Exodus From Portland

The arts scene in Portland, Maine, is experiencing an almost complete turnover, the likes of which have never been seen before. The creative heads of the city’s leading theatre company and symphony orchestra are departing, the curators of two prominent museums are leaving as well, and the city’s college of art and public library will shortly be headless, too. “Collectively, these changes constitute the most significant loss in arts leadership in decades and are cause for concern. The arts community is vulnerable in the best of circumstances. Take away a significant number of leaders, and the institutional knowledge that goes with it, and those vulnerabilities become more acute.”