of architecture, landscape architecture, and design through activities which foster evocative and creative dialogue within the design community and with the general public. 

New England Foundation for the Arts hosts the Creative Communities Exchange (CCX) every two years, rotating its location amongst the six New England states. Portland hosted the CCX in 2013 and Creative Portland hosted a workshop at the 2015 conference in New London, CT. 

Eggs & Issues is a monthly program of the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce. Since it's inception in 1985, it has become Maine's largest networking breakfast. The Chamber also rolled out Kegs & Issues, a similar but after-hours networking and speaker event, in Fall 2017. 

Maine Arts Commission hosts the Maine International Conference on the Arts every two years. Attendees explore art making, arts education, capacity-building strategies and skills, and more—all specifically for Maine artists, arts educators, and arts organizations.

PechaKucha Portland is a fast-paced, friendly social hour where people of all ages meet, show their work, and share their stories, presenting their creative work in 20 slides, at 20 seconds per slide, before a live audience of their peers. 

The PopTech Conference in Camden, Maine, is an annual gathering of global innovators exploring the social impact of new technologies and a source of support and funding for cutting-edge solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.

TEDxDirigo is an independent, locally-organized version of the TED experience. In the spirit of the state motto, these events, held at different locations across the state, showcase ideas from Maine’s brightest innovators and change-makers.

Blogs + Publications

Art Maine is Maine Home + Design magazine’s Facebook hub for all things art-related in Maine.

The Arts and Economic Prosperity 5 report illustrates the economic impact of nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences in the City of Portland.

The Bollard is a monthly independent news and arts publication, featuring news, reviews, and music and theater listings.

Cafe des Artistes is a blog associated with the Maine Gallery + Studio Guide. It is a weekly roundup of Maine art news, openings, and shows.

The Guide to Portland Street Artists Rules and Regulations is a helpful resource for street artists and performers in the City of Portland. 

Maine Architecture is a blog focusing on town planning and architecture in Maine.

Maine Art Scene promotes Maine art and culture. The online magazine features a large arts directory and also includes events, opportunities, interviews, artist webpages, and juried online exhibitions.

Maine Home + Design, the sister publication of Maine magazine, has everything you’d want in a local “shelter” magazine: beautifully photographed homes from around the state and resources for finding architects, interior designers, builders, and decorative artists.

Maine magazine covers the whole state from its home base in Portland including food, recreation, travel, music, art, style, and notable people.

The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company & Museum blog provides the latest in railroad news and special events.

Mumbai to Maine was created in 2015 by Cherie Scott to reconnect with her passion for Indian Cuisine. It led to her curating a sold-out master series of regional Indian cooking classes at Stonewall Kitchen Cooking School.

Old Port Magazine is the latest publication by Maine magazine, published quarterly and covering the heart and soul of Portland, including food, drinks, music, art, style, history, and wellness. 

Portland Daily Photo posts almost-daily photos from in and around Portland by photographer Corey Templeton.

Portland Monthly is our glossy “city” magazine featuring personality profiles, arts news, food and local flavor, reviews, events listings, and original fiction.

Providing a glimpse behind the scenes at the museum, the Portland Museum of Art blog includes news, events, insights, and the history of permanent and visiting collections.

Portland Old Port is based in the bustling, historic Old Port neighborhood and covers the abundant and varied opportunities in Southern Maine for both residents and tourists. They find the best, most interesting options when it comes to dining, nightlife, entertainment, arts, culture, and more. 

Portland Public Library's Life of the Library Blog, highlights interesting new books, exciting programs at the library, tidbits from the Portland History room, and lots more. 

The Strange Maine blog is a nexus for "Maine's unique strangeness," including history, mysteries, legends, current events, cryptozoology, and more. Curated by Michelle Souliere, owner of The Green Hand, an eclectic used book shop in Portland.

Classes + Supplies

The Art Mart, located on Congress Street across from the Maine College of Art, is open seven days a week and has supplies for hobbyists, students, and professionals alike.

