Portland Museum of Art Awarded Grant from the Sam L. Cohen Foundation

The Portland Museum of Art announces that it has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Sam L. Cohen Foundation to support the first two years of educational programming for the Winslow Homer Studio at Prouts Neck.

“The Portland Museum of Art is honored by such a generous endorsement from the Sam L. Cohen Foundation,” said Museum Director Mark Bessire. “With this grant, the Museum will launch some of its most ambitious programs to date, connecting Winslow Homer and his studio practice to 21st-century artists and the community. We are extremely grateful to the Cohen Foundation for their years of support for the arts and education in Maine.”

The Winslow Homer Studio is one of the most significant locations in the history of American art. The Studio is where the great American artist Winslow Homer (1836-1910) lived and painted many of his masterpieces from 1883 until his death. A registered National Historic Landmark, the Studio is scheduled to open in September 2012 and the educational programs associated with this grant will take place in 2013 and 2014. The education programs funded by the grant are the Cannon Rock Sessions, Art in Process, and the Homer High School Fellows.
Cannon Rock Sessions, a biennial residency fostering creativity with two visiting scholars, begins in the summer of 2013. Designed to model the Getty Research Institute’s Guest Scholar program, Cannon Rock Sessions will focus on a specified theme and bring two emerging nationally acclaimed intellects to Maine for interactions with small community groups and the public. They will help inspire new ideas that influence and impact Museum programs centered on the Winslow Homer Studio in the following year.

Art in Process is a professional and curricular development program for Maine’s high school teachers. This unique and intensive learning opportunity for highly motivated students and teachers, complements more broad based school programs such as Free School Tours, which reaches thousands of students each year. The Museum pairs each Art in Process classroom with an artist from their community who serves as an artist-in-residence for the program. Students work with their teachers and the artists-in-residence to determine the media and scope of their projects. The local artist provides media expertise in the classroom and discussescontemporary approaches to the theme of “a sense of place.”

Homer High School Fellows is a three-week studio art and Museum internship program for Portland High School students. This unique fellowship for a small group of highly motivated high school students will provide access to renowned works of art at the Museum, invites conversation with the guests of the Cannon Rock Sessions and other summer Museum guests, and offers an intensive art-making opportunity for some of Portland’s most talented young artists.

The Sam L. Cohen Foundation is a private, independent grant-making foundation which strives to ensure that all people have the opportunity to develop their potential in order to realize healthy, productive futures for themselves, their families and their communities. The Foundation supports non-profit organizations in southern Maine in a range of areas including education, art, and culture.

For more information, visit www.SamLCohenFoundation.org.


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