Dear Friends of Engine:
As Engine turns four years old, we’re feeling extremely grateful. We want to thank you, our members, volunteers, donors, and attendees for helping our efforts to promote the arts and creative economy in downtown Biddeford. We are asking for your support to help us continue to propel the creative economy in 2015.
This past year has seen tremendous growth for Engine’s efforts to enhance the arts and develop the creative economy in Biddeford including:
- Hosting a series of exhibitions and events in our gallery, with partners ranging from UNE to The Reflect Project, that drew interested crowds to downtown from all over the area;
- Dramatically increasing our S.T.E.A.M.(Science, Technology, Engineering, Art /Design, and Math) educational programming, from the Design Apprenticeship pilot program for low-income high school students to professional development and design courses for artists and organizations;
- Collaborating with AS220 in Providence, Rhode Island, to offer digital fabrication training for educators and library staff in Maine;
- Our appointment to Blackstone Accelerates Growth consortium to examine ways to expand entrepreneurship in Maine;
- Working with Biddeford High School, Thornton Academy, and Kennebunk High School through the Maine FabLab program; and
- Providing prototyping services via Maine FabLab to help launch new products and ideas for local entrepreneurs and corporations including Wentworth Technologies, Traps Sunglasses, Sterling Rope, and AVX Tantalum.
2015 will be a pivotal year for Engine. We are prioritizing our renovation of the Marble Block, a historic building on Biddeford’s Main Street. The foundational work for the renovation has quietly made major strides in the past year thanks in part to an infrastructure grant from Elmina B. Sewall Foundation and a significant grant from Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission. Engine’s Marble Block Development Committee has generated a plan that will enable us to initially occupy a portion of of the building’s main floor with artist studios, exhibition and education spaces, bringing vitality and creativity to Biddeford’s Main Street revitalization efforts.
Your support has played a enormous part of Engine’s growth and downtown Biddeford’s revitalization efforts. Please help us continue to make Engine an arts and creative economy hub for Biddeford by providing our community’s youth, adults, families, artists, and entrepreneurs with the skills and drive to continue Biddeford’s growth.
Join us by making a donation. We have set a goal of $30,000 and today we ask you to continue to stand with us so Engine can continue the work of rebuilding this community.
We are sincerely grateful for all of your continued support. Together we are creating a more vibrant community.
President, Engine Board of Directors
P.S. You can track our fundraising campaign by becoming a fan of our Facebook page at Facebook.com/FeedtheEngine, or by following Engine on Twitter @EngineBiddeford.