The Brick Store Museum’s Program Center at 4 Dane Street, located just behind the Museum, began its life as a home in the 1850s. As the Museum grew, founder Edith Barry purchased the building to create the New Art Center Workshop; and later it became the program center that features collections storage, a small auditorium, dining space, and kitchen. The front of the building is dedicated rental space for local businesses.
The Program Center is used by the Museum for everyday educational programs and special events like lectures, concerts, and activities. It is also the home to Storm Warnings Repertory Theatre, bringing live theatre to the Kennebunks. The space also serves our community, as a place for meetings, art shows, rehearsals, celebrations, and more.
The Museum offers its Program Center for business-related events and small personal celebrations (up to 40 people), in accordance with Museum guidelines and subject to availability. With a flexible auditorium layout – which can offer comfortable theater-style seating for up to 65 people or tables for up to 40, this space can be ideal for off-site business retreats, meetings, small-format presentations, training sessions, and small personal celebrations (like birthdays or retirement parties). Unfortunately, the Program Center cannot accommodate weddings.
The use of the facility includes Wi-Fi, a small stage, wall-mounted audio-visual screen, podium (no microphone), heat/air-conditioning, a breakout room, two restrooms, and a small prep kitchen. Users are responsible for providing any other audio-visual equipment they might need.
* Use of the Museum galleries for business-related receptions for VIPs, clients, and meetings is only available to Manufacturing and Mercantile Society Members of the Museum’s Business Partner Program. Our Business Partners also receive complimentary usage of the Program Center.
Fees and Reservations:
Use of the facility is through a suggested donation, which varies depending upon the duration and complexity of the event. These donations help the Museum defray the costs associated with setting up, heating/cooling, and maintaining the space. To discuss your event and to request a usage form, please call to Museum at 207.985.4802, or email us using our Online Contact Form.
Typical suggested donations are listed below:
Up to three (3) hours: $60.00
Up to six (6) hours: $80.00
Over six (6) hours: $120.00
Kitchen Usage: $15.00
Off-hours usage*: $15.00 *
Up to three (3) hours: $90.00
Up to six (6) hours: $110.00
Over six (6) hours: $150.00
Off-hours usage*: $15.00 *
*BSM Staff must be onsite to open and close facility at times other than normal BSM business hours
Room Set-Up Options:
Theater-style, center aisle (seats ~65)
Large U-shape (seats ~18)
Workshop-style (four 6′ rounds, seats ~24-28)
Small U-shape (seats ~14)
Conference style/Hollow square (seats ~20)
T-shape (seats ~12)
Users of the Program Center space are responsible for arranging their own catering. The Museum can provide a list of caterers who have previously worked events in the Program Center space. Caterers must provide the Museum with a valid certificate of insurance prior to the event. Due to the nature of the historical buildings and collections contained therein, no smoking, open flames, sterno burners, etc., are permitted at any time. To further ensure the success of your event, caterers are strongly encouraged to contact the Museum and/or arrange to view the space in advance.
Users of the Program Center space agree that the Museum will not be held liable for any personal injuries that might occur and agree to indemnify and hold the Museum, its members, employees, officers and directors harmless from any and all demands, claims, and actions relating thereto.