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A Statement from RISCA regarding reports of federal funding cuts to the arts & humanities

Monday, January 30th, 2017

Ever since early January, when the Washington DC publication “The Hill” reported on plans by the Trump Administration to eliminate federal funding for the arts and humanities, RISCA and RICH (the Rhode Island Council on the Humanities) have heard from cultural advocates asking what they can do to help prevent such a thing from happening.  During the past couple of weeks I have been involved in a number of conversations on this issue.  Both Americans for the Arts and The New York Times have published important information regarding the situation, and I encourage you to review this material.

Our colleague Philip Horn at the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts has put together a statement that clearly and articulately states what many of us in the state arts agency field believe is the proper course of action at this time. I wanted to share his statement with you all.

Some of you have heard about or seen reports that the new Administration and the new Congress are intent on eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts, the Humanities Endowment and PBS. While we are deeply concerned about the well-being of the NEA, there does not seem to be any source clearly identified by the media that can be verified. Much of what we are seeing is the media reporting on other media reports.

Our association, the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, is already reaching out to key parties to learn about the administration’s agenda for the arts and the disposition of members of Congress. Clearly, the arts have enjoyed support from both sides of the aisle for many years. It would be unfortunate if the arts community declared itself in opposition to a new administration and Congress regarding a budget proposal that has not yet been made for the future of the NEA and the federal cultural agencies.

In the past, proposals have been made to eliminate the cultural agencies. These efforts have generated intense advocacy and, while cuts have been made in funding, the trend is upwards not down and the cultural agencies are still with us and stronger in many ways.

It is always appropriate and advisable to contact your representatives at the local, state and federal level to express your support for public funding for the arts and what this support has made possible in your community. At this time, it would be helpful to inquire if your representatives are aware of any effort to eliminate the cultural agencies.

I advise everyone to withhold judgment until there is a proposal. We need all our friends in leadership positions in government on both sides of the aisle and at all levels. It would not be helpful to alienate anyone based on premature assumptions.

So, as Philip suggests, it is (always) a good idea for you to contact your representatives to express your support for public funding for the arts and humanities.  This is important in good times and bad.  Beyond that, both the Humanities Council and RISCA will monitor the situation and make sure you know what is happening.  Feel free to share your thoughts on this issue with me at Randall.Rosenbaum@arts.ri.gov, and (as always) let me know if there is anything we can do to assist.

Randall Rosenbaum, Executive Director, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts

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Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

Adrienne Petrillo
Program Manager, Presenting & Touring
NEFA is working in partnership with CINARS, supported by the Québec Government Office in Boston and the Ministry of Culture, to develop ongoing relationships for international cultural exchange between artists and performing arts presenters in New England and Québec.
The exchange will:
• Aim to build an ongoing touring network between the two regions
• Increase participants’ knowledge of artists and presenters in each region
• Expand touring opportunities for artists from New England and Québec
NEFA will invite a diverse group of six to eight presenters and artists from New England to participate in two key events in November 2016. CINARS will host a counterpart delegation of six to eight arts presenters from Québec.
NEFA’s Idea Swap: November 2, 2016, in Worcester, MA
The Idea Swap is an annual one-day event for New England-based organizations that present artists to network and share project ideas that may qualify for funding from NEFA’s Expeditions grant program. Each year, NEFA’s Idea Swap attracts over 150 cultural organizations and performing artists. The Idea Swap stimulates opportunities for collaboration and partnerships in arts touring and presenting while raising awareness and support for arts projects and activities available to New England communities. The Idea Swap includes informal networking, five-minute presentations of projects available for New England-wide touring, a networking lunch, and facilitated small groups to discuss project ideas. A private follow up meeting for participants may be scheduled for November 3.
CINARS Biennale: November 14-19, 2016, in Montréal, Québec
Every two years in Montréal, CINARS organizes one of the most important international performing arts conferences in the world, with nearly 1,300 professionals hailing from 40 countries including 270 show presenters, some of whom are the most influential in the business. During one week, over a hundred shows from Québec, Canada, and abroad grace the stages while workshops, networking events, as well as an exhibition hall, are teeming with participants. After 14 editions, the CINARS Biennale has become a key worldwide event in performing arts touring.
Participants will have the opportunity to meet colleagues in Québec, see the work of artists with whom they may be unfamiliar, develop collaborative touring opportunities, and participate in a peer network.
NEFA will provide New England presenters with $800 in travel support for attendance at CINARS. Complimentary registration will be provided to attend CINARS and the Idea Swap. Presenters are expected to cover the balance of their expenses, attend both events, and participate in follow up discussions or meetings.
Presenters will be selected based on the following criteria:
• Interest in developing peer relationships with peers in Québec
• Interest in learning more about a diverse range of artists from Québec
• Relationships with peer presenters in New England and the capacity to share learning with regional colleagues
• Track record of creative collaborations with performing artists, including and especially with New England-based artists
NEFA intends to invite a diverse group of presenters and artists that represent a range of geographies, community sizes, and experiences with international exchange. All presenters interested in this opportunity are encouraged to apply regardless of budget size or experience with international exchange.
Artists will be invited to participate after the presenter participants have been confirmed. Artists interested in participating are welcome to contact Adrienne Petrillo to learn more about this initiative.
Applications are due by September 23, 2016; notifications will be made within two weeks after the deadline.


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National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC)Advocacy Leadership Institute (ALI) Deadline is January 26, 2017

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Applications must be submitted electronically via Submittable (ALI Online Application), as per the ALI Guidelines no later than deadline to apply: January 26, 2017

The NALAC Advocacy Leadership Institute (ALI) is a three-day intensive, hands-on training that builds advocacy skills and knowledge about the role of government and public institutions in the arts field. Highlights of the NALAC Advocacy Leadership Institute include: meetings with noted political leaders on Capitol Hill and members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus as well as meetings with senior staff at the National Endowment for the Arts, the White House Office of Public Engagement and Smithsonian Latino Center. All artists and cultural workers are eligible to apply.

