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Baxter Academy Student Wins 2021 Congressional Art Competition for Maine’s 1st District

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) announced today that Baxter Academy senior Elwen Bernard has won the 2021 Congressional Art Competition for Maine’s 1st District. Her illustration Passport Photo will be on display in the U.S. Capitol for one year. “Every year, the sheer talent of Maine student artists blows me away, and this year’s Congressional Art Competition was no…

Pingree Announces Opening of Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Program to Support Local Jobs, Performance Venues

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Today, Rep. Pingree announced that more help is here for local businesses and workers as the Small Business Administration’s Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program begins accepting applications on Thursday, April 8th, 2021. Pingree helped secure additional funding for the program as part of the American Rescue Plan’s support for small…

Pingree Introduces Legislation to Bolster Local Creative Economies, Create Skilled Jobs Nationwide

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), co-chair of the Congressional Arts Caucus, introduced the Promoting Local Arts and Creative Economy Workforce Act, legislation to invest in local economies across the country. The bill, which is the House companion to Senator Brian Schatz’ legislation, will bolster the creative economy and empower workers to find sustainable jobs in…

Pingree Announces $700K Federal Investment in Three Maine Museums

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WASHINGTON, D.C.—Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today announced the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ (IMLS) Museums for America (MFA) program will award three projects in Maine’s First Congressional District with a combined $704,458 in grants and combined matching amounts of $769,730. “In my lifetime, I’ve watched communities like Rockland transform into…

Pingree Announces Maine Cultural Organizations to Receive $200,000 from National Endowment for the Humanities

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today announced the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded two projects in Maine a combined $200,000. The Maine Humanities Council and the University of Maine, Augusta will both receive $100,000 for public discussion programs. “As the co-chair of the Congressional Arts Caucus, I’ve seen how the arts can bring people together and…

Pingree Touts Wins for Creative Economy, Land and Water Conservation Fund in FY2020 Interior Appropriations Package

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), Vice Chair of the House Appropriations Interior Subcommittee, today announced that the full House Appropriations Committee has approved the FY2020 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill, which increases discretionary funding by $1.73 billion from the 2019 level. The bill lays out a very different vision from the Trump…

Pingree Announces Ten National Endowment for the Arts Awards in Maine’s First Congressional District

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today announced the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has awarded ten grants to Maine organizations totaling $981,800. "Despite the Trump administration’s continued attempts to eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, I’m proud to have worked with my colleagues on the House Appropriations committee to stop these…

Pingree Announces Four Maine Organizations Awarded +300k in National Endowment for the Humanities Grants

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today announced that the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is offering $328,000 in grants to the Maine Humanities Council, Portland Museum of Art, Trustees of St. Joseph's College, and Maine State Museum. “I’m excited to announce that four of Maine’s cultural institutions have been offered significant grant funding from the National…

Falmouth Student Wins 2019 Congressional Art Competition for Maines 1st District

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Congresswoman Chellie Pingree announced today that Falmouth High School junior Julia Lee has won the 2019 Congressional Art Competition for Maine’s 1st District. Her illustration “Facet” will be on display at the U.S. Capitol for a year. “It’s always exciting to see the submissions that this competition produces every year—not just for their exceptional quality but for the perspectives…

Congresswomen Pingree, Stefanik to Co-Chair Bipartisan Congressional Arts Caucus

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  Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today welcomed Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-New York) as the Republican Co-Chair of the bipartisan Congressional Art Caucus, which advocates for policies to support the arts and humanities.   "The arts are an area of bipartisan agreement because of the value they add to our communities and to the lives of the people we represent.…

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