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University of Maine, Augusta (Augusta, ME 04330-9488)
Lisa Botshon (Project Director: January 2019 to present)

Humanities Discussions
Public Programs

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$100,000 (approved)
$93,133 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2019 – 9/30/2021

Maine's Mid-Century Moment: A Bicentennial Celebration

Implementation of sixteen humanities discussions exploring the artistic and literary interpretations of Maine’s identity in the mid-twentieth century.

This project investigates the overlooked history of literature and art of the mid-20th century, when writers, artists, and entrepreneurs helped to construct a fresh, but enduring, vision of the state of Maine, one that marketed its rustic character. While some of the remarkable creators from this era remain in the public eye—such as artists Marsden Hartley and Andrew Wyeth—others have faded into obscurity, including then-bestselling writers Katharine Butler Hathaway and Louise Dickinson Rich, as well as the few native Wabanaki artisans who persisted with traditional arts even through severe economic and political challenges. UMA requests $250,000 to implement a two-year project for a series of 16 statewide humanities discussions and a digital humanities map that probe the ways in which this era was essential to the development of the Maine we know today.