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State of the Arts



"State of the Arts" is an alphabetical list of how organizations in Portland, Maine are coping during the pandemic.

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11 Avon Street hosts four painters. All four have been continuing to paint despite the virus.


Architalx is exploring a variety of options to host a 2021 Lecture Series in a safe and inspiring way!


Arta Custom Framing is unfortunately closing it's doors


Bright Star World Dance is currently closed to group classes as it is not safe for people to gather in a space of their size.


Children’s Museum and Theater of Maine is constructing a new 30,000 square foot future home at Thompson's Point and is on schedule for a spring 2021 opening!


ChoralArt is going virtual with "A ChoralArt Christmas" online free starting on December 6 at 2:30 PM, a gift to our Greater Portland Community.


Factory 3 is open with COVID safe guidelines and is accepting new members.


Maine Craft Portland is currently open to the public (masks are required and hand sanitizer available) Monday through Saturday, 10am - 5pm, Closed on Sundays. They have an online store and exhibition on their website, The Holy Grail: Miraculous Items of Power. East End Vend artist market is open outdoors every Friday and Saturday through September.


Maine Jewish Film Festival will hold its first virtual screenings from November 7 through 22. Despite being closed, they have hosted online programs since April.


Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance has co-hosted 20 online events since March for about 1,750 people, in addition to taking all workshops and conferences online.


Mayo Street  Arts is in hibernation until summer 2021 and will then reopen with a diverse slate of programs for community and youth.


Mechanics Hall launched a national literary series with membership libraries across the US and is undertaking a big archives project!


Portland Museum of Art reopened mid-june with new, limited hours. Exhibitions and didactic materials were moved online in robust ways that would engage consumers.


Portland Ovations is providing digital programming as well as a new program for Maine artists to create new performance work -- about to be announced.


Portland Stage will be producing 'Talley's Folly' this fall, in addition to continuing our Education Programs both in-person and virtually.


Soul Brand Design Group diversified from a commercial interior design firm to an interdisciplinary Design Collective.


SPACE Gallery is closed to the public, but has transformed the facade of their building into a series of public art projects. The gallery has shifted to virtual offerings including, house shows, film screenings, and artist talks.


State Theater shut down in March and remains closed. They offer livestream concerts that are often fundraisers for their venue and others. 


St. Lawrence Arts has been closed since March 13th. They don't expect to reopen until late spring or early fall.


The Telling Room has converted all its programs to virtual offerings and has expanded its reach beyond Cumberland County.


UMVA’s Portland Gallery remains closed, but we are organizing our third virtual exhibit through the Our Maine Arts Journal has just been awarded a Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Foundation grant as well.

Victoria Mansion closed offices until further notice. For urgent business a member of the Victoria Mansion staff will be monitoring at least once per week.