• June 23, 2017

    ROCKLAND, ME – The Island Institute will host a free lecture series this summer that will feature authors, artists, and experts sharing insights into life on the Maine coast, as well as their perspectives, reflections, and solutions to the challenges of making it here. Lectures begin Wednesday, July 5 and will be held every Wednesday through August 9th, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

  • June 22, 2017
    71 island students receive financial awards for post-secondary education; 16 high school juniors accepted into new mentoring and support program

    ROCKLAND, ME – The Island Institute recently awarded scholarships to 71 island students pursuing post-secondary education at colleges, universities, and technical schools across the United States and Canada. The scholarships, made possible by the Island Education Fund, totaled $55,300.

    Community Engagement

  • May 26, 2017
    Newly remodeled space features open concept, new artists and products

    ROCKLAND— After a month of renovations, Archipelago, the Island Institute store, will officially unveil a newly redesigned space that features a modern, open concept, new artists, and new products. The store, located at 386 Main Street in Rockland, will host a grand re-opening celebration during Rockland's First Friday Art Walk on Friday, June 2nd from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

    Archipelago Store & Gallery

  • May 15, 2017

    ROCKLAND, ME – Island Institute announced today that it has received a $240,000 grant through the Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to fund a collaborative project that focuses on disaster preparedness in Maine’s island and coastal communities and addresses threats faced from environmental change and natural disasters related to sea level rise.

    Community Engagement, Data and Research, Aquaculture & Marine

  • Marian Chioffi and Chris Smith of the Monhegan Plantation Power District (center) were joined by representatives of Innovative Construction & Design Solutions, LLC after receiving the Island Energy Innovation Award at the 2017 Island Energy Conference
    May 3, 2017
    Welcoming remarks from U.S. Senator Susan Collins, Keynote from Tetsunari Iida from Japan , and speakers highlight shared challenges and transitions needed to address sustainable energy

    SOUTH PORTLAND, ME – The Island Institute kicked off its seventh annual Island Energy Conference in South Portland today by recognizing two groups for their work as energy leaders and champions for Maine’s island communities.


  • 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 Store & Gallery, 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 Engagement, Data and Research, Economic Development, Education & Leadership, Energy, Aquaculture & 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.

    Archipelago Store & Gallery