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Artists and Nonprofit Launch “Artwork to End Poverty”

March 26th, 2015

Artists and Capital Good Fund team up to sell beautiful art for a good cause

March 25, 2015-(Providence, RI)— Capital Good Fund, a Providence-based nonprofit that provides financial services to low-income Rhode Islanders, has partnered with artist Carey Taylor-Noble to raise funds for the
organization as well as to support artists. At a time when the need for nonprofit services is high, nonprofits continue to struggle to raise the funds they need to change lives. Similarily, artists find it hard to sell their art,
straining their finances and affecting their creativity.

To address these issues, Capital Good Fund has launched a program called “Artwork to End Poverty.” Using an online storefront, individuals will be able to shop for beautiful work by artists and know that 50% of their purchase will go charity. With these funds, Capital Good Fund will provide one-on-one financial and health coaching, as well as small personal loans, to impoverished Rhode Island families. And of course the artists will secure the income they need to continue producing their art.

Andy Posner, Founder & CEO of Capital Good Fund: “As someone always looking for win-win situations, I am thrilled by the Artwork to End Poverty program,” says Andy Posner, Founder and CEO of Capital Good Fund.  “As a shopper, you will be able to support the arts and Capital Good Fund at the same time! For us, this is an innovative
way to get people involved in our work and to invest in something from which we all benefit: art.”

 

Carey Taylor-Noble, Leading Artist, Curator behind Artwork to End Poverty: “I’m very excited to be a part of this endeavor. We know that the loans and coaching provided by CGF changes lives and communities. Purchasing art can change lives too. You not only will own original art that will beautify your office or home – but this purchase insures that the artist can buy more canvas, paper and paint to keep making their art. The emerging artists featured on the site (myself included) often have to choose between art materials and necessities.”

The online store can be found at: https://squareup.com/market/cgfund.
If artists would like to participate, they should contact the program curator, Carey Taylor-Noble, at Curator@capitalgoodfund.org.

For more information:

Capital Good Fund: www.capitalgoodfund.org
(866-584-3651)

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Find Your Cool online art gallery

March 25th, 2015
Find Your Cool is an online art gallery. Our purpose is to collaborate with and promote the works of artists, designers and creative entrepreneurs; so the world can discover their talent while allowing them to focus on their creative work. We are a community of artists creating original content; stories about our artists, designers and the local and global art scene aimed at facilitating a deeper conversation about art and its origin. Please visit our site, Find Your Cool. This page is a good description of what we offer.
We are always adding artists and are growing our market quickly. Please contact us if you have any questions and interest in learning more and what we can do to help promote your art. Thank you!
Todd Monjar, co-founder
Find Your Cool
774-571-9475
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Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Accepting Fellowship Applications From Artists and Scholars

March 20th, 2015

Deadline: September 19, 2015

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation provides fellowships to advanced professionals in all fields — including the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and
creative arts (except the performing arts). Last year, the program awarded fellowships to a hundred and eighty-one scholars, artists, and scientists in the United States and Canada.

Often characterized as “midcareer” awards, the fellowships are intended to assist individuals who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive
scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. The program seeks to further the development of scholars and artists by helping them engage in research in any field of knowledge or creation in any of the arts under the freest possible conditions.

Fellowships provide grants to selected individuals over a period of between six and twelve months. Since the purpose of the program is to help provide fellows with
blocks of time in which they can work with as much creative freedom as possible, fellows may spend their grant funds in any manner they deem necessary to their work.

Support is only available to individuals. Fellowships are not available for the creation of residencies, curriculum development, or any type of educational program, nor are they
available to support the development of websites or blogs. The foundation understands the performing arts to be those in which an individual interprets work created by others. Accordingly, the
foundation will provide fellowships to composers but not conductors, singers, or instrumentalists; choreographers but not dancers; filmmakers, playwrights, and performance artists who create their own work but not actors or theater directors.

Grant amounts vary, and the foundation does not guarantee it will fully fund any project.See the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation website for an FAQ, complete program guidelines, and application instructions.

Link to Complete RFP

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National Storytelling Network Seeks Applications for Brimstone Award

March 20th, 2015

Deadline: April 30, 2015

The National Storytelling Network is accepting applications for the 2015 Brimstone Award for Applied Storytelling, an annual award that recognizes the transformational
properties of storytelling and the ways storytelling can promote change  in individuals and communities. Grants of $5,000 will be awarded
in support of model storytelling projects that are service-oriented, based in a community or organization, and replicable, to some extent, in other places and situations. Projects should have impact beyond their own communities, organizations, or clients; inspire excellence in applied storytelling work; and communicate to new audiences the
humanitarian possibilities of storytelling.

