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The Annual Organizational Arts Program Deadline has been extended to May 18th. Scroll down for more information.

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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.

Please also visit: http://pawtucketpublicart.com/

News:

Mayor Donald R. Grebien announces two City grant programs, one to support 501 (c) 3 art organizations to pay operating expenses and another to bring free artistic and musical programming in September during the upcoming Pawtucket Arts Festival.

“By supporting our arts community, we are able to bring quality programming to our residents, enhancing their quality of life,” says the Mayor. “By filling the city’s mills with artists and creative sector companies we create a powerful economic engine to support Pawtucket’s economy by bringing people to the Pawtucket’s arts studio’s galleries, theatre, music venues and restaurants.”

According to Mayor Grebien, the Arts Panel Grants Program (APGP) brings free programing to the public every year during the City’s 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,” says Grebien. 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.

Mayor Grebien notes that APGP 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. He says that 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.

Adds Mayor Grebien, the City’s Arts Organization Grants 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 $ 5,000.

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., Friday, April 23, 2021. For information, contact Jay Rosa at (401) 728-0500, Ext.450 or e-mail jrosa@pawtucketri.com.

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 Application. Applications are due at the Department of Planning and Redevelopment by 4:00 p.m., Friday, April 23, 2021. For information, contact Herb Weiss, economic & Cultural Affairs Officer, at 401 728-0500, Ext. 437 or email hweiss@pawtucketri.com.

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.

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Funding Opportunities: 

 

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., Friday, April 23, 2021.  For information, contact Jay Rosa at (401) 728-0500, Ext.450 or e-mail jrosa@pawtucketri.com.

 

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 $ 5,000. 

 

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., Friday, April 23, 2021.  For information, contact Herb Weiss, economic & Cultural Affairs Officer, at 401 728-0500, Ext. 437 or email hweiss@pawtucketri.com

 

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.

 

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