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Job openings at AS220

September 22nd, 2014

AS220 is currently hiring for three positions: IT Director (full-time) and Practice // Practice Consultancy Manager (part-time with potential to become full-time), and Digital Photography Instructor (part-time) for AS220 Youth. Full job descriptions are available by clicking each link, or feel free to visit our JOBS page!

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September 22nd, 2014

Know a teenager who’s looking for something fun to do after school? DownCity Designers, our free after-school design/build program for Providence high school students, starts October 6. Learn about architecture and design while designing and building something amazing to improve public spaces in Providence.

Click here for more information and to register.

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Boston Dance Alliance seeks Executive Director

September 22nd, 2014

Boston Dance Alliance seeks a dynamic, entrepreneurial nonprofit leader to spearhead the next phase of its organizational development. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) has overall strategic and operational responsibility for BDA’s two-person staff, programs, and execution of its mission, including infrastructure-building and public advocacy for the field of dance. This is a full-time position. Compensation is competitive with comparable nonprofit organizations (budget < $300,000) and commensurate with experience. Start date is January 1, 2015.



Established in 1985, BDA serves as a catalyst and convener, helping the Greater Boston dance community to operate more efficiently and deliver artwork more effectively. With a comprehensive matrix of programs and services, BDA strives to build dance audiences, increase access to dance for communities of all kinds, and promote artistic quality of the highest order in all dance genres. Working closely with our peer organizations in Boston and nationally, BDA provides critical education, connections, and business savvy, allowing members to dedicate more energy to creating and presenting dance.



Leadership & Management:

· Act as the central voice of Boston’s dance community and facilitate the connectivity of members to resources, services, and to one another.
· Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence and responsiveness to the needs of BDA’s constituents.
· Oversee consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, and communications.
· Actively engage and energize BDA members, volunteers, board members, and funders.
· Effectively lead, develop, and retain staff consisting of a member services coordinator and a marketing/design associate.

Fundraising, Revenue Generation & Communications:

  • · Using action-oriented, entrepreneurial, and innovative approaches, sustain and develop revenue-generating and fundraising activities to support existing programs and new initiatives.
  • · Develop relationships and weave networks to generate new opportunities for BDA and its members.
· Deepen and refine BDA’s web presence, written communications, and use of social media to build awareness and appreciation of BDA and its mission.


All candidates should have proven leadership, fundraising, revenue generation and financial management experience, preferably in an arts-focused nonprofit organization. We are interested in candidates who can point to specific examples illustrating:

  • · Senior management experience, especially experience setting and implementing strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth.
· Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff and manage a budget.
· Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of institutional and individual stakeholders and diverse cultures.
· Ability to connect deeply with Boston’s diverse dance community.
· Strong writing, public speaking, and advocacy skills.

To apply, please email resume and supporting materials, including up to three references, by September 30, 2014, to BDASearch@gmail.com. All inquiries will be kept confidential.

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YMCA Announces Third Annual My Fresh Page Project Competition

September 22nd, 2014

 Deadline: October 24, 2014 

The YMCA of the USA is accepting entries from individuals and groups for its third annual My Fresh Page Project competition.

Through the competition, the Y will award a total of $20,000 in support of small ideas that impact communities in big ways. Community members from across the nation will be able to vote for their favorite idea once a day, now through October 24, 2014. A panel of Y judges will then review the entries with the most votes and select ten finalists to receive funds to help make their idea a reality. Applicants may submit their projects in one of three prize categories  (i.e., $5,000 prize, $1,000 prize, and $500 prize).

Any project submitted by an individual or a group that benefits a community is eligible for consideration.

Visit the Y website for complete competition guidelines, an FAQ, information about previous winners, and information on how to submit an entriy.

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Shubert Foundation Announces 2014-15 Grants for Theater and Dance

September 22nd, 2014

 The Shubert Foundation in New York City is dedicated to sustaining and advancing live performing arts in the United States, with a particular emphasis on theater and a secondary focus on dance.

The foundation awards unrestricted grants for general operating support rather than for specific project funding. Grants are awarded exclusively to U.S. nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations. The foundation does not make grants to individuals.

Nonprofit professional resident theater companies are the primary recipients of Schubert Foundation funding, with an emphasis on producing, rather than presenting, organizations. A smaller amount of funding is provided for dance companies. The foundation also makes a limited number of grants to arts-related nonprofit organizations that help support the development of theater and dance, and to graduate drama departments at private universities.

Grants will be made only to organizations that have an established artistic and administrative track record as well as a pattern of fiscal responsibility. The foundation does not provide funds for project support, audience development, direct subsidies of reduced-price admissions, media (film, TV, and radio), renovation projects, or capital or endowment campaigns. No grants are made to conduit organizations (agencies that disburse funds to individuals or other organizations).

