MAINE INTERNATIONAL RESOURCE DIRECTORY
Revised in 2012 and updated regularly The Maine International Resource Directory provides information on internationally-involved educational, governmental and non-profit organizations which are either Maine-based or have Maine representatives. Many of Maine's international businesses may be identified through their membership in the Maine International Trade Center (www.mitc.com). The Directory is published by the World Affairs Council of Maine to promote dialogue among those interested in international affairs and to increase Maine’s capacity for public education in the field.
Directory entries are in alphabetical order, and each contains a brief description of the organization and contact information. Maine’s 207 area code is omitted for Maine telephone numbers. Corrections and additions to the Directory are welcome and should be sent to the World Affairs Council at email@example.com.
This expanded and revised web publication of the Maine International Resource Directory was co-edited by Education Chairman Matthew Gardner and USM Intern Bradley Goodwin, ’12, and technical advice was provided by Administrative Director Amy Holland. A 2004 web-based edition was edited by Program Director Lorna Endreson, and the original 2000 printed edition was co-edited by Program Director Theo Dunfey and Mr. Gardner.
Directory entries are drawn primarily from the following sources:
- Maine Department of Health and Human Services. Office of Multicultural Affairs. MULTICULTURAL RESOURCES. Augusta, Me., 2012. Web edition.
- THE PORTLAND PRESS HERALD/MAINE SUNDAY TELEGRAM. Portland, Me.: MaineToday Media, 2008-present.
- Resources for Organizing and Social Change. CHANGING MAINE DIRECTORY. Monroe, Me.: Resources for Organizing and Social Change (ROSC), 2009.
- World Affairs Council of Maine. MAINE INTERNATIONAL RESOURCE DIRECTORY. 2nd ed. Portland, Me.: 2004.
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MAINE INTERNATIONAL RESOURCE DIRECTORY Revised Edition, 2012
ACORN PRODUCTIONS Acorn Productions nurtures new performance pieces, develops artist collaboration, trains new talents and make the arts accessible to a wider spectrum of the general public. Its projects, the Maine Playwrights Festival, Acorn Acting Academy, Naked Shakespeare and Fairy Tale Players, have international dimensions. 90 Bridge Street (Suite 125), Westbrook ME 04092. 854-0065. www.acorn-productions.org.
AFGHAN ASSOCIATION OF MAINE
P.O. Box 3621, Portland, ME 04104. 873-2436.
AFRICA CONTEMPORARY ARTS CONSORTIUM- See Bates Dance FestivalAFRICA SCHOOLHOUSE Africa Schoolhouse Foundation, a charitable educational organization registered in the U.S. and Tanzania, builds sustainable school communities for children in Africa, using modern technology while respecting cultural heritage. Its president resides in Maine. 2407 LaMesa Drive, Santa Monica, CA 90402. www.africaschoolhouse.org.
AFRICAN CENTER FOR SACRED ARTS See: MUSEUM OF AFRICAN CULTURE
AFRICAN CULTURE AND AFRICAN CULTURE AND LEARNING CENTER 175 Lancaster Street (Suite 208D), Portland, ME 04101. 253-1956.
AFRICAN HERITAGE See Center for African Heritage.
ALHAN MIDDLE EASTERN MUSIC ENSEMBLE
The Ensemble performs classical and popular Arabic and Turkish music of the 17th to the 21st centuries, drawn from prominent composers of Lebanon, Syria, Egypt and Turkey, as well as classical song forms of the modern Arab world.
Eric LaPerna. 542-9280.
AMERICAN FIELD SERVICE
Established by American ambulance drivers in Europe during World Wars I and II, the AFS exchange program brings high-school age students to the United States, and sends American students abroad. Maine has two AFS areas for international exchanges: north of Pittsfield and south of Pittsfield. www.afsusa.org.
AMERICAN FOLK FESTIVAL
On the Bangor Waterfront in August, music, dance and culture from traditions across America are featured.
AMERICAN IRISH REPERTORY ENSEMBLE (AIRE)
AIRE presents classic and contemporary Irish and Irish-American productions that share the power and beauty of Irish theater and increase understanding of Irish culture.
27 Carroll St. South Portland, ME 04106. 799-5327. www.airetheater.com.
AMERICAN UNIVERSITY IN BULGARIA
AUBG was established in 1991 as an affiliate of the University of Maine. In 2001 it was independently accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
Amnesty International is an independent worldwide organization working impartially to end violation of peoples’ fundamental human rights: releasing prisoners of conscience, fair trials for political prisoners, the end of torture, disappearances, and extra-judicial executions.
P.O. Box 203, Bath, ME 04530. www.midcoast.com/~thesil/AI-Maine/index.html.
ANAH HIGHLANDERS A major pipe and drum band based in Bangor, the Anah Highlanders support Shriners Childrens Hospitals and appear in major venues including the American Folk Festival and National Folk Festival. www.anahhighlanders.com.
ARCHANGEL COMMITTEE OF GREATER PORTLAND
Founded in 1987 as a non-profit volunteer organization to promote exchanges between Greater Portland and Archangel, Russia, the committee offers student and cultural ex-change and medical supplies to hospitals and orphanages in the Archangel region.
775-1515. email@example.com. www.arkhangelsk.org.
ASERELA (Action of Self Reliance Association)
The association was founded in Maine in 1994 to build self-reliance among Sudanese refugees in Maine, especially children in refugee camps, Southern Sudan and Maine. An annual Feast for the Children raises funds for construction of a school in Southern Sudan.
P.O. Box 7782, Portland, ME 04112. 774-3314. www.aserela.org.
ASIAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE FOUNDATION
The Foundation is organized to support the social, political, educational, health and economic needs of all Asian-American communities, and to support the preservation of each distinctive culture.
ASSE(International Student Exchange Program)
Established by Sweden in 1976, ASSE has offices in 31 countries and accommodates more than 30,000 High School age students and host families annually in its programs with participating countries. ASSE has new England and Maine representatives.
225 N. Washington St., Alexandria, Va. 22314. 1-800-677-2773. www.asse.com.
ASSOCIATION OF FORMER INTELLIGENCE OFFICERS (Maine Chapter) The Maine Chapter of the Association hosts public lectures and discussions in southern Maine which are listed on the World Affairs Council’s website. For more information call 985-2392
ASSOCIATION OF MAINE INTERPRETERS AND TRANSLATORS (AMIT) AMIT is a non-profit state association of interpreters and translators from central and northern Maine and the Downeast area which is committed to the advancement of professional interpreters and translators in Maine. www.mainetranslators.org
ATLANTIC GLOBAL AID
Atlantic Global Aid is a Maine-based 501(c)3 tax-exempt non-profit corporation established in 2010 to bring medicines, supplies, and medical personnel to Africa.
276 Pine St. #2, Lewiston, ME 04240. 376-4203. www.atlanticglobal.org.
ATLANTIC SALMON FEDERATION
ASF is an international non-profit organization whose objectives are to maintain Atlantic salmon as a viable, renewable resource in the North Atlantic through research and environmental management projects.
Fort Andross (Suite 406), 14 Maine Street, Brunswick, ME 04011. 725-2833. www.asf.ca.
Atlantica Group is a Maine-based company that works with clients in a variety of industries on international growth strategies. Through a partnership with a French company, Atlantica is able to offer a wide range of services to clients both from its Portland office and an office in Paris.
280 Fore Street 3rd Floor, Portland, ME 04101. 553-9228 www.atlanticagroup.com.
BANGOR BALLET Founded in 1994, the Bangor Ballet is dedicated to creating performance opportunities for talented dancers and choreographers and to providing high quality live dance per-formances for audiences near and far. 14 State Street, Bangor, ME 04401. 945-3457. www.bangorballet.com.
BANGLADESH CHILDREN’S SUPPORT FUND
Provides financial support to people and institutions in Bangladesh that are working to improve the health and lives of the country’s children.
48 Salem Street #507, Portland, ME 04102. 774-1110.
BANGOR-CARASQUE, EL SALVADOR, SISTER CITY
The Bangor-Carasque Sister City relationship is a program of PICA (Power in Communi-ty Alliances). The Sister City project maintains an advocacy program focused on agrari- an policy, human rights and education.
61 Main Street (Suite 15), Bangor, ME 04401. 947-4203. www.pica.ws/programs/sistercity.org.
BANGOR CHINESE SCHOOL. See Chinese Language and Culture Center.
BANGOR FOREIGN POLICY FORUM
The Forum is a non-profit, non-partisan community organization dedicated to increasing awareness of important international issues and their impact on U.S. foreign policy.
P.O. Box 917, Bangor, ME 04401. 581-1835. www.bangorforeignpolicyforum.org.
BANGOR INTERPRETING AGENCY The Agency is an interpreting referral business throughout the state of Maine. On-call 24-hour emergency interpreting services are available in most major languages, including Spanish, French, Italian, German, Japanese, Greek, Russian and Chinese.
www.bangorinterpreting.com/services. 7 Summer St., Hampden, ME 04444. 862-4027.
BANGOR-ST. JOHN, NEW BRUNSWICK, CANADA, SISTER CITY
Formed in 1987, the Bangor-St. John Sister City relationship maintains a long-standing history of mutual respect, friendship and tradition, as well as recognizes the community and economic benefits accrued through cooperation between the respective councils.
73 Harlow Street, Bangor, ME 04401. 945-4400.
BANGOR THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY
Founded in 1814, the Bangor Theological Seminary is an ecumenical seminary in the congregation tradition of the United Church of Christ. The Seminary offers accredited masters and doctoral degree programs in preparation for Christian ministry.
Two College Circle, P.O. Box 411, Bangor, ME 04402. 942-6781. www.bts.edu.
Bates College is a private, residential college devoted to undergraduate study in the traditional disciplines of the liberal arts and sciences and in emerging interdisciplinary pro-grams. Bates’ academic and co-curricular resources have many international dimensions, including the Gamelan Orchestra, a traditional Indonesian musical ensemble, and the Global Lens international film series produced by the Global Film Initiative.
2 Andrews Road, Lewiston, ME 04240. 786-6255. www.bates.edu.
BATES COLLEGE – EDMUND S. MUSKIE ARCHIVES
The Archives hold and make available for research the personal papers, office files, cam-paign records and memorabilia of Edmund S. Muskie (1914-1996), former Maine Governor, U.S. Senator and Secretary of State.
BATES DANCE FESTIVAL
A Bates College program, the Festival brings an artistically and ethnically diverse group of contemporary dance artists to Maine each summer to teach, perform and create new work. The Festival provides the community with dance performances, workshops, discussions, and it is a founding member of the Africa Contemporary Arts Consortium.
31 Frye St., Lewiston, ME 94240. 786-6354. www.batesdancefestival.org.
BATH-BATH, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM, SISTER CITY
City of Bath, 55 Front Street, Bath, ME. 443-8330.
BATH BLARNEY DAYS
For one week each March, Bath, the "City of Ships," becomes the "City of the Irish" as Bath Blarney Days celebrate Irish Music, poetry, people and places.
BATH IRON WORKS (BIW) Bath Iron Works is a major American shipyard located on the Kennebec River. Since it was founded in 1884, BIW has built private, commercial and military vessels, most having been ordered by the U.S. Navy. The shipyard, a subsidiary of General Dynamics, has built and also designed the world’s most advanced warships. www.gdbiw.com.
BATH-TSUGARU-SHI, JAPAN, EXCHANGE
Formerly the Bath-Shariki Sister City Agreement, business, cultural, educational and athletic exchanges between the two cities are developed. The relationship commemorates the courageous rescue by Shariki villagers of survivors of the Bath-built “Chesbrough.” An annual Japanese Culture Weekend was developed in 2012 City of Bath, 55 Front St., Bath, Me. 04530. 443-8330. www.Bath-Tsugaru.org.
BAY CHAMBER CONCERTS
During July and August the Summer Music Festival presents award-winning international artists to mid-coast Maine at the Rockport Opera House and Strand Theatre. For the rest of the year its Performing Arts Series features classical, jazz, and world music throughout the mid-coast.
BAYSIDE WORLD MARKET AND FAIR
Sponsored by the Bayside Neighborhood Association and Portland Public Schools, the mid-June fair is held at Portland High School, featuring singers, dancers, speakers, food and crafts, a fleamarket and children’s activities.
Jordan Benissan is a drummer and teacher at Colby College, who was introduced to music and dance at an early age through ceremonies and rituals. A member of the Ewe people, he received his traditional music training from West African master drummers.
12 High St. Waterville, ME 04901. 872-9146. www.jordanbenissan.com.
BIGELOW LABORATORY FOR OCEAN SCIENCES
The laboratory is a private, non-profit organization affiliated with the University of New England, which engages in basic research on the biological, chemical and physical pro- cesses that determine ocean productivity
60 Bigelow Drive, P.O. Box 380, East Boothbay, ME 04544. 315-2567. www.bigelow.org.
BOAR'S HEAD AND YULE LOG FESTIVAL
The Rockland Congregational Church festival, with the Midcoast Brass Quintet and the Rockport Dance conservatory, re-enacts the Feast of Epiphany ending the twelve days of Christmas, when the magi offered their gifts to the Christ Child.
180 Limerock St. Rockland, ME 04841. 594-8656. www.midcoast.com/~congl/files/boarshead.html.
Boghat is a traditional Irish Dance music trio based out of Portland, Maine. Boghat plays the traditional music of Ireland, experimenting with contemporary elements while maintaining healthy respect for the tradition.
The music of Boreal Tordu is a continuation of musical traditions passed down from the Acadians, the Quebecois, and the unique French-speaking people of Maine and New England.
30 Mechanic St. Portland, ME 04101. 761-3931. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founded in 1794, Bowdoin College is one of America’s prominent liberal arts undergraduate colleges. Strong in social sciences, science and the humanities, including foreign languages, Bowdoin's international studies capacity is outstanding. Its musical activities include the Afro-Latin, Middle Eastern, and World Music Ensembles, and its Museum of Art has strong international holdings.
Brunswick, ME 04011. 725-3000. www.bowdoin.edu.
BOWDOIN INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
Conducted annually from late June until early August on the Bowdoin College campus in Brunswick, the Festival features promising young musicians from around the world.
6300 College Station, Brunswick, ME 04011. www.bowdoinfestival.org.
BOWDOIN PEARY-MACMILLAN ARCTIC MUSEUM
Located on the first floor of Hubbard Hall on Bowdoin College’s Brunswick campus, its collections support teaching and research as well as public exhibitions.
BRUNSWICK –TRINIDAD (CUBA) SISTER CITY ASSOCIATION
Created in 2002, the Association fosters a spirit of friendship and cooperation with citizens of Trinidad, Cuba, and the Brunswick area. A Cuba Week celebration with art, films, food and music is held each spring.
C.A.L.L. (Cultural Access and Language Line) Interpreting is offered in Somali, Swahili, Arabic, Amharic and Oromo (Ethiopian).
270 Lisbon Street, Lewiston, ME 04240. 344-7767. email@example.com.
CAFAM CHINESE SCHOOL Since the 1990s, the CAFAM Chinese School in Portland has encouraged the lifelong learning and enjoyment of Chinese culture through lively classes for children in Mandarin language, calligraphy, art, song and dance. www.cafamchineseschool.org. See also: Chinese and American Friendship Association of Maine.
The Calderwood Consort performs music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance in costumes with voices and replicas of period instruments. The group has given concerts for more than 30 years, on public radio as well as lecture demonstrations.
The Camden Conference sponsors contemporary public policy events which promote awareness of international issues and cultures. Its prime event is an annual mid-winter three-day conference on a global region or foreign policy issue. It also sponsors a Community Events Series throughout the Midcoast area, and produces a curriculum enrichment guide making conference materials more accessible to teachers and students.
P.O. Box 882, Camden, ME 04843. 236-1034. www.camdenconference.org.
CAMDEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Founded in 2005, the Festival features a diverse array of international and local docu- mentaries in late September and early October in Camden, Rockport and Rockland.
CANADIAN-AMERICAN CENTER, UNIVERSITY OF MAINE
The Center is a leading institute for the study of Canada in the United States. It conducts extensive undergraduate and graduate education, supports a major research library on Canada, conducts cross-border research and programs for state, regional and national audiences.
154 College Ave., Orono, ME 04473. 581-4225. www.umaine.edu/canam.
CAP HAITIEN. See Konbit Sante-Cap Haitien Health Partnership.
CARIBBEAN NIGHT IN BOOTHBAY HARBOR The early April Caribbean Night at Boothbay Harbor’s Opera House includes steel drums, pineapples and limbo contests during an evening that is an annual right of passage to show winter the door. 88 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538. 633-5159. www.boothbayoperahouse.com.
CASCO BAY TUMMLERS KLEZMER BAND
The Tummlers, from Portland, have a versatile repertoire, ranging from original music to traditional dances and Yiddish theatre and ghetto songs.
Castlebay members Julia Lane and Fred Gosbee have been musically weaving together the heritage of New England and the Celtic lands since 1987. Their concerts range from ballads to dance tunes played on Celtic harp, guitar, fiddle and tin whistle, and they present theme concerts on aspects of Celtic lore.
P.O. Box 168, Round Pond, ME 04564-0168. 529-5438. www.castlebay.net.
CATALYST FOR PEACE
A Portland-based foundation, Catalyst for Peace identifies and supports community-based peace-building work around the world, currently in post-conflict Africa.
565 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101. 775-2616. www.catalystforpeace.org.
See also FambulTok International.
CATHOLIC CHARITIES MAINE, REFUGEE AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES
Refugee and Immigration Services are the primary provider of resettlement services for refugees within the state of Maine, including low-cost interpreter services in multiple languages to assist with access to social, health, legal and other community services.
250 Anderson, Portland, ME 04104. (800) 781-8550. www.ccmaine.org.
CENTER FOR AFRICAN HERITAGE
Founded in 2003, the Center for African Heritage (CFAH) seeks to unite the growing African disapora in the greater Portland area, and represent the interest of new Mainers who have immigrated from Africa.
Westbrook Community Center, 426 Bridge Street, Westbrook, ME 04092. http://www.cfah.me.
CENTER FOR GLOBAL HUMANITIES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND
Global in perspective and connected to similar national and international programs, the Center offers seminars and lectures by leading scholars from around the world who are doing innovative scholarship.
Anouar Majid, Director, UNE Portland Campus. 716 Stevens Ave. Portland, ME 04103. 221-4435. www.une.edu/cgh.
CENTRAL AFRICA VISION
Central Africa Vision brings assistance to the people of Rwanda and the Great Lakes Region of Central Africa through the evangelical church. CAV has sent clothes, medicine and food to a refugee camp in Rwanda, and to people in eastern Congo.
P.O. Box 1975, Portland, ME 04104. 773-8811. www.cav2000.org.
CENTRAL MAINE-HONDURAS MEDICAL MISSION Physicians from Central Maine Orthopaedics in Auburn have traveled annually since 1999 to the Ruth Paz Clinic in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, to help patients with surgeries such as mending broken legs, amputating badly damaged limbs, and fixing clubbed feet.
690 Minot Ave. Auburn, ME 04210. 783-1328. www.cmogroup.org.
CENTRO LATINO DE MAINE
Centro Latino de Maine seeks to be the voice of the Hispanic community in Maine, celebrating its cultural heritage, preserving its human dignity, and inspiring it to realize its aspirations.
P.O. Box 1242, 68 Washington Ave., Portland, ME 04103. 749-8823. www.elcentrolatinome.org.
THE CHILDREN’S INITIATIVE (TCI) The non-profit Children’s Initiative, founded in 2005, is an international social service project improving the health and education of children in resource-starved communities, currently focusing on Ethiopia, Honduras and Vietnam. 15 Chadwick Street, Portland, ME. www.childrensinitiative.org.
CHILDREN’S INTERNATIONAL SUMMER VILLAGES, USA (Maine Chapter)
This non-profit, non-political international organization, with 20 U.S. chapters, fosters peace through understanding among youth ages 11 to 18 through global programs including villages, family based interchange, summer camps and seminar camps.
P.O. Box 95, Orono, ME 04473. 827-7129. www.maine.cisvusa.org.
CHILDREN’S RAINFOREST U.S.
The Children’s Rainforest U.S. assists children’s efforts to learn about, and help save, the tropical rainforests. The program encourages education about rainforests and helps channel donated funds to acquire and protect them.
P.O. Box 938, Lewiston, ME 04243. www.watier.org/kathy/crf.htmlwww.watier.org/kathy/crf.html.
CHILE-PORTLAND SCHOOL EXCHANGE. See Portland-Chile School Exchange.
CHINA: EXPLORING THE INTERIOR, 1903-1904
This is a travelling exhibit of photographs produced in association with the Chinese Room of the Newport (RI) Public Library and the Maine Humanities Council.
Robert Sargent, Sargentville, ME 04673. 359-8977. www.chinaexhibit.org.
CHINESE AND AMERICAN FRIENDSHIP ASSOCIATION OF MAINE (CAFAM)
CAFAM, formed in 1988, promotes friendship between non-Chinese Americans and Chinese people. It creates awareness of, and appreciation for, Chinese culture through social activities, operates the CAFAM Chinese School, and has installed markers identifying prominent sites in the development of Portland’s Chinese community.
P.O. Box 10372, Portland, ME 04104. 688-4826. www.cafammaine.org.
CHINESE GUEST TEACHER PROGRAM
A collaboration of the U.S. College Board and China’s Hanban/Confucius Institute brings experienced Chinese language teachers to schools in Maine and across the United States.
Donald Reutershan, Maine Department of Education. firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHINESE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE CENTER
The Center provides Chinese language training, cross-cultural training, English-Chinese/Chinese-English translation, and interpretation services.
53 Cumberland Street, Bangor, ME 04401. 990-0710. www.bangorchinese.com.
CHORALE ARTS SOCIETY OF PORTLAND The Chorale Arts Society is composed of three choirs: The Masterworks Chorus, a 150 member ensemble that performs with the Portland Symphony Orchestra; the Choral Art Singers, which performs for Christmas at the Cathedral concerts during the holiday season; and the Choral Art Camerata, a 28-voice a cappella ensemble specializing in post-Renaissance chamber music. 50 Monument Square (2F), Portland, ME 04l01.828-0043. www.artsamerica.org/venue-posts/the-choral-art-society.
The Cinder Conk duet plays Balkan and Eastern European music drawn from Europe's most diverse musical traditions. It is the sound of celebration and lament of those who have lived on the Black Sea coast over thousands of years- Roma, Jews, peasants, and nationalists.
CITIZENS FOR GLOBAL SOLUTIONS (Maine Chapter)
The organization envisions a future in which nations collaborate to abolish war, protect rights and freedoms, and solve the problems facing humanity that no nation can solve alone. It promotes global interdependence, communicates global concerns to public officials, and develops proposals to strengthen institutions such as the United Nations.
COASTAL ENTERPRISES, INC.
Coastal Enterprises, Inc., is a private, non-profit community development corporation with extensive background in technical assistance and peer learning exchanges with domestic and international groups to promote community-based economic development.
36 Water Street, P.O. Box 268, Wiscasset, ME 04578. 882-7552. www.ceimaine.org.
WILLIAM S. COHEN CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL POLICY & COMMERCE
Established at the University of Maine at Orono in 1998, the Center enhances the compe-titiveness of U.S. businesses, fosters understanding of international policy issues, and accelerates the economic development of Maine.
WILLIAM S. COHEN COLLECTION
The Cohen Collection at the University of Maine at Orono consists of the records (correspondence, reports, legislative documents and news releases) created by William Cohen during his service as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate.
Colby College in Waterville has an extensive program of lectures throughout the academic year, including cultural events held by international artists, as well as lectures by professors on variety of international issues.
4000 Mayflower Hill, Waterville, ME 04901. 859-4000. www.colby.edu.
COLBY COLLEGE, OAK INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS
The Oak Institute offers a yearly fellowship at Colby for an individual engaged in front-line human rights work. During the year, the Oak Fellow conducts lectures and symposia at Colby around the human rights theme, and may be available to speak to groups around the state during the semester that he or she is in residence.
COLLEGE OF THE ATLANTIC
COMMUNITY FINANCIAL LITERACY
The College of the Atlantic is a liberal arts college of human ecology which welcomes international students and conducts exchange agreements with international universities. Students complete a one-term internship for which many select an international site.
105 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609. 288-5015. www.coa.edu.
Community Financial Literacy supports immigrants and refugees by conducting classes, workshops, counseling and providing other resources which help them make sound money management decisions.
309 Cumberland Avenue (Suite 205), P.O. Box 8013, Portland, ME 04104. 797-7890. www.cflmaine.org.
CONGOLESE COMMUNITY OF MAINE (COCOMAINE) The Congolese Community of Maine is a nonprofit community organization which facilitates the integration of the Congolese people, assists Congolese immigrants during their transition to life in Maine, and promotes entrepreneurship and Congolese culture through education, social events and forums within Maine.
CONGO-KINSHASA COMMUNITY OF MAINE P.O. Box 4525, Portland, ME 04112. 774-5221.
COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL EDUCATIONAL EXCHANGE (CIEE)
The Council on International Educational Exchange is the leading U.S. non-governmental education exchange organization. It creates and administers programs that allow high school and university students and educators to study and teach abroad.
300 Fore Street, Portland, ME 04101. 553-4000. www.ciee.org.
Cultivating Community's mission is to strengthen communities by growing food, preparing youth leaders and new farmers, and promoting social and environmental justice. Cultivating Community uses community food work as an engine for high-impact youth and community development programs that reconnect people to the natural and social systems that sustain us all.
52 Mayo Street, P.O. Box 3792, Portland, ME 04104. 761-GROW. http://cultivatingcommunity.org.
DAPONTE STRING QUARTET Transplanting from Philadelphia to Maine in the early 1990s, the DaPonte String Quartet’s mission remained to connect audiences to composers and their influences by bringing to life the human context of each score’s creation.
www.daponte.org. P.O. Box 401, Damariscotta, ME 04549. 529-4555.
DENMARK ARTS CENTER The Denmark Arts Center has strong international representation in its programs in art, film, and music which are conducted from June through September.
50 West Maine. St., P.O. Box 813, Denmark, ME 04022. 452-2412. www.denmarkarts.org.
DOWN EAST SINGERS Founded in 1979, the group performs choral works from Baroque to 21st century. It regularly collaborates with the Bowdoin College Chorus to form the Rachmaninoff Choir, performing nationally and touring Russia in 2002 and Europe in 2009.
P.O. Box 996, Rockport, ME 04856-0996. 273-2471. www.downeastsingers.org.
DUNLAP HIGHLAND BAND The band is a nonprofit organization, dedicated to preservation and enjoyment of Scottish music and tradition. It encourages the general public to pursue a Scottish musical education, helping to provide instruments and uniforms. www.dunlaphighlandband.com.
EAST AFRICA FAMILY ASSOCIATION 159 Lisbon Street, Lewiston, ME 04240. 795-1128.
EASTERN MAINE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Eastern Maine Community College prepares technicians and skilled workers for careers in mechanical, engineering and construction industries, as well as health professions, and business occupations. The College conducts several programs and exchanges abroad.
354 Hogan Road, Bangor, ME 04401. www.emcc.edu.
EBUNE: PROCESSION OF THE RAM
An annual parade through Portland to celebrate the coming of spring, Congress Street is flooded with mask-wearing paradegoers, musical instruments, colorful banners and papier-mache puppets. The parade is organized by the Museum of African Culture.
L’ECOLE FRANCAISE DU MAINE
The French School of Maine in Freeport is one of three French immersion schools in New England accredited by the French Ministry of Education. Seventy students from the Portland, Camden and Lewiston areas attend preschool through the seventh grade.
99 South Freeport Road, Freeport, ME. 865-3308. www.efdm.org.
EF FOUNDATION FOR FOREIGN STUDY
One Education Street, Cambridge, MA. 1-800-447-4273. www.effoundation.org.
ENGINEERS WITHOUT BORDERS-USA
Engineers Without Borders has two Maine chapters.The Portland chapter is undertaking a potable water project in the village of Dorgobom, Ghana (www.ewbportlandmaine.org). The University of Maine chapter (www.umaine.edu/ewb) is creating a student-designed community sanitation system in Dulce Vivir, Honduras, for which it received the 2012 Newman’s Own Foundation Campus Community Service Challenge grant.
EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF HAITI PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM
St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Wilton, ME and St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Cape Elizabeth, ME, have formed a partnership with St. Luc's Church and School in Trou de Nord, Haiti. Clean water, food, student tuition and teachers' salaries have been provided.
www.stalbansmaine.episcopalmaine.org and stlukeswesternmaine.episcopalmaine.org.
ETHIOPIAN AND ERITREAN FESTIVAL The fall Festival, held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Westbrook, highlights Ethiopian and Eritrean traditional food, music and costumes.
www.trinitywestbrook.com, 612 Main Street, Westbrook, ME 04092. 854-5653.
The organization increases self-sufficiency for people nationally and internationally through educational and charitable projects, with a major focus on Kenya.
84 Payson Road, Brooks, ME. 722-3708. www.expandingopportunities.org.
FALMOUTH-ROSSETT, ENGLAND, EXCHANGE PROGRAM A student exchange program between Falmouth Middle School and Rossett School in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England, celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2012. www.falmouthrossettexchange.com
FAMBUL TOK INTERNATIONAL
Fambul Tok, Krio for Family Talk, emerged from a unique approach to community reconciliation pioneered in Sierra Leone. It involves ancient traditions of addressing issues within the safety of the family circle to make communities whole again.
565 Congress Street (Suite 304), Portland, ME 04101. 775-2616. www.fambultok.org.See also: Catalyst for Peace.
FIDDLE-ICIOUS Fiddleicious is a diverse group of fiddlers and other musicians of all ages and walks of life. Their music is passed on from our Scottish, Irish, Quebecois and Acadian ancestors, with the goal of maintaining tradition by sharing Maine’s musical heritage.
FIGURES OF SPEECH THEATRE
Founded in 1982, the company produces visual puppet theater that emphasizes myth, metaphor and transformation. Influenced by traditional Chinese and Japanese theater forms, it performs both globally and in rural schools and theaters throughout Maine.
77 Durham Road, Freeport, ME 04032. 865-6355. www.figures.org.
FINNISH-AMERICAN HERITAGE SOCIETY OF MAINE
The Society was formed in 1982, in order to preserve historical materials which perpetu-ate the events, customs and traditions of Finnish culture, and to disseminate this know-ledge to all interested parties.
P.O. Box 86, Norway, ME 04268. 742-6682. www.mainefinns.org.
FOREIGN AUTO FESTIVAL See: Owls Head Transportation Museum
FOREIGN LANGUAGE ASSOCIATION OF MAINE (FLAME)
This non-profit organization promotes and improves the teaching and learning of world languages and cultures. It furthers the common interests of teachers, students and others in Maine who seek to improve their proficiency in more than one language.
P.O. Box 207, Augusta, ME 04332. www.umaine.edu/flame.
FORUM FRANCOPHONE DES AFFAIRS (FFA-USA)
FFA-USA discovers trade opportunities in the French-speaking world for the benefit of its members. It also attracts French language and cultural opportunities for the benefit of the community at large, as well as fostering business development and export trade using the French language as a business tool. www.ffa-int.org.
FOX INTERCULTURAL CONSULTING SERVICES
Fox Intercultural Consulting Services, primarily focused on China, is a cross-cultural training and consulting firm which assists businesses, individuals, education institutions and local communities develop a multicultural and global approach.
239 Foreside Road, Falmouth, ME 04105. Suzanne Fox, President. 781-3767. www.foxintercultural.net.
The Franco-American Centre at the University of Maine serves as a gathering place for students, faculty and community members of Franco-American descent. It provides a source for information pertaining to Franco-American history, language and culture.
University of Maine, 164 College Avenue, Orono, ME 04473. www.francoamerican.org.
FRANCO-AMERICAN CULTURAL FESTIVAL
Held on late March weekend in Biddeford, art exhibits, concerts, writers symposium and other events are featured.
City Theater, 205 Main Street, biddeford, ME 04005. 282-0849. email@example.com
FRANCO-AMERICAN HERITAGE CENTER
Originally established as St. Mary’s Parish in the early 20th century, the church was purchased in 2000 by the Lewiston-Auburn community. It was renamed the Franco-American Heritage Center and was rededicated as a performing arts and cultural facility.
46 Cedar Street, Lewiston, ME 04240. 783-1585. www.francoamericanheritage.org.
FREEPORT SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL
The Festival enriches the lives of residents of Freeport and surrounding communities by offering outstanding Shakespeare theatre at the Freeport Factory Stage and other venues including the L.L. Bean Discovery Park and the Coastal Maine Botanical gardens.
P.O. Box 13, Freeport, ME 04032. 865-9299. firstname.lastname@example.org.
FRENCH SCHOOL OF MAINE. See L’Ecole Francaise du Maine.
The Friends Camp welcomes youth, ages 7 to 17, to its international community of campers and counselors, regardless of race religion, national origin, or ability to pay. The program includes drama, sailing, photography, canoeing, crafts, pottery and sports.
P.O. Box 84, East Vassalboro, ME 04935. 923-3975. www.friendscamp.org.
FRIENDS OF AOMORI. See Maine-Aomori Prefecture, Japan, Sister State.
FRIENDS OF KAKAMEGA Friends of Kakamega is a Maine non-profit organization that supports the Kakamega Orphan Project in Kenya, founded by Kenyan Quaker women in 2001 as a feeding program for local orphans. The project also finances the Care Centre residential facility, as well as home-based and high school sponsorships.
FRIENDS OF SHINAGAWA. See Portland-Shinagawa, Japan, Sister City.
51 Hunter Road, Freeport, ME 04032. www.friendsofkakamega.org.
FROM AWAY FESTIVAL
From Away is an annual festival of new work by international playwrights in residence at the University of Iowa's International Writing Program. The festival brings the authors to Portland, where excerpts of their work are presented, in translation, by Portland Stage Affiliate Artists.
Portland Stage Company, 25A Forest Ave. Portland, ME 04101. 774-1043 x105. www.portlandstage.org.
FULBRIGHT ASSOCIATION/MAINE CHAPTER. www.fulbright.org/chapter/Maine.
FUR CULTURAL REVIVAL: A DARFUR COMMUNITY CENTER IN MAINE
This non-governmental, non-profit organization broadens awareness of genocide in Darfur, serves needs of Portland’s Darfur community and preserves the Fur tribal culture.
P.O. Box 5279, Portland, ME 04101. 221-5197. www.furculturalrevival.org.
GHANA HEALTH PARTNERSHIP
The Partnership is an undertaking of the University of New England to improve the health of the people of the western region of Ghana. It provides training, research and service opportunities for students from both countries.
THE GIRLS FOUNDATION OF TANZANIA The Foundation provides intellectual and financial support for educational opportunities for adolescent girls in Tanzania. It works with non-governmental organizations to provide for the development of girls’ social, physical and emotional health and academic success. P.O. Box 11224, Portland, ME 04104. www.girlsfoundationoftanzania.org.
GLOBAL HEALTH EDUCATION SERIES See: Partners for World Health
GLOBAL LENS INTERNATIONAL FILM SERIES See: Bates College
GLOBAL PORTLAND, MAINE Global Portland is positioning Portland to reach its global potential through individuals and organizations making up this engaged and increasingly diverse region. We are committed to creating a global city contributing to Portland’s economic growth, educa-tional opportunities and thriving creative economy. 68 Marginal Way, Portland, ME 04101. 774-9891. www.globalportlandmaine.com.
GREATER PORTLAND FESTIVAL OF NATIONS
A late July event since 2003, the Greater Portland Festival of Nations showcases and promotes Maine’s ethnic diversity in Portland's Deering Oaks Park through crafts, cuisine and music.
68 Exeter Street, Portland, ME 04102. 541-9173. www.wini.us/festival.htm.
This three-day Greek Festival is a family event that each June draws more than 10,000 visitors from the greater Portland area. Along with the exquisite Greek cuisine, there is live music and traditional dancing.
Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, 133 Pleasant St., Portland, ME. 04102. 774-0281. www.holytrinityportland.org/festival.asp.
GREEK HERITAGE FESTIVAL
Greek food, music and children’s activities are featured at this annual mid-July event, held since 1996 to benefit the mortgage fund of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church.
186 Bradley Stret, Saco, ME. 284-5651. www.stdemetriosmaine.com.
GREELY MIDDLE SCHOOL-NAMIOKA, AOMORI, JAPAN, SISTER SCHOOL
Greely Middle School has coordinated a student exchange with Namioka Junior High since 1992. Students from North Yarmouth, Cumberland and Chebeague Island have visited Namioka, Aomori Prefecture, and each year students and chaperones from Namioka visit Maine during the last week of March.
GWEN MOORE CHILDREN OF CHINA FUND
The Fund supports the education of poor, rural children in Luodian County of landlocked Guizhou Province in southwestern China. The fund's creator, Gwen Moore, passed away in March 2012. Contributions may be made at the Give2Asia website on the Gwen Moore Children of China Fund webpage.
H.O.M.E. (Homeworkers Organized for More Employment), Inc.
H.O.M.E. is a social service agency that provides employment, food, housing and educa- tion to low-income families in Hancock County. H.O.M.E. organizes trips to Comalapa, Guatemala, which bring school and medical supplies, as well as clothing.
P.O. Box 10, Orland, ME. 04472. 469-7961. www.homecoop.net.
HAITI-MAINE DIOCESAN COMMITTEE The Committee, appointed by the Bishop, oversees the partnership between Maine and Haiti. The relationship is built on rural area commonality, dependence on agronomy, and sustainable use of natural resources for survival. More than a dozen Maine churches are now partnered with their Haitian counterparts. www.episcopalmaine.org.
HAITI SACRE-COEUR DE MEYER – HOLY EUCHARIST SISTER PARISH
Since 1991, the Parish of the Holy Eucharist (Falmouth, Freeport, Gray and Yarmouth) has had a sister parish relationship in Haiti, currently Sacre-Coeur de Meyer. The Meyer church, destroyed by an earthquake in 2010, was rebuilt with funding from the Parish of the Holy Eucharist and foundations.
326 Main Street, Yarmouth, ME 04096. 847-6890.
HANCOCK COUNTY MEDICAL MISSION
The mission is a team of health care providers and non-medical volunteers from the community interested in sharing skills with third world nations. The Mission travels annually to under-served areas of Ecuador, providing free surgical, medical, dental and eye care.
P.O. Box 241, Ellsworth, ME. 04605. 276-5336. www.hcmm.homestead.com.
HARBORSIDE SHAKESPEARE COMPANY The Harborside Shakespeare Company is a community non-profit theatre company which seeks to keep the works of William Shakespeare and other classical playwrights relevant and accessible to contemporary audiences throughout DownEast Maine. 156 Indian Point Road, Bar Harbor, ME 04609. 939-6929. www.harborsideshakespeare.org.
HAYSTACK MOUNTAIN SCHOOL OF CRAFTS
Haystack School offers summer workshops in clay, fibers, graphics, metals, wood, glass and blacksmithing. The school publishes monographs and conducts a lecture series and outreach educational programs in contemporary arts.
P.O. Box 518, Deer Isle, ME. 04627. 348-2306. www.haystack-mtn.org.
HEARTWOOD COLLEGE OF ART
Heartwood is a small art school offering associate degrees in fine art, design, crafts, and photography. Community classes are offered year round with an extensive summer program for children and adults including visual art, dance and theater.
123 York Street, Kennebunk, ME. 04043. 985-0985. www.heartwoodcollegeofart.org.
Hebron Academy is a college preparatory, co-educational as well as boarding and day school for grades K-12. It hosts approximately 50 international students from a variety of countries each year.
P.O. Box 309, 339 Paris Rd., Hebron, ME. 04238. 966-2100. www.hebronacademy.org.
HEIFER PROJECT INTERNATIONAL – NORTHERN REGION
Heifer Project International is a faith-based, ecumenical private voluntary organization. It provides livestock and training in numerous countries, helping hungry people feed themselves, earn income and care for the environment.
216 Wachusett St., Rutland, MA. 01543. www.heifer.org.
HELLENIC SOCIETY (PAIDEIA) OF MAINE
Paideia of Maine is a non-profit organization that promotes Hellenism in general, including Greek language, culture, education and religion. It assists universities, schools, organizations, and individuals with research and resources.
Since 1990, St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Lewiston has partnered with organizations in Haiti to provide much needed medical relief and humanitarian assistance.
HIDDEN VALLEY CAMP
Hidden Valley is an international performing arts camp for children ages 8-13, It features creative arts, water activities and trips to Maine’s outdoors.
161 Hidden Valley Rd., Freedom, ME. 04941. 1-800-922-6737. www.hiddenvalleycamp.com.
The Maine-based Highland Soles present fresh and virtuosic dance and music which is rooted in the traditions of Scotland and Cape Breton. www.highlandsoles.com
HOLOCAUST AND HUMAN RIGHTS CENTER OF MAINE
The Center’s mission is to foster public education about the holocaust and issues of human rights. The Center sponsors in-service workshops for educators, tours of Poland, travelling photo exhibits, and programs for schools, religious and community groups.
University of Maine at Augusta, 46 University Drive, Augusta, ME 04330. 621-3530. www.hhrc.uma.edu.
HONORARY CONSULS IN MAINE
The following individuals serve as Honorary Consuls of the designated countries in Maine: Severin Beliveau, France; David Flanagan, Bulgaria; Adrian Kendall, Germany; Simon Leeming, New Zealand; Perry Newman, Canada.
On 45 acres of pristine hardwood forest, the Hermitage offers unique experiences reminiscent of the spiritual purity and beauty of ancient India. For 20 years, Hridaya yogis have created the most conducive environment for the practice of yoga and Kaya Kirpa.
243 Greenwood Brook Rd., Industry, ME 04938. 542-6606. www.hridayahermitage.com.
Husson’s undergraduate and graduate programs in business and health-related professions attract a substantial number of international students. The international center for language studies offers a full-time intensive English program in Bangor.
One College Circle, Bangor, ME 04401. 1-800-448-7766. www.husson.edu.
IMMIGRANT KITCHENS Lindsay Sterling, of Freeport, conducts monthly cooking sessions of international dishes inspired by immigrants from the country involved. The cooking groups raise funds for the Freeport Food Pantry and other charities. www.immigrantkitchens.com.
IMMIGRANT LEGAL ADVOCACY PROJECT (ILAP)
ILAP improves the status and well-being of Maine’s low-income noncitizens and their families by providing affordable legal services and educating service providers, policy makers, and the public concerning legal issues unique to noncitizens.In 2005, ILAP founded the Maine Immigrant Rights Coalition (MIRC), allied organizations addressing issues affecting Maine’s immigrant communities. Its annual benefit, CeleSoiree, features international cuisine, world music and live and silent auctions.
P.O. Box 17917, Portland, ME. 04112. 780-1593. www.ilapmaine.org.
IMMIGRATION LAW GROUP, LLC
A full-service immigration law firm, ILG is devoted to helping clients navigate the tangled web that is U.S. immigration law. The firm provides assistance with all non- immigrant visas, green card cases, citizenship applications and J-1 visas.
57 Exchange Street, Portland, ME. 04101. 871-0099. www.immigration-group.com.
INANNA-SISTERS IN RHYTHM Inanna is a percussion and vocal ensemble that explores the heritage and rhythms of West Africa, through original arrangements and compositions invoking ancient traditions of the drum.
332-5892. email@example.com. www.inanna.ws.
INDIA ASSOCIATION OF MAINE
The India Association is a non-profit organization comprised of members from families who have settled in southern and central Maine. There are several major gatherings every year to celebrate the culture.
P.O. Box 11234, Portland, ME. 04104. www.iamaine.org.
INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
Instruction is offered in Mandarin Chinese, Italian and Spanish.
28 Maple Street, Portland, Maine 04101. www.iismaine.com.
INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION SERVICES CENTER
The Center works to provide secure and permanent homes for orphans born abroad though adoption by American citizens.
P.O. Box 56, Gardiner, ME. 04345. 582-8842. IASC@roadrunner.com.
INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE WORLD SCHOOLS
The following Maine schools have earned International Baccalaureate World School status: Gray-New Gloucester High School (Gray), Greely High School (Cumberland), Kennebunk High School (Kennebunk), and Middle School of the Kennebunks (Kennebunk).
INTERNATIONAL CHILDHOOD ENRICHMENT PROGRAM (ICEP)
ICEP provides safe playground environments for children living in countries with few resources beyond basic food, clothing, and shelter. ICEP is currently represented in Afghanistan and Haiti.
28 Monument Square (4th Floor), Portland, ME 04101. 838-7422. www.icepkidsplay.org.
INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
The Fellowship conducts weekly meetings and other social events which provide opportunities for worship, as well as support of Portland’s refugee community.
35 Lafayette Street, Portland, ME. 04101. 761-6610. www.icfmaine.org.
INTERNATIONAL CRYPTOZOOLOGY MUSEUM
The Museum's mission is to share the items crytpozoologically collected by Loren Coleman and others during the past half century. It includes exhibits about cryptids and displays of the finds of "living fossils" and other classic animals of discovery.
11 Avon Street, Portland, ME 04101. 518-9496. www.cryptozoologymuseum.com.
INTERNATIONAL FOOD FESTIVAL AND SILENT AUCTION AT SMCC
Southern Maine Community College’s annual Festival and Auction benefits international and multicultural student scholarships.
2 Fort Road, South Portland, ME. 741-5662.
INTERNATIONAL LAW SOCIETY, UNIVERSITY OF MAINE The Law Society supports Maine Law international exchanges with Canada, England, Ireland, France and Hong Kong. Students also study in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
INTERNATIONAL MUSICAL ARTS INSTITUTE
Since 1997, the Institute has presented a four-week series of chamber music concerts at Fryeburg Academy during July. It offers music for church services, retirement homes, and civic events, and its sixty resident musicians represent more than a dozen countries.
Fryeburg Academy, Fryeburg, ME 04037 (summer). www.imaifestival.org.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT EXCHANGE (ISE)
ISE was founded in 1982 as a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing people of the world closer together through student exchange and intercultural education. It accepts students from 55 countries, is designated a sponsor of the Exchange Visitor Program by the U.S. Department of State, and has a Maine and New Hampshire representative.
119 Cooper St., Babylon, N.Y. 11702 1-800-766-4656. www.iseusa.com
INTERNATIONAL VISITORS' PROGRAM. See also World Affairs Council of Maine.
In collaboration with the U.S. Department of State, the World Affairs Council of Maine's International Visitors' Program is the Maine representative for hosting foreign leaders participating in the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program. This professional exchange program provides opportunities for visitors to meet and confer with their professional counterparts and to gain an appreciation of the ethnic, cultural, political, and socio-economic diversity of Maine and the U.S.
Maureen Hurley, Director. 221-4386. www.wacmaine.org.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY
Held internationally on March 8, International Women's Day is celebrated in Lewiston and Portland with events including fashion shows and poetry readings.
INTERPRETER AND TRANSLATION SERVICES See: Association of Maine Interpreters and Translators (AMIT), Bangor Interpreting Agency, C.A.L.L., Catholic Charities Maine, Language Access for New Americans, The Language Exchange, Maine S.A.F.E., Maine Medical Center, Smart Interpreters, Tengo Voz – I Have Voice.
IRISH-AMERICAN CLUB OF MAINE
Founded in 1973, the Irish-American Club preserves and promotes Irish-American culture, history and community in Maine. It has a permanent home at the Maine Irish Heritage Center (see separate entry).
ISLAMIC CENTER OF MAINE IN ORONO
151 Park Street, Orono, ME www.theicmo.com.
ISLAMIC CENTER OF PORTLAND
155 Brackett Street, Portland, ME 04103. 842-5953. www.icpme.tripod.com.
ISLAMIC CENTERS IN MAINE. See Islamic Center of Maine in Orono, Islamic Center of Portland, Lewiston-Auburn Islamic Center.
ITALIAN HERITAGE CENTER
The Italian American Community Center was formed in 1953 and the Italian Heritage Center constructed in 1977, hosting over 250 events per year. The Italian Heritage Center’s Concert Band performs locally and conducts an exchange with a band from Nepi,Italy. The Center’s Choral Singers specialize in Classical, Italian Folk and Neopolitan music. 40 Westland Ave, Portland, ME 04102. 772-2500. www.italianheritagecenter.com.
JAPAN-AMERICA SOCIETY OF MAINE (JASM)
Founded in 1982, the Society is engaged in bringing the peoples of Japan and the United States closer together in understanding, appreciation and cooperation. It is a private, non- profit, non-partisan organization devoted to culture, education, business and public affairs.
P.O. Box 8461, Portland, ME 04104. 771-0224. www.maine-japan.org.
JEWISH FEDERATION OF SOUTHERN MAINE
The Federation’s objectives include coordinating, promoting and supporting the Jewish philanthropic, educational and communal activities in Southern Maine. It helps to foster and encourage such agencies, in order to best promote the welfare of this community.
57 Ashmont St., Portland, ME 04103. 772-1959. www.mainejewish.org.
JUSTICE FOR WOMEN LECTURE SERIES The lecture series was established by the University of Maine School of Law in 2011 with the leadership and support of Catherine Lee of Lee International. The series brings distinguished speakers to Maine to present a public lecture and contribute to a global conversation about justice for women.
Held in August on the Bangor Waterfront and throughout the city, the festival features independent domestic and foreign talent in music, art and film.
KAKAMEGA ORPHAN PROJECT. See: Friends of Kakamega.
KARMA FAIR TRADE We provide products ensuring fair income to people of developing countries, environmentally sustainable, supporting anti-slavery, safe working conditions and cultural respect. We market their handicrafts, tell their stories, and support organizations such as UNICEF. 370 Brighton Ave., Portland, ME. 831-4531. www.karmafairtrade.com.
LA KERMESSE FRANCO-AMERICAINE
Biddeford’s annual celebration of Franco-American culture takes place in late June in Downtown Biddeford and is planning to expand to Saco.
KONBIT SANTE CAP-HAITIEN HEALTH PARTNERSHIP
Founded in 2000, Konbit Sante Cap-Haitien Partnership’s mission is to support the development of a sustainable health care system in Cap-Haitien, Haiti. Its work is influenced by education, economic development, jobs, nutrition and security.
P.O. Box 11281, Portland, ME 04104. 347-6733. www.konbitsante.org.
KOTLAS-WATERVILLE AREA SISTER CITY CONNECTION
The Kotlas connection increases friendship and understanding between the peoples of Greater Waterville and Kotlas in Russia. It organizes workshops on Russia and Russian culture for middle school students and sponsors exchanges within the Waterville area.
L/A Arts is a community-based local arts agency, which presents an annual evening series of professional performing arts events in dance, music and family entertainment from around the world.
221 Lisbon St., Lewiston, ME. 04240. 782-7228. www.laarts.org.
LANGUAGE ACCESS FOR NEW AMERICANS (LANA)
With Portland home to over 50 languages, LANA improves access to services in Maine for refugees and immigrants with limited English skills by increasing and improving interpreting and translation services.
One Canal Plaza (Suite 300), P.O. Box 15200, Portland, ME. 04112-5200. 874-1000 Ext. 2311. www.lanamaine.org.
THE LANGUAGE EXCHANGE
Founded in 1992 by its President, Valerie Guillet, The Language Exchange employs 20 instructors who teach 12 languages, including English, to both children and adults in group classes, private lessons, weekend workshops, and overseas immersion programs.
80 Exchange St., Portland, ME. 04101. 772-0405. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lee Academy has created sister schools in China (Shenzhen American International School, www.szsais.org) and South Korea (Daegu International School, www.dis.or.kr).
26 Winn Rd., Lee, ME 04455. 738-2252. www.leeacademy.org.
Lee International Business Development provides legal, regulatory and advisory services related to emission trading to public- and private-sector clients in South Africa, Brazil, Canada and the United States.
200 Main St. Westbrook, ME 04092. 854-8500. www.go-worldlee.com.
LET CUBA LIVE
By direct action, education and legislative efforts, the organization works to end the embargo and normalize relations with Cuba. It also promotes discussion of life within Cuba, in order to learn from Cuban society.
P.O. Box 245, Brunswick, ME. 04011. 743-2183. www.letcubalive.org.
LET’S TALK LANGUAGE SCHOOL
The Waterville school is a non-profit organization which offers instruction in Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese and Spanish.
31 Temple St., Waterville, ME 04901. 873-0432. www.letstalklanguageschool.org.
LEWISTON-AUBURN FILM FESTIVAL
The inaugural Lewiston Auburn Film Festival was held in April 2011 with 80 domestic and international films including submissions from 15 countries.
LEWISTON-AUBURN GREEK FESTIVAL
The September festival is held at Lewiston’s Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church with dancing, food, games and bazaar.
783-6795. 155 Hogan Rd. www.holytrinitymaine.org.
LEWISTON-AUBURN ISLAMIC CENTER
21-23 Lisbon Street, Lewiston, ME 04240. 777-7733.
LIVING WITH PEACE
Living with Peace addresses issues that affect the ability of immigrants to acculturate to their new lives in Maine and to successfully adapt to the social, economic and cultural aspects of life in Portland and Lewiston.
The Longfellow Chorus is dedicated to the performance of late-Romantic vocal music, in particular, musical settings of the poetry of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The annual Longfellow Chorus International Composers Competition draws newly-composed entries of Longfellow settings from around the world.
P.O. Box 5133, Portland, ME 04101. www.longfellowchorus.com
MAINE AFRICAN FILM FESTIVAL
Held in Portland in April, the festival features African films and panels on issues such as African farming in Maine, the impact of big oil in Africa, and what it means to be an African refugee in Maine.
P.O. Box 10852, Portland, ME 01404. www.TMAFF.org.
MAINE ALLIANCE FOR THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT (MAICC) MAICC is an outpost of the American Non-Governmental Coalition for the International Criminal Court (AMICC), devoted to promoting understanding of, and support for, the Court in Maine. Speakers are available for civic or religious groups, clubs, or schools. MAICC, P.O. Box 397, Waldoboro, ME 04572. 832-6863. email@example.com.
MAINE-AOMORI PREFECTURE, JAPAN, SISTER STATE
Founded in 1994, the Maine-Aomori relationship is guided by the Maine-Aomori Sister-State Advisory Council (MASSAC) and conducted by the Friends of Aomori. It has produced several sister-city and sister-school relationships.
Friends of Aomori, c/o Lisa Adams, 65 Center St., Yarmouth, ME. 04096.
MAINE ASSOCIATION FOR NEW AMERICANS (MANA) MANA empowers immigrants in Maine to achieve full integration into American life, livelihood, and labor market through education, networking and referrals to community partners dedicated to promoting the well-being, success and self-sufficiency of Mainers.
795 Congress St., Portland, ME 04102. 615-1793. www.mana-maine.org.
MAINE CELTIC CELEBRATION
The Maine Celtic Celebration is a family-oriented celebration of the rich Celtic heritage, culture and hospitality found along the coast of Maine. It is held in mid-July on the waterfront in Belfast, where music, dancing, games and food are featured.
MAINE CHINA NETWORK The network is composed of Chinese and American business people, entrepreneurs, academics and students who combine their personal, business and cultural experience and knowledge of China to develop relationships between China and Maine. P.O. Box 188, Bangor, ME 04402. 200-8168. www.mainechina.org.
MAINE COAST TAIJIQUAN
Taijiquan and Qigong classes are offered in South Freeport and at Bowdoin College in Brunswick. While most take classes for the health benefits, an explanation of the martial application is included.
S. Freeport, ME. firstname.lastname@example.org. www.mainecoasttaichi.com.
MAINE COLLEGE OF ART
Maine College of Art (MECA) offers courses relating to Asian culture, including Chinese art history, Chinese culture, Japanese art history, and Chinese brush painting.
522 Congress St., Portland, ME. 04101. 775-5098. www.meca.edu.
MAINE COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM
The Maine Community College System offers international partnerships distinct from those offered by the individual Community Colleges. It offers scholarships for exchange programs between Maine and other countries.
323 State St., Augusta, ME. 04330. 629-4000. www.mccs.me.edu.
MAINE COUNCIL FOR THE SOCIAL STUDIES
The Maine Council for the Social Studies (MCSS) is the professional organization for educators and others interested in elementary and secondary school social studies.
Glenn Nerbak, President. email@example.com. www.memun.org/mcss.
MAINE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Maine’s Bilingual and English as a Second Language Office provides assistance to Maine schools that enroll children of limited English proficiency.
23 State House Station, Augusta, Maine 04333. 624-6788. www.state.me.us
MAINE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES The Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Multicultural Affairs supports the state agencies, non-governmental organizations and community partners that address the needs of Maine's racial, ethnic and linguistic minority communities.
MAINE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Maine’s Division of Migrant and Immigrant Services monitors workforce activities to identify pockets of migrant and immigrant workers throughout Maine, assisting these workers in procuring the employment and social services available to them.
185 Lancaster St., Portland, ME. 04101. 772-7619. www.state.me.us/labor.
MAINE FRIENDS OF HAITI
The organization seeks participation of all Maine towns in providing assistance to Haiti.
MAINE FRIENDS OF TIBET
Founded in 1993, Maine Friends of Tibet is a volunteer organization that supports the preservation of Tibetan culture and the liberation of Tibet from Chinese occupation. The organization raises funds for a variety of Tibetan-related programs and organizations.
15 Jacques Lane, Windham, ME. 892-6394. www.mindfulnesscenter.org.
MAINE FOUNDATION FOR PEDIATRIC CARDIAC SURGERY Dr. Reed Quinn, a pediatric heart surgeon and Maine Medical Center’s head of cardiac surgery, performs several operations annually on young people from abroad in Maine or their countries including Cameroon, China, Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Kenya.
818 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04102. 773-8161
MAINE GAELIC SPORTS ALLIANCE The Dublin, Ireland-based Gaelic Athletic Association provides footballs and teaching materials, while the Maine Gaelic Sports Alliance provides coaching and logistical support, to the Westbrook and South Portland Recreation Departments to make Gaelic Football accessible to their school populations.MGSAcommunications@gmail.com; www.gaelicsportsme.com.
MAINE GEOGRAPHIC ALLIANCE
The Maine Geographic Alliance was established in 1991 with the support of the National Geographic Society. A network of K-12 teachers, university professors, geographers and citizens, it improves the geographic education of Maine students.
Roberts Learning Center, University of Maine at Farmington, 270 Maine St., Farmington, ME. 04938. 778-7443.
MAINE GHANA YOUTH NETWORK
The Network is a local-global organization working to educate, empower, and inspire youth in Maine and West Africa.
DTA Center, 102 Main Street, #A, Ellsworth, ME 04605. www.maineghanayouth.org.
MAINE GLOBAL INSTITUTE The Maine Global Institute focuses on local, regional, state and federal public-private sector efforts that respond to all forms of domestic and foreign migration, including migration changes within Maine. 105 North Street (#1), Portland, ME 04101. 420-5916.
MAINE HIGHLAND FIDDLERS The Maine Highland Fiddlers are part of the traditional Celtic music revival, performing the music of Scotland, Cape Breton Island, Ireland and the Shetlands that resonate with the rich heritage of Maine’s early Celtic settlements. firstname.lastname@example.org. Eric Paetow, P.O. Box 136, Cooper Mills, ME 04341. 215-6512.
MAINE HIGHLAND GAMES AND SCOTTISH FESTIVAL
Held in Brunswick in August, the festival features athletics, music, dancing, clan village, re-enactors, food and merchandise.
MAINE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The country’s third oldest historical society, the Maine Historical Society is located in downtown Portland’s cultural corridor and includes some of Maine’s well-known historical locations, artifacts and archives.
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME. 04101. 774-1822. www.mainehistory.org.
MAINE HUMANITIES COUNCIL
The Council uses the humanities to provide cultural enrichment for all Mainers and as a tool for social change, bridging social, economic and cultural barriers.
674 Brighton Ave., Portland, ME 04102. 773-5051. www.mainehumanities.org.
MAINE INTERFAITH YOUTH ALLIANCE
Maine Interfaith Youth Alliance (MEIYA) is a youth-led organization where young people are given the opportunity to not only learn about each others' faith and culture, but also how to be leaders in their communities.
P.O. Box 11194, Portland St., Portland, ME 04101. 807-4283. www.MEIYA.org.
MAINE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
The Maine International Film Festival was inaugurated in July 1998, offering films from more than a dozen countries. An annual event in Waterville, the festival brings the best of American independent and international cinema to Maine.
177 Main St., Waterville, ME. 04901. 861-8138. www.miff.org.
MAINE INTERNATIONAL TRADE CENTER
The Trade Center is Maine’s premier guide for international business assistance. Its mission is to expand Maine’s economy through increased international trade in goods, services and related activities. Its membership includes the very large majority of Maine firms which are engaged in international commerce and trade.
Portland: 511 Congress St. 04101. 541-7400. Bangor: 40 Harlow St. 04401. 940-3161. www.mitc.com.
MAINE IRISH CHILDREN’S PROGRAM
The Maine Irish Children’s Program is an organization dedicated to promoting a peaceful resolution to the sectarian troubles in Northern Ireland through personal interaction of families in Maine with those of Belfast, Northern Ireland.
P.O. Box 3122, Portland, ME. 04104. 282-3939. www.maineirish.org.
MAINE IRISH HERITAGE CENTER
St. Dominic’s Church served Portland’s Irish-American community from 1888 until it was purchased and restored to house a library, genealogy center and the Irish American Club of Maine.A Celtic Christmas Fair features handmade crafts from Ireland, Celtic fiddle music, and Irish dance performances.
34 Gray Street, Portland, ME 04112. 780-0118. www.maineirish.com.
MAINE IRISH HERITAGE TRAIL
Tour landmarks of Portland’s Irish history.
MAINE JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
The festival is an annual late-March Portland forum which presents films to enrich, educate and entertain a diverse community about the Jewish experience.
MAINE JEWISH MUSEUM
The museum of Maine Jewish history, art and culture reflects the contributions and accomplishments of Maine's original Jewish immigrants and their families, as well as showcasing current art and exhibits by Maine's Jewish artists.
267 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101. 329-9854. www.treeoflifemuseum.org/info
MAINE KHMER COUNCIL
The Maine Khmer Council supports the Cambodian community and represents its inter-ests. It works with the community on current issues, preserves and promotes Khmer culture, and serves as a role model for the younger generation.
14 Smithview Rd., Old Orchard Beach, ME. 04064. 934-1832. email@example.com.
MAINE MANUFACTURING EXTENSION PARTNERSHIP
The Partnership is a statewide non-profit economic development corporation sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Maine’s MEP maintains a full-time international development initiative, including export marketing, business development, foreign tech-nology transfer, and commercialization.
164 Middle St. (Unit 5), Portland, ME. 04101. 632-0680. www.mainemep.org.
MAINE MARIMBA ENSEMBLE
Maine Marimba Ensemble performs traditional and contemporary Zimbabwean music on homemade instruments. The Ensemble plays at private and public functions, educational programs, and fund raisers.
MAINE MARITIME ACADEMY
The Academy is a college specializing in ocean and marine programs. It provides international degree programs with the Loeb-Sullivan School of International Business and Logistics. It hosts international students and conducts international training programs.
Castine, Maine 04420. 1-800-464-6565. www.mainemaritime.edu.
MAINE MARITIME MUSEUM
243 Washington St., Bath, ME. 04530. 443-1316. www.mainemaritimemuseum.org.
MAINE MEDICAL CENTER INTERNATIONAL CLINIC
The Clinic has provided health services to refugees and immigrants who arrive in the Greater Portland area since 1991. Interpreters are provided, and services are coordinated with state and local service providers.
32 Bramhall St., Portland, ME. 04102-3134. 662-2911.
MAINE MEDICAL CENTER (Interpreter and Cross-Cultural Services) Maine Medical Center coordinates medical interpreter services, furthering health care access to multilingual and multicultural consumers of hospital services. It provides interpreters in 32 languages to MMC’s sites in Portland, South Portland and Scarborough.
22 Bramhall Street, Portland, ME 04102-3175. 662-4983. firstname.lastname@example.org.
MAINE MODEL UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE
Hosted each spring by the University of Southern Maine in Portland, the three-day high school conference features national and non-governmental teams.
MAINE-MONTENEGRO NATIONAL GUARD STATE PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM
Maine National Guard units are exchanging training missions with counterparts in the former Yugoslav Republic of Montenegro, which is preparing to join NATO. The exchange relationship was established in 2006, when Montenegro gained independence.
MAINE MUSLIM COMMUNITY CENTER
The Center is a non-profit organization operated exclusively to benefit the interests of Maine Muslim residents.
118 Anderson Street, Portland, ME 04101. 797-6626.
MAINE-NEW BRUNSWICK CULTURAL INITIATIVE
In July 2010, Maine Governor John Baldacci and New Brunswick Premier Shawn Graham signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a Maine-New Brunswick Cultural Initiative. It calls for exploration of collaborative cross-border cultural projects, business and cultural trade opportunities, and the 2014 World Acadian Congress.
MAINE NORDMENN (Sons of Norway Lodge #3-664) The mission of Sons of Norway is to promote and preserve the heritage and culture of Norway, celebrating our relationship with other Nordic countries.
401 Ramsdell Road, Gray, ME 04039-7722. 428-3640. www.mainenordmenn.com.
MAINE OFFICE OF MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS See: Maine Department of Health and Human Services.
MAINE PRO MUSICA Maine Pro Musica is an orchestra of professional musicians which performs year round throughout the state. Its mission is to enrich our communities with first class musical performances, its diverse repertoire is inspiring and artistically rewarding, and it engages audiences of all ages. P.O. Box 1311, Rockport, ME 04856. www.mainepromusica.org.
MAINE PUBLIC SAFETY PIPE AND DRUM CORPS The Maine Public Safety Pipe and Drum Corps is a non-profit, all-volunteer group dedicated to Maine’s public safety community and to promoting Scottish/Irish music, culture, and heritage through education, outreach, scholarships and performance. P.O. Box 8821, Portland, ME 04104. 637-4737.
MAINE-RIO GRANDE DO NORTE, BRAZIL, SISTER STATE
Maine has enjoyed a partnership with the state of Rio Grande do Norte in northeastern Brazil for 40 years. Citizens from both areas give their time, expertise and commitment to projects which improve lives through cooperative social and economic development.
Steve Simonds, Secretary, email@example.com. www.me-rnpartners.org.
MAINE S.A.F.E. (Maine Service Advocates in Foreign Languages and English) Maine SAFE is a non-profit, volunteer organization which provides services and advocacy in Spanish-English, including translations, interpretations, and referrals to business and social services, local, state and federal agencies.
www.mainesafe.org/services. 2802 Riverside Drive, Vassalboro, ME 04989. 872-2653.
MAINE SAINT ANDREW'S PIPES AND DRUMS
A bagpipe band based in Ellsworth, Maine Saint Andrew's Pipes and Drums entertains audiences throughout Maine in parades and concerts, competes in Highland Games in New England and Canada, and provides educational presentations to Maine's school children.
MAINESTAGE SHAKESPEARE Founded in 2011, MaineStage Shakespeare is a non-profit theater company in Kennebunk composed of New York-based artists. It is dedicated to the enrichment of its community by providing free, innovative perfomrances of classic plays and educational outreach.
P.O. Box 24, Kennebunk, ME 04043. 467-5118. www.mainestageshakespeare.com.
MAINE ULSTER SCOTS PROJECT The Maine Ulster Scots Project promotes awareness of Maine’s Scots-Irish heritage and gathers and archives the histories of Maine’s Ulster-Scots families, up to and including the time of the American Revolution. The project is sponsored by the Saint Andrew’s Society of Maine. www.mainehighlandgames.org/ulsterscotsproject
MAINE VETERANS FOR PEACE
Maine Veterans for Peace consists of military veterans of all ages engaged in education and humanitarian activities. It increases public awareness of the human costs of war, eliminates weapons of mass destruction, restrains governments from intervening in nations’ internal affairs, and abolishing war as an instrument of international policy.
P.O. Box 927, Brunswick, ME. 04011. 348-2511. www.vfpmaine.org.
MAINE VOICES FOR PALESTINIAN RIGHTS
The organization supports non-violent efforts toward ending Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories and recognition of political and human rights and dignity for all Palestinan people. It sponsors an annual Palestinian Film Festival.
MAINE WALKS FOR HAITI Sponsored by Konbit Sante to support its work in Haiti, Maine Walks for Haiti has taken place since 2010.
www.mainewalksforhaiti.org and www.konbitsante.org/mwh.
MAINE WILDLIFE CONSERVATION FILM FESTIVAL The Maine Wildlife Conservation Film Festival, held in May in Bar Harbor, features more than 30 global conservation, natural history and wildlife documentary films, most having never been screened in Maine. www.MaineWCFF.com.
MAINE WITNESS FOR PEACE
Headquartered in Washington, D.C., Witness for Peace has five regional districts, as well as an active Maine chapter. It is a grassroots, faith-based, politically independent, non-profit organization dedicated to the principle of non-violence.
35 Old Powerhouse Road, Falmouth, ME. 04105. 781-2604. www.witnessforpeace.org.
MAINE WOMEN'S BALKAN CHOIR
The Maine Women's Balkan Choir is a diverse group of women who share their love for traditional Eastern European music with enthusiastic audiences throughout Maine, and they are seeking to organize a Bulgarian cultural exchange tour.
Malandrino performs folk songs from underground and immigrant cultures of the geographical area known as the 'Mezzogiorno' or 'Land of the Noonday Sun,' encompassing Southern Italy, Sicily and Sardinia.
MANO EN MANO HISPANIC FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER
A center for language and culture in Washington/Hancock counties for Spanish-speaking people. Offers free ESL classes; assists local educational, medical, and social service agencies to better serve migrant Hispanic populations. Contact Anais Tomeszko.
6 N. Main St., P.O. Box 573, Milbridge, ME 04658. firstname.lastname@example.org or 546-3006.
MASONS ON A MISSION
The organization’s volunteers travel annually to Guatemala to construct cook stoves for families in rural villages to replace the open cooking pits which seriously damage eyes.
Contact the organizer, J. Patrick Manley, at email@example.com or 845-2440.
MAYO STREET ARTS Mayo Street Arts is a non-profit center for art, music and creative collaboration housed in an historic church in Portland. Mayo Street Arts offers a vibrant slate of music, dance, theatre and literary happenings, many having international roots. 10 Mayo Street, Portland, ME 04010. 615-3609. www.mayostreetarts.org.See also: “Mostly Puppets Festival” and “Portland Children’s Film Festival.”
MEDICAL CARE DEVELOPMENT A non-profit company, Medical Care Development was formed in 1966 to improve health care in Maine and abroad. It provides Maine-based expert planning, aid in devel- oping public health systems, emergency medical services, water and sanitation programs, hospital and health center planning, school health, and child survival.
11 Parkwood Drive, Augusta, ME. 04330. 622-7566. www.mcd.org.
MID-COAST FORUM ON FOREIGN RELATIONS
The Mid-Coast Forum was organized in 1983 by area residents with a special interest in the United States’ role in foreign affairs. It holds a forum to discuss and exchange views, as well as supporting monthly lecture meetings. Its guests include Nieman Fellows from Harvard and local high school students.
P.O. Box 41, Rockport, ME. 04856. 236-4298. www.midcoastforum.org.
MIDCOAST SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Begun in 1990, the Midcoast Chamber Orchestra expanded to perform a wider range of orchestral literature. It includes more than 70 musicians who play all instruments of the modern symphony orchestra and perform music from the classical to the modern periods.
P.O. Box 86, Brunswick, ME 04011-0713. 371-2028. www.midcoastsymphony.org
MID-MAINE GLOBAL FORUM
The Mid-Maine Global Forum serves as a resource group for the mid-Maine region. Its mission is to expand understanding of international issues through lectures, study and discussion. It sponsors programs and study opportunities which are open to the public.
259 Main St., Waterville, ME. 04901. 873-3491. www.midmaineglobalforum.org.
MIMIZAN, FRANCE. See Old Orchard Beach-Mimizan, France, Sister City.
GEORGE J. MITCHELL SCHOLARS PROGRAM The George J. Mitchell Scholarship is a nationally competitive award sponsored by the U.S.–Ireland Alliance. Named in honor of the former Maine U.S. Senator’s pivotal contributions to the Northern Ireland peace process, the Scholarship introduces future American leaders to the island of Ireland. www.us-irelandalliance.org.
MOSTLY PUPPETS FESTIVAL The Mostly Puppets Festival is a series of puppet shows and other performances at Mayo Street Arts in Portland throughout March and April. The series highlights local and international touring puppeteers and troupes, as well as local performers and artists. Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo Street, Portland, ME 04101. www.mayostreetarts.org
MOUNT VIEW CHAMBER SINGERS The Chamber Singers, students at Mount View High School, have performed in New York, California and the White House, and internationally in England, Ireland, Scotland, El Salvador, Hungary and Turkey.
577 Mount View Road, Thorndike, ME 04986.
MUSEUM OF AFRICAN CULTURE
The Museum is dedicated to educating, preserving and increasing public awareness and appreciation of African tribal art and culture. It sponsors the annual Ebune: Procession of the Ram, which celebrates the coming of spring.
13 Brown St., Portland, ME. 04101. 871-7188. www.museumafricanculture.org.
MUSICA DE FILIA Musica de Filia, or Daughters of Music, was founded in 1997 to provide superb choral performance training and opportunities for girls and women. 235 members from 29 Maine communities comprise four girl choirs and a women’s choir which perform a variety of choral music including classical, foreign language and sacred music.
550 Forest Avenue, Portland, ME 04101. 807-2158. www.musicadefilia.com.
MUSIC WITHOUT BORDERS Internationally acclaimed pianists perform during the summer at Gould Academy in Bethel, directed by acclaimed Georgian-Russian pianist Dr. Tamara Poddubnaya.
MYTILENE, GREECE. See: Portland-Mytilene, Greece, Sister City.
NAGALOKA BUDDHIST CENTER Nagaloka is a community in Portland, Maine, dedicated to the study and practice of Buddhism. It is an independent and self-governing center within the Triratna Buddhist Community, an international network of public centers, communities and projects. 1 Forest Avenue, Portland, ME. 774-1545. www.nagalokabuddhistcenter.org.
NAIA Harpist Danielle Langord and flutist Nicole Rabata perform traditional Celtic music from Ireland, Scotland, Brittany and Quebec, along with traditionally inspired compositions. on the music faculty at Colby college, they perform in the U.S. and on international stages.
NATURE CONSERVANCY – MAINE CHAPTER
The Maine Chapter of the Nature Conservancy is a non-profit, member-supported organization whose mission is to preserve plants, animals and natural communities that represent life’s diversity, by protecting the lands and water they need to survive.
Fort Andross, 14 Main St. (Ste. 401), Brunswick, ME. 04011. 729-5181. www.nature.org.
NORTH YARMOUTH MEMORIAL – CHIKUMBUSO, ZAMBIA, SISTER SCHOOL The NYMS fifth grade uses its contribution to its school’s recycling efforts to support its sister school for 300 orphans in Chikumbuso, Zambia. Their efforts support a teacher’s salary and a feeding program for the students.
120 Memorial Way, North Yarmouth, ME 04097. 829-5555.
OGUNQUIT PERFORMING ARTS
Ogunquit Performing Arts presents international music and theatre events, including the Elizabeth Dunaway Burnham Memorial Piano Festival, a Shakespeare Festival, and Irish step dancing.
The Dunaway Center, 23 School Street, Ogunquit, ME. 646-7055. www.ogunquitperformingarts.org/arts.
OKBARI MIDDLE EASTERN ENSEMBLE The Ensemble presents music from contemporary and historic cultural traditions of the Middle East including Ottoman Turkish classical compositions, rural Turkish folk and devotional songs, Arabic classical and folk music, and dance music from the Armenian and Turkish immigrant diasporas.
Olas is a band of musicians and dancers from Portland, Maine, inspired by traditional and modern flamenco, translated through a blend of American folk, rock, Arabic and Afro-Cuban sounds.
OLD GREY GOOSE INTERNATIONAL Traveling American folk music ambassadors of good will present concerts of their collaborative traditional musical sojourns to exotic lands sharing collaborations with folk musicians and dancers worldwide. www.oldgreygoose.org. Doug Protsik, 116 Pleasant Cove Drive, Woolwich, ME 04579. 443-5411
OLD ORCHARD BEACH-MIMIZAN, FRANCE, SISTER CITY
Status of relationship unknown.
OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE
(OLLI) Located at the University of Southern Maine, OLLI is a senior college offering fall and spring semester courses which include international dimensions of classics, film, history, international affairs, literature, philosophy and theater.
OLLI-USM, P.O. Box 9300, Portland, ME. 04104. 780-4406. www.usm.maine.edu/OLLI
OSHER MAP LIBRARY
Located on the University of Southern Maine’s Portland campus, the Osher Map Library features original, mainly pre-1800, maps, atlases and globes from the Osher and Smith Cartographic collections.
P.O. Box 9301, 314 Forest Ave, Portland, ME. 04104. 780-4850. www.usm.maine.edu/maps.
OWLS HEAD TRANSPORTATION MUSEUM
Open every day, the museum features antique automobiles and airplanes from the United States, Europe and Japan. Its fall Foreign Auto Festival and Antique Aeroplane Show attracts foreign car and aircraft enthusiasts from across the state.
P.O. Box 277, 117 Museum St., Owls Head, ME. 04854. 594-4418. www.ohtm.org.
PAIDEIA OF MAINE.
See Hellenic Society Paideia of Maine.
PALESTINIAN FILM FESTIVAL.
See Maine Voices for Palestinian Rights.
PARTNERS FOR RURAL HEALTH IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Established in 1995 by the University of Southern Maine College of Nursing and Health Professions, the non-profit organization promotes continuity of care and collaboration in the Dominican Republic. Twice a year, students, faculty, physicians and volunteers provide health care and education in 15 rural villages. www.prhdr.org.
PARTNERS FOR WORLD HEALTH
Partners for World Health is a non-profit corporation in Portland, Maine, whose mission is to salvage discarded yet useable medical supplies from Maine’s hospitals, to later be distributed to hospitals and clinics in Third World countries. It also sponsors the Global Health Education Series.
Elizabeth McLellan. 671-4723. www.partnersforworldhealth.org.
PARTNERS IN HEALTH OF MAINE
Partners in Health is a grassroots organization of volunteers which improves the health conditions of people in underserved areas of Central America, especially the North Atlantic Autonomous Region of Nicaragua. Medical teams and equipment are sent on a regular basis.
Dr. Robert Bach. 867-4853. firstname.lastname@example.org. www.pihom.com/pih.
PARTNERS OF THE AMERICAS
Partners of the Americas is a private, voluntary technical-assistance organization linking U.S. citizens with those of Latin America and the Caribbean. See Maine-Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil, Sister State. www.me-rnpartners.org
PAX CHRISTI MAINE
Pax Christi Maine works towards a world reflecting the peace of Christ by rejecting war and all violence and domination. It works to end arms expenditures, U.S. imperialism, exploitation of the global economy, media misinformation and public manipulation.
242 Ludlow St., Portland, ME. 04102. 773-6562. www.paxchristimaine.org.
PEACEWORKS PeaceWorks is a source of information and inspiration for all who believe in peace and justice. It offers a nonviolent approach to resolving conflicts, and it strives to affect local, national and international policies in an informed and nonviolent manner. P.O. Box 652, Brunswick, ME 04011. 371-2077. www.peaceworksbrunswickme.org.
PEACE ACTION MAINE
Peace Action Maine is the largest grassroots peace organization in Maine. It concentrates on non-proliferation, opposition to U.S. arms sales around the world, diversity within the peace movement, and conflict resolution.
P.O. Box 3842, Portland, ME. 04104. 772-0680. www.peaceactionmaine.org.
PEACE AND JUSTICE CENTER OF EASTERN MAINE
The Center supports and links individuals and groups concerned with peace, social justice and environmental issues. It promotes cooperation, expands awareness, and encourages community involvement in working towards a peaceful and just society.
96 Harlow St. (Suite 100), Bangor, Maine 04401. 942-9343. www.peacectr.org.
PEACE CENTER OF MIDCOAST MEETING OF FRIENDS Founded in 2008, the Peace Center grows from commitment to peaceful ways to resolve conflict and ways of living that protect our natural environment. Through public dialogue in Midcoast Maine we seek to understand and support policies and practices that promote peace and environmental justice. www.midcoastfriendsmeeting.org/peace-center.
Peace Fleece is a yarn company which buys wool from Russia, Kyrgzstan, Israel, the West Bank, and the United States. By working with people that tend livestock each day, Peace Fleece hopes to find a common ground for mutual understanding and economic interdependence.
475 Porterfield Road, Porter, ME. 04068. www.peacefleece.com.
Penobscot School is a center for language learning and international exchange. The school offers foreign language courses to Maine residents, as well as English immersion programs to adults from around the world.
28 Gay St., Rockland, ME. 04841. 594-1084. www.languagelearning.org.
PHYSICIANS FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY – MAINE
Physicians for Social Responsibility is the local chapter of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. In Maine, the chapter focuses on non-proliferation.
P.O. Box 1771, Portland, ME. 04104. 772-0680. www.psr.org/chapters/maine.
PICA (POWER IN COMMUNITY ALLIANCE)
PICA is a Bangor grass-roots organization advocating for human rights and creating a fair economy in Maine and globally. Its work includes Bangor’s Sister City project with Carasque, El Salvador, Sweatfree Communities, and the Maine Fair Trade Campaign.
61 Maine St. (Suite 15), Bangor, ME. 04401. 947-4203. www.pica.ws.
PIHCINTU MULTINATIONAL CHILDREN’S CHORUS
Pihcintu is a Portland-based, multicultural all-female choir of young refugees and immigrants from a dozen counties founded in 2005. In 2011 it performed in Washington, D.C. and on national television.
PORTLAND-ARCHANGEL, RUSSIA, SISTER CITY See Archangel Committee of Greater Portland.
PORTLAND-CAP HAITIEN, HAITI, SISTER CITY See Konbit Sante Cap-Haitien Health Partnership.
PORTLAND-CHILE SCHOOL EXCHANGE
Cheverus and McAuley High Schools and Waynflete School have conducted an annual exchange with Colegios Padre Hurtado and Juanita de Los Andes in Santiago, Chile, for the past decade.
PORTLAND-MYTILENE, GREECE, SISTER CITY (Status of relationship unknown)
PORTLAND-SHINAGAWA, JAPAN, SISTER CITY
Sponsored by the governments of Portland and the Shinagawa Borough of Tokyo since 1984, the program promotes cultural, business, educational, athletic and governmental exchanges.
107 Mackworth St., Portland, ME. 04103. 775-0905. www.portlandmaine.gov/sistercities.
PORTLAND CHILDREN'S FILM FESTIVAL
The festival was conceived by Portland's East End Community School parents and teachers to create an opportunity for local families to view quality independent and international films while enabling local children to explore their interests in film making.
PORTLAND CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC
The week-long International Piano Festival in late June features classes, lessons, recitals and concerts by promising students from the United States and abroad. The Conservatory also hosts the Early Music Festival featuring local and regional musicians performing 16th and 17th century music on period and replica instruments.
Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St., Portland, ME. 775-3356. www.portlandconservatory.net.
PORTLAND HIGH SCHOOL – International Club
Portland High School’s students represent multiple cultures, languages and nationalities. Its International Club draws on the school’s multicultural student body for events such as its annual international show.
284 Cumberland Ave., Portland, ME. 04101. 874-8250. www.phsbulldogs.org.
PORTLAND MAINE FILM FESTIVAL The Festival, held in October since 2010, hosts four days of film, seminars and celebrations, spotlighting independent filmmakers from across the globe, as well as established and emerging cinema artists of Maine.
PORTLAND MUSEUM OF ART
The Portland Museum of Art is a cultural center for the visual arts that enhance the lives of diverse audiences through collections and educational programs from America and abroad.
7 Congress Square, Portland, ME. 04101. 775-6148. www.portlandmuseum.org.
PORTLAND MUSTACHE PAGEANT AND FILM FESTIVAL Portland’s annual Mustache Pageant and Film Festival, or Stache Pag, has celebrated mustaches, mustache wearers and enthusiasts since 2007 and, since 2011, has included a short film festival of global mustache-related films. www.stachepag.com.
PORTLAND PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL This four-day festival held throughout Portland at the end of June features a "core" of music, theater and dance surrounded by a "fringe" of related events, many of both being international in character.
PORTLAND PUBLIC SCHOOLS – Multilingual and Multicultural Center
The Multilingual and Multicultural Center responds to the academic and linguistic needs of immigrants and refugees who settle in Portland, seeking to complete their secondary education.
171 Auburn St., Portland, ME. 04103. 874-8135. www.portlandschools.org/schools/multilingual.
PORTLAND ROSSINI CLUB
Founded in 1869, the Portland Rossini Club is a group of Maine musicians that presents a monthly concert series of classical music in Portland. The club also runs a competitive music scholarship program.
PORTLAND STAGE COMPANY
The Portland Stage Company sponsors a four-day residency for selected playwrights from around the world. The residency provides the opportunity to learn and collaborate with theatre traditions from other countries.
P.O. Box 1458, Portland, ME. 04104. 774-0465. www.portlandstage.org.
PORTLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Founded in 1924 as the Amateur Strand Symphony Orchestra, the Portland Symphony Orchestra has grown through a devoted and supportive public following, and a series of imaginative and talented Music Directors. Its repertoire spans the local and the global,and it collaborates with Portland Stage, Portland Ballet and Choral Art Society. 50 Monument Square (2nd Floor), Portland, ME 773-6128. www.portlandsymphony.org.
PORTSMOUTH NAVAL SHIPYARD The Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, often called the Portsmouth Navy Yard, is a United States Navy shipyard located in Kittery on the southern boundary of Maine near the city of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. It is used for remodeling and repairing U.S. Navy submarines. www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portsmouth_Naval_Shipyard.
POWNAL PORTLAND FOLK DANCERS
The group sponsors the Pownal International Dance, traditional music and dance from the Balkans, Israel, France, Greece and around the world at the Pownal Town Hall monthly on Sundays from spring through fall.
420 Hallowell Road, Pownal, ME 04069.
Maine's own classic Cuban Son band, plays traditional Cuban dance music dating back to the turn of the 20th Century. Son is the most popular style to come out of Cuba and is the primary contributor to the blend of Latin styles known as Salsa.
Portland’s Maine Eye Center and Eyecare Medical Group have provided medical and surgical eye care to some 250,000 Mayan Indians in mountainous Northern Guatemala since 1998 and 2003. www.maineeyecenter.com; www.eyecaremed.com.
QARABAGH DISTRICT GIRLS SCHOOL (AFGHANISTAN)
The Rotary Club of Falmouth is a partner in a project to construct and supply a primary school for girls, ages 7-13, living in 15 villages in the Qarabagh District in Kabul Province in Afghanistan.
The choir combines members of the Bowdoin College Chorus and Down East Singers with other singers from the Boston area. Specializing in Russian Orthodox and American choral music, it toured Russia in 2002 and Europe in 2009.
c/o Anthony Antolini, 9200 College Station, Brunswick, ME 04011. www.rachmaninoffchoir.art.officelive.com.
Renaissance Voices, a non-profit organization founded in 1995, is a 21-voice a cappella chorus based in Portland, Maine, which specializes in music from the medieval period through the 17th century. Its performances feature more contemporary work as well.
P.O. Box 86, Portland, ME 04112-0086. www.renaissancevoices.net.
ROCKLAND SHORTS: AN INTERNATIONAL FILM SERIES
Rockland Shorts presents showings of contemporary, probing, and independent international short films. A collaboration of the Farnsworth Art Museum and the Strand Theatre in Rockland, the showings are followed by a discussion with the films' directors via Skype.
16 Museum Street, Rockland, ME 04841. 596-6256. www.farnsworthmuseum.org.
ROCKY BAY PIPE BAND The Rocky Bay Pipe Band, formed in 1995, performs at weddings, graduations and memorial services. Committed to quality Scottish music with fun for all ages and abilities, it welcomes experienced pipers, drummers and those willing to learn the Great Highland bagpipes. email@example.com. www.rockybaypipeband.com.
Clubs in Maine Rotary International conducts international exchanges for students and adults. Information on Rotary exchange programs are available through the following Rotary International Clubs which are currently active in Maine: Bath, Bethel, Boothbay Harbor, Breakwater (South Portland-Cape Elizabeth), Bridgton-Lake Region, Brunswick, Brunswick Coastal, Casco Bay Sunrise, Damariscotta-Newcastle, Falmouth, Freeport, Fryeburg Area, Kennebunk, Kennebunk Portside, Kittery, Ogunquit, Oxford Hills, Portland, River Valley (Greater Rumford Area), Saco Bay, Saco-Biddeford, Sanford-Springvale, Scarborough, Sebago Lake (Windham Area), South Berwick and Eliot, Topsham Expresso, Wells, Westbrook-Gorham, Yarmouth, York.
1 Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Ave., Evanston, Ill. 60201. www.rotary.org.
RWANDA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION OF MAINE The mission of the Rwanda Community Association of Maine is to promote healthy families within Maine’s Rwandese community by providing education programs, health, education, cultural awareness and job training. Currently this is done through a Youth Program, a Hospital Volunteer Group, and a Women’s Group.
Founded by the late Hanley Denning, Safe Passage empowers the poorest at-risk children whose families live in Guatemala’s Guatemala City garbage dump community by creating opportunities and fostering dignity through the power of education.
81 Bridge St. (Suite 104), Yarmouth, ME 04096. 846-1188. www.safepassage.org.
SAINT ANDREW’S SOCIETY OF MAINE The St. Andrews’s Society of Maine preserves and promotes Scottish culture and heritage through education, outreach, scholarship and performance. It sponsors the Maine Ulster-Scots Project, conducts the annual Maine Highland Games, and provides sponsorships for students to further their skills in traditional Scottish arts.
626-7007. GardeningScot55@gmail.com. www.mainehighlandgames.org.
SAINT CECILIA CHAMBER CHOIR
The St. Cecilia Chamber Choir, named after the patron saint of choral music, was formed in 1995 to promote excellence in choral singing in Mid-Coast Maine. Specializing in sacred music of the Renaissance and English choral traditions, the Choir also performs compositions from contemporary composers, including those residing in Maine.
P.O. Box 597, Damariscotta, ME 04543. 619-4222. www.ceciliachoir.org.
SAINT JOSEPH’S COLLEGE OF MAINE
With several of its programs collaborating with universities abroad, Saint Joseph’s also provides a collaborative Master’s in Health Service Administration degree programs.
278 Whites Bridge Road, Standish ME. 04084. 893-7801. www.sjcme.edu.
ST. LUCIA ANNUAL FESTIVAL AND INTERNATIONAL MARKETPLACE
The St. Lucia Festival at St. Ansgar Lutheran Church is a 14th century Swedish tradition marking the year’s longest night and the first step toward spring. The St. Lucia legend is told, Swedish carols are sung, and a young woman from the congregation is crowned the “Queen of Light.” Scandinavian refreshments are served, and international gifts may be purchased.
515 Woodford St., Portland. 774-8740. www.saintansgar.blogspot.com.
SAINT MARY SCHOLA
Saint Mary Schola, at the Episcopal Church of Saint Mary the Virgin in Falmouth, is a professional early music vocal ensemble devoted to the performance of master works from the medieval, renaissance and baroque eras.
SALTWATER CELTIC MUSIC FESTIVAL
A premier New England Celtic music event, Saltwater is held in Brunswick in late July. A roster of internationally-known musicians appear at satellite events, such as the Maine Irish Heritage Center and the Maine Maritime Museum, in the days prior to Saltwater.
Established in 1988, Sarajo is a source for designers and collectors and features a mix of antique textiles, Asian wearables, embroidered tapestries, Buddhas, Islamic furniture, Maharaja portraiture, antique silver jewelry and tribal artifacts.
531 Congress St., Portland, ME 04101. 761-2400. www.sarajo.com.
SCARBOROUGH-SCARBOROUGH, ENGLAND, UK, SISTER CITY
P.O. Box 360, Scarborough, ME. 04070-0360.
SCARBOROUGH-SCARBOROUGH, ONTARIO, CANADA, SISTER CITY
P.O. Box 360, Scarborough, ME. 04070-0360.
SCHAIR MEMORIAL LECTURE ON GENOCIDE AND HUMAN RIGHTS The Douglas M. Schair Memorial Lecture was established in 2006 in memory of the late Mr. Schair. The annual lecture is sponsored by the Hudson Foundation and the University of Maine, with support from many Maine businesses and organizations.
SCHOODIC INTERNATIONAL SCULPTURE SYMPOSIUM The Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium is an annual six-week artist-in-residency program at the University of Maine providing sculptors from Maine and around the world the chance to focus on a single piece of public art created in Maine granite.
P.O. Box 122, Steuben, ME 04680. www.schoodicsculpture.org.
SCHOOLS FOR REFUGEES Schools for Refugees provides financial assistance and business advice to African primary schools which educate children of refugee families. The first recipient school is the St. Bakhita Nursery and Primary School for Sudanese refugees in Uganda, whose students correspond with students in Yarmouth’s Harrison Middle School.
631 Prince’s Point Road, Yarmouth, ME 04096. www.schoolsforrefugees.org.
SEAGLASS PERFORMING ARTS Seaglass Performing Arts includes the Seaglass Chorale and the Seaglass Players. The Chorale performs both locally, including local and world events, and internationally, including Hungary, Italy, and Innsbruck. The players are an auditioned group of performers from southern Maine whose repertoire includes an annual musical. www.seaglassperformingarts.org.
SEAL COVE AUTO MUSEUM The Seal Cove Auto Museum presents a wide variety of antique autos, from an 1899 DeDion Bouton to a 1924 Mercer, with special emphasis on the “Brass Era” (1895-1917). Many automobiles and motorcycles have been restored to world-class condition.
P.O. Box 45, Mount Desert, ME 04660. 244-9242. www.sealcoveautomuseum.org.
Seanachie Nights (Seanachie is the Celtic word for storyteller), usually held on the third Monday of every month, is a musical storytelling performance from Celtic and British culture that introduces the old stories - with all their comedy, tragedy and adventure - to an adult audience.
Bull Feeney's Irish Pub/Restaurant, 375 Fore Street, Portland, ME 04101.
SEBAGO-LONG LAKE MUSIC FESTIVAL The festival presents world-class chamber music from mid-July to mid-August at Deertrees Theatre in Harrison. Additional concerts are performed at locations throughout southwestern Maine.
Seed Tree is a Maine public non-profit and educational organization which assists self-reliant efforts to preserve and renew forest ecosystems, particularly among the richly diverse forests at the foot of Nepal’s Himalayas.
227 Cape Jellison Rd., Stockton Springs, ME 04981. 567-3056. www.seedtree.org.
SEEDS OF PEACE INTERNATIONAL CAMP
Seeds of Peace, in Otisfield, works to secure lasting peace in the Middle East by bringing together Arab, Israeli and other Middle Eastern teenagers, aged 13-15, before their fear, mistrust and inherited prejudices have permanently shaped their vision of their “enemy.”
183 Powhatan Rd., Otisfield, Me. 04270. 627-7202 (summer). 370 Lexington Ave. (1409), New York, NY 10017 (winter). (212) 573-8040. www.seedsofpeace.org.
SHAVARSH KEF ENSEMBLE
The Shavarsh Kef Ensemble continues a Maine tradition of Middle Eastern music started by the late Alan Shavarsh Bardezbanian. Its Turkish, Greek, Arabic, Armenian folk and classical music are drawn from major composers of Syria, Egypt, Lebanon and Turkey.
Steve Gruberman. firstname.lastname@example.org.
SHRINERS INTERNATIONAL Shriners International, an international fraternity based on Masonic principles, supports 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children. There are two Shriner temples in Maine, the original Kora (Lewiston in 1909) and Anah (Bangor in 1921). The Kora Shriners will host the 2015 Northeast Shrine Association Fall Field Days for thousands of Shriners from New England and Eastern Canada. www.anahshriners.com; www.korashriners.org.
