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Best Management Practices - Artists & Art Studios

Organization(s) Narragansett Bay Commission
Project Description In the spring of 2002, NBC began the process of developing a series of industry specific Environmental Best Management Practices (EBMPs) as part of an EPA grant-funded technical assistance program. The City of Providence has been noted to have more artists per capita than most other cities in the United States. Recognizing that many of these artists work in more than one media and that certain materials that they work with can be dangerous to human health and the environment, NBC formed a working group consisting of representatives from RI DEM, the Rhode Island School of Design, the Rhode Island State Council of the Arts and an independent artist to develop an environmental, health and safety educational program for these local artists.

The efforts of this multidisciplinary working group have resulted in an eight-page booklet entitled Environmental Best Management Practices for Fine Art Painting Studios. The booklet introduces local fine art painting studios to environmental issues that are relevant to them and includes useful information, such as web links, contacts, and regulatory requirements. The booklet was the subject of a web-based survey distributed by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts that solicited opinions and comments from many local artists. This interactive web link has allowed the working group to obtain continuous feedback from the community on a variety of environmental issues and concerns.

Next steps include printing and disseminating the booklet, conducting educational presentations at art studios and art classrooms, and initiating studies of other art sectors.

More Info www.narrabay.com/Documents/PDFs/FineArtBMP.pdf
Project Contact
Name Jim McCaughey
Phone 401-461-8848 ext. 352
Project Keywords
Areas of P2 Expertise Environmental Management Systems
Activity Keywords New publication
Newsletter Northeast States Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 13 No. 3, Fall 2003


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