Projects may involve various kinds of stories, including traditional tales and myths as well as personal and ad hoc narratives. Although oral storytelling should be
central to the project, the work need not be conducted by professional storytellers. Educators, therapists, naturalists, internal or external organizational practitioners, and/or other personnel appropriate to the situation may carry out the project so long as they can draw on suitable storytelling expertise and experience.

Areas of interest include health care, environmental education/activism, community development, law, multicultural awareness, organizational development, leadership,
intergenerational initiatives, empowerment of the disabled, substance abuse prevention, and educational curriculum at all levels.

See the National Storytelling Network website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.
Link to Complete RFP

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Turkey Land Cove Foundation Call for Applicants: Fall Session 2015

March 20th, 2015

Application Deadline: May 1, 2015

Turkeyland Cove (TLC) Foundation offers personal, individual working residencies for motivated women to pursue their professional, educational, or artistic goals
away from the distractions of daily life. TLC provides a quiet space for a woman to progress towards a defined goal, complete a project, and develop tools to propel her life in a new direction. The successful candidate will have a clearly defined goal and a plan to reach that goal. We are looking for women with strong leadership qualities and who are ambitious, motivated and
determined. Our one-week to three-week residencies provide room and board and cover reasonable transportation expenses. Small stipends to cover childcare/eldercare due to the applicant’s absence and/or project-related materials will also be considered.

For more information, please visit www.turkeylandcovefoundation.org.

Fall 2015 Session Dates: September 15, 2015 – January 31, 2016.

The deadline for submission of our online application and supporting materials is May 1, 2015.

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Classes at Slater Mill

March 20th, 2015
REGISTER NOW for Spring 2015 Classes!
Tuesday & Wednesday sessions begin April 15
Slater Mill
67 Roosevelt Avenue
Pawtucket, RI 02860
401.725.8638 ext. 106
Millinery ~ Handweaving ~ Chair Caning
Millinery Instructor:
Elsie Collins
Wednesdays, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
6 weeks
April 22 – May 27
Tuition: $150 + $50 materials fee
Elsie Collins is a renowned Rhode Island milliner with two decades of hat making and over 40 years of design experience. Students will
make a spring/summer hat in sinamay while learning basic millinery techniques such as blocking and trimming.
Elsie was recently featured in the Providence Journal. See the article here
Handweaving Instructor: Suzi Ballenger

Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30pm
10 weeks
April 21  - June 23
Tuition:  $265.00 + $10.00 tool kit rental (optional)
Suzi Ballenger is a production weaver and exhibiting artist on the RISCA roster. She bring 25-years experience to teaching all levels
of weaving, with individualized attention directed at advancing student skill and technique. Her class covers all aspects of handweaving,
including project planning, dressing the loom, reading a draft, rhythm and weaving techniques, and finishing.
Taught on Slater Mill floor looms, provided for in-class use.
Chair Caning
Instructor: Steve Emma
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
6 weeks
April 15 – May 20
Tuition: $140
Student-favorite Steve Emma is a master artisan who has taught this popular class at Slater Mill for several years.
Learn the craft on your own chair, brought from home. Students must also supply their own scissor/snips to trim cane, small
water pail for soaking cane, a thin and sharp ice   pick, old large towel, several snap clothespins, and a water
spray bottle.
AVAILABLE NOW on
Ravelry.com
Trad Arts Studio’s exclusive e-Book ~
Weekend Knitting from Knitting Weekend
at Slater Mill
Five Designer Patterns
Custom designs by Thea Colman, Amy Christoffers, Bristol Ivy, and Alicia Plummer, inspired by historic Slater Mill.
Download the five-pattern e-book on Ravelry.
Weekend Knitting Kits
Coming Soon to the Slater Mill Museum Store
Purchase the yarn and pattern for individual designs, only at Slater Mill!
Join us April 18-19 the Great Rhody Yarn Crawl.

