WATERMAN'S COMMUNITY CENTER
is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization on the beautiful island of North Haven, ME located 12 miles out in Penobscot Bay. Waterman’s Community Center includes a 134-seat theater, state-of-the-art sound and lighting equipment, a large community room for events and art exhibits, a coffee shop, classrooms for the Laugh & Learn Preschool programs and meeting space. Waterman's offers a wide range of programs and events for all ages including after school programs, concerts, art exhibits, theater/dance productions, presentations, film screenings, summer camps, adult and teen workshops, and much more.
Waterman’s Community Center will raise and provide funds for arts and enrichment programs and experiences for North Haven community members of all ages but primarily for North Haven Community School students and pre-school age children, and to manage and maintain a facility, Waterman’s Community Center, for these programs and activities. Community programs will include educational, cultural and recreational enrichment, workshops, residencies, training and instruction, especially in all areas of fine and performing arts, but also in the sciences and other areas of particular importance to young people. The defining factor for funding programs will be to have enough variety to benefit and encourage participation by the greatest number of community members, and in particular students, to enhance their self-confidence, increase their experiences beyond the classroom, and help them become better citizens of the world.
A community center in the center of our community.
- Eric Hopkins, renowned artist/founding member
Built on the footprint of Waterman's Store, Waterman's Community Center opened its doors in 2004 to satisfy the social and cultural needs of North Haven's year round and seasonal residents. The building, which houses a coffee shop, preschool, theater, and multipurpose office and conference rooms, was designed as the physical manifestation of North Haven Arts & Enrichment, which since the mid-1990s provided financial and content support to North Haven Community School in the form of guest artists and other enrichment activities.
Waterman's Store, a gathering place in its own right, had been vacant for years. Its location in the heart of North Haven's downtown working waterfront made it an ideal location for the community center. Although preserving the original structure proved out of reach, the new building is an homage to the store.
Waterman's Community Center provides a vibrant schedule of art shows, films, theatrical performances, concerts and lectures, featuring the best of the year round and summer communities. The coffee shop is a gathering place for young and old alike, with community lunches and coffees and a quiet place to sit and sip tea and coffee while using the high-speed Internet. The pre-K serves the island's children, and North Haven Conservation Partners has offices upstairs, next to the frequently occupied conference room.