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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/

Grant applications:

2023 Arts Organizational Grant Application

2023 Arts Review Panel Application

City of Pawtucket hosts the Second Annual Black History Month Impact Awards

  • March 1, 2024
  • Press Release

PAWTUCKET, RI - The City of Pawtucket hosted the Second Annual Black History Month Impact Awards yesterday evening. The event included Black-led businesses, organizations, and art, as well as...  Read More >

City Speak
"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

New Event

2023 Mayor's Holiday Dinner

  • December 12, 2023
  • Event

Celebrating the success of the Mayor's Holiday Dinner – a time-honored tradition in Pawtucket! Grateful for the incredible support from elected officials, City of Pawtucket employees, and generous...  Read More >