The 2017 NALAC Advocacy Leadership Institute (ALI) is a three-day intensive, hands-on training that builds advocacy skills and knowledge about the role of government and public institutions in the arts field. A group of 10-15 participants will be selected to attend the ALI in Washington, D.C., where Congressional Staff and experienced arts advocates will impart skills to enhance efforts on behalf of Latino arts and culture. The goals of this advanced institute are to:
◦cultivate a deeper understanding of the frameworks involved in shaping cultural policy, and its impact on Latino artistic production and social justice;
◦provide research and instruction on advocacy protocols and strategies;
◦deliver immersion training via preparatory research and assignments, instruction, site visits and consultations;
◦develop competencies for meaningful communication with local and state elected officials, and with national congressional representatives and staff;
◦build relationships and initiate dialogue with policy makers to promote understanding of the Latino arts sector’s needs while asserting the role of the arts in sustaining viable communities;
◦equip Fellows with the necessary tools to lead proactive efforts in their respective communities, and to deliver effective messages that will help broaden support for the arts; and,
◦nurture Fellows as an engaged group of active Latino arts sector advocates.

This training is open to all artists, administrators and cultural practioners, including alumni of the NALAC Leadership Institute and Intercultural Leadership Institute. Please also note that past attendees of the Advocacy Leadership Institutes are not eligible to apply. Ten to fifteen alumni of the NALAC Leadership Institute will be selected to attend through a panel review process.

At the time an application is submitted:
◦Applicant must be an Individual or Organizational Member of NALAC.
Visit www.nalactienda.org to renew or establish membership

The NALAC Advocacy Leadership Institute curriculum is based on developing the capacity and potential of Latino artists and cultural workers to shape arts policy on the national and international stage. This lens provides the framework for all Instititutes/alitute presentations, discussions, and exercises. Topics and activities include:

Art and Community Building
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Overview
Congressional Visits
Legislative Process Overview
National Advocacy Organizations
National Arts Advocacy Efforts
National Endowment for the Arts Meeting
Preparation and Advice for Congressional Visits
Successful Advocacy Models
White House Office of Public Engagement

For more information visit http://nalac.org/programs/nalac-institutes/ali

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Artists Healthcare Survey – please participate by August 31!

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013
The Future of Music Coalition, the Artists’ Health Insurance Resource Center and Fractured Atlas are conducting
a survey of US-based artists about their access to health insurance. They are gathering data in order to be able to better inform artists of their care
options under the Affordable Care Act. (More at: http://futureofmusic.org/article/research/artists-and-health-insurance-survey)
Please help us get the word out and share this survey with your network of artists! This is a critical moment to capture baseline data from US artists about their access to health insurance – the last day to participate is this Saturday, Aug 31.


ARTISTS: do you have health insurance? If not, why not?
Nonprofit artists advocacy groups are conducting an online survey from July 17 –
Aug 31 to assess how many US-based artists have health insurance on the eve of
the Affordable Care Act. These results will contribute to a body of research
that aims to provide artists with accessible information about their care

Click here to participate in this brief survey:

All answers are anonymous and confidential, and the survey
should take about 10 minutes to complete. We urge you to participate so we can
really understand the health insurance needs and priorities of the artist
community. Survey closes August 31.
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Benefits of Arts Education for At-Risk Youth

Friday, March 30th, 2012

New NEA Research Report Shows Potential Benefits of Arts Education for At-Risk Youth


Youth Have Better Academic Outcomes, Higher Career Goals, and Are More Civically Engaged

Washington, DC – At-risk students who have access to the arts in or out of school also tend to have better academic results, better workforce opportunities, and more civic engagement, according to a new NEA report, The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth: Findings from Four Longitudinal Studies. The study reports these and other positive outcomes associated with high levels of arts exposure for youth of low socioeconomic status.

The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth study uses four separate longitudinal studies (three from the U.S. Department of Education) to track children, teenagers, and young adults who had high or low levels of arts engagement in or out of school. Those activities included coursework in music, dance, theater, or the visual arts; out-of-school arts lessons; or membership, participation, and leadership in arts organizations and activities, such as band or theater.

The study focuses on the potential effects of arts engagement on youth from the lowest quarter of socioeconomic status. Although most of the arts-related benefits in this report applied only to these at-risk youth, some findings also suggest benefits for youth from advantaged backgrounds.

“Arts education doesn’t take place in isolation,” said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. “It has to take place as part of an overall school and education reform strategy. This report shows that arts education has strong links with other positive educational outcomes.”

Among the key findings:

Better academic outcomes – Teenagers and young adults of low socioeconomic (SES) status who have a history of in-depth arts involvement (“high arts”) show better academic outcomes than low-SES youth with less arts involvement (“low arts”). They earn better grades and have higher rates of college enrollment and attainment.
Low-SES students who had arts-rich experiences in high school were ten percent more likely to complete a high school calculus course than low-SES students with low arts exposure (33 percent versus 23 percent).
High-arts, low-SES students in the eighth grade were more likely to have planned to earn a bachelor’s degree (74 percent) than were all students (71 percent) or low-arts, low-SES students (43 percent).
High-arts, low-SES students were 15 percent more likely to enroll in a highly or moderately selective four-year college than low-arts, low-SES students (41 percent versus 26 percent).
Students with access to the arts in high school were three times more likely than students who lacked those experiences to earn a bachelor’s degree (17 percent versus five percent).
When it comes to participating in extracurricular activities in high school, high-arts, low-SES students are much more likely also to take part in intramural and interscholastic sports, as well as academic honor societies, and school yearbook or newspaper – often at nearly twice or three times the rate of low-arts, low-SES students.