Applicants may not request a specific grant amount; if the foundation decides to fund an organization, it will also determine the amount of the grant.

The foundation has two grant application timetables. Applications for the dance, arts related, and education categories must be submitted by October 15, 2014. Theater applications must be submitted by December 1, 2014.

Visit the Shubert Foundation website for complete program guidelines, an FAQ, and application materials.

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Tribeca Film Institute Opens Submissions for Documentary Fund

September 22nd, 2014

Deadline: November 5, 2014

Through its Documentary Fund, the Tribeca Film Institute provides grants and guidance to exceptional filmmakers with a character-driven nonfiction work in progress that sit outside the social issue landscape. By supporting work that engages in unexplored perspectives, the fund aims to help take audiences into someone else’s environment and spotlight the journey of the individual.

Grants of at least $10, 000 will be awarded in 2015.

In addition, the TFI/ESPN Prize, with a cash award of $30,000, will be awarded to a feature-length documentary work in progress (in the development or production stage) that captures the human element of the sports world — and brings the dramatic stakes of competition to vivid life.

All submissions must be feature-length documentaries with an intended length of at least seventy minutes and should creatively document one or more unique characters. Submissions can be in the advanced stages of development, production, or post-production but must not have aired on any form of television, been screened publicly, or have been distributed in theaters or online prior to February 2014. Submitted films must show enough footage to highlight character, unique access, and storytelling ability.

Foreign language documentaries are eligible but must be subtitled and suitable for an American audience.

The program is open to filmmakers anywhere in the world. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Student films and documentary short films are not eligible.

Visit the TFI website for complete program guidelines and submission requirements.

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Kurt Weill Foundation Announces 2015 Grant Program

September 22nd, 2014

Deadline: November 1, 2014

Founded in 1962, the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music is dedicated to promoting understanding of the life and works of composers Kurt Weill (1900-1950) and Marc Blitzstein (1905-1963) and to preserving the legacies of Weill and his wife, actress-singer Lotte Lenya (1898-1981).

Since 1984, the foundation has awarded more than five hundred grants totaling $3 million to organizations and scholars worldwide in support of excellence in the presentation and study of Kurt Weill’s compositions. In 2013, the Blitzstein catalogue joined the list of works eligible for support.

The foundation awards grants to individuals and nonprofit organizations for performances of musical works by Weill and Blitzstein; for scholarly research pertaining to Weill, Lenya, and Marc Blitzstein; and for relevant educational initiatives. To that end, the foundation has issued a Call for Applications for projects and performances taking place on or after January 1, 2015, and before June 30, 2016.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, visit the Kurt Weill Foundation website.

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Studio Space Available at Shady Lea Mill

September 19th, 2014

Come join us at the historic Shady Lea Mill . In October we will have a second floor studio available. This 391 sqft. space has a wonderful high ceiling, painted old pine floor and insulated Harvey windows with northern exposure. Verizon Fios for HIGH SPEED INTERNET is already connected. It is not only suitable for artists or artisans but would also work well as office space for a small business. Something new, a studio at the Shady Lea offers access to 2 shops in the area to sell your art……The Village Faire in downtown Wickford on the boardwalk behind Beach Rose and the gift shop at the new Biomes on Post Road who is always looking for some special nautical, marine themed art. Check out our website www.themillatshadylea.com and our Facebook Page (The Mill at Shady Lea) to learn more about us and our incredibly gifted and talented tenants. I would be happy to show you around and share this magical place!

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September 18th, 2014

OCTOBER 16th 4 PM to 6 PM (3:30 Check-in)

KICK-OFF EVENT for the 10th Annual Poetry Out Loud, high school poetry recitation competition.  Come join Rhode Island Poet Laureate, Rick Benjamin to learn how your students can participate and benefit from this project.

Providence Athenaeum

251 Benefit St., Providence

To Register contact Martha Lavieri at poetryoutloudri@gmail.com or call (401) 282- 0304

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Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Seeks Application Developer / Analyst

September 18th, 2014

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

Job Description
Responsible for evaluating, implementing, maintaining, and upgrading a wide variety of complex technology solutions and projects in order to support the Enterprise Resource System (ERP – Ellucian Colleague). Interface with a variety of staff and academic groups including, but not limited to, Admissions, Registrar, Financial Aid, Student Accounts, and Account Payable, Institutional Engagement, and Human Resource/Payroll.   Develop, maintain, code, test, troubleshoot and install programs and systems to satisfy user requirements.

•BS degree in Computer Science or a related field; five to seven years application programming experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience. 
•Ellucian’s Colleague support experience or previous administrative support in higher education is preferred.
•Experience with Ellucian software applications, Envision toolkit, Colleague Studio and SQL, Java/J2EE a plus.
•Excellent interpersonal and verbal and written communication skills.
•Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with wide variety of users operating at all technical skill levels.
•Ability to interpret user needs to appropriate technology solutions.
•Must be able to work independently and as part of ad-hoc project-based groups.

