Our mission is to engage and inspire a vibrant community through arts and culture.

As the arts agency for the cities of Lewiston and Auburn, LA Arts champions the essential role the arts play in shaping an economically robust, socially integrated, and forward-looking community.

We work with governments, businesses, schools, and local arts and cultural organizations to create opportunities for community members across generations to experience, learn, and participate in the arts.


LA Arts began in 1973 as LPL Plus, a program established by the trustees of the Lewiston Public Library to fill gaps in the region’s arts and cultural offerings. The Auburn Public Library soon joined, forming LPL Plus APL.

In the early years, volunteers and library staff presented an impressive series of arts and humanities programs including concerts, foreign films, art lectures and public policy discussions. Gradually, the organization developed programs to bring artists into the schools in the two cities.

In 1988 the renamed LA Arts was designated by the two city governments as the local arts agency of the Twin Cities. As the number of arts and cultural venues in LA has grown over time, LA Arts has shifted focus to supporting our arts and cultural partners in the region and presenting the arts of local artists, makers and performers in the LA Arts Gallery, the Downstage, and in our community. LA Arts aims to increase opportunities for all Lewiston and Auburn residents to make and experience the arts. We are especially committed to providing artistic opportunities for community members with limited access to the arts.

Meet our team.

Board of Directors

James Parakilas, Chair

James L. Moody, Jr. Family Professor of Performing Arts (emeritus)

Bates College

Darby Ray, Vice-Chair

Director, Harward Center for Community Partnerships

Bates College

Mary Callahan


Kimball Street Studios

Elaine Gammon

Marketing Manager

Berman & Simmons

Mark Lee


Harriman Associates

William Low

Curator, Bates Museum of Art

Olin Arts Center
Bates College

Susann Pelletier


Allie Smith

Director of Education | Educational Support Program Coordinator

Healthy Homeworks | New Beginnings

Elijah True

Musician, Visual Artist


Alison Gibbs

Office and Communications Manager

Recent news from LA Arts

Open Call for Artists for Art Walk LA 2020

For Immediate Release Contact: LA Arts alison.gibbs@laarts.org  (207) 782-7228 First Art Walk Planned for June 26, 2020  Lewiston, Maine, March 19, 2020 - LA Arts, the arts agency of Lewiston and Auburn, today announced an open call for artists, artisans and...

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