WINTER HARBOR — Schoodic Arts for All recently was recognized for helping to revive the arts and cultural life on the Schoodic Peninsula following the U.S. Navy base closure in 2002.
The award was made Nov. 13 at the DownEast & Acadia Regional Tourism’s inaugural awards symposium and luncheon held by at the Schoodic Education and Research Center.
The tourism organization is a conduit between the Maine Office of Tourism and the region’s local communities and businesses.
Schoodic Arts for All received an award for Marketing and Cultural Event Promotion. It was nominated by the Schoodic Area Chamber of Commerce.
Schoodic Arts for All was founded in 1999 as a grassroots citizen group in response to the loss of $20 million in payroll and services to the Schoodic Peninsula as the Navy departed.
One of the organization’s first efforts was a two-week arts festival, still very much alive currently, featuring arts, music, crafts, writing, design, architecture and organic agriculture.
Over the years, Schoodic Arts for All has evolved into an organization that stages the arts festival, hosts arts workshops, showcases visual artists and provides a broad range of live performances year-round.