Supporters call for meeting to save Rockland arts center

Posted May 02, 2012, at 6:06 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — Joseph Steinberger said he could not stand by and not try to save the Lincoln Street Center for Arts and Education.

The board of directors of the center, which is located in the historic former Rockland schoolhouse, announced last week it was closing the center as of June 30 because of the lack of money to maintain the 45,000-square-foot, three-story brick building.

Steinberger, a Rockland lawyer and former city councilor, said the building is too important to the community to be placed at risk. He decided to call for a meeting 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, at the center.

He said Rockland Mayor Brian Harden has agreed to lead the meeting during which Steinberger said he hopes ideas will be brought up on how to save the center and preserve the building. He said he has invited the board to attend the meeting.

Steinberger said he understands there is a lot of work needed on the building but questioned whether the costs were insurmountable. He said if the community is made aware of the problems they may be able to offer solutions.

The lawyer is familiar with operating a local nonprofit organization. He was a founder of the Penobscot School which teaches foreign languages from its Rockland building.

The Lincoln Street Center is home to about 50 artists who lease space in the building and also by the independent Watershed School. The school is looking for a new home and said it will operate when the next school year begins in September.

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