The Maine Arts Commission’s new grant funding cycle, for fiscal year 2019, has opened. Applications and grant guidelines are available online at mainearts.com.

Applications are due for specific grants programs on the following deadlines: Organizational and Arts Learning Grants, March 1; Individual Artist Grants,March 8; and Maine Arts Fellowships and Traditional Arts Apprenticeships, June 14.

For more information on MAC’s Grants Management System, services, resources and five-year cultural plan, visit the website, where one can sign up to receive the commission’s monthly e-newsletters containing information about grants and other opportunities and awards; follow the agency on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; and/or contact Senior Grants Director Kathy Ann Shaw at Kathy.shaw@maine.gov with general grant questions.

The Maine Arts Commission supports artists, arts organizations, educators, policy makers and community developers in advancing the arts in Maine. For more than 50 years, MAC has encouraged and stimulated public interest and participation in the cultural heritage and programs of our state; worked to expand the state's cultural resources; and encouraged and assisted freedom of artistic expression for the well-being of the arts, to meet the needs and aspirations of persons in all parts of the state.

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