Thursday, October 23, 2008

Public Input Sought at Cultural Affairs Council Meetings

The Maine State Cultural Affairs Council, under the direction of the 123rd Legislature, is seeking public input at three meetings throughout Maine in the coming weeks to identify the needs of Maine's cultural community and to identify ways to increase the Council's visibility in State Government. The first of these meetings will take place Wednesday, October 29, 2008 from 7-9 pm, at Shettleworth Lecture Hall, 489 Congress Street, Portland.During these meetings representatives of all of these agencies will be present to gather input from the public on the needs and aspirations of Maine's cultural community. The meetings have been scheduled for the following dates:

Wednesday, October 29, 2008 from 7-9 pm, Shettleworth Lecture Hall, Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress Street, Portland

Thursday, November 6, 2008 from 6-8 pm, Board Room, Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow Street, Bangor

Thursday, November 13, 2008 from 7-9 pm, Room 103A, Cross Office Building, Capitol Street, Augusta

Note: The meeting on November 13 will include video-conferencing connections to the Machias Memorial High School, 109 Court Street, Machias, and the Presque Isle High School.The meetings will begin with an introduction to the Maine State Cultural Affairs Council and will also provide a brief insight to the member agencies of the council. The meeting will then break into discussion forums where small groups of participants will be asked to provide information and ideas that address the Legislature's interest in Maine's cultural community. Representatives of the Council's member agencies and organizations will be in attendance at the forums, which will be led by a professional facilitator.

About the Maine State Cultural Affairs Council
The Maine State Cultural Affairs Council is comprised of the Maine State Museum, the Maine State Library, the Maine Arts Commission, the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, the Maine State Archives, the Maine Historical Society, and the Maine Humanities Council.

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