Waldoboro, Maine – March 11, 2016 – What do you get when you put meat pies, oil paintings, and over 60 caring citizens into a single space? One very successful community arts potluck, says Medomak Arts Project, a Waldoboro-based nonprofit. While the organization's general mission is to "foster imagination and creativity … by providing arts education, celebration, and promotion," it was celebration that was the focus of its successful potluck, titled "We Heart Medomak Arts." The event marked a warm closing to February and signaled both the beginning of spring and a new stage of the organization’s life in Waldoboro and the Medomak region.
During the event, interim President Oren Robinson offered a festive greeting to attendees and introduced the rest of the board, including Vice president Marlies Hunter and members Holly Berry, Jann Minzy, and April Reed-Cox.
Following this, Treasurer and Secretary Tyson Pease spoke about Medomak Arts programming. "We're excited to see The Space becoming more active," he said, noting current programs like family game nights, a weekly fiber arts gathering, a linocut printing workshop, and morning yoga from Central Lincoln County YMCA. All of these programs take place in the same setting as the potluck itself, the Space @ No. 9, Medomak Arts' community arts space in downtown Waldoboro.
"While these programs will continue," Pease said, "we have more in store starting this spring." Highlights include weekly "Drop By and Draw” sessions, a batik fabric dyeing workshop, and ukulele jams. Also in the pipeline is "Finger Lickin" Pickin'," a potluck and concert series launched last summer; a kite-building workshop; and a workshop on writing for visual storytelling.
"But," Pease went on, "a community arts space doesn’t exist without you. Medomak Arts is getting the ball rolling, but I invite each of you to think about what kinds of things you'd like to do, to learn, or to even teach to others. Think outside the box, dream big, and then bring those ideas into the Space." Programs already in development from community members include workshops on poetics and bourbon tasting. No. 9 is also a visual arts gallery receiving art submissions to the public. On medomakarts.org you can stay updated on programs and learn more about what's possible at No. 9 or submit workshop / event proposals.
After Pease's words, board member Melissa Smith, primarily with a science background, talked about the added value of combining a variety of local sectors and interests into one effort like Medomak Arts does. "Each of us brings our own valuable perspective and resources," she said.
Smith emphasized the need for a community of unique individuals to support an organization like Medomak Arts in the many different ways it can. "Money is always good," she said, pointing to a recurring "9 for No. 9" monthly $9 donation that can be made online, as well as larger one-time donations that help cover the costs of chairs, tables, and other equipment. "But there are many ways to donate to the cause," she said. Volunteering hours or lending skills can be invaluable. Learn more and show your support for Medomak Arts online.
Smith's words closed the presentation, but the event was long from over. Welcomed by the bustling energy from the board, potluck attendees stayed to eat, talk, and imagine well into the evening. With such a favorable turnout, the early spring thaw is looking to be an exciting time in downtown Waldoboro.