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.
Erika Clark-Jensen, Program Associate
Erika Clark-Jensen’s love of puppets originally led her to Mayo Street Arts, where she first started as an intern in 2013. Graduating in 2012 with a BFA in New Media from Maine College of Art, Erika enjoys working in the ever-creative atmosphere that MSA offers. Sharing the joy of art making with others, whether it’s adults in the community or children from the neighborhood is especially important to her. When not at Mayo Street she can be found animating stop-motion creature features with her handmade puppets, renovating her 1976 Airstream “Astrid”, and going on adventures with her partner Sean and dog Balto.