Belfast Creative Coalition has named Larraine Brown its new executive director. Brown most recently served as executive director of Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast. She comes to BCC with more than 30 years of experience in management, fundraising and development of nonprofits and start-up businesses.

She began her career as a community organizer in Toronto and since then has founded and managed an urban-based publishing business; created and raised funds for the Belfast “15-Minute” Theater Festival and International Playwriting Competition, held annually from 2001 to 2004. In 2010, she was the first project manager for Our Town Belfast. For three years she was development director for National Alliance on Mental Illness Maine and a mental health education specialist. With Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast, she formed the theater group, R.A.W. (Restorative Art Works).

Belfast Creative Coalition is a consortium of the city of Belfast, Waterfall Arts and Our Town Belfast. The organization was formed in 2011 with a $50,000 Maine Arts Commission Creative Communities = Economic Development grant to support dialogue and partnership between municipalities, businesses and the cultural sector for the purpose of economic development. Brown follows past directors Emily Baer and Kimberley Callas.

BCC is located at 26 Spring St. in Belfast. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. For more information, visit or find BCC on Facebook.