MCA PROGRAMMING – OVERVIEW
Craft Apprentice Program (CAP)
The Maine Arts Commission (MAC) in partnership with the MCA offers a state-wide apprentice program for contemporary craft practitioners. CAP apprenticeships are concentrated learning experiences for emerging craft artists who demonstrate a commitment to further their abilities as specialized craft practitioners. They will accomplish this through a significant relationship with a master artist.
Portland Fine Craft Show
The Maine Crafts Association presents an annual juried fine craft show in August on Congress Street in Portland, ME. The Portland Fine Craft Show features 100 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.
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.
Center for Maine Craft (CMC)
Retail gallery and organizational hub of the MCA, the Center for Maine Craft is open 364 days of the year and provides Mainers and visitors with access to Maine fine craft. The CMC represents the work of over 300 Maine craft businesses and coaches artists in retail sales.
MCA Haystack Workshop Weekend The 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.
Business Workshops for Artists
The MCA offers art business workshops for members and the general public throughout the year and often in partnership with other arts organizations, including the Arts Business Institute (ABI), the Maine College of Art (MECA) and Waterville Creates.
Inspired Hand is a biennial curated exhibition of Maine fine craft artists. 2016 exhibition location to be announced. The Center for Maine Craft mounts multiple solo and group exhibitions throughout the year, promoting MCA member work and/or in collaboration with regional arts organizations and like-missioned Maine non-profits.
MCA Shared Booth Program at NEM The shared booth program at the New England Made Spring Gift Show 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.
MCA Shared Booth Program at CraftBoston Holiday The shared booth program at CraftBoston Holiday offers 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.
Co-op Advertising Program for Members 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.
The Master Craft Artist Award
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.
Seasonal and Temporary Retail Markets
Including Bangor Mall Holiday Store, Maine Mall Creative Common, West Gardiner Travel Plaza outdoor craft market, Kennebunk Travel Plaza craft markets.