Art At Work

Art At Work’s mission is to create large and small-scale multidisciplinary arts projects that seek to measurably increase communities’ resilience, economic vibrancy and civic engagement.

About Art At Work
Committed to reflecting humanity’s wisdom and struggles with projects of high artistic quality, Art At Work’s work includes visual, musical and literary arts, performance, civic dialogues, residencies, workshops and gatherings. Through these endeavors, Art At Work seeks to engage creativity’s imaginative intelligence in addressing the challenges of contemporary society with a primary focus on care of the environment.

Founded in 1989, Art At Work is a multi-disciplinary 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization that brings the imaginative reach and transformative power of creativity into civic life. Since 2000, under the leadership of Executive Director Marty Pottenger, Art At Work has focused on performance, community arts projects, and arts-based civic dialogues.

Since 2007, Art At Work’s core project has been a national initiative to improve municipal government through strategic arts projects with city employees, unions, elected officials, and community. Piloted in partnership with the City of Portland, Maine, Art At Work is currently establishing partnerships with 3 additional cities for 3 year pilots.

Interested cities are encouraged to send an email to

Primary support for Art At Work has come from the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation, the Samuel L. Cohen Foundation, and the Nathan Cummings Foundation, with additional support from the Maine Community Foundation, the Rines Thompson Fund, the Maine Arts Commission, the Maine Humanities Council, the Center for Cultural Exchange, the New England Foundation for the Arts, the Lila Wallace Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the MAP Fund, the Kellogg Foundation, Americans for the Arts, Animating Democracy Initiative, New York State Council on the Arts, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, Artslink, and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Art At Work Executive Director Marty Pottenger’s award-winning performance projects include City Water Tunnel #3 (OBIE Award); Abundance: Money and America (Seattle Time’s Ten Best); and home land security (Best of Portland).

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Contributions to Art At Work are fully tax-deductible and deeply appreciated.
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