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Capitalizing on Creativity: Thinking Wrong, Doing Right

Posted: 2013-10-18

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Monday, November 18th, 2013 from 5:30pm-7:30pm
Portland Public Library Rines Auditorium

Join us for an interesting and informative evening of “Wrong Thinking” and learn how to unlock the ingenuity in yourself and your employees.

Creative solutions are not found by thinking in the same old ways that created the problem. John Bielenberg founded Project M on the premise of “Thinking Wrong” as a means of making the world a better place through design. “Thinking Wrong” is all about challenging our own orthodoxies or learned behaviors that inhibit true innovation and creative exploration. It is about generating a lot of possibilities before doing the much more analytical process of selection and execution. What John Bielenberg does best is help companies and their people find the courage and the sense of humor to consider whole new, wrong ways of bringing their stories, ideas, and innovations out into the world.

One of their projects, Alabamboo is a growing movement dedicated to strengthening the economic and social fabric of the rural south through re-imagining local agricultural enterprise. By introducing bamboo as a regional agricultural product, Alabamboo fosters job creation, localizes production, and sustains clean air and water in the region.

John Bielenberg is Executive Producer, Design, for Future. In February 2013, John was awarded the AIGA Medal, the design organization's highest honor. With the award, AIGA recognized him as a "designer, entrepreneur and imaginative advocate for a better world," specifically citing his "innovative investigations into the practice and understanding of design and leadership in the 'design for good' movement." In addition to this recent honor, John has won more than 250 design awards in his career, and became an AIGA Fellow in 2008. 

>>More information on the Alabamboo project


Pricing: $35 or become a member of MCC for $35 and the first Creative Toolbox is free! $15 for MCC Members, Students with valid ID

Space is limited! Contact to register today or call Jean at 207-730-0694

Public Engagement Receives EPA Grant

Posted: 2013-10-17

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The Public Engagement program received a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to embed issues of environmental stewardship and climate change into the curriculum. Faculty members Samantha Haedrich, Charles Melcher, Paul Gebhardt and Elizabeth Jabar are launching creative projects in their classrooms and in the community, working with community partners Environment Maine and Portland Trails. The EPA focused work also includes several co-curricular events and initiatives: film screenings, launching the student group MECA SOAP (Students Organized Against Pollution),  energy saving and waste reduction efforts on campus, and the Take the Pledge green commitment. In addition, MFA alum and eco artist Tim Gaudreau will be a visiting artist in the spring semester working with  the Public Engagement students.  

Summer and Fall Internship Placements

Posted: 2013-10-17

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Students are encouraged to conduct an internship during their time at MECA to help inform their studio practice. These academic experiences span 15 weeks and require 135 hours of focused, supervised learning in exchange for three academic credits. Below are internship sites for Summer 2013 and Fall 2013:

Betsy Lewis at her Brooklyn Metal Works Internship

Aucocisco Galleries, Portland, ME
Belmont Day School, Belmont, MA
Brooklyn Metalworks, Brooklyn, NY
Catalyst for Peace, Portland, ME
Douglas Thayer Designs, Westhampton, MA
Dutille's Jewelry, Lebanon, NH
Franny Peabody Center, Portland, ME
Janice Grzyb, New York City, NY
Kris Johnsen, Portland, ME
Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
Might + Main, Portland, ME
New England Sculpture Services, Chelsea, MA
Out for Justice, Portland, ME
PERCH Studio, Portland, ME
Pickwick Independent Press, Portland, ME
Pizzuti Studios, Lowell, MA
Rollin Leonard, Portland, ME
Sandy Macleod, Portland, ME
Sarah Bouchard, Portland, ME
Studio 24b, Portland, ME
The Art Department, Portland, ME
University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME
Uwe Berger Antique Prints, Berlin, Germany
VIA, Portland, ME 

For more information about internships, see Artists at Work.