TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY @ CENTER FOR MAINE CRAFT!
The Center for Maine Craft opened November 8, 2008. We are celebrating our Ten Year Anniversary throughout 2018-2019 and featuring special events, sales and activities in November 2018. We invite you to stop in to mark this exciting milestone with us!
CENTER for MAINE CRAFT HISTORY
In 2006, the Maine Crafts Association (MCA) collaborated with a consortium of Maine craft organizations to strategize and further establish Maine as a national destination for craft. As a result, MCA merged with the Maine Highlands Guild, partnered with the Maine Turnpike Authority, Maine Office of Tourism and Maine Tourism Association, and with the support of funders, opened the Center for
Maine Craft in November 2008 within the West Gardiner Turnpike Travel Plaza.
The Center for Maine Craft is a retail craft gallery and resource center for artists, collectors and visitors, open 362 days a year. It offers handcrafted goods made by hundreds of Maine artists as well as educational programming, special exhibitions and artist events.
More than 325 Maine craft artists currently sell their handcrafted goods at the Center. The Center will gross approximately $600,000 in 2018, resulting in monthly checks totaling more than $350,000 paid directly to Maine craft artists for the sales of their work. Each year more and more people visit, shop and learn at the Center; in 2018 we expect more than 140,000 visitors! The Center employs 10-12 full and part time staff, offers health insurance to full time employees, dental and vision insurance to all employees, competitive pay, MCA professional-level membership and other benefits.
MORE THAN JUST A STORE
The Center supports the MCA mission by providing retail opportunities for Maine craft artists, and contributes to the financial stability of the MCA organization as a whole. The Center hosts artist-vendor events, an annual mini-craft show, and is where much of our one-to-one artist professional development takes place. A dedicated gallery space within the Center presents exhibitions curated from MCA membership, and in partnership with other non-profits or institutions and/or in coordination with national craft initiatives and other causes. Profits from sales at the Center also support MCA’s extensive educational and public programming.
CELEBRATE WITH GROWTH
Just as MCA rounded the corner to the ten-year anniversary of the Center for Maine Craft, we opened Maine Craft Portland, our second retail gallery and resource center, located in Portland, ME. This new location creates more space and more resources for the MCA to support more Maine Craft Artists with retail, educational and marketing opportunities.