The leaves are falling and the campaign season is in full swing. Your Arts & Cultural Alliance encourages all those who care about the Arts and Newport County’s culture to vote “YES on #5” on the statewide ballot questions. Read why in this month’s special “YES on #5” edition of SPLASH!
A message from the Executive Director
of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
Dear Newport County Arts & Preservation Community,
In November Rhode Islanders will have an opportunity to approve a $35 million Creative and Cultural Economy bond issue. Ballot Question #5, if passed, will provide $5 million for historic preservation projects and $30 million in support for improvements to Rhode Island’s cultural infrastructure, including $6.9 million in competitive capital improvement grants to arts and cultural organizations who own or lease their performance/exhibition space. Your help in securing passage of this important Ballot Question is most appreciated.
Randall Rosenbaum, Executive Director
Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
ANOTHER REASON TO VOTE YES ON 5
Question 5 is About Jobs
The arts sector has grown more than 21%
during the recession, making it the fastest growing part of our economy.
According to Americans for the Arts 2014 Creative Industries Report:
• Rhode Island is home to 2,696 arts-related businesses that employ 12,623 people.
• Rhode Island is third in the nation in the number of arts related businesses per capita, exceeded only by California and New York.
Question 5 will fund renovations and restorations at some of our most popular arts facilities and historic sites, creating jobs and allowing our best economic engine to grow even faster.
COME ON NEWPORT COUNTY — NOW’S OUR CHANCE!
YES on 5!
Help in Building Newport’s Performing Arts Center
The Opera House Theater will be one of the largest beneficiaries of state bond proceeds if Ballot Question #5 passes. $4,216,800 (which must be then matched) will allow reconstruction to proceed so that Newport County finally has a state of the art, multi-cultural performing arts and educational facility in the center of downtown Newport, one that all can enjoy.
Please join us at Salvation Café on Tuesday, October 28th from 6-8pm where our first Arts Around the Fire
of the year will be about the bond and its impact on the Newport’s Opera House project.
Please encourage all your friends, family and neighbors to Vote YES on 5!
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, October 28th. 6-8pm
PLACE: Salvation Café, 140 Broadway, Newport
LET’S REALIZE THE DREAM ON NOVEMBER 4
The Road to Opening Night
The Opera House as it was in the 1870s
The first order of business with the Opera House Restoration was selective demolition to remove the interior walls of the tri-plex movie theater, seats, and screens to reveal the long-hidden architectural details on the walls, ceilings, and stage. This process was completed thanks to a grant from the Alletta Morris McBean Charitable Trust in 2011.
Currently, the Newport Performing Arts Center is raising funds to begin the next stage of construction, restoring the old theater into a workable performance space. The completion of the restoration and renovation, set for December of 2017, the theater’s 150th Anniversary, will turn the Opera House into a powerful cultural, community, educational and economic asset for the residents of Newport County, as well as the thousands of people who visit our beautiful city annually.
Let’s all turn out on November 4th and support an economically smart initiative that will help deliver what Newport County’s rich, cultural landscape so critically needs — our own Performing Arts Center. Donated YES on 5!
matching funds will combine with state bond funds, generating a total of over $8.4 million to allow reconstruction of the Opera House to proceed. All of us throughout Newport County and Rhode Island will be the beneficiaries, leaving a legacy for future generations to enjoy.
Please pass this on to your friends and neighbors who care about the Arts and see you at the polls!