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MECA Alum Hannah Rosengren Designs for Greenpeace

Posted: 2014-10-22

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MECA graduate Hannah Rosengren recently worked with the environmental organization Greenpeace to promote their campaign about the Tongass National Forest. Rosengren created an important informational poster which highlighted the diverse ecosystem of the forest with an emphasis on the Alexander Archipelago Wolf. Greenpeace has recently petitioned to protect this species under the Endangered Species Act, and this poster will be mailed out to their numerous supporters.

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Posted: 2014-06-27

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  |  June 27, 2014                                           

 



MECA Alumni Exhibition at The Gallery at Somes Sound

Eight MECA graduates to exhibit on MDI

 

Portland, Maine - Tyra Hansen, owner of The Gallery at Somes Sound announces an exhibition of eight MECA graduates on view July 6 - 19, 2014 as part the gallery’s summer calendar.  Located in Somesville, Maine, The Gallery at Somes Sound's primary focus is to celebrate America's long standing tradition in the art of fine furniture making, painting and sculpture. It continues to be the finest Furniture and Art Gallery along the Coast of Maine.  

The featured artists in the MECA exhibition are: Diane Fitch BFA '79, Anne Garland BFA '93, Connie Hayes BFA '80, Margaret Lawrence BFA '93, Grace Nelson BFA '82, Jude Valentine BFA '78, Mary Vaughan MFA '00 and Michael Vermette BFA '80.

The opening reception is Sunday, July 6 from 4:30 - 7:00PM and several of the artists will attend.

The Gallery will donate a portion of sales from the MECA work to the College’s scholarship fund.  

For more information, contact art@galleryatsomessound.com,  1112 Main Street, Somesville, Maine, (207) 244-1165. galleryatsomessound.com.

Located in the heart of the Portland Arts District, MECA offers a BFA degree in 11 studio majors, an MFA in Studio Arts, an MAT, and continuing studies for youths and adults. The Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA and the Joanne Waxman Library are free and open to the public. For more information, visit meca.edu or contact rdersimonian@meca.edu.


Raffi Der Simonian

Director of Mktg & Comm

Maine College of Art

522 Congress Street, Portland, Maine  04101  

207.699.5010 | rdersimonian@meca.edu

 

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Maine College of Art and The Bob Crewe Foundation Sign MOU And Begin Planning Curriculum for New Music Program

Posted: 2014-06-25

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | June 24, 2014

  

 

Maine College of Art and The Bob Crewe Foundation Sign MOU

And Begin Planning Curriculum for New Music Program

 

Portland, Maine ~ Last Wednesday, June 18, Maine College of Art worked alongside The Bob Crewe Foundation and local thought leaders to sculpt a curriculum for the new area of study that will explore the intersection between music and art, which will be implemented later, in the 2015 acedemic year.  During the meeting, the participants discussed what the new program would look like. An official signing of a MOU with President Don Tuski and Dan Crewe followed the meeting.

Those in attendance were Dan Crewe (President/Chairman of the Bob Crewe Foundation and Independent Music Professional), Don Tuski (President, MECA), Ian Anderson (Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, MECA), Spencer Albee (Musician, Singer and Songwriter), Adam Ayan (Master Engineer, Gateway Recording; Adjunct Faculty at USM’s School of Music), Bob Ludwig (Mastering engineer/Owner, Gateway Recording), and many more.

The new program is possible due to a generous gift given to the college by The Bob Crewe Foundation in April. The curriculum will explore a wide range of topics and subject matter relating to the interplay between music and art. A sampling of courses for the new minor include History of Contemporary Music, Applied Theory Through Composition, Music Business and Management, Ethnomusicology, and experimental courses like Sound and Color.

Dean Anderson believes that MECA may be one of the first art colleges to explicitly engage in combining the study of contemporary art and design with music; he says, “MECA is uniquely positioned to develop this area because of our size, history and willingness to experiment. This is an exciting period of growth and innovation here at the college.”

