Portland Press Herald: MECA’s new President sees Arts Education as key to navigating an ever-changing world

PPH staff photo by Ben McCanna

“Laura Freid has a resume peppered with Ivy League schools that led to a globe-trotting job with a world-famous musician, which she left to become the newest president of Maine College of Art.

“‘I wanted to do something in my career that could really help artists stay artists their whole life,'” she said.

Freid became MECA president this past July, leaving a 12-year partnership with the cellist Yo-Yo Ma and their collaboration, the Silk Road Project. He was the public face of the global cultural arts organization, while Freid served as CEO and executive director. Before that, she worked as chief communications officer at Harvard University and as an executive vice president at Brown University”…

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Take Magazine: Q&A: Laura Freid, MECA President

By: Take Magazine, Nick Schroeder
Photography: Kyle Dubay ’17

“Pushing empathy, vitality, and getting paid, Maine College of Art President Laura Freid helps Portland artists leave the cocoon.”

“Named president in the spring of 2017, the journalist, creative entrepreneur, and world traveler Laura Freid is in her first full semester at the helm of Portland’s Maine College of Art, the state’s sole accredited visual arts institution. The former publisher of Harvard Magazine, who last year ended a 12-year run as CEO of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silkroad project where she traveled for 4,280 days with a troupe of 30 classical musicians, artists, and production staff performing through the U.S., Europe, and Asia, Freid has lived a lot of lives.”

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Old Port Magazine: MECA’s Next Chapter

By: Susan Axelrod
Photography: Nicole Wolf

“For new president Dr. Laura Freid, forging community connections is a priority.

On the first day of fall classes at the Maine College of Art (MECA) in Portland, the hallways of the Porteous building on Congress Street are thrumming with energy. There’s a fresh sense of promise and possibility at every school on the first day of a new academic year, but at MECA, it seems multiplied. The new college president, Dr. Laura Freid, has just returned from a trip to Peaks Island in Casco Bay with about a hundred new students. They are beginning work on bachelor of fine arts degrees in 11 majors, including textile and fashion design—the only program of its kind in the country—and digital media, in addition to more traditional art-school disciplines such as painting, printmaking, and sculpture.”

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WCSH6’s Local ‘207’

The hosts from WCSH6’s local ‘207’ program sat down recently with MECA’s new President, Laura Freid, for an interview about MECA and her first few weeks on the job. During the program, Laura spoke about her own core values and how they are reflected within MECA’s mission statement, the importance of artists to contemporary society, and their influence on modern culture, as well as citing a few of her favorite spots within MECA’s flagship Porteous Building.

Watch the video here on WCSH6.


New Students & Family, Fall 2017

“Educating the next generation of artists is the most important thing we can do. Because art has a central role in our lives — it has one of the most profound roles I can think of — art gives us meaning. Sometimes we forget that when we’re running around, we’re doing things that life requires, but in the end, when we sit down and pause — we think about what gave me meaning — that music I heard, that book I read, this piece of art.” — President Laura Freid


Convocation, Fall 2017

MECA held Convocation, a formal welcoming of all new and first-year BFA students by faculty. President Laura Freid opened up Convocation remarks with advice to students; faculty soon followed with advice of their own.