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Materials Exchange Center for Community Arts (MECCA)

Vision

MECCA is a nonprofit organization that envisions Lane County as a place where the arts and conservation are part of everyday life, and where convenient and low-cost opportunities for both are abound.

Mission

MECCA provides affordable arts education to the Lane County community through hands-on opportunities for creative reuse and artistic expression.

Goals

  • Education: Provide affordable art opportunities to citizens of all ages.
  • Waste Reduction: Emphasize reuse and conservation of materials.
  • Affordable Materials: Provide affordable art materials to schools, groups, and individuals.
  • Materials Exchange: Develop a centralized clearinghouse for reusable scrap materials. Cooperate with local businesses to collect reusable scrap materials and distribute to the public.

Programs

MECCA is a community-supported, nonprofit organization operated with the help of volunteers. They offer the following programs benefiting the citizens of Lane County:

  • Scrap Art Workshops for private parties and for the public, at their facility or yours. This is a time when people make their own crafts with assistance from MECCA staff. Projects include: paper making, bookbinding, sculpture, mask-making, paper mache, picture frames, tables, lamps, chairs, shirts, mosaics, magnets, candles, fabric dying, batik, and more.
  • Public Art Program designing and producing public art projects. Youth and adults will work together to create a large project such as a mosaic, sculpture, mural, or other public art.
  • Alternative Education Arts Program: Working with the Oregon Department of Education and local school districts, MECCA will host an alternative education arts program for middle and high school youth. Students will earn school credit and participate in a variety of arts disciplines. Academic skills will be taught through direct hands-on applications, and focused around an art-based curriculum.
  • Materials Exchange for reusable scrap materials and art supplies. Reusable scrap materials are collected from businesses and provided at low cost to the public. Educators, artists, youth groups, senior centers, children, and families have access to the materials for educational and artistic purposes.
  • Other Community Services include studio space for individual artists, art openings for local and upcoming artists, sales of youth artwork, and teacher training for youth art projects.

Ways to Help

  • Volunteer
  • Donate Supplies or Materials
  • Become a Member
  • Donate Tools and Equipment

Join the MECCA Guild

The MECCA Guild includes artistic and reuse enthusiasts and advocates for youth who want to empower the community. Their programs are modeled on successful ones in New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, Philadelphia, and elsewhere. The MECCA Board of Directors includes local artists, representatives from BRING Recycling, the University of Oregon, and McKenzie-Willamette Hospital. MECCA works in partnership with, and has the support of various arts organizations and environmental groups.

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Last updated: May 23, 2014
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