Nat May, director of Portland’s SPACE Gallery, will present information about The Kindling Fund Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 6:30 p.m. at Waterfall Arts, 256 High St. May will present a brief overview of the artist grant program and take questions about the guidelines and application process.

SPACE created The Kindling Fund to support the energy of Maine’s visual arts community by funding innovative, artist-organized projects that engage the public in ways that are both inventive and meaningful. The Kindling Fund values risk and experimentation; unconventional engagement; and critical dialogue. It encourages collaborative efforts to reach new audiences, increase public interaction and create new models for presenting artists’ work.

The fund seeks to support a variety of publicly accessible projects, with a strong interest in alternative space/practices and site-specific presentations that don’t fit in established institutions or venues. Projects supported by The Kindling Fund may include (but are not limited to) public art projects, intervention or site-specific installations, one-time events or performances, the publication of writing directly related to the visual arts including printed matter and online publications, online projects, artist residencies, series of screenings, curatorial projects that focus on unconventional artistic practice, lecture or workshop series, multimedia, video and photo projects or unconventional exhibitions.

For more information about the meeting, visit or call 338-2222. For more information about The Kindling Fund, visit

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