Creatives across the country know Artist & Craftsman Supply stores as a one-stop shop for materials, tools, and presentation accessories, as well as framing services. The original opened in Yarmouth, Maine in 1985, and now the Portland store on Deering Avenue carries on the legacy.

Atelier Stitch is a sewing lounge and creative workspace with a small selection of specialty fabrics and notions. There is a variety of classes and workshops, including budget-friendly options, and occasional free crafting classes.

The Bakery Photo Collective is an artist-run space on Forest Avenue offering affordable acces to state-of-the-art facilities and a large collection of digital and analog equipment. They also host public lectures, exhibitions, workshops, and artist residencies. 

Bomb Diggity Arts is one of five community-support programs of Momentum, Incorporated, providing innovative and individualized services for adults with intellectual disabilities. Bomb Diggity Arts provides programming in the visual arts, culinary arts, multi-media arts, and agricultural arts. 

Casco Bay Movers is a dance studio for everyone from beginners to repertory performers in a wide variety of styles, including jazz, tap, hiphop, and freestyle. 

The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship is about an hour and forty-five minutes from Portland, in Rockport, Maine. Their woodworking courses range from weekend workshops to twelve-week intensives and a nine-month comprehensive.

The Fine Arts Department at Southern Maine Community College, located just over the Casco Bay Bridge in South Portland, offers academic courses and events in studio art, art history, art appreciation, music and theater. 

Grapheteria offers custom framing, fine art and photo digital printing, economy poster printing, art and object photography, and mounting and laminating services for artists, business owners, and the general public.

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts is an international craft school in Deer Isle, Maine, about three hours from Portland. The school offers intensive studio-based workshops and residencies in a variety of craft media including clay, glass, metals, paper, blacksmithing, weaving, woodworking, and more. Anyone may participate, from beginners to advanced professionals. 

Maine College of Art isn't just for undergrads. MECA's Continuing Studies division offers workshops, courses, and professional development programs in subjects including book arts, culinary arts, graphic design, and jewelry. 

Maine Media Workshops + College is almost two hours from Portland in Rockport, Maine, but worthy of a mention because of the quality of instruction in photography, filmmaking, design and book arts. MMW+C offers certificate and degree courses of study (including an MFA program) as well as workshops, intensives, and cooperative labs. 

Maine Photo Works on High Street specializes in fine art printing, scanning, and framing. Hours are by appointment only.

Photo Market on Forest Avenue is the largest professional, independent camera store in the state. They offer processing and digital services, as well as occasional photography workshops.

PortFiber, located at 50 Cove Street, offers classes, events, and supplies for fiber artists. Contact Casey Ryder at (207) 780-1345 or by email at

Portland Adult Education's catalog includes classes in crafts, dance, fine arts, photography, and music, among others.

Portland Ballet is proud to offer ballet education to students of all ages and skill levels. The adult drop-in classes range from complete beginner classes to advanced classes for those looking for professional level classwork.

Portland Pottery offers supplies, classes, and a community for potters, jewelers, and glassworkers. 

Portland Prophouse is a full service prop house offering sourcing and prop rentals. They can help any production’s vision come to life by sourcing and providing all necessary props, and liaise with out of town production teams to provide efficient, local sourcing services.

Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery is a gallery on Free Street that also offers oil painting classes at a variety of levels. 

Smith's General is a retail shop in Yarmouth specializing in contemporary quilts. Along with stocking beautiful handmade goods and gifts by modern makers, they also offer a variety of craft classes and workshops every season. Their classes range from sewing and quilting to embroidery, floral design, needle felting, knitting, weaving, and mending. They work with local and national artists to curate inspiring lessons and build a creative space for our community.

Still Life Studio offers painting lessons & creative workshops for emerging artists in the Portland area. They have studio space for rent and encourage creative artists to come and teach. They offer workshops on drawing, printmaking, painting methods, alcohol inks, art exploration, and more. They also provide Open Studio time when needed.

Still Life Studio provides painting lessons & creative workshops for emerging artists and offers rental space and occasional artist residency opportunities.

The University of New England hosts eight-week creative writing workshops in poetry and fiction at the Portland campus on Stevens Avenue.

