MCA Programming

The Maine Crafts Association offers a variety of workshops and programs designed to enhance appreciation of fine crafts, to build technical skills and to build business development skills.

    Portland Fine Craft Show – NEW for 2015!
    The Maine Crafts Association is proud to produce the first annual Portland Fine Craft Show to be held August 22nd, on Congress St, Portland Maine. The Portland Fine Craft Show will feature 80 invitational exhibitors from the greater New England area exhibiting fine craft in the following media categories: baskets, ceramics, fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, stone and wood.
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    Craft Apprentice Program – NEW for 2016!
    The Maine Arts Commission (MAC), in partnership with the Maine Crafts Association (MCA), is implementing a state-wide apprentice program for contemporary craft practitioners. The program offers concentrated peer-to-peer learning experiences for apprentices who demonstrate a commitment to further their abilities as specialized craft practitioners. They will accomplish this through a significant relationship with a master artist.
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    Center for Maine Craft: Provides Mainers and visitors with access to many Maine craft artists’ products in one central, open-year-round location. Represents the work of approximately 320 Maine craft business and coaches artists in retail sales. Store grossed $513,000 in 2014 and paid our members more than $275,000 for the sales of their products.
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    MCA Haystack Workshop Weekend: serves multiple purposes of engaging artists in growing and strengthening their skills, networking with other artists from across the state and around the nation, celebrating Maine’s significant craft heritage, honoring our Master Craft Artists and hiring Maine craft artists as workshop instructors.
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    Exhibitions: The Inspired Hand exhibition series is bi-annual collaboration with the Atrium Gallery of the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn College. The Center for Maine Craft mounts several exhibitions per year, promoting MCA artist work, other organizations’ programming and work, or like-missioned Maine non-profits.
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    New England Made wholesale show: This shared booth program offers reduced pricing, support and training and serves as a stepping stone to help artists enter the wholesale trade show marketplace without the prohibitive costs and risks of participating on their own.
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    CraftBoston retail show: This shared booth programs offer reduced pricing, support and training and serves as a stepping stone to help artists enter the retail show marketplace without the prohibitive costs and risks of participating on their own.
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    Co-op Advertising: Several co-op advertising opportunities are offered to MCA members each year. The MCA negotiates low rates and passes the savings onto our members, our 2015 ads are featured in: Vanity Fair, DownEast, The Maine Studio & Gallery Guide, Maine and Maine Home & Design.
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    Maine Craft Weekend: An annual statewide tour of Maine craft studios, breweries, businesses and events. MCA partners with The Maine Brewers Guild and Maine Made to produce this event modeled after Maine Maple Sunday and Buy Local Saturday: MCW encourages craft artists and related businesses and events all over the state to open to the public and take advantage of a critical mass of similar businesses doing the same thing at the same time. Includes an online participant listing and map. MCW 2015 is sponsored by DownEast Magazine.
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    Master Craft Artist Awards: In 2009, the Maine Crafts Association began to honor individual Maine craft artists each year by awarding Master Crafts Artist recognition for a body of work that is exceptional. This award will confer the prestige and acknowledgement that comes with having the artist’s work achieve a distinguishing mark of excellence. More Info

    Online Sales Marketplace: MCA increases sales of members’ work through Etsy.

    Workshops: Maine Craft Association partners with other non-profits to develop and host workshops addressing the changing needs of Maine Craft Artists. Recent workshops have included, Retail 101, Finances for Craft Artists and Selling Your Business.
    Our next workshop to be held October 24-25, 2015 is in partnership with Maine College of Art and Arts Business Institute: More Info

    Seasonal and temporary retail markets: Have included: Bangor Mall Holiday Store, Maine Mall Creative Common, West Gardiner Travel Plaza outdoor craft market, Kennebunk Travel Plaza craft markets.