We are thrilled to welcome two new members extraordinaire to our Board of Directors — Alison Hildreth and Charlton Ames. Both Alison and Charlton have been at the heart of our success from the beginning and it’s a pleasure to finally make it official!
Charlton Ames is a former board president of The Maine Olmsted Alliance for Parks and Landscapes, The Portland Museum of Art, and the United Midcoast Charities. He is currently chairman of the board for Sea Run Holdings Inc., a Maine based biotechnology company that commercializes salmon proteins from the blood of farm raised salmon.
Alison Hildreth is an artist with a studio in the Congress Square neighborhood where she manages an artist studio building with 23 spaces. She has worked with students as a non-resident advisor in several different MFA programs and also Continuing Education courses. She currently serves on the Portland Public Art Committee. See her work @alisonhildreth.com.
We’re also thrilled to announce the uber talented Nat May and Addy Smith-Reiman have joined our Advisory Board to lend their talents as curators, community builders, and placemakers.
Nat May is an arts and non-profit consultant who served as the Executive Director of SPACE Gallery for over 13 years. He was also a founding member of the Bakery Photo Collective and has served on the board of Creative Portland and the Portland Arts and Culture Alliance. He has served as a founding member of Common Field, a nationwide network of contemporary, experimental and noncommercial visual art spaces, and as a founding board member at the Hewnoaks Artist Colony in Lovell. Nat was recently selected to curate the 2018 biennial exhibition of contemporary art at the Portland Museum of Art.
Addy Smith-Reiman holds a Master’s Degree in Regional Planning and a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University. She is a certified planner, accredited organic land care professional, and Master Gardener. For over 15 years Addy has successfully engaged people with projects that celebrate local identity, shared histories and future use. She currently works as an independent consultant for transportation, open space and preservation planning projects, integrating research, design, civic engagement and long-term stewardship planning for successful projects that activate PLACE.
Welcome to the team Charlton, Alison, Nat and Addy!