Our bulletin provides updates on jobs, internships, grants, residencies, and exhibition opportunities. Also includes news about public engagement projects and alumni achievements.


MECA strives to keep our community apprised of professional development opportunities, including grants, fellowships, residencies, and other resources. Follow the links below.


AAUWAAUW has a history of advancing education and professional opportunities for women in the United States and across the globe.

The Alexia Foundation offers production grants to students and professional photographers to give them the financial ability to produce substantial stories that drive change in the effort to make the world a better place. Students also get scholarship opportunities.

ASF American Scandinavian Foundation awards grants to American students to study and research abroad in Scandinavia.

Art Deadline has been dedicated to world wide distribution of information for artists and institutions; part of their mission is to sponsor grants to help artists as arts is an important and innate part of the human experience.

Arts Writers Grant Program | The Creative Capital |  supports writers whose work addresses contemporary visual art through project-based grants issued directly to individual authors.

ArtsLink supports exchange between artists and arts organizations in the United States and various eligible countries.

AROHO  A Room of Her Own selects award recipients who not only demonstrate their talent, but also their motivation. These women must have solid creative goals and a specific project to accomplish during the two-year term of the grant.

BRAF Black Rock Arts Foundation funds highly interactive, community-driven works of art that prioritize community involvement in their development, execution and display. They fund art that is accessible to the public, civic in scope and prompts the viewer to act.

The Belvedere Grant is available to support the professional development of MECA graduates from the past 10 years who are working in the field of crafts.

The Center for Craft Creativity & Design: The Craft Research Fund advances, expands, and supports craft, art, and design scholarship in the United States.

CCI: The Center for Cultural Innovation understands working artists need direct support to develop their creative practice and provides grants to provide the support needed.

College Art Association: CAA’s Professional Development Fellowship supports artists enrolled in MFA programs by honoring them with $5,000 grants to help with various aspects of their work.

The Christianson Grant is awarded to individuals who have arranged their own work abroad programs. Proposed programs must be at least six months in length and emphasize a work component.

CIES: Offering a Fulbright grant to lecture, conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields, or to participate in seminars.

Circum-Arts is a not-for-profit arts service organization providing administrative support to individual artists and other non-profits, particularly in the fields of dance, music, performance art, radio, theatre, film and video arts.

Cranbrook provides a list of grants for artists.

Creative Capital is a national nonprofit organization that provides integrated financial and advisory support to artists pursuing adventurous projects in all disciplines.

Elizabeth Green Shields Foundation promotes, by its charitable activities, an appreciation of traditional expression in painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking, by aiding worthy art students, artists or sculptors who need further training or other assistance during their formative years.

Foundation Center allows you to look up grantmakers by state, city, or zipcode, along with providing locational statistics and local resources.

The Foundation for Contemporary Arts provides grants in five categories: dance, music/sound, performance art/theater, poetry, and the visual arts. Grants are awarded annually to outstanding or unusually promising artists and arts organizations which create, present, or support work of an imaginative, contemporary nature and need this kind of assistance.

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online FGIO is a grant and resource based search engine for artists, students, researchers, and individuals.

Getty Through strategic grants and programs, the Foundation supports projects in Los Angeles and throughout the world that advance the understanding and preservation of the visual arts.

The Gottlieb Foundation wishes to encourage artists who have dedicated their lives to developing their art, regardless of their level of commercial success.

Japan Foundation has various types of support programs. By making available the tools, opportunities, and venues that facilitate exchange activities, we invite individuals and organizations actively engaged in such a mission to participate in our programs.

Launchpad Grant, provided by Gorham Savings Bank, invites entrepreneurs to submit their business idea. The winner of the competition is awarded $30,000.

Libra Future Fund: awards grants to individuals 29 and under to promote economic development or create job opportunities in Maine. In addition, projects should provide the applicant with substantial professional or educational experience.

The Maine Arts Commission encourages and stimulates public interest and participation in the cultural heritage and cultural programs of our state; expands the state’s cultural resources; and encourages and assists freedom of artistic expression for the well being of the arts, all while meeting the needs and aspirations of persons in all parts of the state.

Moon and Stars Project’s grants program provides competitively awarded Project and Residency grants for burgeoning and established artists.

NEA: Independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities.

NASAA: The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies is a membership organization that unites, represents and serves the nation’s state and jurisdictional art agencies.

