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Student Affairs Leadership Awards

Posted: 2013-04-26

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Student Affairs would like to congratulate the recipients of the first annual Student Affairs Leadership Awards.

The Leadership Awards were created by Student Affairs as a way of thanking, appreciating and acknowledging some of our students, student clubs and organizations and faculty and staff for their outstanding contributions to the MECA community over the course of the 2012-2013 academic year. Nominations for all the awards were collected from the MECA community.

Please join us in congratulating the 2012-2013 recipients:

* Outstanding Student Group or Organization: MECA C.A.R.E. (Celebrating all Realms of Ethnicity)

*Outstanding Event or Program of the Year: Rob Doane for The Peninsula School

*Outstanding Faculty or Staff Involvement: Jeff Waites for his commitment to the Free Radicals Futbol Club

*Outstanding Contribution to Diversity: MECA H.O.P.E. (Helping Our People to Equality)

*Outstanding Student Employee: Andi Croak

*Outstanding Student Leader: Chloe Beaven

* Outstanding Contribution to Community Service: Carlin Soos

* Outstanding Contribution to MECA Life: Kyle DiMare & Jerrica Demers

We also want to send a shout out to everyone for doing your part in helping us all have a wonderfully successful year at Maine College of Art!

Maine's Only Women's Film Event to be held at MECA

Posted: 2013-04-21

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Bluestocking Film Series
Osher Hall, Maine College of Art
522 Congress Street, Portland, ME
www.bluestockingfilms.com

Screening: May 18, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
Tickets: $9/general | $6/student
FREE Women in Film Symposium: May 19, 2013 at 4:00 p.m.

BLUESTOCKING FILM SERIES BRINGS 2 DAYS OF WOMEN IN FILM

The Bluestocking Film Series has found a new venue at Osher Hall at Maine College of Art, Maine’s only women’s film event is expanding to two days, celebrating the accomplishments of women in film with an international roster of provocative, award-winning short films on Sat., May 18 and a free-to-the-public symposium on Sun., May 19 titled “Why We Need The Bechdel Test Now.”

The Bluestocking will once again showcase woman-directed short films from the US and around the globe. “This is our biggest, boldest screening yet,” Kaminski says, “with stories that run the gamut from the darkest of dark comedies to thoughtful dramas and more.” There will also be a raffle fundraiser with fun prizes.

"To go alongside such a strong roster of films, it seems the right time to bring about some public discussion of the importance and value of gender equality not just behind the camera but to what’s on-screen as well.” Which is why Kaminski organized “Why We Need the Bechdel Test Now,” the May 19 symposium the day after the Bluestocking screening event. Helping to lead that conversation will be Andi Zeisler, co-founder of Bitch, a magazine devoted to an “engaged, thoughtful feminist response to mainstream media and popular culture” (bitchmagazine.org) and Kyna Morgan, founder of Her Film Project, a “global project to support women filmmakers and build audiences for their films” (herfilmproject.com/).

Use of the Bechdel Test can be a catalyst for shifts in how women’s on-screen characters are perceived by viewers and filmmakers alike. “The more this idea percolates into the public consciousness, the more likely it is that real change will be seen on the screen,” Kaminski says. “It’s become clear that television is now the primary medium where well-rounded, flawed, and complex women characters flourish –– we want to see the same thing happen on the big screen.”

The Bluestocking films will screen in Osher Hall at Maine College of Art at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 18. Tickets are $9/general and $6/student and are on sale via Brown Paper Tickets - brownpapertickets.com/event/371184 - or at the door the evening of the screening. Some of the featured filmmakers will also be on-hand for a post-screening Q&A. The symposium will take place in Osher Hall on Sunday, May 19 at 4:00 p.m. and is free to the public.

 

 

Fundraising Dinner Hosted on April 14 to Support Chef Michael Crowley

Posted: 2013-04-10

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WHO:  The entire MECA community, Michael Crowley's firefighting and faith communities.

