RI launches Statewide Arts and Events Calendar

Mayor Taveras and Rhode Island Monthly Launch Statewide Arts and Events Calendar

Centralized marketing platform for event listings expected to improve visitor experience

– Mayor Angel Taveras, the City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism and Rhode Island Monthly joined with leaders from the Rhode Island arts community today to announce the launch of ArtsNowRI, a centralized arts and events database for the State of Rhode Island.

The calendar is located at ArtsNowRI.com where visitors can browse thousands of listings from over 500 organizations and venues located across the state.

“I am pleased to collaborate with Rhode Island Monthly to launch a new statewide arts calendar that will be a one-stop destination for visitors and residents,” said Mayor Taveras. “Our vibrant arts community is an important engine of economic growth, as it boosts tourism and improves our quality of life in the Creative Capital and across our state.”

The launch of the new arts calendar represents progress toward completing a step in Mayor Taveras’ economic development action plan, Putting Providence Back to Work, which called for improvements to the visitor experience in the Capital City.

“A vibrant arts community is an important ripple for the financial welfare of so many businesses,” said Rhode Island Monthly publisher John Palumbo. “Restaurants, bars, retail shops, transportation services — all locally owned businesses just like Rhode Island Monthly — will benefit from the increased visibility and visitation to these organizations. Rhode Island is indeed a small business state and we hope this partnership will allow that entrepreneurial spirit to succeed.”

ArtsNowRI combines an appealing, customizable design and easy navigation with powerful administrative tools to help organizations, venues and individual artists publicize events and attract audiences.

Organizations, venues and individual artists can create customized profiles and event listings that can be integrated with social media and Google Maps. ArtsNowRI also provides event organizers with scaled down, customizable versions of the calendar that can be embedded on their own websites.

The platform was designed by leading arts marketer Artsopolis, a firm that has created similar projects for major cities across the country including Boston, San Diego, Austin and Seattle.