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Milestones of Our First Three Years

 

Activities:

Narraguagus High School, where the 2015 student musical TimeWise was created, produced--and enjoyed by the community! Show logo design was created by cast member Desirée Grant

  • SCAI's HOME BASE:  Renovated our Center & its Studio; restored much of the property’s landscaping
  • YOUTH THEATER:  Created and directed a spring 2015 musical—Time-Wise: A Musical Journey—at Narraguagus High, the school's first theater production in 3 years. The performances were a great success, laying the groundwork for an ongoing drama program
  • MUSIC:
    • Began offering private voice lessons in 2014, in person and via Skype
  • Established an ongoing series of "TLC's - Tiny Little Concerts" in the Studio at our Center in 2015.  
  • Hosted/publicized a 2-day residency in June 2016 by the DaPonte String Quartet, acclaimed as "Maine's Best Musical Group" in Downeast Magazine, which included school and library programs and a concert, in Milbridge, Harrington, and Steuben
  • Began offering choir singers' & conductors' workshops in 2016, and launched a casual women’s singing group, “The Fishwives”
  • Summer/fall 2017: concerts at collaborating regional venues: Schoodic Arts for All (Winter Harbor), and the Eastport Arts Center.  New teaching relationship with Ellsworth Community Music Institute
  • WRITING:
    • Founded the Fish Point Writers year-round sharing & critiquing group in 2014
  • In 2017, Inaugurated the annual fall "Milbridge Lit-Fest," a celebration of writers, good writing and delicious reading.  Workshops/presentations are timed to coincide with National Novel Writers Month (NaNoWriMo), with support activities and retreats for writers completing a 50K-word novel in the 30 days of November
  • CREATIVITY and ARTISTIC DEVELOPMENT:
    • Facilitated an “Artist’s Way” group in 2014-15, in cooperation with the Women’s Health Resource Library (WHRL) in Milbridge

 

Professional Development:

  • Completed a course in Basic Volunteer Management offered by the Maine Commission for Community Service and United Way
  • Attended seminars in tourism, economic & community development, social media for business, and creating a bike-friendly environment, offered by Sunrise County Economic Council, Making Headway in Your Community,  Axiom Technologies, BikeMaine, and GrowSmart Maine.

 

Community Service:

  • Provide, on an ongoing basis, free live music for organizations that so far have included Tidal Arts, Pleasant River Garden Club, Gateway:Milbridge, houses of worship, merchants' association events, and DETOP (Down East Table of Plenty)
  • Served on the Board of Directors of the Milbridge Area Merchants Association (2014-16), and continue to help with its major annual events including Milbridge Days, Downeast Idol, and Breakfast with Santa
  • Played an instrumental role in the founding of Gateway: Milbridge,  a downtown preservation & revitalization endeavor with an emphasis on the arts, and served on its Board of Directors (2015-17).  Gateway's first project is to bring back the beloved Milbridge Theatre as a film & live performance venue for the area.  We continue to encourage & applaud Gateway's efforts. 

 

Recognition: Excellent coverage in the region's print media, including a major feature in The Bangor Daily News, a front-page article in The Machias Valley News Observer, and regular notices and photos in the Ellsworth American , Quoddy Tides, Coastal Courier and CountyWide newspapers.

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