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Neighborworks Blackstone River Valley Seeks Community Builder-In-Residence (Woonsocket)

March 18th, 2015

Organization: Neighborworks Blackstone River Valley
Location: Woonsocket
Salary: Live Rent Free
Start Date: ASAP
Part Time
Temporary

Job Description
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The Community-Builder-in-Residence program offers a unique opportunity to live, work, and serve youth in the Woonsocket community. We offer six, highly-qualified professionals (entrepreneurs, musicians, artists, educators, scientists, etc.) a rent-free riverfront loft apartment in exchange for 16 hours per week of community service with eligible NWBRV youth programs (serving grades K-12). Residents are expected to live, work, and serve the City of Woonsocket as part of a special year-to-year program agreement, eligible for annual renewal based upon evaluation and achievement of program goals and outcomes.

We are currently hiring for two of the positions.  Qualified applicants for this position must be income eligible, making at or below 50% or 80% Area Median Income. In order to qualify for the 50% unit, a single person has to make $26,100 or less or a family of 2 must make $29,800 or less. To qualify for the 80% unit, an individual make $40,250 or for a family of two $46,000.

Candidates must:
• Obtain a nationwide BCI
• CPR and First Aide Certification
• Complete a DCYF staff application
• Participate in ongoing professional development
• Have experience working with urban youth
• Be innovative
• Take initiative
• Be flexible
• Be comfortable with using Google apps

How to Apply
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Download the application at http://neighborworksbrv.org/ForRentSaleorLease/ForRent/InResidenceProgram/tabid/194/Default.aspx

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State Cultural Facilities Grant Program Proposed Rules and Regulations

March 17th, 2015

RISCA has announced Proposed Rules and Regulations establishing the operating procedures for the State Cultural Facilities Grant Program.  You can download or share them directly with others by clicking on the following link:  http://www.arts.ri.gov/facilities

Thanks to all who participated in the development of these proposed rules.

This process is currently in a 30-day public comment period, as outlined in the State’s Administrative Procedures Act.  During this period we encourage you to review the proposed rules and provide us with any comments or suggestions in writing.  At the end of the 30-day period we will hold a public hearing.  This has been scheduled for Monday, March 23, 2015 at 2pm
at One Capitol Hill.  You are welcome to attend and give oral testimony at this public hearing.  If you have already provided written testimony prior to March 23rd you are not required to provide oral testimony, but you are welcome to do so if you wish.

Following the public hearing RISCA will consider all relevant matters presented during the public comment period, including oral testimony.  The Rules will be revised accordingly to produce the Final Regulations.  These will be presented to the RISCA board at a public meeting on March 30, 2015, and if approved by the board they will be filed with the Secretary of State’s office.  We anticipate the Rules will take effect on April 20, 2015.

In order to comment in writing on the proposed rules, feel free to send an email to Randall.Rosenbaum@arts.ri.gov, or address a letter to Randall Rosenbaum, RISCA, One Capitol Hill, 3rd Fl, Providence, RI 02908.

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Harpo Foundation Invites Applications for 2015 Emerging Artists Fellowship

March 13th, 2015

The Chicago-based Harpo Foundation was established in 2006 to support artists who are underrecognized by the field. The foundation seeks to stimulate creative inquiry and
encourage new modes of thinking about art.

The foundation’s Emerging Artist Fellowship at the Santa Fe Art Institute was established in 2013 to provide an annual opportunity to an emerging
visual artist 25 years of age or older who needs time and space to explore an idea and/or start a new project. Artist fellows will receive a one-month residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute that includes a well-appointed room with private bath; a beautiful, well-lit studio space; and a $500 travel stipend.

Founded in 1985, the Santa Fe Art Institute provides  unique opportunities for emerging artists to pursue creative projects without interruption. SFAI supports over fifty
residents per year and offers a cohesive, arts-focused environment that creates  ideal working conditions for resident artists. Living and studio space is located within a nearly 17,000-square-foot complex designed by renowned Mexican architect Ricardo Legoretta. The unique SFAI environment allows residents to be as interactive or private as they wish. There are no requirements on the work produced during their time at the institute.

One fellowship is awarded annually to an emerging artist who demonstrates strong artistic ability and promise, as well as an evolving practice that is at a pivotal moment in its development.

For complete program guidelines, information about previous fellowship recipients, and application instructions, see the Harpo Foundation website.

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free basic business workshops throughout the region

March 12th, 2015

The South Eastern Economic Development (SEED) Corporation will hold free basic business workshops throughout the region this spring aimed at assisting potential and existing entrepreneurs.  The workshops are  co-sponsored by local banks and credit unions, the Small Business Development Center Network, local economic development organizations, chambers of commerce, SCORE, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE).

