The Union of Maine Visual Artists has decided to officially close the UMVA Gallery (516 Congress Street at Portland Media Center) until at least June 5th, 2020. Ken Kohl and Amy Bellezza’s current show A Cleansing and Random Thoughts of Dissonance (which you can read about here: https://www.maineartscene.com/new-exhibition-by-amy-bellezza-and-kenneth-kohl-at-umva-gallery/ ) will stay on display until the gallery re-opens. Please also note that the Portland Media Center has also decided to suspend operations for some time, but please refer to their website: http://portlandmedia.org/ to keep up to date with their timetable. The UMVA is still holding regular monthly meetings on April 20th and May18th (third Monday of each month), but will be doing it digitally instead of in person. At those future meetings, we will be making additional decisions regarding the gallery and other important UMVA matters during this difficult time.
We also encourage UMVA members to check out the ten members’ pages and consider submitting your own member page. Thank you to Greg Burns for putting those profiles up.
We wish that you stay healthy and productive during this time
Union of Maine Visual Artists (UMVA) President
For UMVA Members, a reminder from the Maine Arts Commission:
March 24, 2020
Maine Arts Commission’s Artist Project Grants
The Maine Arts Commission is dedicated to finding best ways to support Maine’s artists in this time of uncertainty. We are reminding artists that the Project Grant for Artists is capable of funding alternative ways for artists to achieve their goals in creative practice and business.
This grant continues to fund costs relating to the creation of new work, the continuation of existing practices, and participation in professional development programs and activities. A reminder that projects can also be based in these specific areas:
- Web development
- Ecommerce development
- Social media development
- Research and software for teaching online classes
- Online courses or workshops/ Distance- learning projects and resources
- Producing marketing videos, video blogs or vlogs, webinars or other materials to drive traffic to websites
- Development of digital marketing plans
- Rental of rehearsal space
- Hardware (that does not exceed $5000)
- Subscriptions for relevant software
- Professional community membership or industry news sources
- Books and resource materials for developing your business
The deadline to submit is April 9, 2020. Artists can request up to $2,500 to help support their project.
For more information about the Project Grant for Artist and how to apply, please visit our website
For grant questions, please contact Kerstin Gilg, Director of Grants and Accessibility at Kerstin.Gilg@maine.gov or 207-287-6719