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Art & Culture

Art & Culture

Portland Public Library is the City’s cultural center and is the most visited cultural institution in Maine offering print, film, music, and online collections to showcase the arts and creativity.

We offer materials in the arts and humanities, a wide variety of programming in partnership with local cultural organizations, and a place where creative organizations and individuals can share their work with others. We celebrate the broad diversity of our community’s creative expression, and are committed to building awareness and appreciation of the arts around us.


The Maine Comics Arts Festival will be held in Portland on Saturday, June 4th, 2016 at the Main Branch of the Portland Public Library. The event is free and open to the public. Featuring over 100 comics writers, artists and publishers, this will be a celebration of the comics art form. For more information about MeCAF, visit

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Join the Pride@PPL team, Pride Portland, Equality Maine, the Telling Room, Faces for Equality, and other community partners for a month of LGBTQ programming at the library!

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Writer’s Infusion is the Internet show designed to bring the experience and support of a writer’s group to you. Submit your work now for a live taping at the library June 11th.

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Throughout the month of June, we celebrate Pride each Thursday night at 6:30.

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We show films every Thursday night at 6:30 pm. Refreshments are provided, and all screenings are free and open to the public.

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During the month of May, we’re celebrating Mother’s Day with a series of films featuring mothers.  Join us on Thursday evenings at 6:30, and bring your mother.

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Tap into your creative juices with this specially-designed painting class for those 55 years of age and older.  Both absolute beginners and experienced artists are invited to take this FREE class and registrations is limited.  

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Bound Together III: USM Book Arts a book arts exhibit with USM and the USM Kate Cheney Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts Critique Group.

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Our Places, Our Times : Portland Through the Decades, 1930s – 2000s is an comprised of series of photos pulled from the Portland Press Herald Still-Film Negative Collection: Portland Public Library Special Collections.

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Portland Public Library’s Brown Bag Lecture Series features bi-weekly reading and question-and-answer sessions with authors from around the nation as well as those who hail from right here in Maine.

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Museum Passes Available

Portland Public Library offers free passes to several local Museums and cultural sites including Portland Museum of Art, Portland Observatory, Southworth Planetarium, and the Maine State Museum. To request a pass for a specific date, with your Library card, call or visit the Lending Desk at any of our locations.


Up Next at the Library:
The Full Spectrum Portrait Exhibit10:00am - 7:00pm
S. Donald Sussman Teen Library
From the PPL blog:
May is for Memoir! (and Biography)
May's staff picks explore favorite memoirs and biographies at PPL.   More »
Movie of the Month: Changeling
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The Words Are Maps: Poetry Staff Picks
Portland Public Library staff share their picks for poetry and poems they love.   More »
Contact the team leader
Tom Wilsbach   Email »
Art & Humanities Librarian
207-871-1700 x725
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