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Impacts of Shutdown On Head Start Program, Art Competition

Anni Crouter poses with her painting at ArtPrize, an art competition in Michigan. The shutdown means that her work will be displayed outside the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum. (ArtPrize)
Anni Crouter poses with her painting at ArtPrize, an art competition in Michigan. The shutdown means that her work will be displayed outside the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum. (ArtPrize)

States around the country are feeling the pinch from the government shutdown.

Many Head Start programs around the country were already being impact by sequester cuts, but now many are being forced to close because of the shutdown.

Bill Bevacqua, of the Action for Bridgeport Community Development, runs Head Start programs in Bridgeport, Conn., and all 13 programs had to close.

In addition to these serious impacts, the shutdown also creates many major inconveniences.

Anni Crouter is an artist, and she’s one of the top ten finalists in the annual art prize competition held in Grand Rapids, Michigan,

Her piece, a giant oil painting of a polar bear titled “Polar Expressed,” was supposed to be exhibited at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum, but they’ve had to move it outdoors.

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