Arts + Entertainment District

Arts & Entertainment District


Arts as Economic Development

Rhode Island's Original Creative Community

Discover why hundreds of artists and design-related businesses have made Pawtucket, RI home.  Nationally bench-marked as one of the country's most arts-friendly cities, Pawtucket and its Arts + Entertainment District are known as Rhode Island's original Creative Community. View arts district brochure.

Pawtucket Arts District Characteristics

  • 307 acres in highly urbanized area including historic Downtown Pawtucket
  • Encompasses 23 mills and 60 streets
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Pawtucket Arts District Incentives:

  • State-designated arts + entertainment district allows tax-free sale of unique art at qualified galleries and studios
  • New class of liquor license ties license to location
  • City offers program and project grants on a competitive basis
  • Live/work building types are ideal for home studios, and space is more affordable than Boston or Providence
  • Great location close to I-95, buses and MBTA commuter rail
  • City offers revolving loan programs
  • Large concentration of artists, arts programming and eduction resources
  • Close proximity to world-class education institutions for visual art, fashion, textiles, design and culinary arts

Pawtucket Rising (Full Version) from Pawtucket Rising on Vimeo.

Pawtucket Rising is a new documentary film about the unlikely story of the revitalization of the city of Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Pawtucket was once a burgeoning mill city. It is the home to the Slater Mill, the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution. Pawtucket's fortunes fell when the country plummeted into the great depression and it has never fully recovered. When artists could no longer afford the skyrocketing real estate in nearby Providence they were forced to take their business elsewhere. This influx of arts has boosted Pawtucket's economy. Mayor James E. Doyle recognized that The Arts could be an important catalyst in his city's revitalization. The city seized the opportunity to invite these small businesses to relocate to Pawtucket. As a result, Pawtucket is now restoring and renovating mill and industrial space that had once sat vacant and decaying. This documentary film shows the history of the past decade revitalization of the city. The city is experiencing its greatest boom in decades. Pawtucket is rising.

Inside Out Radio Pictures and Jason Caminiti are releasing Pawtucket Rising to Internet Viewers

Photo of an art installation "Weaving the Blackstone" by local artist Donald Gerola.

Photo by Keith Fayan

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