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Are the arts a worthwhile investment?
Sep 13, 2023

Are the arts a worthwhile investment?

Leaders of a revitalization effort in Waterville, Maine hope the answer is yes. The town's college and other donors have put millions into more robust arts attractions.

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Investment in the arts could turn around Waterville, Maine's economy

Sep 13, 2023
In the name of community revitalization, Colby College is investing millions in arts centers and resources.
Waterville, Maine's downtown in 2010, when "Fixing the Future" was filmed. Now, closed shops have been replaced with maker spaces, an arts complex and an outpost of Colby College's museum.
Courtesy David Brancaccio

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The team

Leanna Byrne Host, BBC
Kelly Silvera Executive Producer
Meredith Garretson Morbey Senior Producer
Erika Soderstrom Producer
Alex Schroeder Producer
Ariana Rosas Producer
Jordan Mangi Digital Producer
Jesson Duller Media Producer
Nick Esposito Media Producer
Nic Perez Director/Producer
James Graham Producer, BBC
Jo Critcher Producer, BBC
Olie D'Albertanson Producer, BBC