Congresswoman Pingree Hosts NEA Chair Visit to Maine for Tour of Vibrant Arts Scene

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NEA Chair Dr. Maria R. Jackson Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME), and Shannon Haines, President & CEO of Waterville Creates This Morning in Portland.

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) hosted National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chair Dr. Maria Rosano Jackson for a comprehensive tour of the arts communities in Waterville, Rockland and Portland.  During the event-filled two-day trip, Pingree and Chair Jackson visited a variety of arts organizations, including Waterville Creates, the Farnsworth Museum of Art, Indigo Arts Alliance, Mayo Street Arts and the Portland Museum of Art.  They heard directly from members of Maine’s arts communities, including conversations with Wabanki cultural leaders and organizaations serving together.  In addidtion, Pingree highlighted how the arts scenes in Maine have grown and thrived thanks to federal funding from the NEA.

“The arts are a powerful tool for economic development and education, and as the pandemic has shown us, are incredibly impactful on our lives in fostering creativity, engagine our communities and supporting the growing creative sector,” said Congresswoman Pingree.  “As ranking member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and the Environment, which overseas funding for the National Endowment of the Arts and Humanities, I was proud to have the chance to show Chair Jackson how federal dollars we fight to secure each year in Congress are having a direct, positive impact on communities in Maine.”

“I am grateful to Congresswoman Pingree and her staff for the invitation to Maine,” said Chair Jackson.  “This has been an important opportunity to meet with local artists and arts organizations. learn more about their work and explore together how the arts can contribute to healthy communities where all Mainers can thrive.”