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ARTober kick-off party - Friday, October 4, 2019!

In 2015, the City of Bangor designated the month of October as the "Month of the Arts," officially celebrating the diverse and exciting creative culture in the Queen City. Join the Bangor arts community in kicking off our annual spotlight on the arts with a celebration and variety of performances. 

The official kick-off party happens on Friday, October 4, 2019 from 5:00pm-7:00pm at Bangor Arts Exchange, 193 Exchange Street, Bangor. 

To add your event to the ARTober calendar, fill out this Google form.

The City of Bangor Commission on Cultural Development supports art and culture in Bangor, Maine through funding, marketing, advocacy, and education to benefit citizens, visitors, and the economic and cultural vitality of the city.

The Commission has authorization to assess Bangor’s cultural needs, develop and maintain a comprehensive arts and cultural policy, review grant applications and public art requests, and work with the community to identify and encourage opportunities for the incubation of promising arts and cultural enterprises.

The Commission on Cultural Development accepts grant applications from non-profit arts and cultural organizations twice per year (May 1st and November 1st). Only 501(c)3 organizations are eligible to apply for grants. Please review the grant applications below for more details:

Download the Commission on Cultural Development Grant Application PDF

If you are an artist, or have a project that does not have a non-profit designation, please consider reaching out to any one of the many arts organizations in the City to see if they would be willing to serve as a fiscal sponsor for your project.



Call for Applications - Cultural Asset Survey

Independent Research Project Pays $1,250
Application deadline: July 25, 2019

The Commission on Cultural Development seeks a motivated individual familiar with spreadsheet data entry and a knowledge of public art and culture to complete its Cultural Asset Survey of Bangor. A team of students from John Bapst High School has compiled a draft Excel database of 156 public installations of art, memorials, and culturally significant locations across the City of Bangor. The database needs to be reviewed and expanded, its GPS locations verified for future development as an online map, and photos of each site attached. The successful applicant will finalize the database in coordination with members of the CCD and the City of Bangor's GIS office.

For more details and to apply, download the full Call for Applications here.

Arts & Economic Prosperity V Study

The City of Bangor participated in the Arts & Economic Prosperity V study in fiscal year 2015, which measures the economic impact of non-profit arts and cultural organizations and their audiences. See the study results here.



Name Term Expires
Bragg, Jane 2021
Chernesky, Edmund 2020
Currier, Tristine 2021
Donovan, Mary 2022
Dyer, Edythe 2022
Greenlaw, Tristine 2022
Littlefield, Andrea 2021
Riordan, Liam 2020
Roeder, Amy 2021
Smith, Owen 2020
Weston, Cary Councilor
Lundy, Betsy City Staff

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