BIDDEFORD – ENGINE, an arts organization in Biddeford, has announced the addition of a new staff member to its growing team.

Devon Kelley-Yurdin will serve as a Education and Outreach Coordinator for the arts nonprofit and will assist with creating of a strategic plan for ENGINE’s education initiatives as well as designing opportunities for both youth and adults.

Kelley-Yurdin was also recently appointed to the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture as the New England Regional Envoy. She has deep community engagement experience as the former Publicity, Education, and Outreach Director for the Eastport Arts Center. 

A Vermont native, Kelley-Yurdin, is a graduate of Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y. and is currently living in Portland where she is a maker, educator, and community arts activist.

Her activism and personal art practice are formed around the belief that art is a powerful avenue to learn new technical skills, discover ways of thinking and looking, explore ideas of place and community, learn histories, and find points of connection with others. 

ENGINE celebrated its sixth anniversary in December and was recently awarded a grant from the Virginia Hodgkins Somers Foundation to support its work in the community.