Higher career goals – There is a marked difference between the career aspirations of young adults with and without arts backgrounds.
High-arts, low-SES college students had the highest rates of choosing a major that aligns with a professional career, such as accounting, education, nursing, or social sciences (30 percent), compared to low-arts, low-SES students (14 percent) and the overall SES sample (22 percent).
Half of all low-SES adults with arts-rich backgrounds expected to work in a professional career (such as law, medicine, education, or management), compared to only 21 percent of low-arts, low-SES young adults.

More civically engaged – Young adults who had intensive arts experiences in high school are more likely to show civic-minded behavior than young adults who did not, with comparatively high levels of volunteering, voting, and engagement with local or school politics. In many cases, this difference appears in both low-and high-SES groups.
High-arts, low-SES eighth graders were more likely to read a newspaper at least once a week (73 percent) compared to low-arts, low-SES students (44 percent) and the overall SES sample (66 percent).
High-arts, low-SES young adults reported higher volunteer rates (47 percent) than the overall sample and low-arts, low-SES young adults (43 and 26 percent respectively).
High-arts, low-SES young adults voted in the 2004 national election at a rate of 45 percent, compared to 31 percent of low-arts, low-SES young adults.

The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth: Findings from Four Longitudinal Studies was prepared for the National Endowment for the Arts by James S. Catterall, University of California Los Angeles, with Susan A. Dumais, Louisiana State University, and Gillian Hampden-Thompson, University of York, U.K. The report is one of the NEA’s latest efforts to conduct and commission research that examines evidence of the value and impact of the arts in other domains of American life, such as education, health and well-being, community liveability, and economic prosperity. The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth is available at arts.gov.

About the National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA at arts.gov.

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Sally Gifford | Public Affairs Specialist | National Endowment for the Arts

giffords@arts.gov | 202-682-5606

URL – www.arts.gov

Twitter – http://twitter.com/NEAarts
YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/NEAarts

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Monday, November 21st, 2011

Community MusicWorks is now accepting viola and cello applications for the 2012-2014 Fellowship Program. The
Fellowship Program is an opportunity to learn about our model of community-based teaching and performance. Join a
growing movement of musicians who are reimagining their careers to combine performing, teaching, and social action
in order to make an impact on their communities.
The Fellowship Program was started in 2006 to help Community MusicWorks expand its student base in Providence,
and to inspire musicians in the methodology of Community MusicWorks so they can create new programs in other
cities in the future. As part of the Fellowship, Fellows perform in a string quartet and as a member of the CMW
Players, teach instrument lessons individually and in groups, and learn about the various aspects of Community
MusicWorks’ ongoing programming in monthly seminars and by hands-on experience assisting staff with programs
and operations.
 Learn about the Community MusicWorks model for community development through music.
 Commit to the educational principles of Community MusicWorks
 Creatively teach group and individual lessons during after-school hours.
 Mentor students in musical and non-musical outings.
 Perform in concerts, benefits, workshops, and residencies as a member of the CMW Players.
 Assist with coordination of program activities as a member of the Community MusicWorks staff.
 Help organize and participate in frequent weekend community performances.
 Share administrative duties involved in running programs.
 Help build contacts for the growth of Community MusicWorks.
 Become a part of urban neighborhoods in West and South Providence.
 Attend monthly seminars to learn about the Community MusicWorks philosophy, mission, and methodology to
prepare for creating your own urban residency after completion of the Fellowship Program.
 A love for working with youth ages 6 through 18
 Experience and / or relevant interest in teaching beginning and intermediate strings
 Experience as a chamber music performer
 Excellent interpersonal skills, flexibility, and comfort working in a team
 Enthusiasm for community-based social change work
 Commitment to participate in innovative and non-traditional approaches to music education and performance
 Passion for helping to expand a nationally-recognized program
 A sense of humor
 Spanish proficiency a plus
 Having your own car strongly encouraged
Commitment: Approx. 30 hours/week, including many weekends and evenings. The stipend for this position is
$17,000/year plus health benefits. Stipend increases in the second year of the Fellowship.
Interested candidates can submit application (form available online), letter of interest, CD, and two letters of
recommendation by December 5, 2011 to: Minna Choi, Fellowship Program Director, Community MusicWorks, 1392
Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02909.
Please note, in preparing their application materials, candidates are strongly encouraged to learn more about CMW ‘s
mission, philosophy, programs, staff, history, and the surrounding communities they serve by visiting the Community
MusicWorks website at www.communitymusicworks.org.
You may submit your letter of interest and application electronically to: fellowship@communitymusicworks.org.
For more information, please call (401) 861-5650 or send an email to fellowship@communitymusicworks.org.

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Final 2011 Budget Bill Sets NEA Funds at $155 Million

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Just got the word from our friends at the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies in Washington:  the final budget bill for the current year federal budget cuts about $12.5 million from the NEA’s budget (again, for this year).  While that’s a deep cut, we’re ending up a lot better than I thought we would.

Still don’t know what this means for the RISCA budget for next year, and won’t know for a week or two (according to my sources in DC).  More on this to come.

Here’s the complete brief from NASAA.

Final 2011 Budget Bill Sets NEA Funds at $155 Million

The final budget agreement negotiated by President Obama with House and Senate Republican and Democratic leaders, H.R. 1473, is set to go to the House floor for a vote on Wednesday, April 13, with action to follow in the Senate. The bill sets 2011 funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) at $155 million for the year. This is the same amount proposed in H.R. 1 by the Republican leadership on the House Appropriations Committee in February: a cut of $12.5 million from $167.5 million in 2010.

That measure was roundly rejected by Republican freshmen legislators before the initial draft of H.R. 1 even went to the House floor. The continuing resolution (CR) for 2011 that eventually passed the House in February would have reduced arts endowment funding to $124.4 million. In March, the Senate rejected H.R. 1, and also failed to pass a Democratic alternative with NEA appropriations at $167.5 million.

