October 2019

On October 22nd we had our seventh transition team meeting in Portland. At this recent meeting much of our work focused on preparing for the 2020 MCA Guild Fine Craft Shows including venues, dates and staffing going forward.  We also discussed potential legal steps as we near the close of the year.

Topics included:

Finalizing 2020 show dates and availability of venues. Due to the unavailability of the MDI high school for 2020 we are taking this opportunity to research other permanent venues on MDI. We welcome input from members on possible venues or contacts on the island.

Currently the three other show venues are on track for 2020. The Transition Team’s membership committee presented final jury process recommendation, minor edits were made and the 2020 jury information has been posted on the MCA website  here. The MCA Guild Level jury process will open in January 2020.

Discussion of next steps guiding membership of both organizations into new membership structure and timeline.>>> Friday November 1, 2019 – jury process for MCG membership closes and reopens January 1, 2020 for MCA Guild Level Membership on the MCA site.
>>> Current MCG members (as of 2018/2019) are able to register for MCA Guild Level Membership now.  Renew Membership Here

Next steps:

To redirect people from MCG website and social media to MCA
Roles of current MCG contracted employees in preparation for 2020 shows
Possible legal/organizational actions that need to happen before the end of the year. The need to secure legal assistance was discussed and Tyler Gulden is contacting our lawyer with specific action items. Reviewed the 2019 MCG financials to date, these financials are being used to inform the MCA 2020 budget process, as all income, expense and cash on hand will be absorbed into the MCA 2020 budget.

Reviewed the action steps from September.  All were completed or on-going.Reviewed transition timeline and made adjustments, changes, and discussed progress and upcoming needs with added action items.

Thank you and WELCOME from the Maine Crafts Association to MCA/MCG member Christine Peters, and MCG Member Tom Dahlke, who have joined Lisa Gent as new MCA Board members: our transition process included positioning MCG representatives on the MCA Board and we are happy to have completed this important step!

As always, we thank you for your support during this process and please contact any member of the Transition Team with your comments, questions or concerns.

Warmly,

Lisa Gent – MCG President
Tyler Gulden – MCA President

September 2019

On September 24, 2019 the Transition Team had its seventh meeting in Portland. At this recent meeting much of our work focused on reviewing our transition timeline, progress, and upcoming needs; as well as what changes, if any, are made to the Guild Level Membership Jury process.

Topics included:

  • Member feedback- Jury process
  • Timing and transition of Guild membership to MCA
  • Timing and transition of MCG website integration to MCA

Key decisions made:

  • 1) The last day to apply for MCG Membership Jury is November 1, 2019
  • 2) First day to apply to MCA Guild Level Membership Jury is January 2, 2020
  • 3) MCA’s website has a new Guild Fine Craft Shows page where confirmed information will be posted as it is available – https://mainecrafts.org/programs/guild-fine-craft-shows/
  • 4) As of November 15, 2019, MCG’s website will be changed to a landing page with links directing visitors to MCA’s website
  • 5)Current Guild Member profiles will continue to be accessible by a link on MCG’s landing page.

Thank you for your support during this process of planning and transition.
Warmly,
Lisa Gent, MCG President
Tyler Gulden, MCA President

July 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.

We continue to make progress on bringing our two organizations together. The feedback from both members of MCG and MCA, as well as, the general public has been positive and supportive. As always, we encourage you to reach out to any Transition Team member with feedback; we report this feedback at every meeting.

On July 16th we had our fourth transition team meeting in Portland. 

At this recent meeting much of our work focused on developing a comprehensive timeline including a detailed to-do list as well as continued legal issues and marketing and followed up on the work of several sub-committees.  

Topics included:

  • Discussion on finding the right lawyer to fit our needs
  • Finalized details for MCG/MCA show booth with its debut at the MDI show
  • Researching possibilities for grant funding to support the transition and 2020 needs
  • Developing a fact sheet to answer questions about MCG/MCA collaboration
  • Finalizing 2020 membership levels and benefits
  • Continued work on MCA by-laws and establishing a standards and jury committee
  • Discussion on the possibility of trademarking show name/logo in 2020
  • Finalizing details the MCA 2019 Master Craft Artist Award Presentation event at Belfast show August 16th

We Accomplished:

  • 1. The MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) was signed by both organizations
  • 2. We developed a comprehensive timeline with a to-do list that will help direct the  transition team in accomplishing the needs ahead of us. This is a working timeline and can be adapted and updated as needed.

As always, we thank you for your support during this process.

Warmly,

Lisa Gent – MCG President

Tyler Gulden – MCA President

MCG & MCG Transition Team

June 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.
We continue to make progress on bringing our two organizations together.  The feedback from both members of MCG and MCA as well as the general public has been positive and supportive. As always, we encourage you to reach out to any Transition Team member with feedback; we report this feedback at every meeting.
On June 4th we had our third transition team meeting in Portland.  
At this recent meeting much of our work focused on legal/administrative issues and marketing and followed up on the work of several sub-committees.
Topics included:

  • Reviewing and finalizing an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding)
  • Updates to MCA bylaws 
  • Reviewing current technology and financial systems from each org 
  • Applying for grant funding to support the transition and 2020 needs
  • Designing a printed information card about the merging of MCA & MCG
  • Developing and delegating the MCA/MCG information booth for the 2019 show season
  • Reviewed current show signage and how to transition to 2020
  • Reviewed current show trailer logistics and how to transition into 2020
  • Planned for press releases and continued marketing plan for 2019 into 2020

We confirmed two pieces of the plan:

  1. The new name of the current MCG shows once under MCA management:

As a group of shows, not including MCA’s current Portland Fine Craft Show they will be called: Guild Fine Craft Shows, and individually: Guild Fine Craft Show: Town Name

  1. The 2019 Master Craft Artist Award presentation, honoring Tom Ferrero, will be held at the MCG Belfast show preview party August 16; this will be a joint effort sharing resources and audiences.

