Looking Back at 2020

MSA Welcome Mural by Alexis Iammarino

In this season of giving and thanks, we are looking back at this year, and are humbled by the support from artists, performers, and audience and community members like yourself. We are happy to share that we have welcomed 101 new members to our community and 2 new business sponsors since January. We are so grateful for our new and ongoing supporters and look forward to sharing our bright future with you. Thank you!

Together we have learned how to navigate what has been a very different year. Join us in looking back and sharing the memories — and looking forward to what’s ahead!

We started the year strong with Palaver Strings‘ sold out performance (above, middle), family friendly shows with Janoah Bailin (top right), a puppet show for kids of all ages with The Gottabees (top left), and a magical weekend of Flamenco with Lindsey Bourassa and special guests Bárbara Martínez and Cristian Puig (bottom). Catch a moment from that show here. We can’t wait to return with new shows in 2021!

In July 2020 we unveiled the colorful Welcome Mural created by Alexis Iammarino on our building, presenting a bold visual cue that MSA is a welcoming community arts center.

In addition to our lively exterior mural, we have moved forward on our accessibility renovations, which include the construction of a wheelchair lift so our building will be fully accessible for the first time in 130 years!

Ideal Maine Social Aid and Sanctuary Band playing at a (pre-Covid) march.

In September we presented the MSA Mission Award to the Ideal Maine Social Aid and Sanctuary Band!

This fall, the activist street band has performed in support of several outdoor events, including Labor Day Workers Protest, Maine Women’s March, Black Lives Matter rally, and Play for the Vote on Election Day.

Screenshot from Tophat Productions’ Jekyll & Hyde Livestream

We had fun bringing you two live-stream shows from David Worobec of Tophat Miniature Stage. David is Portland’s premier expert and practitioner of the art of miniature theater and we were thrilled to bring you these live, intimate productions from his home to yours!

If you missed the live performance, you can tune in to Guys and Dolls here and Jekyll & Hyde here. Learn more about how David became a toy theater aficionado in this recent article from the Penobscot Bay Pilot.

Saving you a seat at MSA!

This year has been different, but we are ever so grateful for your support — whether its becoming a member, purchasing a ticket, or sharing messages of encouragement. As there is much ahead, we thank you for your continued generosity to make every year a success!