SMITHFIELD, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island leaders are examining ways to harness the state’s arts community as an economic development engine.
Top state lawmakers, Gov. Lincoln Chafee (CHAY'-fee), the Rhode Island Foundation, local artists and business leaders met Monday in Smithfield to discuss the role art plays in the state’s economy.
The discussion focused on ways that governments, non-profits and artists can work together to market and support Rhode Island art.
The meeting is part of a larger effort by top lawmakers to boost the state’s business climate and economy.
Recommendations from Monday’s discussion will be forwarded to the General Assembly.