We could use a few extra hands to help make this process easier. And so many people have offered help as we move to the basement for the summer while the Marble Block gets underway.

Click on the link below to sign up for a time slot so we know who is coming, when. Bring gloves, comfy shoes, tools if you have them. Boxes would be handy.

A pickup truck would be helpful as would a hand cart or dollie if you have either.

Sign Up!

To-do list:

  • Disassembling the bar and moving to the Marble Block.
  • Disassembling office cubes and moving to the Marble Block.
  • Disconnecting the plumbing for the bar and darkroom
  • Carefully de-installing artwork for pickup by artists
  • Moving the darkroom equipment to storage either in the Marble Block
  • Moving tables from FabLab to the Marble Block.
  • Moving furniture from the retail shop to the Marble Block.
  • Moving Tammy’s office to the basement (file cabinet, standing cabinet, desk)
  • No cleaning necessary, no one else is moving in.

Thank you so much! Our community is fantastic and we are feeling much loved.


Actor Luke Crory, Director Mentor Michael Nickles, and Student Director May Winter discuss a scene.

The foundation of cinema and television is now and always will be the written screenplay. Project AWARE, a youth-led filmmaking program run by Engine, presents a Call for Screenwriting Submissions for aspiring area youth seeking to be read, recognized and rewarded for their storytelling talent. This scriptwriting call is a rare opportunity for screenwriters to submit their work to be read, judged, and critiqued solely on their ability to captivate and communicate through the written word.

The Summer Film Institute will be held July 15-19 at Engine (40 Laconia Street, Biddeford).

The script should deal with a topic that is relevant to high school age youth. In the past, Project AWARE films have addressed bullying, eating disorders, substance misuse, sexual abuse, among other topics.


Submissions due by July 14.

Please email to director@feedtheengine.org

Goodbye & Hello : 128 to 129

Join Engine as we say goodbye to our home for the last four years, 128 Main Street, and focus our energy on relocating to 129 Main Street, the Marble Block. As Engine heads towards its tenth anniversary in January of 2020, we’ll celebrate the artists who have exhibited work in our gallery and youth who have benefitted from our programs.

Goodbye & Hello is a celebration of all things Engine, past and future. We invite Engine’s family of artists, parents, members, and past donors to join us this evening of good friends, food, and drink.

Special Preview (tickets $100, limited to 50) from 6-7pm will include

  • Artist Meet and Greet, for final show at 128 Main, Intermission
  • Delicious, festive hors d’oeuvres* from Big Tree Catering–the folks who created Eventide, Honey Paw, and Hugo’s; fresh oysters from Nonesuch Oysters’ Abigail Carroll; and amuse-bouches.
  • Specialty cocktails with Round Turn Distilling
  • Sneak-peek of Lorne, Biddeford’s newest wine bar, with a tasting of a special selection of bottles and bubbly
  • Beer samplings with Banded Brewing
  • Music by blues master Sam Smithwick

The Main Event (Tickets $50, limited to 125) from 7-9pm will include:

  • Viewing of final show at 128 Main, Intermission
  • Peek into 129 Main with sound installation
  • Delicious, festive food from Big Tree Catering–the folks who created Eventide, Honey Paw, and Hugo’s
  • Auction of Experiential Packages with Lucas Hunt Auctioneer
  • Special Guests
  • Raise the Roof Auction of Bricks and Sticks
  • Wine and beer courtesy of Lorne and Banded Brewing
  • Goodbye & Hello Toast to end the evening by Brit Saliwanchik

Attire: Artsy Chic, if that is a thing. And can be widely interpreted in Maine. But please do dress comfortable but don’t be afraid to let your creative flag fly!

Food: Cocktail party with heavy hors d’oeuvres–a buffet-style with three different large wooden boards festooned with cheeses, charcuterie, smoked fish, and all the accompanying pickles, jams, and mustards you can imagine.

Experiential Packages

Bid on one or more of these four packages that intend to give you a unique, off-the-menu experience in and around downtown Biddeford. Bid as one or as a group of friends. These experiences are meant to share:

  1. FOOD LIFE: Start your indulgent day in Biddeford with a private lesson in ice cream making for 3 at Sweet Cream with Jonathan Denton and Jacqui DeFranca. Next, you’ll head over to Banded Brewing’s barrel-aging basement bar for a toast with Ian McConnell, owner and head brewmaster. Then get a private viewing of the earliest cookbooks printed in Maine, some which literally only exist in this location, with renowned antiquarian book expert Don Lindgren of Rabelais. The grand finale, enjoy a fine dining prix fixe experience for 4 at elda, the brainchild of James Beard nominee Chef Bowman Brown and one of Eater’s Best Restaurants in the Country in 2018.
  2. OUTDOOR LIFE: Start the day right with a private movement lesson (1-3 people) at with Carissa Rubin and at Metta Studio in the Pepperell Mill Campus. Pick up your picnic lunch from Part & Parcel and then head off with Dr. Aline Potvin, naturopath, on an urban foraging excursion where you’ll find both edible and medicinal plants. Then, set sail for with Broad Reach Sailing and Saco River Tours for an evening tour of Saco River and Bay. (Tandem sail for 12 people or double the fun with two individual sails for 6). A bottle of Round Turn Distilling Bimini Gin and Stone Fort Vodka included for boat drinks. The next morning, learn to fly at Metta Studios with a private group aerial yoga class (all levels welcome! 8 people max).
  3. CITY LIFE: Enjoy a unique urban experience as guests (up to 15) gather on the rooftop deck of Pepperell Mill Campus with snacks by Brian Gossman of Farm to Coast, and cocktails courtesy of mill owners Doug and Lauren Sanford. You’re then invited to the theater with tickets for 8 to the City Theater production of Drowsy Chaperone. Top off your night on the town with a tasty treat at Elements Books Coffee Beer.
  4. CULTURAL LIFE: Enjoy a private tour of the Ogunquit Museum of American Art’s new summer exhibitions with museum staff and docents. Then, practice your own skills with a private lesson with Biddeford landscape artist Janet Ledoux (supplies included) and a sun print session with NOC Darkroom @ Engine’s Tina Johnson. Learn the finer points of coffee with private coffee-tasting session with connoisseur and roaster Jon Philips of Time & Tide. Later in the summer get ready for a sneak peek into the highly-anticipated new restaurant Magnus on Water with sommelier Brittany Saliwanchik. From art to food to history, dive deep into all the best of Southern Maine.

