Upcoming Graduate Info Sessions at MECA

Each year we host several information sessions, webinars, open houses, and other opportunities to visit each of the three graduate programs at MECA. This year, all events will be virtual—we'll be adding sessions throughout the fall and spring, so check back often for new events!

Upcoming Events

MAT at MECA Presents: Life as a Teacher Candidate
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 | 6–7pm EST

Perhaps one of the biggest challenges educators have faced in recent years is learning how to adapt everything we knew about teaching to an online, virtual, digital, and occasionally asynchronous space. The Master of Arts in Teaching at Maine College of Art adapted their curriculum to not only address the changing dynamics of being an art educator, but to also ensure our teacher candidates acquire skills for a hands-on environment.

Alumni and current teacher candidates from the MAT at MECA will come together for a 60-minute panel and interactive Q&A, to compare notes on their MAT experience and share how they've all been adapting to a new form of teaching. We'll also give updates on what’s new in the MAT program, including new faculty, new classes, and new programs!

Join the Interim Chair of the MAT program Dr. Rachel Somerville; teacher candidates Lauren Anderson '20, Madison Mahoney, and Trent Redmond; MAT alumni Karol Carlsen MFA '20, Anne Hayes MFA '20, and Adrienne Munger MFA '20; and Graduate Admissions Coordinator Joel Tsui '16, Salt '17, MFA '19 on this webinar, along with a live Q&A session, by registering through the form below.

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Past Events

Salt at MECA Presents: microphone comparisons for Zoom + new faces and updates
Friday, October 16 | 12–12:30pm EST

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.

This event has passed, but you can watch the recording on YouTube.

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.

If you can’t make it to one of the above dates, please contact Admissions to schedule an individual information session or virtual tour. See here for more information on availability and how to contact us .