NEH: The National Endowment of Humanities allows you to search through their database for grants.

NYFA’s Opportunities & Services for Artists a comprehensive online directory for grants, open calls, auditions and residencies and many more nationwide for artists, writers, filmmakers, dancers, performers and musicians.

The Puffin Foundation Ltd. has sought to open the doors of artistic expression by providing grants to artists and art organizations who are often excluded from mainstream opportunities due to their race, gender, or social philosophy

The Warhol Foundation’s grantmaking activity is focused on serving the needs of artists by funding the institutions that support them. Grants are made for scholarly exhibitions at museums; curatorial research; visual arts programming at artist-centered organizations; artist residencies and commissions; arts writing; and efforts to promote the health, welfare and first amendment rights of artists.

WomenArts provides women artists a list of resources for grants that can help them in their professional careers.


The Aaron Siskind Foundation is offering a limited number of Individual Photographer’s Fellowship grants of up to $10,000 each, for artists working in photography and photo-based art.

The Artists’ Fellowship, Inc. is a charitable foundation that assists professional fine artists (painters, graphic artists, printmakers, sculptors) and their families in times of emergency, disability, or bereavement.

Boren Fellowships enable U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency.

CAA: College Art Association’s Professional-Development Fellowships support promising artists and art historians who are enrolled in MFA and PhD programs nationwide. Fellows are honored with $5,000 grants to help them with various aspects of their work, whether it be for job-search expenses or purchasing materials for the studio.

The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts presents its annual program of support for advanced graduate research in the history, theory, and criticism of art, architecture, urbanism, and photographic media.

The Fellowship at the DeVos Institute of Art Management is an immersive program in arts management strategy designed to prepare mid-career arts managers for executive positions in today’s complex arts environment.

FAWC: The Fine Arts Work Center offers a unique residency for writers and visual artists in the crucial early stages of their careers, located in Provincetown,Massachusetts.

Grant Wood Art Colony in Iowa City, IA, offers fellowships in Printmaking and Painting & Drawing that provide a $40,000 teaching salary, benefits, housing and studio space.

The Guggenheim Foundation offers fellowships to further the development of scholars and artists by assisting them to engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts, under the freest possible conditions and irrespective of race, color, or creed.

Headland’s Graduate Fellowships provide meaningful support to recent, promising MFA graduates, in partnership with esteemed Bay Area academic institutions.

Maker Fellows is a paid fellowship for part-time instructors in STEAM-powered maker spaces around the country.

The Mind Trust empowers talented innovators to transform K-12 education by starting groundbreaking initiatives to address some of its most pressing problems.

The NYC Teaching Fellows program recruits and prepares high-quality, dedicated individuals to become teachers who raise student achievement in the New York City classrooms that need them most.

Ox-Bow welcomes twelve fellowship students from all over the nation. These students live on campus for the duration of the summer season, from approximately June 1 – September 1, where they participate in campus life as both staff members and as artists.

Pew Fellowships in the Arts (PFA) annually awards up to 12 fellowships of $60,000 to artists of exemplary talent.

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans provide opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields.

The Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program annually selects and supports 50 leading artists and scholars who have both exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishments.

The Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies supports professional development in museum education, evaluation, and new media.

Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT, offers fellowships where residents receive an individual studio, private room, and all meals.


The attached Guide to Resources for Maine Entrepreneurs is intended to provide a starting point for entrepreneurs seeking resources in the state of Maine.




A step-by-step guide for artists making a pitch, by Fractured Atlas.


The following categories of resources are included:
  • Training, Technical Assistance, & Mentoring
  • Financing & Capital
  • Incubators & Workspaces
  • Libraries
  • Networking & Advocacy
  • State & Regional Economic Development
Maine Residencies

Monhegan Artists’ Residency
Monhegan, Maine

Because of the size of the cottage and studio, which are simply but adequately furnished, and because the residency program is designed to provide a brief respite from the day-to-day cares of family and work, no guests (including family members) are allowed to stay at during the residency.

Residency dates: Late May through late June and September through early October
Cost: Free
Stipend: $500

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts
Deer Isle, Maine

Approximately fifty artists and people from other creative fields will work in six studios (ceramics, fiber, graphics, iron, jewelry, and wood) to develop ideas and experiment in various media. The Haystack Fab Lab will also be open, providing an opportunity for experimentation with digital fabrication as a way for participants to augment their creative practices.Scholarship grants available, for craft artists.

