August 2019

The Maine Crafts Guild and the Maine Crafts Association are working to combine all that both organizations have to offer and emerge with a single craft organization supporting our joint missions to better support Maine craft artists, and provide a rich variety of opportunities.

At our transition team meetings, we continue to make steady progress toward bringing our two organizations together as one. Members of both the MCA and MCG have provided us with continued valuable and positive feedback, and as always, we encourage our member base to reach out to any of our Transition Team members with questions and comments. We discuss this communication at each of our meetings.

On August 1st, we had our 6th Transition Team meeting.

At this meeting, the majority of our work was centered around legal and financial topics, as well as a discussion to further encourage MCA and MCG members to join together, attend events and support each other during this transition period.

Topics included:

  • * The finalized securing of an attorney, Rob Levin, to guide us through the joining of the two organizations
  • * Further review of financial systems and reporting between the organizations
  • * Updating and review of our working timeline and action-item list
  • * Further consideration of 2020 signage (some will be funding dependent)
  • * Further planning of press releases and marketing materials for the end of 2019 into 2020

Confirmed:

  • * The Maine Crafts Association will pay for 2019 merge-related legal fees, with a payment/donation from the Maine Crafts Guild in 2020 under the guidance of attorney Rob Levin.
  • * The MCA/MCG Booth will be updated with a “Coming in 2020” banner to market the joining of the two organizations.

Thank you for your support during this process of planning and transition.

Warmly,

Tyler Gulden, MCA President

Lisa Gent, MCG President

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