MISSION + HISTORY
Waterville Creates! promotes, supports, and grows our community‘s arts and cultural assets in order to strengthen Waterville as a vibrant creative center, increase access to creative opportunities for residents and visitors, and advance community and economic development goals.
In 2014, Waterville Creates! was established under the existing Waterville Regional Arts and Community Center (WRACC). Since that time, Waterville Creates! (WC!) has served as the primary coordinating entity for arts and cultural programming in Waterville by working directly with the Colby College Museum of Art, Maine Film Center, Waterville Public Library, Waterville Opera House, and Common Street Arts (CSA) to strengthen partnerships, expand collaborative programming, and launch new marketing initiatives.
Through the generous support of the Harold Alfond Foundation, WC! has also been able to increase collaborative partnerships with the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce, City of Waterville, Colby College, Thomas College, Kennebec Valley Community College, MaineGeneral and Inland hospitals, and area businesses. Additionally, this support has provided unique opportunities to foster partnerships through the creation of new initiatives such as the Partner Incentive Grant program that incentivizes and supports increased collaborative ventures like the Waterville Rocks! Summer Concert Series. This grant program has allowed for broader and more inclusive programming that has a profound impact on the cultural footprint within the community.