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Lights Out Gallery Receives $229,750 Grant to Promote Maine Art, Bolstered by Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan Initiative

Norway, ME – February 21, 2021 – Lights Out Gallery, a pioneering force in Maine's art scene, is proud to announce the receipt of a $229,750 grant to advance its mission of promoting Maine art. This funding, generously provided as part of Department of Economic and Community Development’s Domestic Trade Grant Program funded by Governor Mill’s Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan and the American Rescue Plan Act.

Governor Janet Mills recently unveiled the allocation of over $3 million in grants from the Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan to bolster the sales of Maine-made products across the United States. This initiative, a cornerstone of Maine's economic development strategy, aims to promote growth and fortify the state's business climate. Lights Out Gallery's grant is a testament to the vital role of the arts in Maine's economic landscape and the recognition of the gallery's efforts in elevating Maine's cultural profile.

"We are immensely grateful to Governor Janet Mills and the Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan for their support of the arts in Maine," said Daniel Sipe, Co-Director of Lights Out Gallery. "This grant will enable us to increase our capacity and showcase the exceptional work of Maine artists to audiences far and wide."

The grant will facilitate Lights Out Gallery's expansion of its pop-up exhibit program, providing platforms for emerging and established artists to display their work across the state. Allowing Lights Out Gallery to focus fundraising efforts on critical projects such as the renovation of our art and community center in Norway, including the replacement of its roof.

"Maine has always been a place for artists to make work. Our communities have formed around the arts. We are excited to continue to promote the rich history of Maine art," added Sipe. 

The support provided through the Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan underscores the commitment of Maine's government to the growth and vitality of the state's cultural sector. By investing in initiatives like Lights Out Gallery, the plan will stimulate economic activity, create jobs, and strengthen Maine's identity as a hub of artistic innovation.

Lights Out Gallery extends its gratitude to Governor Mills, the Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan, and all partners involved for their dedication to advancing Maine's arts and culture.

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