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Maryland arts organizations denounce potential loss of federal funding

Baltimore-based Wide Angle Youth Media receives only about 2 percent of its budget from the federal government, but that doesn't mean officials there were alarmed any less by the news that President Donald Trump is looking to slash federal arts programs.

The loss of federal funding could be just the start of a downhill slide, officials at Wide Angle and many other local arts organizations fear.

"If you start pulling out the national piece, then the state piece starts to fall apart," said Susan Malone, executive director of the group, which provides arts education for Baltimore youths. "There's just not enough resources there, if you start to dismantle the...