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.
Producer, composer, hip hop artist, and educator, Just.Plain.Jones, and his students will present their creations from a winter beatmaking & music production class at Portland High School. This celebration of young creators will include sharing original music, discussing artistic processes, and questioning where this new community music project will go next.
Why not start celebrating National Poetry Month a day early? Join us on March 31 for a Saturday afternoon reading of great Maine poets, featuring Ekhlas Ahmed, Mihku Paul, Kifah Abdulla, Karin Spitfire, Robert Gibbons, Terry Grasse, and Joseph Coleman.
Celebrated poet Crystal Williams, who recently had poetry commissioned for MoMA’s One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series exhibit, reads her poetry in the Lewis Gallery April 7 during National Poetry Month. We hope you’ll join us for an extraordinary reading.
Each Thursday night in January, the Library presents a documentary film about the people and events of the Civil Rights Movement. These films are free and open to the public, and the Library provides refreshments.
The Riverton Knitting group is for 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, 1600 Forest Ave.
Every third Thursday from October through March, the Portland Conservatory of Music brings its Noonday concert series to Portland Public Library’s Lewis Gallery.
Page to Stage discussions are presented in partnership with the Portland Stage Co. The discussions are held at the Portland Public Library at 12:00 noon the Tuesday after a show opens at Portland Stage.
Camden Conference Community Events are held in conjunction with the 31st Annual Camden Conference –New World Disorder and America’s Future
In addition to our ever-changing exhibits in the Lewis Gallery, PPL has a notable collection of donated and commissioned art pieces throughout our locations including the dazzling new installation The Feathered Hand by Alison Hildreth in our Main Library Atrium.
Descriptions of many pieces and information about the artists are available on PPL’s Digital Commons.
Shakespeare didn’t write to be read. His plays were meant to be performed. The speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. were beautifully written, but the experience of reading them cannot compare with the power of King’s delivery.
For more than two decades, PPL has been committed to offering the best of popular feature films, unusual indies, classics, animation, and world cinema, as well as documentaries, performances, and educational and instructional videos.
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.
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