In 2013, the City of Pawtucket’s Arts and Entertainment District continues to attract artists into its mills to live and operate studios. Pawtucket has slowly emerged as newest regional artist Mecca. Fourteen years ago, city officials went before the General Assembly that year and successfully lobbied for the creation of a 307 acre district, encompassing 23 mills and sixty streets. The goal of this effort was to utilize the State's tax incentive program to attract artists into a blighted downtown to fill empty and underutilized mill buildings.
The City hired an Arts Educator to develop its arts cultural plan to provide policies, programs and services to support the growing number of artist in Pawtucket. The City's arts policy view's artists as small businesses.