Maine
Profile Type: Cultural Nonprofit
Cultural Nonprofit
MAINE CRAFTS ASSOCIATION

MISSION: The Maine Crafts Association supports craft artists by providing educational, marketing and retail opportunities.

VISION: The Maine Crafts Association acts to strengthen individual craft artists, Maine communities, local economies, and the visitor experience by making Maine a national crafts destination. MCA programming and events build community and enrich the lives of Mainers; this is achieved by connecting artists with the public, contributing to a creative and entrepreneurial Maine culture, and creating channels for artists to grow their business reach and increase their economic status.

MCA has been steadfast in its advocacy for Maine craft artists and now provides professional support and opportunities for roughly 600 established and emerging artist members, as well as additional artists and outsiders who participate as non-members. MCA programs focus on providing opportunities in marketing and exhibitions, sales, business development, creative/artistic development, public education, peer networking and mentoring and professional branding. MCA’s reach and impact are enriched through varied and strong partnerships with institutions, businesses and organizations throughout Maine and nationally. MCA does not support one single demographic, but our efforts directly and indirectly support small businesses owned by women, new Mainers, minorities, low income individuals, emerging artists and other artists representing various sub sections of the population. MCA’s budget ($1.1M in 2019) derives from a combination of retail sales, exhibition sales, memberships fees, individual and corporate contributions, grants and program fees.

Additional Links: 
Annual statewide tour of Maine craft studios, breweries, businesses and events,
Maine Crafts Association supports craft artists by providing educational, marketing and retail opportunities.
MCA's Statewide Apprentice Program
  • Cultural Nonprofit

Contact Information

First Name: 
Sadie
Job Title/Position: 
Executive Director
Mailing Address: 
PO BOX 342
Gardiner, ME 04345
Physical Address: 
288 Lewiston Rd
Gardiner, ME 04345
Last Name: 
Bliss
Phone: 
207-205-0791

About

Profile Type: 
Cultural Nonprofit
Primary Discipline: 
Visual/Crafts - General
Additional Disciplines: 
Humanities - Cultural Heritage
Visual/Crafts - General
Visual/Crafts - Basket Weaving
Visual/Crafts - Carving
Visual/Crafts - Ceramics
Visual/Crafts - Clay
Visual/Crafts - Decorative Arts
Visual/Crafts - Dolls / Soft Sculpture
Visual/Crafts - Experimental
Visual/Crafts - Fiber
Visual/Crafts - Furniture
Visual/Crafts - Glass
Visual/Crafts - Installation
Visual/Crafts - Jewelry
Visual/Crafts - Leather
Visual/Crafts - Light Art
Visual/Crafts - Metal
Visual/Crafts - Mixed Media
Visual/Crafts - Paper
Visual/Crafts - Photography
Visual/Crafts - Plastic
Visual/Crafts - Printmaking
Visual/Crafts - Sculpture
Visual/Crafts - Stone
Visual/Crafts - Textile Weaving
Visual/Crafts - Wood / Bark
Year Founded: 
1983
Populations Served: 
Adults
Businesses
Elders
Families
General Public
Immigrant Populations
Incarcerated (or Formerly Incarcerated) Individuals
LGBTQ Populations
Native American Tribes
Nonprofits
People with Disabilities
Institution/Business Type: 
Arts Service Organizations
Activities and Services: 
Art Sales
Artist Market
Artist Representation / Artist Management
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Community Arts
Exhibitions
Funding
Marketing Services
Professional Development / Training
Professional Network Gatherings / Events
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Geographic Reach: 
State
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Maine Association of Non Profits
Arts Engage ME
Visit Portland
Maine Tourism Association

Accessibility of Services

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