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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 details.

New job postings on MOJO:
Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine: Development & Communications Assistant
Communications Specialist: Colby College
Hawthorne Creative: Junior Designer
Pandora LaCasse Design: Sculptural Lighting Display Installer
Planet Botanicals: Freelance Graphic Design
Target: Visual Merchandising Leader

Other jobs:
MECA: Studio Technician for Bob Crewe Program in Art and Music
Be sure to check out our LinkedIn page to see additional job postings.



Craft Apprentice Program
This Maine apprenticeship will last 7 months. Both the master artist and the apprentice will receive an honorarium based on a minimum of one-hundred hours of interaction ($3,000 to the master, $1000 to the apprentice).
Event Dates: March 1, 2016 - September 12, 2016
Deadline: December 4
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Denmark Arts Center
Denmark Arts Center of Denmark, Maine is seeking submissions from visual artists for the fall season. Each show will open with a reception and stay up for one month. They are looking for work that explores new materials or abstraction. Apply with a short bio, gallery description, and a 3-5 images of your work.
Deadline: September 15

redeSIGN seeks to connect area designers, artists, and creative minds with the decision makers and civic influencers to generate discussion about the signage around Portland. Submissions will be exhibited at KINGSPOKE for the opening night reception, September 25th and will remain for the month of October.
Deadline: September 16

This exhibition at Engine in Biddeford invites all Maine artists to re-imagine, re-assign, re-invent, and take ownership of Maine's iconography. 
Deadline: October 15

Art Jewelry Forum
Ages 35 and under can apply for this international prize in contemporary art jewelry, which includes $7,500 for the winner and an exhibition during Schmuck in February 2016. Applications must include current resume, artist statement of 
Deadline: November 15 


MECA & Pecha Kucha Portland: Call for Speakers
On October 29th, there will be a special PechaKucha dedicated to stories from the MECA community, hosted at the Asylum. We are looking for students, alumni, and educators to share their story.
Deadline: September 15

LA Developer BootCamp
This one and a half day workshop will provide technical skills and resources to navigate development financing, zoning and entitlement, site selection, and building design in order to assembly your own small scale real estate deal. Located in Auburn, Maine.
September 28 + 29

Picnic Holiday Sale
Picnic seeks vendors who make unique handmade arts and crafts, as well as vendors who sell vintage goods such as books, clothing, records, and household items. Sale is held December 13.
Deadline: October 14

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These are self-directed residencies and week-long workshops-in-residence led by instructors. The sessions being in October/November. Residence will enjoy their own private studio space on the MASS MoCA campus, full member benefits during residency, housing across the street from the museum, free access to Makers Mill, and the opportunity to receive in-person business and financial coaching from A4A staff.
Deadline: September 14

BAiR Late Winter Intensive
In this intensive four-week program at Banff, participants will benefit from the insight and consultation of guest curator Naomi Potter, participant-driven critique, artists presentations, demonstrations in various visual and digital art production techniques, and being part of a community of artists, curators, and creative practitioners each committed to their practice.
Program Dates: February 29-March 25, 2016
Deadline: September 30

Press Street/Spillways Residency
A spillway is an engineering feat that provides controlled release of water from a river levee. Press Street's Spillways Residency ushers a dispersion of outside thought and practice into New Orleans through creative feats. Visual artists, writers, collectives, and long-term collaborative teams are welcome to apply. Residency includes travel, $1,000 honorarium, and extensive staff support.
Deadline: September 30

Artist's Book Residency Grant
The Artist's Book Grant is a six to eight week residency for artists to produce a limited edition book work. Working intensively in our studios, artists print and bind their own books, and are encouraged to create an edition size no larger than 100 and no smaller than 50. The grant includes a stipend of $350/week, up to $750 for materials, up to $250 for travel within the Continental US, free onsite housing, and 24/7 studio access. WSW can provide technical advice; training on new equipment, techniques, and materials' and production assistance.
Deadline: November 15

Art-In-Education Artist's Book Residency Grant
This is an eight to ten week residency awarded to two emerging artists to create a new artist's book and teach young people. This grant includes a stipend of $400/week for up to ten weeks, up to $750 for materials, up to $250 for travel within the Continental US, free onsite housing, and 24/7 studio access during non-AIE sessions.
Deadline: November 15

Open to self-identified women artists who have not had a solo exhibition at a permanent commercial gallery in NYC in the last 10 years. Must be within commuting distance of New York City metropolitan area for the duration of the program and must be 18 years or older. 
Deadline: October 30


The MAP Fund
The MAP Fund is accepting applications for performing arts projects. MAP supports live performance projects that embody a spirit of deep inquiry.
Deadline: September 28

The Kindling Fund
The Kindling Fund supports artist-organized, visual arts-based projects that have a strong public component. Artists, curators, collectives, collaboratives, partnerships, and artist-run spaces located in Maine are eligible to apply.
Deadline: November 14

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Students in the Woodworking & Furniture Design Department worked with faculty member Matt Hutton to design and execute benches and lighting elements for the Federal Street Folly, a pop-up park next to the Press Hotel in downtown Portland. Inside the hotel is artwork by alums Erin Hutton, Jenny Dougherty, John Nelson and MFA student Tessa O'Brien.


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Meet the 2015-2016 Public Engagement Fellows
Sara Inacio and Sarah Milkowski Dahlgren

Sara is also a junior in Printmaking. She did an internship last year at Pickwick Independent Press. For her work-study job, she is tutoring students at Portland High School. This summer she will be an intern on the Braddock Tiles Project. This project is administered the through Heliotrope Foundation, started by the artist Swoon.

Sarah is a junior in Printmaking. This past summer, she embarked on a bike tour to inspire the public to engage with nature through dialogue, storytelling, and visual art. She created created natural found object installations and watercolor landscape studies to address global warming in an innovative and intimate way and to highlight the topics of energy and transportation and the problematic qualities of western lifestyles.

Both students intend to minor in Public Engagement.


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