How to Apply

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Surdna announces RFP for Individual Artists, Culture Bearers, and Nonprofits Engaged in Social Change

September 17th, 2014

The Surdna Foundation is issuing a request for proposals to individual artists, culture bearers and nonprofit arts organizations. These funds are designed to support projects developed in response to communities’ specific challenges and to support artists and organizations whose long-term, deeply-rooted work has increased social engagement without necessarily being explicitly “activist.” The foundation will consider all artistic disciplines, including cross-disciplinary work.

Successful applicants will receive grants ranging from $25,000 to $150,000 over one or two year periods, with a maximum total award of $150,000 per year.  The Request for Proposals is on the Surdna Foundation website: www.surdna.org/rfp

The deadline for submitting a proposal is November 12, 2014 at 11:59 pm EST. Grants will be announced in April 2015.

Surdna’s Artists Engaging in Social Change program works to promote the potential of artists to be catalysts for social change and to promote the cultural traditions of their communities. The foundation values artists and culture bearers who nurture, sustain, and grow our communities’ cultural traditions. We therefore support projects that help artists and culture bearers deepen our cultural understanding or help communities achieve social change.

Proposals will be judged on the quality of the project concept in relation to social change; on each project’s aesthetic rigor and artistic excellence; the artist’s (or organization’s) commitment to a particular community and; and the artist’s (or organization’s) ability to complete the project and use the financial support effectively.

The Surdna Foundation will offer two webinars to answer questions. The first of these calls will take place on Tuesday, September 23 at 4:00 p.m. (EDT). The second will take place on October 21 at 1:00 p.m.

Go to www.surdna.org/rfp for more information

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SEED Will Hold Free Entrepreneurial Workshops in RI and MA

September 16th, 2014



SEED Will Hold Free Entrepreneurial
Workshops this Fall/Winter

Mansfield; Middletown; Providence; Fall River; Brockton
   SEPTEMBER 16, 2014                                                             FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The South Eastern Economic Development (SEED) Corporation will hold free basic business workshops throughout the region this fall/winter 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.  

The following is a list of dates and locations for SEED’s upcoming workshops.  Please call SEED Corporation at 508-822-1020, for more information or to register for a free workshop. 









September 17, 2014

8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Mansfield Holiday Inn
31 Hampshire Street
Mansfield, MA 

Mansfield Bank

October 16, 2014

8:30 am – 4:00 pm

BankNewport Administration
& Operations Center
184 Clarke Road
Middletown, RI 



November 5, 2014

8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Hatch Entrepreneurial Center

244 Weybosset Street
Providence, RI 

Home Loan Investment Bank

December 10, 2014

8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Advanced Technology
& Manufacturing Center

151 Martine Street

Fall River, MA

Rockland Trust Community Development Corporation

January 8, 2014

8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Chamber of Commerce
60 School Street

Brockton, MA

Rockland Trust Community Development Corporation


SEED Corporation is a non-profit organization certified by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and designated as an Intermediary under the SBA’s Microloan Program.  This program is designed to provide loans to new and existing business owners in amounts up to $50,000.  With other loan funds, SEED can make flexible loans up to $200,000.  

As a regional economic development organization, SEED also offers a full range of financing programs providing loans from $1,000 up to $5.5 million to assist small businesses to grow and create jobs throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island. SEED is also a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) under the U.S. Department of the Treasury. SEED works with other economic development and financing institutions throughout the region to ensure that individuals who are committed to owning and operating a small business are able to get the assistance they need to be successful.

For more information on SEED and its programs, please call the SEED office at 508-822-1020 or visit SEED’s website at www.seedcorp.com.

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Narrows Center Call to Artists

September 16th, 2014

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Call for Artists – ART IS A GIFT: ALL MEDIA

September 16th, 2014

Call for Artists: CONANICUT ISLAND ART ASSOCIATION (CIAA) “ART IS A GIFT”: ALL MEDIA, October 2014 at Jamestown’s Town Hall Gallery, 93 NARRAGANSETT AVE.

OPENING RECEPTION: Tentatively scheduled for November 20, 5-7:30 pm (to be confirmed at drop-off), with refreshments and music. Dennis Costa will perform on classical guitar and ukulele. Participating artists will be entered in a drawing for framing gift certificates and other great prizes.

ALL WORK MUST BE FOR SALE: All works will be available for immediate “purchase and carry”, with 25% of the sale price going to the CIAA Scholarship Fund. If you would like to have bin pieces available at the opening reception, please e-mail Wendy: crooksw@hotmail.com

DROP OFF: Thursday, October 9, at Jamestown Town Hall, between 1:00 and 5:30 PM. Parking is available on the street in front of the building and in the parking area behind the building.

