METLIFE FOUNDATION NATIONAL ARTS PAST FORUMS
THE ARTS: essential
building blocks for healthy communities
A panel discussion
exploring examples of how the arts have been a major catalyst for
community and economic development around the country.
the Arts & Business Council of Rhode Island
In cooperation with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
Location: Trinity Repertory Company
201 Washington Street, Providence
Six program directors from the National Endowment for the Arts
shared their unique perspectives on the role the arts play throughout
the country in building partnerships with business and civic leaders
to address the public good.
The panel offered examples from their program/content areas that
have helped cities and states meet educational, economic and social
challenges while helping to build vital communities with a high quality
The forum provided local arts, business and civic leaders an opportunity
to assess the feasibility of developing a comprehensive cultural plan
for Rhode Island as a way to strategically integrate the assets in
our community with the State's economic, education and other policy
Cliff Becker, Director of Literature
Gigi Bolt, Director of Musical Theatre and Theatre
Robert Frankel, Director of Museums and Visual Arts
Doug Herbert, Director of Arts Learning
Douglas Sonntag, Director of Dance
Vanessa Whang, Director of Multidisciplinary & Presenting Arts
This program is part of the Arts & Business Council's MetLife Foundation
National Arts Forum Series .
Date: May 21, 2002
Time: 12:30 – 2:00 pm
Location: Rhode Island Convention Center
What Builds Cultural Capital: Profiles of Support for Arts &
Culture in Rhode Island
The Arts & Business Council of Rhode Island brought together
renowned researchers to present a sneak-preview to the official
fall release of the findings from the National and Local Profiles
of Cultural Support project. This was a nation-wide study profiling
support for arts and culture in ten American cities including Providence
sponsored by the Pew Charitable Trusts and Americans for the Arts.
The panelists used the findings to frame a discussion of the trends
for financial support for art and culture in Rhode Island, highlighting
our strengths and weaknesses. They also outlined the implications
of the findings on state and local government, business, and community
leaders and called for focus on developing comprehensive and coordinated
cultural policies and programs for the city and state. The panel
drew from other recent efforts to show why a healthy and diverse
cross-section of support is vital to building a vibrant community
that is attractive to business investment, tourists, and new residents.
Because of the
community-wide implications of this study, the attendees reflected
a number of different sectors outside the arts and cultural community
including local and state government officials, business leaders,
representatives from the funding community, and scholars.
Wyszomirski, Professor of Public Policy and Art Education and Director,
Arts Policy and Administration Program, Ohio State University; Research
Committee Chair, Center for Arts and Culture, Washington, D.C.
Dr. Ann Galligan,
Co-Director, Cultural and Arts Policy Research Institute, Northeastern
University, Boston, MA.
Executive Director, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
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