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Art Institutions

Maine College of Art (MECA) offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts, a Master of Fine Arts in Studio Arts, a Master of Arts in Teaching, and Continuing Studies for adults and kids, including a Pre-College intensive for high school students.

Maine Crafts Association (MCA) is a leading cultural organization serving a state-wide network of 600+ emerging, mid-career and master artist-members, as well as non-member artists, art collectors and the general public by providing educational, enrichment and engagement opportunities throughout the year. The MCA operates two retail galleries and resource centers: The Center for Maine Craft (est. 2008) and Maine Craft Portland (est. July 2018). Both venues support artists with income, exposure, education and programming. MCA offers two major events connecting artists with the public: Portland Fine Craft Show and Maine Craft Weekend. MCA's two major educational programs are the Craft Apprentice Program and Workshop Weekend at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. MCA offers other marketing, educational, networking and community building initiatives, workshops, Master awards and more throughout the year, often in partnership with other institutions.

The Maine Project for Fine Art Conservation, or Project MEAC, is a non-profit, fine art conservation lab-studio. Project MEAC is committed to preserving art from Maine's museums and historical societies and conserving artworks belonging to Maine people. 

Oak Street Studios is an art institute for young people in Portland. Their "College for Kids" curriculum introduces students to methods and materials inspired by college courses and taught by practicing artists. 

Salt Institute for Documentary Studies at Maine College of Art offers intensive fifteen-week programs in documentary writing, radio, and photography for undergraduate and graduate students.