Maine Arts and Culture
A thriving commitment to the arts

For over two centuries, Maine has been a magnet for artists seeking inspiration and a haven to cultivate their craft. Attracted by the rugged, untamed beauty of the region and lured by the promise of unwavering individualism, the artists of Maine continue to forge new frontiers in the realms of aesthetics, social consciousness, and personal artistic expression.

Portland, acclaimed as one of the nation’s top 10 art-centric communities and hailed as America’s most livable city, stands as a vibrant urban oasis nestled along the picturesque Atlantic Ocean coastline. A monthly tradition, the first Friday of every month transforms this creative haven, as over 70 galleries and studios invite you to step into their world during the Art Walk. Portland’s pedestrian-friendly charm is amplified by its collection of historic landmarks, diverse neighborhoods, thriving independent businesses, and an eclectic array of locally-owned restaurants.

Beyond its urban allure, Portland effortlessly bridges the gap between city life and natural beauty. A mere 10-minute drive from the heart of the city will unveil stunning beaches, tranquil state parks, and unspoiled nature preserves, ensuring that residents and visitors alike can easily escape into the wonders of the outdoors.

In Portland’s Art District one can experience all the cultural opportunities of any major metropolitan city but on a much more livable scale. The Portland Museum of Art, housing a permanent collection of paintings by Winslow Homer, Renoir, Degas, Monet, Picasso and other Masters; the Maine Historical Society and adjacent Longfellow House; Merrill Auditorium; the Portland Symphony Orchestra; the award winning Children’s Museum of Maine; and Portland Stage Company are all within a ten-minute walk.

Dance performances are scheduled by the Portland Ballet Company, which has a repertoire of more than 30 ballets ranging from classic to contemporary. Maine State Ballet, based in nearby Falmouth, also presents ballet in Portland.

The nationally acclaimed Portland Symphony Orchestra performs at Merrill Auditorium. The orchestra offers classical and pops concerts from October through April, plus “Independence Pops” concerts in July and “Magic of Christmas” concerts in December. The Portland Opera Repertory Theatre (PORT) performs grand opera in the city’s Merrill Auditorium during summer and winter. The Portland Concert Association presents dance, opera, musical theater, jazz, and classical music throughout the year. The 1929 State Theatre offers a variety of music performances.

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