A child interacts with Occupied Wall - photo by Justin Levesque

About TEMPOart

Our Mission

TEMPOart champions and commissions public art in Portland, ME.

Our Vision:

Fostering a public art city through projects and events that:

  • Instigate conversation and energize our collective imagination
  • Connect communities in Portland and beyond
  • Are a catalyst for social, racial, environmental, and economic justice

About Us

We share engaging public art that doesn’t need a ticket or an instruction manual. Each year new projects from TEMPOart enliven Portland’s public spaces. Our projects and events help people see their world in a new way, or just go through their day with a newfound energy–feeling less alone, alive with wonder, and knowing more is possible.

We also partner with other educational and cultural institutions, building upon each project to offer inspiring learning opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds.

We are completely funded through private support. It is thanks to our generous donors that TEMPOart is able to serve Portland.

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Tony Adams

Executive Director | Tony Adams joined TEMPOart in December 2019 as their first Executive Director. Prior to joining TEMPOart, he served as Executive and Artistic Director of Halcyon Theatre in Chicago from 2006-19. As an individual artist, he’s been lucky enough to amass hundreds of credits over the past twenty years as (in alphabetical order) an actor, designer, director, producer and writer. Prior to co-founding Halcyon, Tony served as Artistic Director at Steep Theatre Company, where he was a longtime member.

Pictured at top: Interacting with Occupied Wall (2017), photo by Justin Levesque