For the second year, the Island Institute will be hosting a free six-week lecture series focusing on the Maine coast. Join us in Rockland – Wednesdays this summer, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. – to hear from authors, artists, community members, and other experts about life along Maine's waterfront and their perspectives, reflections, and insights on everything from art and aquaculture to modern-day challenges and connections.
By working closely with island and coastal residents, we've identified that improved access to high-speed internet is an essential tool for encouraging economic growth in line with the culture of coastal communities. Check out this resource page to learn more about this challenge and access resources to address it.
The 8th annual Island Energy Conference brought together island leaders and energy experts from New England and beyond to discuss common energy challenges and the resources available to address them. This year’s theme, Resilient Together, highlighted what islanders are doing to increase the resilience of their energy systems and communities in the face of an increasingly unpredictable world. See the speakers, presentations, photos, and more here!
The 2018 Archipelago Artists & Makers Conference took place on Friday, April 6, 2018, welcoming close to 200 artists and makers from across the state to Hedges Hall at Point Lookout in Northport for a full day of information, networking, and presentations tailored to the needs of Maine's arts-based businesses. Learn more here!
Waypoints Forum: Futures of the Maine Waterfront - Friday, January 19, 2018 - Portland, Maine - The Island Institute's Waypoints Forum featured an afternoon of panel discussions on the future of our coastal and island economy, presented with trends and analysis by key coastal leaders. The theme for this year's event was Futures of the Maine Waterfront, with topics ranging from aquaculture to the future of our state's working waterfronts.
The 2017 Island Teachers Conference took place Thursday, October 5th and Friday, October 6th at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast, Maine. The theme of the 2017 conference was "Small School Solutions: Meeting Island Students Where They Are."