 

CONTACT: Raffi Der Simonian

Director of Marketing & Communications

rdersimonian@meca.edu | 207.756.0916

 

Veterans Exhibit at Maine College of Art

Posted: 2014-06-05

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ART // SERVICE Artist-Veterans at Maine College of Art
 
Portland, Me. ~ Art and military service have always co-existed, sometimes in parallel, sometimes crossing over, and sometimes at odds. The exhibition ART // SERVICE of artist-veterans work, either current students or alumni of Maine College of Art, will run from June 27-July 18 at 522 Congress Street, in the Artists at Work gallery. The opening will be, appropriately, July 4, from 5-8 P.M.
 
The exhibition is about service, war, peace, and art as therapeutic work for both the artist-veterans who make it and the community in which it exists. This show includes the work of Ren Albon '14, United States Navy; Peter Buotte MFA '05, United States Army; Lesley Corbett '13, United States Army; Evan Poole '15, United States Army; Frederick Twombly '15, United States Army; Patrick Scholz '15, United States Marine Corps; Phil Stevens '91, United States Army; and David Thomas '68, United States Army.Much of the military art we recognize and know is monuments to the fallen. “Our Lady of Victories” watches over Monument Square in Portland. Paid for by the Portland Soldiers and Sailors Association, the inscription reads, “Portland/To Her Sons Who Died/For The Union.” 
 
However, the military also has a history of recruiting artists. The work of these soldier artists ranged from recording combat and battle scenes to the work of “The Ghost Army” in World War II, a special tactical unit that through deception saved thousands of Allied lives. (Ellsworth Kelly and Art Kane served in this unit.) This exhibit shows the work of artists both during and after military service.
 
 
ART // SERVICE : a show of work by MECA students and alumni who are veterans
 
WHAT: ART // SERVICE a show of work by veteran-artists who are current students or 
 
alumni of Maine College of Art
 
WHEN: Opening, Friday, July 4, from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. 
 
WHERE: Artists at Work Gallery, Maine College of Art, 522 Congress Street, Portland, 
 
ARTISTS: 
 
Ren Albon '14, United States Navy
 
Peter Buotte MFA '05, United States Army
 
Lesley Corbett '13, United States Army 
 
Evan Poole '15, United States Army
 
Frederick Twombly '15, United States Army
 
Patrick Scholz '15, United States Marine Corps 
 
Phil Stevens '91, United States Army
 
David Thomas '68, United States Army
 
 
Artists will be present and available for interviews. This Opening is open to all media. For more information contact Raffi Der Simonian at rdersimonian@meca.edu

MAINE COLLEGE OF ART PRESENTS A LIMITED EDITION PRINT BY DAHLOV IPCAR

Posted: 2014-06-03

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In honor of nationally known artist Dahlov Ipcar (b.1917) and the ongoing legacy of the arts in Maine, MECA is proud to announce the creation of a set of limited edition woodblock prints from Dahlov’s iconic oil painting, Odalisque (1960), in collaboration with master printer David Wolfe, of Wolfe Editions (wolfeeditions.com). In 2013, MECA awarded Dahlov Ipcar with the Award for Leadership as a Visual Artist and the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Fine Arts.  

Dahlov has offered only a handful of woodblock prints for sale in her career.  Don’t miss this opportunity to own one of these highly collectible prints.  Each print is approximately 15” tall by 27” wide and is valued at $1,500.  They are available for a limited time in advance for $1,250 each.  Price includes tube shipping.

Reserve your limited edition print today! Proceeds benefit benefit MECA’s Student Scholarship Fund.

To reserve a print, email Annie Wadleigh at
awadleigh@meca.edu or call 207-699-5015.

New Judy Kane Exhibit

Posted: 2014-05-22

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MECA trustee Judy Kane has her first solo show opening June 6th at the Key Bank in Monument Square in Portland. The show runs through June 30th and a reception will be held on the First Friday, June 6th from 5-8pm. 

MECA Announces Essay Contest Winners

Posted: 2014-05-21

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For Immediate Release 

 

MECA Announces Essay Contest Winners 

  

Portland, ME ~ This past month Maine College of Art held its first ever student essay contest. The contest was created to foster a discussion of art within young people in Maine. Full summer camp scholarships were offered to the two students who answered the essay question with the most conviction and clarity of expression. The question was “What would a summer of making art at MECA mean to you? How do you feel this experience would benefit your creative growth?”

