Panel exploring role of the arts in Rhode Island’s economy

A panel of distinguished speakers will explore the arts as a driving force in Rhode Island’s economy during a 90-minute discussion scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18 in the Young Building.

Moderated by senior fellow Joseph Grady, the discussion will be preceded by a networking breakfast at 8 a.m. The Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy, the Newport County Chamber of Commerce and People’s Credit Union are sponsoring the event.

The arts play an important role in the life and economy of cities, states and the nation. Theaters, galleries, festivals and so forth attract visitors and residents and create a ripple effect of benefits including more vibrant communities and thriving local businesses. The panel will address these and related topics, such as the role of policies and public investments in creating a lively arts scene. Grady will contribute perspectives on public dialog about the issue, and audience members will be encouraged to contribute questions and opinions.

Panel members include:

  • Randall Rosenbaum – Executive director, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
  • Paul Carroll – Director of civic investment, City of Newport
  • Alexander “Sandy” Nesbitt – Owner, Alexander Nesbitt Photography
  • Daniel Kertzner – Vice president for grant programs, Rhode Island Foundation
  • Dominque Alfandre – Board of directors, Arts and Cultural Alliance

Seating is limited and reservations are suggested. To RSVP, contact the Pell Center at (401) 341-2927 or

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