About 5RAA

Five Rivers Arts Alliance

Our mission is to strengthen our Maine communities through the arts, by increasing awareness, knowledge, education, appreciation, participation, and support for the arts and other cultural activities.

Five Rivers Arts Alliance began as Brunswick Area Arts & Cultural Alliance (BAACA), which was founded in 1998 after the Discovery Research project identified more than 500 artists and cultural organizations in the greater Brunswick region.

BAACA received its non-profit status in 1999, and soon began to put programs like the Arts Around Us (later Artscape) calendar and a Bath-Brunswick cultural map and guide into place in addition to establishing events like the Family Arts Festival and Arts Downtown and All Around.

As BAACA regionalized to include surrounding towns, it became Five Rivers Arts Alliance on 2006, the name it is still known by today.

Five Rivers Arts Alliance is named for the five rivers that encompass our region in Midcoast Maine: the Androscoggin, Kennebec, Sheepscot, Cathance, and New Meadows. Our community region covers 200 square miles with twelve communities; with more than 60,000 people living here.

Over the years, Five Rivers has adapted to changing times, and many of its programs have truly flourished. The ArtWalks, which were started in Brunswick/Topsham in 2004 and in Bath in 2005, continue to be successful, and this year, Five Rivers initiated a project to promote ArtWalks across Maine which became the website artwalkmaine.org.

In addition to the ArtWalks, Member Meetings and Pecha Kucha nights are highlights of Five Rivers’ agenda today, but the organization also supports artists in myriad other ways.


Five Rivers Arts Alliance represents the network of people, organizations, municipalities and businesses that care about arts, culture and heritage. We chose the symbol of flowing rivers to represent our goal of connecting arts, culture and community. 

Five Rivers Arts Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that depends upon community support.

Memberships, contributions, business sponsorships, foundation and government grants and event fees support our programs.

Your membership, donation, and volunteer time can make a difference in this organization and in our community life.


The Five Rivers region is ten minutes north of Freeport, Maine, half an hour north of Portland, Maine and two and a half hours north of Boston.  We are half an hour south of Augusta, an hour and a half south of Bangor.  We are two and a half hours southwest of Ellsworth, one hour southwest of Rockland.


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