HISTORY + MISSION
To foster and integrate the arts and design, education, and sustainable creative entrepreneurialism as an explicit community value and civic priority in Biddeford.
Founded on the belief that artistic expression and creative vibrancy are the gateway to cultural, social, and economic revitalization, Engine is committed to designing, launching, and promoting community-based arts programming. Engine aspires to be a driver of artistic expression, creative industry, cultural vitality, community connections, and socially responsible practices. Engine was conceived of and founded by Tammy Ackerman, Joshua Bodwell, and Stephen Abbott in 2010 and received its 501(c)3 status in December of 2010.
In addition to maintaining a gallery and flex-space at 128 Main Street, Engine’s mission and goals also revolve around helping the community see arts and culture as a viable form of economic development. Other Maine communities—such as Eastport, Rockland, and of course, Portland—have greatly benefitted from attracting artists and creative individuals who help create and sustain an exciting environment, in the process raising the quality of life and attracting both new residents and businesses. in the form of actual bricks and mortar stores and in the form of cultural tourist dollars.
Engine is not exclusive to art enthusiasts; we believe art should be inclusive not exclusive. We welcome the involvement on anyone who believes that art and culture are important to communities.
Engine is building on the work of the City Theater and the Heart of Biddeford, and offering support and assistance to various cultural groups. We are offering classes to the local community, especially youth, which will help expand or discover their own creative thinking and expose them to career paths that may not have been apparent.
In the future, Engine will be located in the former Renys on Main Street. We’re now referring to the building by its old moniker, the Marble Block, and working to renovate it into a center of creativity and innovation.
We believe that commerce follows culture.
That art should integrate, not alienate.
And that art, in its fullest expression, not only impacts individuals but transforms communities.
Engine is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization (effective December 2010) and incorporated in the State of Maine.
Engine’s Financial Statements, Policies, IRS 990 provided upon request.