MICA Conference Workshops


The Maine International Conference on the Arts boasts an incredible array of workshops and discussion sessions designed for everyone in the cultural community. The professional development workshops will be led by experts who will structure their time to include advice and training that is readily implementable by all. The discussion sessions will allow attendees to learn, share creative ideas, network and build long-lasting collaborations.  

Breakout sessions are offered in five tracks that mirror the Commission’s priorities as outlined in its new Cultural Plan, “Fortifying Maine’s Creativity and Culture.” The plan culminates in Maine’s bicentennial in 2020.

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Leveraging Investment
Breakout 1: The Development Plan - What It Is and Why You Need One
Breakout 2: Corporate Sponsorships: How to Get and Keep Them - A Canadian Model  
Breakout 3: Five Steps to Healthier Working Capital   
Breakout 4: Understanding Intellectual Property and Copyright
Building Capacity
Breakout 1: Artists as Entrepreneurs: What You Need to Know to Run Your Arts Business
Breakout 2: Why Strategic Planning is More Important Today than Ever (and How!)
Breakout 3: The Role of the Arts in Communities in Crisis
Breakout 4: Maker Spaces: New Business Models
Visibility of the Arts & Cultural Sector
Breakout 1: Opportunity Everywhere - Part I
Breakout 2: Opportunity Everywhere - Part II
Breakout 3: Data + Stories Workshop
Breakout 4: Using Technology To Document & Promote Your Work
Arts Education & Lifelong Learning
Breakout 1: Passing Traditions to the Next Generation: Traditional Artists and their Apprentices
Breakout 2: How Do Teaching, Learning and Assessment Work Together In A Positive, Productive Standards-Based Visual and Performing Arts Classroom?
Breakout 3: When Teaching Artists and Teachers Connect, Students Win!
Breakout 4: Empowering Your Voice for Arts Education
Promoting Cultural Tourism
Breakout 1: So Your Town Is Not a Cultural Destination
Breakout 2: Developing Maine's Cultural Brand
Breakout 3: Activating Your Site for the New Cultural Tourist
Breakout 4: Outside the Box: Creating Experiences Everywhere


Fri, Sep 20   Winter Harbor, ME
Schoodic Arts for All: Open Mic Night View »
Sat, Sep 21   South Paris, ME
Milbre Burch’s Tales from Beyond the Ban View »
Tue, Sep 24 - Sun, Oct 13   Portland, ME
The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl View »

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