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Professional Groups

Ad Club of Maine offers its members professional development, networking opportunities, and recognition of creative excellence. The club hosts monthly meetings the bi-annual Broderson Awards.

AIA Maine is the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Maine AIGA is the local chapter of the leading national professional association for graphic designers.

Maine Film Festivals is an umbrella site that covers six individual film festivals and screening series in Maine, which they describes as “exactly 180 degrees from Hollywood.”

Maine Marketing Association provides marketing-related education and support to its members and to the region’s business community including networking, seminars and periodic Lunch & Learn programs on marketing, advertising and technology topics.

Maine Media Workshops in Rockport has week-long intensive workshops on cinematography, editing, photography, and other media-production related subjects, as well as a semester program.

Maine Nonprofit Community is an informal facebook group that seeks to advance creative ideas and connect citizens to to opportunities in the non-profit sector.

Maine Public Relations Council is a professional association of Maine public relations practitioners dedicated to the professional development of its members and to increased awareness of the value of public relations.

Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance supports writers and local publishers with regular meetings and workshops and hosts the the Maine Literary Awards.

MaineBytes.NET Developers Group holds monthly meetings with guest speakers for web developers and system architects who use Microsofts .NET platform.

Portland Greendrinks is the Portland outpost of the international social networking Greendrinks group started in London in 1989. The informal, volunteer-managed gatherings bring together a wide variety of people with a common interest in the natural environment. Greendrinks happen on the second Tuesday of every month, starting around 5:30 and are followed by randomly assigned Green lunches that Thursday.

Portland Society of Architects’ membership includes architects, engineers, landscape architects, design professionals, and individuals committed to the protection and enhancement of those aspects of urban design which contribute to Portland’s economic activity and cultural identity. Their work includes advocacy and educational programming open to everyone.

Reverb is a non-profit organization founded by environmentalist Lauren Sullivan and her musician husband, Adam Gardner (of the band Guster). Reverb provides greening programs and educational outreach for music tours.

Tech Maine hosts a wide variety of special interest and user groups on information technology, programming and web development topics. They also have a wide variety of tech-specific resources from education to job opportunities.

Each year, teams of filmmakers from Portland compete against each other, and then against teams from 86 other cities and countries to make the best film in just two days in The 48 Hour Film Project.

The Maine Association for Nonprofits offers professional skill development programs, affordable healthcare and benefits plans, discounts on related programs and services and advocacy resources, and is part of a national network of state associations.

The Maine Film Office is a government agency that facilitates the shooting of film and video projects in Maine locations. The Film Office is aided and advised by the Maine Film & Video Association, the state’s trade group for the media production industry.

The Maine Studios is one of the largest film studios in the Northeast, with over 43,000 square feet of production and office space. The principals of the studio also manage the non-profit Maine Film Collaborative and the Maine Film Fund.

The Telling Room is a non-profit community writing center for young writers ages six to eighteen. They have large group of committed adult volunteers, and hold new volunteer orientations each month.

ThinkTank co-working space on Exchange Street strives to be a literary hub in Portland, and encourages qualified individuals to be in touch about opportunities to host writing workshops, readings, and literary events as part of their Writer’s Exchange.