Title

In late September, federal funding for the arts program of the Portland Coalitio

Authors

Erik Nadolink

Source

Casco Bay Weekly

Date

10-10-2002

Pages

7

Abstract

In late September, federal funding for the arts program of the Portland Coalition for the Psychiatrically Labeled was cut in half. Fortunately, Maine College of Art (MECA), with the help of Jen Daicy, 22, a MECA student, stepped in and saved the program from extinction. While the program has been saved, it now operates only five days a week rather than seven, and has had to cut back drastically on purchasing supplies. Walter Benedict, who runs the Coalition Art Gallery, where members' artwork appears, believes the gallery, which pays rent of $1,000 a month, will not make it. Benedict, who works as a full-time volunteer, suffers from cancer and plans to return to his home in Canada on Oct. 14.

Subjects

Portland Coalition fo rthe Psychiatrically Labeled

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