Celebrating Earth Day with Luke’s Lobster

This Earth Day, we’re celebrating the important strides we’ve taken in a partnership rooted in the resiliency and sustainability of the coast of Maine. Together with Luke’s Lobster, we’re working to assess the carbon footprint of their key lobster and crab products. This work will not only help a leader in the sustainable seafood industry… Read more »

Celebrate the planet, eat kelp

With Earth Day around the corner, I would like to highlight a nascent industry on the Maine coast that is not only a boon for Maine’s marine economy, but is also good for the Earth. Kelp farming has emerged as a solid way for those making a living from the sea to earn supplemental income… Read more »

Building a Lifelong Connection to Service and Maine

At the Island Institute, we have seen firsthand the tremendous impact Island Fellows have when partnered with an island or coastal community. The Island Institute has placed 135 Island Fellows in 27 rural communities over 20 years and has witnessed the remarkable ripple effect from a little bit of extra help and a fresh perspective. The Maine Fellows Service is an exciting opportunity to connect the next generation of Mainers who are eager to serve to the places they’re needed most.

A story of resilience

In my 25+ years working in nonprofits and philanthropy, I have been a part of creating more than my fair share of annual reports. You might even say that I’m a bit of an annual report geek. I collect them, share them, and have been known to hang on to favorites for years. I may… Read more »

Archipelago Artist Profile: Alison Thibault

Part of our ongoing series of Archipelago artist profiles, this profile looks at Archipelago artist Alison Thibault of WindHorse Arts on Vinalhaven. The Island Institute’s Lisa Millette first traveled to the island in early March, before Governor Mills issued a statewide lockdown, to connect with Alison and talk about her process for creating her colorful glass… Read more »

Giving fishermen and scientists a seat at the table

My favorite work event of the year just happened. It was the Fishermen’s Climate Roundtables. Fishermen’s Climate Roundtables is an annual opportunity for fishermen and scientists to come together and share notes about the past fishing year, as well as the longer-term environmental changes they are noticing on the water. For me, a marine scientist,… Read more »

The impact of Maine’s creative economy

In more ways than one, it has been A YEAR. It has been a year since we cancelled the 2020 Artists & Makers Conference, and a year since life changed around us and within us. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, arts organizations, galleries, museums, theaters, artists, musicians, makers all understood the importance of the creative economy… Read more »

Building federal support for island communities

Energy can be expensive and unreliable for island communities everywhere. Through our work over the last decade and our collaborations with communities in Maine, New England, and across the globe, we’ve learned that by bringing the right ideas and partners to the table we can help address the very real needs and common challenges we… Read more »

Working together to solve Maine’s broadband challenges

As we know all too well, high-speed internet is extremely important to daily life—from remote work and education to assuring that government can continue to function. The State of Maine, through the ConnectMaine Authority, plays an important role in helping to close the digital divide.