Who should apply?
We welcome art educators from the United States who are actively working and teaching in public or private high schools. Art educators that are teaching in elementary and middle schools are welcome to apply, but primary consideration will given to high school art educators.
This program is best suited to participants who are visual artists who would like to hone their skills through workshops, learn new techniques and ideas, and/or work in a studio-based environment. There are opportunities for both collaborative and independent work. Feed Your Soul is geared toward expanding, deepening, and enriching your own individual practice — the week will not necessarily provide you instruction or skills for teaching your students, though that may be an added benefit of some of the workshops.
Because Feed Your Soul is a competitive program, we kindly ask that if you have attended Feed Your Soul in both 2017 and 2018 that you do not apply for the 2019 program so that we may give the opportunity to other educators who’ve not had the chance to attend yet.
Can my partner/friend/colleague(s) and I apply together or collaboratively?
We will review all applications separately, and there is no guarantee that we can accept friends, colleagues, or partners together. If you are both/all accepted and would like to be housed together, we will do our best to accommodate that.
What kind of facilities do you have?
Maine College of Art has a wide breadth of studios and classrooms for students. The following studios, classrooms, labs, and resources are available to Feed Your Soul participants: Ceramics studios and classrooms (including glaze room and kilns), computer labs, Digital Media classrooms, Drawing classrooms, Fab Lab, Graphic Design studios, Illustration studios, Institute for Contemporary Art at MECA, Joanne Waxman Library, meditation and prayer room, Painting studios and classrooms, Photography classrooms and digital output lab, Printmaking studios and classrooms (including the spray booth, darkroom, acid baths, screen room, and presses), Sculpture classrooms and spray booth, Textile + Fashion Design studios and classrooms.
How are participants selected?
A committee including Admissions staff, a Continuing Studies staff member, and a representative from the Executive Administration will review all applications together. Participant selection is based primarily on the fit of the program to the applicant, the perceived benefit the participant might have from attending Feed Your Soul at this point in time, the resources available, and the media the participant will be working in. Preference is given to high school art educators.
Can I bring my partner, my family, or my pets?
We are not able to accommodate guests, families, or pets on campus. If your family would like to accompany you in Portland, we would be happy to give you suggestions for off-campus accommodations.