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 utilizes the Hall’s 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.  IBEW Local 567 website.

First Parish Unitarian

First Parish Unitarian Universalist is a theologically, culturally, and economically diverse congregation welcoming all people who seek a religious community while practicing, creating, or discovering a personal spiritual path. First Parish is the oldest place of worship in the city, rich with history dating back to the founding of Portland and the earliest settlers of the area in the early 1600s.

Portland Swing Project

Gillian Davis of Portland Swing Project is one of our earliest partners 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.

Portland Media Center

Formally Community Television Network, PMC is one of our earliest partners and provides video production and technical assistance for many of our programs and events. We are a PMC member and you can watch Mechanics’ Hall videos on our Member Page on the PMC 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.

Maine Crafts Association

The Maine Crafts Association supports craft artists by providing educational, marketing and retail opportunities.  MCA acts to strengthen individual craft artists, Maine communities, local economies, and the visitor experience by making Maine a national crafts destination. Their street level retail store, Maine Craft Portland, opened in Mechanics’ Hall Summer 2018.

240 Strings

Working with public schools, 240 Strings provides free classical music lessons, cultivating young minds and hearts, while building community along the way. We host their Free Community Concert series in our Ballroom.

Natural Resources Council of Maine

NRCM has been protecting the nature of Maine since 1959, by harnessing the power of science, the law, and the voices of people who value Maine’s environment. NRCM utilizes our classroom and ballroom spaces for conferences and meetings.