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FirstWorks Seeks PR & Media Relations Consultant – 2016 Season

November 27th, 2015

Location: Providence
Start Date: December 16, 2015
Part Time

Job Description
FirstWorks is a fast-paced, growing non-profit arts organization that seeks at PR consultant for an initial 4-month project and potential on-going annual contract.  FirstWorks is dedicated to enhancing the cultural, educational and economic vitality of our community by engaging audiences with world-class performing arts and education programs.  Since 2004, FirstWorks has since produced 23 groundbreaking arts festivals and programs that attracted more than 285,000 participants, and presented over 60 premiere performances. FirstWorks has offered Rhode Islanders unprecedented access to some of the most exciting artists of this time, including Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Wynton Marsalis, Joffrey Ballet, and international masters from the Middle East, Asia, Australia, and Europe.

The PR & Media Consultant’s role is to develop key messages, implement PR strategy and to cultivate media to secure placements for three headline performances plus institutional stories during the second half of FirstWorks 2016 season (January-April).

•    Secure local, regional and national placements across print, online, radio and broadcast
•    Develop messaging to build FirstWorks brand equity
•    Build audience awareness to achieve ticket sales goals (new attendees; multiple ticket purchases)
•    Meet or exceed strategic program and budget goals
•    Leverage relationships with partners to maximize PR

Preliminary Strategy
§    Enhance PR: secure multiple placements/mentions of local, regional, national coverage for performance & institutional programs
§    Secure story placements for the organization, as well as individual performances
§    Build perception of FirstWorks as community builder and cultural thought leader
§    Align PR as part of brand communications: Work with local, regional & national outlets to elevate  FirstWorks in primary & secondary headlines in all features promoting FirstWorks artists/companies; apply design guidelines across media & platforms

•    Clarify key messages and target market segments
1.    Design and execute multidimensional PR campaign: manage outreach and interviews, secure placements,
2.    In collaboration with marketing staff, structure/prioritize direct marketing program messages: enhance target audience communications
3.    Work with marketing staff to:
i.    Design metrics to evaluate ROI for each major program
ii.    Launch, monitor, refine

•    Artistic Icon Series Performances at The Vets
o    London’s BalletBoyz: Jan 31, 2016
o    Urban Bush Women: February residency; performance on 2/27/2016
o    Rosanne Cash: April 10th, 2016
•    Frontier Series Performances
o    Community Event with Urban Bush Women Feb. 24, 2016
o    Aurea Ensemble: April 24, 2016
•    Institutional Story placements (2- focus TBD)
•    Arts-Learning activities across the season
•    FirstWorks featured as part of PVD Fest, June 2-5, 2016 (optional supplemental 6-week contract would start in May)

Expected Timeline:
1.    RFP announced: 11/30/2015
2.    Anticipated hire date: December 16, 2015
3.    Data review and plan development: January 4, 2016
4.    Focused PR program: launch by January 11th, 2016
5.    Ongoing campaign management: monthly, Jan, 2016- through April, 2016 (4 Months)

Fee:  Negotiable–there is a set budget for the remainder of the season that has limited flexibility. Please propose a monthly retainer or hourly rate as part of your proposal. Possibility for performance based bonuses based on exceeding goals. Renewable annually.

Example of key program & budget metrics:
•    3-4 significant PR placements/interviews (across media)/ Artistic Icon performance
•    Meet or surpass budget ticket revenue goals by 15%  
•    Overall attendance increase of 15%

How to Apply
Interested applicants should send:
•    A cover letter, resume, and outline for the RFP
•    Examples of effective media placements or testimonials
•    The names and contact information of 3 professional references
Send applications to:
Email to: annette@first-works.org (include the RFP title in the subject line)
Or by mail at: FirstWorks, 270 Westminster St., Providence, RI 02903

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FirstWorks Seeks Senior Director of Administration

November 27th, 2015

Location: Providence
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Start Date: January 2016
Full Time

Job Description
FirstWorks seeks an individual with superior operational and financial management skills to serve as Senior Director of Administration. Reporting to the Executive Artistic Director and serving as a key member of the management team, the SDA’s primary responsibility is to lead the internal team in finance, administration, and technology. Other duties will encompass operations, business planning, and marketing.  

The SDA will play a critical role in partnering with the Executive Artistic Director and Managing Director to implement strategic programs as FirstWorks continues to enhance its quality programming and build capacity. This is a tremendous opportunity for an individual having finance and systems expertise and a track record of creative, strategic thinking to join a well-respected, mission-driven organization.

