Governor Donald Carcieri has declared October 2010 as Arts and Humanities month for the State of Rhode Island. In the official proclamation from his office, Governor Carcieri recognized that “the State of Rhode Island has clear evidence that the arts and humanities contribute significantly to our quality of life, the education of our citizens and the economy of our state.”
Randall Rosenbaum, Executive Director of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, expressed thanks for the Governor’s proclamation, which corresponds to the national Arts and Humanities month proclaimed by President Obama and celebrated each October. “The arts and humanities are the heart and soul of life here in Rhode Island. We appreciate the Governor’s proclamation, and encourage all Rhode Islanders to attend arts and cultural events this month and every month, and support what our state’s artists and humanists have to offer.”
Also applauding the Governor's proclamation, Mary-Kim Arnold, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, states, "We are reminded daily that our state needs vision, creativity, and an actively-engaged population to keep moving forward. Education in the arts and humanities supports vibrant communities and informed civic dialogue. We thank Governor Carcieri for acknowledging the importance of the arts and humanities to Rhode Island."
A copy of the Governor’s proclamation can be found at http://www.arts.ri.gov/Oct2010.pdf
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.
About the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). We receive grants from the NEH and raise local, private funds to inspire and support intellectual curiosity and imagination in all Rhode Islanders. We provide grants, supporting services, and outreach for the humanities in public life.