The first of these workshops entitled “Learn the Fundamentals in Planning, Preparing and Financing Your Business” is geared toward helping potential entrepreneurs evaluate and understand the fundamentals of owning one’s own business.  Information on how to get started, where and how to get financing and the loan application process will be presented.  Attendees will also be provided with a free guide to writing a business plan and other materials.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided free of charge to attendees.
The second workshop entitled “Understanding the Purpose of Financial Statements and How They Can Help Determine the Health of Your Business” is focused on helping attendees understand a balance sheet, income statement, and cash flow statement.  The workshop also explains how a small business owner can anticipate financial needs in order to
operate his/her business more efficiently.

Read the rest of this entry »

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AS220 MEDIA ARTS Equipment and Workshops

March 12th, 2015

2015 brought the media component at AS220 Industries into a new studio space in the Mercantile Block. AS220 Media Arts is now able to provide the community with a 6-computer media lab with industry standard design and production software, analog and digital equipment rentals, resources for printing and matting photography works,  and a 260
sq. ft. photo shooting area complete with backdrop and lighting equipment!

The goal is to provide affordable access to not only analog and digital equipment and spaces, but to affordable education in using the equipment and increasing the skills in mediums in film, audio, video, and graphic/web applications. AS220 Media Arts is packing the month of March with nine different media workshops to choose from: Intro to the MacSound and Fury:
Audio Programming with SuperCollider
Intro to Audio RecordingDigital Editing  with Adobe Photoshop3D ModelingIntro to the 35mm CameraIntro to the
Darkroom
, and Web Programming: Next-Level CSS.

 

Explore all AS220 Media Arts
workshops online
!

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AS220 FOO(D) IS HIRING: CO-MANAGER & COOK

March 12th, 2015

AS220 Foo(d) is an eatery that embraces the values of the organization and recognizes the outreach potential inherent in a mission aligned food program. In light of our
mission to support local artists and entrepreneurs, we look to our local New England farms and food artisans to provide our quality ingredients. Menu items are created using the freshest local ingredients available and as the seasons change,  our daily specials and menu also change. The physical space consists of a 340 sq ft counter/kitchen area and a 1300 sq ft seating area. The
kitchen is OPEN. The atmosphere is casual and family friendly. Part of the aim of the food program is to create an opportunity for meaningful food service training and work experience for young people participating in our AS220 Youth program.

Apply for the KitchenCo-Manager or Cook positions!

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NCECA Seels Volunteers – Earn Free Conference Registration!

March 11th, 2015

The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts is seeking volunteers for its annual conference at the Rhode Island Convention Center.   Volunteers who purchase a membership in NCECA and work approximately 13 hours in preparation for and/or during the conference receive a complementary registration for the conference.
Volunteer roles are varied with some beginning on Monday, March 23 and run through Saturday, March 28. Job descriptions can be found at

http://nceca.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Volunteer-Instructions-including-position-descriptions.pdf
and available positions at http://nceca.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Volunteer-Positions-to-be-Filled-Sheet1.pdf
If interested, send your position interest to dori@nceca.net.  Once received, a volunteer coordinator will contact you with a Volunteer Registration form which you will need to complete and submit payment for registration fees.  You will also be required to create a NCECA Online Profile and have an active membership in NCECA.  Conference fees will be refunded after the position
is fulfilled and after the conference.  Students must include a letter from the Dean or Registrar stating full-time status.

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Bluestockings Magazine is seeking submissions

March 10th, 2015

Bluestockings is a feminist community, platform, and publication. We are seeking writing (predominantly non-fiction) and art for our website. We accept content that addresses current events and feminist issues relating to (but not limited)  gender, sex, sexuality, race, class and ability. We believe feminism can be a generative process that directly informs
and affects the ways we navigate the world. We share content that prompts self-reflexive conversations within larger historical and socio-political frameworks.

You can view the type of content we publish at bluestockingsmag.com.

And you can also view our mission statement here.

Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis – please submit your work at: https://bluestockingsmagazine.submittable.com/
We look forward to working with you! If you have any questions please email bluestockingsmagazine@gmail.com

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RISD Seeks Senior Major Gift Officer

March 10th, 2015

Organization: Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)
Location: Providence, RI
Salary:
Start Date:
Full Time
Permanent

Job Description
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The RISD Museum seeks a dynamic, results driven fundraiser with a passion for art, a sense of humor and the ability to work on multiple projects in a friendly team environment. The Senior Major Gifts Officer (SMGO) will implement the Museum’s overall strategy and fundraising plans as approved by the Director of Development and External Affairs.  The SMGO is responsible for meeting annual, capital, and program fundraising goals through cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individual donors ($1,000+) and private/family foundations. In addition the ideal candidate will provide oversight and leadership to Membership and Annual Fund, and Corporate, Foundation and Governmental development activities within the department.

Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree and seven years’ experience in nonprofit development with at least three years major giving or lead annual giving experience.
• Prior leadership experience preferred.
• Demonstrated affinity for arts and culture.
• Proven experience reaching fundraising goals.
• Excellent interpersonal, diplomacy, and teamwork skills—ability to interact with a broad variety of people; develop prospects and raise funds.
• Excellent writing skills.
• Knowledge of planned giving vehicles.
• Competence in accounting and financial principles for nonprofit organizations.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office and experience using fundraising databases required.
• A demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
• A demonstrated ability to meet deadlines, and work under pressure with grace.

How to Apply
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http://www.risd.edu/about/careers-at-RISD/careers/

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The Aesthetica Art Prize 2015 is now open for entries.

March 10th, 2015

The prize is a major event for established and emerging artists, now in its eighth year, and is awarded by the international art and culture publication
Aesthetica Magazine.

It is a celebration of excellence in art from across the world and offers artists the opportunity to showcase their work to wider audiences and further their involvement in the international art world. Plus you could win £5,000, a group show and editorial.

Prizes include:

  • £5,000 Main Prize courtesy of Hiscox
  • £1,000 Student Prize courtesy of Hiscox
  • Group exhibition in partnership with York Museums Trust
  • Publication in the Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology
  • Editorial in Aesthetica Magazine (186,000 readership worldwide)

Categories for entry: Photographic & Digital Art; Painting & Drawing; Three Dimensional Design & Sculpture, and Video, Installation & Performance.
Submissions close 31 August 2015. Entry is £20 plus VAT (approximately $30.17)

 

To enter, visit www.aestheticamagazine.com/artprize

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Thursday March 12, 2015 at 6:00pm the art of publishing

March 10th, 2015

FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Sponsored by:  Friends of Rochambeau Library

The Artists Loop
With Kimberly Sherman Leon Founder of RI Creative Magazine http://www.ricreativemag.com

For the Artists Loop, Kimberly will talk about ways to promote creative work in a format that creates attention!
Kimberly Sherman-Leon, a graphic designer, publisher and an honorable mention Woman to Watch Entrepreneur, is truly passionate and committed to the creative industries.
With a mission to educate and promote the artistic community, Kimberly concepted and developed the RI Creative Magazine to promote Rhode Island’s creative arts professionals.

The Artists Loop is a program for artists and art enthusiasts. Participants get together to share work and to talk about art related topics.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Artists-Loop/286409951370905

Rochambeau Library
708 Hope Street, Providence RI
401-272-3780

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The Learning Community Seeks Development Assistant/Grant Writer

