...The mission of the north atlantic arts alliance is to enrich our rural maine community by supporting live music, music education, art, local agriculture, and sustainable practices....
The alliance achieves its goals through programs and opportunities at its flagship events: -the ossipee valley string camp -the ossipee valley music festival.
NAAA SPONSORED PROGRAMS AND OPPORTUNITIES INCLUDE:
I. SCHOLARSHIPS: We provide scholarships each year to our five day Ossipee Valley String Camp, taught by world renowned instructors in acoustic music. special consideration is given to local students ages 10-21, and senior citizens. We aim for 10-15% of our students to be on partial to full scholarship.
II. FREE ACCESS:
- Free tickets for kids 17 and under to the Ossipee Valley Music Festival
- Free 3 day kids music program with loner instruments at the Ossipee Valley Music Festival
- Free camping at the Ossipee Valley Music Festival and Ossipee Valley String Camp
- Free public concert by the instructors at The Ossipee Valley String Camp at the Kezar Falls Historic Theatre
III. DISCOUNTED ACCESS:
- Discounts for local area attendees to the Ossipee Valley Music Festival
- Discounts for local area senior citizens in addition to local discount to the Ossipee Valley Music Festival
- Discounts for regional Appalachian Mountain Club volunteers to the Ossipee Valley Music Festival
IV. LOCAL FOOD & ART:
- Over 20 local farms supported by The Farmer's Belly, the catering service at The Ossipee Valley String Camp
- Over 20 local farms supported at the Ossipee Valley Music Festival Farm To Table Brunch
- Farmer's Market available during the Ossipee Valley Music Festival
- Food trucks sourcing local ingredients during the Ossipee Valley Music Festival
- Beer tent with over 10 local craft beers, hard ciders and wines during the Ossipee Valley Music Festival
- Vendor row with regional artists, non-profit organizations and sustainable vendors, at the Ossipee Valley Music Festival
- 100% reusable dishware used during the Ossipee Valley String Camp for 0% waste
- Recycling team during the String Camp and Music Festival hand sort trash to reduce it by 50%, all redeemables from the two events are donated to local school programs.
- Partnership with Project Shelter during the String Camp & Music Festival allow patrons to purchase camp gear and then donate it to world wide refugee organizations
- All found items at the end of the String Camp and Music Festival are donated to GoodWill
- The North Atlantic Arts Alliance purchases credits with Maine Green Power to offset electricity usage to 0% Footprint
VI. LOCAL BUSINESS:
- The Ossipee Valley String Camp and Music Festival have been estimated to bring over 1 million dollars of revenue into the state of Maine, by the Maine Board of Tourism.
- The String Camp & Festival infrastructure support local businesses for all their needs
- All businesses in the surrounding towns prepare each year for their 'busiest weekend' which is the weekend of the festival
EVENTS AND PROGRAMS, 2018
THE OSSIPEE VALLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL July 26th-29th 2018 291 S. Hiram Road, Hiram ME
The Ossipee Valley Music Festival is a 4-day celebration of music, food, and community, in Southern Maine. The festival is held on the Ossipee Valley Fairgrounds, in the foothills of the Saco & Ossipee River Valley. Just 45 minutes west of Portland Maine. The festival has grown over the years to become one of the premier events in New England for Roots and Americana music, and camping. The festival features 4 stages, workshops, barn dances, yoga, local food, handmade crafts, a farmer’s market, and locally brewed beer and cider. It is known as the festival for everybody--hipsters and jamband hula hoop chicks dance next to 60s hippie grandmothers, kids grow up at the festival (they get in free until they’re 17!), and their parents get to relax--(no one has time to look at a smartphone here), everyone else fits in somehow--and everyone brings an instrument. The festival also features kids activities all day, and a free music program for kids, Roots and Sprouts. The Ossipee Valley Music Festival is known for its omnivorous appetite in music, featuring Americana, Roots, Blues, Bluegrass, Folk, Jazz, Celtic, and more and hosts national, award winning headliners from as many genres as possible.
THE OSSIPEE VALLEY STRING CAMP
JULY 22nd-26th, 2018 291 S. Hiram Road Hiram ME
The Ossipee Valley String Camp is a five day long acoustic music fantasy camp--for all ages and levels!
Students explore small group lessons and workshops in fiddle, cello, mandolin, guitar, banjo, ukulele, upright bass, and singing & songwriting, and work with camp "bands" to learn performance skills that they showcase in the final performance on the music festival Main Stage!
The String Camp flows directly into the Music Festival with the final performance for camp kicking off the first night of the festival performances, and all attendees to camp receive a free ticket to the festival!
The String Camp provides world quality instructors from as prestigious backgrounds as the house band of Prairie Home Companion, and the staff of Berklee College of Music, and all of the instructors are teachers and performers that are critically acclaimed.
The camp also features local farm food, yoga, and free camping on our beautiful fairgrounds.
The North Atlantic Arts Alliance works with private donors, and nationwide grant programs to secure a minimum of 10-15% full or partial scholarship opportunities for this incredible event, with a focus on scholarships for young musicians in rural Maine who have a dedicated interest in acoustic music, and senior citizens who have restricted access to such opportunities.
2018 NORTH ATLANTIC ARTS ALLIANCE BOARD MEETING SCHEDULE
*All meetings are open to the public upon request.
*Our Annual Meeting is always open to the public, and takes place on August 10th
Annual Meeting Location:
Apple Acres Farm, 363 Durgintown Road, Hiram ME
For details, call: 207-625-8656
MEET OUR TEAM!
- Executive Director of the North Atlantic Arts Alliance
- Co-Director of the Ossipee Valley Music Festival
- President of the Board of the NAAA
- Director of Volunteers, Ossipee Valley Music Festival
Molly Griffin McKenna-
- First Vice President of the Board
- Director of the Ossipee Valley String Camp
- Co-Director of the Ossipee Valley Music Festival
- Secretary of the NAAA
- Second Vice President of the Board
- Director of Security at the Ossipee Valley Music Festival
- Treasurer of the NAAA
- Director of Financial Giving
Laurie Carr & Erica Hartford
- Co-directors of Community Outreach for NAAA
- Co-directors of Vendors for Ossipee Valley Music Festival
- Co-director of Community Outreach for NAAA
- Member of the Board
- Member of the Board
- Director of Youth Outreach
Advisors to the Board
- Jan Wilke, advisor, OVMF Director of Sales
- Ted DeMille, advisor, OV String Camp Staff
- Chris Westerlund, advisor, OVMF regional showcase stage director
Legal Advisor to the Board: Anne Barber Esq.
Would you like to join us?
Aside from the position of Executive Director, The North Atlantic Arts Alliance and its events, The Ossipee Valley Music Festival and Ossipee Valley String Camp, are 100% volunteer run.
We depend on the passion and engagement of our peers to keep our mission alive and strong. Whether you volunteer during the festival, become a board advisor, work with us to secure grant funding, or contribute a charitable donation of your own, we appreciate and rely on your support.
Here are some ways you can help!
volunteer at the ossipee valley music festival, click here
join our team as a year-round volunteer staff member, click here
volunteer writing grants, click here
explore corporate sponsorship opportunities, click here
explore private donor opportunities, click here