Waterfall Arts Receives Grant from Kennedy Family Foundation for Print Studio
Waterfall Arts in Belfast, Maine is pleased to be the recent recipient of a $5,000 donation from the Ethel and W. George Kennedy Family Foundation, Inc., for the ongoing development of the Waterfall Arts state-of-the-art Printmaking Studio.
In 2013 The Ethel and W. George Kennedy Family Foundation, Inc. made an initial grant of $10,000 to help establish a fully functional print studio at Waterfall Arts, accessible to printmakers of all skill levels. In the last year Waterfall Arts has successfully launched free demonstrations and affordable workshops and classes lead by some the area’s top printmakers like Richard Mann, Tara Law, Dina Petrillo, Abbie Read, Willy Reddick, Jeff Jelenfy and Russell Kahn. They have also hosted several printmakers from Portland giving workshops, recent graduate of Maine College of Art (MECA) Shawn Brewer of Fast Food Prints, and MECA faculty Colleen Kinsella and Elizabeth Jabar. Kinsella and Jabar have a large installation in Waterfall Art’s current exhibition in their Clifford Gallery, Living in These Bodies, Part II. The Print Studio hosts weekly open studio hours and working artists can subscribe for 24/7 access. Waterfall Arts will hold demo sessions for anyone interested in trying out the space. Look for open studio hours and demo dates on their website http://www.
The Ethel and W. George Kennedy Family Foundation, Inc. is a private family foundation established in 1968 by the now late W. George Kennedy in memory of his wife Ethel, who had died the year before. During the course of their lifetimes, Ethel and George Kennedy were committed to improving the quality of life for those in Miami-Dade County through the work of such organizations as the American Cancer Society and the Easter Seals. Kennedy hoped that the creation of a foundation for charitable purposes would ensure the continuity of their vision and maximize the effectiveness of his ongoing philanthropic support. Today, the Foundation is directed by four of their children and occasionally makes grants outside of Florida.
Since 2000, Waterfall Arts has served as the midcoast area’s non-profit community art center, offering innovative classes, exhibitions, artist residencies, and many other cultural events. Their mission is to create community in harmony with nature through the transformative power of the arts, carried out in two locations: the rustic woods setting in Montville in the original home of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and at 256 High St. in Belfast, in the former Anderson School.