WHAT:  Italian Dinner Fundraiser for MECA Cafe' employee and Saco Volunteer Firefighter Michael Crowley ("Chef Michael")

Suggested Donations
$20 per person
$50 for a family of 3 or more
$10-$20 for students (sliding scale )
 
There will also be a raffle of donated MECA student, staff and faculty artwork.
 
Donations may also be sent directly to "Michael Crowley Cancer" Fund at Saco Valley Credit Union

WHY: MECA Cafe' employee and Saco Volunteer Fire Fighter Michael Crowley ("Chef Michael") has recently been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  Michael is currently undergoing chemo and radiation therapy and is unable to work. Please join the MECA community in our efforts to raise funds for Michael and his family during this difficult time.

WHEN:  Sunday, April 14 from 4pm-6pm

WHERE: Cafe' at Maine College of Art 522 Congress Street, Portland Maine


MECA Social Media Summit

Posted: 2013-04-04

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MECA will be making some big changes online! We’re striving to streamline, organize and expand our social media presence. But before we make these changes, we want to hear from YOU. We want to tailor our online presence to best serve our students, faculty, and broader community.

WHO:  The entire MECA community

WHAT:  Opening up dialogue about MECA’s social media presence

WHERE:
 Osher Hall

WHY:
 To discuss and determine the most effective, productive, and engaging ways that MECA can use social media. To identify specific faculty roles and create an information workflow and posting protocol.

WHEN:
  Wednesday, April 17 at noon

MECA Student & Faculty Member Honored with Maine Campus Compact Awards

Posted: 2013-04-04

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MECA student Chloe Beaven will receive Maine Campus Compact’s 2013 Heart and Soul Award. This award recognizes the accomplishments of six Maine students who have demonstrated exceptional leadership both on campus and within their community.

 In addition, MECA faculty member Paul Gebhardt will receive Maine Campus Compact’s 2013 Donald Harward Award for Service Learning Excellence. This award recognizes the accomplishments of faculty members in making public service an integral part of their teaching, in forging strong reciprocal partnerships, and in advocating for service learning.

MECA student Carly Soos was also nominated for the Heart and Soul Award. Students not chosen for this award will be receiving a Maine Campus Compact PILLARS award, which will be sent to your civic engagement office.

The awards will be presented at a ceremony on Tuesday, April 30th at the State House Hall of Flags in Augusta. We will share a press release with your public relations office in the week leading up to the ceremony.  The ceremony, which includes hors d'oeuvres, will run from 2:30 to 4:00pm. We would be delighted if you would join us. 

MECA Social Media Summit

Posted: 2013-04-04

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MECA will be making some big changes online! We’re striving to streamline, organize and expand our social media presence. But before we make these changes, we want to hear from YOU. We want to tailor our online presence to best serve our students, faculty, and broader community.

WHO:  The entire MECA community

WHAT:  Opening up dialogue about MECA’s social media presence

WHERE:
 Osher Hall

WHY:
 To discuss and determine the most effective, productive, and engaging ways that MECA can use social media. To identify specific faculty roles and create an information workflow and posting protocol.

WHEN:
  Wednesday, April 17 at noon

Posted: 2013-01-07

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art will again sponsor a winter exhibition at the Lewis Gallery in the Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square. The exhibition, titled Prints: Breaking Boundaries, is curated by CMCA Curator Emeritus Bruce Brown and will run from through February 23rd. It features the work of 35 Maine artists who use new techniques and materials to expand the definition of fine art printmaking, which in the past has traditionally been limited to editions of etchings, engravings, silkscreens, woodcuts, and lithographs printed on archival paper. These traditional processes increasingly are giving way to one-of-a-kind prints on a variety of surfaces. Contemporary prints can include drawing, painting, monotype printing, encaustic, and digital manipulation, as well as multiple layers of collaged, stitched, or folded paper and even added objects for a 3-D or sculptural effect.

The participating artists represent 18 Maine communities, from York to Farmington and Orono, and include Karen Adrienne, Judith Allen-Efstathiou, Debra Arter, Will Barnet, Holly Berry, Shawn Brewer, Martha Briana, Kyle Bryant, Sam Cady, Crystal Cawley, Corliss Chastain, Nancy R. Davison, Kristin Fitzpatrick, Harold Garde, Tanner Gasco-Wiggin, Rebecca Goodale, Susan Groce, Tom Hall, Adrienne Herman, Frances Hodsdon, Elizabeth Jabar, Lin Lisberger, Cindy McGuirl, Daniel Minter, Meg Brown Payson, Damir Porobic, Ellen Roberts, Kris Sader, Delphine Sherin, Jennifer Strode, Andrea Sulzer, David Twiss, Sarah Vosmus, Barbra Whitten, and Henry Wolyniec.

The exhibition runs through February 23rd. Admission is free. 

FMI, visit www.cmcanow.org

MECA Student Wins Royal Majesty Drag Competition

Posted: 2012-11-27

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Jake Michaud, Junior Woodworking & Furniture Design major and Public Engagement minor, came in first place 13th Annual University of Southern Maine Royal Majesty Drag Competition and Show on Friday, November 16th, 2012. In his first drag performance ever, Jake transformed into diva "Betweenya Thighs" and electrified the audience by lip-syncing and dancing her heart out to Beyonce's "Move Your Body.  Betweenya received a standing ovation from the 700+ crowd housed in the Holiday Inn By the Bay's Grand Ballroom. 

The event is held annually and is open to any student competitor attending an accredited college or university in Maine. Betweenya is MECA's second champion in the history of the event. Jelly Jacobs(Aaron Decker '12, Metalsmithing & Jewelry Alumni) won top honor in 2010.

As part of winning duties, Betweenya performed again at the 14th annual event on November 22nd, 2013 at the Holiday Inn by the Bay. This year's event raised $4,000 for USM's Center for Sexualities and Gender Diversity.


Professional Development Workshop: Pricing and Valuing Your Artwork

Posted: 2012-11-09

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The next workshop in the Professional Development Series is Pricing and Valuing Your Artwork.  This series of workshops on business basics for artists is presented by Creative Portland, Maine College of Art, and Maine Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts with generous funding by the Quimby Family Foundation.
 
Presenters include:
Andres Verzosa, owner of Aucocisco Galleries
Annette Elowitch, owner of Baridoff Galleries Fine Art Auctions
Meagan Mattingly, Arts in Education Associate for the Maine Art Commission
Kyle Bryant, Artist, Owner of The KB Company
 
The workshop takes place at 6pm, November 14 in Osher Hall at Maine College of Art. Admission is free for current students, alumni, faculty, and staff. The fee for all others is $10.
 

Art Honors Recognizes Donald Sussman and Earle Shettleworth, Jr.

Posted: 2012-03-22

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Maine College of Art will hold the 16th annual Art Honors gala celebration in the Porteous Building to recognize leaders in Maine’s creative sector on Tuesday, May 8, 2012.

This year, the College presents the Award for Leadership in Art Philanthropy to
S. Donald Sussman and the Award for Leadership in Community Service in the Arts and Education to Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr.

About the Honorees
The Award for Leadership in Art Philanthropy goes to S. Donald Sussman for his deep and far reaching support of cultural programs and institutions within Maine and nationally.  The honor allows the College to pay tribute to Sussman’s personal belief that the arts play an important role in our civil society and acknowledges his encouragement of emerging and living artists.

The Award for Leadership in Community Service in the Arts and Education recognizes Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. for his deep and long-term commitment to Maine’s cultural heritage.  Shettleworth’s dedication and attention to the preservation of our State’s architecture—firmitas, utilitas, venustas—encompasses the same values embedded in MECA’s curriculum, where students consider the ideas of durability, utility and beauty within their work.  

Art Honors recognizes artists, philanthropists and art educators with significant ties to Maine who offer MECA’s students, as well as the public, powerful examples of lives in the arts. Past honorees have included David Driskell, Bernarda Shahn, Beverly Hallam, Will Barnet, Neil Welliver, Alex Katz, Robert Indiana, Alison Hildreth, Angela Adams and Pandora Lacasse, among others.