The 2011 CR reduces federal spending overall by $38.5 billion from 2010 spending levels. The bill includes the $12 billion in cuts already taken and signed into law in the previous three continuing resolutions, as well as nearly $28 billion in new budget reductions. The final CR also includes $25 million for the U.S. Department of Education’s arts education grants, which had been eliminated completely in an earlier, short-term CR.

The new CR instructs federal agencies, including the NEA, to provide Congress within 30 days of enactment of the bill with a detailed spending plan for the remainder of the 2011 fiscal year.

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A Message From VSA Arts

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

ATTENTION: RI Cultural Venues Using OnLine & Internet Ticketing

On March 15, 2011 the U.S. Department of Justice’s 2010 Revised Regulations
on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) becomes enforceable

Selling accessible tickets online impacts everything from your ticketing policies to your website.

The ADA National Network, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Knowbility and the International Ticketing Association announce a FREE WEBINAR program addressing the new ticketing regulations

This FREE webinar will review the ticketing regulations with a particular emphasis on online sales, including a look at the process and accessibility features that should be built-in from the start

Registration is FREE – go to: http://www.adaconferences.org/Ticketing/Register/

(PLEASE Share with your cultural networks)

2010 ADA Regulations and Online Ticketing Webinar: February 25, 2011

Eastern: 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Central: 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Mountain: 12:00 – 2:00pm
Pacific: 11:00 – 1:00pm
Alaska: 10:00 – 12:00 pm
Hawaii: 9:00 – 11:00
For additional information go to: www.adaconferences.org/Ticketing/ >

To register go to: http://www.adaconferences.org/Ticketing/Register/

The ADA National Network, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Knowbility and the International Ticketing Association announce a webinar program addressing the new ticketing regulations found in the 2010 revisions to the ADA regulations. The session is being coordinated by the Great Lakes ADA Center and Mid-Atlantic ADA Center (formerly DBTAC)

Topic: The 2010 ADA Regulations and Online Ticketing

On March 15, 2011 the U.S. Department of Justice’s 2010 Revised Regulations on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) become enforceable. These regulations notably include provisions regarding the sale of accessible tickets, including providing people with disabilities with the opportunity to purchase tickets using the same methods available to patrons without disabilities. While you may have policies in place and staff trained to sell tickets over the phone and in person at the Box Office, are you ready to sell accessible seats on the Internet?

Selling accessible tickets online impacts everything from your ticketing policies to your website. This FREE webinar will review the ticketing regulations with a particular emphasis on online sales, including a look at the process and accessibility features that should be built-in from the start. There will be plenty of time for Q&A so come prepared with your questions!


Betty Siegel, Manager of Accessibility, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington DC:

Betty Siegel has specialized in arts and disability issues for over twenty five years. She started in the field at Arena Stage in Washington, DC, moved to Austin TX where she ran a small arts and disability non-profit, and was certified as a sign language interpreter. She is currently Director of Accessibility at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. She oversees accessibility compliance, policies, and accommodations for all performances, programs, events, and facilities. She initiated and works on national and international projects such as the Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD) network of cultural arts administrators. Ms. Siegel holds a JD and is currently licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Sharron Rush, Executive Director, Knowbility, Austin, TX:

Sharron Rush is the co-founder and Executive Director of Knowbility, a nonprofit organization that grew from the first Accessibility Internet Rally (AIR) in Austin in 1998. Ms. Rush leads the effort to replicate the AIR program in cities throughout the country. Ms. Rush believes strongly in the power of technology to support the independence of people with disabilities – and in the value of dynamic, ongoing collaboration to strengthen communities. She has led Knowbility to national recognition, including appearances on the Oprah Winfrey TV show, “Best Practice” feature at the National Labor Skills Summit, and recognition for excellence and innovation by the Peter F. Drucker Foundation. In April of 2001, she was named one of the Top 25 Women of the Web and in March 2002, she received the Dewey Winburne Award for Community Service through Interactive Media. She is a ComputerWorld Laureate, an advisor to the SXSW Interactive Media Conference, was named Community Tech Champion by the Congressional Black Caucus and co-wrote the book, Maximum Accessibility which is recognized as one of the definitive accessibility resources. Ms. Rush annually assembles the best minds in web accessibility to deliver training conferences that teach and define interactive accessibility from the basics to the bleeding edge.

Representative from US Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division

Continuing Education Recognition (CER): Certificate of Attendance

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The 2010 New England Art Awards

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

The 2010 New England Art Awards is a contest organized by The New England Journal of Aesthetic Research to honor the best art made in New England, local writing about local art, and exhibits organized here in 2010. And we want you to help us pick the winners. Details here:


Or go right to the voting ballot here:


Everyone is welcome to vote here. Please spread the word. Winners will be chosen by (1) local active art journalists and (2) anyone else who wants to vote – and will be announced in terms of these two categories of voters.

Winners will be announced at the 2010 New England Art Awards Ball at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011, at the Burren, 247 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville, Massachusetts. The event is free and open to all. Creative attire is encouraged.

Thanks for your help,

Greg Cook

The New England Journal of Aesthetic Research

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Director of Education, Coleman Center, Newport Art Museum

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Employment Opportunities

Director of Education
Coleman Center for Creative Studies

The Newport Art Museum seeks a Director of Education for its school, The Coleman Center for Creative Studies. This is a unique opportunity for the right individual to play a major role in shaping the future of the Museum’s arts education programs (museum school, outreach, fee for service, artist residency, workshops and arts and cultural programming) as it enters its centennial year in 2012. Creative vision and a passion for the arts combined with substantial arts education and management experience are necessary.

