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Portland-based arts organizations launch professional development series for artists

Posted: 2012-09-12

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Creative Portland has received a grant from the Quimby Family Foundation to launch a professional development series, in partnership with Maine College of Art and the Maine Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, designed specifically for professional artists.

The series will consist of 12 workshops held in MECA’s Osher Hall on the second Wednesday of every month from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Selected from a survey of artists this summer, topics will range from grant-writing and social media to contract law and business start-up basics.

December 12: Tax Essentials for Artists 

With support from the Foundation and a sponsorship from MECA, the cost will be $10 per session for participants and free to all MECA students and alumni. Registration is required for all attendees on Creative Portland’s website—portlandarts.org.

“We have heard from many artists that a critical need in this community is affordable access to high-quality skill-building workshops that are focused around the specific needs of working artists,” said Jennifer Hutchins, executive director of Creative Portland. “By working with MECA and MEVLA, we will offer access to leading presenters in the field and bring the latest knowledge to artists in the Portland region.”

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Creative Portland is a nonprofit organization founded in 2008 to grow and support the city’s creative economy. In July 2012, Creative Portland merged with the Portland Arts and Cultural Alliance to become the city’s official arts agency. 

The mission of Maine College of Art (MECA) dates back to 1882 and is rooted in delivering a transformative learning experience that prepares students to thrive in the areas of artistic excellence, creative entrepreneurship, and civic engagement within an intimate and demanding educational environment.  

Maine Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts offers pro bono and reduced fee services to professional artists in Maine. 

Artist who designed Sprague oil tanks speaks at MECA

Posted: 2012-09-07

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Jaime Gili, the artist who designed the art for Sprague Energy Corporation’s oil tanks that line Casco Bay between Portland and South Portland, will visit Maine this coming week, spoke at MECA's Osher Hall on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. The event was hosted by the Maine Center for Creativity, in partnership with Maine College of Art. 

The Maine Center for Creativity, in ground-breaking collaboration with the Sprague Energy Corporation, sponsored the Art All Around® project. It is a bold initiative launched in 2008 to spearhead an international design competition. It’s goal: to transform 16 oil storage tanks on Portland harbor into an integrated ‘canvas’ of color and design at the gateway to the state’s largest city – and to all of Maine.

The first phase was an open design competition that received 560 submissions from 80 countries. Designs were evaluated by a select, international panel of judges. Five semifinalists, including two from Maine, each received a $10,000 prize award. Jaime Gili, a young Venezuela-born artist living in London, was selected as the final winner – and received the $20,000 grand prize.

To date, five tanks of the 16 tanks have been completed, and Gili is visiting Maine to talk about the project, his inspiration, and how it compares to his other artistic endeavors.

About Jaime Gili

Jaime Gili was born in Caracas in 1972 and lives in London. His work has been described as continuing a tradition of Latin American abstract art, especially the Venezuelan optical artists from the 20th Century. Critics have described his work as a mix of Pop, Minimalism, Vorticism, Futurism and graffiti Art. Gili received his MA in painting from the Royal College of Art in 1998, after studying in Caracas and Barcelona, and has exhibited since in the UK, the USA, Brazil, Switzerland, Spain, Argentina and Venezuela. Art All Around® jurors selected Gili’s work from among 560 submissions from more than 80 countries during the Maine Center for Creativity’s international competition to transform the Sprague industrial site into the world’s largest public art painting.

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Art All Around 
Jaime Gili
Maine Center for Creativity 

About the Maine Center for Creativity

Through its support of arts and industry collaborations, the Maine Center for Creativity (MCC) harnesses the power of talent and innovation to drive economic development and growth of the creative economy in Maine. By developing projects and educational programs that support the vibrancy of creative industries and the arts, such as Art All Around®, Pecha Kucha, and the inaugural Maine Creative Industries Award on September 13, 2012, MCC nurtures innovative companies, engaged communities, and creative people. For more information visit www.mainecenterforcreativity.org or call 207.730.0694. 



Portland Maine Film Festival Hosted at MECA

Posted: 2012-09-04

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MECA is a proud sponsor of The Portland Maine Film Festival.  MECA's Osher Hall will be transformed into a host venue for the film festival from October 4 - 7, 2012. 

The Portland Maine Film Festival is dedicated to presenting the work of talented, emerging artists who engage critical, contemporary dialogues through the medium of film. In doing so, we hope to foster the cultural and creative growth of Portland as a developing hub for independent film and innovation within the motion picture arts.

The Festival also provides a forum for local artists to present their work alongside industry leaders, innovators, and established filmmakers, providing them with unique networking, educational, and creative opportunities to increase the visibility of their films and strengthen their relationships within the Maine filmmaking community and beyond.

The Portland Maine Film Festival is proud to be sponsored by the San Francisco Film Society and MENSK. For more information, please contact festival director, Tyler Johnston '05, at tylerjbarr@gmail.com or co director, John Cahall '04 (both MECA alums!)

Coming this Fall! SNAAP Survey

Posted: 2012-08-26

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MECA is participating in the 2012 Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP)--a one-of-a-kind survey that explores the lives of arts alumni nationwide. Alumni completing the survey this fall will have access to a site to see how their educational and career experiences compare with alumni from across the country. See where other arts graduates live, where they work, what they earn, and how their arts educations have influenced their lives.

The time spent sharing those experiences will help participating arts institutions across the country better prepare students for success, whether they stay in the arts or use what they’ve learned in other professional fields.

By verifying our alumni office has a current email address, our alumni can be sure not to miss the chance to share school and life experiences and helping to shape the future of arts education across the country and at MECA. Update your email information by contacting alums@meca.edu

Creative Capital Professional Development Retreat

Posted: 2012-07-27

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The Maine Arts Commission recently presented a transformative two-day Creative Capital Professional Development Retreat in partnership with Maine College of Art. Creative Capital is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing integrated financial and advisory support to artists pursuing adventurous projects in five disciplines: Emerging Fields, Film/Video, Literature, Performing Arts and Visual Arts. Working in long-term partnership with artists, Creative Capital’s pioneering approach to support combines funding, counsel and career development services to enable a project’s success and foster sustainable practices for its grantees. The Professional Development Program has reached more than 4,200 artists in 70 communities across the country. The retreat was held at MECA on September 15 and 16.

The Professional Development Retreat delivered dynamic skill-building opportunities to artists for long-term change. Using strategic planning as the central tool, the retreat provided a comprehensive learning structure that helps artists identify short-term project goals and longer-term career goals. The aim of the retreat was to help artists build the skills and identify the resources needed to accomplish their goals. Creative Capital uses an integrated methodology to build skills in the core areas of marketing/public relations, financial planning and fundraising. Overall, the retreat helps artists break ineffective patterns of time and work management, and increase satisfaction in the business of their art.

If you are interested in learning more about this professional development program and other similar upcoming opportunities, please contact Jessica Tomlinson at jtomlinson@meca.edu