The public is warmly invited to join the Belfast Creative Coalition in welcoming the Maine Arts Commission’s new director, Julie Richard, on Oct. 31st from 8-9 a.m. in the Clifford Gallery at Waterfall Arts, 256 High St.

The Maine Arts Commission last visited Belfast in August of 2011 when they toured the arts and cultural institutions, galleries, and city hall, to assess Belfast’s viability for the $50,000 CC=ED grant (Creative Communities=Economic Development grant).  Spearheaded by Waterfall Arts, Our Town Belfast, and the City, Belfast was awarded the grant in January of 2012 and created the Belfast Creative Coalition to cultivate the already vibrant creative economy of Waldo County.

On October 31st, the Maine Arts Commission will return and the Belfast Creative Coalition will introduce Belfast to the Maine Arts Commission’s new director, Julie Richard.  Julie Richard most recently held the position of president & CEO of the West Valley Arts Council in the West Valley of Phoenix, Arizona. Before that she was the executive director of the Metropolitan Arts Council in Greenville, South Carolina. She is noted for her ability to take organizations to the next level and has done that wherever she has worked. Julie earned BS degrees in Psychology and Music (Voice) and a MA in Business (Arts Administration) all from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Donna McNeil, the previous director, will also join us.  Donna is now the Arts Policy and Program Director at the Commission.

A continental breakfast and coffee will be served and there will be a presentation on the Belfast Creative Coalition’s dramatic achievements over the past nine months. Please come and enjoy the art on display at Waterfall Arts, meet the new director and hear about the exciting momentum Belfast Creative Coalition is generating for our region. All Welcome!  Following the breakfast, the Belfast Creative Coalition will introduce the new director to downtown Belfast and its bustling art scene.

For more information on this event contact: Kimberly Callas, Belfast Creative Coalition Coordinator at