Residency dates: Late May, early June
Cost: Free
Stipend: No

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
Skowhegan, Maine

Open to advanced visual artists and art students in painting, sculpture, fresco, installation, performance, video, photography, mixed media who are at least 19 years of age. The summer intensive allows 65 artists to produce new work in a communal, rural environment. No structured classes, but critical assistance (in the form of weekly one-on-one sessions) scheduled with a faculty or resident and visiting artists. Shared living facilities in dormitory, sculpture shop, darkroom. Fees charged; some fellowships offered. (visual arts)

Residency dates: Mid-June through mid-August
Cost: $5,500 (there is a Maine scholarship)
Stipend: No

Hewnoaks Artist Residency
Center Lovell, Maine

Artists with an adventurous spirit are invited to live and work at Hewnoaks between late June and mid-September. Residencies run from one to four weeks, depending on availability. Participants will live in small, rustic cabins equipped with basic kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms.

Participants are responsible for their own transportation and will have to bring everything they need in order to set up their studios. Hewnoaks does not have any designated studio spaces, so residents will need to improvise working in their cabins or outside somewhere. Previous residents have been creative and resourceful in finding ways to do their work while keeping the living spaces clean.

Residency dates: June through September
Cost: No
Stipend: No


Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts
Newcastle, Maine

Various jobs for studio and stipend; ceramics only; dorm room accommodations. 2-week sessions during summer months and 9-month residencies from Sept.-May. On 32 rural acres with gently rolling hills in a former brick factory. Some residencies fully funded, some partially funded. Equipment on-site includes a variety of kilns, potters’ wheels, clay mixer, pug mill.

Different series of residencies summer through fall.
Residency dates, deadlines and fees vary.

Tides Institute Museum of Art
Eastport, Maine

Open application for artists in the media of photography, digital photography, traditional and digital printmaking, drawing, letterpress printmaking, installation or a mix of these media. The StudioWorks residency program is open to professionally established US and non-US visual artists. Residencies occur throughout the year.

Cost: $25 application fee
Stipend: $2,500 per month

George’s River Land Trust
George’s River Watershed (Montville to Port Clyde, Maine)

Offering professional visual artists, performing artists, and writers the opportunity to pursue their artistic disciplines while being inspired by the area’s extraordinary landscape.  The artist will have access to many of the Land Trust’s holdings as a resource for creating new site-inspired or site-specific work.  The residency period is 2-months, and can be undertaken either for two consecutive months in the summer or as four 2-week periods—one during each season.

Cost: $25 application fee
Stipend: $10,000 (note: artists must rent their own housing and studio)

Pace House Residency
Stonington, ME

This residency is offered only to the MECA community. Alumni, faculty, and staff can apply for residencies of one to four weeks at the Stephen Pace house in Stonington, ME. Once the summer home of American artist Stephen Pace, it was bequeathed to MECA in 2007 for use as a residency site and gallery. The house can sleep up to eight people, with a large studio space in the barn, a small vegetable garden, and the main village with additional resources within easy walking distance. Residencies are available between June 3rd and October 18th, with the exception of September 4-18.

Cost: No


National & International Residencies

18th Street Arts Center’s Visiting Artist Residency Program includes three, rotating, live/work artist studios at the center. This program hosts artists of all disciplines and occasionally invites art curators, writers and musicians.

The Atlantic Center for the Arts (ACA) has a strong local presence and relationships in the community as a venerated international artist’s residency.

The Alliance of Artists Communities provides resources for and about residency programs.

Air-J presents a resource which lists various residencies tailored to what the individual wants and inputs into their system.

ArtsofLighthouses‘ goal is to generate an inspiring environment, where artists and people with artistic minds can practice their creativity and experience a unique oppurtunity for cultural exchange in the United Kingdom.

Artspace in North Carolina offers artists a month-long studio opportunity to work on a project oft heir choice and interact with the public and artist community. They also will have the opportunity to exhibit their work immediately following the residency, and will teach two classes or workshops as part of the Artspace Summer Arts Program.

The ARCH Artist in Residency Program is an opportunity for artist to pursue thoroughly their creative project amid DC’s vibrant and diverse urban environment.