FirstWorks is a fast-paced, growing non-profit arts organization that enhances the cultural, educational and economic vitality of our community by engaging audiences with world-class performing arts and education programs.

This is a full-time position with benefits.  Start Date:  January 2016

Primary responsibilities:
•    Oversee overall financial management, planning, systems and controls
•    Create timely financial reports and analysis
•    Develop financial projections; project/program ROI
•    Manage organization budget
•    Facilitate budgeting process
•    Day-to-day accounting, including invoicing, donor tracking, and Box Office reconciliations
•    Streamline operational systems, processes and policies for Development, Marketing, Box Office, IT, and Finance
•    Manage and make improvements to CRM database, creating records and utilizing system capabilities
•    Implement a robust contracts management/procurement, reporting, contract billing and collection systems
•    Coordinate the annual audit process with auditors and FW finance committee

Administration and Human Resources
•    Oversee administrative functions to ensure efficient operations
•    Monitor implementation plans, adherence to deadlines, and metrics
•    Develop systems and accountability procedures
•    Review and update employee handbook, manage employee benefits, sub-contractor agreements, payments, and performance review process

Secondary responsibilities
•    Budget development and tracking
•    Website operations and social media investments
•    Sales strategies
•    Implement evaluation tools to measure campaign effectiveness

•    At least 3 years’ experience in management,
•    Degree in business or related field
•    Excellent computer, database management, and proficiency in Excel, Word, Outlook, QuickBooks online, project management tools, and knowledge of SalesForce based CRM tool is helpful
•    Experience in marketing, web and social media communications –preferred not required
•    Excellent verbal and written communication skills
•    Budget oversight experience
•    High professional ethical standards
•    Knowledge of tax and other compliance implications of non-profit status
•    Ability to work independently and as part of a team; outstanding organizational skills
•    Commitment to connecting art with audiences and FirstWorks core values:
~Creativity and artistic excellence
~Arts and social impact

Salary is commensurate with professional experience.  Benefits include health & dental care (full-time only) and vacation; an excellent working environment; and the ability to have an impact on creating access and engagement with the arts and bettering the lives of children in Providence and across Rhode Island. FirstWorks is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We are committed to a diverse workplace.  Women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply
Interested applicants should send:
•    A cover letter, resume, and 1 to 3 multi-page work/writing samples—include one example of a project management document
•    The names and contact information for 3 professional references
Send applications to:
Email to: annette@first-works.org (include the position title in the subject line)
Or by mail at: FirstWorks, 270 Westminster St., Providence, RI 02903

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Courses from Frequency Writers

November 25th, 2015

Please find below some winter/spring courses from Frequency Writeres. For a complete list you can visit our website: frequencywriters.org  or email frequencyprovidence@gmail.com.

Epistolary Acts

6 weeks, Wednesdays, 6-8:30pm, March 9-April 13

During our six weeks together, we will read and write in and through letters. We will explore the sweep of what a letter is or can be, build new structures for our writing through the kinds of voices and projections we will find.  We’ll have fun.

A Poetry Workshop for Veterans of War

10 weeks, Wednesdays, April 6 – June 15 (excluding April 20)

This poetry workshop means to provide a safe and welcoming place for veterans to explore writing poetry. We will discuss genre and form and each week read work by other poets for instruction and inspiration.

Lost and Found

Studio, Saturday, Feb 27, 10am-2pm

No language is precious! No language is unworthy! This one day course will engage with cutting and sampling, using texts around and within us as our sources. In “Lost,” we will play with erasure, distillation, and remixing, cutting away at text until we get to the pit in the center (or lose meaning altogether). In “Found,” we will mine source materials to create new, strange combinations of language. If you hate cutting down your poems or feel stuck using the same three images all the time, this workshop is for you!

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Join Gov. Raimondo on Dec 3rd for a holiday celebration at the State House

November 24th, 2015



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The Winter’s Eve “Juror’s Award” includes a SOLO 2016 Exhibit at the gallery.

