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Steel Yard Residencies

Friday, January 13th, 2017
Are you looking for the perfect space to expand your artistic practice and join a vibrant community of working artists and fabricators? Consider applying for the Steel Yard’s Residency or Micro-Residency Programs.
The Steel Yard hosts Residency opportunities in Ceramics, Light Metals, and Metals (Foundry, Blacksmithing, and Welding). All residencies include shared studios and tools along with personal storage space. 

“The organization’s development has been impressive, the staff is fun, talented, and innovative, and the studio is loaded with cool history and atmosphere. My former studio suffered damages last February. The Steel Yard provided a wonderful opportunity to get back to making work!” 


Steel Yard Residencies Residency
The Steel Yard’s Residency Program is designed to assist emerging to mid-level artists and makers in growing and strengthening their practice in a supportive, cooperative environment through access to the Steel Yard’s studios and facilities. Participating artists have the opportunity to work together, to take part in community events and sales and to be creative leaders in a vibrant community shop. Most of all, residents get an all access pass to our studios in pursuit of their own work.
2017 Residency Period
April 1st, 2017 – December 1st, 2017.
To Apply
First, read and review the 2017 Residency Handbook for guidelines & expectations. To apply, please submit:
  • A completed 2017 Residency Application including contact information for two references who can speak to your creative practice or artistic background.
  • A current resume
  • A narrative description of your work or process and how you’ll use your time in our studios to further your practice. Tell us why you would be a good addition to the Steel Yard Residency community. (one-page max)
  • 10 – 15 digital images of current work. Standard format JPG at 1920×1920 pixels @ 72dpi
  • Fellowship or Workshare statement, if applicable
How to Submit
Completed applications (application cover sheet, references, resume, narrative, imaged and statement) can be submitted by:
  • Submit digitally at residency@thesteelyard.org
  • Or by mail to The Steel Yard, ATTN: Residencies 27 Sims Ave, Providence RI 02909
Application Deadline
To be included in the cohort beginning April 1st, the deadline for application is 5 pm on Friday, February 24th, 2017. Applicants will be notified no later than Monday, March 6th, 2017. Mid-season applicants will be considered if space is available; with RSVP’s made within 30 days from the receipt of application.
“I definitely leaned new techniques like making spouts, trimming on chuck, applying decals, etc which helped me to create new products like pitchers and vases.  It’s always easier for me to learn through watching someone else.”
The Steel Yard’s Micro Residency is a great way for makers to get unfettered access to our studios for a finite amount of time. Micro Residencies are ideal for individuals looking to use the Yard’s facilities to complete a prototype, create a sculpture, work on a commission piece, or build their portfolio. This residency has a minimum contract period of one month, with a maximum commitment of three months.
2017 Micro-Residencies Period
Participants in the Micro Residency program can apply for up to three months of studio access. The 2017 Residency Programs run from April 1st, 2017 – December 1st, 2017.
To Apply
First, read and review the 2017 Residency Handbook for guidelines & expectations. To apply, please submit:
  • A  completed  2017 MicroResidency Application including contact information for two references who can speak to your creative practice or artistic background.
  • A current resume
  • A narrative description of your work or process and how you’ll use your time in our studios to further your practice. Tell us why you would be a good addition to the Steel Yard Residency community. (one-page max)
  • 5-10 digital images of current work. Standard format JPG at 1920×1920 pixels @ 72dpi
How to Submit
Completed applications (application cover sheet, references, resume, narrative, imaged and statement) can be submitted by:
  • Submit digitally at residency@thesteelyard.org
  • Or by mail to The Steel Yard, ATTN: Residencies, 27 Sims Ave, Providence RI 02909.
Application Deadline
To be included in the cohort beginning April 1st, the deadline for application is 5 pm on Friday, February 24th, 2017. Applicants will be notified no later than Monday, March 6th, 2017. Mid-season applicants will be considered if space is available; with RSVP’s made within 30 days from the receipt of the applications.
“I wanted studio space after I graduated from college, in a fairly low-key environment. I was also looking for a place I could be a part of a community.”
The Steel Yard’s Fellowship positions are designed to support the creative practice of emerging mid-career artists by providing full studio access in exchange for a leadership position in the Residency Program. Fellows are cultural touchstones and work closely with other residents, Steel Yard staff, and community members. 

