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Tracy Michaud Featured on September 19, 2018 “Maine Calling: Revitalizing Rural Communities Through the Arts”

Dr. Tracy Michaud and Kerstin Gilg, Media Arts and Performing Arts Director of the Maine Arts Commission, appeared together on the Maine Public radio show, “Maine Calling” on September 19. They discussed how many of our smallest and most isolated towns have been strengthened and reinvigorated through the promotion of arts and cultural opportunities. This topic is timely because it touches on so many issues important to Maine: workforce development, retention of young people, job creation, and economic innovation. Dr. Michaud focused on the involvement of USM’s Tourism and Hospitality students in projects in rural Maine. She also discussed her previous work with craft artists in Piscataquis County that led to the Center for Maine Craft and the process of creating the Center Theater in Dover-Foxcroft that helped to revitalize its downtown. The common theme that emerges from across the state is how promoting arts and culture in rural Maine can lead to the revitalization of a town’s identity and a greater community bond.