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The Industrial Revolution began at Slater Mill in 1793. Artistic creativity and skills flourished on the Blackstone River. Today, Pawtucket's mills are home to businesses, restaurants, artists, and livable space. Visitors can experience art galleries across the city, attend performances, and hear live music. The City's infastructure is also infused with art, such as murals along the I-95 corridor and throughout the city.  Mayor Donald R. Grebien has been proactive in creating an artist friendly environment in the City.

On a state-level, in 1998, the Rhode Island General Assembly passed a law creating a 307 acre Arts and Entertainment District in the City’s historic downtown. The Rhode Island General Assembly enacted legislation, signed by the Governor to allow artists to sell art work throughout the state without charging sales tax.  However, for artist (eligible to participate) living within the City’s legislatively designated district, the law exempts them from paying state income tax on the income generated from their creative work, specifically in the artistic media of writing, dance, composer/performer, sculptor, painter, photographer, and actor.

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Press release: Pawtucket Launches Public Art Program

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Arts Panel Grant Program

The grant program strives to bring more, free programing available to the public at the Pawtucket Arts Festival. Since we want to make the month of September as special and celebratory of the arts in our city as possible, we are asking for applicants to submit artistic or musical performances to help to enhance the annual festival’s presence. Grants up to $ 1,000 are available (to support artistic performances, exhibitions, workshops and special events targeted to our diverse community and to bring visitors to the City).  

Grant awards are determined by the Pawtucket Arts Review Panel based on established criteria, including the project’s artistic merit, potential for cultural and community connections, and the project’s clarity and achievability. Emphasis is also placed on projects that are available at low or no cost to Pawtucket residents.  Successful applicants are reimbursed upon the completion of the project.             

Applications for Arts Panel Grant Program can be obtained from the Department of Planning and Redevelopment, located on the first floor of Pawtucket City Hall, 137 Roosevelt Avenue or from the following link: Arts Panel Grant Application.  Applications are due at the Department of Planning and Redevelopment by 4:00 p.m., April 17, 2020.  For information, contact Jay Rosa at (401) 728-0500, Ext.450 or e-mail


Arts Organizational Grant Program


The grant program provides eligible Pawtucket-based nonprofit arts organizations with funding that can be used to pay operating expenses including, rent, utilities, staffing, etc.  Applicants may request up to 10% of their unrestricted revenues (as evidenced in their most recent financial statement, which must be submitted) or $5,000 whichever is less. 

Applications for Arts Organizational Grant Program can be obtained from the Department of Planning and Redevelopment, located on the first floor of Pawtucket City Hall, 137 Roosevelt Avenue or from the following link: Arts Organization Grant ApplicationApplications are due at the Department of Planning and Redevelopment by 4:00 p.m.April 17, 2020 For information, contact Herb Weiss, economic & Cultural Affairs Officer, at 401 728-0500, Ext. 437 or email


Please note: An applicant for either grant program may not receive the full amount of funding requested, this being determined by the amount of program funding available and the number of applicants awarded grants.


The Cities of Central Falls and Pawtucket Thank the Chinese-American Community of Rhode Island for Mask Donation

  • April 8, 2020
  • Press Release

Donations Spearheaded by Community Leaders Louis Yip and Sunny NgCENTRAL FALLS, RI- On Monday, April 6th, the Chinese-American Community of Rhode Island donated 200,000 face masks to the State of...  Read More >

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"The birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution, Pawtucket is poised to undergo a 21st century evolution into Rhode Island's premier arts and cultural destination, an ideal community to live, work, play, start a business and raise a family."

- Mayor Donald R. Grebien

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2019 Spring Street Paving

  • May 2, 2019
  • Event

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