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Lt. Gov. Roberts Takes Statewide Arts and Culture Tour to RiverzEdge Youth Development Arts Program in Woonsocket

Roberts’ tour to highlight impact of arts and culture businesses on local economy

PROVIDENCE—Lt. Gov. Elizabeth H. Roberts will take her Statewide Arts and Culture Tour to RiverzEdge Arts Project in Woonsocket, Thursday, March 18 at 5:00 p.m.

The month-long Statewide Arts and Culture Tour for Buy Local RI highlights arts and culture businesses that create direct economic growth, jobs and new entrepreneurial ventures in Rhode Island.

“Since the Statewide Arts and Culture Tour launched, I have been to artist studios and galleries, visited small jewelry, craft and furniture manufacturers, and attended on-stage performances—all representing small businesses of the arts and culture sector that are a key component of Rhode Island’s economy,” Roberts said. “The businesses that make up the creative community grow our economy, create jobs, and help make Rhode Island a unique state to live or visit. As we work to support our locally-grown small businesses throughout the state, we cannot leave the arts and cultural economy behind.”

Lt. Gov. Roberts will tour the studios and workspace of RiverzEdge Arts Project, where local teens and youth receive training, workforce development and employment in creative fields including graphic design, digital photography, painting and silk-screening. .

A complete list of Statewide Arts and Culture Tour events is available on the Lt. Governor’s Buy Local RI website at http://www.ltgov.ri.gov/buylocalri/

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Department or agency: Elizabeth Roberts, Office of the Lieutenant Governor

Online: http://www.ltgov.state.ri.us/

Release date: 03-17-2010

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