Maine College of Art donor Fred Thompson and his grandson Milan Pejic both took classes through MECA’s Continuing Studies program in the summer of 2018. Milan took a Digital Photography class and Fred took Introductory Woodworking, a week-long intensive. Fred is an Annual Fund donor and has also helped support MECA through the Maine Community Foundation’s Rines/Thompson Fund for nearly 20 years. The fund supports FY-In, MECA’s innovative First-Year Seminar, which combines studio work, academic research, and involvement with a community partner.

“Right out of the starting gate, MECA students learn the critical importance of collaborating with other students and put their creative efforts to use to address real-world problems,” Fred said. “Art is becoming more and more important in the digital era. Whether they study web building, computer graphics, music production, clothing design, fine woodworking or a myriad of other subjects, MECA students graduate with the skills necessary to maneuver through this complex and dynamic world.”

Photo by Kyle Dubay ’18