NEA Chairman to Tour Woonsocket This Afternoon

RiverzEdge will host walk from their building to Stadium Theater.


This afternoon at about 1 p.m., the folks at will get a visit from local economic development officials, Mayor Leo Fontaine, Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) and NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman.

"We're very excited to welcome Jack Reed and NEA (National Endwoment for the Arts) Chairman Rocco Landesman to start their tour at RiverzEdge," said Rebekah Greenwald, executive director of the arts - based youth development non-profit. RiverzEdge gives educationally and economically disenfranchised youth (ages 12 to 24) in northern Rhode Island an opportunity for paid employment in the arts and a voice in their community.

Greenwald said she hopes to have time to help the Senator and NEA Chairman to screen print a few T-shirts. She said her organization is a daily example of the power of the arts to work for the community.

That's a theme they hope to expand on to the city's benefit. Woonsocket is seeking to strengthen its creative community and is applying for a federal NEA “Our Town” grant. During the tour, city officials aim to give Landesman a firsthand look at their plans to use the arts to boost economic development on Main Street and increase community vibrancy, according to a release from the NEA.

Earlier this week, $100,000 in federal funding was made available to Woonsocket for the competitively awarded “Main Street Livability Plan,” which will be put to use enhancing Main Street by improving traffic flow and making it more pedestrian friendly with new public art, bike racks, and other streetscape improvements.

DLB April 10, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Perhaps it would be nice if they could take a few moments to swing by our schools as well.
Tommy Tutone April 10, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Bike racks might be a good place to pitch a tent,an excellent "infrastructure" investment.I'll be able to conveniently hold out my cup for donations to the increased pedestrian traffic.
Rob Borkowski April 10, 2012 at 03:19 PM
Dude - That would be the National Endowment for the Arts - please forgive the omission. I've added that information to the article.
Frankie April 10, 2012 at 06:18 PM
How about getting some business on Main st. that someone would actually go to? Have you walked down Main St. lately? It looks like a ghost town where businesses USED to be.
Sam April 10, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Who are you saying that too? The author of this article? The government? Honestly, making the city more attractive will eventually lead to that. You're yelling at absolutely no one.


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