Valley Breeze features “Windows On Pawtucket”

PAWTUCKET – Local artists and creative types are being called on to add colorful installations to vacant and unadorned storefront windows in downtown Pawtucket for a new program dubbed Windows on Pawtucket.

The organizers of the project, the Pawtucket Foundation and Art League RI, are describing the event as an “outdoor, downtown-wide open studio.”

“I think it’s going to be a wonderful opportunity to see what the artists can create and bring to these storefronts,” Ellen Matesanz, executive director of Art League RI, which is based at Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket, told The Valley Breeze.

“We have a fair amount of vacancy in the downtown core of Pawtucket, which makes the downtown look more abandoned than it necessarily is,” said Jan Brodie, executive director of the Pawtucket Foundation. “It’s not inspiring pride.”

With a train station in the works and more riverfront activity, she said people are working hard to make the downtown active, attractive, and safe. She said she believes color and creativity help significantly.

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