MECA received dozens of great essays from high school and middle school students around the state. After some deliberation, MECA proudly announces that the following students won the contest: Caitlyn Duffy of Gorham High School and Arun Devon of King Middle School. The winning essays can be read below.

Finalists for the contest won a week of art camp. The finalists include: Gaia Ayres, Oliver Beardsley-Stites, Jackie Christie, Dorian Heughan, Irena Manukian, Madeline Mathers, Sydney Morrison, Alyssa Ostrowski, Audrey Robidoux, Meghan Russell, and Carsyn Vanier. 

The winning essays:

Caitlyn Duffy, age 16

I was brought up surrounded by the most important women in Maine, and maybe even the world. I lived in a house with a mother who had an art project set up for me every week, and enough paint to keep the whole continent of Asia busy for years. She had enough patience for me to run wild with my imagination and enough love to hang up every single picture on the walls. My next door neighbor, Vicky, is a middle school art teacher. I spent many afternoons in her kitchen gluing and drawing many “masterpieces.” I had no shortage of encouragement with my artistic talents as a child. But without these two women, I don’t think I would have been able to thrive in life as fully as I have. As I got older art served as a coping skill, something for me to turn to when I had a rough day in elementary school.

Since then, art has become not just a hobby, but an "at all hours" passion. It has helped me through a lot of difficult situations and has been a friend while I dealt with anxiety and depression. You can often find me doodling in my art journal or taking film photography, which is by far my favorite thing to do. My photographs have been displayed in the Gorham Arts Alliance’s art show and has won me first runner up in the first congressional district Congressional Art Show. A chair on which I painted The Scream by Edvard Munch has been displayed in the Gorham Times and the Portland Press Herald.

I thrive in places surrounded by other people who are just as creative as me, or more so. To have the opportunity to be surrounded by people with passion and to broaden my artistic skill would be an extremely rich experience. It would not only set me up for my dream of going to art school, but it would help me in processing the world into something less harsh than it is. I want to spend the rest of my life making beautiful, thought provoking things, that one day not only comfort me but inspire others. Spending the summer at MECA would set me up to do so.

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Arun Devon, age 12

I would like to be able to go to camp at MECA because the world is a big place with lots of kids, kids who are a lot like me. Having so many kids that are so similar to you makes it hard to stand out. If I had a chance to go to camp at MECA then it would be like putting fertilizer on your garden. I would sprout up and become different than the others. In school some of the kids are now taking part in the Global Leadership Project so that maybe one day, if we work hard enough, we can become some of the leaders of the world. I believe that if children have a way to express themselves, then they understand better who they are.  And when they know who they are, they can try to understand the people around them. Understanding is a big part of being a leader. In order to lead you need to set a good example, you need to know what is right for the greater good.  You also need to know when its best to listen to the ideas that are sprouting up all around you. Being able to express myself is not always easy because like most kids my age when I look in the mirror I’m still not sure who that person is looking back at me. Maybe if I can learn to write or draw better, I can (as I said in a poem I wrote) “look inside and really decide” who the person is in the mirror.But it’s not just what’s inside, it’s also what is done on the outside. I believe that when you write or draw something there is always a bit of you in it. If I could go to MECA for a summer, I would be able to learn and grow and it would help me become a better artist.

 

(Left to Right) Caitlin Duffy (age 15, Gorham High School) and Arun Devon (Age 12, King Middle School).

Good Idea Grant Winners

Posted: 2014-05-15

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Congratulations to MECA alums Tina McLuckie and Aaron T. Stephan, and MECA faculty member Gary Robinov on winning the Maine Arts Commission's Good Idea Grant. Ten out of thirty five applicants won the grant, which is a program used to foster the growth of Maine’s artists by supporting the creation of new work or professional development.

Their Good Ideas: 

Tina McLuckie of Portland: To support sharing individual stories of physical and mental trauma through body castings and recorded interviews.

Aaron T. Stephan of Portland: To support the production of three large-scale sculptures for an upcoming exhibit.

Gary Robinov of Portland: To support a series of documentary conversations with creators about why they do what they do.

 

>>For more info on the grant

>>For more on McLuckie

>>For more on Stephan

>>For more on Robinov

 

 

Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2014!

