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 practicing visual artists who would like to spend an intensive week in the studio and in the academic classroom. This year, and in future years, in order to receive 3 Continuing Education Credits, participants will need to be present in the studio workshop for 16 hours and in classes, lectures, talks, workshops, and guided tours for 14 hours during the week. It is a rigorous program designed for studio and academic immersion.
If you have attended Feed Your Soul in the past several years, you will note that the Summer Institute for Art Educators is markedly different from Feed Your Soul. While there is still a morning workshop component, there is less focus on individual studio work and requires attendance at afternoon lectures, talks, classes, and workshops as part of your week and professional development credit.
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 elective studios and classrooms for students. The following studios, classrooms, labs, and resources are available to Feed Your Soul participants: Ceramics studio classrooms (including glaze room and kilns), computer labs, Drawing classrooms, Fab Lab, Institute for Contemporary Art at MECA, Joanne Waxman Library, meditation and prayer room, Painting studio classroom, Photography studio classrooms and digital output lab, Printmaking studio classrooms (including the spray booth, darkroom, acid baths, screen room, and presses), Sculpture studio classroom and spray booth, Textile + Fashion Design studio classrooms.
We cannot offer individual studio spaces, but all elective and studio classrooms are available for your use. Woodworking tools and equipment may be made available with presence and permission of a technician.
How are participants selected?
A committee including Admissions staff, Continuing Studies, 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 (i.e. demonstrated interest in both the studio and academic aspects of the program), the perceived benefit the participant might have from attending the Summer Institute for Art Educators 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.