Fellowship recipients should expect to work an average of 10 hours a week; occasionally more or less. Monthly hours not to exceed 45. Fellows will receive a monthly stipend of $200, waived residency fees, unrestricted access to the studio and equipment in the department which they work, and standard personal storage.
To apply please include a statement addressing your qualifications and what you would add to the Steel yard community in a leadership position.
Work ShareWorkshare
In order to make Residency more financially accessible, the Steel Yard offers Work Share opportunities. Recipients of workshare residencies commit
10 hours of dedicated work time to the Steel Yard on a monthly basis in exchange for a 50% discount on residency dues. One workshare position is available in each of the residency departments and will be awarded based on merit and need.
To apply please include a statement addressing your financial need and how a workshare would further your artistic practice.
“I like the ceramics community at the SY, the 24/7 access, workshare opportunity, and affordability.”


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International Sculpture Center Conference, Pittsburgh, Oct 15-18, 2016

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

The International Sculpture Center will Travel to Pittsburgh Pennsylvania this October 15-18, 2016 for the 26thInternational Sculpture Conference. Inspired by industry and innovation in Pittsburgh the 26th International Sculpture Conference will explore how contemporary sculpture can effect cultural reinvention. The conference will bring together artists, arts administrators, curators, patrons, students, and sculpture enthusiasts for new discoveries in the field of sculpture.

Registration is open now! The four day conference will include 11 panel discussions, keynote speaker Diana Al-Hadid, mentor sessions, ARTSlams, evening receptions at the Mattress Factory and Carrie Furnaces, a city-wide gallery hop, hands-on workshops at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, and the Pittsburgh Glass Center, the annual ISC littleSCULPTURE Show, public art tours, and many optional trips to local arts and culture hubs. Visit http://www.sculpture.org/pittsburgh2016 for more information, and to register today.


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UPP Arts Teaching Artists/Educators Workshop

Monday, October 5th, 2015

Saturday, October 17, 2015 | 9am-12pm
Location: Alvarez High School, 375 Adelaide Ave., Providence, in Mashapaug Commons

This introductory workshop is for teaching artists and educators interested in participating in UPP’s educational outreach activities and the 9th Annual Urban Pond Procession during the 2015-2016 school year. This year’s focus is Urban Waterways and Indigenous Culture. UPP Arts will be hiring four (4) teaching artists to implement a project of his/her design in a public school. Teaching artists interested in applying are required to attend this workshop.

Loren Spears, Director of the Tomaquag Indian Memorial Museum, will lead this interactive workshop. Holly Ewald, Artistic Director of UPP Arts, will share updated information on the environmental health of Mashapaug Pond through maps, images and handouts.

Workshop goals include:

  • Learn how Indigenous People have maintained their culture for hundreds of years here in Rhode Island and specifically around Mashpaug Pond through the connectedness of the arts, culture and the natural environment
  • Examine stereotypes of Native American Culture
  • Explore how Indigenous Culture might help students and the public to become better stewards of our waterways
  • Imagine how you might bring this knowledge into the classroom over a series of 10 weekly workshops between January and May 2016

Please RSVP to Holly Ewald at holly@upparts.org.

NOTE: For those teaching artists applying to conduct in-school workshops, project proposals are due October 28, 2015.

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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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Organizing Your Creative Business With Rich Streitfeld, CPA

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Monday July 14, 2014 6:30 – 8:00 PM

@Rochambeau Library

708 Hope Street, Providence

Rich Streitfeld makes this difficult subject as understandable and entertaining as possible. (He “gets” artists!)  For the Artists Loop, Rich will discuss:  what is the best structure; how do I
finance it; what are the major tax burdens; how should I keep records; what about crowd funding?



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Layers of Learning: School Connections for Your Teaching Artist Practice

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Layers of Learning: School Connections for Your Teaching Artist Practice
A Two-Part Professional Development Workshop for Teaching Artists
Presenter: Cynthia Robinson, teaching eco artist

To register click here

Part 1
Date: Saturday, Decmeber 7th
Time: 10am – 1pm
Location: The Gamm Theatre, 172 Exchange St., Pawtucket, RI

Part 2
Date/Time: TBD. Most likely late January/early February
Location: The Gamm Theatre, 172 Exchange St. Pawtucket, RI

About the workshop:
This workshop, focusing on the intersection of artistic goals with school agendas and requirements,
is for both new teaching artists and those who have been in the field for many years. Participation in both parts of the workshop is not
mandatory, but is encouraged. However, participation in part 2 of the workshop does require attendance at part 1 of the workshop.

