Organizers of the Hallowell Granite Symposium are proud to announce that the project has been granted a major sponsorship of $5,000 from Kennebec Savings Bank. The Symposium will take place September 11 to 19 on the grounds of Stevens Commons in Hallowell when six of Maine’s most notable sculptors will transform granite blocks quarried in Hallowell into works of art inspired by one of the four “Maine200” Bicentennial themes. As much as possible given the evolving COVID19 pandemic, and with the safety of the audience and artists paramount, the public will be invited to visit the site to watch the sculptures develop daily between 10AM and 4PM. Visitors will vote for their favorite sculpture and one or more will be permanently placed in the city of Hallowell to commemorate the Maine State Bicentennial.
“Art initiatives like the Hallowell Granite Symposium bring our community together and drive economic activity for local businesses,” said Andrew Silsby, President & CEO of Kennebec Savings Bank. “We are pleased to be a part of this event to honor Hallowell’s historic roots in the granite industry while celebrating and promoting Maine stone carvers.”
2020 marked Kennebec Savings Bank’s 150th anniversary and through all those years the bank has demonstrated unwavering commitment to the communities it serves. Last year, Kennebec Savings Bank’s Community Dividends program donated nearly $1.1 million across the 35 communities they serve.