Building the Future Capitol Campaign

The Challenge

Mayo Street Arts has been gifted with an historic building and a challenge – to raise matching funds for its future.


Located in the heart of Portland’s East Bayside neighborhood – the most densely populated and ethnically diverse square mile in Maine – Mayo Street Arts has repurposed an historic church to become a unique performance venue, an exhibit and art space, and a community center for the international and creative communities of Portland.

With the hard work of a dedicated group of community volunteers, supporters, and staff, the nonprofit organization has grown rapidly since its inception in 2009 to offer a wide range of high quality arts programs for community and youth.

Through partnerships with area universities, artists, and schools, MSA provides neighborhood youths unique opportunities to learn and engage in the visual, performing, and literary arts.

Mayo Street Arts presents over 150 performances each year ranging from renowned international musicians, to world class puppet theater troupes, to local jazz, bluegrass, and rock shows.

Current programs include:

  • Future Artists of Portland
  • International Heritage Music Series
  • Club Hip Hop
  • The Children’s Puppet Workshop
  • Neighborhood Crime Watch

An Extraordinary Gift

In 2013 Mayo Street Arts was approached by a donor who would make a transformational gift that has truly opened the doors for our organization’s future. Thanks to Cherie Wendelken, Jeb Brooks, and the Brooks Family Foundation, Mayo Street Arts was able to purchase our beloved building at 10 Mayo Street Portland, and soar to a new level of independence and stability.

The Future

The significant step of building ownership creates a singular opportunity to strengthen our programs and activities.

Inspired by the building gift, MSA will endeavor to raise matching funds of $250,000 from the community, reaching  a total of $500,000.

Money raised in the match campaign will be divided into three areas:

Facility Improvements $130,000 – to improve efficiency and capacity with meeting and office space on the third floor, exterior signage and lighting, bicycle racks, balcony seating; and to begin the first phase of an accessibility study so that the center is welcoming to all.

Program Innovation Fund $70,000 – the fund will allow MSA to remain flexible, innovative, and responsive in afterschool programming, community events, and visual and performing arts presentation as opportunities and community needs arise.

Building Reserve $50,000 – so that MSA can continue to be good stewards of the                                                   historic building with adequate resources  for ongoing maintenance and repairs.

We hope you will be able to take part in this unique opportunity to help so many and solidify the future of an incredibly special place. To make a contribution to the Building Fund Campaign, please contact:

Blainor McGough, Executive Director