Youth Arts Access Fund

Waterville Creates believes that all youth, regardless of income, ability, or background, should have access to outstanding arts programming and arts education opportunities. Established in March 2022, our Youth Arts Access Fund (YAAF) provides youth aged 18 and under with free access to Waterville Creates’ events and programs, including movies at the Maine Film Center, theatre camp, plays, concerts, and performances at the Waterville Opera House, and art and clay classes and camps at Ticonic Gallery + Studios. Since its launch, YAAF has been accessed over 1,000 times, providing over $30,000 in free arts experiences.

The Youth Arts Access Fund was established with a generous seed grant from the Raymond J. and Mary C. Reisert Foundation with additional funding provided by the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust and the Colby College Center for the Arts and Humanities.

In coordination with Youth Art Month in March, Waterville Creates is holding a special fundraising drive with the goal of raising $10,000 to support YAAF. Please consider making a tax-deductible gift to help ensure that all youth have access to opportunities in the arts. Every gift makes a difference!

All public ticketed events and programs are eligible for the Youth Arts Access Fund unless otherwise noted. For more information, or to use the fund, please call the Ed Harris Box Office at 207.873.7000.


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Become a YAAF sponsor of the month! You’re gift provides free programming to youth under 18 in our community. For just $1,000/month or a discounted rate of $5,000/6 months, your business can be recognized as a YAAF sponsor of the month and provide critical support for this beloved program.

Benefits include: Logo + link  in Arts Spotlight e-newsletter each week of your sponsored month, logo + link to your website on this YAAF webpage, and weekly Social Media recognition during your sponsorship month.

Contact Jordyn Chelf, Marketing+Development Coordinator, at [email protected] for more information or to sign-up and become a sponsor!

The Youth Arts Access Fund allows all 3 of my kids to participate in a variety of arts I could not afford as a single mom.