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). 
Left: Jean Kigel
August 5, 2016

Archipelago “Summer” show features artists from Waldoboro and Chebeague Island

Jean Kigel and Caroline Loder to display watercolors and oils through August 28th

ROCKLAND, ME—Archipelago Fine Arts is celebrating summer with a new exhibition including Jean Kigel, Caroline Loder, Dylan Metrano, Lacey Goodrich, Wayne Hall, Michele O'Keefe, Stephanie Crossman, Jeff Barrett, Carolyn Kemp, and Lin Lisberger. The public is invited to a reception at the First Friday Artwalk on August 5th. The show will be up until August 28th.
April 20, 2016

Ramblers Way Farm partners locally to protect the environment.

The pioneering clothing company will volunteer to support the Island Institute

KENNEBUNK, ME—We’re excited to share with you our latest environmental initiative. We’re partnering with the Island Institute, a key community nonprofit organization near and dear to our home state of Maine. Ramblers Way Farm employees will contribute 5% of their paid work hours volunteering for the Island Institute.
March 25, 2016

Penobscot Watershed Conference

Sharing our Heritage, Challenges, and Future

NORTHPORT, ME—As Maine’s largest river system, the Penobscot River carries a deep cultural and economic history of our region. The future health of this vast watershed will be discussed at the first Penobscot Watershed Conference, April 9, 8am-5pm at Point Lookout in Northport, Maine. We will kick off events with a free pre-conference film screening and panel discussion hosted by the Island Institute and other local and regional non-profit organizations.
December 9, 2015

Island Institute Report Shows Lack of Broadband on Maine Islands

Increased speed could bring $90 million in growth over next decade

PORTLAND, ME—At a press conference today, Island Institute economic development director Briana Warner announced a new report on the state of broadband internet connections on Maine islands. The report analyzed the speed and reliability of internet service on thirteen of Maine’s fifteen year-round islands.
From left
November 6, 2015

Block Island community, Deepwater Wind receive Island Energy Innovation Award

Developer and community recognized by Maine’s Island Institute

SOUTH PORTLAND, ME—The Island Institute presented the Island Energy Innovation Award to the Block Island community and Deepwater Wind today at the organization’s sixth annual Island Energy Conference. The award recognizes their leadership in community-developer relations in the creation of America’s first offshore wind farm. 
November 4, 2015

Island Institute earns coveted 4 star rating from Charity Navigator

Third consecutive year with highest-possible rating

ROCKLAND, ME—Island Institute’s sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This is the third consecutive year that Island Institute has earned this top distinction.
The label for Monhegan Brewing Co.'s "15"
July 21, 2015

Island Institute and Monhegan Brewing Co. launch a new beer

Events in Portland, Rockland support non-profit’s work on Maine islands

MONHEGAN, ME—Monhegan Brewing Company and the Island Institute today announced the release of a new island-themed beer. The "summer blonde" brew is named 15, after the fifteen year-round island communities on the Maine coast. A portion of proceeds from beer sales will benefit the Island Institute's work on those islands.