Maine College of Art design app for First Friday Art Walk


In Portland, Maine, the first Friday of every month is known as the Art Walk. The event consists of self-guided tours of local art galleries, studios, museums and alternative venues, according to the Art Walk website. In an effort to accommodate those who wish to participate, several students from the Maine College of Art (MECA) have designed a mobile application (app) that guides people through downtown.

The Portland Daily Sun reports that students completed a class titled Designing Mobile Experiences, which taught them how to develop apps. The professors of the course are MECA alumni Michael DeSouza and Justin Velgos of Tap Tapas, which is an app development company.

"Most people don't venture real far off from Congress Street and most are a little more nervous going places they haven't been before," Velgos told the news source.

The app was designed to provide Art Walk participants with a map of galleries and studios as well as food and drink establishments.

Overall employment of artists and professionals in related fields is expected to increase over the next several years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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