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The MECA Online Job + Opportunity board (MOJO) lists jobs available to students and alumni. Use your MECA email to sign up and see more job and internship details.

New job postings on MOJO:
Production Assistant, Benoit's Design Co.
Wedding Photographer
Resident Designer, Printed Village
Senior Producer, WBUR

Associate Producer, WBUR
Long Term Art Substitute, Fiddlehead Art and Science Center

Other jobs:

Chair of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies at MECA
Supported by the College’s infrastructure, the Chair will lead the relaunch of the Salt Institute in Fall 2017 as the Salt Graduate Certificate in Documentary Studies. This is a faculty appointment at the rank of assistant or associate professor with teaching and administrative duties. The Chair, along with other faculty, will continue Salt’s legacy of graduating ethical, powerful storytellers in the areas of radio, short film, multimedia, photography and writing. Ultimately, two lead faculty will serve as the academic core of the program.

PMA Store Manager
Under the direction of the Director of Audience Engagement and Communications and in partnership with the Visitor Experience Manager, the PMA Store Manager is responsible for leading the PMA Store operations to broaden the museum's audience, strengthen the PMA brand, develop and strengthen constituent relationships, and maximize revenue. The manager will oversee store performance to ensure the store is a profitable earned revenue center for the museum, while also ensuring the store is integrated into the overall visitor experience.

Digital Media Coordinator, AS220
The Digital Media Coordinator is responsible for managing the ZuKrewe Media Team, specializing in photography, video and graphic design. They are responsible for documenting and promoting all AS220 Youth projects, events, and campaigns while creating media projects that generate awareness surrounding social themes affecting the youth that we serve. The Digital Media Coordinator is responsible for educating youth about these issues, teaching audio/video/communication skills and helping youth express their interpretations of these themes via digital media projects.


Summer Sculpture Intern, The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center
Print Shop Assistant, Running With Scissors 
Ceramics Intern, Bayside Clay Center 
Editorial Intern, The Chart

Currents New Media Internship, New Mexico
Offering housing for the duration of the festival in a shared intern house, a stipend of $750 to help with travel and meals, college credit, a letter of recommendation, lunch every day of install and deinstall of the festival. 
Deadline: February 15, 2017

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Portland Fine Craft Show
The Maine Crafts Association will present the third annual Portland Fine Craft Show on August 26, 2017 on Congress Street in Portland, Maine. The show is free and open to the public, taking place between High St and State St.
Deadline: January 30, 2016

Cambridge Art Association's 2017 National Prize Show
It is the mission of the Cambridge Art Association (CAA) to build a vibrant community through visual art: connecting individuals and facilitating dialogue among artists and art lovers of all ages and backgrounds.
Deadline: February 9, 2017


Artists at Work announces our new Accountant-in-Residence, Tom Gangewer of Local Economy. He will deliver a series of workshops and one-on-one sessions on tax issues. The first event was a workshop on on Tax Basics for the Self-Employed. The next workshop, "The Nine Factors Used to Establish a Profit Motive for Your Business " is on December 8 and will cover the hobby/loss tax rule for artists selling their own work. Free for faculty, staff, students and alumni. Reserve a seat by emailing

Creative Communities Exchange: Workshop Proposals
CCX 2017 will take place in New London, Connecticut, where arts and cross-sector leaders are forging strategic and surprising synergies across southeastern Connecticut to meet the economic and community development needs of today and plan for the future. Seeking proposals for workshop presenters on the topic of arts as community development.
Deadline: December 16, 2016

Percent for Art Competition: Molly Ockett Elementary School
The Maine Arts Commission is making a call to all artists who are residents of Maine and New Hampshire to submit proposals to design, create and install artwork at the new Molly Ockett Elementary School in Fryeburg, Maine. The total project budget is approximately $45,000.
Deadline: December 20, 2016

Currents New Media
Parallel Studios is seeking proposals from independent curators for a satellite exhibition that will be featured as a part of Currents New Media 2017, Santa Fe’s 8th annual international new media festival.
Deadline: December 31, 2016