The Director of Education is responsible for working with the Executive Director to set the vision and goals for the department and to be a driving force in building community participation in arts education and cultural programming. He/She is responsible for:

overseeing the day to day operations of the department
working with the Director of Finance to develop and implement all budgets, overseeing a faculty of 25 and preparing all financial reports as necessary
working with the Director Development in the preparation, tracking, evaluating and reporting of all education and cultural programming grants
working closely with the Operations Manager to oversee all equipment, supplies, studios and facilities in the school building
serving as the main liaison with the Education Committee of the Board of Trustees.
The preferred candidate will have a Masters in Art Education, will demonstrate effective leadership, management, communication and organization skills and will have at least five years experience in management level positions. Knowledge of best practice in museum education is essential. The position requires demonstrated ability to develop curricula for both museum-centered and external outreach arts education programs and experience working with grade span expectation requirements and teacher certification credits.

This is a full time, salaried position with benefits. The Museum is an equal opportunity employer and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.

Please send cover letter and resume to the Director of Finance and Administration, James Hockhousen, Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI 02840 or by email to JHockhousen@newportartmuseum.org. No phone calls or faxes will be accepted.

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Both Rhode Island Senators get an A+ for Arts Support

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Did you ever bring home a bad grade on a report card as a kid? What about an F in the arts? Hard to imagine. Well, our U.S. Senators brought home their grades, and although they weren’t graded on their paintings or musical scales, many managed to fail the arts. And some failed while the other Senator in their state received an A or B!

We are very pleased (and quite proud) that Rhode Island Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse scored A+’s.  These are challenging times for supporters of the arts at the local, state and national level, and it’s great to know we have great arts advocates representing Rhode Island at the national level.

Thank you, Senators Reed and Whitehouse!

To see the other senator’s grades, go to http://artsactionfund.org/pages/senate-report-card


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Community Music Works on National Public Radio

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Sebastian Ruth’s recent MacArthur Award has caught the national media’s attention. Most recently, Sebastian spoke about bringing social justice to a community through music on
All Things Considered.


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Monday, September 27th, 2010



Measuring the Social Impact of the Arts
A workshop presented by the John Nicholas Brown Center
for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage

Event Info
Friday, October 15, 2010
9 a.m.-12 p.m.

John Nicholas Brown Center
357 Benefit Street
Providence, RI

Facilitators: Mark J. Stern, professor of social welfare and history and co-director of the urban studies program at the University of Pennsylvania

Public Humanities ProgramThis workshop will explore theories and methods for connecting the arts and civic engagement. Based on 15 years of research by the University of Pennsylvania’s Social Impact of the Arts Project (SIAP), the workshop will outline a multi-level strategy for documenting the non-economic impact of arts and culture in metropolitan areas and provide examples of individual cultural organizations’ role in this strategy. The workshop will also provide opportunities for participants to gain hands-on experience working with a variety of data-collection strategies.

About the presenter

Mark J. Stern is professor of social welfare and co-director of the urban studies program at the University of Pennsylvania. Since 1994, he has been principal investigator of the Social Impact of the Arts Project, a research center at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice.

The workshop will include refreshments in the morning.

Register Today

The workshop fee is $15, and includes refreshments in the morning. To register, please complete the registration form on the JNBC Web site. Fax or mail your registration form to Chelsea Shriver by October 11, 2010.

Space is limited, so register today!

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RICFA Mayoral Candidate Forum

Monday, August 30th, 2010

w w w . r i c i t i z e n s f o r a r t s . o r g




5:30 – 7:00 pm

URI Paff Auditorium

80 Washington Street

Downtown Providence

Come hear the candidates’

views on the creative sector.

Ask questions. VOTE.

Providence Mayoral Forum on the Creative Economy

Moderated by Mark Murphy, Editor,

Providence Business News

Submit your questions to the candidates by August 30

Email: info@ricitizensforarts.org

Mail: 558 Mineral Spring Ave, #304, Pawtucket, RI 02860


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State Arts Council Applauds Lt. Governor Roberts for national arts recognition

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Lt.Gov. Roberts receives national arts award from Wisconsin Lt. Gov Lawton and Americans for the Arts Jay Dick

Rhode Island Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts received recognition from Americans for the Arts and the National Lt. Governors Association for her work promoting the arts and its role in our state’s economy.

A special award ceremony was recently held at the National Lt. Governor’s Association conference in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Congratulations, Lt. Governor Roberts!

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Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

(Boston, MA)—Last week the state Senate approved provisions to mitigate the impact of casinos on the nonprofit cultural sector as part of its bill to expand gambling in Massachusetts.

The Senate bill must now be reconciled with the House version through a conference committee that was established today. A final bill must then pass both chambers and then go to the Governor, who can sign or veto it before the legislative session ends July 31.

Please watch for an advisory from the Massachusetts Advocates for Arts, Sciences, and Humanities (MAASH) for instructions on how to advocate to ensure that the final legislation sent to the Governor has the most benefit for the nonprofit cultural sector.

The Senate gambling legislation would:

  • Establish a cultural mitigation fund that could generate an estimated $6 million to $10 million annually, beginning in several years when casinos are officially licensed and operating. That represents 2% of the proposed tax on gross gaming revenues. Separate mitigation funds are designated for other purposes, including gambling addiction treatment and other community needs. The amount set aside for the cultural sector is roughly twice that proposed in the House bill.
  • Establish a subcommittee on cultural facilities as part of a broader gaming advisory board that would recommend regulations to mitigate casinos’ impact on nonprofit performing arts centers.
  • Ensure that performances in casino entertainment venues with more than 1,000 seats be reviewed and approved by that subcommittee, which would include representation from the MCC and the nonprofit performing arts community.

The MCC has worked closely with advocates from the Hanover Theatre in Worcester and other nonprofit performing arts centers to ensure that those centers are protected from unfair competition from casino entertainment. We also believe a portion of future revenues from casinos should support the broader, nonprofit cultural sector.

