Briana Warner of the Island Institute discusses the economic impact of arts-based businesses in Maine during the 2018 conference welcome

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Briana Warner of the Island Institute discusses the economic impact of arts-based businesses in Maine during the 2018 conference welcome.

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.

Open to all artists and makers who live and produce work in Maine, the annual event attracts participants from all four corners of the state and offers three themed tracks that highlight information for those just starting a business, those looking to take their business to the next level, and those interested in tips for maintaining fulfillment, passion, and inspiration in their business!

Check out photos from this year's event here!

2018 Keynote Speaker 

Peter Korn, Executive Director of Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, author of Why We Make Things and Why it Matters: The Education of a Craftsman.

Session presenters

Andrea Beaulieu, Studio Linear; Kate McAleer, Bixby & Co.; Jenn Dobransky, New Ventures Maine; Julie Bernier. Earth Angel Arts; Cara Romano, KoT; Daniel Kany, freelance writer; Denise Froehlich, Maine Museum of Photographic Arts; Marsha Donahue, North Light Gallery; David Vickery, painter; Julie Horn, Maine Arts Commission; David Hill, CEI; Claire Weinberg, Dulse and Rugosa; Ellen Thayer, Love Rocks Me; Alex Steed, Knack Factory; Maggie Bokor, The Transparent Jeweler; Tim Christensen, Tim Christensen Porcelain; Michael Boardman, Coyote Graphics; Mary Laury, Schoodic Arts for All; Jon Calame, Eastport Arts Center and Eastport Children's Theater; and more. 

Event highlights

  • Mini-Pecha Kucha style event: Presenters Michael Flemming, Nina Devenney, M.J. Benson, Jim Dugan, and Anne Alexander
  • Networking
  • And more!

Complete list of speakers and presentation topics

Additional Resources


Other details

  • New to Arists & Makers this year? Photos, presentations, and information from the 2017 conference can also be found here.

Special thanks to our supporters!

Special thanks to John and Tina Gillis and the Eaton Foundation for supporting this year's conference.

Thank you to everyone who attended!

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