The University of Southern Maine course catalogue includes classes in studio art, art history, music, theater, and beyond. 

Z Fabrics carries the kinds of prints you won’t find at chain stores—from unique Japanese cottons to designer fabrics like Lotta Jansdotter—along with trims, patterns, books, and machines. Classes cater to everyone from beginners to professionals.

Art/Design Studio Buildings

The Bakery Studios are located at 61 Pleasant Street. The building is home to White Dog Arts, Peregrine Press, Wolfe Editions, Art House Picture Frames, and 16 studio spaces. Practices include poetry, photography, printmaking, painting, sculpture, bookmaking, video, and other media. Artemisia Cafe is located in the front of the building. For information email

Cloudport, located on Federal Street in the East End, is a multi faceted co-working space designed to provide a state-of-the-art space for businesses, entrepreneurs, and creatives alike to thrive. Equipped with glass front private offices, multi functional work space, meticulously designed conference rooms, spacious event venues, and a modernly designed kitchen and bar area. For information on membership, call (207) 651-RENT (7368) or email

Factory 3 is a makerspace that provides shared use of equipment and workspace to their tight community of artists, artisans, makers, entrepreneurs, thinkers, dreamers, experts, and beginners. 

Grime Studios offers affordable band rehearsal space and art studios with 24 hour access. It exists for bands and artists of any craft to create whatever they want, as loud as they want, whenever they want. Grime is located at 299 Presumpscot Street. For more information, call (207) 831-3621 or email

Maine Studio Works is a turnkey rental studio suited for both photo and video production. It has north facing natural light, a full kitchen, direct load-in dock door access, and parking. A la carte services include photo and grip rental gear, as well as a prop house and set walls and windows to construct full artificial living environments. 

Mayo Street Arts at 10 Mayo Street offers affordable artist studios, dance and theater space, and exhibition space, housed in a historic church. Contact Blainor McGough, (207) 615-3609, or email for more information.

The Open Bench Project at 10 Thompson's Point is a shared learn/work facility, cultivating a community of makers by providing access to studio/work space, tools, and resources. The 7,500 square foot facility includes a wood shop, metal shop, lab for 3D printing, screen printing zone, and a hack lab. For information on affordable, flexible membership, call (207) 329-8606 or email

Open Concepts is an artist and creative studios are located in East Bayside. The studios were carved out from raw industrial space and renovated into comfortable and airy creative studio space.

Peloton Labs is a community workspace on Congress Street in Portland, designed as a co-working space for independent and creative business and civic professionals. Call (207) 210-6595 or email for more information.

The Public Works is a collaborative workspace designed with Portland’s creative entrepreneur in mind. They offer build-to-suit studios, office space, event space, and larger workshops so that everyone–from designers to craftsmen–can work together under one roof to establish and grow their business.

Running With Scissors, at 250 Anderson Street, is a multi-disciplinary creative work space with over 50 private studios of various sizes, features, rates, and amenities, plus common work space, various equipment for print making, wood working, computer and design work, an exhibition hall, classroom, lounge, and more. For more information contact Kate Anker at (207) 831-5682 or The facility also houses the Bayside Clay Center, a community committed to providing affordable space to serious clay artists. To learn more, email

SPACE Studios, at 536 Congress Street and just down the street from the Maine College of Art, are home to Pickwick Independent Press and have workspaces on three floors above SPACE Gallery

Still Life Studio provides painting lessons & creative workshops for emerging artists and offers rental space and occasional artist residency opportunities.

The Dooryard provides emerging artists with affordable studio and exhibit space at 108 High Street, within Portland's Arts District. For more information email

Think Tank Coworking is a co-working space on Congress Street for freelance writers, journalists, grad students, bloggers, architects, developers, graphic designers, and digital photographers. Email for more information. 

Event Calendars

The Bollard is a monthly independent news and arts publication, featuring news, reviews, and music and theater listings.

The Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine calendar of events includes story hours and science challenges for the younger set and a guide to current exhibits.

Friends of Congress Square Park is a local nonprofit that maintains, beautifies, and holds over 200 arts related events over the course of their season in Congress Square Park, right in the heart of Portland's downtown.

