Pawtucket Arts Collaborative
On October 25, 2000, local business owner Patricia Zacks organized a meeting of 25 artists to meet at Slater Mill. After these artists convened, the group established goals, bylaws, membership dues, a mission statement, logo and a Website for what is now the Pawtucket Arts Collaborative.
2001 – There are 96 members of Pawtucket Arts Collaborative (PAC), with a network of over 193 artists and art supporters. PAC made a formal presentation on April 25, 2001 requesting funding of $10,000 from the City of Pawtucket to establish a line item for all arts organizations in the city of Pawtucket to be eligible to receive city funding. Acquisition of permanent art gallery space in the Blackstone Valley Visitor's Center, 175 Main Street, Pawtucket.
2002 – There are 116 PAC members along with a network of over 350 artists and art supporters. Through PAC initiatives, the Pawtucket City Council voted unanimously 9-0 in favor of a line item 'arts funding', which will allowed any non-profit group in the city of Pawtucket to apply for funding for the arts. An award of a total of $10,000 was allocated for the arts for the 2003 fiscal year Through the efforts of State Representative Mabel Anderson, PAC was awarded its first state legislative grant in the amount of $5,000. PAC's first exhibit at the RI Watercolor Society. 30 PAC members participated in this "Mixed Media Exhibit", with a total of 72 pieces of artwork displayed.
2003 – There are 130 PAC members and a network of over 450 artists and art supporters. The City of Pawtucket put out requests for arts funding. The Pawtucket Arts Panel committee was established, and $10,000 in funding was made available for application to any artist or arts project in the City of Pawtucket. Among the awardees was the Pawtucket Arts Collaborative who received $1,500 for a Holiday Open Studio Stroll.
PAC leases space at 260 Main Street, Pawtucket, in the city's Arts and Entertainment District tax-free zone providing a place for collecting Artwork, organizing exhibits, and conducting meetings/classes. With the assistance of art teacher Don Chabot of the Curvin-McCabe School in Pawtucket, Marianne Purviance, Mimo Gordon Riley and Gretchen Dow Simpson work with students during the 2002-2003 school year to paint a 50 foot long map of the world in color. Students were able to visit the artists in their studios across the street from the school.