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.
How are you weathering the challenges of this COVID-19 pandemic?
We’re interested in archiving your thoughts, images, art, writings and more! Click HERE for more information!
*Very Special Thanks to the Maine State Library, for hosting and funding our Omeka page
One Day at a Time, an exhibit in the Library’s atrium windows, serves to reaffirm the values of the Portland Public Library. Collaboration, Sustainability, Freedom, and Inclusivity is the foundation upon which this exhibition has been built.
Portland Public Library is once again seeking short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry submissions for our annual Halloween-themed reading. Send us your spooky stories, eek-worthy essays, and vampiric villanelles! If you write ghost stories, horror poetry, or any Autumn-minded work, this call is for you.
Isolating Together is Portland Public Library’s digital archive where we collect stories from you, our community members, about how COVID-19 is impacting your life. Browse the collection and learn about how YOU can submit!
How do you show and receive love, affection, and intimacy right now? We’re accepting submissions that answer this question.
Poetry lovers, come explore the web with us! Here’s a list of resources and links to poetry. We include favorite websites where you can find fantastic poems, videos of great poetry readings, links to some of the best podcasts today, and more.
How can we keep ourselves engaged, calm, and happy when we spend most of the day in isolation? Portland Public Library staff share some of their favorite websites and apps for learning a new skill, having fun in nature, and making each other laugh.
At this time, many cultural institutions and artists have been sharing content for free, online. We hope to curate links to free entertainment for you and yours. We will be updating this page as new content becomes available.
Portland Public Library’s knitting groups are open to adults who enjoy socializing and sharing projects, patterns, and ideas. Meetings are held every Thursday night from 6:30-7:30pm at our Riverton Branch, the first and third Saturdays of each month from 10:30am-12:00pm at our Burbank Branch, and the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 6:30-7:30pm at our Peaks Island Branch.
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.
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.
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:
What the Constitution Means to You: A Panel Response to WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME by Heidi Schreck
Literary Lunch: Meredith Hall talks about Beneficence with Simon Van Booy