Staff

Blainor McGough, Co-Founder and Executive Director 

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Blainor McGough is founder and executive director of Mayo Street Arts. Blainor is a puppeteer, musician, and artist who has built MSA programs over the years with a focus on music, puppetry, and interaction with the diverse neighborhood and communities of East Bayside. Mayo Street Arts is now in its 10th year of programming and fills a niche in the cultural and artistic scene of Portland, Maine. Blainor and her husband Brian live with their two boys, one dog, and other wildlife in Gorham.


Vanessa Marcoux, Program Manager

Vanessa’s love for music, art, and community brought her to Mayo Street Arts in June 2019, where she is responsible for all visual and performing arts programs, youth programs, and events. Prior to joining MSA, she worked in museums and arts organizations in Boston, New Mexico, and Martha’s Vineyard. In addition working at MSA, Vanessa can be found knitting, reading, drinking coffee, and exploring the beautiful coast of Maine.


Leah Nook Frost, Lead Teacher, RAD! Summer Program
 

Jill Osgood, Teacher, RAD! Summer Program

Jill Osgood is an artist who loves painting and making artists’ books and almost anything else out of paper. Jill earned her BFA from the University of Southern Maine in 2017, and her Maine Master Naturalist certificate in 2019. As an educator she shares her love for the arts and Maine’s incredible natural world with children of all ages.


Sydney Williams, Teacher, RAD! Summer Program

Born and raised in Maine, Sydney is an art educator from Maine College of Art who works as the Extended Learning Opportunities Coordinator at Deering High School in Portland, ME. She is an arts and education advocate, fan of the Boys & Girls Clubs, and is currently learning how to speak French! Learn On!


Bulina Ahmad, Teacher East End Community School Summer Program
Hana Tallan, Teacher, East End Community School Summer Program