April 16, 2021

Building a Lifelong Connection to Service and Maine

Maine Service Fellows program will help address unmet needs for rural communities and provide opportunities for next generation of Mainers

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.
Nick Battista
April 8, 2021

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…
Sue Bernier
March 25, 2021

Archipelago Artist Profile: Alison Thibault

Vinalhaven maker creates vibrant glass jewelry and connection to the island

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…
Lisa Millette
Bass Harbor, Maine
March 24, 2021

Giving fishermen and scientists a seat at the table

For 15 years, the Fishermen's Climate Roundtables have brought key groups together to discuss challenges facing Maine's fisheries

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…
Susie Arnold, Ph.D.
March 18, 2021

The impact of Maine's creative economy

How art and creativity influence our lives, our businesses, and our communities

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…
Lisa Mossel Vietze, Archipelago
March 11, 2021

Building federal support for island communities

With intentionally designed policies and programs, islands can make practical progress on energy challenges and inspire communities everywhere

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,…
Suzanne MacDonald | Nick Battista
March 8, 2021

A Few of Our Favorite Things: Celebrating International Women's Day

Along with our friends at Luke’s Lobster, we wanted to celebrate International Women's Day by highlighting a few of the courageous, talented, and smart women who are making huge contributions to our oceans and our planet every day.
Island Institute
February 26, 2021

Working together to solve Maine’s broadband challenges

The importance of State leadership in closing our digital divide

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.
Nick Battista
February 11, 2021

Now is the time to 'Reimagine Education'—but how?

Community Learning for ME offers resources and forums for educators

During these unprecedented times, Island Institute Community Development Officer & Education Specialist Yvonne Thomas and other members of the Community Learning for ME (CL4ME) team are working to reimagine education in Maine.
Yvonne Thomas
January 28, 2021

Archipelago Artist Profile: Basil Cake

In early March, before Governor Mills issued a statewide lockdown, the Island Institute’s Lisa Millette traveled to the home of Maine artist Basil Cake and his wife Mia, to learn more about his work, life, and inspiration.
Lisa Millette