State Senate President Pro Tempore Stan Rosenberg of Amherst was among the chief architects of the bill, and was vocal in his support for arts and culture. The amendments supporting the arts were filed by Senator Harriette Chandler of Worcester and co-sponsored by Senators Stephen Brewer of Barre, Benjamin Downing of Pittsfield, Michael Moore of Millbury, and Jennifer Flanagan of Leominster. Senators Steven Panagiotakos of Lowell and Karen Spilka of Framingham were also leading voices on behalf of the cultural sector.

The Senate also approved a separate amendment filed by Senator Jack Hart of Boston that would require the gaming industry to annually report to the Legislature on the effects of gambling on the Commonwealth’s tourism industry.

About the Massachusetts Cultural Council
The Massachusetts Cultural Council is a state agency supporting the arts, humanities, and sciences to improve the quality of life in Massachusetts and its communities. The MCC pursues this mission through a combination of grants, services, and advocacy for cultural organizations, schools, communities, and artists. For more go to www.massculturalcouncil.org.

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NEA Chairman testifies for funding before Congress

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

The Obama administration has requested a $161.3 million budget for the N.E.A. for the 2011 fiscal year, the same as its request for 2010 but less than the $167.5 million budget that Congress ultimately passed. Mr. Landesman has put his stamp on the budget, cutting a program known as American Masterpieces (though sparing one of its most popular components, the Big Read) and devoting $5 million to a pilot program, Our Town, that will support the creation of local arts districts. When Representative Mike Simpson of Idaho, the ranking Republican on the subcommittee, asked what he would do if Congress gave him $180 million, Mr. Landesman replied that Our Town could be expanded to reach more than the 35 communities currently planned.

Check out the full story at http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/04/13/n-e-a-chairman-testifies-on-capitol-hill/

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Adcvocacy News from RI Citizens for the Arts

Monday, February 8th, 2010

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Tuesday’s reveal of Governor’s Carcieri’s budget was a wake up call to the creative community.  His near elimination of the state’s investment in the arts and creative sector would be devastating not only to the many who will lose their jobs in this sector, but also the many who benefit from the creative sector’s ripple effect.  Many of you responded to our call to join us – thank you!
We released our response to the Governor’s cuts to the arts in a press release following the Governor’s announcement.  See here for community reaction.  Since, we’ve been talking with reporters, talking with legislators, and hearing from you. 
Onto the Assembly…
In the next couple of months, the Governor’s budget will go through the Assembly process.  Both House and Senate Finance Committees will hold hearings reviewing every aspect of the budget – including the arts funding and related programs. 
Here’s where you come in:  Join us in taking part and taking action!  With you, we’ll organize our community, get clear on our speaking points and meet with our legislators.  We’ll gear up for Arts Advocacy Day.  And we’ll bring the message to the Assembly that these cuts can’t stand in the final budget.  See below and SIGN UP!

1.  Attend an advocacy training!  Join us in Pawtucket or Newport for a 3-hour advocacy training, facilitated by our consultant, Lori Fresina of M+R Strategic Services.  At these sessions, you’ll learn the tools and tactics we will use to fight these cuts.  
Monday, February 15
9 am – Noon
Hope Artiste Village
1005 Main Street, Pawtucket
Friday, March 5
2:00 – 5:00 pm
Place TBD

2.  Sign Up to meet with your legislator!  In person meetings will be the most effective – we want to be sure they take the time to absorb our arguments, and learn from you as their constituent on the importance of the creative sector to Rhode Island’s economy, future and magnetism – an asset not many other state’s can claim.  Let us know if you are willing to make the call and schedule the meeting on your sign up.  We’ll group you with others in your area and help you coordinate. 

Arts Advocacy Day at the State House
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
2:00 – 6:00 pm
Governor’s State Room
Join us for a citizen lobby day at the State House!  We’ll continue our talks with legislators and raise the voice of the creative sector in the halls and walls of our house of governance!
Details to Follow.

Rhode Island Citizens for the Arts (RI CFA) is a statewide arts advocacy organization, driven by membership.  We are a nonpartisan group lobbying for and organizing the voice for the arts and creative sector in RI.  Join the effort and Become a Member


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Art In Schools

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Today, for the first time in 11 years, the federal government releaseda national report card on achievement in the arts among 8th graders.

This long-awaited report finds that since 1997, our nation’s students

have not made significant progress in developing their skills and

knowledge in the arts. The National Assessment of Education Progress

(NAEP) in the Arts report is the only continuing, national measure of

academic achievement in America’s schools.

http://capwiz.com/artsusa/utr/1/MJDEKRHVQC/OQZJKRHVYA/3490016801/ A nationally representative sample of over 7,900 eighth grade studentsfrom public and private schools participated in the NAEP Arts

Assessment in 2008. Students were measured on their ability to create

and respond to the visual arts; whereas, the study scaled back on music

questions and only measured a student’s ability to respond and identify

music. Unfortunately, theatre and dance skills were not assessed at

all due to budgetary and data collection constraints, according to the

National Center for Education Statistics.

As reported today in the New York Times , Christian Science Monitor ,

and USAToday , the findings are “mediocre,”

“lackluster,” and “may make America’s arts instructors

kind of blue.” Not a great report card. However, new U.S.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan gave a strong reaction in support of

arts education, “This Arts Report Card should challenge all of us

to make K-12 arts programs more available to America’s children …We

can and should do better for America’s students.”

http://capwiz.com/artsusa/utr/1/MJDEKRHVQC/NKBGKRHVYB/3490016801 As you may know, Americans for the Arts has been leading a nationaleffort to increase federal funding and to strengthen the role of the

arts in the classroom through legislative efforts in Congress. We have

published a set of legislative recommendations that calls for changes

to the problematic No Child Left Behind Act. Our schools need greater

support for arts education — take two minutes to send a message to

your Congressional delegation, please visit our E-Advocacy Center:

http://capwiz.com/artsusa/utr/1/MJDEKRHVQC/CNIRKRHVYC/3490016801 To raise awareness of the importance of arts education, we have alsobeen leading, along with The Ad Council, the NAMM Foundation and

hundreds of local, state, and national campaign partners, a public

service awareness campaign titled, “The Arts. Ask For More.”

currently airing on radio and television and appearing in print media.