November 19th, 2015

IMPORTANT DATES & Information 

  • Exhibition:  Thursday, December 3 to Thursday, December 31, 2015
  • Opening reception: Thursday, December 3rd, 6pm – 8pm
  • Delivery dates: Friday. November 27, 2-4pm and Saturday, November 28, 10am – 1pm
  • Pickup for declined work:  Monday, November 30, 4pm – 6pm (artists will be notified via email no later than 11/29 of their acceptance/decline status)
  • Pickup of exhibited work:  Saturday, January 2 . 10 am to noon
  • Fee: $10 for one; $25 for three pieces of art
  • No commission is required by the Friends of the Library. Artist receive 100% of sale.
  • Over 400 patrons visit the library daily

PLANNING TO SUBMIT YOUR ARTWORK? Let us know with an email to: friendseglibrary@gmail.com. Just put “submitting” in the subject line.

  • 2011 Award Winner – Lee Bergwall Hanks
  • 2012 Award Winner – Marjorie Ball
  • 2013 Award Winner – Uli Brahmst
  • 2014 Award Winner – Reed McLaren

If you want to be removed from this group’s mailing list, please send an email to friendseglibrary@gmail.com with “Remove” in the subject line

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Attend the 3rd Annual RI Author Expo – Dec 5 at the Lincoln Mall

November 17th, 2015

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Cross-Currents: Art & Learning Seeks Conference Ideas for September 2016

November 16th, 2015

As certain as clouds, sun, rain, and tides, Art-Force has organized another Cross-Currents Convening for mid-September 2016 in North Carolina.  Cross-Currents : Art + Learning Powering Creative Readiness will spotlight the complex intersection of learning creatively and individual and institutional capacity.

We will explore how we learn, what we learn, and where we learn to answer questions of educational efficacy, parity, individual differences, and the role of creativeness as both process and relationship.  We believe that effective education in cross-disciplines is an equalizer, especially important because not every town receives sufficient resources to grow the minds and skills of their populations.  Over two days, together we will expose new ways to learn, understand, and appreciate creative-readiness from infancy and early education, to secondary/post-secondary schools, from informal experiential environments, to formal residencies and digital certifications. And we will tackle how to leapfrog over ineffective strategies thereby accelerating civic health and community well-being.

Workshops, Plenaries, and Keynotes will address…

  • How designed environments drive different outcomes
  • Why private philanthropy is end-running government guidelines
  • Where traditional arts education and the conservatory is being upended to produce new pedagogy
  • What circumstances enable artists to be entrepreneurial instructors
  • When is too early and too late to undo predispositions about change

We hope you will block this time on your busy schedules and join other educators, community development leaders, philanthropists, cultural arts organizations, nonprofits, educational investors, artists-designers, and government representatives.

Registration opens in January 2016. In the meantime, if you have an idea for a session you would like to offer or a suggestion for a voice we should be sure to hear, please be in touch!


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Anthony Philip Fine Art, Brooklyn, NY – Call to Artists

November 15th, 2015

Anthony Philip Fine Art, Brooklyn, NY, is mounting an exhibition of new media art, running March 25, 2016 to May 1, 2016. Entitled “LET X = X: NEW VOICES IN DIGITAL MEDIA,” the exhibition will examine artistic practices in the digital age. It will be composed of works across all media created entirely in the digital domain. All themes and subjects will be considered. Participation is open to all American artists over 18 years of age who do not currently have representation in the New York City area.


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Pollock-Krasner Foundation Accepting Applications From Artists With Financial Need

November 15th, 2015

The mission of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation is to aid those individuals who have worked as artists over a significant period of time. The foundation’s dual criteria for grants are recognizable artistic merit and financial need, whether professional, personal, or both.

The foundation welcomes, throughout the year, applications from visual artists (painters, sculptors, and artists who work on paper, including printmakers) with genuine financial needs. Grants are intended for a one-year period of time, with the size of the grant to be determined by the artist’s individual circumstances and professional exhibition history. Artists applying for a grant must be actively exhibiting their current work in a professional artistic venue such as a gallery or museum space.

The foundation does not accept applications from commercial artists, video artists, performance artists, filmmakers, crafts-makers, computer artists, or any artist whose work primarily falls into these categories. In addition, it does not make grants to students or to fund academic study or pay for past debts, legal fees, the purchase of real estate, moves to other cities, personal travel, or the costs of installations, commissions, or projects ordered by others.

For complete application guidelines and a list of previously supported artists, see the PKF website.

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American Music Abroad Invites Applications for International Exchange Program

November 15th, 2015

American Music Abroad, a partnership between American Voices and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is an international exchange program designed to communicate America’s rich musical contributions and diverse culture to audiences around the world.

