AUGUSTA – Monday was Arts and Culture Day in the Hall of Flags at the state capitol.
The focus of the event was strengthening the relationship between leaders of the arts and lawmakers. Topics of discussion included improving Maine’s arts sector, which is an important economic driver in the state.
The director of Word, Blue Hill’s literary arts festival, said the Augusta event offered opportunities to spread the word about festivals and gatherings.
“We have a table with save-the-date cards so that people will know. It’s the third year of our festival, so a lot of people don’t know we exist,” Word Director Lee Lehto said.
The event, presented by ArtsEngageME and the Maine Arts Commission, allowed legislators to hear performances by the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, the Pineland Fiddlers and Stuart Kestenbaum, Maine’s poet laureate.