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Merrymeeting Community & Adult Education

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Artist-in-Residence Program


with Merrymeeting Staff

Calendar Current session started Mar 1, 2024 at 8 am

For the Fall 2024 season, Merrymeeting will be hosting our second annual artist-in-residence program for Maine artists. In fact, we will be supporting two residencies this Fall; one based out of Topsham/Bowdoinham and the other based out of the Bath/Wiscasset region. As our arts community has expanded over the last few years, we have recognized the need to support Maine artists in a more direct way. Maine artists and the local arts communities we serve are the backbone of our cultural footprint. The more we promote them, by developing opportunities to showcase their work, the stronger our communities will be for it.

Eligibility: Any visual artist living and working in Maine may apply. All types of studio practices are welcome. Current students in accredited post-secondary fine art programs are ineligible to apply.

NOTE: AIR application will be emailed directly to you after registration.

Quick Details:

  • Partnering Art Gallery: Merrymeeting Arts Center (Topsham/Bowdoinham residency)
  • Partnering Art Gallery: Chocolate Church Arts Center (Bath/Wiscasset residency)
  • Type of Residency: Day program for working Maine artists (no living space provided, only studio space)
  • Length of Residency: 4 weeks (Sept 2024 for Topsham/Bowdoinham residency, Oct 2024 for Bath/Wiscasset residency)
  • Studio space for Topsham residency will be at 35 Republic Ave, 04086; Studio space for Bath residency will be at 34 Wing Farm Pkwy, 04530.
  • Artist Stipend: $1,000.00
  • Materials Stipend: Up to $250.00 (via reimbursement)
  • Marketing Budget: Up to $150.00 (used by Merrymeeting)

AIR Artist Commitments:

  • Artist Talk (one night) in the 1st week of residency.
  • Public Engagement Activity (one night) in the 2nd week of residency.
  • Culminating Project (solo show) in the 4th week of residency.
  • One-time donation of one piece from solo show to Merrymeeting.

FMI: Contact Jose Rodriguez Jr. at

Application period: 2/1-6/1

Marketing Using Social Media


with Melissa Torres

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 4, 2024 , runs for 4 weeks
1 additional session on Jul 1, 2024

The benefits of social media make it an essential part of a business plan. Social Media Marketing has become more than running digital advertising campaigns; it allows your business to build a following of loyal customers through authentic posts and interactions creating excitement for your business as it grows. Each platform gives your business the tools to successfully build your brand, connect with your customers, and track analytics. This course will focus on Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Nextdoor.

Driver's Education: Morse High School w/Gina


with Bryan Fortier

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 4, 2024 at 5 pm, runs for 4 weeks

Parents are required to attend the last 30 minutes of the first class AND participate in a ride-along with your child for the last hour of their 10 hour driving lessons requirement.  Please visit our website for a complete list of Rules and Expectations:

Please Note:  There is a make-up fee for missed classes. 

Are you 15 years of age or older and want your State of Maine permit to prepare for your driving exam? We offer driver education courses to help build strong, safe, and confident drivers. Students are awarded an instructional permit upon successful completion of the course with a grade of 80 percent or better. Only employee discounts are allowed, but you must call to register. If the student has a medical condition, please contact the office or click on the link below as an additional medical form is required. Total hours of instruction is 40; 30 classroom and 10 driving. Full payment of $535 is required at the time of registration. If a student withdraws from the course, $75 is withheld from the refund to cover program costs. Only employee discounts for this class. Please bring your birth certificate or passport to the first class and a pen to every class.

Driver Medical Evaluation CR24 Bath Campus

March 4 to March 25, 2024

  • March 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25
  • In case of inclement weather - make up days will be 3/26 and 3/27
  • 5 - 8 pm

Coastal Navigation, Level 1


with Alice Bean Andrenyak

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 4, 2024 at 5:30 pm, runs for 2 weeks

Learn the basics of coastal navigation using local charts, parallel ruler, and dividers. Learn what the symbols mean, how to determine safe and dangerous routes, create courses, learn rules of the “road”, what aids to navigation look like and do, plan for emergencies and more. For kayakers, sailors, powerboaters, and future Registered Maine Guides. Students will need access to either a Casco Bay Chart or Penobscot Bay Chart, parallel ruler and dividers. Zoom class – two nights, 5:30 – 8:30pm. March 4 & 11, 2024

Intro to Stained Glass


with Penny Hartwell

Calendar Next session starts Mar 4, 2024 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week
1 additional session on Mar 11, 2024

In this one night class you will learn about the different kinds of glass , how to cut and grind glass. We will be making acid etched hearts. You will be able to take them home that night. Lab fee $10.00 to be paid to instructor at the beginning of workshop.

Full Course

Understanding Medicare


with Aaron Manning

Calendar Next session starts Mar 4, 2024 at 6:30 pm, runs for 1 week
1 additional session on Jun 3, 2024

Have you ever felt like Medicare regulations are a black box? There’s an alphabet soup of plans, a book of fine print and a calendar full of dates to remember. The whole thing seems like a mystery with too few clues to solve. Aaron Manning, a Licensed Insurance Agent with HealthMarkets, can answer many of the questions you may have about Medicare, from the beginning of the process on. He will discuss: when you are eligible, what is the timeline for enrollment without penalties, what original Medicare covers and what it doesn’t, what additional plans work in conjunction with original Medicare, and your financial assistance options.

Radical Kindness – The Superpower That Can Change Your Life (and the World)


with Jeff Edelstein

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 5, 2024 at 6 pm, runs for 6 weeks

Kindness is a superpower that every one of us has. We will explore how “intentional acts of kindness” can transform our friendships, relationships, families, workplaces, schools, and politics. We’ll look at the different forms that kindness can take and share our personal experiences with kindness. We’ll explore the creation of our own “personal kindness practices” as well as collective acts of community kindness that are fun, creative, and meaningful. Students will have the chance to experiment with their kindness practices between sessions. We’ll discuss ways to support each other in rising to our kindest selves, including introduction to a wide variety of inspiring readings, films, and talks. This program meets the first Tuesday of every month between March and August 2024. The workshop fee includes access to all monthly meetings. Attending every meeting is not mandatory; feel free to participate when you can.

Advanced Memoir Writing II


with Ann Kimmage

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 6, 2024 at 1 pm, runs for 8 weeks

Have you taken Memoir Writing I and are looking for guidance to advance your project? Have you started a memoir and feel stuck? Are you seeking a way to heal from trauma or loss through reflective writing? In this course there will be weekly writing assignments for class critiquing and a required book (The Story you Need to Tell by Sandra Marinella, 2017, New World Library, ISBN 9 781608 684830) for class discussion and study you need to purchase on Amazon in time for the first class. Instructor Ann Kimmage is the author of two published memoirs and fifty years of experience teaching writing.

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