Part 1:
The workshop will help teaching artists:

  • Frame their work to connect with school curricula, goals and culture, whether that’s during a one-time workshop, series of workshops, or multi-day residency
  • See their work with students through the lens of school administrators, PTA reps, classroom teachers, and school arts specialists
  • Develop tools to use for contacting schools, negotiating and planning

Topics addressed will include finding common language with school administrators (thinking in “school speak” ) and balancing meaningful artistic engagement for students with their schools’ needs (scheduling, assessment, goals, parameters). There will be a take-home assignment for

Part 2:
This workshop will build on the introduction and beginning ideas explored in the December Layers of Learning session. Participants will bring their notes and sketch plans for introducing, presenting, developing their teaching artist practice as connected to school and community forums. In both small group and larger group discussions, we’ll give feedback to help participants refine and evolve their plans into concrete drafts.
Participation in the December part of the workshop is required for this part of the workshop.

Goals for teaching artists in this session:

  • Fine-tune the language/style of material they plan to present to schools regarding at least one project/program.
  • Create a fleshed out project/program plan that address school-based standards/goals.
  • Test their “elevator speech” version of their project/program using appropriate “school speak”.
  • Brainstorm first steps and avenues to introduce their work to the school community.

About the presenter:
Cynthia Robinson is a teaching artist on the roster of the NH State Council on the Arts and the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire. Along with various visiting artist and artist in residence programs and projects, she teaches art at Madison (NH) Elementary School, and she is on the
steering committee of the New England Consortium of Artist-Educator Professionals (NECAP).

This workshop was first presented in New Hampshire in 2010 by the New England Consortium of Artist Educator Professionals (NECAP) the NH
State Council on the Arts and the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire. It is based on a process developed through “Cultivating the
Field,” a professional-development institute for artist-educators, presented by Lesley University, NECAP and other partners in 2009.

Registration Fees:
RITAC Members*: Free
Non-RITAC Members: $15

Registration fees cover the cost of both workshops.

*RITAC Membership is $10 for our planning year (through August 2014). For details or questions regarding RITAC membership, please contact the Rhode Island Teaching Artists Center Program Director, Arik Beatty.
Have questions about Layers of Learning: School Connections for Your Teaching Artist Practice?
Contact The Rhode Island Teaching Artists Center

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The 2013 Visual Resources Association‘s Annual Conference, Providence April 3-6

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

VRA 31 continues the tradition of offering exceptional professional development experiences and opportunities that feature inspiring programs, speakers and special events.  The 2013 Visual Resources Association‘s Annual Conference will be held April 3-6 in Providence, Rhode Island, the “Creative Capital.”

“Capitalizing on Creativity” is the theme chosen for VRA 31.  Providence, historically a haven for freedom, non-conformity, and innovation, provides an ideal setting for professional engagement (and interesting walks). Conference organizers, Steven Kowalik and Cindy Abel Morris, working with the local arrangements group, have planned an informative and stimulating program of sessions, meetings, and entertaining events. The conference program offers popular formats as well as exciting new conference experiences, with highlights including:

  • Distinguished plenary speakers: art historian, author, and critic James Elkins, and accomplished aerial photographer Alex MacLean
  • Relevant and thought-provoking sessions and case studies on subjects covering archaeological and public art resources, teaching with new technologies, digital asset management, collaborative ventures, facilities design, visual literacy, documenting indigenous art, archival digitization, the digital humanities, and data visualization
  • Unconventional VRACamp, based on the unconference model of an informal participant-driven workshop that seeks to build community among curators, librarians, archivists, technologists, vendors, and more and provide a forum for spontaneous conversation, the launching of innovative ideas, and the sowing of seeds for future collaboration
  • Critical skill-building workshops (including two FREE workshops) covering presentation skills, embedded metadata, broadening access to content, and enhancing Photoshop techniques
  • Stimulating Opening Reception, New Members and First Time Attendees Breakfast, Members and Awards Dinner, Sponsors Event, and Business Meeting Breakfast in the grand and elegant rooftop spaces of the historic Biltmore Hotel
  • Memorable off-site entertainment planned by the Local Committee and designed to highlight the lively culture, New England hospitality and the creative cuisine of our host city Providence
  • Traditional mainstays continue with Committee and Chapter meetings, as well as Special Interest/Special User Group meetings and Birds of a Feather luncheons
  • Fascinating FREE morning architectural walking tours with local guides and experts, conveniently scheduled so as not to conflict with the conference programs
image courtesy of the Providence Biltmore Hotel

