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Q: Will Pre-College still begin on July 5th?

A: Due to the COVID-19 crisis and the uncertainty surrounding the situation, MECA has made the difficult decision to postpone Pre-College 2020 to 2021. For any student that registered for Pre-College 2020, we will reach out with online workshops and webinars to engage our Pre-College students during this time of social distancing.


Q: If MECA cancels Pre-College due to COVID-19 precautions, will I be refunded?

A: Yes.


Q: Will the remaining Winter/Spring classes be rescheduled?

A: Maine College of Art has always done its best to reschedule and create makeup classes. However, we are unable to do so during this time.


Q: What if I registered for a Winter/Spring workshop that has not happened yet?

A: Students will be refunded for Winter/Spring workshops that have not begun.


Q: When can I pick up my artwork and or supplies?

A: Mon. through Wed. Mar. 23 through Mar. 25–9am to 5pm. Please enter the Porteous building on Congress Street, the Free Street entrance will be locked. The above hours also apply to 380 Cumberland Ave.


Q: Will there be in-person Continuing Studies classes this Summer?

A: Due to the COVID-19 crisis, and the uncertainty surrounding this situation, it is with great sadness that we have made the decision to cancel all in-person Continuing Studies classes this summer. This includes all adult workshops and classes as well as our youth camps. While this decision aligns with our commitment to do what we can to safeguard the health and well-being of every member of our community, it does not make this difficult announcement any easier. 


Q: If I signed up for a Summer class and MECA cancels it due to COVID-19 precautions, will I be refunded?

A: Yes.


Q: Will there be online programming this summer?

A:Yes, Continuing Studies will be offering online programming.  We will be announcing our online class offerings as well as registration dates in the next few weeks...please stay tuned!


Q:Do you offer Gift Certificates?

A:Yes! You can purchase a gift certificate on our website. A digital gift certificate will automatically be sent to the designated recipient. If you'd like a physical certificate, please call or email us at 207.699.5061 or cstudy@meca.edu.


Q: Will I get a confirmation before my class starts?

A: When you register for a class, you will receive an email confirmation. This is the only confirmation you will receive. Some, but not all, teachers will email their students a week or so before a class starts, but this doesn't always happen. Make sure to mark your calendar with the first day of class when you register so it doesn't sneak up on you! 

If a class doesn't have sufficient enrollment, we will notify you a week before the first scheduled class to let you know the class will be canceled. A full refund will be issued in this event. 


Q: How will I find my class room?

A: Maine College of Art occupies two buildings: the Porteous building is the primary location, at 522 Congress Street. The second location is at 380 Cumberland Ave, just two blocks from the main building. Please note that the entrance to 380 Cumberland is actually on Casco street, through the parking lot. Once you've entered a building, a security personnel can help direct you. There are also posters with classes and room numbers throughout both buildings. 


Q: Where can I park during class?

A: Maine College of Art does not provide parking or validate parking. Some options are:

  • Street parking - the streets directly surrounding the college are metered, from 9-6pm, Monday through Saturday. If you don’t mind walking a small distance, you can park a few blocks away for unmetered street parking. A good place to start looking is Pleasant Street.

  • Parking Garages or Lots - We cannot validate any parking, but a few close options are:

    • Spring Street Parking Garage: (closest to MECA) 45 Spring St, (207) 874-2842

    • Fore River Parking: (two blocks away) 44 Spring St. (207) 772-7716

    • Monument Square Garage: (closest to 380 Cumberland) 53 Brown St. (207) 773-2761


Q: Do I get any discounts as a Continuing Studies Student?

 A: Yes! Take a copy of your registration confirmation (the email you received after registering), and show it to the cashier at Art Mart (517 Congress Street - right across the street from MECA), and you'll get a 10% discount off your purchase!


Q: I'm from out of town, where should I stay in Portland?

A: The following hotels offer special rates for MECA students:

Holiday Inn by the Bay

88 Spring Street, Portland, ME 04101

(207) 775-2311

Call for rates. Must ask for Maine College of Art special corporate rate.


Hyatt Place Portland — Old Port

433 Fore Street, Portland ME, 04101

(207) 775-1000

Call for rates. Must ask for Maine College of Art special corporate rate.


Q: Where can I get coffee/breakfast/lunch while I'm at MECA?

 A: Portland has lots of amazing food. Here are a few places that are close to MECA:

  • Mr. Bagel - directly across the street from MECA on Congress St, get a cup of coffee, breakfast, a sandwich or salad! Open Mon-Fri, 7am-2pm

  • Otto’s - Gourmet pizza just a block away on Congress St. Get a slice to go, or dine in. Open every day, 11am-2am.

  • Public Market House - two floors with a diverse array of options. From soup to falafel or smoothies to pho, you’re sure to find something delicious! Located a few blocks down Congress St in Monument Square. Open Mon-Sat, 8am-7pm, and Sun 10am-5pm.
Depending on the time of year, the MECA Cafe might be open with coffee, breakfast, and lunch options. Located on the second floor. 

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