Blainor McGough, Co-Founder and Executive Director
Blainor McGough is founder and executive director of Mayo Street Arts. Blainor is Maine native, puppeteer, musician, and mom, and has built MSA’s community programs over the years with a focus on music, puppetry, and interaction with the diverse communities of East Bayside. Mayo Street Arts is now in it’s 10th year of programming and fills an niche in the cultural and educational scene of Portland and Maine. Blainor works collaboratively with artists on community projects with the intention of bringing local and international artists together in unique and useful ways that encourage dialogue and respect, and is excited to continue to take Mayo Street Arts and affiliated artists to the next level.
Brittany Buotte, Marketing & Events Manager
Brittany Buotte attended the University of Southern Maine, taking classes ranging from recreational therapy to anthropology and psychology. Her love for working events began when she started working in Event Operations for the City of Portland in 2015. She also has two years experience programming recreational activities for elementary age children in the City of Portland’s before school/after school/summer camp recreation program. Since then, she has had the opportunity to work with Liv For Events, and as a stagehand for IATSE/Local 114. Brittany is passionate about bringing local and international communities together through visual and performing arts programs. She enjoys collaborating with artists and the community to promote and provide diverse and engaging events for all.
Mary Swann, Development Coordinator
Mary Swann joined Mayo Street Arts in March 2019 in the new, part-time role of Development Coordinator. Having worked in Portland’s non-profit sector for the past 20 years, and with a passion for both the arts and community service, she feels she could not have found a better home! She is excited to see what the future holds for Mayo Street Arts, and to play a role in its continued growth and success. Mary resides in Portland with her husband, where they raised their three children and countless children’s pets after moving there from Boston in the early 1990’s. She studied at USM in both the Humanities and the Fine Arts, earning her degree once their children reached adulthood and she could finally concentrate!