As the City of Pawtucket evolves from a historic industrial city into a city with a 21st century identity, the arts are playing a major role.

The identity of the city as a haven for the arts builds on its history and the opportunities presented by the abundance of former mill buildings that have been and will continue to be repurposed for live/work artist studios, exhibition and performing spaces, and creative start-ups work spaces, and where visual and performing artists and arts organizations with local, national, and international reputations bring attention to Pawtucket.  Public Art reinforces that identity in a very visible and public way.

In establishing a Pawtucket Public Art Program, the City Council recognized that the city has a responsibility for expanding the public experience of art. Art creates a more humane environment; one of distinction, enjoyment, and pride for all citizens. The City of Pawtucket recognizes that public art is also a resource, which stimulates the vitality and the economy of the city and provides opportunities for artists and other skilled workers to practice their crafts.

The Pawtucket Public Art Program is administered by the Pawtucket Department of Planning and Redevelopment and managed by the Pawtucket Public Art Committee of the Commission on Arts and Culture.

Members of the Pawtucket Public Art Committee:
Silvia Acosta
Jan Brodie
Joan Hausrath
Randall Rosenbaum
Mimo Gordon Riley
Jay Rosa, Staff, Pawtucket Planning Department

In December, 2017 the Pawtucket City Council approved a city ordinance creating a source for funding Pawtucket’s Public Art Program.  The Percent for Public Art Ordinance specifies that one percent of the construction costs for City construction be set aside for the purchase of art that will be sited on public property or in public buildings.  The Ordinance also requires private and non-profit developers who receive city subsidies to contribute a percentage of their construction costs for public art.


Pawtucket's Public Art Inventory

In 2010 local resident and artist, Joan Hausrath, began to photo-document and research the City's public art and her work was published on the Pawtucket Arts Collaborative website. Todd Stong, an intern at the Pawtucket Foundation in 2014, continued the work begun by Hausrath and contributed a great deal of information about many of the artworks by contacting the artists and researching further.

Unless othewise noted, photographs are by Todd Stong and Joan Hausrath.



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