The Belfast Creative Coalition, a group composed of Waterfall Arts, Our Town Belfast and the City of Belfast, has named Kimberly Callas of Brooks as the organization’s creative economy coordinator.

The position was created through a $50,000 Maine Arts Commission “Creative Communities = Economic Development” grant as a way to connect the many art-related organizations in Waldo County, a project that Callas considers already well underway.

“Winning this grant means that the area is already doing a lot of work in the creative economy,” she said. “This grant sort of recognizes that and gives [the coalition] some funding to push their efforts with a coordinator.”

Broadly defined, this means bringing business to the area.

“We want to brand Belfast as a creative location, as an arts location, as well as an eco location, which I think we’re doing more with the downtown … probably the funds will go for attracting people to Belfast.”

The Belfast-based coalition was one of two in the state to receive the grant this year — the other was in Waterville. The group is hoping to coordinate creative groups throughout Waldo County.

Callas was picked from a field of 20 applicants. Her credentials include serving recently on the board of Midcoast Magnet and the Juice Conference Steering Committee. She has worked with nonprofits and universities for more than 15 years and was a founding member of Newforest Institute in Brooks. She is also an artist who has exhibited in local galleries.

Among many semi-abstract goals — “maximizing the creative synergy within the Waldo County region … [coordinating] consistent regional marketing and branding….” — one of Callas’ major tasks, according to Dorothy Havey, executive director of Our Town Belfast, will be to create a website and online calendar for arts-related events in the area.

“Not an easy task, I’ve decided, after trying to keep a calendar for a while,” Havey said. “Waterfall Arts has a calendar, the college [University of Maine Hutchinson Center] has a calendar, the Chamber of Commerce has a calendar, I had a calendar, and there are different newsletters going around.”

The new calendar, which would appear on a new, as-yet-unnamed website, would not attempt to replace listings from other websites, Havey said, but would draw from them in an aim to be complete, in part to take the burden off other organizations that have tried to keep their own, often limited, calendars.

It would also ostensibly help groups work together or at least avoid scheduling conflicting events.

Callas started working out of the Our Town Belfast offices on High Street in Belfast on Feb. 1.

A meeting with interested parties is planned for sometime in February. It’s the sort of event for which information would likely appear on the new Creative Coalition calendar. For the time being, however, it’s likely best to check the Our Town Belfast website for updates (