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Salt Institute in Talks to Partner with Maine College of Art

PORTLAND, Maine — The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, which announced its closure recently, is a step closer to partnering with the Maine College of Art.

That according to Salt's board of trustees, which released a written statement today indicating that talks are underway with MECA to negotiate some type of future relationship.

News of the 40-year-old school's closure six weeks ago prompted an outcry from many alumni who were critical of the move. They formed a group called "Save Salt" in hopes of keeping the school open.

The statement indicates that the archive of student work will remain with Salt, but that Salt and MECA are proposing the creation of an alumni advisory board as the two proceed through a due diligence phase of negotiations.

Editor's note: MPBN's Patty Wight serves on the Salt board.