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LIGHTING THE LAMP: Barnaby Evans, founder and executive artistic director of WaterFire Providence, lights a luminaria as part of the “Beacon of Hope” display at the WaterFire Arts Center to honor those 
who lost their lives due 
to COVID-19. / COURTESY WATERFIRE PROVIDENCE/ELAINE FREDRICK

KEEPING THE FLAME ALIVE: WaterFire, other arts groups key to R.I....

WaterFire Providence entered 2020 with big plans. The nonprofit arts organization was preparing to mark the 25th anniversary since the first fires were lit on...
FIGHTING ON: Barnaby Evans, founder and executive artistic director of ­WaterFire Providence, says the nonprofit will survive the pandemic. He’s pictured in front of a stage erected in a parking lot for an outdoor play.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

We’re all invested in fight to keep tourism, arts alive

Amid the plight of those struggling daily to pay for food or rent or dealing with the devastating loss of someone to COVID-19, the...
LOCAL REGIONAL TOURISM districts, the Rhode Island Foundation and BankNewport have partnered to relaunch the BuyLocalRI campaign and website. Above, a screenshot of BuyLocalRI.org.

Tourism districts, RIF and BankNewport to relaunch ‘Buy Local RI’ campaign

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s tourism districts have joined with the Rhode Island Foundation and BankNewport to receive the foundation’s “Buy Local RI” campaign, the...
STANDING READY: Outside Hammetts Hotel in Newport are, from left, General Manager Randi Milewski, Colin Kane and Sam Bradner, two of the hotel owners, and Sarah Eustis, CEO of the Main Street Hospitality Group, the company handling the hotel’s management. The hotel opened in June amid the uncertainty of the pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Hotel industry has been desolated, but some are betting on big...

In a normal year, early November is a shoulder season in Newport. Christopher Bicho, who owns six leisure-market hotels in the coastal area, would...
FLEXIBLE: Patricia Steere, owner of Steere Engineering Inc., allows employees with young children to adjust their hours because of an increase in remote learning. Steele, herself, had the experience of balancing work with family needs. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I.’s ‘she-cession’: Pandemic knocks many women out of workforce, and some...

After a three-month maternity leave, Jill Boni was eager to return to her job as director of Bright Start ­Academy, a Smithfield preschool. That never...

R.I. program to provide $20M in tourism, arts relief draws criticism...

PROVIDENCE – Eight months into the COVID-19 pandemic, the beleaguered hotel industry in Rhode Island now has access to a dedicated program using federal...

Tourism needs R.I.’s full attention

The tourism sector is far too crucial to Rhode Island’s economy for it to get only partial attention from the state’s economic-development agency. But that’s...

R.I.’s top tourism job in limbo

Almost five months after the state’s top tourism official resigned, R.I. Commerce Corp.’s promotional efforts “haven’t skipped a beat,” according to the agency’s interim...

Hotel industry: We’re in dire need

With nearly 8,800 left jobless in Rhode Island’s hotel sector and an estimated 8 out of every 10 hotel rooms empty, some local hospitality...

PVDFest launches virtual scavenger hunt to replace in-person art festival

PROVIDENCE – Providence's signature art festival has historically drawn locals and visitors to the Creative Capital each summer, where Downtown is transformed into an...

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