2007-07-12 / Letters to the Editor

Thanks arts district advocates

The Conanicut Island Art Association thanks the many people who supported the effort to obtain an arts district designation for Jamestown.

Bruce Long, our state representative, deserves particular thanks. He worked diligently, bringing information to the CIAA and the Town Council. Artists, artisans, and gallery owners voiced their support. The Town Council listened, and allowed Representative Long to propose the legislation. State Senator Teresa Paiva-Weed was very supportive. Allie Sabalis, former president of the CIAA, coordinated the effort on the island, and was joined by others, including Priscilla Foley, Don Miller, Jocelyn Donaghue, and Kevin Somerville. Finally, Gail Bolger deserves our thanks for bringing the opportunity to our attention in the first place.

Unfortunately, the state budget did not allow the creation of any new arts districts this year. We hope to be able to try again.

Karen Twiss Krider

President, CIAA

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