For the second year, the Island Institute hosted a free six-week lecture series focusing on the Maine coast. Authors, artists, community members, and other experts discussed life along Maine's waterfront and offered their perspectives, reflections, and insights on everything from art and aquaculture to modern-day challenges and connections.
"Waypoints: Livelihoods on Maine’s Coast and Islands" is dedicated to quantifying the way coastal Mainers make a living and presents new data that tells the story of how income levels, prevalence of self-employment, impacts of fisheries, and seasonality of the labor force define the economic and cultural landscape of our region.
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.
Have you heard about the Northeast Ocean Plan or wondered what's included in it? Would you like to learn how it works, or how it can be relevant to your community? The plan itself is lengthy and focuses on how government agencies will work with each other, use data, and communicate with stakeholders. To help explain the plan to people who live and work in coastal communities but haven’t been closely following the process, the Island Institute put together this animated video.
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."