At a recent meeting the State Arts Council board elected William A. (Bill) Brackett of Coventry as its Chairman. Brackett’s election places him as leader of the thirteen-member governing body of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, the state agency responsible for support of the arts in communities throughout the state.
Bill Brackett is technical director for the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) as well as Director of Technical Services for Professional Facilities Management. Brackett is responsible for all technical aspects of all performances at PPAC and serves as a theatre consultant specifying and designing backstage support areas and equipment. He is active in the Town of Coventry in sports and government. He has coached Little League and has served on the Coventry School Building Committee.
Also elected to leadership positions for the coming year were Carrie Zaslow of Providence as Vice-Chair, and Mary K. Talbot of Barrington as Secretary.
Council members are appointed by the Governor for three-year terms, and are subject to approval of the Rhode Island State Senate. Leadership positions are elected to one year terms by members of the Council. The Council serves as the decision-making body of 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.