Save the Date

from the Community Partnerships Center at Roger Williams University:



APRIL 11, 2012 – 6-9 PM


Through the fall and winter, a team of students from Roger Williams University (RWU) has been creating a plan for the reuse of the Walley School (at the corner of High and State Streets). The reuse concept focuses on the potential to use the building for the arts and associated educational programs.

Throughout the project, the students have worked with a steering committee and have held well-attended public workshops in October and February. On April 11, from 6-9 PM in the Reynolds School Auditorium at 235 High Street in Bristol, the students and steering committee invite ALL interested citizens and groups to the final workshop for this segment of the project. The workshop will include:

●Opportunity to learn about similar arts and education centers (and their best practices).

●Presentation of the most recent draft plan for the Walley School, including:

   -Program of possible uses and programs

   -Design/space allocation for uses and programs

   -Cost estimates for rehabilitation

   -Business plan for possible uses and programs

●Opportunity to review the plans, express your preferences and offer comments to the students’ work.

●Cake from the Cake Gallery and coffee/tea/soft drinks.

The arts play a large role in the cultural and economic life of our communities. Within this context, decisions about Town-owned buildings (like the Walley School) and coordination of arts, education and economic development are vitally important to our future. We encourage all interested citizens, leaders and stakeholders in the arts (performing, visual, arts education and other) to attend.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Sue Contente at 254-3683 or so we can plan for food and seating. If you have questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you!

Arnold N. Robinson, AICP

RWU Community Partnerships Center, (401) 254-3307;

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