Waterfall Arts was founded in 2000 as the Arts Center at Kingdom Falls on an expansive 11-acre rustic site in Montville, Waldo County, Maine. Founders and area artists came together to offer local arts experiences for all ages and skill levels inspired by the natural beauty of the woods, streams, ponds, and waterfalls on site. In 2005, the Mayor and City Council of the County Seat, Belfast, looking to re-purpose a 1930’s school building, encouraged Waterfall Arts to expand from Montville and establish a year-round arts center in downtown Belfast. The organization opened its doors in Belfast in 2006. Waterfall Arts remains connected to, and a champion for, a sustainable environment. Today, its facilities are vibrant community art venues committed to the organization’s mission “to create community in harmony with nature through the transformative power of the arts.”
Now the most comprehensive non-profit community arts center in Midcoast Maine, Waterfall Arts offers resources to students, professionals, and arts enthusiasts of all ages, including classes, exhibitions, events, performances, open media-specific studios (clay, print, and photography), public art projects, long-term studio space to artists and teachers, and short-term rental facilities to artists, performers, and other organizations. Through these opportunities, Waterfall Arts engages over 6,000 people annually from both near and far.