Artsipelago, a community revitalization program that makes the arts a centerpiece of an economic revival in eastern Maine, has won a $250,000 grant from ArtPlace.

The Tides Institute & Museum of Art in Eastport, the organizing institution behind the program, hopes to sharpen the region’s image as a destination for residents and tourists. This is the first ArtPlace award in Maine and one of only two in New England this year.

The Artsipelago program involves two countries and many islands, peninsulas, communities and cultures. The project involves the creation of a new arts and cultural passport and year-round guide to the Canadian border region, featuring artist studios, cultural centers, ferries, films, and festivals, as well as local foods, lighthouses, music, parks and theaters. In addition, arts performances, workshops and demonstrations will be integrated throughout downtowns during the region’s festivals.

Artplace is national collaboration of 11 national and regional foundations, six large banks, and eight federal agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts. To date, ArtPlace has raised almost $50 million to work alongside federal and local governments to transform communities with strategic investments in the arts.