Board of Directors

Hayden Anderson, PhD
Executive Director,
Maine Humanities Council

Vice Chair
Larry Hayden
Visual Artist

Dela Taylor

Brian Arlet
Music Educator

Myron Beasley
Faculty, Cultural Studies/African American Studies, Bates College

Rich Entel, MD
Physician, Visual Artist

Megan Grumbling
Poet, Theater Writer, Associate Faculty, University of New England, Southern Maine Community College

Blainor McGough
Founder and Director, Mayo Street Arts

Charlie Miller
Co-Founder and Director, The Children’s Initiative

Jan Piribek
Visual Artist; Faculty, University of Southern Maine

Polly Plimpton
Attorney, Miniature Theater Designer

Cherie Wendelken
Director, Brooks Family Foundation

Elizabeth Whitman



2015-06-12 18.24.39 (1)Hayden Anderson, Chair is Executive Director of the Maine Humanities Council, the State of Maine affiliate for the National Endowment for the Humanities and Library of Congress Center for the Book. Prior to starting with the Council, he worked at the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project, a Portland-based immigration law nonprofit. He lives in Portland with his wife, Meredith, and their son, Gus.






Larry Hayden, Vice Chair is a visual artist whose drawings, paintings and photographs are included in Maine’s major art museums as well as in private and institutional collections throughout the Northeast. Author of PULLUM, the world’s only known book of photographs of chickens accompanied by text entirely in the Latin language, his photographs were selected to illustrate the deluxe centennial edition of Robert Frost’s North of Boston, published in 2015 by the Ascensius Press. Recently retired from an undistinguished foray into vintage motorcycle racing, which yielded one victory in eight years of effort, he is now an avid street rider of 1960’s era Triumph motorbikes. Larry’s ongoing photographic work centers on his home environment, and the daily lives of his small flock of chickens. He shares a nineteenth century Portland farm house with spouse Allice; their family dog, Ruby; several hundred thousand honey bees, in four hives; and, of course, the celebrated hens.




Dela Portrait Small Dela Taylor, Secretary, works to cultivate leadership in service of strengthening communities.  As Partner with Nuf Sed, she supports organizations that cultivate a high quality of life and place for other people through work in strategy, communications, and capacity building.  And, as MFCEO with Dela Here, she offers coaching and workshops that focus on nourishing self-expression and creative self-care in her clients.  She really digs living in Portland’s East Bayside neighborhood with her partner Dugan.


Brian Music ClassBrian Arlet, Treasurer, is a visual artist, musician and music educator. He along with his wife MSA director Blainor McGough, founded Mayo Street Arts in 2009 with the intentions of providing a vibrant, inspirational and supportive venue for the arts and education in Portland. He is a graduate of USM school of music with a bachelor in music education, a certified Music Together instructor, an independent contractor and a member of local rock band ‘the last sip’. He loves having adventures with his family, riding motorcycles with his wife and playing music with his friends.


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Megan Grumbling is a poet, educator, and critic. Her poetry collection Booker’s Point was awarded the Vassar Miller Prize, and is forthcoming in 2016. Her work has appeared in Poetry, The Iowa ReviewCrazyhorseThe Southern ReviewThe Antioch Review, and other journals; was awarded a Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation; and received a Robert Frost Foundation Award for Poetry. She writes about theater for the Portland Phoenix and film for Dispatch, and is reviews editor of the poetry and arts journal The Café Review. Co-founder of the modern opera company Hinge/Works, she has written and staged performance works as part of the Sacred and Profane, the Belfast Poetry Festival, and the PortFringe Festival; and her short film Carrying Place, a Sisters Grumbling production, screened in Maine and New York in 2013. She teaches writing at SMCC and UNE, and has read and facilitated workshops across the state, including with police officers, inmates at the Maine State Correctional Facility, and high school students engaged in the poetry recitation program Poetry Out Loud.





Myron Beasley is a professor at Bates College in Lewiston, where he teaches American Cultural Studies, African American Studies, and Women and Gender studies. His research includes exploring the intersection of art and social change, as he believes in the power of artists and recognize them as cultural workers. His writing appears in such journals as Text and Performance Quarterly, The Journal of Poverty, Performance Research, and The Journal of Curatorial Studies.  He has been awarded fellowships and grants by the Andy Warhol Foundation, the Whiting Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Ruth Landes Foundation for his writing about art and cultural engagement.

Charlie Miller is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Children’s Initiative, an international social service project that strives to improve the health and education of children in resource-starved communities. He established East India Salvage twenty years ago and also served as president. Charlie taught for many years at St. Mark’s and Andover Academy before teaching internationally at high schools in Spain, Ecuador, China, Japan and Hawaii. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the Breadloaf School, where he received his MA. He currently tutors at The Telling Room, a young writers and leaders program in Portland. Aside from MSA, he is also on the board of directors for the Portland Public Library and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Maine.  A Portland native, Charlie is an avid traveler, reader, kayaker, and is a God Dad to many.

Betsy Whitman has held a diverse variety of community activism jobs and positions over her decades in Portland, the last as community organizer with Homeless Voices for Justice and day shelter staff member at Preble Street Resource Center. She studied theater arts at the University of Southern Maine and Naropa University (Boulder, Colorado) and mask work with a variety of teachers. She holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology and expressive arts therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies, and did postgraduate work in a variety of settings in San Francisco. Her master’s thesis research and work was on the intersectionality of trauma, self-narrative, bodily experience, creative expression and healing. As a member emeritus of Shoestring Theater, she still helps to haul parade puppets up and down the fire escape stairs at the People’s Building, although she has retired from stilting. Over the past years she has volunteered as a Maine Cooperative Extension master gardener in the community including organizing the planting of hundreds of spring bulbs with her daughter and schoolmates. She loves compost. She also shares the responsibility of the Soccer Barn with her husband and daughter and likes to get up at 2 in the morning to watch meteorite showers.



Jan Piribeck is a Professor of Art at the University of Southern Maine. Prior to her arrival at USM she was an Associate Professor of Art and Gallery Director at the University of Maine at Farmington and was Curator of Exhibitions and Education at the Rockford Art Museum in Rockford, Illinois. She has a long standing interest in public art and community-based art programs that is reflected in her work as an artist and arts advocate.





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Blainor McGough is founder and Executive Director of Mayo Street Arts. Blainor has worked  since 2009 to develop a roster of programs at MSA to reflect and benefit the diverse communities of East Bayside and Greater Portland. Prior to starting Mayo Street Arts, Blainor was affiliated with the Greater Portland Boys and Girls Club, the Cumberland County Soil & Water Conservation District, the Children’s Museum and Theater of Maine, Shoestring Theater, WMPG radio, and worked on the water in Alaska, Florida, and Maine at various fishing related gigs. Blainor and her husband Brian love yard sales, motorcycles, waterfalls, and their two boys, Rigel and Cirrus.