Some of the new MAP18 scholars at the MAP Induction and Training in March. Pictured L-R: Cheyenne Bickford
June 22, 2017

Island students receive $55,300 in Island Institute scholarships

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.
Archipelago Director Lisa Mossel Vietze
May 26, 2017

Archipelago hosts grand re-opening celebration during First Friday Art Walk on June 2

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 will host a grand re-opening celebration during Rockland's First Friday Art Walk.
May 15, 2017

Island Institute awarded $240,000 grant from the National Academies to support disaster preparedness in Maine's island and coastal communities

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.
Marian Chioffi and Chris Smith of the Monhegan Plantation Power District (center) were joined by representatives of Innovative Construction & Design Solutions
May 3, 2017

Island Institute recognizes energy innovator, community champion at 7th Annual Island Energy Conference

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. The Island Energy Innovation Award was presented to the Monhegan Plantation Power District for recent upgrades made to the island’s power station which will create cleaner emissions and incorporate renewable energy into the island grid, and the board and staff of the Swan’s Island Electric Cooperative received the Island Institute Community Champion Award for their work in securing a pathway for affordable electric power for the people of Swan’s Island and Frenchboro.
March 16, 2017

Registration Opens for Artists & Makers Conference Scheduled for April 7

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. Hosted by Archipelago and the Island Institute, the one-day event will offer practical tips and strategies to help grow arts businesses and is open to all artists and makers who live and produce work in Maine. 
March 13, 2017

Island Institute publishes first edition of "Waypoints: Community Indicators for Maine's Coast and Islands" - with summary analysis and detailed data on 120 communities

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. The publication presents economic, community and environmental indicators for Maine’s coastal and island communities as they compare to the rest of the state and the nation.
November 28, 2016

Islesboro School swaps old bulbs for LEDs with new grant

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.
September 8, 2016

Maine island virtual reality experience debuts in Rockland during Camden International Film Festival

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. In this case, you could be transported to beautiful islands off the coast of Maine - anytime you like.
Betty Heselton
September 2, 2016

Archipelago features artists in celebration of Fall

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. Perelka and Heselton will be featured along with new work by Herb Parsons, Kendra Denny, Catherine Worthington, Ben Coombs, Wayne Hall, Jennifer Field, Joe McBrine, Jody Meredith and Janice Jones.
Spray Foam truck on a barge approaching Monhegan Island
August 26, 2016

Island Institute will increase energy efficiency projects in rural communities with $230,000 U.S. Department of Energy grant

The grant will enable the Institute to further develop, document, and share strategies to increase the uptake of energy efficiency measures in Maine and other parts of the nation
ROCKLAND, ME—Just as Maine homeowners prepare for another heating season, Rockland-based Island Institute is gearing up to implement "Bridging the Rural Efficiency Gap," a two-year, $232,351 project recently funded by the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program Competitive Grant program through the Maine Governor's Energy Office (GEO).