"City" piece on New Year's Portland, the city's annual street festival. Maine A
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- Maine Arts Inc; New Years/Portland; Portland Arts and Cultural Alliance
"City" piece on New Year's Portland, the city's annual street festival. Maine Arts Inc. is pulling out of its sponsorship and ending its partnership with the Portland Arts and Cultural Alliance (PACA) to present concerts and shows in Portland. Maine Arts executive director Michael Miclon said his group needs to refocus on its primary responsibility, the Maine Festival, a yearly event in Brunswick that features almost 2,000 performers from around the state. Meanwhile, PACA's future is in doubt, because of budget cuts and the loss of a key staffer. Several options are being considered, including turning PACA over to the Portland Downtown District, turning the organization into an official city department, or even disbanding it.