- Associated Press - Friday, May 8, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The National Endowment for the Arts is awarding $894,300 in grants to nine Maine organizations for projects that focus on artistic creativity.

The majority of the funding is going to the Maine Arts Commission. The commission is getting $723,300. The rest of the money is going to a range of organizations that support projects in film, folk music, stage production, young artist workshops and other endeavors.

Grant recipients include the Portland Opera Repertory Theatre, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle and Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland.

The money is part of a larger $74 million nationwide grant effort by the NEA. The money funds 1,023 grants in every state.

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