Congresswoman Chellie Pingree

Representing the 1st District of Maine

Supporting the Arts

The arts have incredible value for our state as a positive tool for economic development, education, and community building. I am proud to advocate for federal investments in the arts and humanties that support important work here in Maine in several ways--as a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and the Environment (which oversees funding for the National Endowments of the Arts and Humanities), an ex-officio member of the National Council on the Arts, and co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Arts Caucus. 

Stay tuned to this page for the latest updates on my work to support the arts. 

More on Supporting the Arts

Oct 30, 2018 Blog Post

Joining SidexSide in Portland for an exciting federal grant announcement to support arts-based education in local schools.

Oct 26, 2018 Blog Post

Great morning spent in Waterville, talking with local organizations investing in the community's arts and creative economy. Amazing to see what's gone on here in last few years!

Sep 26, 2018 Press Release

Don and CIndy Roy
Washington, D.C.—Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME) today met with Maine musicians Don and Cindy Roy in her office to congratulate them on receiving National Heritage Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The Roys, who are from Gorham, will receive the prestigious honor at an event later tonight, where Pingree will also speak. 

Jul 18, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C.—Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME) has led a successful effort to vote down a House proposal that would have slashed federal funding for the arts and humanities, which has been a vital tool for supporting Maine’s creative economy and cultural richness. 

An amendment to the House Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill would have cut 15 percent from the budgets of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)—roughly $23 million for each agency. The House voted it down this afternoon 114-297.

May 9, 2018 Press Release

 WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today announced five National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grant awards totaling more than $900,000 for organizations in Maine’s first district congressional district. 

Apr 19, 2018 Press Release

Pingree and Jane Chu
Congresswoman Pingree with NEA Chairman Jane Chu at a 2016 event in Portland.

Feb 7, 2018 Press Release

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree announced today that Galen Gaze of Brunswick has won the 2018 Congressional Art Competition for Maine’s 1st District. Her illustration, entitled “Toucanana,” will be on display at the U.S. Capitol for a year. 

Oct 26, 2017 Press Release

Pingree and Jane Chu
Congresswoman Pingree with NEA Chairman Jane Chu at a 2015 event in Portland.