ARCUS Project “Residency for Artists, Experiments for Locals” aims to support promising artists who engage in creative activities across the world, and also, to promote the Ibaraki area through art.

The Graduate Media Design Program Summer Research Residency runs from April 30 – August 24, 2012 and includes project space within the Wind Tunnel studio—a former supersonic wind tunnel—on the south campus of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.

Art Farm’s artist residency program for professionals, emerging or established, in all areas of the arts and offering accommodations and studio space to pursue their art in exchange for a contribution of labor of 12 hours per week to help renovate and maintain Art Farm’s buildings and grounds as well as other projects, suited to skills and temperament.

ArtsLink Residencies offers artists and arts managers from eligible overseas countries a five-week residency at an established, non-profit arts organization in the US.

BAC currently has four residency programs: PIR (Production-in-Residence) for international artists, AIR (Artist-in-Residence) for artists, curators and contemporary art writers from the Baltic and Nordic countries, CRR (Collaborative Research Residency) and Paths Crossing. PIR is by invitation only, whereas AIR, CRR and Paths Crossing are open for applications.

Baie St. Marie Residency is only offered only to the MECA community. Alumni, faculty, and staff can apply for residencies of two to four weeks in Nova Scotia, Canada.

The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts hosts residencies where both the atmosphere and environment offer ideal situations for creative growth and experimentation.

The Bundanon Trust Artist in Residence program is open to professional artists and groups, from all disciplines. The program supports artists’ new work, research and collaborations. Australian and international artists are hosted in purpose-built studios located at the Bundanon properties on the Shoalhaven River in NSW.

The Bray hosts artists from around the world with a vast range of experiences and diverse aesthetic approaches, cultures and perspectives come together.

The CAC has presented and procured artists who want to produce, explore, test new concepts and expand the current debates and ideas in today’s art and culture.

Caldera’s Artists in Residence program offers the gift of time and space. Residents are given a cabin, 24-hour access to studios and the time and space to create.

CeRCCa opens its program to artists, critics, researchers and curators interested in participating in self-directed residencies in Llorenç del Penedes, a quiet village located one hour outside of Barcelona and 10 minutes drive to the sea.

The Association of Art La Napoule offers artists in residence at the Castle, a unique environment that fosters creativity and interdisciplinary collaboration.

The Chinati Foundation’s Artist in Residence program was instituted in 1989 with the aim of supporting the development of artists of diverse ages, backgrounds, and disciplines.

The Patterson Residency Program provides a highly visible, intense and creative environment for the production of artwork in all media.

Dacia Gallery invites emerging and established artists to engage in a painting-intensive four-week painting and travel program in Sibiu, Romania.

The Djerassi Resident Artists Program is internationally recognized as one of the eminent artist residency programs.

Eyebeam Fellows are artists, hackers, and engineers who spearhead new research and develop exciting new work at the point where art and technology meet. Eyebeam Fellows regularly develop innovative and creative open source technology within an environment that fosters collaborative development.

Franconia Sculpture Park is an innovative community arts organization that provides residence and work space to emerging and established artists.

The Field provides residencies and resources for growing artists.

Foster Gallery hosts an eight-week residency at Noble and Greenough School in MA culminating in an exhibition at the school’s Foster Gallery.

The Glore Mill Folláin Art Centre is based in a renovated mill at Treenkeel, just outside Kiltimagh. The centre provides exhibition space for local artists and also offers art courses

The Artist in Residence (AIR) program awards fully sponsored residencies to approximately 45 local, national, and international artists each year.

Hill End has an intriguing history of boom, bust, abandonment and renewal, which has excited and prompted, visits from hopeful miners, speculators, artists and more, seeking fortunes in the striking landscape of the region.

The Lawrence Arts Center in downtown Lawrence, Kansas offers 12-month residency to artists with an MFA in ceramics or printmaking. Residents are provided studio space, a monthly stipend, an apartment, and 24 hour access to studios including ceramics, metal, photography and digital media.

The MacDowell Colony nurtures the arts by offering creative individuals of the highest talent an inspiring environment in which they can produce enduring works of the imagination.

The Millay Colony for the Arts offers one-month residencies to six visual artists, writers and composers each month between the months of April and November.

The New York Studio Residency Program is located in the heart of the vibrant contemporary art world in DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) in Brooklyn.