Maine Art Scene has listings for exhibits, performances, classes, lectures, and concerts across the state.

The Maine College of Art (MECA) site offers news and event listings, upcoming visiting artists, and a schedule of current and upcoming exhibitions.

Maine Gallery + Studio Guide has a calendar with gallery openings and other arts events in Portland and beyond.

Maine Public's community calendar includes both free and ticketed arts, cultural, community, health & wellness, and kid-friendly events statewide. 

Maine Today, the publisher of multiple Maine daily & weekly newspapers including the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram, curates an online calendar of events taking place all over the state. 

Nickelodeon Cinemas in downtown Portland offers a selection of both blockbuster and indie films (and on Tuesdays, all shows are only $5). 

One Longfellow Square's events calendar features live musical performances, film screenings, theater and dance productions, and community events.

The Portland Conservatory of Music offers a comprehensive event calendar which includes their Noonday Concert series, Dimensions in Jazz series, two festivals (Back Cove Contemporary Music + Early Music Festival) and numerous special events throughout the year. 

Portland Museum of Art lists their current and upcoming events and exhibitions, as well as their schedule of PMA movies.

Portland Old Port is based in the bustling, historic Old Port neighborhood and covers the abundant and varied opportunities in Southern Maine for both residents and tourists. They find the best, most interesting options when it comes to dining, nightlife, entertainment, arts, culture, and more. 

Portland Ovations presents an array of performing artists from around the world spanning classical music, jazz, opera, dance, theater, spoken word, and touring Broadway shows. 

Portland Public Library’s calendar listings include author talks, story hours for children, film screenings, art openings, computer tutoring sessions, Lego club meetings, and everything in between!

Portland Stage, the city’s leading professional theater, provides a calendar of all upcoming performances scheduled for their venue. 

Portland Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming performances calendar and online video library showcasing past and future performances.

Portland's Downtown's events calendar provides a list of goings-on downtown, from Portland Stage and Portland Symphony Orchestra performances to job fairs, book groups, and food-related events.

Rad Plaid is Portland’s Live Local Music Calendar, supporting the local music scene with smart event suggestions based on your favorite artists. Create or Follow upcoming events, hear previews, get thoughtful updates, and more.

The University of Southern Maine's Southworth Planetarium has a monthly events calendar of laser and educational star shows.

SPACE, a nonprofit, multidisciplinary gallery and performance space, provides schedules of its upcoming events and exhibitions

Visit Portland, the official tourism site for the Greater Portland region, hosts a calendar listing local fairs, festivals, sporting events, concerts, art walks, and entertainment around the state of Maine. 

Art Institutions

Maine College of Art (MECA) offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts, a Master of Fine Arts in Studio Arts, a Master of Arts in Teaching, and Continuing Studies for adults and kids, including a Pre-College intensive for high school students.

Maine Crafts Association (MCA) is a leading cultural organization serving a state-wide network of 600+ emerging, mid-career and master artist-members, as well as non-member artists, art collectors and the general public by providing educational, enrichment and engagement opportunities throughout the year. The MCA operates two retail galleries and resource centers: The Center for Maine Craft (est. 2008) and Maine Craft Portland (est. July 2018). Both venues support artists with income, exposure, education and programming. MCA offers two major events connecting artists with the public: Portland Fine Craft Show and Maine Craft Weekend. MCA's two major educational programs are the Craft Apprentice Program and Workshop Weekend at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. MCA offers other marketing, educational, networking and community building initiatives, workshops, Master awards and more throughout the year, often in partnership with other institutions.

The Maine Project for Fine Art Conservation, or Project MEAC, is a non-profit, fine art conservation lab-studio. Project MEAC is committed to preserving art from Maine's museums and historical societies and conserving artworks belonging to Maine people. 

Oak Street Studios is an art institute for young people in Portland. Their "College for Kids" curriculum introduces students to methods and materials inspired by college courses and taught by practicing artists. 

Salt Institute for Documentary Studies at Maine College of Art offers intensive fifteen-week programs in documentary writing, radio, and photography for undergraduate and graduate students.