Senate passes resolution to create arts task force
The state Senate unanimously passed a joint resolution Tuesday calling for a task force on economic development through the arts. Sponsored by Sen. President Teresa Paiva Weed, who represents Jamestown, the resolution is one result of an arts charrette held in February. The charrette was hosted by Gov. Lincoln Chafee and more than 100 people from the arts community were in attendance.
“The arts are a powerful economic engine for our state,” said Paiva Weed. “It is in the state’s economic interest to continue to look for ways to promote the arts and to position ourselves as the ‘state of the arts.’”
The resolution will now be sent to the House. In 2009, 1,163 arts organization amounted to $324 million in spending and jobs for nearly 5,200 people.