TEMPOart featured on Maine Calling segment on Art and Community

A number of art exhibits taking place in Maine highlight the role that art can play in helping individuals and communities heal and grow stronger. We were thrilled that our public art commissions were featured in a conversation around the role of art in building community. In this Maine Calling segment, hear from artists about their work–and about current exhibits that have interactive components.

Pamela/Posey Moulton, immersive public artist whose work Beneath the Forest, Beneath the Sea has been featured at Payson Park in Portland, commissioned by TEMPOart called into the show to share her work and remind folks that Dancing For Joy by The Myth Makers will be featured in Portland’s Back Cove starting in June 2024; it will be a large installation of bamboo sculptures of egrets


“Carousel Cosmos” is preparing for the eclipse

We stand on the brink of an extraordinary event – the eclipse of April 8th. It’s a moment that beckons us to look beyond the mundane, to gaze upwards and ponder the mysteries of the universe. And what better way to prepare for this cosmic spectacle than by immersing ourselves in the enchanting world of Carousel Cosmos, a stunning commissioned piece by Chris Miller, brought to life by TEMPOart.

Nestled within the Western Promenade at West Street, Carousel Cosmos is more than just an art installation; it’s a portal to another realm, a miniature galaxy waiting to be explored. Miller’s vision transforms the familiar landscape into a cosmic playground, inviting visitors to embark on a journey of discovery. At the heart of this celestial carousel lies an elliptical walkway, encircling a galactic halo that draws you in with its mysterious gravitational pull. As you traverse the spiral paths, you’ll find yourself amidst spiral galaxy arms, racing polar bears, and sea monsters beckoning you towards adventure in distant mountains.

As you wander through Carousel Cosmos, you’ll encounter benches resembling fantastical local creatures – real and imagined, modern and prehistoric – carved, painted, and arranged as carousel animals. It’s a whimsical touch that adds to the magic of the experience, reminding us of the interconnectedness of all life forms across space and time.

Although not in the path of totality, Carousel Cosmos is inspiring our total eclipse journey! Where will you be on April 8?

Photo by Corey Templeton

Excepts from Chris Miller’s proposal to the City of Portland’s Public Art Committee for Carousel Cosmos.


TEMPOart fundraiser featured in Portland Press Herald

Thanks to Amy Paradyz for covering Catalyst 2024, a wonderful evening supporting public art!

The birds are coming.
That was the key message of TempoArt’s Catalyst fundraiser

Amy Paradyz, Portland Press Herald

Thank You for Being a Catalyst for Public Art!


Thank you for attending our amazing Catalyst fundraiser to support our 2024 temporary public art commission to be installed on Back Cove Trail and Park from June 2024 – June 2025 – Dancing for Joy (By the Will of the People) by The Myth Makers! We had an amazing time meeting and mingling with you all over delicious food and beverage at Après in Portland, ME. For those that missed the event we wanted to share the program details and a link to the presentation. Follow the links to learn more about Dancing for Joy!

Announcing Dancing for Joy
Presentation by The Myth Makers

Performances by
Holly Taylor, Liz Mulkey, Kristen Stake, & Hannah Wasielewski
Choreography by Holly Taylor in collaboration with dancers

Media Partners
Portland Media Center, Amy Paradyz at Portland Press Herald, Munjoy Hill News, David Wade

Check out this wonderful feature in Portland Press Herald’s Society Notebook by Amy Paradyz and first look photos by David Wade below!

Design
Better Yet Design, Loquat, Anna Siegel


Catalyst is TONIGHT!

CATALYST IS TONIGHT!

March 18, 5:30-7:30PM
@ Après, 148 Anderson Street, Portland, ME

Join us tonight for our Catalyst Fundraiser to support our 2024 temporary public art commission to be installed on Back Cove Trail and Park from June 2024 – June 2025 – Dancing for Joy (By the Will of the People) by The Myth Makers

Meet and mingle with artists and local arts and community enthusiasts over delicious food and beverage at Après in Portland, ME. This creative gathering will include:

  • A presentation by artist team Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein of The Myth Makers unveiling our 2024 commission.
  • Collaborations with local artists and designers.
  • Performances by local dancer/choreographers Holly Taylor, Liz Mulkey, Kristen Stake, & Hannah Wasielewski
  • Opportunities to get involved with TEMPOart’s mission.

General Admission tickets are $50. Host Committee tickets are $125 for individuals and $250 for couples and will be listed in our invitation and program. All attendees will receive one drink ticket and hors d’oeuvres. If you’ve already purchased tickets, thank you! We will have your name on the list at the door.

Tickets are still available online and will be for sale at the door.

It is never too late to support us as a host…
and thankfully these people agree!

Alison Leavitt
Jean Principe
Nat Thompson
Kristina Powell
Andrea Hanson


One Week until Catalyst 2024

One Week until Catalyst 2024

March 18, 5:30-7:30PM
@ Après, 148 Anderson Street, Portland, ME

Join us at our upcoming Catalyst Fundraiser to support our 2024 temporary public art commission to be installed on Back Cove Trail and Park from June 2024 – June 2025 – Dancing for Joy (By the Will of the People) by The Myth Makers

Meet and mingle with artists and local arts and community enthusiasts over delicious food and beverage at Après in Portland, ME. This creative gathering will include:

  • A presentation by artist team Donna Dodson and Andy Moerlein of The Myth Makers unveiling our 2024 commission.
  • Collaborations with local artists and designers.
  • Performances by local dancer/choreographers Holly Taylor, Liz Mulkey, Kristen Stake, & Hannah Wasielewski.
  • Opportunities to get involved with TEMPOart’s mission.

General Admission tickets are $50. Host Committee tickets are $125 for individuals and $250 for couples and will be listed in our invitation and program. All attendees will receive one drink ticket and hors d’oeuvres.

