Connecting Maine communities using
books, poems, and big ideas.
Reading, listening, discussing what we read, reflecting on what we have learned, sharing stories and poems we value—over and over we see these simple activities have transformative effects on individuals and communities. People tell us they find a deeper understanding of themselves and one another and build lasting connections with others in their community.
We believe anyone and everyone in Maine who wants to should have the opportunity to join a rich discussion about things that really matter to them. We are especially keen to support programs and projects proposed by people and organizations serving those who are deeply isolated from each other and the wider community, and those whose work has public impact.
The Big Question
Experience this annual event that brings people together with expert guides to think expansively about one question with a variety of answers.
Host a gifted speaker who will share their expertise and lived experience in engaging ways with your community.
Collaborate with a Maine poet to create a performance of Maine poems by and for your community.
Enjoy an all-day event that brings engaged readers together for a deep dive into one incredible book.
Participate in a statewide summer reading experience highlighting extraordinary Maine authors.
Initiatives we Support
Civil Rights Team Project
Based in the Attorney General of Maine’s office, CRTP works to increase student safety by reducing bias-motivated behaviors and harassment in schools. It is the only program of its kind nationwide.
National History Day in Maine
An annual event for teachers and students in grades 6-12 that promotes critical thinking skills through project-based learning, sponsored by the University of Maine Humanities Center and the Margaret Chase Smith Library.
Maine Council for the Social Studies
Maine’s local affiliate of the National Council for the Social Studies. MCSS provides social studies educators in Maine with opportunities to build working relationships with peers, a forum for discussion of their work, and institutional representation for their interests and concerns.
MEET OUR SPEAKERS & FACILITATORS
These are some of the amazing people who bring our programs to life
No matter what we do—any program we host or support, any grant we give, any event we create—we rely on the expertise and experience of people all across Maine, from all sorts of backgrounds, to make them happen.
Thu, Jun 08, 2023 4:00 PM
Maine Humanities Council
Please join us for a community reception at Bangor Public…
Politics / Poetics
Thu, Jun 15, 2023 11:30 AM
Maine Women’s Lobby Education Fund
The work of change doesn’t end when the session ends.…