• The Arts: A Driving Force in Rhode Island’s Economy

    The arts play an important role in the life and economy of cities, states, the nation. Theaters, galleries, festivals and so forth attract visitors and residents and create a ripple effect of benefits including more vibrant communities and thriving local businesses. To address these and related topics – such as the role of policies and public investments in creating a lively arts scene – a panel of distinguished speakers will participate in a 90-minute discussion moderated by Pell Center Senior Fellow Joseph Grady, who will contribute perspectives on public dialog about the issue. Audience members will be encouraged to contribute questions and opinions.

    Randall Rosenbaum – Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, Executive Director

    Paul Carroll – City of Newport, Director of Civic Investment

    Alexander “Sandy” Nesbitt – Alexander Nesbitt Photography, Owner

    Daniel Kertzner – Rhode Island Foundation, Vice President for Grant Programs

    Dominque Alfandre – Arts and Cultural Alliance, Board of Director

    Joseph Grady, Ph.D. Moderator- Pell Center, Senior Fellow for Public Policy

    This event is being held in collaboration with the Newport Chamber of Commerce and The People’s Credit Union.

    Date:   February 18, 2014

    Time:   8:00 a.m. Networking Breakfast

    8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Panel Discussion & Q&A


    Pell Center – Young Building

    518 Bellevue Avenue (intersection of Ruggles Avenue)

    Newport, RI

    RSVP to [email protected] or 401-341-2927. Seating is limited.

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