"Books & The Arts" piece on the Maine Crafts Association and organizational fina
"Books & The Arts" piece on the Maine Crafts Association and organizational financial woes that have long been suspected but never carefully examined until founder and director Carolyn Hecker resigned in May 1997. When Gael McKibben took over as director in January 1998, she found the non-profit was deeply in debt. With the board's help, she has cut the annual budget which has been over $200,000 to $118,000 for the current fiscal year, not including $23,000 in past and current debt. Three positions have been eliminated, two highly visible but unprofitable events have been cancelled, and both printing and postage expenses have been reduced. In addition, a grant from the Maine Arts Commission has made it possible for McKibben to hire a fundraising consultant. The board has also moved the organization's office from Deer Isle, where Hecker lives and shared office space with the Haystack art school, to Portland where McKibben lives. But there is abundant hope. An October exhibition at the University of Maine is planned, and other events are scheduled for fall and winter.
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Wroth, Katherine, ""Books & The Arts" piece on the Maine Crafts Association and organizational fina" (1998). Maine News Index – Maine Times. 3026.