• March 16, 2017
    Maine artists and makers are invited to learn practical tips and strategies for starting, growing, or finding inspiration in their business from experts and peers

    BELFAST, ME—The fourth  annual Artists & Makers Conference will be held on Friday, April 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Hutchinson Center in Belfast.

    Archipelago, Economic Development

  • March 13, 2017
    Economic, community and environmental data reflects challenges and opportunities for the Maine coast

    ROCKLAND, ME – The Island Institute released today the first edition of Waypoints: Community Indicators for Maine’s Coast and Islands.

    Community Development, Research, Economic Development, Education, Energy, Marine

  • November 28, 2016
    Spark! Fund provides mini grants for community energy projects

    ISLESBORO, ME—Islesboro Central School (ICS) has been awarded $2,000 for LED lighting upgrades in the first grant from the Island Institute’s Spark! Fund. The Spark! Fund supports community-based energy projects with energy-saving and educational outcomes on Maine’s year-round islands and remote coastal communities. ICS will be matching the grant with school funds.


  • September 8, 2016
    The Yarn Corporation has partnered with the Island Institute for a virtual reality experience of Maine island and coastal life at this year's festival, September 15-18

    ROCKLAND, ME—Until you’ve experienced virtual reality through a headset, it might be hard to imagine why media companies around the world are so excited about this cutting-edge technology.  But, once you’ve tried it, you understand that it can instantly transport you to another place and time.


  • September 2, 2016
    Betty Heselton and Kathleen Perelka, among others, on display through November 13th

    ROCKLAND, ME—Fall brings color and beautiful light, subjects Kathleen Perelka and Betty Heselton explore in their artwork. New paintings are currently on display in the Archipelago Fine Arts Gallery, the Island Institute’s gallery featuring the work of Maine artists.


  • August 26, 2016
    The grant will enable the Institute to further develop, document, and share strategies to increase the uptake of energy efficiency measures in Maine and other parts of the nation

    ROCKLAND, ME—Just as Maine homeowners prepare for another heating season, Rockland-based Island Institute is gearing up to implement "Bridging the Rural Efficiency Gap," a two-year, $232,351 project recently funded by the U.S.

    Media, Energy

  • August 5, 2016
    Jean Kigel and Caroline Loder to display watercolors and oils through August 28th

    ROCKLAND, ME—Archipelago Fine Arts is celebrating summer with a new exhibition including Jean Kigel, Caroline Loder, Dylan Metrano, Lacey Goodrich, Wayne Hall, Michele O'Keefe, Stephanie Crossman, Jeff Barrett, Carolyn Kemp, and Lin Lisberger.


  • April 20, 2016
    The pioneering clothing company will volunteer to support the Island Institute

    Press Release written by Rambler's Way Farm

  • March 25, 2016
    Sharing our Heritage, Challenges, and Future

    NORTHPORT, ME—As Maine’s largest river system, the Penobscot River carries a deep cultural and economic history of our region. The future health of this vast watershed will be discussed at the first Penobscot Watershed Conference, April 9, 8am-5pm at Point Lookout in Northport, Maine.

    Economic Development, Marine

  • Broadband infographic
    December 9, 2015
    Increased speed could bring $90 million in growth over next decade

    PORTLAND, ME—At a press conference today, Island Institute economic development director Briana Warner announced a new report on the state of broadband internet connections on Maine islands.

    Economic Development