Can’t come but still want to support Engine? 

Proxy Auction Bids on Experiential Packages

You can buy a paddle and we’ll have proxies bid on the experience packages for you. Fill out the Proxy Form here.

Bricks & Sticks Auction

You can buy a brick or stick online as well by visiting our donation page!

Many thanks to our wonderful community for their support of this event:



One of artist Pat Perry’s large-scale murals.

Mural Project to Connect Cultures in Maine and Iraq

Two Countries + Two Classrooms + Two Street Art Murals = One Vision of Friendship

Between May 29 and June 1, Detroit-based artist Pat Perry (http://patperry.net/art/walls) will be painting a mural at 15 York Street in the Pepperell Mill Campus which will be informed by two groups of elementary students – fourth and fifth graders from the Biddeford Intermediate School in Biddeford, Maine, and fifth graders from the International School of Chouelfat in Sulaymaniyah Iraq. The project is called the One Blue Sky project (http://www.oneblueskyproject.org/) and is funded by The Good Works Foundation and coordinated by Engine, a Biddeford-based arts organization.

The public is invited to meet the artist and others involved at an open house on June 1, 2019 from 11am-2pm at the site of the mural.

One Blue Sky project strives to build bridges between youth of different cultures in order to create empathy and understanding. Artist Pat Perry will create a massive wall mural in each of the two cities of Biddeford, Maine and Sulaymaniyah, Iraq, that will incorporate the students’ ideas about friendship. Students will be involved in some of the painting.

The students will be supervised by their respective teachers, Kate Gerwig in the U.S. and Samantha Robison of nonprofit APTart in Iraq. Tammy Ackerman, co-founder and director of the Biddeford based nonprofit arts organization Engine is the local site coordinator. Doug and Lauren Sanford of the Pepperell Mill Campus are donating their wall for the mural. Jesse Galkowski and Ashley Zipp of Feels Like Media will be donating time recording the classroom interviews. Emad Rashidi, a filmmaker from Iran, will be producing a documentary on the project. These individuals are donating their time and talent to the artist team that is helping make this dream a reality.

Ackerman says, “The power of art to create understanding and empathy cannot be underestimated. I am so pleased to be working a professional group of people who are willing to give of their time for such a worthwhile effort.”

This unique bicontinental project is the brainchild of Laura Rodgers, who was inspired by the birth of her granddaughter to help children connect and break down barriers while creating works of art in their respective cities.  

As Laura says, “I am a Jewish grandmother and I have a Muslim grand-daughter whom I adore. I found that I had misperceptions about faith and culture that were changed by this very personal experience. The One Blue Sky project grew from my desire to help create that kind of bond on a global scale.  Helping children across the globe connect and recognize what they have in common, opens hearts and encourages understanding.”

Ultimately, the two finished wall murals will form a diptych, which, when viewed digitally, will be a symbol of our shared humanity that reaches across boundaries.  The lesson is clear: we are more alike than different.

This project is possible because of The Good Works Foundation, created by Jerry Friedman with the express mission of teaching children the values of empathy, kindness, and love through books, TV series, and other media. Says Friedman, “Ten trekking years ago I met an inspiring person, a nun in Laos who gave discarded children hope and joy. She lived by the words of C.S. Lewis, ‘You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.’ She is the most caring person I’ve ever met and I took her picture. She travels with me every day, an image on my desktop, and I don’t even know her name. I feel One Blue Sky is a way for us to promote the principles she embodied.  Nothing could be more uplifting than one child interacting personally with another to make a difference on this planet.”

If you are interested in interviewing Laura Rodgers or Jerry Friedman and attending the event in Biddeford on June 1, please contact Laura Rodgers at (508) 662-2683.


For our last show at 128 Main Street, before we take a break while the Marble Block is built, we honor the Biddeford artists who have been part of Engine’s community. There are so many more but we can’t show them all. Come celebrate with us.

Sarah Baldwin
Patricia M. Brace
Stephen Burt
Rebecca Cote
Jarid del Deo
Laura Lee McGuirk Dunn
Cat Dussault
Michael Evans
Enrico Della Pietra
Julie Kuceris Gray
Sean Hasey
Hannah Hirsch
Rayne Grace Hoke
Tina Johnson
Kim Largey
Ann Thompson
Ashley Zipp


Create your own

The finalists have been selected for the 230 Main Street mural in downtown Biddeford. The Biddeford Public Art Committee, a committee of Engine, has selected four very different murals. The artists are Jared Goulette, Patrick Corrigan, Susan Bartlett Rice, and Rebecca Cote.

Please vote for your favorite mural that best exemplifies “community matters more.” This mural is sponsored by the Bangor Foundation and will be located on the side of New Mornings Natural Foods store.

Voting closes May 17 at 11:59pm.



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