Passage of Question 6 will authorize the state to issue bonds of $7 million to support arts facilities and historic preservation efforts across Rhode Island.

This bond initiative is a sound, job-creating investment in Rhode Island’s vibrant arts and preservation community, and a proven win for all Rhode Islanders. Voters overwhelmingly approved a similar, $35 million bond initiative in 2014. That initial investment sparked a groundswell of construction and renovation activity across the state, creating more than 1,000 local jobs and generating millions in economic activity.

After 39 years, Island Moving Company (IMC) has outgrown our current rental space and we are currently limited in the number of audience members, students, and future dancers that we can reach. The Covid-19 pandemic has severely limited the number of children and students that we can safely serve at our present location, and we cannot keep pace with community demand, nor offer classes to all the children who qualify for our scholarship programs.

IMC’s creative output and educational impact have been well documented in the community. We are committed to Newport County and are working toward the establishment of a Regional Center for Dance & Education and state of the art home for IMC where other community arts organizations and partners can also rise to new heights,

IMC’s envisioned Regional Center for Dance & Education will accommodate the area’s growing demand for quality dance education and will be located at 435 Broadway, in the heart of the community IMC serves.

IMC’s new home will:

  • Provide additional capacity to safely serve students of all ages at the Newport Academy of Ballet (NAB)
  • Enable professional dancers and NAB students to train and perform in a state-of-the-art space
  • Attract and retain high-quality jobs, artists and dancers to Newport County
  • Provide additional, badly needed facilities for after-school programs serving area youth and community organizations
  • Provide rehearsal and performance space for other local arts organizations with limited facilities
  • Increase positive economic impact for Newport County
  • Strengthen Newport as an important arts destination and provide additional cultural arts value to Newport County
  • Have more people in our community participate in, and be inspired by the art of dance

A vote to support YES On 6-RI will put Rhode Islanders to work, while helping arts and preservation organizations from Westerly to Woonsocket navigate and recover from the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is an opportunity to strengthen our state’s leadership position at the epicenter of New England’s burgeoning creative economy, and can be an instrumental part of bringing IMC’s Regional Center for Dance & Education to life. Please vote to support YES On 6-RI!

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