Promoting the arts in Providence to help the economy

Providence is already recognized as an arts and cultural center. The objectives of Creative Providence: A Cultural Plan for the Capital City, are:

  • To serve as a catalyst for city and statewide conversations about the evolution and sustainability of the arts.
  • To recognize artists, art administrators and cultural institutions as leaders who already shape the current environment.
  • To provide emerging arts leaders and experienced professionals with a forum to develop fresh ways of enriching the arts.

Two consulting firms will lead the effort: Craig Dreeszen, a nationally recognized cultural planner, and the staff of New Commons, a Providence-based think tank.

A community forum on how the city’s artistic community evolved will be held on Oct. 7 from 2 until 5 p.m. at the Rhode Island Convention Center. A second forum on how to strengthen the city’s “creative ecosystem” will be held Nov. 18 from 2 until 5 p.m. at the Roger Williams Park Casino.

And the Department of Art, Culture and Tourism will invite a group of local and national leaders to discuss the challenges facing the local arts community on March 3 and 4 at the Rhode Island Convention Center.

The public is invited to share their thoughts on line at a new Web site, Yeah, I built it!

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