Category Archives: Arts and the Community

Rhode Island Foundation Offering Community Grants

Centennial Community Grants available for community-making projectsIn 2016, the Rhode Island Foundation will commemorate 100 years. To celebrate they plan to fund community-making projects throughout the state. Projects may include improvements to parks, streetscapes, and other public spaces; creative use of art in public spaces; and engaging programming that invites people to experience community in public spaces.

Applications are due by February 12. Funding decisions will be announced by March 31. For details go to Rhode Island Foundation’s website.

In Newport County 357 Arts-Related Businesses Employ 1,199 People

The Creative Industries: Business & Employment in the Arts report provides a research-based approach to understanding the scope and economic importance of the arts in Newport County, RI. The creative industries are composed of arts businesses that range from nonprofit museums, symphonies, and theaters to for-profit film, architecture, and design companies. Arts businesses and the creative people they employ stimulate innovation, strengthen America’s competitiveness in the global marketplace, and play an important role in building and sustaining economic vibrancy.

Newport County, RI is home to 357 arts-related businesses that employ 1,199 people. The creative industries account for 5.8 percent of the total number of businesses located in Newport County, RI and 2.5 percent of the people they employ.

Nationally, 702,771 businesses are involved in the creation or distribution of the arts, and they employ 2.9 million people. This represents 3.9 percent of all U.S. businesses and 1.9 percent of all U.S. employees—demonstrating statistically that the arts are a formidable business presence and broadly distributed across our communities. The source for these data is Dun & Bradstreet, the most comprehensive and trusted source for business information in the United States. These data are current as of January 2015. Click here for the full Newport County report

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