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FEB. 14 / VALENTINE’S DAY DRINK, DRAW, & MEET

February 14 / Doors at 7pm / Event starts at 7:30pm

$8 advance (+ EventBrite fee) or $10 at the door. Your ticket includes one complimentary beverage (beer/wine/prosecco). ID at the door please. 

TICKETS HERE

Join us for a different kind of Valentine’s Day…for those who are not paired up, not looking to pair up, or those who just want to meet some new people. This event is an “all identities and expressions” kind of event. 

We’ll treat this like speed-dating, but instead of talking awkwardly to the person across from you, you’ll be drawing them…even more awkward! We’ll do blind contour single line images which most likely will turn out really weird which is totally OK. We’ll switch chairs every two minutes. Hilarity will ensue, you’ll meet some nice people, and have a great evening of fun.

ENGINE TO RECEIVE NEA GRANT

Engine to Receive $10,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $27 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2019. Included in this announcement is a Challenge America grant of $10,000 to Engine, a nonprofit arts organization in downtown Biddeford, to support its Fringe Fest Performing Arts Festival. Challenge America grants support projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations—those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.

“The arts enhance our communities and our lives, and we look forward to seeing these projects take place throughout the country, giving Americans opportunities to learn, to create, to heal, and to celebrate,” said Mary Anne Carter, acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.

The 3rd Annual Fringe Fest Performing Arts Festival will be held on Friday, September 20 from 4pm-9pm. The event is spearheaded by Engine, a nonprofit arts organization in downtown Biddeford. The NEA Challenge America grant will be used to support a Festival Artist-in-Residence who will work with the community for three weeks leading up to and unveiled at the Fringe Fest. One goal of the project will be to stimulate a community conversation around the role of the arts in Biddeford’s redevelopment.

Fringe Fest is the Friday night kickoff for the annual River Jam Festival, a full day of family activities and music, organized by Heart of Biddeford Main Street Program, which takes place on Saturday, September 21, 2019.

“I’m so impressed with the creative ways Maine communities are using the arts to strengthen local economies. What’s happening in Biddeford is a great example of how the arts can attract people back into our downtowns to visit, live, and work,” said Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, Co-Chair of the Congressional Arts Caucus. “I’m thrilled that Engine has received this National Endowment for the Arts grant to help continue this momentum by supporting its exciting Fringe Fest Performing Arts Festival.”

“Engine is thrilled to receive its first National Endowment for the Arts grant and even more thrilled to be able to have the opportunity to engage people in Biddeford’s renaissance that might not feel like they’ve been included,” says Engine Executive Director Tammy Ackerman.

For more information on this National Endowment for the Arts grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.

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FEB 2 / OPENING OF WINTER WONDERLAND

Engine is pleased to coordinate a show celebrating winter on behalf of the City of Biddeford, in the hallway gallery at 205 Main Street. There will be an opening with light refreshments from 12-2pm on Saturday, February 2nd.

The show will be on display through the month of February, hours Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm.

Artists include:
Enrico Della Pietra
Eileen Foley
Susan Collier
Rebecca Cote
Nadya Glizina
Susan E Mesick
Raquel Miller
Marilyn Morel
Diane Noble
Elizabeth T. Schoch
Francine Schrock
Keiren Valentine
Russel Whitten

CALL FOR WORK: 2019 RUMPUS

Welcome to the annual RUMPUS, where anyone, of any age or ability, is invited to submit one piece of artwork to be hung in Engine’s gallery.

The opening for the event will be Saturday, March 2nd, from 4-6pm. Please register your work below:

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