Launchpad builds creative connections in Maine and beyond through artist residencies, arts education, and artist-led projects and events. Launchpad was created with a slate of initiatives and programs to strengthen the existing Maine artistic landscape. These include its flagship project Launchpad's arts incubator, the HelpArt initiative and the Central Gallery. Noteable programs include our Central Gallery in downtown Bangor, The Queen City Piano Project and All Roads Music Festival in Belfast, Maine.
Central Gallery is a multi-discipline arts venue that promotes creativity through its mission to present contemporary, emerging and unconventional art, artists and ideas. The gallery helps emerging and mid-career artist’s present new work, while making art and creativity more accessible to the general public. Each year, the space typically presents at least 12 visual arts exhibitions as well as hosting live music showcases, educational offerings and other community arts minded events.
As a Gallery, we stand strongly behind our belief that galleries should be uncensored, all ages and rotate frequently to provide emerging artists with the opportunity to find as many new audiences for their work as possible. Phase I of renovations at this formerly vacant space were completed in May 2014. The Phase II fundraising campaign is set to launch in 2016, completing & nearly doubling the size of the venue.