On Saturday, May 12, Andy Graham, president of Creative Portland, will receive a Distinguished Achievement Award from the University of Southern Maine during their commencement ceremonies. Mr. Graham is being honored for his efforts to expand the arts and creative economy in Portland and the state, as well as his commitment to sustainable business practices.
Creative Portland (CP) was formed in 2008 by Portland City Council to grow and strengthen the city's creative economy and to help develop the Arts District. Mr. Graham is the organization's first president. CP and the Portland Arts and Cultural Alliance have received approval from Portland City Council to merger the two organizations as of July 2012.
Mr. Graham (USM ’77, ’08) of Portland earned both his bachelor’s in art from USM and his master’s in public policy from USM's Muskie School of Public Service. He is the founder of Portland Color, one of the few printing services companies in the country certified by the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership. Portland Color was recently acquired by DesignTex, a subsidiary of Steelcase, and Graham now serves as its chief innovation officer. In addition to his leadership of Creative Portland, his public service activities include serving on the boards of Friends of Capisic Pond Park and SPACE Gallery, and on the Portland Regional Chamber's policy committee.