Business Partnering with the Arts, for Business Owners and Members/Leaders of Cultural Organizations
BANGOR – The City of Bangor’s Commission on Cultural Development will host a free workshop on how businesses can partner with the arts on Wednesday, May 6, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at WBRC Architects Engineers, located at 44 Central Street. The workshop will be of specific interest to business owners and leaders of cultural organizations, however all are welcome. Registration requested; please register by phone (207) 992-4234 or online at http://www.bangormaine.gov/culturalworkshops.
The five panelists include Ray Bolduc, George Kinghorn, Matt McLaughlin, Kerrie Tripp, and Kassie Zeigler, who will explore how the arts and culture impacts local businesses and the economy, different ways of integrating art into business practices, and the kinds of return on investment that exist as a result. A question and answer session will follow.
Ray Bolduc is a Principal at WBRC Architects and Engineers and manager of the Civil Department. WBRC brings excellence and sustainable practices to its commercial, civic, education, and health-care projects through its team of architects, interior designers, landscape architects, and civil, structural, mechanical, and electrical engineers. WBRC frequently hosts and sponsors arts organizations in Bangor. Its employees volunteer with dozens of local charities and organizations. (www.wbrcae.com)
George Kinghorn is the Director and Curator of the University of Maine Museum of Art (UMMA), Maine’s museum for modern and contemporary art. Previously, Kinghorn was with the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville as Deputy Director & Chief Curator and Director. UMMA maintains a permanent collection of over 3,600 works of art, presents 12 changing exhibitions annually, and offers an array of educational programs for all ages. (www.umma.umaine.edu)
Matt McLaughlin is the current Chair of FUSION:Bangor, an organization that works to connect and engage young professionals in the greater Bangor region. In his day job, Matt serves as the Director of Public Relations, Marketing, and Business & Industry for Eastern Maine Community College. Matt sits on several other community boards: the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter, the Tri-County Workforce Investment Board, and Bangor Area Junior Achievement. ( www.fusionbangor.com)
Kerrie Tripp is the Executive Director at the Greater Bangor Convention and Visitors Bureau where her work spans campaigns for development of Maine’s first casino (Hollywood Casino) and the Cross Insurance Center, area festivals, and promotion of the Greater Bangor Region as a preferred destination. Kerrie also volunteers locally through events, charities, guest speaking, and serving as a board member for multiple organizations. (www.visitbangormaine.com)
Kassie Zeigler is Executive Director for Community Networks and Foundation at St. Joseph Healthcare. She is a lawyer and holds degrees in English and Art History as well. She is a member of the St. Joseph Healthcare Art Commission established by President Mary Prybylo to incorporate art into the healthcare setting as a way to improve healing, and bring in elements that encourage reflection, contemplation and tranquility. (www.stjoeshealing.org)
This workshop is fourth in a series that will address the professional development needs of artists in our community. Other workshops will include Grant Writing and the Application Process (Wednesday, September 2, 2015) and Marketing, Representation, and Networking (Wednesday, Oct 7, 2015)
For more information, please visit the City of Bangor website section for the Commission on Cultural Development, http://www.bangormaine.gov/content/1538/1415/1425/default.aspx.