The arts are an integral part of Rhode Island’s economy, putting millions of dollars in circulation in the state each year. In addition, they greatly enrich the experience of living here. Like our beautiful beaches, ports and institutions of higher education, they are part of what makes Rhode Island wonderful.
BY BARNABY EVANS VALERIE TALMAGE
From Westerly to Woonsocket and Providence to Portsmouth, Rhode Island’s arts and cultural organizations are breathing new life into our cities and towns. Interest is strong, national reviews are glowing, visitors are flocking to fill Rhode Island restaurants, hotels and shops. Main streets, neighborhoods and downtown districts statewide have been revitalized by the theaters, museums, choirs, gallery nights and arts openings in their communities. New residents and businesses are captivated by Rhode Island's rich arts scene and architectural treasures.
Proposed land use rules would reduce Thayer Street building permits, parking requirements
By CATHERINE WELCH
The House will take up a budget Thursday that does not include funding for the state’s historic tax credit program. In his budget, the governor included $52 million in tax credits with a $5 million per-project cap. But in a statement, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello said the state is taking a one-year break, and points to projects still in the pipeline. Providence Preservation Society Executive Director Brent Runyon said that pipeline needs to stay open.