COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update 3/20/20

Dear Maine Media Family,

I hope this letter reaches you in good health and spirits. We are witnessing unprecedented change in the world today. As members of this wildly talented Maine Media College + Workshops family, you belong to a rich network of visual artists and storytellers whose artistic ambitions and skills are now more important than ever. We face these times together. I know that we will meet the anxieties and uncertainty of the moment with mindful expressions and fearless creativity. And we are developing new ways to support your continued creative and professional growth in this challenging time.

As we know, the current health crisis is evolving rapidly. In concert with the CDC’s recommendations to minimize the spread of COVID-19, we have taken the following measures to safeguard our students, staff and faculty.

  •  We have suspended all on-campus and in person classes, workshops, labs and activities through April 19th. We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust our schedule as needed. If you sign up for classes anytime, our flexible enrollment and deposit policies will accommodate changes.
  • Our offices and campus are officially closed through March 31, 2020. You can continue to reach us by email or through Maine Media’s website.    
  • Many of our upcoming programs are being prepared in online formats and can respond quickly to changing recommendations provided by public health agencies.

To continue providing innovative opportunities to learn and be engaged, we are quickly moving more of our programs online. Enrollment details about the first of our offerings, from long-time faculty member Brenton Hamilton, are forthcoming.

Our Certificate programs – the Certificate in Collaborative Filmmaking (CCF) and Professional Certificate in Visual Storytelling (PCVS) – have also transitioned to online formats and will begin on Monday, March 23rd. If you would like more information or would like to enroll, please contact us here .

You may need to keep your distance, but you don’t have to be distant. There are many ways to stay connected. I sincerely encourage you to join us through social media, if you have not done so already. You can converse with us on Facebook and Instagram where we can navigate these challenging conditions together, through images, art and conversation.

With the safety and health of family, friends and our global communities at the forefront of our thoughts, our mission in arts education remains strong. This disruption and uncertainty can, in the best of circumstances, be a time for nurturing and learning. We certainly face daunting challenges in the months ahead, but together with a creative spirit and skillful determination, we will emerge as a stronger community and a more deeply connected family.

On behalf of Maine Media, my very best to you and your family.

In Solidarity,

Michael Mansfield,