Our Mission:to give a voice to underground artists in rural Maine
After years of neglect, Freewill Church has come into our hands, and we are working to bring it back to function as a viable community space once more.
Built in 1837, the building served as a Baptist church, and then later as Fernwood Grange, before falling to disrepair from lack of resources, direction, and maintenance.
When I first saw Freewill, I decided then and there to try to help make the building functional once again. After years of proposals and negotiations, the building became ours in June 2020, and we have since created our nonprofit, Project Freewill, to help foster creative growth, conversation and collaboration in rural Maine.
With your help, we patched a massive hole in the roof, and have begun to make sound once again this stout, well-built timber frame construction.
We have also set up a recording studio and have been hosting artists quarantine-style, with artist residencies and safely-distanced recording collaborations.
freewill baptist church 1837
One day we plan to host live events, ranging from concerts to art openings, artist talks, and community meetings.
Our goal is to continue residencies, bring diverse voices to rural Maine, and encourage collaboration between Mainers and artists from around the world.
It's our mission to continue to improve the building to get it fully-functioning once more. Currently, we're grant writing and fundraising to weatherize, repair plaster and stained glass windows, and install heating and insulation. With your support, we can make it happen.
We are a fully incorporated non-profit in the process of filing our 501(c)3 status, so your donations will be tax refundable
fixing the roof, July 2020
One of Project Freewill’s main goals is to help end systemic racism and sexism through art, music and cross-cultural collaboration by bringing BIPOC, LGBTQ and female artists to rural Maine to share their art and experiences in an welcoming, inspiring environment. We also aim to empower women in our community by amplifying their voices and helping them share their creative work to inspire other women in the area to do the same. That said, Project Freewill is all inclusive, and we strive to support ALL underground artists in our area regardless of their age, gender or background. The board members of Project Freewill been working hard on educating themselves on the issues facing us all as we move forward. Any and all suggestions are welcomed, as are ideas for upcoming programming for Project Freewill. Please reach out anytime.
photo by alex nelson
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