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.
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 300 Maine craft business, coaches artists in retail sales. Increased Maine craft artists’ annual income by $242,000 in 2012.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Co-op Advertising: Several co-op advertising opportunities are offered to MCA members each year. In DownEast, The Maine Studio and Gallery Guide and Maine Weddings, The MCA negotiates low rates and passes the savings onto our members.
Maine Craft Weekend: In conjunction with American Craft Week, the MCA promoted the first annual MAINE CRAFT SATURDAY October 5, 2013. Modeled after Maine Maple Sunday and Buy Local Saturday, this event encourages craft artists 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. Now a full weekend to take place October 11&!2, 2014.
Specialty License Plate: The Maine Crafts Association, with the Maine Arts Commission as the sponsoring state agency, is proud to offer an exciting new Maine specialty license plate supporting the arts in Maine. The plate design features the artwork “LOVE” of long-time Vinalhaven, Maine resident and internationally recognized artist, Robert Indiana. The specialty plate will serve as a fundraiser for the Maine Craft Association and will have a direct positive impact on the arts in Maine through the organization’s marketing, business and outreach programming. The Maine Arts Commission will receive a portion of the funds to put toward their statewide arts initiatives.
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 and Finances for Craft Artists.
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.