The nonprofit Waterfall Arts has received grants this summer that will allow it to continue existing offerings and develop new ones. Since 2000, Waterfall Arts has served as the area’s nonprofit community art center, offering innovative classes, exhibitions, artist residencies and many other cultural events. Its mission is to create community in harmony with nature through the transformative power of the arts, carried out in two locations: the rustic woods setting in Montville in the original home of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts; and at 256 High St. in Belfast, in the former Anderson School.

Quimby Family Foundation grant

Last month, Waterfall Arts announced the receipt of a $35,000 grant from the Quimby Family Foundation to support the continuation of Bridge, its free after-school art program in Belfast. The popular program brings together working artists and under-served local students, providing them with free art sessions. Artist Bridget Matros, who led art programs at the Boston Children’s Museum for many years, directs the group.

The Quimby grant also will fund a Bridge Community Arts Coordinator to fully implement the after-school program, increase public access to art and creative experiences and to expand efforts to engage families in the creative community. Plans include having family-friendly, hands-on art activities at public events and helping local galleries and artists welcome families to art exhibition and experiences. Other goals are to facilitate the inclusion of young artists in public art, using social media to expand the community of Next Generation Artists and provide a positive, safe, and organized environment for kids to hang out and create afterschool.

The Quimby Family Foundation was formed in 2004 by Roxanne Quimby, an entrepreneur, environmentalist and philanthropist with the vision to advance wilderness values and to increase access to the arts throughout Maine.

Kennedy Family Foundation grant

This month, Waterfall Arts announced the receipt of a $5,000 donation from the Ethel and W. George Kennedy Family Foundation, Inc., for the ongoing development of the art center’s state-of-the-art printmaking studio.

Last year, the Ethel and W. George Kennedy Family Foundation, Inc. made an initial grant of $10,000 to help establish a fully functional print studio at Waterfall Arts, accessible to printmakers of all skill levels. Since then, Waterfall Arts has successfully launched free demonstrations and affordable workshops and classes lead by some the area’s top printmakers including Richard Mann, Tara Law, Dina Petrillo, Abbie Read, Willy Reddick, Jeff Jelenfy and Russell Kahn.

The center also has hosted several printmakers from Portland to give workshops: recent Maine College of Art grad Shawn Brewer of Fast Food Prints: and MECA faculty Colleen Kinsella and Elizabeth Jabar. Kinsella and Jabar have a large installation in Waterfall Art's current exhibition in the Clifford Gallery, “Living in these Bodies, Part II.”

The Print Studio hosts weekly open studio hours and working artists can subscribe for 24/7 access. Waterfall Arts will hold demo sessions for anyone interested in trying out the space; for open studio hours and demo dates, visit

The Ethel and W. George Kennedy Family Foundation, Inc. is a private family foundation established in 1968 by the now late W. George Kennedy in memory of his wife Ethel, who had died the year before. During the course of their lifetimes, Ethel and George Kennedy were committed to improving the quality of life for those in Miami-Dade County through the work of such organizations as the American Cancer Society and the Easter Seals. Kennedy hoped that the creation of a foundation for charitable purposes would ensure the continuity of their vision and maximize the effectiveness of his ongoing philanthropic support. Today, the Foundation is directed by four of their children and occasionally makes grants outside of Florida.

For more information about Waterfall Arts, visit the website; email; or call 338-2222.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or