Launchpad has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the City of Bangor through the City’s Commission for Cultural Development. The grant will support Launchpad’s Creative Ed program, a virtual and in-person adult learning program offering courses for all skill levels in creative arts disciplines.
The grant will fund, in part, technical support for virtual class offerings, promotional and advertising streams to substantially grow awareness of our programming, and to help establish free classes and a robust tuition assistance program to remove financial barriers to creative learning for the citizens of Bangor.
“The generous support from the City of Bangor and the Commission on Cultural Development is an investment in creative arts education for residents of Bangor and beyond,” says Meg Shorette, Executive Director of Launchpad. “It has been a goal of Launchpad for some time to bring affordable and accessible creative learning opportunities to our community. This funding helps to give our Creative Ed program the legs it needs to grow.”
The City of Bangor Commission on Cultural Development supports art and culture in Bangor, Maine through funding, marketing, advocacy, and education to benefit citizens, visitors, and the economic and cultural vitality of the city. The Commission has authorization to assess Bangor’s cultural needs, develop and maintain a comprehensive arts and cultural policy, review grant applications and public art requests, and work with the community to identify and encourage opportunities for the incubation of promising arts and cultural enterprises. “This is further affirmation from the City of Bangor that they remain committed to seeing arts & culture serve as a core component to community and economic development and keeping the arts accessible to residents and community members. This is a model that we champion across the state and Bangor deserves credit for being an innovator in this regard,” added Shorette.
ABOUT CREATIVE ED
Creative Ed is a program of Launchpad, and seeks to offer valuable, affordable, and accessible creative learning opportunities in artistic disciplines. Courses are designed for various skill levels looking to realize their full creative potential and are offered in a wide range of creative mediums including dance, music, visual art & design, theatre/acting, photography, writing, film & video, and professional development. In-person classes (when they resume) are held at the Bangor Arts Exchange and other locations across the region.