NYFA’s Opportunities & Services for Artists, a comprehensive online directory for grants, open calls, auditions and residencies and many more nationwide for artists, writers, filmmakers, dancers, performers and musicians.

Pilchuck offers residencies to emerging artists and professional artists as well as the John H. Hauberg Fellowship, a collaborative residency.

Polli Talu (literally, “Polly’s Farm”) is a traditional Estonian farm complex situated near the Baltic Sea, 150 km southwest of the capital city Tallinn, not far from the port town of Virtsu.

Ragdale believes that time and space are not luxuries but necessary elements for creating important new work. Add eleven other creative individuals to the mix, acres of idyllic prairie, a family-style dinner each night, and you have Ragdale.

ResArts provides a huge resource list of residencies for artists.

Residency Unlimited fosters customized residency environments for artists and curators in all disciplines and at all stages of their practices, located in New York City.

The Rijksakademie residency is a place for research and production for talented, professional artists from around the world. There are fifty-five studios where resident artists, two years may engage in research, experiments, projects and production.

The Rosenbach Museum & Library’s artist-in-residence program was one of the first of its kind. It commissions artists to create original works inspired by the museum’s collection of nearly 400,000 rare books, manuscripts, and decorative and fine arts objects.

Saltonstall Arts: Time for inspiration, a quiet studio, a beautiful setting, and a stimulating community of artists working in diverse disciplines

Sculpture Space is unique in North America for its service to sculptors who come to Utica, NY to make new work. The program has helped advance the careers of over 400 national and international artists since 1976.

Sitka’s Residency Program has provided more than 200 artists, writers, musicians, and natural science scholars the opportunity to conduct their work in the unique environment of Cascade Head and Salmon River estuary.

The STUDIO is an arts research center designed to support creation and exploration in the arts, especially interdisciplinary projects that bring together the arts, science, technology and the humanities, and impact local and global communities.

Studios Midwest Art Residency is a 4-8 week summer residency in Galesburg, Illinois. Artists of any professional or graduate level and media are invited, and will help design and implement a plan for social practice in Galesburg.

TASARA – an Institution dedicated to creative weaving, is situated In Beypore, a village in Kerala. on the west coast of India. The Centre is well experienced in collaborating with renowned artists and designers in realizing their projects.

threewalls is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to increasing Chicago’s cultural capital by cultivating contemporary art practice and discourse. Through a range of exhibition and public programs, threewalls creates a locus of exchange between local, national and international contemporary art communities.

Triangle Arts Association is a not-for-profit arts organization whose mission is to support emerging and mid-career international and national visual artists, encouraging dialogue and experimentation through workshops, residencies and exhibition opportunities.

Artscape is a not-for-profit organization that makes space for creativity and transforms communities.

The Vermont Studio Center hosts 50 artists and writers each month who participate in 4 to 12 week independent studio Residencies.

Women’s Studio Workshop supports artists by providing residency grants which provides time and space where artists can come to work with 24-hour access to the studios, onsite and adjacent housing and technical advice and support.

Yaddo offers residencies to professional creative artists from all nations and backgrounds working in one or more of the following media: choreography, film, literature, musical composition, painting, performance art, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and video.

Job Search

ADBASE allows you to input your information to find new clients and connect with Creatives and Buyers.

AJB: Job search engine by state.

Agency Access: The only one stop promotional service that takes care of direct marketing for commercial photographers, illustrators, artist reps and stock agencies.

Aerotek is a leading staffing agency that matches qualified candidates with top companies worldwide.

Animation World Network provides a job search engine for animators.

ArtJob: Careers in the Visual Arts – including full and part-time employment, internships, grants, public art projects, residencies.

ArtStaffing is an innovative firm that offers staffing, consulting and training programs for museums, non-profit organizations, and art businesses nationwide.

Aquent: Marketing and Design staffing solutions.

Backdoorjobs lists short-term job adventures that allows an individual to work, travel, play, live, learn, help, create, experience, and grow.

Behance.net gives a listing of creative jobs and freelance oppurtunities.

Best Jobs USA is a search engine catered to jobs in the United States.

BookJobs provides a centralized place for job seekers to research available positions throughout the publishing industry.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics gives an informational search engine to find statistics and descriptions of the career in which you have interest.

Career Builder allows you to search careers by occupation and location.

Career Jet is an employment search engine.

