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Local Art Installed in Portland, Hallowell Affordable Housing

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Maine Art Collective Collaborates with Affordable Housing Developers to Enliven Public Spaces
[PORTLAND, 1/18/22] – As its successful pop-up gallery approached the end of its lease, Maine Art Collective launched a new venture in service to its mission of broadening access to Maine art by partnering with affordable housing developers. The Collective’s inaugural partnership with Community Housing of Maine has already installed 14 artworks across two of the nonprofit developer’s properties in Portland and Hallowell.

Originally conceived as a two-month pop-up gallery at 18 Exchange Street in Portland’s Old Port, Maine Art Collective formed in order to introduce Maine artists to a wider audience while keeping the cost of original Maine art affordable. The group’s collaborative organization, in which artists share responsibilities for operating the gallery, allowed artists from all over Maine to promote themselves in Portland’s art and culture hub, and the gallery was so successful that it extended its lease for an additional three months, ending in December 2021.

While Maine Art Collective plans to continue its seasonal pop-up gallery service, the organization has developed a new, year-round project to expand access to Maine art. Through a connection with affordable housing developer Community Housing of Maine, the Collective learned that housing developers were overwhelmed by the challenge of sourcing original art from local Maine artists, and set out to create a white-glove service that would make it easier for developers to support Maine artists while enlivening their spaces with high-quality art.

“Our mission is to bring affordable art to broader populations, while also providing opportunities for local Maine artists. Working with Community Housing of Maine has been a huge win-win for both our roster of artists and for the communities served,” explains Marni Prince, a founding member of Maine Art Collective. “High-quality original art should not just be enjoyed by the affluent but should be accessible for everyone, and this partnership has allowed us to achieve our vision.”

By working with Maine Art Collective, Community Housing of Maine has placed more than a dozen pieces of Maine art across two of its affordable senior housing properties: Northfield Green in Portland, a community of 200 units; and Community Commons in Hallowell, a community of 29 units. Within the scope of the partnership, the developer shares their general vision and theme with Maine Art Collective, which then photographs the property, curates a selection of artwork, and permanently installs the artwork. The art is either part of the Collective’s current inventory, or it may be commissioned.

“Maine Art Collective made it so easy to bring beautiful original art to our affordable housing communities,” explains Kyra Walker, Community Housing of Maine’s chief operating officer. “We especially like that the Collective is composed of Maine artists with a wide selection of high-quality art. We look forward to working with these talented artists again to bring local art to our residents.”
Developers, interior designers, and property managers interested in learning more about partnering with Maine Art Collective to bring affordable Maine art into their spaces may visit www.maineartcollective.com<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.maineartcollective.com&d=DwMFaQ&c=euGZstcaTDllvimEN8b7jXrwqOf-v5A_CdpgnVfiiMM&r=sRmsuRYoEpO3athS3Y65b5qcLXgnVOUA6o2MMeZoMZA&m=gtltJUNZR0eVyUFP15YJPgySqKBI5bp0xfbbhJ42yIY&s=2zdopVeZ0xT_dQ_kHUBoILwYozsFlPDXw4msIspQjMw&e=> or contact Marni Prince at marni@maineartcollective.com

MREMA Sponsors Plane Pull by Travis Mill’s Foundation

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We are thrilled to share that MREMA is sponsoring the charitable event by the Travis Mill’s Foundation on October 16th called Plane Pull.  As you may recall, Travis was our Plenary Speakers at the 2018 MREMA conference, and has kept a special place in all our hears ever since.  His compassion, drive, humanity and of course humor inspired us all that day.  And we are happy to support his continued efforts to serve recalibrated veteran and their families.  For more on his foundation, please click here www.travismillsfoundation.org.

To view the Plane Pull event that MREMA is proudly sponsoring, click here tmfplanepull.com.

If you would like to personally donate, please click on the “Donate to a Team” link on the tmfplanepull.com site.

 

MREMA Toys for Tots & Teens 2018 Event

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We are pleased to announce that this was the best year ever for MREMA’s Toys for Tots & Teens Event with a $48,204 donation to the Marines. In total over the past 25 years MREMA has raised over $630,000 plus the hundreds of thousands of toys we collected. MREMA also gave every child in Maine’s Children’s Group Homes a $75 Visa/MasterCard gift card. Thank you to everyone who donated an auction item, who came to the event, and who spent their hard earned money to make this event so successful. (more…)

2017 Toys for Tots and Teens – Another great year!

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2017 was another great year.  We collected over $48,000.00 which allowed the Marines to give toys/gifts to over 19,000 children in Maine.  Over the past 24 years we have collected over $562,000.00 which makes us one of the largest sponsors of the Marine Corps Reserves Toys For Tots Program in Maine.  And a big Thank you to everyone who purchased the $25.00 gift cards that were donated to the Children’s Group Homes – we filled 100% of their requests again this year! (more…)

Rising Tide Brewery Networking a Success!

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MREMA is happy to share that the Rising Tide Brewery Networking event on May 23rd, presented by MREMA, Flynn Associates, ServPro, IREM and Spectrum Enterprises, exceeded expectation in both attendance and charitable proceeds!
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MREMA Toys for Tots & Teens – 2016

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The 2016 Toys for Tots & Teens Event was another successful year – we raised over $57,000.00 plus the hundreds of gifts collected and we fulfilled 100% of the Children’s Group Homes Toy Buy Wish List.  A very big thank you to all our members and guests for making this a night to remember. (more…)

MREMA survey quoted in Bangor Daily News article on the importance of $15 senior housing bond release.

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MREMA press release on Senior Housing Bond

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Maine Real Estate Manager’s Association releases new survey data showing an increased need for affordable senior housing, calls for release of voter-approved bonds. (more…)

The 2015 Toys for Tots & Teens Event was THE BEST YEAR EVER!!

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This year we raised over $52,000.00 plus the hundreds of gifts we collected and we fulfilled 100% of the Children’s Group Homes Toy Buy Wish List. A very big thank you to all our members and guests for making this a night to remember.

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VOTE YES ON QUESTION TWO TO SUPPORT MAINE’S SENIORS AND WORKERS!!!

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