Providence lands arts grant

PROVIDENCE, RI – Providence is one of 51 cities nationwide to receive grants to promote the arts. The money will be used to expand existing efforts to make Kennedy Plaza more than just a place to catch a bus.

Rhode Island's congressional delegation has secured a $200,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to make Kennedy Plaza a magnet for the arts.

In a joint statement, the delegation says the money will make the plaza a more "welcoming and vibrant" place.

The city has been working for three years to upgrade the transit center.

It now features events such as "Public Square Tuesdays", a farmers market and "Rhythm and Soul" Sundays with live music.

Four hundred and 40 communities submitted applications for the NEA grants. Fewer than one in eight received them.

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