Overview

A statewide apprentice program for contemporary craft practitioners offered by the Maine Crafts Association, in partnership with the Maine Arts Commission, with generous funding from the National Endowment for the Arts

The Maine Craft Apprentice Program is a production of the Maine Crafts Association and the Maine Arts Commission with generous funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. The program is a seven-month (approximately 100 hours) learning experience for apprentices who demonstrate a commitment to acquiring new skills, tools and management habits and furthering their craft practice; they accomplish this through a significant relationship with a master artist. CAP celebrates the master/apprentice relationship as a way to generate creative entrepreneurship, envisioning a sustainable and resilient craft sector for Maine.

Program Objectives

  • Providing makers with relevant and alternative educational experiences.
  • Promoting and facilitating craft as a viable career path.
  • Fostering deliberate mentoring.
  • Facilitating professional development of emerging makers.
  • Increasing pool of craft makers in the state.
  • Providing makers with alternative means of professional funding.
  • Develop and promote peer learning in the Maine craft community.

2020 Exhibition

Due to Covid-19 regulations, the exhibition will now be hosted in the windows of Maine Craft Portland (521 Congress Street, Portland) instead of Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts.
An all day socially-distant Open House will kick off the exhibition, which is viewable from inside or outside, day or night!

2020 Partners and Sponsors

MaineCAP was established in 2016 as a production of the Maine Crafts Association in partnership with the Maine Arts Commission. The Maine Craft Apprentice Program is made possible with generous funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts is the organizational partner and (supposed to be) host of the 2020 CAP Alumni Gathering and 2020 Exhibition. Maine Home + Design magazine is the exclusive magazine sponsor.

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