Our Mission

Engine connects and empowers our community through equitable access to inspiration and creative experiences.

Our Vision

Engine envisions a community and economy in which art, design, and education are valued, integrated, and celebrated.


Based in the economic heart of Biddeford, ME, Engine has propelled cultural, social, and economic revitalization with creative community programming for more than a decade. The 501(c)3 nonprofit brings together artists, makers and local businesses to knit a culture and creative economy filled with connection and inspiration. Through youth and family focused experiential education and creative placemaking initiatives, Engine fosters our community’s civic imagination. Engine programs are designed to ensure accessibility and inclusion, with an emphasis on free community events open to the public.

Founded on the belief that artistic expression and creative vibrancy are the gateways to cultural, social, and economic revitalization, Engine was conceived of and founded by Tammy Ackerman, Joshua Bodwell, and Stephen Abbott in 2010 and received its 501(c)3 status in December of 2010.

Our Manifesto

We believe that commerce follows culture.
That art should integrate, not alienate.
And that art, in its fullest expression, not only impacts individuals but transforms communities.

Entity Structure

Engine is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization (effective December 2010) and incorporated in the State of Maine.

Engine’s Financial Statements and IRS 990 filings are available at our Guidestar profile.

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