Rockland, ME, May 12, 2021 – The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) is pleased to announce that the Rockland-based nonprofit will now offer free CMCA memberships to Rockland, Maine residents, beginning Saturday, May 29.

The Rockland Free Membership is made possible by the generous support of First National Bank, which has pledged to support the program for two years.  First National Bank is an independent community bank with 17 offices in Knox, Lincoln, Waldo, Hancock, Washington and Penobscot Counties.

First National Bank has a strong history of community-based engagement and support. First National Bank is pleased to support this important program which builds on our commitment to the culture, arts and education in our region,” stated President and CEO, Tony McKim.

CMCA’s Executive Director and Chief Curator Tim Peterson stated, “This free membership program was created in partnership with First National Bank in order to increase access to CMCA exhibition and educational programming for our Rockland neighbors. We are grateful to First National Bank for making this program possible.”

Beginning May 29, 2021, Rockland residents over the age of 18 can sign up for a CMCA membership with proof of a Rockland mailing address. The Rockland Free Membership program includes three available membership levels – artist, individual or household – offering benefits for individuals and families including unlimited free admission to exhibitions, free admission to artist talks and gallery events, subscription to CMCA’s e-newsletter, discounts on ArtLab camps and workshops, discounts on event tickets, and a 10% discount in the CMCA Gift Shop. Interested Rockland residents are welcome to sign up for their membership in-person at CMCA’s front desk. To learn more about different membership levels and benefits, please visit

The Rockland Free Membership program expands upon other free CMCA community outreach programs that serve the Midcoast region, including ArtLab, offering free monthly art making for people of all ages, and Arts@Work, an arts-based mentorship program serving high school students. As always, admission to CMCA is free for youth and students under the age of 18.

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Founded in 1952, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art’s mission is to advance contemporary art in Maine through direct engagement with artists and the public, creating exceptional exhibitions and programs that communicate the transformative power of the art of our time.

Location: 21 Winter Street, Rockland, MaineHours: May 29 – September 12, 2021, Monday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, noon to 5pm. Closed Federal holidays. Admission: $8; seniors $6; children under 18 free, CMCA members free.

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Images (from top): 
Rockland Free Membership sponsor, First National Bank
CMCA Courtyard, photo by Dave Clough