Posted: 2014-05-13

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Maine College of Art held its 2014 Commencement at the State Theater this last Saturday, May 10. The Commencement Address was given by poet Richard Blanco, who was President Obama's Inaugural Poet in 2013. 

We would like to congratulate all of the graduates of 2014! 

 

>>For photos of Commencement

For more details on graduates and speakers: commencement-program-2014-web.pdf

Honorary Degree Recipients of Commencement 2014

Posted: 2014-05-07

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The following are this year's Honorary Degree Recipients: 

Richard Blanco (speaker), Inaugural poet for Barack Obama's 2013 inauguration. 

>>Read more on Richard Blanco

Bob Crewe, Songwriter, producer, and recording star

William R. Dill Ph.D., President emeritus of Babson College

Janet Conlon Manyan, Artist and MECA Continuing Studies faculty member

Roxanne Quimby, Entrepreneur and philanthropist

 

The 2014 Commencement Ceremony for the BFA, MFA and MAT programs will be at 10:30am, Saturday, May 10th at the State Theatre (609 Congress Street Portland Maine). Directly following the ceremony MECA welcomes graduates, families and guests to enjoy a reception in the Porteous building. 

 

Directions to Maine College of Art, Porteous Building:

Portland Map

From the North
Take Interstate 295 to Exit 7, Franklin Street

From the South
Take the Maine Turnpike northbound to Exit 44, Interstate 295. Follow Interstate 295 to
Exit 7, Franklin Street

Directions to the Porteous Building at 522 Congress Street:

Stay on Franklin Street until you hit the top of the hill and take a right onto Congress Street.
You will pass City Hall on your right; continue on Congress several more blocks, past
Monument Square. Porteous is the large building on the left with a brown awning.

Parking: 

There is a public parking garage at 45 Spring Street, on the right just past the Cumberland County Civic Center. To go to the Porteous Building from the parking garage, leave the parking garage through its rear exit, onto Free Street; the Porteous Building will be immediately across the street from you.

On-street 2-hour parking is available on Congress, Casco (directly across from the Porteous Building entrance) and surrounding streets.

For more information on the ceremony, please click here. Questions may be directed to Anna Schwartz, Director of Student Involvement:aschwartz@meca.edu

2nd Annual MECA Film Festival

Posted: 2014-04-16

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On Friday, April 25 Maine College of Art will host the 2nd Annual MECA Film Festival. The festival will show 26 films made by 20 students from the college. There are three categories of awards: Documentary, Narrative and Experimental or Animated. The judges are film makers Dean Merrill, Allen Baldwin and Kate Kaminski. The festival will take place in Osher Hall at the Maine College of Art. Doors open at 6:30pm, show starts at 7:30pm and awards will be granted at 9:30pm. 

>>For more information on the festival 

The First Annual Maine College of Art Spring Music Festival

Posted: 2014-04-10

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

The First Annual Maine College of Art Spring Music Festival

 

Friday, April 18, 2014

5:30 Doors, Show starts at 6:00 PM

In the ICA @ MECA

 

Portland, ME - Over the years, the Maine College of Art (MECA) has not only produced renowned visual artists, but also many talented musicians. Current senior BFA student Savanna Pettengill, (also visual artist of the AV project Waco Sparkler,) started thinking about this last fall. She had a dream: to bring as many of these musicians together as possible for a night of performances somewhere in the Porteous building, not only for her fellow students, but also for the public. She wanted to showcase the varied creativity the art college produces. In the end, 7 acts affiliated with the school were curated into one evening to put on a show in the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA). These acts each have members that  are alumni, current students, or members staff . While there are countless more music acts affiliated with the school, (Metal Sideburns, Phantom Buffalo, The Reverie Machine, Big Blood, Theodore Treehouse, Brzowski and more,) the idea was to showcase acts that seek to activate multiple senses for their audience. Some of the performance groups do this through not only music, but also video projections, light manipulation, set design, dance, and even the inclusion of audience participation. The show will take place starting at 6 PM. Each act will have a half hour, and will take part in transforming the empty gallery of the ICA for their performance.

