CMCA Receives Quimby Family Foundation Grant

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art announced that it will receive a $25,000 grant for operational support from the Quimby Family Foundation for 2015.

The arts organization has received several of the highly competitive awards from the Quimby Family Foundation in the past several years. In her notification letter, Hannah Quimby, the foundation’s executive director, wrote, “We look forward to continued partnership. We know that without your great work, we would not be able to move closer to the common vision that we share for the people and the state of Maine.”

Founded in 1952, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art is the longest running institution dedicated to contemporary art in the state. In summer 2016, CMCA will move from its longtime home in Rockport to a newly constructed building in downtown Rockland, greatly expanding its programmatic outreach and visibility.

CMCA director Suzette McAvoy said, “We are thrilled at the recognition by the Quimby Family Foundation of CMCA’s work in bringing an understanding and appreciation of Maine’s vibrant contemporary art scene to new and wider audiences, especially schoolchildren and members of the younger generation.” She also stated that the foundation “has been instrumental in CMCA’s growth, and we are eternally grateful.”

CMCA will use the 2015 award to support increased curatorial and education staffing, positions that are critical to its mission of advancing contemporary art in Maine through exhibitions and educational programs.

The Quimby Family Foundation was founded 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.

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art is a nonprofit organization advancing contemporary art in Maine through exhibitions and educational programs. For more information, visit cmcanow.org.