On Monday, March 28, The Collaborative and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts hosted a launch event for the Arts and Culture Research Network at The Biltmore Hotel in Providence. The event had a successful turnout, with guests coming from across the state with diverse backgrounds in arts, culture, public policy, and research. Guests heard from RI Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed; Donald J. Farish, President of Roger Williams University; and Sunil Iyengar, Research and Analysis Director of the National Endowment for the Arts.
April 13 continued the dialogue on strengthening research in arts and culture with a Research Meeting at the Rhode Island Philharmonic in East Providence. Scholars from across the state came together to share and brainstorm ideas for upcoming research projects in various topic areas including healthcare, engineering, early childhood education, criminal justice, workforce development, regional competitiveness, transportation, and infrastructure.