But first, thank you. We’d like to offer you our sincere gratitude for your past support. You’ve helped us:

  • Provide opportunities for over 200 Biddeford, Saco, Old Orchard, Kennebunk and area youth – including low-income students, recent refugees, and LGBTQ identified – to learn critical STEAM skills (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) through seven vacation camps, Compass Project boat-building programs, and our drop-in after school design programming;
  • Assist entrepreneurs and artists such as Traps Eyeware, Port Living, and Portland Brick Project prototype and realize their ideas in the Maine FabLab;
  • Stage eight high-quality, well-curated visual art exhibitions including our ever-favorite, the Rumpus Community Art Show, and bring ten working artists into the community by providing affordable space;
  • Enliven the evening scene in Biddeford by presenting high quality music and theatrical productions, hosting ArtWalk, Fringe Fest, and PechaKucha nights, bringing over 2000 visitors into the downtown;
  • Host community conversations about domestic violence, equality, race, historic preservation, and creativity.

Engine is a unique place–part community development, part economic development. But we’re mostly about making connections. Our manifesto holds as true today as it did seven years ago when we started Engine:

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.

With your help, we can continue our good work. We can provide a creative, healthy, safe space for more students to grow. We can provide internships for area university students who are just beginning their careers. We can continue to be a space where connections happen and we create joy through creativity and community.

This year, we want to strengthen the great programs and events we’ve created with your support. We want to help more creative entrepreneurs with their ideas in our business accelerator, now in its planning stages. We want to expand our FabLab to be able to deliver a FabAcademy certificate program. We want to collaborate with Biddeford schools to get a youth sailing and rowing program off the ground by building the boats. We want to launch the first Biddeford Maker Faire in September. We want to make Fringe Fest, in collaboration with the Heart of Biddeford, even bigger. And we want to deliver more affordable vacation camps for area youth. Your contribution will sustain us and help us get there.

All contributions are important, no matter how large or small. Please contribute now at to help us educate youth, enrich the community, and build a stronger future for greater Biddeford. You can also donate online at FeedTheEngine.org/please-give.

Our most sincere thanks and highest regards,
Tammy Ackerman, Director

P.S: Save September 29, 2018 for our first ever Biddeford Maker Faire in the Pepperell Mill Campus, including the Compass Project!