This 3 Questions Series offers the chance to learn more about board members, grantees, and longtime supporters of the Humanities Council. In the coming months the Council will continue to share these conversations as a window into the people who make up the Council’s unique network.
Cherry Arnold (she/her/hers)
Global Real Estate Advisor
Lives in Little Compton, RI
As you join the Humanities Council’s board, what do you find most interesting or exciting about the Council’s work? Or what are you hoping to learn more about through your board service?
I’m looking forward to learning more about how Humanities Council-funded projects have impacted (or have the potential to impact) civic education and engagement. This I feel is one of the most important questions to be asking, but not always easy to answer.
How do you interact with Rhode Island’s humanities and cultural sector personally and/or professionally? Can you share a favorite program, exhibit, project, performance, screening, or other humanities activity you’ve participated in recently and what you took away from that experience?
I live in Little Compton and I love the annual Little Compton Historical Society exhibits, which have often been supported by the RI Humanities Council. The exhibits are thoughtfully planned, beautifully produced and each are fascinating windows into the rich history of our special town. “Everyone is a Farmer” was the 2021 exhibit, which is also permanent. I learned a great deal about the different types of farming at different times of history – did you know that Little Compton used to be the poultry capital of the world? Everyone was a chicken farmer in the late 1800’s!
You have lived in several different places – what is it about living in Rhode Island that you find compelling?
Learn more about Cherry and other board member by reading their biographies here.