Each year, approximately ten ensembles of three to five musicians working in traditional American genres are selected to conduct regional cultural exchange tours in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Central and South America, and the Middle East for approximately a month. For the purpose of this program, traditional American genres are defined as including, but not limited to, Contemporary Urban, Hip Hop, Rock & Roll, Indie Rock, R&B, Jazz, Blues, Broadway Musical Theater, and American roots music genres like Country, Gospel, Soul, Bluegrass, Zydeco, Cajun, Afro-Caribbean, Tejano, Southwestern American Conjunto, Native-American, and Folk.

As part of the program activities, selected ensembles will perform high-profile public concerts, engage in intensive collaborations with local musicians, lead jam sessions, appear in the media, and offer educational activities such as workshops, music business training for aspiring musicians, and motivational and education programs for underserved youth. In addition, the program will create opportunities for bands to engage post-tour with  program alumni and feature their music and expertise through Skype chats as well as Internet radio broadcasts on AMA Radio.

Prior to the respective tours, each ensemble will participate in the American Music Abroad@Home program in Washington, D.C., which includes a concert or education program in a local school or community center and an orientation at the State Department. All events — national and international — may be recorded, posted on social media, and broadcast non-commercially.

AMA tours operate under the official auspices of the U.S. government. The State Department funds international travel, hotels, and an allowance for meals and incidental expenses. In addition, a tour honorarium of $200 per day for expenses incurred while on the road will be awarded to each musician in an ensemble. American Voices organizes the tours with the input of ECA/State Department and participating U.S. embassies and consulates.

Musicians must be at least 18 years of age, a citizen of the U.S., and either hold or be able to obtain a valid U.S. passport.

Applications must be submitted by January 24, 2016. Finalists will be announced in late January/early February, and live auditions will be held March 14–19 in New York City and March 18 in San Francisco. Final ensembles will be selected by April 4.

For complete program guidelines, information about last year’s ensemble participants, and application instructions, visit the AMA website.

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Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Invites Applications for Independent Film Tours

November 15th, 2015

The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation is accepting applications for its On Screen/In Person program, which provides opportunities for independent filmmakers to tour the mid-Atlantic region with their recent films and foster greater understanding and appreciation of their work through direct audience engagement.

Six films and their creators are selected for the program annually. Each tour engagement includes a public screening, a pre- or post-screening discussion with the visiting filmmaker, and a community activity with the filmmaker that provides greater appreciation for their work and the art of film.

Nonprofit venues and arts organizations in the mid-Atlantic region apply to partner with MAAF and serve as host sites for the touring filmmakers. Organizations in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, and West Virginia interested in serving as host sites for tours are selected by the foundation through an open, competitive application process.

Tours are scheduled during six months of the program year (September-October-November 2016; February-March-April 2017). Each selected filmmaker is scheduled to visit between five and eight host sites and tour for approximately two weeks during one of the months the program is active.

All travel expenses are paid by MAAF. In addition, a $200 per diem (for each calendar day the filmmaker is on tour) will be provided by the foundation to cover accommodations, food, and miscellaneous travel costs, as well as a $400 stipend from each host site/screening engagement.

The program is open to filmmakers from across the United States. Animation, documentary, experimental, and narrative works are eligible for consideration. Organizations accepted as host sites participate in the film selection process.

Visit the MAAF website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

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A Blade of Grass Invites Letters of Interest for Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art

November 15th, 2015

A Blade of Grass provides resources to artists who demonstrate artistic excellence and serve as innovative conduits for social change. To that end, ABOG is inviting Letters of Interest for its Fellowship for Engaged Art.

The $20,000 ABOG fellowship supports socially engaged projects that promote art as a catalyst for social change; that feature artists in leadership roles; that emphasize active and sustainable partnerships with communities; and/or in which artists engage community members as equal partners on locally relevant issues (or globally relevant issues as they apply to the local context). Projects in which co-creation with non-artists is part of the process are encouraged.

Fellows become active participants in a program that features a range of services, including a two-day orientation that explores ABOG’s documentation and assessment models and includes workshops on strategies for community engagement; quarterly co-assessment meetings with other fellows to share progress and offer feedback to one another; support and feedback for ongoing self-assessment in the form of collaborative action research; and assessment by an outside evaluator.

