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2023 Governor's Arts Awards gaa logo

Individual Arts Champion
Award Recipient: The Labrie Family, Portsmouth

Brothers Michael and Peter Labrie, who own and operate the Labrie Group, describe their family as being “motivated by a passionate commitment to local history, arts and culture, culinary excellence, and community involvement.” The family supports numerous Portsmouth area arts and cultural organizations, individually and through their four restaurants.

Labrie FamilyGiving back to the community has been a family tradition. Michael and Peter’s parents, Jim and Ellen, were foundational in their support of Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond at Strawbery Banke Museum. In 2016, the Labrie family provided the anchor gift to the Streetscape Campaign, which includes the Chestnut Street Arch, a significant local landmark that now provides a high-visibility entryway to the Music Hall theater. The Labrie Group is the longest-running season sponsor of The Music Hall. Their ongoing commitment, beginning over a decade ago, has enabled the development of lasting partnerships to provide educational opportunities for some 60 community organizations, such as Arts In Reach and Portsmouth Music & Arts Center, and to serve more than 80 schools and 30 homeschool groups through the School Days Series.

Another major contribution of the Labrie family to the Portsmouth arts scene was the rehabilitation and restoration of the historic 1905 YMCA building on Congress Street. It has given the Museum of New Art, MONA, a home on the ground floor, and created a world class performing arts venue on the upper floors- Jimmy’s Jazz and Blues Club.



Last updated: October 30, 2023

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