University researchers to study role of arts in RI economy

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Researchers at Rhode Island universities plan to study the role the arts play in the state's economy and public policy issues.

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts said Tuesday it's working with The College and University Research Collaborative to form an arts and culture research network.

The collaborative is a partnership of Rhode Island's colleges and universities to connect public policy and academic research.

The new arts research network will first develop metrics to assess the effectiveness of the state's investment in cultural facilities. Randall Rosenbaum, executive director of the arts council, says the research will help the state make strategic investments in the arts.

Voters approved a $35 million bond initiative last year for arts and culture institutions. The first competitive grants will be announced soon.

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