L/A Arts executive director appointed to Maine Arts Commission
LEWISTON – Andrew Harris, L/A Arts Executive Director, was sworn in on Tuesday, as the newest Commissioner of the Maine Arts Commission. A policy-making independent agency within the Executive Department of state government, the mission of the Maine Arts Commission is to “encourage and stimulate public interest and participation in the cultural heritage and cultural programs of our state; expand the state’s cultural resources; and encourage and assist freedom of artistic expression for the well being of the arts, to meet the needs and aspirations of persons in all parts of the state.” Commission members are appointed directly by the governor.
The British-born Harris is a full-time resident of Auburn, and has held the position of executive director at L/A Arts, the designated arts agency for the Cities of Lewiston and Auburn, for the past five years.
Harris is a recent recipient of the Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce Community Service Leadership Award.
“I am delighted to accept this appointment,” said Harris. “The diversity and breadth of work L/A Arts undertakes has given me an insight as to what is possible when individuals and organizations work together for their community. I look forward to utilizing my many years of experience in the arts to advancing the work of the commission and be a strong advocate for Lewiston-Auburn at the state level.”

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