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Aimée Petrin

National Dance Project Advisor
Executive & Artistic Director
Portland Ovations
Portland, ME


Aimée M. Petrin is the Executive & Artistic Director of Portland Ovations, an 89-year-old multidisciplinary presenter. Since her 2006 arrival, Petrin has led three strategic planning processes; launched a new arts education and community-based outreach program; secured major regional and national funding and a new dedicated Endowment; led Ovations’ first commissions; introduced an expanded contemporary dance and international series; and renamed and rebranded the organization. In 2010, The Portland Phoenix named her one of Portland’s Most Influential people. She is active in the field, participating in regional and national grants panels, showcase juries, curating excursions, and panels; and is committed to initiating and supporting regional performing arts projects. Petrin has served on the board of Association of Performing Arts Professionals, Bates Dance Festival, Maine Arts Commission and a regional desk to the National Performance Network. She is currently a member of the University of Southern Maine Board of Visitors and an advisor to National Dance Project, a program of the New England Foundation for the Arts.

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