Announcing the Featured Books for Summer 2024!

Recommending Author Jaed Coffin has made his picks for the Maine Humanities' statewide community read—Marpheen Chann's Moon in Full and Shannon Bowring's The Road to Dalton.

“Marpheen's memoir helps all of us imagine Maine in ways that maybe we've never been asked to before.”

Jaed Coffin, Recommending Author

The Road to Dalton reads more like a collage than a singular painting—it's a novel with so many tricks up its sleeve.”

JAED COFFIN, Recommending Author

$5,000 supporting five projects across maine

Civil Rights Club at Scarborough High School

Guest Speaker Series & Book Study

Scarborough

$1,000

Penobscot Marine Museum

Artist Shoots Artists: Peggy McKenna and the Midcoast Maine Art Scene

Searsport

$1,000

Veronica Perez

braiding circles

Westbrook

$1,000

Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition

Inside Vision

Lisbon

$1,000

Elder Akewi

Queering: Community

South Portland

$1,000

2024 Constance H. Carlson Public Humanities Prize

Accepting nominations October 1 - December 31, 2023

Do you know of a Maine resident who has connected and empowered people in our state through the public humanities?

Every two years, Maine Humanities celebrates how people in Maine have contributed to the public humanities—by going deep within their communities and regions, or by reaching the whole state. 

Artwork: Eamon White

Over $11,000 supporting six projects across Maine

Literacy Volunteers of Kennebec

Intergenerational Literacy

Augusta

$2,000

Woman for Healthy Rural Living

The Banned Book Groups

Milbridge

$1,950

Maine Maritime Museum

2023 Symposium: Advancing Access and Equity

Bath

$2,000

SPEEDWELL Projects

A Discussion of Wabanaki Sovereignty

Portland

$2,000

Patten Free Library

Race and Equity: Many Voices

Bath

$2,000

Evelyn Wong

Lunar New Year in Waterville, Maine

Portland

$2,000

Announcing Jaed Coffin as Recommending Author for Read ME 2024

Coffin's selections for our 2024 statewide summer read will be announced in January with library registration opening in February.

Jaed Coffin is the author of the memoirs A Chant to Soothe Wild Elephants and Roughhouse Friday. His essays and stories have been featured in the New York Times, The Sun Magazine, Snap Judgment, Moth Radio Hour, Best American Travel Writing, and TED Channel. A contributing editor at Down East magazine, he teaches journalism and creative writing at the University of New Hampshire and has spoken at over twenty colleges and universities. He lives in his hometown of Brunswick with his wife and two daughters. 

Over $6,000 supporting seven projects across maine

Franco-American Heritage Center

Books and Stories at the Franco Center

Lewiston

$1,000

Chebeague Island Historical Society

1890 Passamaquoddy Wax Cylinder Recordings and Native Legends Through Song and Dance

Chebeague Island

$925

Whitefield Library Association

The Petra and Mo Show at Whitefield Library

Whitefield

$1,000

Millay House Rockland

Never Through Me Shall You Be Overcome: Poets in Resistance & Solidarity

Rockland

$1,000

ArtWaves

Standing Stories

Northeast Harbor

$1,000

Maine Maritime Museum

Engaging All: Inclusive Exhibition Research and Accessibility Planning, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Audiences

Bath

$1,000

Ethereal Roots LLC

The Joy Truck Project: Traveling Community Resource Center

Dover-Foxcroft

$1,000

Over $15,000 supporting 10 projects across Maine

Portland Parks Conservancy

Understanding the Complex History of Portland's Riverton Trolley Park

Portland

$2,000

Pejepscot History Center

40th Anniversary of the Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum: Theatrical Performance and Lecture

Brunswick

$1,441

Messalonskee Middle School

Award Winning Readers

Oakland

$1,500

Paris Public Library Association

Passport to the World Summer Reading Program

South Paris

$2,000

Liberty Library

'Northeaster' Presentation and Discussion by Cathie Pelletier

Liberty

$350

Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence

Lifting Up Survivors' Stories

Augusta

$1,994

Araxine Wilkins Sawyer Memorial Foundation

'Allagash: New England's Wild River' Presentation by Author Tim Caverly Funding

Greene

$225

Stonington Public Library

Edible Island: Food, Culture, and Community

Stonington

$2,000

Merrymeeting Adult Education

Create Your Recovery

Bath

$1,850

SPACE Gallery

Scapegoat Garden's Liturgy | Order | Bridge

Portland

$2,000

Over $96,000 supporting 14 projects across Maine

Maine State Library

Jason Reynolds at Reading Round Up 2023

Augusta

$5,000

Italian Studies Program, Colby College

Italian Trans Geographies: A Film Series

Waterville

$5,500

Maine Adult Education Association

Nourishing Educators 2023

Dover-Foxcroft

$6,850

Island Readers & Writers

'Dear Teacher….' A Celebration of Literacy and Rural Education

Mount Desert

$7,412

The Kneeling Art Photography Project 

Taking a Knee for Change Workshops

Portland

$7,500

Penobscot Theatre Company

Transformer Tales

Bangor

$7,500

Wild Blueberry Heritage Center

Collecting and Presenting Stories of the Wild Blueberry Lands

Addison

$7,250

Castine Historical Society

Hidden Legacies: Uncovering Castine's African American History

Castine

$4,910

Indigo Arts Alliance

Art in the Wake: Reckoning and Re-membering 

Portland

$7,500

Juneteenth Downeast

Juneteenth Downeast Commemoration 2023: Illuminating the Continuum of the Black Experience in Maine

Steuben

$7,490

Classical Uprising

Where do you like to go? - Celebrating Maine’s changing identity in the 21st century

Portland

$7,500

Mayo Street Arts

Taíno Language & Culture Summit

Portland

$6,713

The Telling Room

Growing an Audience for Maine’s Young Authors: The Telling Room’s 2023 Statewide Anthology Project 

Portland

$7,500

Cobscook Institute

Collaborative Design & Facilitated Process to Establish a Director of Indigenous Teaching & Learning at Cobscook Institute

Trescott Township

$7,500

Join us for a community reception at Lewiston Public Library

  • Friday, March 31, 2023
  • 4:00-6:00PM

Join us at an upcoming community reception to meet Samaa Abdurraqib, MHC's Executive Director! 

You'll hear a welcome from MHC's board chair, words from a community partner, and hear Samaa share her vision and goals for the coming years.

You'll also have a chance to chat informally with Samaa over light refreshments. We hope you'll join us. 

Over $4,000 supporting five projects across maine

Mechanics' Hall

Participatory Arts at Mechanics' Hall

Portland

$1,000

Museum L-A

The Mainer Project: A Community Conversation

Lewiston

$2,000

Penobscot Marine Museum

From Maine to Around the World

Searsport

$975

Halcyon Music

After All: A Musical Reflection on the Trajectories of Our Nation

Rockland

$1,000

University of Southern Maine Art Galleries

Braiding Circles

Gorham

$1,000