January in Maine launches a special year for women in the arts! With Janet Mills
, the first woman governor of Maine, being sworn in on the 2nd, and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree
serving as co-chair of the Congressional Arts Caucus, the arts community has something to cheer about! Along with Julie Richard
, MAC Director, who continually champions increased visibility and arts recognition, we have an opportunity to leverage even more investment in the arts. Here’s some exciting news worth shouting out: women are basically running Portland’s cultural life! We not only celebrate the historic centennial of suffrage next Fall, but we have a viable opportunity to build and brand Portland as a major arts hub of New England. We are already responsible for over $75 million in expenditures in the nonprofit arts & culture sector alone. That’s a significant industry - and it’s half of the state’s overall $150 million in nonprofit arts impact, according to AFTA's AEP5 study
. On behalf of the arts and cultural community, let’s give a special shout out to all women who tirelessly, creatively, and graciously contribute buckets of love and art into our lives!