At our next meeting we will dedicate time to developing a comprehensive timeline and “to do” list to fully establish and accomplish the needs ahead of us.
As always, we thank you for your support during this process.

Warmly,

Lisa Gent – MCG President

Tyler Gulden – MCA President

MCG & MCG Transition Team

May 2019

MCA & MCG Transition Update May 2019
As you know, the Maine Crafts Association and Maine Crafts Guild are working to combine all that both organizations have to offer and emerge with a single Maine craft organization supporting our joint missions to better support Maine craft artists and provide a rich variety of opportunities.

On April 30, 2019 we had our second transition team meeting in Portland. We continue to be moving forward in a positive and productive direction.  Below you will find an overview of that meeting including an update as to where we are at and what is currently happening.
The subgroups focusing on previously identified tasks reported on discussions and information collected since the committee’s first meeting  

  • Vision Statement was created to guide the process of bringing MCG and MCA together:The Maine Crafts Guild and the Maine Crafts Association are working collaboratively to create one statewide craft organization.  Building on the strengths of each organization we will combine resources while maintaining the history and legacy of each group to better serve the needs of our members and promote craft throughout the state of Maine.
  • Reading material and resources related to best practices for merging organizations were shared
  • Membership and Jury team met to discuss integration of a Guild level membership and jury process into MCA’s existing membership structure beginning 2020
  • Board, Leadership and Bylaws team identified MCA bylaw amendments to be considered at the time of the merge; Transition Team is in agreement on adding a Standards Committee to MCA board committee structure
  • Communication, Marketing and Culture team is finalizing plans for a social gathering/event connected to the Maine Crafts Guild’s Belfast show in August 2019
  • Ongoing tasks:
    •  determine name of future Guild craft show series (2020 and beyond)
    • identify organizational and bylaw changes as needed
  • New items the Committee identified:
    • have MCA/MCG booths at each Maine Crafts Guild show during the 2019 season
    • develop a Tech team to address website and online jury process integration
    • assess craft show signage and branding and create timeline to make changes
  • Additionally, the Team agreed to offer FREE admission to all current MCA members to the 2019 MGC Fine Craft Shows in 2019. Simply sign-in as an MCA member at the registration desk at the show.

As always, thank you for your support during this process.

Warmly,

Lisa Gent, MCG President


Tyler Gulden, MCA PresidentMCG & MCA Transition Team
Useful links:Maine Crafts Association: www.mainecrafts.org
Maine Crafts Guild:www.mainecraftsguild.com
Maine Crafts Guild Membership: 
www.mainecraftsguild.com/professional-membership/
Maine Crafts Guild 2019 Shows:https://www.mainecraftsguild.com/fine-craft-shows/

Transition Team Contact Information:
Tyler Gulden: tyler.gulden@yahoo.comLisa Evans: lbevans220@gmail.comLisa Gent: lisa@lisagent.comTom Dahlke: dahlketom@gmail.comHillary Hutton: hutton@huttonstudios.comSuanne Williams-Lindgren: swlsparcove@gmail.comSadie Bliss: sadie@mainecrafts.org

April 2019

MCA + MCG Transition Update April 2019

On April 2, 2019 we had our first official transition team meeting in Portland. This team consists of 3 MCG board members, 2 MCA board members plus the MCA executive director and a facilitator. We had a very productive meeting as we began to lay out the framework for bringing these two organizations together to better serve the needs of Maine craft artists statewide. It became clear that while there are many, many details to work through we are all in agreement on the common goals and outcomes to achieve by 2020.

We created several subgroups to begin working on specific tasks:

  • Vision Statement to guide the process going forward
  • Communication, Culture and Marketing
  • Membership and Jury
  • Board, Leadership and By-Laws
  • Staff Roles and Impact
  • Legal, Financial and Physical Assets

Members from both organizations will be focusing on these subgroups in the coming months. To maintain transparency, you will continue to receive updates like this one; MCA and MCG board presidents, Tyler Gulden and Lisa Gent will communicate meeting summaries and transition progress to both memberships within one week of each meeting.

Merger Plan 2018

What we have already accomplished:
Lisa Gent has been voted onto the MCA Board of Directors beginning in September 2019; two more MCG members will be added in 2020;
In 2019, the MCG shows will run, managed by MCG exactly as they did in 2018 and years prior. MCG has hired Lizz Berry to be the show coordinator of all four shows. Lizz is a current part-time MCA employee, she will fulfill her role as “Show-Co” independent from MCA but act as a bridge between the two organizations. It is likely that in 2020 Lizz will continue in this role, but as an MCA employee.
MCG and MCA membership will remain independent during the 2019 calendar year and join as one beginning in 2020. Current, juried MCG members will have automatic entry into the 2020 shows and future shows. If you join MCG in 2019 you will be part of this group. (It is not determined yet if the auto entry will apply to the MCA only current show, the Portland Fine Craft Show).

Jointly, we have the highest hopes and expectations of a smooth, transparent and thoughtful transition. It is our intention to keep both memberships updated throughout the year of our progress. If you have questions, comments or concerns about the process you are invited to contact anyone on the team. Your input will be shared with the rest of the team and taken into consideration.