AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Nineteen organizations and individual artists in Maine are receiving grants totaling more than $100,000.
The Maine Arts Commission is awarding the grants.
It says the more than $30,000 of the grant awards are going to projects aimed at preserving traditional art forms, like basket making, fiddling, French-Canadian step dancing, shoe making and Somali henna body art.
Five recipients of the 2013 Artists' Fellowship Awards, the highest award the agency hands out for individual artists, are receiving $13,000 grants.
Awardees include artist Alice Eggert of Portland, whose work focuses on kinetic, electronic and interactive sculpture. She says it will allow her to take on larger-scale projects and buy new tools and equipment.
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