The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts today applauded Governor Donald Carcieri’s appointment of J. L. “Lynn” Singleton, President of the Providence Performing Arts Center, to a three-year term on the board of Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation.
Randall Rosenbaum, Executive Director of the State Arts Council, expressed admiration for the Governor’s appointment. “The arts and culture are a significant part of our state's economy,” Rosenbaum said, “According to the New England Foundation for the Arts, over $356 million is paid annually to employees by nonprofit arts organizations in Rhode Island, and the arts add over $750 million to the Rhode Island economy on an annual basis. The arts are important for tourism, our state’s second largest sector, and many of our state’s small businesses are part of Rhode Island’s creative economy. It’s appropriate that this economic sector have a voice on the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation board.”
About the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is a state agency, supported by appropriations from the Rhode Island General Assembly and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. RISCA provides grants, technical assistance and staff support to arts organizations and artists, schools, community centers, social service organizations and local governments to bring the arts into the lives of Rhode Islanders. For more information on RISCA and its programs, please visit www.arts.ri.gov.