About Monson Arts

Monson Arts is a residency and workshop program in Monson, Maine. An initiative of Maine’s Libra Foundation, Monson Arts began programming in 2018. It was started as a way to spur economic development in Piscataquis County. Monson, the last town before the 100 Mile Wilderness on the Appalachian Trail, was the home of photographer Berenice Abbott, painter Carl Sprinchorn, and was a center for slate quarrying and furniture making.

Monson Arts’ mission is to provide time and space for creative work. This is done through a combination of residencies, workshops, community/school programs and initiatives, and exhibitions.

Articles that share our story:

The Monson Experiment by Amy Sutherland, published in Downeast Magazine, September 2019.

Monson Maine- A place to stop and stay a while by Mary Harding, newsletter on mhardingart.com, July 2021.

Monson Arts: Cultivating The Muse by Carl Little, published in Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors, May/June 2022, Issue 176.


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About the Town of Monson

About the Town of Monson

Monson is located at the edge of Maine’s North Woods- a 3.5 million acres of forest bordering Canada. It is the last town on the Appalachian Trail before the beginning of the 100-Mile Wilderness that leads to Mount Katahdin. Since it was founded in 1822, the community...

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Time and space to create. Monson Arts is a new artists’ residency and arts center in Monson, Maine. Programs include residencies for artists and writers, intensive shorter workshops, and educational partnerships with area secondary schools.