Cultivate Fall Tour – October 8 and 9, 2016
Welcome to Cultivate 2016!
Developed by the Belfast Creative Coalition, Cultivate: Belfast Area Farm and Art Fall Tour highlights the richness of art, culture and agriculture in and around 26 coastal and rural communities in midcoast Maine.
Held over Columbus Day Weekend, 2016, Saturday, October 8th and Sunday, October 9th, Cultivate is a free, open studio and farm tour with special workshops and demonstrations. Visit artists working in their studios and learn how farmers are entrepreneurs creating artistic consumer products from what they cultivate!
The Belfast Creative Coalition website will have full descriptions and images of the tour sites and suggested nearby attractions. All locations will be within 30-45 minutes driving time from Belfast – check back for a full Cultivate locations listing to come!
Why Farms and Art?
Here in Waldo County we have a unique combination of farmers and artists. The farmers are creative and the artists keep a ‘hand in the dirt’. There are farmers that make fiddles, print original woodcuts or create their visions on canvas. There are artists raising sheep, making cheese, harvesting and processing food. The love of place, embracing the handmade and being “local” are ubiquitous. The Cultivate Fall Tour celebrates and appreciates this universal spirit.
Farmers and artists have much in common. Maine is a uniquely inspirational state where collaboration and neighborly networking are an everyday occurrence, calling to many, even from miles away. Farming and art making are creative, responsive acts. Both farmers and artists are deeply involved in process. Life is valued as part of something that is becoming, a seed in the ground, a seasonal life that often requires a variety of vocational pursuits. The connecting thread of creative energy runs through their hands, their hearts and their souls outward to touch others with what they produce. These entrepreneurs work on a small, human and local scale. Their work requires discipline and careful time management to create the fruits they share with you, their community.
Cultivate was one of four programs featured in the National Endowment for the Arts’ 50th Anniversary ‘United States of Arts: Maine’ video!
Check back for a full list of participating artist studios and farms, to be announced in 2016!
2015’s complete Cultivate: Belfast Area Farm and Art Fall Tour location list is below: