Hugh French of Tides Institute to Speak About Eastport at Calais City Hall on April 29

  Hugh French, director of the Tides Institute & Museum of Art, will speak about the revitalization and economic development of Eastport at Calais City Hall on Tuesday, April 29, at 5:30 p.m. This program is sponsored by Calais Downtown Revitalization Coalition (CDRC).

 French holds a A.B. degree from Williams College (Massachusetts), with additional study at the University of Edinburgh (Scotland), and an M.A. degree from the University of New Brunswick (Canada) where he held the Lord Beaverbrook Fellowship. For nearly 20 years, he worked for the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine, departing in 2001 as Associate Director. He co-founded the Tides Institute & Museum of Art  (TIMA) in 2002 that serves as an innovative regional and cross-border (U.S./Canada) cultural resource and cultural catalyst institution. Among many initiatives, the Tides Institute serves as lead partner (with the City of Eastport and Eastport Chamber of Commerce) in Eastport's membership in the Maine Downtown Network. In 2010, TIMA received one of two inaugural awards from the Maine Arts Commission's new program, Creative Communities=Economic Development.  In 2012, TIMA was selected for funding from the national ArtPlace initiative that seeks to revitalize communities across the country through the arts. TIMA is the only institution in Maine to have ever received funding from ArtPlace. 

 Eastport received the coveted Outstanding Downtown Network Community of the year award in 2013 from the Maine Downtown Network, with accolades for its stunning efforts to revitalize its downtown over the last few years. 

 The program will be in the Council Chambers at Calais City Hall, 11 Church St.  For more information, call 454-1110.