For more information about tickets, visit meca.edu/arthonors or please call 207-775-5098.


Faculty Exhibition in ICA at MECA

Posted: 2011-11-16

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This year marks a return to the MECA’s Faculty Selects exhibition series, which presents the work of MECA faculty alongside professional peers of national/international regard. The artists in "A Perpetual Present" will exhibit work that examines a disappearance of a sense of the past. Degrowth, preservation of traditions, and investigations of the beginning stages of tragedies are all themes explored by the artists.

Selected artists include: Philip Brou will be exhibiting with Johan Grimonprez, Judith Allen-Efstathiou with Eirene Efstathiou, and Matt Hutton with Corey Robinson.

The opening reception for "A Perpetual Present" will take place on Thursday, November 17th from 6 - 8pm.

MECA Wins Broderson Awards

Posted: 2011-10-28

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Maine College of Art won three Broderson awards for print publications during a ceremony at the State Theater. Held every other year, the Broderson Awards celebrate the work of commercial artists in Maine. MECA won a silver award in the nonprofit annual report category, as well as a silver award for the MFA Thesis Catalog and bronze award for the ICA "Meticulous Ferment" catalog in the brochure category. Congratulations to the college designers Jennifer Muller and Mira Alden as well as faculty members Margo Halverson and Charles Melcher. The annual report also includes illustrations by students (now alumni) Morgan DiPietro '10 and Jeff Hoffman '10. Other award winning alumni included Ken Murphy '03, Patrick Sperry '00, and Regis Biron '09.

Time-Lag Records Listening Room at ICA at MECA

Posted: 2011-10-12

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The ICA at MECA has converted the front gallery into a Time-Lag Records Listening Room from October 12-26. An opening reception will take place on Thursday, October 13th from 6 to 8pm with live music from 8-9:30pm with Prisma, Phantom Buffalo, and Big Blood.

Located in Portland, Time-Lag Records is an independent label that started in 2000, with a focus on vinyl releases that combine the highest possible quality production with an emphasis on the aesthetic of the object itself, and a deep love of interesting, unusual, and undiscovered music, both new and old. Come explore their full archive of vinyl artifacts and cds, as well as a 10+ year collection of poster art from concerts – all from the comfort of couches lining the gallery.

Jugglers at MECA

Posted: 2011-09-07

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Brothers Matthew and Jason Tardy have created a show that features everything from high tech juggling and fire eating to physical comedy and full body contortion. They will give a public performance on September 24 at 7pm in Osher Hall. Suggested donation of $5-$15. All proceeds support the Nagaloka Buddhist Center in Portland.

Tala Madani Screening in ICA

Posted: 2011-08-01

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The ICA at MECA will host a screening of Tala Madani's short animations on August 1 at 5pm as part of the exhibition "Drawn to Disaster." Stylistically ranging from lush painterly expressionism to loose, almost comical line drawing, Iranian-American Tala Madani, conveys her politically controversial subject matter with a genuine innocence and empathy. Appropriating the preconceptions of racial and gender difference as a departure point into the bizarre and surreal, Madani uses her position of ‘other’ to draft her own elaborate fantasies, detailing a riotous underworld of cliquey sect-like subterfuge.

This year her work has appeared in the 54th Venice Biennale, Danish Pavilion, Venice, Italy and the Singapore Biennale, Open House, Singapore. Last year her work was at The Drawing Center, in Greater New York, MoMA PS1, and the Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, UK.

ICA Director Wins Curatorial Research Grant

Posted: 2011-07-18

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ICA at MECA Director Daniel Fuller was awarded an Etant donnes curatorial research grant. Etant donnes is a French-American fund for contemporary art dedicated to nurturing and supporting outstanding programming of contemporary artists from France and the United States.

