Maine
Profile Type: Cultural Nonprofit
NEFA Grant Recipient
Cultural Nonprofit
TERRA MOTO, INCORPORATED

Art At Work (originally Terra Moto Inc.) is a national arts initiative that partners with communities, organizations and municipal governments to put creativity to work addressing non-arts-based challenges. Since 1993, we have created large and small-scale multidisciplinary arts projects that seek to measurably increase community resilience, collaborative capacity, economic vibrancy, and civic engagement. Over the last two decades, we have confirmed that the process of making art – theater, poetry, collages, photographs, or music – dramatically increases participants’ ability to engage, function as a team, envision a positive outcome, remember their connections, and be willing to take the risks that lead to innovative solutions and sustainable relationships.

Our flagship partnership with the City of Portland, ME was made possible by the tremendous generosity of the Nathan Cummings Foundation and the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation, and succeeded in fostering a culture of collaboration that directly engaged over 150 city employees, 75 artists, and several thousand residents. From 2007 to 2015, our projects put creativity to work delivering measurable outcomes that improved police force morale, deepened cross-cultural understanding among Public Service workers and raised public awareness and appreciation for the role of government. City employees created hundreds of original artworks, performances, poetry readings and civic dialogues that engaged over 25,000 people in the region and reached over a million people through local and major media outlets. City workers’ posters, prints, photographs, and poems hang in galleries, city parking garages, lunchrooms, recycling centers, police stations, libraries, conference rooms, and maintenance shops across Portland, deepening awareness, respect, expectations, relationships, and pride.

Led by the award-winning theater artist Marty Pottenger, Art At Work has been selected by the National Endowment for the Arts for its national Our Town initiative and nominated for a National League of Cities Best Practices Award. Marty was presented with an Award for Heroism by the Portland Police Department at their annual awards ceremony on January 24th, 2009.

Additional Links: 
An intimate, funny, inspiring spectacle about the brutal, beautiful history of Maine from the Ice Age til now.
Information about playwright, performer, activist, and pioneer of arts-based civic dialogues Marty Pottenger.
  • NEFA Grantee
  • Cultural Nonprofit

Contact Information

First Name: 
Marty
Job Title/Position: 
Director
Mailing Address: 
121 High Street
South Portland, ME 04106
Physical Address: 
121 High Street
South Portland, ME 04106
Last Name: 
Pottenger
Phone: 
2073704572

About

Profile Type: 
Cultural Nonprofit
Primary Discipline: 
Multi-Disciplinary
Additional Disciplines: 
Humanities - Cultural Heritage
Humanities - History
Humanities - Science
Literary Arts - Poetry
Theater - General
Visual/Crafts - General
Year Founded: 
1989
Populations Served: 
Adults
Elders
Families
General Public
Immigrant Populations
LGBTQ Populations
Native American Tribes
Veteran/Active Duty Military Personnel
Institution/Business Type: 
Arts Service Organizations
Activities and Services: 
Community Arts
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Curriculum Development
Exhibitions
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Residency - Community
Writing Services
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
State
National

Affiliations and Accomplishments

I am a NEFA Grant Recipient

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility
Access accommodations for people who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing