CMCA Annual Fund

Create the Future

“…[CMCA] small-but-mighty Maine museum, where you’ll find some of the most free-thinking and innovative contemporary exhibitions in New England..

– Boston Globe, 2021

Dear Friends,

Throughout 2021 CMCA has continued to respond to these singular times we are all experiencing with innovation and vision, finding new ways to reach wider audiences as we explore the art of this present moment. Your support ensures we have the means to remain agile and responsive, staying abreast of new developments in contemporary art and creatively developing safe and dynamic access to our arts programs.

Following months of national shutdowns, CMCA returned with strength in May 2021, presenting career-defining solo exhibitions by David Row, S.B. Walker, and Ryan Adams and the thematic exhibitions Spatial Relations and Into Action that draw exciting new connections among a broad slate of Maine-connected artists.

Our education programs continue to expand their reach, serving people of all ages with workshops, classes, and collaborations that reach populations from Blue Hill to Portland. Our dedicated programs serving youth provide rare and dynamic access to forward-thinking and creative learning opportunities.

CMCA also launched special events and programs featuring new voices that reached new audiences:

  • 2021 Distinguished Lecturer Chris Newell shared his work in reconnecting contemporary Indigenous culture and knowledge to historic collections
  • In place of our Artful Living tour, CMCA presented our first-ever Artful Studio tour, featuring visits to emerging and acclaimed artists in their Brunswick studios;
  • We launched the CMCA Maine Makers Market in August 2021, offering Rockland’s first-ever art fair,featuring work by 20 acclaimed regional artisans;
  • Thanks to the support of First National Bank, we now offer a Rockland Free Membership program, developed to increase local access and engagement. Over 140 new local households are now CMCA members!
  • In June we announced the creation of the Suzette McAvoy Exhibition Fund, a dedicated fund that will honor Suzette’s impressive legacy at CMCA by providing annual support for our exhibition program.

While all of these initiatives were successful, the evolving pandemic continues to have a profound impact on CMCA. Paid memberships remain at lower levels, and we aren’t able to host large in-house fundraising events that have been major income producers.

In these difficult and changing times, CMCA is committed to responding to the needs of our community—in person and online—and to remaining at the forefront of contemporary art. Your renewed support makes all this possible.

We count on your contribution to the Annual Fund to ensure CMCA continues to be a statewide leader in the arts, responding to adversity with innovation, creativity and vision. Help us thrive!

With gratitude,

Tim Peterson
Executive Director + Chief Curator

*$500+ donors receive a complimentary Good Host membership; $1500+ donors receive a complimentary Steward membership and are recognized as part of CMCA’s annual donor society—The Contemporary Circle—with exclusive benefits and opportunities.

NOTE: Your charitable contribution to CMCA is tax-deductible—and in fact will receive preferential treatment this year due to the CARES Act, which lifts limitations on individual contributions and allows you to take a deduction without itemizing.

Header image: Hubris Atë Nemesis by Wade Kavanaugh + Stephen B. Nguyen | Dave Clough Photography