Upcoming Events

Maine Islands Coalition Virtual Meetings
Ongoing — private event

We are holding weekly 1.5 hour virtual convenings for Maine Islands Coalition (MIC) members, community leaders, and state legislators to share resources and communicate community policies and approaches to the COVID-19 pandemic and raise challenges that can be addressed by the larger group or shared to a wider platform. To see the minutes from previous meetings and learn more about the MIC, click here.

Past Events

Coastal Maine Voices: Looking to the Future
July 22, 2020 | 2:00-3:00PM
(On Demand Recording)

Join us for this special online event as Island Institute President Rob Snyder and Hannah Pingree, director of the Maine Governor's Office of Policy Innovation and the Future, explore bigger picture insights on the pandemic and how climate outcomes for Maine can be aligned as we look to the future. Additional conversation topics will include economic activity along the coast of Maine, broadband’s path forward, the state of affairs in Augusta, and general questions about life on the island. Learn more and watch the video here.

Coastal Maine Voices: Island Columnists
July 15, 2020 | 3:00-4:00PM
(On Demand Recording)

Join us for this special online event as we engage in a lively rapport with four of The Working Waterfront’s island columnists gathering to talk about the unique qualities of their communities. We’ll tackle the delicate but critical relationship that has always existed between year-round islanders and seasonal residents, explore how island towns govern themselves; and hear some of the lessons our island columnists have learned as they tell their community’s stories each month. Learn more and watch the video here.

Coastal Maine Voices: Our Maine
July 8, 2020 | 2:00-3:00PM
(On Demand Recording)

Join us for a special online visual journey and conversation with the artists as we explore perspectives on Maine through the lenses of five photographers. Through visual and conversational language, five fine art photographers will share how Maine serves as an inspiration for their bodies of work, their creative process in making images, and their personal experiences that serve as the foundation of their creative lives. 
Learn more and watch the video here.

Coastal Maine Voices: Let's Talk Lobster
June 24, 2020 | 2:00-3:00PM
(On Demand Recording)

Join us for this special online event to learn more about the challenges and opportunities facing Maine's lobster businesses in 2020, and the recent impacts felt by this core Maine industry. We'll discuss the shifts and challenges that are reverberating through the industry in a number of ways, from market depletion to workforce safety, as well as opportunities arising from hard times. Learn more and watch the video here.

Get Out the Vote: Engaging Your Community on the Internet Bond
Tuesday, April 28 and Friday, May 1 — private events

This online workshop was designed for Maine broadband supporters who wish to be involved in building community engagement for the upcoming vote on the broadband bond. Attendees were provided with instruction and resources to build knowledge and support on how to effectively activate their communities.

Building a Resilient Business in Uncertain Times 
Thursday, April 16 — public event
(On Demand Recording)

This 1.5 hour virtual panel discussion cut across sectors and brought together Maine business owners and community leaders who are working hard to respond effectively to the global pandemic. A panel of local business leaders addressed the pivots and innovations they have been working through during this time. Speakers included Gabrielle Melchionda, founder of Mad Gabs; Ben Martens, Executive Director of Maine Coast Fishermen's Association; and Maggie Moore, founder of Maggie Bokor Jewelry. Conversations covered what each of these leaders are doing to be agile and resilient during this time of uncertainty.

What the World Can Learn from Maine's One-Room Island Schools 
Tuesday, April 14 — public event
(On Demand Recording)

During these unprecedented times that directly impact every one of us, we can look to Maine's smallest and most remote schools for inspiration as well as practical help. In this webinar, Monhegan Island teacher Mandy Metrano and Yvonne Thomas, education specialist at the Island Institute, shared stories and lessons learned from the Outer Island Teaching and Learning Collaborative (TLC) and the Monhegan Island School that directly apply to the current crisis.  

Island Ferry Convening
Thursday, March 26 — private event

This 1.5 hour virtual meeting for ferry service operators and water taxis was held to share how each is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, ask questions, and learn from each other. Outcomes included shared policies between group members, distribution of an opt-in group contact list so that service operators could contact each other ongoing, and identification of ways in which the Island Institute can be helpful during this time.

Aquaculture Group: Oyster Listening Session
Thursday, April 2 — private event

A two-hour listening session was held to provide local oyster farmers the chance to share how each is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and give them the chance to ask questions and learn from each other. Goals of this meeting were to uncover near-term and mid-term needs, learn from each other, share resources, and share a contact list for members who wish to connect outside of the meeting.