Portland is an arts haven. From the Portland Museum of Art and Maine College of Art to private galleries showcasing our multicultural talent and live performance venues staging music, theater, and more, our cultural scene is a huge local amenity and prime attraction for visitors. One of the reasons that our city’s arts scene is so vibrant is Creative Portland.
Creative Portland is the nonprofit driving force behind many of the coordinated efforts to support local arts and artists and to promote the creative economy and our incredible cultural assets. In addition to promoting effective partnerships and providing resources and research that support economic development, Creative Portland stages the First Fridays Art Walk (back on the calendar this year!), the largest free monthly cultural event in all of Maine.
One of the coolest recent initiatives is the installation of specially commissioned shelters for bus stops throughout the community. It’s a great way to display the talent of local artists and share their work for everyone to enjoy. The Seaweed Shelter by David Wilson is my personal favorite because of his connection to my hometown.
Learn more about the beyond-local impact of Creative Portland here and make your plans to enjoy Portland’s arts scene.