2020 is a big year for Maine – and for The Village. Maine celebrates a 200th Bicentennial, and our state – the only one of all US states – was just ranked 4th in a Top Ten list by one of the world’s major travel publishers, The Lonely Planet. It is going to be a great year.
Coincidently, we have plans for 2020 also: the launch of The Village’s
future, including the addition of on-going and hands-on instruction in the basic skills that early Mainers utilized to survive and thrive – anything and everything from courses and hands-on classes in basketry, music & storytelling, woodworking, sustainable living, cooking and jewelry making, and more. We envision a thriving community, and working partnerships and affiliations with many local artisans, craftsmen, businesses and education professionals. Help us create a new and vibrant “learning center” unique to Maine.
$10,000, $5,000, $1,000, $500, $100 or less – any level of generosity helps.
We rely on our family of past donors, local residents, and areas businesses to help us broaden our education program and curate our valuable and historical collection. These are the foundation upon which we will build, and both are revenue drivers. Our expanded education program will draw increased admissions, and our collection is the anchor of major foundation six-figure proposals from private and public heritage foundations.
Our growth plans come right from our mission and vision statements, to “engage adults and children in hands-on activities designed to create a better understanding of Maine village life throughout the period, aspiring to transform the way we view and relate to Maine’s rural past through interactive visitation, educational opportunism, and a variety of dynamic programs to enrich our daily lives.
Museums must grow to stay relevant to their visitors.
‘Living museums’ are starting to flourish nationwide. Like these, our doors will be open to learning for all ages, with courses and workshops that enrich lives and build community, and teach traditional crafts and basic skills in a student-centered learning environment that inspires hands, hearts, and minds.
Museum visitors are searching for knowledge and know-how. They want more than walk-through sterile environments and “don’t touch” exhibits. We undertake this growth after near yearlong research and conversation with major donors, museum professionals and development specialists – and with great expectations that our Village community will join us in the journey.
A Generous Donor. And a 100% Match.
One local donor has stepped up, donating partial funding for the education program. In addition, your donation will be matched, for any amount up to $30,000, if gifts are received before December 31, 2019. If your employer matches non-profit contributions, this too will increase the value of your donation. And, as you know, gifts made before the last day of the year are also tax deductible.
The Village’s self-sustainability begins today – with you.
The Village has been a major destination since 1965, and expects to be here until 2065 and beyond. But change happens, and we intend to add to our existing offerings, grow new opportunities and new supporters, evolve to even greater relevance to the local economy, and become more meaningful to our community and beyond. To that end, over the coming years, The Village must become self-sufficient, generating greater organic revenue for our programs and services, and diversifying the sources of its foundation support.
Your gift is critical – and appreciated.
This wonderful community resource and Maine treasure relies on your ongoing support. Please give what you can, before December 31, 2019.