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An important update about Salt Admissions:

In June, Salt announced plans to close after 42 years of educational history and programming.

Fortunately, plans are underway for Salt to continue through a long-term partnership with the Maine College of Art (MECA). We hope to begin offering workshops and semester programming as early as spring/summer 2016.


Potential benefits of a partnership with MECA would include:

  • Salt becoming a credit-bearing, one-semester certificate program
  • Greater access to educational loans as well as the ability to use Americorps awards
  • The continuation of our program offerings in Radio, Writing, Photography and ShortDocs
  • Remaining in Portland, Maine and in the heart of the Arts District with access to state-of-the-art facilities at MECA
  • A wider variety of workshop offerings year round


If you have questions about Salt’s future with MECA and/or future programming, please contact us at, and remember to check our website and FB page for periodic updates and news. We’d love to hear from you, and we are so excited about the possibilities this new partnership will bring, so please reach out!


We look forward to welcoming students, once again, and continuing the educational tradition that has given Salt national and international recognition.