March 16, 2020 Update: This event has been cancelled.

MCA Weekend Workshop: May 7-10, 2020

The MCA invites you (MCA members and non members) for three and a half days of studio workshops at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Instruction, room and board are included in the fee. Join us to spend dedicated time in the Haystack Studios with exceptional instructors and fellow students (and to enjoy good food + views!). The MCA Weekend Workshop is our oldest ongoing (and likely favorite!) program that began in 1983 as an annual event in partnership with Haystack Mountain School of Crafts; we cherish our time there and the opportunity it provides our organization and craft artists in, and new to, our network.


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Blacksmithing Forging and Fabricating Utensils with Erica Moody FULL Waitlist Full
Ceramics Plaster and Mold Making for Ceramics with Paul Sacaridiz FULL Waitlist Only
Fiber Introduction to Puppetry with Libby Marcus
Jewelry Creative Concept Design for Small Metals with Patricia Daunis-Dunning 2018 Master Craft Artist Award Recipient FULL Waitlist Only
Print/Graphics Take Action – A Call to Artists and Makers with Kifah Abdullah
Wood Carving Critters and Cigar Box Reliefs with Don Best FULL Waitlist Only
Visiting Artist Studio The Craft of Writing Your Story with Abdi Nor Iftin


Haystack studios and accommodations are roomy and light-filled, and unheated.  All accommodations are shared – there are two-person cabins with and without bathrooms, three-person cabins without bathrooms, and two dorms. Generally one of the two dorms is all genders, and the other is reserved for women. For dorms and all cabins without baths, there are bathrooms one flight of stairs up or down. The registration form allows for roommate requests, which we do our best to honor! Studios are open 24 hours for work. There is no Wifi in the studios or cabins.


The program fee for MCA Haystack Workshop Weekend includes workshop tuition (3 days of instruction), all meals and housing in a choice of Haystack accommodations. Most workshops also have a materials fee and/or supply list of materials to purchase. Materials fees vary by workshop- see individual workshop descriptions for details.

MCA Member and non-member rates apply, see 2020 Membership Information

2020 Program Fees

Workshop tuition, meals and housing in a shared double cabin with bath
MCA 2020 Members $500
Non-Members $600

Workshop tuition, meals and housing in a shared quad cabin (four beds) and bath
MCA 2020 Members $450
Non-Members $550

Workshop tuition, meals and housing in a shared double or triple cabin (no bath)
MCA 2020 Members $400
Non-Members $500

Workshop tuition, meals and housing in shared dorm (no bath)
MCA 2020 Members $350
Non-Members $450

Workshop tuition and meals without housing (day student)
MCA 2020 Members $350
Non-Members $450


For 2020, students register online beginning November 1 2019 by selecting a first and second choice workshop and first and second choice accommodations, and paying a non-refundable deposit of $100. Workshops and accommodations are available on a first-come-first-served basis, and waitlists are created as options fill. In the event that there is not a place in either first or second choices (workshop or accommodations) the deposit is refundable after April 10. MCA will keep all registrants informed of movement in waitlists and openings.

Note: If you register prior to Jan 1, 2020, MCA will send you a Paypal invoice for your balance in January 2020 with a deadline to pay. If you register on or after Jan 1, 2020, you will receive an invoice for the balance within two weeks with a deadline to pay. Your invoice will have a payment deadline. If you do not pay by the deadline or contact MCA to set up an installment payment plan, we will assume you are not attending the program and will offer your space to someone on the waitlist.


Cancellations received by March 4 will be refunded total workshop fees paid to date LESS the $100 non refundable deposit.

Cancellations received after March 4 will be refunded 50% workshop fees paid to date, excluding $100 non refundable deposit.

In either case, the MCA membership fee is non-refundable.


Built on a cliff overlooking Jericho Bay in the Atlantic Ocean, the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts has served as a muse to many who have come to create. Located on Stinson Neck in Deer Isle, Maine, the award-winning campus, designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in February 2006. For more information about the campus and photos, visit Haystack’s website.


Thursday, May 7
10:00 am -12:00 pm: Arrival/Registration
12:00 pm: Lunch
1:00 pm: Workshops begin
5:30 pm: Casual, Meet & Greet on top deck or around the fire
6:00 pm: Welcome and dinner
7:00 pm: Faculty Slide Presentations

Friday, May 8
8:00 am: Breakfast
8:30 am-5:00 pm: Workshops (Lunch at Noon)
6:00 pm: Dinner
7:00 pm: Instructor and Student Exhibition Opening/Reception in Gateway

Saturday, May 9
8:00 am Breakfast
8:30 am-6:00 pm: Workshops (Lunch at Noon)
6:00 pm: Dinner
After hours: Music Night in Dining Hall

Sunday, May 10
8:00 am: Breakfast
8:30 am -11:00 am: Workshops
11:00 am-Noon: Studio walk through
Noon: Lunch
1:00 pm: Departure


The Gateway Scholarship Fund provides workshop tuition, room and board for one student in the MCA Haystack Workshop Weekend program each year beginning in 2019. Scholarship recipients are emerging Maine artists who have not previously attended any Haystack programs. In lieu of an application, MCA will invite nominations from the public and in particular, from underserved communities statewide. Educational and arts organizations who work directly with New Mainers, Native Americans, refugees, immigrants and displaced persons in Maine are encouraged to nominate artists for the scholarship. Please contact for more information and nominations.


The MCA Instructor/Student Exhibition and Sale is held annually in the Haystack campus Gateway gallery during the Workshop Weekend. Program instructors and students are invited to contribute artwork to the Exhibition, and may choose to donate 50% or 100% of sales; donations benefit the MCA Gateway Scholarship Fund. The Exhibition is open to the public for a reception on the Friday evening of the MCA Haystack Workshop Weekend; the next Instructor/Student Exhibition will be Friday, May 8, 2020 from 7-8:30pm in the Gateway Center. A special thank you to Anne and Chuck Riggs, who provided the inspiration and funding for the first Gateway Scholarship recipient.