Arts need government advocate to help grow local jobs

ART HUB: Herb Weiss was originally hired in 1999 to verify artists belonged in Pawtucket’s then-nascent arts district. As artists began turning to him for help, his role became helping the local arts community grow. / COURTESY PATTY ZACKS
ART HUB: Herb Weiss was originally hired in 1999 to verify artists belonged in Pawtucket’s then-nascent arts district. As artists began turning to him for help, his role became helping the local arts community grow. / COURTESY PATTY ZACKS
(Updated, Sept. 10, 10:01 a.m.) Herb Weiss has worked for 14 years to transform and revitalize the historic mill town of Pawtucket through a dynamic infusion of the arts into the economic-development fabric of the city. As economic-development and cultural-affairs officer for the city, his creative vision has helped Pawtucket blossom into a community of…
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