Our conference hotel is the historic Providence Biltmore, located in the heart of the downtown, just blocks from the train and bus stations, both of which connect up with the airport just a few miles south of Providence.  The hotel is a five minute walk from RISD and another five to ten minutes up the hill to Brown University.  The Biltmore was constructed as a distinctive luxury hotel in 1922 in a Beaux-Arts style and is today listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The rooftop Grand Ballroom offers sweeping views of this city of many bridges, waterways and architectural gems, including the stately Neoclassical Rhode Island State House built around the turn of the century in gleaming white marble.

There are unique and interesting restaurants in every direction within walking distance from the hotel, whether you are looking for lively bistros popular with students (Thayer Street) or quiet and elegant dining experiences (Federal Hill).  Either way, you won’t be disappointed.

Join us for an exciting conference in early April in the “Creative Capital” Providence, Rhode Island!

To find out about registration, click here.

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The Creative Economy

Friday, May 18th, 2012

The Creative Economy with Carol Coletta,
President, ArtPlace

Coletta describes “Creative Placemaking” as “a portfolio of strategies with art and
culture at the heart aimed at changing the trajectory of community”.

Carol Coletta specializes in developing cities and creative communities. She is
leading ArtPlace, a new national initiative to accelerate creative placemaking
across the U.S. ArtPlace is a collaboration of the nation’s top foundations,
leading banks, federal agencies and the National Endowment for the Arts. Prior
to joining ArtPlace, Carol was president and CEO of CEOs for Cities, a national
network of urban leaders building and sustaining the next generation of great
American cities.  For ten years, she hosted and produced a nationally syndicated
public radio show, Smart City.

She also served as executive director of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, a
partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, U.S. Conference of Mayors
and American Architectural Foundation.
Carol Coletta will share her vision for the role the arts, culture and creativity play in building vibrant neighborhoods that increase economic opportunities for people to

Register Now!

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Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Want to start a business, but confused  about  the legal requirements?

New England’s top lawyers are here to advise  you, for free!

Meet with professional business attorneys from top firms Get YOUR questions answered  one-on-one
Get your business registered! DBA, LLC or Corporation All  businesses, industries and entrepreneurs welcome!

Pre-registration is required

Space is limited, so RSVP today!
Income and other eligibility requirements apply. Contact us for details
email: bridgestobusiness@iine.us
call: 617-695-9990 x164

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Brand Strategy for the Not-for-Profit Organization

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Presented by the John Nicholas Brown Center
for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage
Professional Workshop Series

Event Details:

Thursday, October 13, 2011

10a.m. – 3p.m.

John Nicholas Brown Center

357 Benefit Street

Providence, RI, 02903

Are you looking for ways to make the work of your organization instantly recognizable? This workshop will explore the development of brand strategies for not-for-profit-institutions. We will begin by developing a working definition of ‘brand’ and ‘brand equity’ and then identify the primary factors that need to be managed in the process of creating a viable brand strategy. A basic framework for working through these factors will be examined and its application to not-for-profits reviewed. The workshop will be led by Ken Roberts, the former Chairman and CEO of Lippincott & Margulies.

About the Facilitator:

With over 40 years of experience as an identity consultant, Ken is a specialist in integrated communications and branding systems and their relationship to marketing and business strategies. He has extensive experience in the areas of positioning, corporate identification, brand portfolio optimization, brand equity evaluation, marketing communications and implementation.

Ken has managed identity programs for U.S. and international organizations in a wide variety of industry categories. Clients have included Air Products, AT&T, The Bank of New York, BD, Carnegie Hall, Chase, Citibank, Cornell University, Deloitte & Touche, Doosan Group, Dow Chemical, Dun & Bradstreet, Electronic Data Systems, Hoechst Celanese, IBM, Kenyon College, Lincoln Center, Mayo Clinic, The McGraw-Hill Companies, Pfizer, Samsung Group, Southern Company, Sprint, Travelers Group, University of Virginia, Walmart and Verizon.

