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.