To fulfill its programmatic and cultural mission, the USM Confucius Institute partners with a variety of local, regional, and state organizations.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
The National Resource Center for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes is headquartered at USM and serves as the national center for the current network of 117 lifelong learning institutes across the U.S. Each institute reflects the culture of its own university and its learning community, and the National Resource Center exists to facilitate the exchange of opinions, solutions, and experiences among these institutes, serving as a center for excellence and dissemination of best practice models. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at USM provides academic lecture and discussion programs chosen by its members in topic areas such as history, culture, geography, anthropology, science, and the arts.
Chinese & American Friendship Association of Maine
The Chinese & American Friendship Association of Maine (CAFAM) is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to promote friendship between non-Chinese Americans, Chinese-Americans, and Chinese people, whether from the PRC, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, or elsewhere. CAFAM promotes awareness of and appreciation for Chinese culture and attempts to assist individuals with China-related questions and problems. CAFAM also promotes a number of activities each year, including a Mid-Autumn (Moon) Festival Celebration, a Chinese New Year Celebration, and a summer general meeting and potluck, among others.
Portland Ovations is a non-profit performing arts organization in Portland connecting artists and audiences through diverse arts experiences. Connections happen both onstage and off as they strive to make performing arts, theater, music, and dance an integral part of the community. Their unique mix of live performances and more intimate workshops, lectures, masterclasses, and School-Time Performances have delighted, inspired, and educated since 1931. Their venues span historic and modern theaters, galleries, and classrooms to ensure the best possible experience for both the audience and the artists.
Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine
The Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine is a welcoming and valuable community asset, offering a diverse array of educational opportunities specifically developed for children and their families, caregivers, and educators. The Museum & Theatre provides families with unique opportunities to play and learn together. In addition to offering one-of-a-kind, hands-on exhibits, the Museum & Theatre leads daily educational activities for all ages and produces fully-staged theater productions featuring youth actors. Based on a careful study of community needs, the Museum & Theatre’s work focuses on the following key areas: STEM (science, technology, engineering & math), multicultural education and community engagement, performing and visual arts, and early childhood education.