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Mission, Vision & Values

OUR MISSION: 
Maine College of Art educates artists for life.  

OUR VISION: 
MECA will be distinguished by its focus on educating highly accomplished artists and designers who excel in their chosen field with integrity, professionalism, and community leadership.

OUR CORE VALUES: 
At MECA, we believe in the transformational power of an arts education to serve as the foundation for a lifelong pursuit of personal and professional goals. We combine a rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum, immersive studio practice, and wealth of professional development opportunities to provide an educational experience that embodies artistic excellence, civic engagement, and creative entrepreneurship.

Artistic Excellence:  In the belief that learning is centered in the process of inquiry, self-discovery, and creative expression, we offer our students the environment and tools they need to take risks, think critically, and work creatively within and across disciplines.

Civic Engagement:  With a history of a commitment to the creative evolution of our communities, we focus on engaging students in the process of becoming the inventive, self-disciplined, contributing citizens upon whom our world depends.

Creative Entrepreneurship:  We teach each student the necessary professional skills to transform aspirations and values into a creative practice that will serve as the foundation for a rewarding career.