I have always noticed downtown Eugene’s strong interest in the arts. Organizations such as the Eugene Storefront Art Project and events such as Lane Arts Council’s “First Friday Artwalk” show that residents care about art.
The Materials Exchange Center for Community Arts (MECCA) is a non-profit located in downtown Eugene. According to their website, “MECCA is dedicated to diverting scrap materials from the waste stream and into the creative endeavors of our community. MECCA provides access to low-cost arts programming in an inclusive environment that enhances the cultural life of Lane County.”
MECCA’s pairing of a will to recycle as well as provide art supplies for the community sparked my interest. I have decided to profile the director of MECCA, Mija Andrade.