Volunteer News: Hello 2018!

 MIDSUMMER PHOTOS © BY ROGIER VAN BAKEL, EAGEREYEPHOTO.COM

MIDSUMMER PHOTOS © BY ROGIER VAN BAKEL, EAGEREYEPHOTO.COM

Hello, Volunteers! As we kick-off a new year, I would like to take the time to thank you all for an amazing 2017. This has been a particularly busy year for us here at the Abbe Museum  –  with exhibits going up, new & annual events to plan and produce, and tons of great new programs  –  we have definitely been living up to the term “busy season”.

And through it all, you have been right there!

Whether it’s strutting your stuff on the runway at the Abbe Midsummer or doing your best bear impression to entertain the kids at the Native American Festival and Basketmakers Market– you always go above & beyond our expectations and we could not do the amazing work that we do without you. So, THANK YOU again (and again and again) for your dedicated work and support!

So far, 2018 is shaping up to be another great year for the Museum, and I'm excited to share one event in particular with you: The Abbe Museum Indian Market (AMIM)! If you have been following us this past year you know that the Abbe Museum is set to launch its inaugural Indian Market this spring, from May 18th to 20th (mark your calendars). We want to shine a light on Wabanaki artists, working together to create a platform from which they can present their beautiful work to the world. It's bound to be one of our biggest endeavors to date and we will definitely need all hands on deck to pull it off! 

In the next couple of months keep an eye on our social media platforms where we will be highlighting roles for AMIM – let us know if a particular job catches your eye and be sure to like and share with your followers as well (the more the merrier). This is your chance to gain insight into an exciting new venture for the Abbe Museum, all while supporting an amazing group of artists. We can’t wait for you to join us!

Want to know more right now? Contact me at jill@abbemuseum.org or 207-288-3519 for a sneak peek at all the ways you can lend a hand.


Jill Sawyer is the Abbe Museum's Associate Director of Advancement. She provides advancement support for the income generating activities and daily operations of the Abbe Museum and is also responsible for building and strengthening relationships with Native artists. In 2013 she spent 3 months in Manila, Philippines, evaluating the Museo Pambata’s Mobile Library Program. This experience became the foundation for her master’s thesis, which discusses the importance of advocacy and community outreach in museums.