In his first five months at the ICA new Director Daniel Fuller has executed a video screening with Parisian artist Mircea Cantor and has organized upcoming exhibitions with both Lili Reynaud-Dewar and Pierre Bismuth, also of Paris. The ICA seeks and values cultural diversity in its exhibition program and has identified France, with Paris in particular, as rising towards a significant period of tremendous creativity and experimentation in regards to video and performance art.

It is especially imperative that the ICA accommodates artistic interactions with France in an attempt to best serve our community and surrounding regions. Maine is second only to New Hampshire in the percentage of French American residents in the United States and also has a greater proportion of people speaking French at home than any other state in the nation. This grant would allow us an opportunity to forge a stronger connection with an often-ignored regional constituency.

The culmination of this research will result in a series of rapidly changing video installations focusing on these experimental video artists currently residing in France.

Visiting Artist: Anthony Campuzano

Posted: 2011-07-18

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Anthony Campuzano, one of the participating artists in the exhibition "Drawn to Disaster" in the ICA at MECA, will give a free public lecture on July 27 at 6pm in the gallery. Known for his use of found language, Philadelphia-based artist Campuzano activates text from a variety of sources - newspaper headlines, Wikipedia entries, the covers of paperback novels, trivial cultural events, common cliches, pop song lyrics - in drawings that couple intense color with the tangible presence of the artist's hand. He received his BFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University.

Book Launch: Books Gone Bad

Posted: 2011-07-06

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In 2009, Diane Wren was a MECA photography student working in the college’s Joanne Waxman Library when the staff discovered some books with possible mold damage. In looking for resources on how to identify and treat mold, staffers were disappointed at the available options. Knowing that Maine is filled with small libraries and historical societies facing the same issue, Wren applied for and received a grant from the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation to create an easy to use guide for preventing, identifying and treating mold on a limited budget.  Wren did the research, photography, design and illustrations for  “Books Gone Bad: Mold in Library Collections.” The guide was sent free of charge to all libraries and historical societies in the state. A book launch is scheduled for July 8 at the Joanne Waxman Library from 6-8pm.

Image: Photo of mold in book, by Diane Wren '10.

Book web site

Posted: 2011-04-21

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For the second year in a row, the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art won the Portland Phoenix Best Art Gallery award, as determined by readers. From the Phoenix:  "The ICA had a big year. They brought in a new director (Daniel Fuller), staged impressive off-site video screenings on big screens at Portland Pirates games, and stuffed their gigantic gallery rooms with six heaping platters of conceptual art, from trippy motion-sensor mirrors, towering handblown glass statues, and one very provocative labyrinth. No gallery in Portland covers more ground, takes more chances, or appeals to a broader crowd. Best of all: it's right in the center of town."

FOREST at ICA at MECA

Posted: 2011-04-07

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FOREST will transform the Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA into a hive of activity from April 19 to 22. Visual and performing artists, students and friends will develop hands-on programs and activities to engage students and the public in unconventional and imaginative ways.

TUESDAY, APRIL 19

WORKSHOP: Fairy House Building

9am-Noon
Drop-in. All Ages.
Learn how to build small natural habitats from natural materials to attract fairies and their animal friends. Families will be provided with natural materials on site.

FILM SCREENINGS:
9am-8pm

Tree Falling in the Forest
Thomson’s Silent Film of a Tree Falling in the Forest, 2005–2006. For this work, the artist made six one-minute studies of spruce trees falling in a forest in Alberta, Canada, which he separated with lengths of blank leader film that complicate any implicit figure/ground structure. The falling-tree footage is lulling, but the tranquil space the piece creates is nevertheless unstable. It calms, then creates bristling anxieties, calms again, and then makes you anxious again.

I came here on my own
I came here on my own, their current video and performance work-in-progress. The project, which contains two discrete but related pieces, features a series of live duet performances and an accompanying multi-channel video work. Robbinschilds was formed by choreographers, Sonya Robbins and Layla Childs in 2003. The company creates performance and video works for diverse venues including the stage, gallery or "site". Focused on presenting highly visual time-based works, robbinschilds explores the juncture between architecture or place, and human interaction.

