Island Institute connects global energy leaders, recognizes Islesboro as island innovator at 8th annual Island Energy Conference

SOUTH PORTLAND – The Island Institute held its eighth annual Island Energy Conference in South Portland on May 4th, bringing together energy experts and island leaders from Maine, New England, and around the world to discuss common energy challenges and share solutions. This year’s theme, “Resilient Together,” highlighted what islanders are doing to increase the resilience of their energy systems and communities in the face of an increasingly unpredictable world.

Island Institute hosts evening discussion with internationally recognized psychologist and author Dr. Ross Greene

PORTLAND, ME – Rockland-based Island Institute will join Lives in the Balance for “What Kids Need Now,” a free evening conversation with internationally recognized child psychologist Dr. Ross Greene, Ph.D. Greene is the New York Times bestselling author of the influential books “Raising Human Beings,” “The Explosive Child,” “Lost & Found,” and “Lost at School.”

New location, offerings for 5th annual Artists & Makers Conference April 6

ROCKLAND — For its fifth year, the annual Artists & Makers Conference will feature a new location and expanded offerings tailored to meet the needs of Maine’s artists and makers and offer practical tips and strategies to help start and grow arts-related businesses in Maine. Hosted by Archipelago and the Island Institute, the conference is open to all artists and makers who live and produce work in Maine.

Local aquaculture program helps fishermen, coastal entrepreneurs diversify business opportunities

ROCKLAND, ME — Have you ever thought about gaining a new source of income through growing mussels, oysters, or seaweed? The Island Institute is now accepting applications for its 2018 Aquaculture Business Development program. In its third year, the program helps fishermen and those from fishing communities gain the tools they need to diversify and launch their small-scale aquaculture businesses.

Island Institute hosts special evening conversation and reception with renowned chef and author Barton Seaver

ROCKLAND, ME – The Island Institute will host a special evening conversation with chef and author Barton Seaver, and Rob Snyder, PhD, president of the Island Institute, discussing Barton’s new book, American Seafood: Heritage, Culture & Cookery from Sea to Shining Sea, and the heritage and future of American seafood. The event will take place at the Island Institute with a cocktail reception and book signing to follow in Archipelago, the Island Institute’s store.

Island Institute President Rob Snyder testifies at Congressional hearing on bill to protect our nation’s working waterfronts

ROCKLAND, ME – Rob Snyder, President of the Island Institute, joined Congresswoman Chellie Pingree on Thursday, November 2nd at 10:00 a.m., to testify before the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans on behalf of Pingree’s bipartisan bill, HR 1176, the Keep America’s Waterfronts Working Act.

Changing seasons brings new artists and work for Archipelago’s fall gallery show, First Friday reception November 3

ROCKLAND— Celebrate autumn colors and the changing seasons with a new selection of paintings and local works of art at Archipelago. The Island Institute’s store and gallery will host an opening reception for its fall gallery show on Friday, November 3rd, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., during Rockland’s First Friday Art Walk. The show, which highlights the work of printmaker Kathleen Buchanan, painters Claudia Diller and Helene Farrar, and fiber artist Anne Walker will be on display through the Winter.

Monhegan Island celebrates completion of multi-year clean energy initiative for community, art museum

MONHEGAN ISLAND, ME — On Monday, August 21st, state and federal representatives, island leaders, and community partners joined the Monhegan community at a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the completion of a comprehensive upgrade to the island’s energy systems. The culmination of countless hours of hard work, the project enables the community-owned Monhegan Plantation Power District to power the island with cleaner burning diesel-fired microturbines and a solar array, improving reliability and safety of service on the island.

Maine photographer reveals new perspective on iconic lobster boats while chronicling renowned fishing fleet

ROCKLAND, ME – Maine is known around the world for the iconic lobster boats that dot the coast and are the primary vehicle for the state’s renowned fishing industry. Now Portland, Maine-based photographer Mark Fleming has developed a new perspective on these boats by using a drone to capture them in an innovative yet classic fashion.