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Thank you for your interest in Arts Funding in Pawtucket. The City of Pawtucket, recognizing the importance of art and artists, has been very proactive in creating an artist friendly environment in the City. Tax Benefits In 1998, the Rhode Island General Assembly passed a law establishing an Arts and Entertainment District in an area of the City that encompasses the downtown and mill district areas (approximately 307 acres). Designated as a model development project, the State and City provide significant tax incentives to artists selling original art, who live and work within the district, and to art galleries that are established within the district boundaries. 

Since January 1, 1999, state sales tax exemptions can be obtained for artworks sold within the arts and entertainment district for "one-of-a-kind" or limited production works of art. The law also exempts artists living and working within the newly created district from state income tax on the income generated from their creative work as an artist, writer, dance, composer/performer, sculptor, painter, photographer, actor, etc.  

Please direct any questions to Katherine Kazarian 401-728-0500, ext. 450 or kkazarian@pawtucketri.com.   Thank you for your interest and support of the arts in Pawtucket!

ARTS Organization Grant Opportunity

City of Pawtucket Announces 18th Annual Photo Contest

Pawtucket:  A City in Focus

Theme: “Pawtucket’s Color Palette”

Deadline for entry:  August 2, 2016

PAWTUCKET -- Grab your cameras and compose that picture!  The City of Pawtucket and The Camera Werks of Providence announce the 18h Annual City of Pawtucket Photo Contest.  The twelve winning photos, to be selected by a panel of local professional photographers, will illustrate the City of Pawtucket 2017 City Calendar.

This annual contest provides an opportunity to bring awareness to daily life, historic locations and the ever changing landscape of Pawtucket through the lens of a camera. The contest is open to residents and non-residents alike, but the photo must have been taken in Pawtucket.  After a public call for photo contest themes was advertised in January, approximately 25 theme suggestions were received. The theme selected for this year’s contest is “Pawtucket’s Color Palette” submitted by Linda C. Dugas of Pawtucket.

Contest Rules: All photo submissions should follow the contest theme and have been taken within the past year. All photos must be taken in the City of Pawtucket to qualify for this contest.  Only one entry per contestant will be accepted and must be submitted by the photographer. Photos may be color or black and white. Film or good quality digital prints will be accepted. All photos must be of good quality and suitable for reproduction. 

Submitted photos should be mounted on foamcore or mountboard, but not framed; overall size of the mounted photo should not be smaller than 8”x10” or larger than 12”x18”.  All photos will be on display at the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center during the City of Pawtucket’s Arts Festival in the month of September. Winners will be announced on Sunday, September 25rd at 4:00pm at a public reception where they may meet the contest judges at the Blackstone Valley Visitor’s Center, 175 Main Street, Pawtucket.   The Mayor’s Choice Award will receive a $100 cash prize, First Place will receive a$75.00 cash prize, Second Place will receive a $50.00 cash prize with remaining winners receiving gift certificates.

All winning photos will be used in the City of Pawtucket 2017 Calendar. Submissions should be dropped off at The Camera Werks, 766 Hope Street, Providence, RI Tuesday-Saturday 10-5:30pm.    Deadline for Entry:  August 2.  For further information, please call (401) 273-5367.  

Click here for entry form.

Alert: National Grid Performing Work in Pawtucket February 28

  • February 24, 2017
  • Press Release

National Grid has notified customers and the City of work happening on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 from 9:00 am- 1:00 p.m. Electrical service will be interrupted for 4 hours. If you have any issues,...  Read More >

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Mayor Grebien Announces Free Monthly Mattress, Box Spring, and E-Waste Drop Off for Residents

  • September 26, 2016
  • Event

Mayor Donald R. Grebien announced today that the City of Pawtucket, in partnership with its trash and recycling vendor, MTG Disposal, will provide an added service to Pawtucket residents seeking to...  Read More >