The HPCC was formed in direct response to the Maine Arts Commission’s Creative Communities = Economic Development grant that was awarded in 2013. The consortium is a network of regional arts organizations, museums, business associations, and municipal leaders. This includes Kingfield POPS, Kingfield Artwalk, Stanley Museum, High Peaks Artisan Guild, Kingfield Village Enhancement Committee, Ski Museum of Maine, Dead River Area Historical Society, Eustis residents, Rangeley Friends of the Arts, Rangeley Chamber of Commerce, Wilhelm Reich Museum, Maine Forestry Museum, Outdoor Heritage Museum, Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad Museum, Phillips Area Community Center, High Peaks Alliance, and Phillips Library and Studio.
The collaborative network of organizations has produced the Maine High Peaks Arts & Heritage Plan, an asset map of the region, a website featuring these assets (www.highpeaksmaine.org), funds to help develop the Phillips Public Library Studio, marketing for the 2013 Crossroads International Celtic Festival, the Maine High Peaks Arts and Heritage Loop Map & Guide, and loop kiosks in Carrabassett Valley, Stratton, Rangeley, Phillips, and Kingfield. The HPCC worked with Maine D.O.T. to have the state put up fourteen signs in the region pointing out important landmarks including Daggett Rock, Flyrod Crosby Trailhead, Northern Forest Canoe Trail, Mount Abrams Trailhead, and the Wire Suspension Bridge. The HPCC has engaged five local schools and several community organizations to host free barn quilt mural workshops in order to establish a public art trail. Over 800 participants have helped create the Maine Barn Quilt Trail across Franklin and Somerset Counties. This endeavor celebrates two parts of rural American culture, quilting and agriculture.
The HPCC mission is to connect regional cultural organizations around creative placemaking projects that increase the quality of life and support a resilient creative economy.
Going forward the HPCC is dedicated to continuing to sponsor creative place making projects that connect our regional assets. These projects have been made possible by the generous support of the Maine Community Foundation, Sugarloaf Charitable Trust, Onion Foundation, Skowhegan Savings Bank, The Betterment Fund, The Maine Arts Commission, The Maine Forestry Museum, and the towns who helped install their kiosks. For more information contact the HPCC Executive Director, Saskia Reinholt. Email email@example.com or Telephone: 207-218-2072.