Slater Mill, Pawtucket, RI [source]
We just finished our move to Providence. Everyone here thinks we have an accent. This week we’ll be touring the Rhode Island School of Design, which is down the street from us as well as Brown University, also down the street. One of my faculty perks is a library card to each.
My first impression of Providence is that it’s dominated by the visual arts. Apparently, Providence has the second highest artists-per-capita in the States. This is underlined by the numerous mills in this city that have been converted to artist studio spaces. We know of at least 5 mills that have more than 100 studios each.
Providence is an artist paradise in a way. It’s close enough to Boston and NY to have reasonable access to large exhibitions while being small enough to afford studio rent and a high standard of living. BTW, this is also a “foody” town because of the prestigious Johnson and Whales Culinary School — down the street, yet again.