SIDDHARTHA SCHOOL PROJECT
The 501(c)(3) organization supports the Siddhartha School in remote rural Ladakh, India, which prepares local students in a multilingual curriculum to attain the educational level to compete successfully in national examinations.
P.O. Box 524, Freeport, ME 04032-0524. 523-9388. www.thesiddharthaschool.org.
SINGLE GLOBAL CURRENCY ASSOCIATION The Association is dedicated to the goal of implementing a Single Global Currency, within a Global Monetary Union, and managed by a Global Central Bank. P.O. Box 390, Newcastle, ME 04553. 586-6078. www.singleglobalcurrency.org.
SMART INTERPRETERS Medical and social services interpretation and healthcare facilitation in Somali, Arabic and Amharic languages.
Professional Building, 12 Bates Street (Suite B), Lewiston, ME 04240. 783-4744.
SOMALI BANTU COMMUNITY MUTUAL ASSISTANCE ASSOCIATION OF LEWISTON-AUBURN The Association is a non-profit organization whose primary goal is to assist the Somali Bantu Community and the Lewiston/Auburn refugee community at large on housing, employment, literacy and education, health and safety matters.
145 Lisbon St. (Suite 506), Lewiston, ME 04240. 784-5556. www.sbcmala.org.
SOMALI COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT OF MAINE 108 Riverton Drive, Portland, ME 04103. 797-5099.
SOMALI CULTURE AND DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION OF MAINE
Founded in 2002 as a 501(c)(3) organization, the Association seeks to support all Somalis with access to information, resources and services. It publishes the Somali Community Newsletter and provides referrals, resource information, advocacy, and direct support.
163 Lancaster St., P.O. Box 8676, Portland, ME 04104. 233-6014. www.mesom.org.
SOUTHERN MAINE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (SMCC)
Southern Maine Community College has affiliations and exchanges with schools in Brazil, providing students and instructors the opportunity to study abroad.Color of Community is a student group composed of immigrant and refugee students at the college. It also hosts the annual International Food Festival and Silent Auction (see separate entry).
2 Fort Road, South Portland, ME. 04106. 1-877-282-2182 (toll free). www.smccme.edu.
SOUTHERN MAINE SCHOOL OF SCOTTISH DANCE The mission of the Southern Maine School of Scottish Dance is to provide elite training in the art of traditional Scottish Highland Dance in a fun and supportive environment. 798 Main St. Southside Plaza, South Portland, ME 04106. 650-0084. www.mainescottishdance.com.
SOUTH SUDAN NUER COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION The organization provides the tools to teach children the Naath-Nuer language, including a primer on language and culture. Born in the U.S., the children have little understanding of their language, village life, lineage, history or responsibilities as Nuer-Americans.
20 Cabot Street, Portland, ME 04102.
STILLSON SCHOOL OF IRISH DANCE
In existence for fifteen years, the school is the only certified school of Irish dancing in the state of Maine. The school's dancers plane in the New England Regional Irish Dancing Championships annually.
Carlene Stillson, 67 Alexander Dr. Gorham, ME 04038. 839-2219. email@example.com. www.stillsonirishdance.com.
SURRY MUSIC THERAPY CENTER
The Surry Center promotes international exchanges with centers in Russia and Japan, which practice music therapy as a creative, active form of developmental, rehabilitative, and psychotherapeutic treatment.
8 Cross Road, Surry, ME. 04684. 667-1308. www.surrymusictherapy.com.
SUSTAINABLE HARVEST INTERNATIONAL
Sustainable Harvest International provides farming families in Central America with the training and tools to preserve our planet’s tropical forests while overcoming poverty.
779 North Bend Rd., Surry, ME 04684. 669-8254. www.sustainableharvest.org.
TENGO VOZ – I HAVE VOICE A grassroots organization committed to Latino women and their families in the greater Portland area, it assists in finding jobs and housing, domestic violence prevention, cultural support, spiritual direction, education, social service referrals, and interpreting.
Immanual Baptist Church, 156 High St., Portland, ME 04101. 553-2252. firstname.lastname@example.org
THEATER AT MONMOUTH The summer and fall programs of the Theater at Monmouth include classic stories from the pens of theater's greatest international playwrights.
P.O. Box 385, Monmouth, ME 04259. 933-9999. www.theateratmonmouth.org.
TRUE BUDDHA SOCIETY OF MAINE
551 Route 1, Scarborough, ME. 04074. 883-9113.
TWO OLD FRIENDS
Mac McHale and Emery Hutchins perform a unique combination of Celtic and American folk music:plaintive ballads and shout tunes;soaring mandolin solos, gospel sing alongs, traditional Irish tunes, and story-telling. They sing and play the banjo, guitar, mandolin, concertina, bodran and octave mandolin.
U.S.-CHINA PEOPLE’S FRIENDSHIP ASSOCIATION
The Maine Chapter of the U.S.-China People's Friendship Association, a national organization with extensive resources and strong ties to organizations in China, conducts many activities to foster friendship and cooperation between China and the United States.
P.O. Box 10372, Portland, ME 04104. 688-4826.
U.S. COMMERCE DEPARTMENT – District Export Assistance Center
The Portland District Export Assistance Center is a joint effort the U.S. Commerce Department’s Commercial Service, the Small Business Administration, and the Export-Import Bank. The Portland Center assists Export-ready clients.
511 Congress Street, Portland, ME. 04101. 541-7400. www.commerce.gov.
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST ASSOCIATION – Northeast District
The Unitarian Universalist Association’s Northeast District is a non-governmental organization of parishes in Maine and the Maritime provinces of Canada.
277 Industrial Way, Portland, ME. 04103. 797-3246. www.nned.uua.org.
UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST – Maine Conference
The Maine Conference of the United Church of Christ supports a hospital in Honduras.
P.O. Box 966, Yarmouth, ME. 04096. 846-5118. www.maineucc.org.
UNITED NATIONS ASSOCIATION MAINE The Maine Chapter of the United Nations Association (UNA-Maine) offers speakers for civic clubs, professional associations, schools or religious gatherings to learn about the importance of the U.N. P.O. Box 11556, Portland, ME 04104. www.unamaine.org.
UNITED SOMALI WOMEN OF MAINE
Formed in 2001, the organization assists refugee and immigrant women and girls living in Maine. Its Women’s Center provides culturally and linguistically appropriate services, self-sufficiency, advocacy, access to information, and violence prevention.
P.O. Box 397, Lewiston, ME 04243. 753-0061. www.uswofmaine.org.
UNIVERSITY OF MAINE AT FARMINGTON
The University of Maine at Farmington offers international study opportunities through exchange agreements with a variety of countries. The University also conducts an annual International Festival, International Film series, and offers international lectures.
5 South St., Farmington, ME. 04938. 778-7122. www.umf.maine.edu.
UNIVERSITY OF MAINE AT FORT KENT
The University of Maine at Fort Kent has a Diversity Committee and an International Performers Series. Its Acadian Archives documents, preserves, and disseminates information about the Upper St. John Valley, particularly Acadian and Franco-American history and culture.
25 Pleasant St., Fort Kent, ME. 04743. 834-7500. www.umfk.maine.edu.
UNIVERSITY OF MAINE AT MACHIAS – International Club
The University of Maine at Machias International Club makes substantial contributions to the social and academic life of all students. Cultural diversity is promoted through educational and recreational programs that highlight peoples’ similarities and differences.
9 O’Brien Ave., Machias, ME. 04654. 255-1318. www.umm.maine.edu.
UNIVERSITY OF MAINE AT ORONO – Office of International Programs
The Office of International Programs at the University of Maine is responsible for coordinating and supporting international education and exchange efforts on and off campus.
See also: Engineers Without Borders.
100 Winslow Hall, Orono, ME. 04469. 581-2905. www.umaine.edu/international.
UNIVERSITY OF MAINE AT PRESQUE ISLE
The University of Maine at Presque Isle offers a major in International Studies, including communication and language, historical and political awareness, and multicultural appreciation.
181 Main St., Presque Isle, ME. 04769. 768-9750. www.umpi.edu.
UNIVERSITY OF MAINE SCHOOL OF LAW
See: International Law Society; Justice for Women Lecture Series.
UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND (UNE)
UNE is expanding and promoting the internationalization of its Biddeford and Portland campuses to enhance the international student experience and promote intercultural exchange. It has an active Office for Study Abroad and International Programs, and it hosts the World Affairs Council of Maine on its Portland campus. See also Center for Global Humanities.
11 Hills Beach Rd., Biddeford, ME. 04005-9599. 283-0170.
716 Stevens Ave., Portland, ME. 04103. www.une.edu/international.
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MAINE – Office of International Programs USM promotes international education and understanding. It provides services to inter- national students, assists students seeking foreign study, manages 20 exchange relationships with institutions abroad, and cooperates with local organizations having international interests.
P.O. Box 9300, 101 Payson Smith Hall, Portland, ME. 04104. 780-4959. www.usm.maine.edu/international.
USM CHAMBER SINGERS The University of Southern Maine Chamber Singers, directed by Robert Russell, perform a diverse repertory centered on a cappella literature, the Renaissance era, the 20th century and music of various world cultures, and have conducted several European tours. www.usm.maine.edu/music.
Julia Plumb (fiddle, viola, foot percussion) and Baron Collins-Hill (mandolin, tenor guitar) play original and traditional fiddle tunes from New England, Quebec, Appalachia, Scandinavia and the British Isles.
455 East Pond Rd. Nobleboro, ME 04555. 370-8552. www.velocipedemusic.com.
VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA – Maine Council
Vietnam Veterans of America is the only congressional chartered veterans’ organization that deals with Vietnam-era veterans and their families. It seeks to change the public perception of who the veterans are, then and now., and to urge society to separate the war from the warrior.
325-4680. www.vva.org. email@example.com.
VIETNAMESE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF MAINE The Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to servicing the community while educating and preserving the Vietnamese culture for the citizens of Maine. P.O. Box 513, Saco, ME 04072. firstname.lastname@example.org. www.vaaminfo.org.
VOX NOVA CHAMBER CHOIR The Vox Nova Chamber Choir, founded in 2009, is a Midcoast-based ensemble dedicated to the creative exploration of contemporary vocal music. Its programs feature modern approaches to traditional melodies and forms from Cuba, Estonia, Romania and Samoa.
VoXX (Voices of Twenty) Formerly Ave Maria Stella, VoXX is an a cappella vocal ensemble based in midcoast Maine that perfroms varied programs of mostly early music. The repertoire also covers a wide range of time periods, from Medieval through 20th Century, and styles, from chant to polyphony.
6 Spruce St. Camden, ME 04843. 236-9413. www.voicesoftwenty.com.
WASHINGTON COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
The College’s programs draw international students from around the world, as well as share resources and personnel with many different international sources. It annually supports international conferences and trade missions held around the world.
One College Drive, Calais, ME. 04619. 454-1000. www.wccc.edu.
WMPG RADIO (90.9 AM, 104.1 FM)
WMPG is the voice of the University of Southern Maine. The community radio station features global music and public affairs programming. The station has several bi-lingual and international music programs representing multiple languages and cultures.
University of Southern Maine, 92 Bedford St., Portland, ME. 04103. 780-4598. www.wmpg.org.
WOMEN’S INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE FOR PEACE AND FREEDOM The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, founded in 1915 during World War I, works to achieve through peaceful means world disarmament, full rights for women, racial and economic justice, and an end to all forms of violence. Maine Branch, 43 Willow Grove, Brunswick, ME 04011. 729-0023. email@example.com.
WORKING VILLAGES INTERNATIONAL
In 2006, Working Villages International began building a self-sufficient village in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It has become the region’s largest food producer, and a step toward building an independent village that can be replicated throughout Africa.
40 Main St., Topsham, ME 04086. 607-1367. www.workingvillages.org.
WORLD ACADIAN CONGRESS The World Acadian Congress is held every five years in a region inhabited by Acadians. The 2014 Congress will be hosted by the international region known as Acadia of the Lands and Forests, incorporating northernmost Maine, northwestern New Brunswick and southeastern Quebec. www.nmdc.org/Acadian_Congress/cma.
WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL OF MAINE
The World Affairs Council, founded in 1977, is Maine’s premiere forum for discussion of international affairs. A non-profit organization open to the general public, it promotes understanding of the political, economic, and cultural developments that shape people’s lives globally. The Council conducts programs on a wide array of international topics, offers an active program of international education with schools, and hosts the International Visitors Program in Maine for the U.S. Department of State.
University of New England, 716 Stevens Ave., Portland, ME. 04103. 221-4386. www.wacmaine.org.
WORLD CUP BIATHLON
In February, 2011, the World Cup Biathlon competition was held in Presque Isle and Fort Kent, Maine.
YORK COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
York County Community College offers customized education and training to local businesses in areas of ISO 9000, computer applications, strategic and organization planning, management and supervisory training and quality, productivity and technical skills.
112 College Drive, Wells, ME. 04090. 646-9282. www.yccc.edu.
YOUTH FOR UNDERSTANDING
Youth for Understanding (YFU) International Exchange is a non-profit international educational organization. Students between the ages of 15 and 18 can study in over 40 countries worldwide for a year, semester, or summer.
2380 Mass. Ave. (Suite 101), Cambridge, MA 02140. (617) 868-3660. www.yfu.org.
Zemya is a women's ensemble from greater Portland, singing a blend of beautiful and edgy harmonies without accompaniment, including folk and traditional songs from the Balkans, United Kingdom, Africa and the Americas.
ZIGGURAT THEATRE ENSEMBLE
The Ziggurat Theatre Ensemble is a critically-acclaimed theater group based in Maine. It explores world myths, culture and rituals through a dramatic medium of dance, drama, music, masks and movement.
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