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ArtWaves, our local community arts center

Our Vision:  Connecting our community with the power of art.
Our Mission:  ArtWaves will serve as a center of learning, engagement, and community for individuals at every skill level to experience and create art.

Connecting our community with the power of art

It is a simple concept with boundless opportunity, art for everyone and in multiple forms. This is the foundation of ArtWaves, our local community arts center. Our mission is to provide residents and visitors of Mount Desert Island, and the surrounding area, with accessible, affordable, and dynamic art and movement curriculum. We are a center of learning, engagement, and community where those at every age and skill level can experience and create art throughout the year.

In 2015, local artist Liz Cutler brought this concept to life and the community embraced this idea, causing ArtWaves to outgrow its 

rented room in the Municipal Building in downtown Bar Harbor and move to a larger space just one year later. In 2017 ArtWaves was again was able to expand and is now situated on a campus in Town Hill, budding with potential.

Our Programs

ArtWaves is currently home to three visual arts studios where people of all skill levels can dabble, or hone their skills, in sculpture, figure drawing, or painting in a variety of media, learning techniques from some of the best working artists in the area. Each week three painting classes are available for drop-ins, and each month people can participate in up to ten unique fine arts or crafts workshops.

The state of the art dance studio offers a variety of movement classes for expression, fitness, and fun. Current offerings include seven separate classes per week and include contemporary dance, barre, Zumba, yoga, and ballet for kids. Through our afterschool program and weekly workshops, kids can express themselves creatively using a wide array of materials and experiences. The youngest of our community can explore arts and crafts with a variety of unique projects in our toddler program.

A rich, vibrant and enlivened arts culture on Mount Desert Island, sustained through your support!

“The arts are not a frill. The arts are a response to our individuality and our nature, and help to shape our identity. What is there that can transcend deep difference and stubborn divisions? The arts. They have a wonderful universality. Art has the potential to unify. It can speak in many languages without a translator. The arts do not discriminate. The arts can lift us up.” – Former Texas Congresswoman Barbara Jordan

ArtWaves Your Community Arts Center 207.266.0010

1345-A State Highway 102

ArtWavesMDI.org Bar Harbor, ME 04609


Connecting our community with the power of art

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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