Schedule a Visit

Visit MECA's campus to see our unique community at work. We encourage you and your family to come tour our facilities and specialized equipment, walk through our studios, and talk with our students and faculty.

We are proactively working to ensure the safety and health of our community and our guests. To this end, we are suspending all tours and campus visits for both individuals and groups until at least October 2020. We thank you for your patience and we look forward to seeing you on campus another time!

Virtual Graduate Visits

Virtual graduate visits are available Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 11am by appointment. All visits last about an hour.

Visits for our Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), and Salt Institute for Documentary Studies Graduate Certificate (Salt) start with a tour of the department and facilities with our Graduate Admissions Counselor; an information session about the program(s) during your visit are also available upon request.

Schedule a Virtual Graduate Tour

To schedule your graduate visit during the times listed above, please choose an appointment below. If you would like to request a specific time during our business hours (Mon–Fri, 9am–5pm), please contact our Graduate Admissions Counselor, Joel Tsui at or by phone at 800.699.5021.


Upcoming Information Sessions

Salt at MECA Presents: microphone comparisons for Zoom + new faces and updates

Friday, October 16 | 12–12:30pm EST
Join on Zoom | password: 210714

2020 is the year where social distancing and virtual conferences (Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams…) permeate our lives. As George Lucas once said, “Sound is half the picture.” Have you considered how your audio quality can enhance your audience’s experience with your digital content, whether it is a webinar, an online class, or even an office meeting?

Faculty and staff from the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies at MECA come together for a 30-minute webinar, where they discuss the quality of various microphones—from the built-in mics of your devices to the tried-and-true condenser mics. We will also give updates on what’s new at Salt, including new faculty, new staff, new classes, and new programs!

Join Salt Director Isaac Kestenbaum, recent Salt alum Sam Leeds (Salt '19), and Graduate Admissions Coordinator Joel Tsui BFA ‘16, Salt ‘17, MFA ‘19 on this webinar, along with a live Q&A session, by registering through the form below.

Register below to receive the Zoom link for this session and more information on Salt at MECA, or join us on YouTube Live.

Register for Salt at MECA Presents

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Presenter Bios

Isaac Kestenbaum (he/him), Director, Salt Institute for Documentary Studies at MECA

Isaac Kestenbaum is a veteran audio producer and journalist. He is the co-founder, along with Josephine Holtzman, of the production company Future Projects; they most recently created the best-selling true crime podcast Midnight Son for Audible Originals. Isaac has reported extensively on climate change in Alaska, and his work has been funded by the Arctic Circle Foundation and the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting. Isaac has also worked with Vox, NPR, The Guardian US, The GroundTruth Project, AIR, and SIERRA Magazine. He has taught and led workshops for UnionDocs, UVA, NYU, and Monson Arts.

He is the former Production Manager at the national oral history and radio project StoryCorps. Honors include a Peabody Award, a duPont Award, an Online News Association award and an Alaska Broadcasters “Goldie” Award. Isaac grew up on Deer Isle, Maine, and has worked as a farmer, a newspaper reporter and a commercial lobsterman. He attended the Salt Institute in 2008, where he wrote about the unexpected resurgence of the sturgeon in the Penobscot River.

Sam Leeds (they/them), Salt Alum, Producer, and Artist

Sam Leeds is an audio producer and artist. They are currently a producer for NPR Music's Louder Than A Riot, a podcast tracing the interconnected rise of hip-hop and mass incarceration. Their work has also been heard on Life Kit, All Things Considered, KNKX, Constellations, Field Recordings Podcast, and more. Sam is a graduate of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and holds a B.A. in Communication and Spanish from the University of Washington.

Joel Tsui (he/him) BFA '16, Salt '17, MFA '19, Graduate Admissions Coordinator

Joel Tsui is a three-time Maine College of Art alum (BFA ‘16, Salt ‘17, MFA ‘19). Currently, he is the Graduate Admissions Coordinator at MECA, a documentary photographer specializing in fine art archival, as well as a conceptual artist operating under the pseudonym Probably Joel. His interest as an artist lies in the intersection of documentary and art, and can be seen as a distilled form of visual journaling that is not defined by any single discipline.

Joel's works have been shown at the Camden International Film Festival, New England Graduate Media Symposium, and Center for Maine Contemporary Art Biennial. In his spare time (if he has any), Joel produces music with chromatic harmonicas and analogue synthesizers, and his current pandemic hobby is building mechanical keyboards.