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History and Creativity Meet In Hope Artiste Village

By Elisha Neubauer

In Pawtucket, Rhode Island a collective artistic concept springs to life. Hope Artiste Village is the largest successful mill restoration in the state, featuring an active collaboration of over 150 different businesses/artists in one complex. The mill space features cafes, a coffee roaster, live music venue, fitness studios, designers, artisans, event spaces, and a humming wintertime farmer's market.

"Hope Artiste Village is a proud community of exceptional talent where creative artists showcase their gifts in historic work-spaces," Jacqueline DuBose, General Manager, said. "In addition to our strong artist community, we are host to a full-service restaurant, bowling alley, and serve as a premier wedding/event destination."

DuBose referred to the Village as a live, work, play atmosphere. A vibrant and inspired space, filled with an eclectic mix of art studios, live/work lofts, retail shops, light industrial workshops, and professional office suites. Everyone and everything blends together in the Hope Artiste Village.

"Pawtucket is a creative city filled with leaders that are always looking to collaborate with the business community," DuBose said.

The Village isn't just a great place to work or create, but it's an exciting place to hang out, too. See the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame, take a moment to grab a coffee, or sit down for lunch in a unique restaurant. Spend some time browsing through the Village's retail area, relax with a fantastic massage, check out a live show at the MET, or meet some friends for a drink.

There is literally something for everyone contained within the walls of the Hope Artiste Village.

Built in 1889, the three brick buildings on the 7-acre lot are the surviving components of what was once a larger complex. Previously owned by the Hope Webbing Company, it remained in their care until 1994, being utilized as a state of the art textile mill. The facility was used to manufacture narrow fabrics using many different types of fibers, including cotton, jute, wool, and silk.

In 2006, the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

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Elisha Neubauer is a freelance editor, ghostwriter, book reviewer, and author. She is...

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