Pitch York County
Dream of starting a business or launching a product?
Think Tank Coworking, in partnership with Opticliff Law, MCED, SCORE, Heart of Biddeford, Engine and New Ventures Maine, announces the launch of PITCH York County. Beginning in October, $5,000 in cash prizes will be awarded over the course of 3 monthly Pitch Nights, with a final showdown in February. 
Next dates: December 15, January 12
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Beam Camp
Beam Camp is a specialized summer camp for building and collaboration located in Strafford, NH. Our award-winning program offers youth (ages 10-17) the opportunity to cultivate hands-on skills while exploring innovative thinking, design, problem solving and the creative process. Every year, Beam Camp solicits proposals for unique and spectacular large-scale projects that serve as the centerpiece for each 25-day session of camp, during which they will be built and brought to life by 100 campers and 20+ staff. 

Deadline: January 17, 2107

AS220 Residency
AS220 Youth is accepting proposals from Artist/Educators to design and lead a one-month visual arts project with a group of students between the ages of 12-21. Projects must take into consideration the age range and interest of our students; these include hip hop art, muralism/street art, comic illustration, and portrait painting, among others. Projects should be education-focused, strengthening basic to intermediate artistic vocabulary and skills. Past projects have included small to medium sized murals for local schools, signage for local parks, family cookbooks, comic strips, portrait projects, and more. Artist stipend of $1,000.

MFU: Miami
The MFU: MIAMI is the pilot semester of ArtCenter/South Florida’s Fellowship Program. It provides residents interested in working outside traditional disciplinary boundaries with the resources, time, and feedback to develop programs and courses that will be taught in future iterations of ArtCenter’s Program for Applied Artistic Research. The 12-week residency offers a stipend of $3750, travel expenses, and live/work housing at ArtCenter/Downtown Miami. This program welcomes applications from visual artists, curators, researchers, writers, performers, and musicians at any stage in their career.
Deadline: December 15, 2016


Robert Rauschenberg Artist as Activist Fellowship
Provides game-changing resources to artists of all disciplines, including visual, performing, media, design, and other creative professions, who address important global challenges through their creative practice. Up to $100,000 over a two-year period.
Deadline: December 7

Craft Apprentice Program
The program offers contemporary craft artists concentrated peer-to-peer learning experiences for apprentices who demonstrate a commitment to further their abilities as specialized craft practitioners. They will accomplish this through a significant relationship with a master artist. The program will also serve to celebrate the role of the master/apprentice relationship as a way to generate creative entrepreneurship through the cultural sector. Both receive an honorarium ($1000 for apprentice, $3000 for master).
Deadline: December 9

The Pingree Fellowship Program 
The Pingree Fellowship Program works with talented, developing professionals to introduce the craft of teaching. In line with Pingree’s school mission statement, “a love of learning flourishes best in a diverse community,” the Pingree Fellowship seeks to identify and work with promising people from traditionally underrepresented populations in independent schools. We aim to provide fellows with the opportunity to teach, coach, and advise, preparing them for a career in independent schools.
Deadline: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Selected candidates will be contacted for interviews in late January

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Mark Marchesi '99 has work featured in the solo show 'Evangeline: A Modern Tale of Acadia' at PhoPa Gallery in Portland, ME. Show is currently open; Reception and Book Launch will be on Thursday, December 8, 5-7pm.

++   Holiday Sale
A juried sale of alumni work along with department showcases. Friday, December 2 from 5pm to 9pm and Saturday, December 3, 10am to 5pm.

++  Congrats to MECA alum Vivian Beer '00, current MFA faculty member Lauren Fensterstock and former MECA faculty Anna Hepler. Each received $50,000 fellowships from United States Artists.

++  Illustration major Maxwell Erwin created the cover illustration for the Halloween issue of the Portland Phoenix.

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A distinctive part of every new MECA student’s education is FY-In, our innovative First-Year Seminar. This required fall Public Engagement course involves studio work, academic research, and involvement with a community partner. 

One of the nine course offerings was Landscape and Identity, taught by Michel Droge MFA '10. Students used drawing and research to discover and unpack cultural and social constructs integrating landscape and ideas of identity. They took trips to Peaks Island, Stonington, and Prouts Neck. As a component of their partnership with the Portland Museum of Art, they developed a free Friday event. Students created unique coloring pages that responded to the current museum exhibition and invited the public to participate in a coloring session.

Read the class blog. 

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