Ken is a frequent speaker on the subject of branding and has published extensively. He is a member of the board of directors of the Oliver Wyman Group and is a Trustee of The Kenyon Review.

Ken holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. from the Wharton Graduate Division of the University of Pennsylvania.

The workshop will include refreshments in the morning and lunch.

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Public Art Discussion Series

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

FIRST SESSION TOPIC: New Media & Emerging Technologies in Public Art

Presented in partnership with the Boston Center for the Arts, this first discussion series event of the 2011-2012 season will feature eight short, seven minute presentations by New England artists who are making great strides within – or commentaries upon – the spheres of new media and emerging technologies, and whose projects are expanding the “publicness” of public art.

Join us at the Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts for this kick-off, happy hour event and come learn about the contemporary work being done by your peers. It will be an exciting evening of networking, and story swapping with colleagues and experts in the field, so be sure to mark your calendars now! All levels of public art experience are welcome!

Interested in being one of the artists who will have a chance to present?

Email a short description of your project along with a link to your work (if it’s online) and/or up to 5 images to Lauren Winsor – lwinsor@nefa.org by September 9, 2011. Remember, the theme of the session is New Media & Emerging Technologies in Public Art.

This session in presented in partnership with the Boston Center for the Arts. The Public Art Discussion Series is sponsored by NEFA’s Fund for the Arts with generous support from Anonymous.

WHEN: September 26, 2011 | 6:00PM-9:00PM
WHERE: Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts | 551 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116
PARKING: On-street parking is limited. For a link to suggestions, visit the BCA website

(There will be a cash bar and complimentary light bites).

QUESTIONS ? Contact: Lauren Winsor – lwinsor@nefa.org

Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations should contact NEFA staff above.

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RISCA Professional Development Workshops

Monday, August 29th, 2011

To register for workshops, go to this link: http://www.eventbrite.com/org/550758510?s=4953747

Raising Money through Crowdfunding
Brian Meece, RocketHub
Wednesday, September 7, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
AS220 Performance Space, 155 Empire St, Providence
Learn about Crowdfunding – as a phenomenon, as well as the specifics of launching your own creative project online. Crowdfunding allows artists a unique opportunity to draw support from family and friends, benefactors and fans, as well as complete strangers, for their creative projects. Brian Meece of RocketHub will give a brief history of crowdfunding. He will discuss its effectiveness as a fundraising tool; the kinds of projects that are appropriate for crowdfunding; additional benefits and opportunities of fundraising online; and the steps for launching your own crowdfunding campaign. Brian was born and raised on The Gulf of Mexico – that odd and magical little pocket of the American South where country and beach mingle, Jimmy Buffet blares, and hunting trucks have surfboards on the roof. Brian plays a mean ukulele and is CEO of RocketHub, one of the world’s top crowdfunding platforms. Brian is the co-author of “The Crowdfunding Manifesto”, a popular foundational resource for the rising Creative Class.
(Note: Immediately following RISCA’s workshop, Brian will give an additional presentation on crowdfunding with a focus on RocketHub, beginning at 7:00 PM at Machines with Magnets, 400 Main St, Pawtucket)

How to Secure a Space of Your “Own” – To Buy or Not to Buy
Lucie Searle, AS220
Wednesday, September 28 6-7:30
131 Washington Street, Suite 210
During her time as Development Manager and Preservationist at AS220, Lucie Searle has been at the center of AS220′s successful renovation of three historic buildings in downtown Providence, which have tripled the size of the organization. A real estate developer with over 25 years of experience in Boston and Providence, Lucie has a keen ability to assess properties and match them with the needs of an individual or organization. She will discuss the pros and cons of buying and renting and she will describe financial mechanisms – from simple to complex – that can be pieced together for build-out, renovation, purchase, lease and maintenance of a property. This presentation will be structured more like a guided conversation than a formal workshop. Participants are invited to submit questions ahead of time that will be addressed during the talk.