Career One Stop allows individuals to search jobs by state.

Careermag has open job listings in the US in all industries and professions.

CGArena posts job listings for those familiar with computer graphics.

Creative Circle offers creative staffing, marketing staffing, and creative jobs in several major cities.

The Creative Group is a leader in matching creative talent with the best companies.

Creative Heads is a job search engine for those familiar with the new media arts.

Design Directory matches up designers with qualifying jobs in the art world.

Ed2010 lists jobs for those wanting to work in the magazine business.

Employment.com provides users with millions of job listings from through out the web.

Employmentguide provides job search resources including job fairs and career advice.

Entertainment Careers provides a job list resource for those looking to enter the entertainment and media art world.

Filter provides creative marketing solutions and staffing resources.

The Firm List provides over 15,000 job listings for the web design and development world.

FP Select Jobs reaches across the web to deliver the most targeted jobseekers and jobs.

The Friedman Agency will cater to your individual needs and deliver exceptional results in the new media fields.


Graduate Jobs is a resource for entry-level and early-career job openings in liberal arts, writing/editing, business/management, education, art, and international fields.

Guru: Freelancers — find work online and across the globe.

Idealist is a search engine that lists jobs, organizations, volunteer oppurtunities, and internships catered to your interests and location.

Indeed: Search engine for jobs.

IMDiversity: Where careers, oppurtunities, and diversity connect.

Jobs.com is a general career search engine.

TheJobBored is a job search and career advice blog.

Job Finder Advisory: free online advice for a successful career change.

Idea Bounty is a platform for crowdsourcing creative Ideas. Clients are able to post creative briefs and creatives receive a Bounty if they submit the winning Idea.

Monster: career search engine.

NationJob provides an employment and online job search engine.

OPM: Recruiting, Retaining and Honoring a World-Class Workforce to Serve the American people.

Opportunity Knocks is a job search engine.

RocketHub is the world’s funding machine. RocketHub is an international and open community that has helped thousands of artists, scientists, entrepreneurs, and philanthropists raise millions of dollars.

Startuphire.com allows individuals to find jobs at startups.

Simply Hired is another job search engine.

Talent Zoo provides a list of jobs in advertising, marketing, creative, design, new media and digital industries.

USAJobs provides a search engine for jobs in the United States.

Usa Today’s job search engine.

Quintessential careers: empowering job-seekers through their search engine.

Venture for America will recruit the best and brightest college grads to work for two years at emerging start-ups and early-stage companies in lower-cost cities.

The WallStreet Journal offers their own career search engine.

Web Director for Artists gives a search engine for the creative fields.

WorkPlace Diversity has diversity and career information from over 2500 sources.

WWD.com is the authority for breaking news, comprehensive business coverage and trends in the worlds of fashion, beauty and retail; they have a growing career search listing.

Zapplication is a one-stop universal online application system that allows artists to submit and manage applications for participating art shows and more.

Studio Spaces

There are a variety of artist studio spaces available in Portland. Creative Portland has a directory of spaces that is searchable by medium. Find studio space in Portland.

Maine Organizations

AIGA is a national organization that advances design as a professional craft, strategic advantage and vital cultural force. AIGA Maine is the local chapter that offers memberships to access networking, programming and events, as well as additional benefits.

Creative Portland is a nonprofit organization that seeks to leverage, grow, and sustain Portland’s creative industries, enterprises, and workforce. As the City’s official local arts agency, they provide connections, maps, and a bevy of additional resources as well as managing the listings for Portland’s First Friday Artwalk.

Maine Arts Commission is a State of Maine agency devoted to enhancing the cultural heritage and cultural programs within the state. Their programs include arts accessibility, arts education, grants development, media arts, public arts, traditional arts, visual arts, and more, and they offer a variety of grant opportunities.

Maine Crafts Association is a nonprofit organization that provides advocacy for craft artists, with a focus on marketing and sales opportunities, business and creative development programs, public education, networking and more. They offer memberships that provide established and emerging craft artists with connections and visibility.

New Ventures helps people all over Maine to venture in new directions by offering tuition-free programs for career, business, and financial education.

The Union of Maine Visual Artists (UMVA) represents visual artists statewide in all fields of endeavor. They collaborate with other cultural and political organizations and raise awareness for significant issues while promoting an inclusive arts community in Maine.