Funders

Our work would not be possible without generous financial backing from our funders. Deep gratitude for all you do to support our work and the work of so many others!


Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America.

Our Town is the National Endowment for the Arts’ creative placemaking grants program. These grants support projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes. Successful Our Town projects ultimately lay the groundwork for systemic changes that sustain the integration of arts, culture, and design into strategies for strengthening communities.

You can learn more about NEA or explore some of their wonderful Our Town projects.


The Maine Arts Commission offers funding programs for organizations, individuals, educators, and municipalities.

You can learn more about the Maine Arts Commission here.


The Maine Bicentennial Commission support the interests, needs, and local creativity of communities as they plan local commemorations of the Bicentennial and to ensure that citizens throughout Maine have the opportunity to participate in Maine’s Bicentennial commemoration.

You can learn more about the Maine Bicentennial Commission here.


The City of South Portland received a letter of commendation – and thanks – from Cambridge, MA for leading the nation in sustainable, environmentally responsible policies. South Portland’s successful lawsuit to prevent the reverse pumping of Tar Sands oil from Alberta, Canada, the pesticides ban, and the largest solar array in Maine, were specifically referenced along with the South Portland Land Trust, and a City-managed Land Bank which provides seed money for the acquisition of available open space.


The MAP Fund is founded on the principle that experimentation drives human progress, no less in art than in science or medicine. MAP supports artists, ensembles, producers and presenters whose work in the disciplines of contemporary performance embodies this spirit of exploration and deep inquiry. MAP is particularly interested in supporting work that examines notions of cultural difference or “the other,” be that in class, gender, generation, race, religion, sexual orientation or other aspects of diversity.

You can learn more about the MAP Fund here.


The Nathan Cummings Foundation is a multigenerational family foundation, rooted in the Jewish tradition of social justice, working to create a more just, vibrant, sustainable, and democratic society. They partner with social movements, organizations and individuals who have creative and catalytic solutions to climate change and inequality. Art At Work would not exist without their continued generosity; their contributions from 2007 to 2015 made possible our flagship partnership with the City of Portland. We are tremendously grateful for their support.

You can learn more about the Nathan Cummings Foundation here.


The Elmina B. Sewall Foundation supports work in Maine to improve the well-being of people, animals and the environment while fostering relationships that strive for social equity and community resilience. Their continued support has been foundational to our ability to exist and make work as an organization. We are so grateful for their continued kindness and support.

You can learn more about the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation here.


The Maine Humanities Council, a statewide non-profit organization, uses the humanities — literature, history, philosophy, and culture — as a tool for positive change in Maine communities. Our programs and grants encourage critical thinking and conversations across social, economic, and cultural boundaries.

You can learn more about the Maine Humanities Council here.


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