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Our History

In 2013, local artist Liz Cutler came up with the idea of ArtWaves MDI -- and others agreed that Mount Desert Island was in need of a Community Arts Center!

In 2017, ArtWaves became a 501C3 nonprofit organization. ArtWaves was able to purchase our 1.75 acre campus in December 2019 thanks to Bar Harbor Bank & Trust and a local benefactor.

Liz continues to inspire the community through her classes and workshops held at ArtWaves and around the MDI area.

Picture (right): Liz Cutler at ArtWaves 

Our Vision is connecting our community with the power of art.

Our Mission is to provide residents and visitors of Mount Desert Island, and the surrounding area, with accessible, affordable, and dynamic art and movement experiences.

Jamie VanderMolen (Program Coordinator)

Jamie is an experienced Arts Program Administrator who has worked for museums, arts nonprofits, community organizations and her own pottery studio in Pittsburgh.  As an artist herself, she loves being surrounded by art and other artists.  

Jamie moved here from Pittsburgh a couple years ago and is still delighted every time it snows. She spent her first year here knitting, making applesauce, cutting up pine branches to make pillows, making mosaics, adding blueberries to everything and exploring the island with Otis. Otis has happily made the transition from city dog to country dog


Our Board Members

President: Stefanie Joy Muscat

Vice President: Liz Cutler

Secretary: Donna Domiano

Treasurer: David Lamon

At Large: Lisa Murray

At Large: Carrie Jones

Your tax-deductible donations help support ArtWaves, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. Our mission is to make art accessible to the Mount Desert Island and surrounding communities.
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