Arts and Urban Revitalization From the Perspective of Providence's Arts Organizations.
Abstract: This thesis explores the perspective of arts organizations in the
context of Providence, Rhode Island. It looks at key claims about the arts as a catalyst
for social, economic and physical benefits and asks whether revitalization benefits have
extended beyond the downtown area to other neighborhoods and populations. The analysis
includes a characterization of Providence's local arts ... read moreuniverse, (Filicko and Lafferty
2002) interviews with key actors, and a case study of AS220. AS220 is the ideal critical
case for the project because it is one of the anchors of the city's Arts and Entertainment
District, it focuses on a wide variety of media, and it has demonstrated an ongoing
commitment to the city and revitalization. This project found that Providence's arts
organizations are not all alike-- some organizations are more dedicated to revitalization
theories and efforts than others, and that level of dedication varies with respect to the
types of contributions and the beneficiaries.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2011.
Submitted to the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.
Advisor: Laurie Goldman.
Committee: Justin Hollander.
Keyword: Urban Planning.read less