Community Partners

Acorn Productions

Acorn Productions, the theater in residence for Mechanics’ Hall, helped raise the funding necessary to open the ballroom and their efforts have also added several amenities to the ballroom. Acorn is the largest renter of space using the Hall’s ballroom for monthly First Friday performances of Naked Shakespeare, as well as the classroom and boardroom for rehearsals, workshops, and auditions.

Maine State Building and Construction Trade Council

Maine State Building and Construction Trade Council, a 14-union member council promoting unions in Maine. The MSCBTC has contributed volunteers and donated labor for many of the halls renovations and restoration projects.

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers through their apprenticeship program added a dozen outlets in the ballroom, wired the bathrooms and installed lighting in the classroom among other small projects.  In the near future they upgrade electrical service to the attic, mezzanine and ballroom.

Portland City Church

Portland City Church rents the ballroom every Sunday from 11 to 2 pm.  The PCC has also generously contributed funding for the lights in the classroom, the exterior lights, tables, and the acquisition of 160 chairs and funding for the refinished floors.

Portland Swing Project

Gillian Davis of Portland Swing Project is one of our earliest renters and assisted in the initial Gala presenting the ballroom to the public following the receipt of our public assembly permit. Gillian holds weekly swing dance classes from fall to late spring.  She has also assisted in coordinating bands for ballroom dances.


Community Television Network, one of our earliest partners, provides video production and technical assistance for many of our programs and events. We are a member of CTN and you can watch MCMA videos on our Member Page on the CTN site.

Creative Portland

Creative Portland is the city agency that represents and advocates for the creative economy.  Creative Portland has supported the efforts of the MCMA in establishing its venues in the arts district of Portland by promoting our events and connecting us with other creative partners.

Maine Historical Society

Maine Historical Society is closely aligned with the MCMA and it’s history.  MHS recently featured Mechanics’ Hall as one of the historical sites in its annual fundraising campaign “Magical History Tour”.

Greater Portland Landmarks

Greater Portland Landmarks, a staunch supporter of preserving Portland’s architectural heritage, has assisted and encouraged the ongoing efforts to restore Mechanics’ Hall and grow MCMA.