Eligible applicants include individual artists or artist collectives with projects that directly engage a specific community or communities. Artists may not currently be enrolled as students, must be legal residents or citizens of the U.S., and be at least 25 years of age. Applicants must not have received a full ABOG Socially Engaged Art Fellowship as an individual or as part of an artist collective in the last three years. In addition, applicants must have a website with contextualized examples of past work that a selection panel can review.

Applicants are strongly recommended to attend an informational workshop on either September 29 or November 2 before submitting application materials.

Letters of Interest must be received no later than November 20, 2015. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit full applications by January 15, 2016.

For complete program guidelines, information about previous fellows, and application procedures, visit the ABOG website.

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Call to Artists – Howard Silverman Gallery . East Greenwich Free Library

November 12th, 2015

5th Annual Juried Art Exhibit – WINTER’S EVE

DECEMBER 3 – December 31, 2015


Music by classical harpist, Judith Mitchell

82 Peirce Street . East Greenwich, Rhode Island

401-885-1699  friendseglibrary@gmail.com

Facebook “Winter’s Eve at the Library”

Juror – Kate Huntington: Ms. Huntington received a scholarship to RISD in 1974 and has worked as a representational painter based in the Providence, RI metropolitan area continuously since 1976. Her work is now shown in and about New England in galleries and museums and featured in several distinguished books. In 2007, about a dozen of Kate’s paintings were featured in various scenes on the award winning Showtime TV drama “Brotherhood”. Her work can also be spotted in various films including “The Maiden Heist”, “The Lightkeepers”, and Richard Gere’s “Hachi, a Dog’s Tale”. Her paintings and drawings are found in numerous national and international private and corporate collections. She is a member of The Copley Society in Boston. Ms. Huntington works out of her Providence, RI studio.

The Winter’s Eve “Juror’s Award” includes a SOLO 2016 Exhibit at the gallery.


  • Exhibition:  Thursday, December 3 to Thursday, December 31, 2015
  • Opening reception: Thursday, December 3rd, 6pm – 8pm
  • Delivery dates: Friday. November 27, 2-4pm and Saturday, November 28, 10am – 1pm
  • Pickup for declined work:  Monday, November 30, 4pm – 6pm (artists will be notified via email no later than 11/29 of their acceptance/decline status)
  • Pickup of exhibited work:  Saturday, January 2 . 10 am to noon
  • Fee: $10 for one; $25 for three pieces of art
  • No commission is required by the Friends of the Library. Artist receive 100% of sale.
  • Over 400 patrons visit the library daily

PLANNING TO SUBMIT YOUR ARTWORK? Let us know with an email to: friendseglibrary@gmail.com. Just put “submitting” in the subject line.

2011 Award Winner – Lee Bergwall Hanks

2012 Award Winner – Marjorie Ball

2013 Award Winner – Uli Brahmst

2014 Award Winner – Reed McLaren

If you want to be removed from this group’s mailing list, please send an email to friendseglibrary@gmail.com with “Remove” in the subject line

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PublicArtRI Call For Art – $250 Stipend – Deadline Dec 5, 2015

November 12th, 2015


Applications must be received by PUBLIC ART WORKS by DECEMBER 5, 2015


This call for submissions is open to all artists living in New England and neighboring states who are able to hand-deliver their work to HHCRI. Students are ineligible.


AWARD: A $250 honorarium will be given to each exhibiting artist selected


Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island provides compassionate, professional, state-of-the-art physical, emotional and spiritual care for all people facing life-threatening illness at any stage of life and in any setting they choose.

The Art Selection Committee is seeking 2D visual artists (no sculpture or wall reliefs) for solo exhibitions on the first floor designated, “The Gallery” of the Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island (HHCRI) facility located at 1085 North Main Street, Providence, Rhode Island. The Gallery is in an area of high foot traffic and viewed by everyone who visits HHCRI. Artwork will be installed by the staff of HHCRI and a representative of Public Art Works.

PROJECT DURATION: Rotating gallery three to four times per year beginning January 2016


  • Artwork should be appropriate and sensitive to the Hospice environment in which it will be hung
  • Gallery space is Approx. 16 feet wide x 7 feet high
  • Includes a hanging system and gallery lighting
  • Artwork should be appropriate for the Hospice environment
  • Art work with the following content will not be considered: religious themes, those of a sexual nature and political commentary

INSURANCE: The utmost care in the handling of all artwork will be taken; however, artists are encouraged to carry their own insurance from the time of delivery to HHCRI until the close of the exhibit, as HHCRI or PAW does not have insurance for non-owned artwork. Artists will be asked to sign an insurance waiver upon delivery.