In the television and radio ads, the arts are equated with a healthy

diet; just like kids need healthy foods on a daily basis, kids need

their daily serving of the arts. Included in the campaign is a list of

“10 Simple Ways,” detailing how parents can get involved in

their child’s arts education.

http://capwiz.com/artsusa/utr/1/MJDEKRHVQC/HYSTKRHVYD/3490016801 Please take action on this important education effort by sending amessage to your member of Congress let your voice be heard:

http://capwiz.com/artsusa/utr/1/MJDEKRHVQC/AJLUKRHVYE/3490016801 Help us continue this important work by becoming an official member ofthe Arts Action Fund. Play your part by joining the Arts Action Fund

today — it’s free and simple:


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Annual Photo Lottery at AS220

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Photo Lottery is just 3 days away! Luckily… you can still buy a

ticket to take home one of the amazing artworks that have been donated

for 2009! Buy your tickets at the bar, through the event page at

as220.org/photolottery, drop by AS220 or send a check by way of snail

mail or as a last resort, just show up early at the event and we will

sell one to you if we still have them!

This is the fourth Photo Lottery that the AS220′s Paul Krot Darkroom

has held and each blessed one has been a sold-out event thanks to the

generosity of our patrons and the passion of our gamblers. We have

150 pieces of photo-based artwork from students, amateurs, youth,

working professionals, photo journalists, and legendary international

photographers like Jock Sturges, Henry Horenstein, Mona Kuhn and Danny

Lyon! This is a one-night-only salon style exhibition — people will

start taking their new art with them as the night winds down — so

even if you can’t swing it to support the darkroom with some dollars

right now please please please still come out and check out the

amazing array of photos on the walls. It will be a good old time.


Wednesday, May 27, 2009 9:30pm $6

Blank Tapes, Empty Bottles; Philberts Theory, and 6-Gear

Thursday, May 28, 2009 9pm $6

The Vitamin Hoax, Any Port in the Storm, and The Soccer Moms, and

Thanks Alaska

Friday, May 29, 2009 9pm $7

Armageddon Presents: Stinking Lizaveta, Darsombra, Tides, and Lolita


Saturday, May 30, 2009 7-9pm Free/ $100 for a ticket

Photo Lottery!! – Exhibition and Fundraiser for AS220′s darkrooms &

photography programming

Sunday, May 31, 2009 9pm $6

Deflag Haemorrhage/Haien Kontra, Drunkdriver, Green Cobweb, and Morgan


Monday, June 1, 2009 9pm $6

Vudu Bevy, Sundowners, American Freeway

Tuesday, June 2, 2009 5:30-8:30pm $6

Life Drawing – bring your drawing utensils and paper to AS220 and

sketch from a live model! Please note the time shift!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009 9:30pm $6

Cadence King, Jonas Dream, Madonna and Child

Wednesday, June 3, 2009 5:30 -7pm FREE

DC401 Meeting – local Defcon Group for Rhode Island

Wednesday, June 3, 2009 9pm $6

Ronnie Dee, Thomas Kelley, Christopher Sparks, and East of Borneo

Thursday, June 4, 2009 8pm $4

Free Speech Thursdays at AS220 featuring: Providence Poetry Slam: 1ST



Wednesday, May 27, 2009 6:30pm sharp!-8pm (doors at 6pm) $5

Films from the Family Life Center: Stronger Than Their Walls

A film about probation, exoneration, and people fighting for the

second chance they deserve. RI state law allows people on probation to

be incarcerated for crimes for which they have been exonerated,

although almost every other state does it differently. This

documentary follows the story of several men who were presumed guilty

and never given a fair chance to demonstrate their innocence. The

families of these imprisoned men take the issue to the Rhode Island

Statehouse, where they tell their stories in an effort to reform the

law. 45 minutes. Produced with support from the Rhode Island Family

Life Center and the Rhode Island Council of Humanities Film by Nick

Horton, Julia Liu, Jon Mahone, and Keith Heywar

http://www.strongerthantheirwalls.org http://riflc.org/index.php?name=openeye Wednesday, May 27, 2009 9:30pm $6

Blank Tapes, Empty Bottles; Philberts Theory, and 6-Gear

Philberts Theory is Experimental folk.

Blank Tapes, Empty Bottles is folk punk.

6-Gear is indie, alternative music.

http://www.myspace.com/liamdailey http://www.myspace.com/blanktapesemptybottles Thursday, May 28, 2009 9pm $6

The Vitamin Hoax, Any Port in the Storm, and The Soccer Moms, and

Thanks Alaska

Thanks, Alaska is a 3 piece punk, screamo band.

Any Port in the Storm is a experimental fun band.

The Vitamin Hoax is a rock band.

The Soccer Moms is ska/powerpop

http://www.myspace.com/thanksalaska http://www.myspace.com/anyportinthestorm

http://www.thevitaminhoax.tk http://www.myspace.com/smileatthesemi Friday, May 29, 2009 9pm $7

Armageddon Presents: Stinking Lizaveta, Darsombra, Tides, and Lolita


http://www.myspace.com/stinkinglizaveta http://www.myspace.com/darsombra

http://www.myspace.com/tidesrites http://www.myspace.com/lolitablackprovidence Saturday, May 30, 2009 6-9pm Free/ $100 for a ticket

Photo Lottery!! – Exhibition and Fundraiser for AS220′s darkrooms &

photography programming

Everyone is a winner! The Photo Lottery allows patrons who purchase a

lottery ticket to take home a work of art from our opening being held

in AS220′s Empire St building. A number on each ticket sold will

correspond at random to one of the one hundred and fifty works of art

on the wall. Everybody is invited to the show , but only people who

buy tickets will win photography.

http://www.as220.org/darkroom Sunday, May 31, 2009 9pm $6

Deflag Haemorrhage/Haien Kontra, Drunkdriver, Green Cobweb, and Morgan


Deflag Haemorrhage/Haien Kontra work with noise, silence and

abjection. They transgress all notions of what a performance can be.

