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  • October is ARTober in Bangor, Maine, a local celebration of arts and culture

    Downtown Bangor, Maine. Photo by Ramona du Houx

    Planned by the Bangor City Council Commission on Cultural Development, the art celebration will showcase more than 80 events and exhibitions, including live performances, art exhibits, lectures and workshops at 30 venues.

    A complete listing of events is available on the city’s website at

    Venues for ARTober include the University of Maine Museum of Art, the Bangor Opera House, Bangor International Airport, Bangor Mall, Bangor Public Library, public parks and numerous local businesses.

    Most ARTober events will be free and open to the public. The variety of events was developed by reaching out to numerous arts and cultural organizations in Bangor.

    Last June, the cultural commission received a $10,000 grant from the Maine Community Foundation for support and programming related to ARTober. That doubles the commission’s annual budget allocation from the City Council of $10,000.

    ARTober coincides with National Arts & Humanities Month, a nationwide recognition of the importance of culture in America.