Tickets are limited and selling fast!


Cultural Advocacy Day 2024

TEMPOart partners with Cultural Alliance of Maine

TEMPOart is thrilled to partner with the Cultural Alliance of Maine for Cultural Advocacy Day this year. On Tuesday March 5, we will join our peers in the arts and culture sector to highlight how cultural activity has a ripple effect, benefiting all Maine communities. Registration is still available, and the program includes talks and performances by many amazing Maine based artists and cultural organizers. Hope to see you there!


You’re Invited to Catalyst 2024

You’re Invited! Catalyst 2024

March 18, 5:30-7:30PM
@ Après, 148 Anderson Street, Portland, ME

Join us at our upcoming Catalyst Fundraiser to support our 2024 temporary public art commission to be installed on Back Cove Trail and Park from June 2024 – June 2025 – “Dancing for Joy” by The Myth Makers! 

Meet and mingle with artists and local arts and community enthusiasts over delicious food and beverage at Après in Portland, ME while learning about the project and how you can get involved.

General Admission tickets are $50. Host Committee tickets are $125 for individuals and $250 for couples and will be listed in our invitation and program. All attendees will receive one drink ticket and hors d’oeuvres.

Tickets are limited and selling fast!

Join our growing list of public art supporters for this special evening! Even if you are unable to attend, we’d love for you to join us as a host.

THANK YOU TO OUR HOST COMMITTEE

Meg & Rob Adams
Charlton & Noni Ames
Trisha Bauman
Christine Beneman
Steve Bither
Victoria Bonebakker
Braden Buehler
Barbara & Bill Burgess
Tom & Kate Chappell
Gregg Lipton & Sara Crisp
David & Jil Eaton
Taffy Field
Anna Ginn
Lauren & Aron Glennon
Betsy Griffin
Alison Hildreth
Mary Allen Lindemann & James Hoban
Jamie Johnston
Patrick & Janice Kelly
Alison Gibbs & Loren Kessell
Angus & Cricket King
Pandora & David LaCasse
Sue & Tom Lambe
Judy Glickman Lauder
E. Kent Gordon & Jess Lauren Lipton
Lin Lisberger
Roger Berle & Lesley Macvane
Jessica Muise & Brendan Mahoney
Dick McIntosh
Nanci Kahn & Steve Melchiskey
Marjorie Moore
Margaret Morfit
Marian Morgan
Charlotte B Phillips
Lissa Hunter & Kirby Pilcher
Darcy & Matthew Poor
Sue & Malcolm Rogers
Frank & Susan Ruch
John Ryan & Jenny Scheu
Ellen Seidman
Lynn & Jim Shaffer
Alice & Dick Spencer
Dodo & Paul Stevens
David & Ann Swardlick
Caroline Teschke
Cy Hagge & Jessica Tomlinson
Sharon Townshend
Abigail & Barry Wark

Sponsorship Opportunities

Complimentary Catalyst tickets are one of the many benefits of sponsoring TEMPOart. Enliven Portland’s cultural landscape with public art and engage with thousands of residents, visitors, and our vibrant community through TEMPOart’s mission. Opportunities to sponsor artist tickets are available.

Reach out to Interim Executive Director Jessica Muise at manager [ at ] tempoartmaine.org and learn more on our website.

Thank you to our latest sponsor, Gorham Savings Bank!


Strategic Plan: Share Your Input

Based in Portland Maine, TEMPOart commissions and supports temporary public art that sparks dialogue, builds community and inspires our collective imagination.

TEMPOart is now working on a strategic plan for 2025, and seeking input to inform the planning process. The following survey is open to anyone interested in arts in Maine. Thank you in advance for your time and valuable input! Please only fill out one survey per person. Here is the link to the survey.


TEMPOart helps USM’s Art Department “Dream Big”

On February 15, 2024 TEMPOart participated in a dynamic discussion at the University of Southern Maine (USM), where collaboration was the focal point. Faculty and staff from USM’s Art Department, along with representatives from leading arts organizations across Greater Portland, came together to envision the future of visual arts at the university. Led by professors Hannah Barnes and Kelly Hrenko, the gathering aimed to chart a path towards increased community engagement, innovative curricular offerings, and signature programs within the Art Department.

One exciting development on the horizon is the upcoming opening of the Crewe Center for the Arts, scheduled for fall 2025. This state-of-the-art facility will feature an art gallery, sculpture garden, and visual arts studio, serving as a hub for creativity and expression. With the addition of the Kate Cheney Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts, the Crewe Center promises to be a dynamic space for artistic exploration and collaboration.

During the discussion at USM, participants brainstormed ideas for community engagement initiatives at the Crewe Center. From collaborative art exhibitions to workshops and artist-in-residency programs, the possibilities are endless. As TEMPOart looks ahead, it is committed to forging partnerships with educational and cultural institutions like USM to expand access to the arts and create enriching experiences for people of all ages. As the campus expands, there are more opportunities for public art installations on the grounds. When TEMPOart commissions and hosts artists, we share that resource with USM’s faculty and students.

TEMPOart’s involvement in the conversation at USM underscores its dedication to fostering collaboration, creativity, and community engagement. By harnessing the power of public art and forging meaningful partnerships, TEMPOart continues to inspire individuals, provoke thought, and transform public spaces into vibrant canvases of expression. As we look towards the future, let us embrace the vision of TEMPOart and continue to dream big together.

TEMPOart Founder Alice Spencer, Board Secretary and USM Faculty Alum Sharon Townshend, and Interim Executive Director Jessica Muise participated in a facilitated discussion with USM Art Department to help the institution “dream big” for the local arts ecosystem. Photo courtesy of USM.