Individual Artists Artists make a significant contribution to the quality and vitality of life in Rhode Island. Through our grants and additional services, we help creative, talented and entrepreneurial artists to produce, exhibit, perform, teach and share their work and contribute to the economic strength of our state. Programs The State Poet of Rhode Island was created by law by the Rhode Island General Assembly in 1987. Visit the State Poet of Rhode Island page to read more. Artistic Works Sales Tax Exemption is a levy imposed on the retail sale, rental or lease of many goods and services. Read more about R.I.'s Sales Tax Exemption.