  • ALL ARTWORK WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR SALE (unless stated by the artist)
  • Artists will receive 100% of any work sold
  • Artists may leave a price list with the receptionist
  • In the event of an inquiry, PAW will contact the artist with contact information


  • Applications will be reviewed by the Art Selection Committee consisting of Diana Franchitto, President & CEO of HHCRI and a representative of Public Art Works
  • The Art Selection Committee reserves the right to decline any or all applications


  • HHCRI may from time to time use the images on display for publicity purposes (print media including newspaper, newsletter etc.) Selected artists will be asked to sign a limited use image waiver. The artist’s name and title of the work of art, will at all times be included with image hen used for publicity.
  • Should a selected artist choose to publicize their work in the exhibit, all text and copy must be approved by HHCRI prior to insertion.

For more information and to apply: http://www.publicartri.com/call-for-artist-submissions.html


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Classes at Four Corners Art Center

November 10th, 2015

Calligraphy for the Holidays

2 Week Class- $45.00 
Dates: December 5th from 10am-12pm December 19th from 10am-12pm
$20 Materials Fee-Basic starter pack, includes calligraphy pens and paper
Come and learn the basic fundamental skills of the art of calligraphy just in time for the holidays. Learn spacing and lettering skills that can be applied to holiday cards, table settings, gift tags and more for your holiday season!


Winter Break – Children’s Calligraphy and Penmanship Class

2-Day Class- $25
Mon Dec 28th & Tues Dec. 29th from 10am-11am
Materials Included
2nd Grade- 8th Grade class level
Introduce your child to the art of Calligraphy and you’ll open up a world of beautiful penmanship. A hand written letter or thank you note, written in calligraphy or using the calligraphy techniques, is a treasure. The student will learn basic lettering forms, holding the pen and connecting the letters in cursive.

Winter Break Calligraphy Class for High Schoolers

2-Day Class- materials included
Mon Dec 28th & Tues Dec. 29th from 1pm-2pm
This class will focus on the Italic form of Calligraphy, to create unique documents, cards, and letters. Each student will be instructed on lettering techniques, upper and lowercase letters and numbers. A side benefit to calligraphy is that it will improve penmanship all together, helping with school work, note taking, reading historical documents, and your handwriting will get neater and faster.
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November 10th, 2015

The Rose Kennedy Greenway – Boston, Massachusetts



For more information please visit:



Chinese Zodiac, Year of the Monkey – The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy is seeking proposals from artists to create engaging public art around the 2016 Chinese Zodiac,Year of the Monkey, as part of an ongoing series in Chinatown Park in downtown Boston.  All professional artists residing in the contiguous United States may apply. Deadline for receipt of materials is Monday, December 14, 2015.  Project budget for this installation is $18,000, and is inclusive of all costs of installation/de-installation, permits, site restoration, and transportation. The selected artist will receive a $4,000 stipend in addition to the project budget. The Greenway will accept submissions starting November 9th and ending on December 14th. Work in any medium will be considered. Artists’ will be asked to develop a line itemized budget as part of proposal submission.  To see the full RFP and learn how to submit your work for consideration or to find more information about the site and the project, please CLICK HERE.


All submission will be submitted via Submittable.com (Links provided in the RFP’s). For any questions or concerns please contact Easton Smith at: esmith@rosekennedygreenway.org.



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City of Providence Seeks Director of Arts, Culture & Tourism

November 9th, 2015

Location: Providence, RI
Salary: $97,688 
Start Date: ASAP
Full Time

Job Description
Summary The Director of the Arts, Culture & Tourism (ACT) Department reports to the Chief Operating Officer and the Office of Mayor Jorge O. Elorza. The ACT Director oversees and directs all programs within the Arts, Culture & Tourism Department and is responsible for the internal management of all ACT Department staff. The ACT Director works cross-departmentally on many citywide events and initiatives.

The ACT Director will develop and maintain relationships with partners from an array of sectors to further the City’s celebration of culture, its dialogue with arts, and the promotion of tourism. The Director of Arts, Culture & Tourism is tasked with perpetuating and enriching the traditions for which Providence is known, including fairs and festivals, while fostering new and innovative artistic development and creative partnerships.

Duties & Responsibilities

1. Coordinate Providence’s participation with state, regional, and national arts and cultural tourism research studies and initiatives.