The Wire (Dec. 2005 U.K.) –”The long awaited debut release of Deflag

Haemorrhage/Haien Kontra aka Mattin (guitar, vocals and computer

feedback) and Goldie (drums, vocals, disc, chain and bird whistle]

comprises 15 tracks recorded between July 2002 and November 2003. It

includes one truly scary field recording made by Zoe Broughton at

Huntingdon Life Sciences back in 1997, where she was working

undercover for a Channel Four documentary to expose the notorious

animal research facility’s appalling cruelty to animals (see www.shac.net/HLS/exposed/broughton.html) . A concert or album of unrelenting ferocious noise, whether by

Hijokaidan, Borbetomagus, Merzbow or The Dust Breeders, may be a

highly enjoyable rush of pure adrenaline, but it’s no longer exactly a

surprise. Mattin and Goldie can burst eardrums as well as the above -

watch your speakers on the apocalyptic “Submucosa”- but they’ve learnt

their lowercase lesson well, and use disturbingly quiet passages and

slow menacing drones to equally devastating effect. Mattin is as

unpredictable as ever, lurching from the kind of delicate laptoppery

that graced his Grob release Building Excess with Klaus Filip, Dean

Roberts and Radu Malfatti, to blasts of unmitigated sonic terror that

will melt the fillings in your teeth. His guitar work and vocals are

just as extreme, especially on the splendidly titled “It’s Not Your

Fault You Are The Authentic Version Of What The Rest Of Us Can Only

Imagine”, apparently recorded live (listening to the screams of terror

and the vicious thudding of heavy chains I’m glad I wasn’t there).

Goldie’s drumming is savage and ritualistic, from the isolated

explosions of “Humiliated” to the all-out blitzkrieg ofhis solo

offering “Lacguage = Noumenal Sarcoshyce” [sic] (a whole page of

similarly impenetrable logorrhea adorns the album cover), but it’s

refreshingly far removed from both free jazz and Improv percussion

cliche, even though I suspect his collection includes a fair number of

Eddie Prevost albums. Luxury is an album of awesome intensity, one

that deserves to be blasted mercilessly from a 40,000W PA outside

Huntingdon Life Sciences every day until the torture ceases.” –Dan


http://www.mattin.org/DHHK.html Monday, June 1, 2009 9pm $6

Vudu Bevy, Sundowners, American Freeway

Sundowners: salad bar punk/pop punk/passion

American Freeway is rock n roll music.

Vudu Bevy is garage rock.

http://www.myspace.com/sundownersland http://www.myspace.com/americanfreeway

http://www.myspace.com/vudubevy Tuesday, June 2, 2009 5:30-8:30pm $6

Life Drawing – bring your drawing utensils and paper to AS220 and

sketch from a live model! Please note the time shift!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009 9:30pm $6

Cadence King, Jonas Dream, Madonna and Child

Power Pop – like the rocket popscicle you eat at the beach on the 4th

of july.

Madonna and Child is electronica, experimental alt rock.

“Bring 3 non-perishable food items for the RI FoodBank and we will

give you a free Jonas Dream CD!”

http://www.myspace.com/jonasdream http://www.myspace.com/madchi

http://www.myspace.com/cadenceking Wednesday, June 3, 2009 5:30 -7pm FREE

DC401 Meeting – local Defcon Group for Rhode Island

DC401 is a gathering for folks interested in the alternate

applications of modern technology, referred to properly as ‘hacking’.

DC401 is not intended to compete with any other computer group, such

as Providence Geeks, 2600 or Linux User Groups, but rather to provide

yet another gathering place for the discussion of technology and

security topics. DC401 meetings are open to anyone, regardless of

their skill, age, job, gender, etc. DC401 is here to help you learn

new things, meet new people, mentor others in areas you may be strong

in, and provide some cohesion within the hacker culture and it’s

members. For more information, visit http://dc401.org or email dcg401 {at} gmail {dot} com

http://dc401.org Wednesday, June 3, 2009 9pm $6

Ronnie Dee, Thomas Kelley, Christopher Sparks, and East of Borneo

East Of Borneo: you never know what to expect. Influences range from

SunRa, to Tiki, to 1950′s Science Fiction Film Sound Tracks.

Thomas Kelley is acoustic rock music.

Christopher Sparks is acoustic music.

http://www.myspace.com/eastofborneo http://www.thomaskelleymusic.com

http://www.myspace.com/cactushearts Thursday, June 4, 2009 8pm $4

Free Speech Thursdays at AS220 featuring: Providence Poetry Slam: 1ST


On Thursdays at AS220, free speech is in full effect with a weekly

program of spoken word open mics, poetry slams, youth slams, hip-hop

open mics (on 2nd Thursdays), musician open mics, and so on and so

forth. Come teach, share, and learn! The stage is open to writers,

poets, rappers, comedians, professors, ranters, and ravers; come down

and keep the oral tradition alive! The Providence Poetry Slam:

Providence is one of the most well known and exciting Poetry Slams

nationwide – The PVD team has made it to the National Poetry Slam

Tournament semi-finals for the last 5 seasons!

Get in touch through our myspace page!

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Some people think these critters make great pets, they don’t take up

hardly any space, they will eat almost anything, and are easily

tamed… I personally don’t agree with these people. However, they do

make a great name for a loud freaking band that is playing at Foo Fest

this August 15th. If you think you know who I’m talking about—be

the first to send me the band name and I will make sure you get to

see them, and the Arkestra, and Lightning Bolt, and Mary Bee, and MORE

great performances for free.

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