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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.

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June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month! Our Pride@PPL team works to provide resources, programming and community connections throughout the year, with special events and celebrations planned for June.

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Portland Public Library partners with POV each year to bring a series of incredible documentaries on a variety of subjects to Portland and grants the Library permission to show the films ahead of their scheduled air date.

 

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Around the world, LGBTQ people are living, loving, and struggling to be seen and heard. The Pride Film series focuses on films that reflect the realities of life in the queer community.

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An exploration of films about rock music, the people who create it and the people who love it.

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Portland Press Herald’s Photos of the Year will be on display in the Lewis Gallery from January 4-February 23, 2019.

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On Thursday nights in January, the Library presents films about the people and events of the Civil Rights Movement.

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Founded in 1995, the Portland Conservatory of Music is a nonprofit community music school.  They educate through musical instruction and concert performances. The Noonday Concert Series offers free access to performances by the Conservatory’s talented faculty, arguably among Maine’s most esteemed musicians.  The weekly concerts are held in downtown Portland throughout the academic year.  The series has always been an integral part of the Conservatory’s mission to provide equal access to quality music and highlight its talented faculty and students.

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This exhibit is generously sponsored by the Maine Humanities Council.

 

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The Portland Poet Laureate is an honorary position given every 2-3 years to a resident of the Greater Portland area who is both an accomplished poet and an excellent ambassador within the community. Portland’s current poet laureate is Linda Aldrich.

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Join us for a series of films based on banned books. This year’s selections include Jeannette Walls’s moving memoir “The Glass Castle,” a Coen Brothers interpretation of a Cormac McCarthy novel (almost as controversial as the novel itself) and a tribute to the late Philip Roth.

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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:
Jun19
Stonewall 50: The Birth of a Movement10:00am - 5:00pm
Lewis Gallery
Jun19
Journaling in the Library5:30pm - 7:00pm
Main Library
Jun20
Stonewall 50: The Birth of a Movement10:00am - 5:00pm
Lewis Gallery
From the PPL blog:
PBS To Air Documentary “The Lavender Scare”
Description of a documentary on PBS in June about discrimination against LGBTQ people in government.   More »
Congratulations to Author Richard Ford
Author Richard Ford, who has just been awarded the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction   More »
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Raminta Moore   Email »
Art & Humanities Librarian
207-871-1700 x725
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