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CREATE – CONNECT – COMMUNICATE

BCC – Arts & Culture in Waldo County

WE ARE BCC a connected coalition of creative entrepreneurs, nonprofit administrators, innovative business owners, writers, bakers, dancers, singers, directors, producers, painters, blacksmiths, actors, lighting and set designers, sound technicians, poets, students, performers, soap-makers, glassblowers, quilt makers, steel and woodworkers, chefs, arts and culture enthusiasts and friends. 

BCC FOCUSES on Waldo County’s multi-faceted jewels of traditional and diverse contemporary art genres and creative nonprofit and for-profit business models including organic farms, crafts, and creative services.

BCC FOSTERS the spirit and the business of art and culture in Waldo County. We connect creatives – artists and art organizations – to their appreciators, grow their audiences and constituencies, to profoundly nourish their creative work and impulses.  

BCC ILLUMINATES Waldo County arts and cultural events on the BCC website, our dynamic, ever-changing Facebook presence,  public calendar, guerilla pop-up networking events, festivals, conferences, performances, music, theater and art events, Art Works, Belfast Busking Festival, FreeHand Forum: Rural Arts and Activism Conference, innovative marketing and promotions.

FREE MEMBERSHIPS & EVENT LISTINGS for individual artists our public calendar and directory of the creative sector in Waldo County. JOIN HERE.

Collaboration & Marketing for Pro & Business Members: BCC provides additional and affordable layers of supports and organizes innovative marketing and promotion of working artists and also for organizations and businesses to celebrate our region’s vitality and to strengthen our creative economy.

See our JOIN US page for more information.

 

The BCC’s team:

  • Larraine Brown – Director
  • Deb Hensley – Programs
  • Susan Guthrie – Marketing & Promotion
  • Marika Shyderoff – Intern ‘Extraordinaire’

BCC’s Board Members are leaders from local non-profits, government, and the community:

  • BCC Board President (and interim treasurer), Betty Johnson, Waldo County Commissioner
  • Vice-President, Thomas Kittredge – Director of Economic Development, City of Belfast
  • Brenda Harrington – Adult Programming Coordinator, Belfast Free Library
  • Martha Piscuskas – Executive Director, Waterfall Arts Program Director

A little background:

The Belfast (Area) Creative Coalition was formed in 2012 through ‘sweat-equity’ –  the commitment of creatives, the diligence of local artists, supported by individual donors, and a Maine Arts Commission Creative Communities Economic Development grant

BCC’s ‘Action for Art’ committees includes Art & Culture Planning Committee; Events Committee; Belfast Art Works Committee; FreeHand Forum Committee; Fundraising Committee; Art and Farm Committee. These groups are made up of  ‘creatives’ – individuals and those from organizations, including Our Town Belfast; The Chamber of Commerce; Waterfall Arts; Maine Farmland Trust; local gallery owners; individual artists; and people like YOU.

Our work is supported through the generosity and wisdom of our diverse membership, individual donors, the City of Belfast, the Maine Arts Commission,  Maine Farmland Trust, the Quimby Family Foundation, the Davis Foundation, the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation, Bangor Savings Bank, Delvino’s Restaurant. Thank you!

Special thanks to the artists for use for their images: Fine Art, Jeffery Ackerman – Education, Abbie Read – Local Food, Susan Toby White – Performers, Steve Scoville.