Business Volunteers for the Arts/Rhode Island® (BVA/RI) has
worked to "keep the arts in business" by promoting mutually
beneficial partnerships between the arts and business communities
of Rhode Island.
of the need for increased programs and services to help Rhode Island’s
growing arts and cultural community thrive, the staff of BVA/RI
resolved to reorganize the organization as the Arts & Business
Council of Rhode Island (A&BC/RI) effective January 31, 2002.
is a program of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce in partnership
with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA), with additional
support from the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC)
and is one of 23 affiliates of the Arts & Business Council/USA
network, which collectively provides the largest national volunteer
network serving the arts and cultural community.
strategy was designed to strengthen the A&BC/RI’s role
as a leading arts service organization with both local and national
affiliation, and to expand relationships with the Arts & Business
Council, INC. and its national network of programs and resources.
its local and national programs, the Arts & Business Council
of Rhode Island will continue to recruit and bring expertise, resources,
educational opportunities and leadership talent from the business
world to build the capacity of the state’s non-profit arts
and cultural organizations. The A&BC/RI will deepen relationships
with our current program partners and forge new partnerships in
support of additional program opportunities within Rhode Island’s
emerging creative economy cluster, assuring Rhode Island’s
economic competitiveness and quality of life.
and businesses that partner with the Arts & Business Council
of Rhode Island benefit through meaningful volunteer opportunities
for employees, improved workforce and professional development opportunities,
greater access to arts resources, and the opportunity to be part
of a community enhanced by the presence of a vibrant arts sector.