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Merrymeeting Community & Adult Education

General Enrichment

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

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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with Jose Rodriguez

Calendar Next session starts Mar 7, 2024 at 4 pm, runs for 2 weeks

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Fiction in a Flash


with Laurie Notch

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 9, 2024 at 10 am, runs for 6 weeks

All stories have a beginning, an end, and a twist! But can you tell them in less than 1,000 words? In this writing workshop with Laurie Notch, learn to write flash fiction. Develop characters, plot, and the proverbial twist in short order in all genres. So, come on, all you creative writers… take up the challenge and the fun!

Adventure Marketplace Info Night!


with Nancy Dorrans

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 12, 2024 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Interested in a local travel experience with Adventure Marketplace? Come join Nancy for more specific details about how these local travel packages are designed with you in mind. Adventure Marketplace is a member of the Adventure Travel Trade Association, working together to create impactful experiences that are more sustainable and offer community building partnerships. Nancy Dorrans is the founder/owner of Adventure Marketplace and has close to 40 years of travel industry experience. Booking your next adventure with her will add value and convenience to your trip!

Bookbuilding for a Novel or Memoir


with Paulla Estes

Calendar Next available session starts Mar 12, 2024 at 5:30 pm, runs for 4 weeks

One of the hardest parts of writing a book is knowing where and how to begin. This course will help you identify the deep level WHY that’s spurring you to write this book, as well as the point your book wants to make. With these two components, you will craft a 50-word description, a 250-word jacket copy, categorize your genre, brainstorm titles, and identify your ideal reader. Then we’ll get to know your protagonist or narrator and you’ll begin writing your first and last scenes. At the end of four weeks, you will have a rough narrative arc, list of major scenes, and a unique outline that will serve as a guide as you write. This is a straightforward and fun method I use with book coaching clients. BRING – laptop or plenty of paper and pen, and your book idea. This 4-week class will meet once/week for 2 hours.

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