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Public Invited to Feb. 8 Vision/Planning Meeting for the Arts in Bristol

Community members can share input at an open vision and planning meeting focused on the arts in Bristol on Wednesday, Feb. 8, starting at 6:00 p.m. at the Reynolds School on High Street.
The Walley School on the Bristol Town Common

Members of the community are invited to share their input at an open vision and planning meeting focused on the arts in Bristol on Wednesday, Feb. 8, starting at 6:00 p.m. at the Reynolds School at 235 High Street.

The meeting is the most recent development in a project initiated by the Community Partnerships Center at Roger Williams University that began last fall with students working with Town officials to explore ways in which the Walley School might be reused, with a focus on expanding the arts in Bristol and the East Bay. The students completed that work in December and the project steering committee is reviewing results and working to identify potential new uses for the Walley School as well as the nearby Reynolds and Byfield schools.

And while the Walley School was the initial focus, students working through the Community Partnerships Center recognized that the arts play a larger role in the cultural and economic life of the local community and that decisions about Town-owned buildings and the coordination of arts development are critical to the community’s future.

The Feb. 8 meeting is aimed at planning for these buildings and identifying elements of a shared vision for the arts. It will begin with refreshments at 6:00 p.m. along with an overview on the RWU students’ work to date. That introduction will be followed by a brainstorming session aimed at formulating a shared vision for the arts in Bristol and introducing conceptual ideas for how best to use Town-owned and other facilities to support that vision.

Attendees should R.S.V.P. to Sue Contente at (401) 254-3683.