City of Woonsocket
Woonsocket, Rhode Island
Woonsocket, Rhode Island, with a population of more than 41,000, is part of the Blackstone River Valley Region, considered the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution. The decline in manufacturing has left the area with many unused mills and industrial buildings waiting for redevelopment and reuse.
The City of Woonsocket and the not-for-profit RiverzEdge, in collaboration with three additional organizations, are using an Our Town grant to develop plans to foster a strong creative economy in the city to help address these issues. Activities include creative asset mapping, an artist needs assessment, artist attraction campaign, and community engagement activities. RiverzEdge, an arts training organization for disadvantaged youth, will develop the artist attraction and marketing campaign to build awareness of the burgeoning creative sector. The project will ultimately facilitate the growth of Woonsocket's creative economy by identifying gaps in supporting the arts and developing strategies to overcome those challenges and build a foundation for future sustainability.