Dead River Rough Cut
3:30pm-5:30pm
Bob Wagg and Walter Lane live in a tarpaper shack, hunting, fishing, trapping and logging with oxen. They prefer the sounds of the birds to the roar of highway traffic, and scorn the money-chasing of city life. Covering a period of four seasons in the remote backwoods of Maine, Dead River Rough Cut presents a revealing look at an individual way of life. Wagg  and Lane earn a living and accept their isolation for the independence it allows them. But not everyone would want to draw water from a hole in the ice. They share their reflections about women, politics, taxes, the lone life and death. www.deadriverroughcut.com

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20  

FILM SCREENING: Tree Falling in the Forest + I came here on my own
9am-8pm (All Day Screenings)

SCREEN PRINTING: Raising Forests
Noon-3pm
Drop-in. All Ages.
Raising Forests is an educational interactive piece in which the public is encouraged to screen print their own ‘tree’ that will be installed in the ICA at MECA, collaboratively creating a three-dimensional forest.

VISITING ARTIST LECTURE: Cole Caswell
4pm-5pm
An artist lecture by MECA MFA Alum Cole Caswell. Cole uses forms of interpretation to understand the forest as an ecological patch, habitat, and place of exploration.
www.colecaswell.com

WORKSHOP: Permaculture Class
6pm-8pm
Join us for a free permaculture class presented by Portland’s favorite fermentation center/garden laboratory and micro apiary -
Urban Farm Fermentory.

THURSDAY, APRIL 21

FILM SCREENING:Tree Falling in the Forest + I came here on my own
9am-8pm

WORKSHOP: Woodland Crown Workshop
9am-10:30am
Drop-in. All Ages.
"Many hundreds of years ago two children discovered the secret of what the Fairies wore at their parties to celebrate the passing of the Seasons...." Come create a beautiful crown from woodland materials and wildflowers.

WORKSHOP: A Circle’s Journey
3:30PM - 5:30PM
Musicians, artists and scientists, Emilia Dahlin and Aaron Frederick have traveled the world as part of a global journey they took with the organization “Beyond Boundaries” dedicated tto experiential education, cross-cultural community exchange, leadership development and a deep personal and collective inquiry into the pressing issues and needs of our times. Through holding a circle (think: round table discussion) Emelia and Aaron will provide a space to talk about the issues of FOREST in Maine.

LAUNCH + LECTURE: Public Engagement’s Launching and Lineage with guest Khenmo Drolma
6:00PM - 7:30PM
From 6-6:15pm we will be celebrating/announcing the launch of MECA’s new Public Engagement Minor. From 6:15-7pm, Khenmo Drolma, the first Buddhist Abbess in North America started a nunnery in Vermont. She started the Public Engagement work at MECA 22 years ago and we are honored to welcome her back to speak about art, public engagement, art in the world, education and how it all began for her.

FRIDAY, APRIL 22

FILM SCREENING:Tree Falling in the Forest + I came here on my own
9am-8pm

WORKSHOP: Earthday Grow-Your-Own
11am-2pm
Drop-in. All Ages.
Head to the FOREST in the ICA at MECA for a gardening workshop that will get you ready for the springtime growing season. Get your hands dirty while starting seedlings and learn about how to grow your own indoor garden.

SCREEN PRINTING: Raising Forests
4pm-11pm
Drop-in. All Ages.
Raising Forests is an educational interactive piece in which the public is encouraged to screen print their own ‘tree’ that will be installed in the ICA at MECA, collaboratively creating a three-dimensional forest.

FOREST DANCE PARTY
8pm-11pm
The ICA at MECA opens its doors for one of the largest dance parties of the year - FOREST. Pull out your flannel, fairy wings, lumberjack gear. It doesn't matter. Just be there. Dance in trees dj’ed by Ian Paige with prizes for best costume provided by Rogues Gallery. Featuring a photo booth, costume contest, forest inspired food and drink, art making, and lots of nuts and berries.

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