January 25, 2022

The Looff 2021


In 2014 when the East Providence Arts Council was formed in response to folks hoping to see the city advocate more for the Arts, we decided we needed a tentpole event to build the organization around. The Looff Arts Festival became that tentpole and this past Sunday August 15th saw another successful festival. The 7th annual festival could not have asked for a more perfect day weather wise. While some adjustments had to be made due to the rain and lightning forecasted for Saturday (didn’t want to take the chance with metal framed tents), Festival Director and Chairwoman of EPAC, Jennifer Gillooly Cahoon did an awesome job ensuring the event was a success. Our festival that was originally branded as “ A whirlwind of Art, Music, and Life” is now a multi award winning event that has maintained its heart and continues to grow. Through the years many folks have contributed to it’s success like past Director Courtney Rook Repoza and Entertainment Director Bill Hurley and now the festival is in great hands thanks to Jennifer and the rest of the EPAC members. Thank you EPAC for an amazing day and thank you to all the artists, musicians, dancers, performers, community partners, food trucks, volunteers, city staff, sponsors, and visitors that make The Looff such a great event. I am now convinced more than ever that we can truly make EP a haven for the Arts.

Rick Lawson


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