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Since 1989, 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.

In recognition 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.

The A&BC/RI 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.

The reorganization 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.


Through 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.

Corporations 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.

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