RULES OF ENTRY: Enter up to three works. Cost of the first entry is $10.00 for members and $15.00 for non-members. The cost for additional entries is $5.00 each. Entrants are welcome to join CIAA. Individual annual memberships are $30.00.

ArtinJamestown.org – for more information & printable entry forms.

E-mail: artinjamestown@gmail.com

Works must be securely framed, wired, and ready to hang. No clip-on frames, ring hooks, or tooth hangers will be accepted. No hanging work, including diptychs and triptychs, may exceed 48”x48” or weigh greater than 20 pounds. Diptychs and triptychs are defined as joined or separated works sold as one piece.

A series of works is defined as multiple pieces related by a single theme, but sold separately. The series must not exceed 48” high x 60” of linear wall space. Please be advised that works in a series might not be hung together.

Printed works should be numbered to indicate the size of the issue. Any three-dimensional work to be displayed in a glass case may not exceed 12” wide x 16” high and may not weigh more than 10 pounds.

All unsold work must remain on display for the duration of the show and must be picked up on Thursday, January 8, 2015, between 1:00 and 5:30 PM.

UPCOMING EVENTS: Get ready for the Annual Holiday Craft Fair and Little Picture Show in December!

Conanicut Island Art Association, P.O. Box 229, Jamestown, RI 02835

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September 16th, 2014

available in upcoming Saturday Local Artist Market (SLAM) dates
through Dec 2014. SLAM is in its 5th year providing a venue for local
artists to exhibit & sell their work & an opportunity for shoppers to
find a wide variety of art & handmade goods in one location. All media
is considered. Entry fee. Details: http://burren.com/SLAM.html OR

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September 16th, 2014

2014, at Artists Image Resource. Juror: Bill Fick. Email and regular
mail submissions. Questions or to have prospectus emailed directly to
you contact: Joseph Lupo West Virginia University. Entry fee. Details:
304-293-2703 OR http://www.artistsimageresource.org/printwork-2014 OR

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September 16th, 2014

September 19, 2014 OPEN CALL FOR FIBER ART The Garfield Park Art
Center invites artists from all over the nation working in fibers and
textiles to submit work, as well as those creating work that mimics
textiles and fabric techniques such as weaving. All forms of art will
be considered. Submissions must be accompanied by a story no longer
than 750 words. Story will be exhibited with the artwork. Entry
fee. Details: 317-327-7077 OR http://gpacarts.org

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Auditions for Providence Ballet

September 15th, 2014

turday, September 27
2:30pm to 4:30pm

for  Providence Youth Ballet and 


NEW Providence Ballet Theatre Jr. Company

Students in Ballet III or ages 9 and up…
are eligible to audition for the Providence Youth Ballet.
PYB members will make a year-long 
commitment which includes:
a role in our PBT production Twas 
The Night Before Christmas in December
and the PYB Spring Performance.
Membership and performance fees apply.
Students in Ballet VI and up…

are eligible to audition for
the Providence 
Ballet Theatre Junior Company.
Dancers will make a year-long 
commitment that requires
a weekly company class on Friday afternoons, 
membership in the Providence Youth Ballet (includes roles in
Twas The Night Before Christmas and the PYB Spring performance),
a role in the PBT spring performance The Magic Box,
master classes and enrichment 
Membership and performance fees apply.

or in the Providence Ballet 2014 – 2015 booklet

DANCERS 18 and up….

Twas The Night Before Christmas
Sunday, October 5

- 12:30pm

Providence Ballet
194 Oxford Street, Providence

Performances: December 18 -19
Roberts Hall, RI College 

Available Roles:
Reindeer, Pastry Chefs, Adult Snow

Must be able to rehearse on weekends
Audition fee $15.00 
Preregistration required to audition

email: provballet@cox.net     
call: 401/861-4842

snow flying framed

reindeer framed


Grace snow

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Classes at Providence Ballet

September 15th, 2014
Classes have started…but we are still taking registrations 

Classes in our Providence studio have begun, but it is never to late to join.  

Registration is still open for all of our classes. 


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New England Creative Economy Network Meeting

September 15th, 2014
New England Creative Economy Network Meeting
September 30, 2014 | 10:00AM-12:00PM

University of NH Manchester| 400 Commercial Street | Manchester, NH | 03101
directions & parking
What’s on the agenda?

The NECE Network is a peer group convened by NEFA, but led by its participants. We’ll discuss advocacy strategies with two statewide organizations: New Hampshire Citizens for the Arts and MassCreative and share our own local examples of political partnerships and policy making.
RSVP by September 26; space is limited.
Who should attend this meeting?

Leaders from multiple sectors (arts, urban planning, local government, philanthropy, business development, education, media, tourism) who are invested in the ADVOCACY of the creative sector’s impact on community development.
What is the New England Creative Economy Network?

Go here to get more info and read notes from the last NECEN meeting.
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