Arts_CultureThe completion of the Snow Pond Center for the Arts will further enhance the artistic and cultural impact for the NEMC camper community in the following ways:

  • Providing the best possible professional performance venue for aspiring musicians, challenging their performance and musical abilities
  • Attract an even stronger professional music and art faculty
  • Expand the available curriculum into areas such as sound recording, technical lighting, and stage design
  • Provide expanded and state-of-the-art teaching classrooms and venues
  • Attract regional and local performing artists for enhanced instruction

As stated in Increasing Arts Demand Through Better Arts Learning, a research briefing from the Wallace Foundation, “The key to lifting demand for the arts may well lie in reversing the 30-year-long decline in arts learning, both in and out of schools. A number of cities have been tackling that challenge by using “coordinated approaches” that seek to have schools and other providers join forces in expanding access to arts learning.” The report goes on to say “individuals who experience and learn about the arts at a young age are likelier to reap those benefits over their lifetimes. Unfortunately, the opposite is also true: there are troubling signs that demand for the arts is becoming less and less widely shared. And a likely explanation is that arts learning opportunities have been dwindling over the last 30 years, both in school and outside.” (1)

Snow Pond Center for the Arts will directly impact the creation, participation and support for arts and culture in central Maine in the following ways:

  • cultivate year round performing arts events
  • attract local, regional and national performers and lecturers
  • rival with similar venues in Boston and NYC
  • become a nexus for recreation opportunities
  • offer a 750-seat concert hall, recording studio and rehearsal space
  • be shared with members of surrounding communities

“Arts and cultural programming provides education about the historical and cultural context of a community and opportunities for participation in community life through festivals, events and performances, interactive classes and workshops, and a variety of other activities. Programming initiates conversation about arts and culture and establishes a structure of happenings and plans that ensure that these activities will continue to flourish. This deliberate continuity will help strengthen creative ideas, inspire citizens, and offer hope that opportunities exist and matter to the community. This increases the likelihood of not only the implementation of arts programs but also their integration with other community plans.”

Hodgson, Kimberley. How Arts and Cultural Strategies Create, Reinforce, and Enhance Sense of Place (2011). Chicago, IL: American Planning Association

1. Wallace Foundation. Increasing Arts Demand Through Better Arts Learning. June 2009.