March 5th, 2015
The Learning Community, a vibrant public charter school, seeks a Development Assistant / Grant Writer with very strong writing, editing and organizational skills who is excited to work as part of a fun, creative and dedicated team. This position is responsible for writing and submitting all grant requests and grant reports for the organization;
maintaining development data and contact reports; arranging visits to the school for prospective supporters and partners; and providing logistical support for events, mailings, and additional
activities of the Development & Communications Team. This position will provide the right people – oriented person with the opportunity to help advance public education in our
region. Prior development experience is not required but flexibility and willingness to learn are prerequisites. The Learning Community, an innovative urban K – 8 school with an 87% poverty rate, is a warm and welcoming school that believes deeply in the voices of teachers, students and families. We are committed to high standards, community and critical thinking. We offer a highly competitive compensation and benefits package .
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT AS A TEAM MEMBER?
Warm and Professional Work Environment: We have an extremely upbeat, proactive and supportive atmosphere. Everyone is excited to be here each day. Open communication systems ensure every person has a chance to voice concerns and ideas about all aspects of the school. We are known for responding quickly to the needs of both students and colleagues. We have among the best family engagement in the state, and strong support from our community. For an example of our culture, check out this short video: http://vimeo.com/21956036
Unique Opportunities for Career Growth: We are becoming known as a lab school where teachers who are interested in opening their classrooms to visiting learners or providing profess
ional development services can do so for additional earned in come. This is a unique aspect of our school and means our school community is always open and always growing.
Excellent Compensation: Competitive salaries and full-time team members enjoy 95% coverage of health care insurance.
Shared Commitment to Educational Equity: Through their commitment to our families a nd our school’s mission, every team member creates and supports an environment for exploration, leadership and learning for both students and themselves. We are serious about proving that poverty is not a barrier to student success. We know that every student has
an important story to tell and deserves to be heard.
Support Services: An extensive system supports student social, emotional and behavioral needs. We follow through on the promise that no single student will keep others from learning.
Every classroom is supported by a team of professionals. A Strong, Diverse Team: There is high demand for positions at our school. Teachers feel respected and supported, and our
attrition rate is very low  80% of our teachers have graduate degrees. Extensive Professional Development: Teachers receive ongoing, embedded professional development and a variety of
innovative options for growth, learn ing and sharing what they know. For more information: www.thelearningcommunity.com To apply please send resume and cover letter to:
Development/Mindy Farrow, The Learning Community, 21 Lincoln Ave, Central Falls, RI 02863.
Or email jobs@thelearningcommunity.com with Development in the subject line. The Learning Community is an EEO/AA Employer. No phone calls, please.
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Call For Artwork: “Colors of Spring” Juried Exhibit

March 5th, 2015

Entry Deadline: Thursday, April 16

 

We seek original artwork for the “Colors of Spring” Juried Exhibit which runs May 5 – June 26 in the main gallery.

Juror Artist Nancy Gaucher-Thomas, Founder and President Emerita of the Art League of Rhode Island.

Awards
* Two “Excellence Awards”   ($200.00 each)

* Four “Honorable Mentions” (non-cash honors)

Reception

Winners will be announced on Wednesday, May 13 at a reception for artists, their supporters, and the general public.

Colors of Spring “Call for Artwork”
REQUIRED “Artwork Submission Form”

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Woonsocket Creative Placemaking Project (WCPP) – Call to Woonsocket Artists and Businesses

March 5th, 2015

Contact: Bekah Greenwald, Riverzedge Arts, City of Woonsocket bekah@riverzedgearts.org

Online survey and bar night — Call to artists and arts businesses living and working in Woonsocket to share their dreams and data

WCPP website (currently under development): http://woonsocketplacemaking.com/

Online survey: http://woonsocketplacemaking.com/survey/

Ciro’s Tavern Event: Wednesday, March 11 5 to 8 pm, Ciro’s Tavern 42 Cherry Street, Woonsocket, RI 02895

Woonsocket Creative Placemaking Project calls on all artists and arts businesses living and working in Woonsocket to complete a quick online survey, and to come to a kick-off
event at Ciro’s next week as part of its launch. Woonsocket Creative Placemaking Project (WCPP) aims to revitalize the economic and cultural life of the city through arts-based development and investment. In order to better understand and respond to the needs of artists and arts businesses, WCPP is first seeking honest and valuable input from Woonsocket’s creative sector.

An online survey and one-on-one interviews with artists begin the process of filling critical information gaps, and charting arts activity throughout the city. Along with other methods, these data will inform strategy and resource acquisition, as well as branding and media.

“Even those who make art just for personal expression are critical to this project,” explains Brad Fesmire, Artistic and Program Director at Riverzedge, “we really need to hear and learn from everyone in a dance troupe or a jazz band. Everyone who makes art in a studio or in their basement, who keeps alive an artistic tradition from afar, or who has a shop, or dreams
of a shop, just around the corner for furniture, sound or design.”

WCPP started as an idea in 2012, when the City of Woonsocket in partnership with Riverzedge Arts was awarded an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. At that time, Main Street Livability Planning and Commercial Corridor research had identified the arts and culture sector as the desirable pathway forward to a thriving, vibrant city. WCPP
now adds critical detail and strategy to that direction, bringing Woonsocket’s arts sector into clearer view with data-driven storytelling and new marketing tools to be completed by fall.

To fill out the survey, invite others to fill it out, or to find out more about how to support WCPP, please visit www.woonsocketplacemaking.com, and stay tuned for more invitations and opportunities to come.

WCPP is a public/private partnership made possible through the generosity of National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Learn more about NEA’s Our Town initiative at http://arts.gov/grants-organizations/our-town/introduction.

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