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August 16, 2011

In the Arts: City-Aid Cuts Put Baltimore's Poe House on Financial Edge

The Edgar Allan Poe House, in Baltimore, faces closure in a matter of months after city officials decided for the second straight year not to subsidize the museum, says Agence France-Presse.

Until last year City Hall annually provided about $85,000, or nearly all of the budget, for the small museum in a house where the famed writer lived from 1832 to 1835. With Baltimore tightening its belt in the face of a $120-million deficit, “the Poe house was not considered to fit the core-services criteria,” said Tom Stosur, the city's director of planning.

The house has remained open since the initial cutoff thanks to donations and fund-raising events but has only enough money to stay open through next June, said its curator Jeff Jerome.

In other arts news:

• Ahead of next week's Chicago Dancing Festival, the city's dance scene has found a high-profile advocate in Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who studied ballet and modern dance in his youth, The Washington Post says.

“We’ve been known for our architecture, our opera, our museums, and known for our music. Now we’re going to be known for our dance,” said Mr. Emanuel, who is better known nationally for his salty tongue and tenures in the Clinton and Obama administrations. “And now you have a mayor who has a particular interest in this art form, which is unique, so let’s use it and build on it.”

• The New York Transit Museum and similarly themed institutions are adopting programs for children with autism, writes The New York Times, because research shows they often develop a fascination with trains.