What comes to mind when you hear the term Maine’s cultural resources?* And what is culture and whose job is it to promote or protect it?
Culture might lack a precise definition, but we probably know it in our hearts… the elements that connect us in community. And while many individual organizations have cultural heritage as part of their mission, the new Cultural Alliance of Maine, begun in the early days of Covid, is highlighting the many aspects of culture in Maine, including the celebration of Cultural Heritage Week in Maine, March 15-22, ending with a special event in the Hall of Flags in the state capitol.
Partners in the alliance span the breadth and depth of Maine, including libraries, local historical societies, museums and more. You can find out a bit more through this link: https://www.culturalmaine.org/
The next Talk of the Towns features Maine Cultural Alliance co-directors Ekhlas Amed of Windham and Mollie Cashwell, of Lamoine, along with co-founder Stu Kestenbaum, Maine’s former poet laureate, of Deer Isle. Our conversation reveals the why the many aspects of culture in Maine are not only important to our economy, our communities and our sense of place, but also to our future. Ron Beard and Liz Graves co-host.
Please tune in Wednesday afternoon Wednesday, March 8, 4-5pm for an overview with the Cultural Alliance of Maine and its work.
And if you thought of your community radio station, WERU, you would be right! WERU is a proud partner in the Cultural Alliance of Maine.