Could artists revive a fading Maine town?

Could artists revive a fading Maine town?

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The foundation’s most ambitious project to date has been a $110 million renovation of a derelict former state mental hospital north of Portland, turning the space into an office park, demonstration farm, and equestrian facility. Tour buses bring loads of visitors to the operation to take tours and sample homemade breads, pastries, ice cream, and cheeses made on-site with ingredients from the farm.

Jennifer Hutchins, executive director of the Maine Association of Nonprofits, said it has been a success story for Libra, offering locally made foods in summer and cross-country skiing in winter.

“It’s now a destination,” she said. “They have a reputation for doing that.”

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