Your browser is not optimized for viewing this website.

More information »

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

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


with Jeff Edelstein

Calendar Current session started 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.

Merrymeeting PREMIER Membership Club


with Merrymeeting Staff

Calendar Current session started Mar 18, 2024 at 8 am

BECOME A PREMIER MEMBER TODAY! Join the Merrymeeting PREMIERE Membership Club for only $25! *membership fee is annual.

Membership benefits include:

Early Access: Premier members receive our catalogs digitally prior to public distribution, for exclusive early access to class schedules and offerings (actual registration still limited to public release).

Loyalty Program: Premier members receive 25% off every 6th class they take with Merrymeeting (applies to all classes under $100, excluding certain programs).

Catalog Opportunity: Premier members may submit announcements in our future catalogs, as we are dedicating a page for announcements by our Merrymeeting Premiere members. (restrictions apply, contact us directly for details).

Discount Offer: Premier members receive a 10% discount on any Merrymeeting Youth & Family program (excluding DE and any program over $400; can only be used once annually).

Exclusive Media: Enjoy convenient video workshops, on topics ranging from cooking to meditation, with access to our growing library of media (media library will officially launch May 2023).

Subscription Service: Premier memberships include a free subscription to our latest Merrymeeting Premiere Magazine (exclusive annual online publication emailed directly to club members).

Special Invitations: Premier members will enjoy access to special workshops and events developed especially for them.

Heartsaver First Aid/CPR with AED – Adult & Child
Registration Unavailable

Heartsaver First Aid/CPR with AED – Adult & Child


with John Coffin

Become certified in First Aid/CPR/AED – Adult and Child. All the equipment (manikins and AEDs), videos, Student Workbooks, and consumable supplies are provided. Included in the course are Adult and Child CPR with AED and First Aid skills, where the students demonstrated the skills learned. Upon successful completion, an American Heart Association First/Aid CPR and AED Certification card will be sent to the student, valid for two (2) years. American Heart Basic Life Support (BLS) Instructor: John E. Coffin

How We Move Forward, Better and Stronger


with Benefits and Beyond LLC

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 25, 2024 at 5:30 pm, runs for 3 weeks

Discover resilience in challenging times with 'How We Move Forward, Better and Stronger,' a comprehensive three-part series. Part 1 equips participants with tools to identify workplace stressors, build communicative structures, and handle change. Part 2 focuses on challenging negative attitudes, promoting optimism, and coping with organizational norms. In Part 3, learn to navigate difficult workplace conversations for reduced stress, increased confidence, and improved relationships. Elevate your skills for better career opportunities.

Basic Comedy Sketch Writing
Registration Unavailable

Basic Comedy Sketch Writing


with Jon Hamdorf

Learn the basics to creating five minute comedy sketches, by exploring the fundamentals of sketch development. This class is for those that enjoy writing dialogue, see where we can go with a conversation, and hopefully make a few people laugh, and a few people smile. We will expand your ability to collaborate with other writers by using table reads and rewriting . This course is meant to be fun and entertaining, while learning the basics of comedy sketch writing. Final Draft required for class.

Guided Journaling


with Anne Sirois

Calendar Next available session starts May 1, 2024 at 6:30 pm, runs for 4 weeks
2 additional sessions through Jun 5, 2024

Get a bird’s eye view and a worm’s eye view of your career, business, relationships, philanthropy, finances, self- care, etc., to experience more joy, less stress in your daily life, in packed, highly interactive guided journaling courses. No writing experience necessary. Find more joy, less stress through guided journaling! Your intuitive voice matters. What you think, what you feel, what you value matters. And you need to be able to hear your own voice to sift through information and get done the things that matter to you. Guided journaling is one way to achieve this goal, allowing us to listen to our own inner voice apart from the noise of busy everyday lives. *Each themed session is a 4-week online course via Zoom that runs from 6:30–8:30pm each week.

Intro to Astrology: A Weekly Discussion Series


with Laura Kenworthy

Calendar Next available session starts May 2, 2024 at 5:30 pm, runs for 3 weeks

In this weekly discussion series, professional astrologer Laura Kenworthy will introduce the world of astrology for the curiously-minded. Discussion topics will focus on different themes every week. Laura Kenworthy has studied the astrological archetypes and been a practicing astrologer for over 40 years. She writes the weekly Magical Mexicali astrology blog for Mexicali Blues and sees private clients for readings.She retired to Maine from NYC where she ran the Rudolf Steiner Bookstore on West 15th Street.

Forgot password?
Staff Log In