Archipelago, the retail component of the Island Institute, showcases Maine artists and makers whose work reflects the beauty and endurance of Maine's islands and coast. They exhibit through its store and gallery - both online and on Main Street in Rockland. Since opening in 2000, Archipelago has advanced the careers of more than 1500 Maine residents, while playing a pivotal role in Rockland's emergence as a dynamic center of arts and culture. In doing so, it has become a prominent element of Maine's creative economy. As an economic development program of the Island Institute, Archipelago staff spend over 400 hours a year mentoring artists to increase skills and knowledge for running arts-based small businesses. Archipelago also offers the Artists and Makers Conference every April providing workshops, keynote speakers, and networking to support art-based businesses throughout Maine.

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