LEWISTON – Organizers of the Blaine House Conference on Maine’s Creative Economy are looking for volunteers for “L/A Community Help Day,” to be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at the Bates Mill complex.

Volunteers are sought to help prepare the mill buildings for the May 6-7 conference that is expected to draw more than 600 participants from all over the United States.

“The Bates Mill looks great and is almost ready for the conference,” said conference planner Laura Davis. “Right now, we are looking at three mill spaces that need everything from painting touch-ups to art installations to signage placement.”

According to Davis, volunteers need not be skilled in any particular area. They need only be willing to lend support to the first Blaine House Conference ever held in the Lewiston-Auburn community.

Volunteers are needed to help build and paint walls for an art gallery, clean mill spaces, rake and clean the exterior of the mill and assist with art installations. Planners are asking volunteers to bring brooms, shop vacuum cleaners, mops, buckets, screw guns, paint brushes, rollers and general tools.

Lunch will be provided by Papa John’s of Lewiston. Volunteers should bring their own drinks.

The first of its kind, the Blaine House Conference on Maine’s Creative Economy is designed to bring together business leaders, economic developers and planners, creative entrepreneurs, artistic individuals, and state and local leaders. Participants will begin the development of collaborative strategies and policies for pursuing Maine’s Creative Economy initiatives.

The event is being planned and facilitated by the Maine Arts Commission, the governor’s office and a 24-member steering committee of business and cultural leaders. More information is available at this Web site: www.mainecreativeeconomy.org.

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