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January Greetings from Executive Director Dinah Minot 

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!


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