2. Promote the marketing of Providence as a cultural destination, locally, regionally, and nationally.

3. Create and implement new arts and cultural initiatives consistent with the Departmental mission: to ensure the continued development of a vibrant and creative city by integrating arts and culture into community life while showcasing Providence as an international cultural destination.

4. Cultivate and maintain relationships with arts funders and federal agencies.

5. Develop and maintain relationships with arts and cultural organizations, artists, property and business owners, and real estate developers.

6. Develop and maintain working relationships with other city departments, in order to employ the arts as an economic, neighborhood and social development tool.

7. Develop strategies to incorporate arts and cultural policy into the City’s overall agenda and work actively with other City departments to ensure consideration of, and attention to, the City’s cultural infrastructure.

8. Oversee large public events such as the Providence International Arts Festival and the neighborhood performing arts series.

9. Pro-actively forge relationships, legislation and advocacy on behalf of arts constituents.

10. Work to position Providence and the Mayor’s office as a local and national leader in arts policy and development.

11. In addition to the above-listed tasks, the Director will be expected to manage the day-to-day functioning of the ACT Department, and will be responsible for:
• Evaluating the efficacy of all program money;
• Managing Departmental budget and cultivate appropriate resources; and
• Working with the Mayor’s Press Office to coordinate all press related activities.

1. A Bachelor’s degree is required and a Master’s degree is preferred.

2. A minimum of five (5) years of experience in a management position, with a demonstrated ability to plan, direct and review the work of staff in order to achieve a designated objective.

3. Possesses a working knowledge of regional and national arts funding landscape, and well-versed in grant-writing and fundraising.

4. Possesses knowledge of local and regional creative arts scenes and communities, and keeps abreast of developments therein.

5. Have strong communication, written and oral presentation skills, and the ability to speak effectively before individuals and groups.

6. Is able to organize coalitions to enact change, and to work effectively and cooperatively with diverse stakeholders.

7. Is comfortable in the planning and execution of large-scale events and initiatives.

8. Has the ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships and to interface with policy makers, community and agency representatives. 

9. Is able to work independently with little direct supervision and to exercise independent judgment.

10. Must be able to perform all essential functions of the job.

How to Apply
Please send resume and a cover letter which clearly identifies the position. Place “Director of Arts, Culture & Tourism” in the subject line and send electronic submissions to jobs@providenceri.com.

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call for artists – deadline 11/28 (dropoff 11/27 2-4 & 11/28 10-noon

November 9th, 2015

Winter’s Eve: 5th Annual Juried Art Exhibit
“an artist prospectus is available by contacting friendseglibrary@gmail.com. Please let us know if you are planning to submit artwork. If you’ve already let us know, thanks! Opening reception 12/3 6-8pm.”

Host: Friends East Greenwich Free Library

Phone:  401-884-9510

When:  Thursday, December 3 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Where:  82 Peirce Street

For artist prospectus or other info, email: friendseglibrary@gmail.com East Greenwich, RI 02818

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The 2015 Youth Inspiration of Love Artists Award