 

The lineup is as follows:

  • B. Thighs and Friends (High heeled gentleman sings/dances to contemporary pop classics)

https://www.facebook.com/bethighs

  • Bumbling Woohas (Acoustic Rock & Roll with Blues & Punk undertones)

http://marrionladd.bandcamp.com/

  • Machete (Progressive experimental desert metal)*

https://www.facebook.com/Machete66603

  • Waco Sparkler (A digilogue audio & visual meditative stimulus package.)

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Waco-Sparkler/139282676251184

  • Born Under a Bad Sign (hardcore/thrash)

https://www.facebook.com/pages/born-under-a-bad-sign/107988382555111

 

* with visual sets created by Niki Taylor of Fond Clair (http://cargocollective.com/fondclair)

 

Suggested donations for the evening are $10.

 

For more information please see: https://www.facebook.com/events/775451455798266

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MECA Faculty Members Awarded Arts Visibility Grant

Posted: 2014-02-18

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For Immediate Release

Contact: Raffi Der Simonian

Director of Marketing

rdersimonian@meca.edu

207.699.5010



MECA Faculty Members Awarded Arts and Visibility Grant for Future Mothers Project

Portland, ME ~ The Maine College of Art proudly announces that two of its faculty members, Elizabeth Jabar and Colleen Kinsella, have been awarded the Arts Visibility Grant from the Maine Arts Commission for their project Future Mothers.

Future Mothers' primary work focuses on creating contemplative space and vehicles for reflection, challenging dialog and community engagement through use of a collective vision/structure /practice that takes the form of prints, installation, books, and interactive performance. Using printmaking as a platform Future Mothers work from a shared lexicon of imagery and construct densely layered objects, structures, and environments for communicating timeless narratives and responding to contemporary social-political events.

Elizabeth Jabar is a print-based artist and associate professor and Colleen Kinsella is an adjunct instructor and printmaking studio technician at MECA.

FROM THE INSIDE: MECA Staff Show on view through January 23

Posted: 2014-01-09

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Library to Host Book Sale

Posted: 2013-10-16

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The Joanne Waxman Library is hosting a huge book sale during the annual MECA Holiday Sale and December 1st First Friday Art Walk on Friday, December 6 from 5 to 9pm and on Saturday, December 7 from 10:00am to 5pm.

Over 2,000 books are available, priced between 50 cents and $10+. Titles include brand new and used books from recent donations, as well as former Joanne Waxman Library books. All proceeds go to purchase new books for the Library in support of the academic programs at Maine College of Art.

Groundbreaking Bluestocking Film Series Brings Award-Winners to MECA

Posted: 2013-10-02

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Astronauts? Check. Zombies and lesbians? Check. WWII resistance fighters? Check. Teenage girls on the prowl, a grandmother with an unconventional diet, and a businesswoman on an obstacle course to work? Yes. The Fall 2013 Bluestocking Film Series has that.

Returning to MECA's Osher Hall on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 7:00 p.m., the biannual film event has a whole new lineup of award-winning Bechdel-tested short films by talented women directors for Portland’s cinema lovers.

With the help of an international judging panel, the six films were carefully curated by founder-organizer Kate Kaminski, chosen specifically to prove that films about women can tackle difficult subject matter and be powerful and cutting-edge. 
 
This fall will also mark a first in Bluestocking’s 2-year history: audience members will vote their favorite film in two categories and two lucky filmmakers will walk away with cash prizes. Kyna Morgan of Her Film Project (a global project to support women filmmakers) will sponsor the bigger of the two prizes. The Bluestocking also awards a $100 gift each season to a female New Media student at MECA. “Our goal is to support in any way we can those women who choose to compete in such a male-dominated field.”

The screening event will take place in Osher Hall at MECA at 7:00 p.m. (doors at 6:30 p.m.) on Saturday, October 19. All tickets are $5 if purchased in advance via Brown Paper Tickets. Tickets are $7 if purchased at the door the evening of the screening. Some of the featured filmmakers will also be on-hand for a post-screening Q&A.

For more information, contact Kate Kaminski, founder/organizer. Watch trailers for past and upcoming events: bluestockingfilms.com

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On the web
Bluestocking Film Series
Vimeo Channel

 
Contact: Kate Kaminski, Organizer |gitgoproductions@gmail.com |  207.772.1326

MECA Family Weekend

Posted: 2013-06-27

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MECA parents, families, friends and Alumni are invited to join us on campus for MECA Family Weekend October 11-13, 2013.

Registration and schedule information will be posted in the early fall.

Please contact Anna Schwartz, Director of Student Engagement, with any questions:207.699.5034 or aschwartz@meca.edu

 

Portland Named Top 10 Destinations for Gay Travelers

Posted: 2013-06-03

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TravelNerd is kicking off Pride Month by highlighting underrated cities for gay travelers looking for fun. Instead of focusing on popular cities like New York City and San Francisco, we looked at underrated cities with thriving gay communities that boast great events and cultural sights.

Portland, ME

Maine, one of the 5 states that have legalized gay marriage, has embraced the community. In fact, demographer Gary Gates at the Williams Institute named Portland, ME the third gayest city in the U.S., after heavyweights San Francisco and Petaluma, CA. On June 15, the entire city will celebrate the Southern Maine Pride Parade and Festival, complete with a mass marriage ceremony.

Be sure to participate in the town’s thriving arts scene with the sale from Maine College of Art’s Summer Art Sale on June 6 – 9 to purchase original art from MECA students, alumni and faculty. Then take a trip to the popular gay resort town of Ogunquit just 45 minutes away.

 

Columbus, OH

Columbus may surprise you by being on this list, but the city is actually very gay-friendly, with a full 1.0% of households that have same-sex partners. Head to the Gay Pride Parade, Columbus Pride, on June 21 and 22, and participate in the Run for Pride 5k. Leading up to the pride parade, celebrate with various events like a screening on the film “You Are Not Alone” with the filmmaker.

Join the locals at the fun restaurant Level, a gay-popular lounge with Broadway Sundays.  Be sure to stop at the local LGBT community center Stonewall Columbus for events like Ballroom Dance classes and other games. Stop in the Short North neighborhood for galleries like 83Gallery and PM Gallery, which have ties with the queer community.

 

Minneapolis, MN

With a rating of 91 on the Equality Index and a gay household percentage of 2.3%, it’s no wonder that city is great for gay travelers. The Twin Cities’ Pride celebrations go on for a full week, starting June 19 to June 30. On June 29, check out the Pride Festival for drag shows, music and dancing, and on June 30, be sure to participate in the Pride Parade.

Stop in the North Loop neighborhood to find trendy boutiques and bars to mingle with the locals. Then head over the Loring Park for a day in the sun, and eat at the nearby Café Lurcat.

 

Milwaukee, WI

Milwaukee is coming into its own as a travel destination with the largest pride festival in the nation, Pridefest, happening this year on June 7 – 9. Be sure to stop by to dance and see acts like the Indigo Girls. Additionally, the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee hosts an annual LGBT Film/Video Festival, usually in September or October.

For fine arts and performance theater, head to the Milwaukee Gay Arts Center. Art exhibitions switch every 6 weeks, and hours vary, so call ahead to make an appointment. Walker’s Point is the main gay residential areas and hosts many hot nightlife spots.

 

Providence, RI

New England has been a bastion of liberalism, and the city of Providence is no different, with a gay former mayor, David Cicilline, currently serving in Congress. Rhode Island’s PrideFest is coming up on June 15, complete with a parade. In downtown, AS220, a multi-use space with food, galleries and a printshop, also hosts a popular gay bar, The Stable.

Best of all, Providence is a short trip away from popular gay travel destinations like Boston and Provincetown.

 

Miami, FL

Miami is known for its hopping nightlife and gorgeous beaches, and it’s working hard to draw in the gay contingent. Stop by the LGBT Visitor Center in South Beach to find the latest events in town.  The world-famous White Party Week, November 27 to December 2 this year, is the most fun fundraiser for HIV/AIDS.

We know why you’re going to Miami: the beaches. 12th Street Beach is the most famous – and most popular – gay-friendly beach, but for those looking for a little more quiet, head 20 minutes north to the Haulover Beach Park. Warning: there is a clothing-optional section, for those a little shyer.

