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Lesley Macvane

Lesley MacVane is a Portlander by birth and is the longtime development coordinator for Portland Media Center, formerly Community Television Network. MacVane is a graduate of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and an independent filmmaker and media artist who is currently making work exploring adoption in Maine. Portland Media Center is also the umbrella home to the Union of Maine Visual Artists, Hour Exchange Portland (an ongoing community time exchange) and CoCo (The Congolese Community Association of Maine). Originally a documentary and portrait photographer, MacVane became interested in video while filming backstage at a drag show. Since then, she has done numerous videos for public access including pieces for MVAN and Portland Profiles. Since returning to Portland after thirty years living “away” (ranging everywhere from Boston to Nigeria, Jamaica, and Nova Scotia), she helped found the now defunct local newspaper, The Portland Pigeon, and has deep board experience serving on the board of Maine Charitable Mechanics, The Salt Institute, and Learning Works, among others.

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Reflecting on the past 15+ months of pandemic, SPACE wants to highlight the amazing recipients of our 2020 Maine Visual Artist Emergency Relief Grants and Maine Musician Relief Grants. Explore these lists to learn more about the wellspring of artists and creative thought leaders in our state.