March 23, 2020
Dear Friends and Supporters of Maine’s Cultural Community,
Like all parts of American society, Maine’s museums, libraries, and arts organization are mobilizing to respond to the coronavirus. We are working to keep our patrons, staff, and community safe; creating innovative ways to entertain, serve, and keep you connected; and doing our best to steward our organizations and plan the resumption of normal activities at a challenging moment for everyone.
We are writing to suggest one way that you can support our efforts.
Our national partners—including the American Alliance of Museums, American Library Association, and Americans for the Arts—are currently advocating for inclusion of cultural organizations in the COVID 19 Relief and Economic Stimulation package being negotiated in Washington NOW. They need our grassroots support.
Would you consider reaching out to your representatives in Washington (and Augusta) to ensure that support for cultural organizations is included in relief and economic stimulation
Maine’s congressional delegation has been great champions of Maine’s cultural community—please be sure to thank them for their ongoing support.
Thank you for your continued dedication to the cultural fabric of our communities.Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine
Julie Butcher Pezzino, Executive Director
www.kitetails.orgPortland Museum of Art
Mark H.C. Bessire, Director
www.portlandmuseum.orgIndigo Arts Alliance
Marcía Minter and Daniel Minter, Founders
www.indigoartsalliance.meMaine Association of Nonprofits
https://www.nonprofitmaine.orgMaine Historical Society
Steve Bromage, Executive Director
www.mainehistory.orgPortland Public Library
Sarah Campbell, Executive Director
https://www.portlandlibrary.comPortland Stage Company
Anita Stewart, Executive & Artistic Director
www.portlandstage.orgPortland Symphony Orchestra
Carolyn Nishon, Executive Director
Aimée M. Petrin, Executive & Artistic Director
www.portlandovations.orgThe Telling Room
Celine Kuhn, Executive Director
LETTERS OF ARTS SUPPORT FROM CONGRESSWOMAN CHELLIE PINGREE