 

Atlantic City, NJ

While Atlantic City may be known for gambling and conventions, it’s currently resurging as a top travel destination on the Jersey shore. Since New Jersey legalized gay marriage in 2007, Atlantic City has been focusing on drawing in LGBT travelers.

The first gay nightclub opened in 2011, the Prohibition Bar at Resorts Casino Hotel right near the Boardwalk. The Risque Atlantic City Pride Parade kicks off on the Fourth of July and lasts all weekend, and includes boating, shows and dancing.

 

Eugene, OR

Eugene, the second-largest city in Oregon after Portland, is a hotbed of counterculture, including a thriving gay community. Eugene’s PRIDE Annual Celebration is held on August 10 this year at Alton Baker Park on the Willamette River. Show to for a raffle, entertainment and lots of excellent food.

Mother Kali’s Bookstore provides a great arts culture with poetry slams, drumming circles and political organizing, and the Sorumundi Lesbian Choir performs throughout the state. The Soromundi Lesbian Choir performs throughout the state. Check out Queer Eugene to find more events.

 

Lansing, MI

While Lansing doesn’t have the liberal cred of Ann Arbor, which is home to the University of Michigan, Lansing is the center of Michigan’s LGBT community. Michigan Pride is hosting the largest White Party in the state on June 7 – be sure to go for the outdoor foam party.

The Pride Festival is held in August, in Old Town, and provides vendors, food stations and even a beverage tent.

 

Las Vegas, NV

Sin City, the party-lover’s paradise. While Vegas is the ultimate getaway for all travelers, some attractions are now specifically catering to the LGBT crowd. The Wynn and the Encore provide “pride concierges”, and the Luxor has LGBT pool parties during the summer. Come June 15, Krave Massive, the world’s largest gay club will be opening with a massive bash.

The Las Vegas Pride Parade is later that the others, hosted on September 6and 7 this year. However, that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do. Stop by June 22 for the SNAPI Saturday for dancing, Jell-O shots and a drag show, or July 3 for a family BINGO night.

Photo credit:Twin Cities Pride Parade

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MECA Commencement Speaker Writes about Creativity, Courage and Following your inner compass

Posted: 2013-05-31

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John Coleman, founder of local advertising and marketing company the VIA Agency, spoke at MECA's Commencement Ceremony on May 11. Coleman started the agency without ever setting foot in an advertising firm. It's now an award-winning and highly innovative leader in the advertising industry. 

He spoke about his logic-defying decisions and the importance of unplugging from the world to find creative inspiration and how to plug into yourself to find motivation and guidance. He shared his inspiring speech with Fast Company. 

> Read the article here

MECA to Host CREATIVE COMMUNITIES EXCHANGE 2013

Posted: 2013-05-30

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WHEN


June 6 10:30 AM - 6.7.13, 6:00 PM


WHERE

Maine College of Art (event hub) and other surrounding locations in Portland, Maine

Join New England leaders to exchange innovative ideas, strengthen our network, and offer practical advice on building our creative communities. We will explore the creative assets of New England and learn how - through connections, influence, vision, leadership, and patience - the creative sector continues to breathe life and opportunity into the region.

Workshops will highlight “creative place-making” initiatives from cities and towns of ALL sizes throughout New England. Topics will include:

Physical and organizational infrastructure to attract and retain cultural assets (cultural plans, zoning, real estate development).
Collaborations within the creative sector (cultural nonprofits, creative businesses, artists, entrepreneurs working together).
Leadership from within or from outside the creative sector (cultural plan implementation, program development).
Creative partnerships across sectors (“creative bedfellows” developing language to bridge gaps in understanding between arts, creative, government, etc.)
Creative community in context (outcomes and effects of a thriving creative community)


WHO SHOULD ATTEND


Creative sector leader? Engage in creative place-making? Research or support the creative economy?

Participants are creative and cultural community leaders who work on creative economy initiatives in various sectors and types of organizations including cultural nonprofits, creative businesses, economic development, city planning, funders, researchers, and government.

This CCX will immerse participants in Portland's vibrant Arts District, a downtown area that has experienced a remarkable story of revitalization through a focus on the arts, culture, education, and creative inspiration. Locations include: Maine College of Art (Event hub), Community Television Network, Portland Stage, Space Gallery, and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies.

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