November 6th, 2015
The Natasha Love Foundation celebrates the 2015, Youth Inspiration of Love Artists Awards, presented to high school students demonstrating a great passion and unique talent in the arts. These awards are designed to promote love, peace, unity and awareness; using art and the creative process to steer teens on a positive path away from teen violence.
For more details and to receive the nomination forms, go to http://www.thenatashalovefoundation.com/youth-inspiration-of-love-artists-awards-.html
The awards recognize the many ways The Natasha Love Foundation supports and inspires Rhode Island youth who contribute to the creative and cultural life of our state. Nominating a student for a Youth Inspiration of Love Artists Award requires a completed and signed application form, as well as any relevant supporting materials, which will be submitted to The Natasha Love Foundation at the address below.
Inspiration of Love Leadership Award – $500.00 award
Honors an individual who displays love and a willingness to help others regardless of who they are or what adversities they have faced.
The individual maintains a spirit of service and engages in their community through art and understanding.
Love Visual Art Award – $300.00 award
Recognizes a student who impacts others by demonstrating compassion for others while encouraging a sense of self-worth. This individual must create a painting that promotes love and understanding and inspires a sense of appreciation and respect for one another.
Peace Theatre Award – $300.00
This award recognizes an individual who is outspoken and inspires this confidence in others to speak their minds; propagating hope in others. This student utilizes positive sociological messages and innovative skills to grow in the area of education through poetry and acting, promoting peace in our world.
Unity Dance Award – $300.00
Recognizes a student in the area of education through dance with the intention of sending positive messages of unity. Their body of work should inspire teamwork and collaboration in and out of school.
Awareness Music Award – $300.00
This goal of this award is to recognize students who increase awareness for social justice issues through education and music while simultaneously encouraging others to get involved in their community. Their work should help build self esteem in themselves and others.
1. Nominees must be high school students who reside in Rhode Island
2. Nominees are students who will receive an award once per lifetime from (TNLF)
3. Schools may nominate as many individuals as they wish.
4. The Natasha Love Foundation and its members reserve the right to verify the eligibility of all nominees.
5. Nominations will be accepted until FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2015. Late or incomplete forms will be
6. Award recipients are decided by TNLF board comprised of members of Rhode Island business and
art communities.
8. All decisions are final.
1. A completed application form signed by the nominee and parent/guardian;
2. A brief, one page (maximum) description of the nominated student, art-related activity they are involved in, and a
few sentences detailing how their art inspires and impacts their daily lives, the lives of others, and the school they
3. The nominee’s supporting art work and related materials.
All nominations go to the selected board members comprised of business and art professionals in the state. The board members will narrow the list of nominations to a group of finalists, who will be notified prior to an announcement as we lead up to the awards ceremony. Nominees will also be contacted by the founder of The Natasha Love Foundation to provide the students and their schools an overview of the event, and to determine the art and supporting materials needed at the event.
When the finalists are announced, the board members will choose the award winners, which will be announced at the awards ceremony.
Support materials must be labeled as follows:
● Artist’s name
● Title of work
● Nomination category
● Running time, viewing or reading instructions
The Natasha Love Foundation will take all precautions to protect all art and supporting materials submitted, however does not accept responsibility for lost or damaged work. Please do not submit original art work. All items submitted will not be returned to the nominator or nominee (unless in rare and exceptional circumstances).
Support material requirements
1. Digital images must be:
● in jpg file format
● a maximum of 1 MB per image
● a maximum resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels
● in RGB or greyscale color mode only
● digital images must be submitted on CD or flash drive
● limited to 10 images.
2. Video and Audio
Choose one of the following combinations to submit:
● 1 video and 1 audio piece (5 minute maximum per item)
● 1 video or 1 audio piece (10 minute maximum)
Video files must be:
● submitted on a PC formatted DVD (or on a flash drive) in .avi, .mov, .mpg, .mpeg format.
● viewable with QuickTime, or Windows Media Player
Audio files must be:
● submitted on a PC formatted CD (or on a flash drive)
● in a common electronic audio format playable on Windows Media Player
Compressed support materials are not accepted. Video or audio pieces that exceed the time limits can be submitted, but the Selection Committee will only view or listen to the allotted maximum time per item.
NOTE: Monetary awards granted to students nominated are restricted funds that should only be used for
art related needs such as: art supplies, musical instruments, dance, theatre supplies and technology
equipment (laptop, etc).
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Big Read Accepting Grant Applications for Community-Wide Reading Programs

November 6th, 2015

The Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, aims to restore reading to the center of American culture. Managed by Arts Midwest, the program provides organizations with grants and comprehensive resources that support their efforts to inspire their community to read and discuss a single book or the work of a poet.

Community organizations participating in the Big Read develop and produce reading programs that encourage reading and participation by diverse local audiences. These programs include activities such as author readings, book discussions, art exhibits, lectures, film series, music or dance events, theatrical performances, panel discussions, and other events and activities related to the community’s chosen book or poet. Activities must focus on a book or poet from the Big Read Library. Previous grantees must select a different reading choice from their previous programming.

The program is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations to develop reading programs between September 2016 and June 2017. Organizations selected to participate receive a grant, educational and promotional materials, and access to online training resources and opportunities. Approximately seventy-five organizations will be selected from communities of varying size in the United States.

Eligible organizations may apply for grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000. Grants must be matched on a one-to-one basis with non-federal funds. Grant funds may be used for a variety of expenses, including book purchases, speaker fees and travel, salaries, advertising, and venue rental.

Applicant organizations must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit; a division of state, local, or tribal government; or a tax-exempt public library. Eligible applicants include literary centers, libraries, museums, colleges and universities, art centers, historical societies, arts councils, tribal governments, humanities councils, literary festivals, and arts organizations.

Complete program guidelines, application instructions, and an FAQ are available at the Big Read website.

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