For the full 2011/2012 schedule of workshops, click here: http://www.arts.ri.gov/individuals/pad-workshops12.php

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“Profit Making Ventures for Non-Profits: Promise and Peril”: A Free Webinar

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Here’s an invitation from our friend Richard Streitfeld (of Aaronson, Lavoie Streitfeld Diaz and Co), about a free webinar that may be of interest:

On August 31 founding partner Michael Aaronson and I are presenting a free webinar on a hot topic, and we thought you  — or a non-profit or entrepreneur you know — might be interested:


“Profit Making Ventures for Non-Profits: Promise and Peril”


With the economy dragging and non-profits facing steep cuts, the need to diversify revenue has intensified.  One avenue  –for-profit ventures –is an increasingly popular choice.  Structured correctly , it can be a boon.  Forego proper planning and you could pay unneeded taxes or jeapordize your tax-exempt status.  We will discuss the tax, accounting and management considerations of such a venture.

There is no charge for this interactive webinar, which will air from 1-2 PM on Wednesday, August 31.  The sponsor, Synthesis Partnership of Newton, Mass, hosts two webinars per week on a wide variety of non-profit issues: board development; fundraising; strategic planning; human resources and more. All webinars are free, but pre-registration is required. Here is the link to the information and registration page for “Promise and Peril”:



The full schedule and rich archive of past webinars is at:



We hope to “see you” on –line.




Richard Streitfeld, CPA, CFE

Aaronson, Lavoie Streitfeld Diaz and Co, PC

1604 Broad Street, Cranston, RI 02905

401.223.0205 x118   fax 401.223.0209



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Creative Capital’s Professional Development Program

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

As the year unfolds, Creative Capital’s Professional Development Program (PDP) has already had the opportunity to bring subsidized workshops to seven communities around the country. These new and continuing partnerships make it possible for more and more artists to build sustainable art practices and find deeper satisfaction with their careers.

Subsidy Grants ranging from $3,000 to $10,000 are available for several of PDP’s most popular offerings: Core Curriculum, Internet for Artists, Verbal Communications and Taller Profesional de Desarrollo para Artistas (a one day bilingual workshop for Spanish-speaking artists).

Our subsidized workshops have taken place nationwide to great success. Over the course of a two-year relationship with the Montana State Arts Council, staff and artists noted that the authenticity and passion of the workshop leaders, combined with their personalized approach, transcended boundaries of rural or urban, contemporary or traditional artistry. Says Cindy Holt of the Council, “PDP created an environment where interaction and learning from the [leaders and] from each other as artists really touched and transformed the participants.” Since the workshops, artist participants in Montana have established a network of support and kept in touch. Two artists are in the process of establishing a shared gallery and two others recently completed a joint exhibition tour. For more about workshop impact, see Testimonials.

PDP invites your organization to apply for this special opportunity to bring a workshop to your community at a reduced fee. The Workshop Subsidy Grant application deadline is June 17, 2011 at 5:30pm EST for 2012 workshops. For guidelines and more information, visit Workshop Subsidy Grants Program.

Alyson Pou
Director, Professional Development Program

About Creative Capital
Creative Capital is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing integrated financial and advisory support to artists pursuing adventurous projects in five disciplines: Emerging Fields, Film/Video, Innovative Literature, and Performing and Visual Arts. Working in long-term partnership with artists, Creative Capital’s pioneering approach to support combines funding, counsel and career development services to enable a project’s success and foster sustainable practices for its grantees. In its first decade, Creative Capital has committed more than $20 million in financial and advisory support to 325 projects representing 406 artists, and has reached an additional 3,500 artists through its Professional Development Program. For more information, visit www.creative-capital.org.

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Creative Communities Exchange | May 19 & 20, 2011

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011


Creative Communities Exchange | May 19 & 20, 2011

(Apply to present at this event OR register today!)



Creative Communities Exchange


May 19 & 20, 2011



North Adams, MA

Registration: $100*

* $80 before May 1st

* $65 presenter rate





This event is hosted by NEFA and Berkshire Creative, and sponsored by Autodesk, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, MASS MoCA, and Art New England.


Nella Young
New England Services Coordinator

617.951.0010 x529

Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations should contact NEFA staff by April 1.

Learn more about NEFA.


NEFA and Berkshire Creative invite you to share creative community building projects with your peers at the Creative Communities Exchange.


Building upon the Connecting Creative Communities summit in Providence RI in 2010,the Creative Communities Exchange is a day and a half of workshops prepared by creative and cultural community leaders. The Exchange is an opportunity to move beyond connecting with peers to learn about model projects directly from those developing creative communities on the local level.

This event includes 32 workshops which will focus on the implementation of successful creative economy work and will provide participants with information and actionable tools that can be executed in their own communities.

Who Should Attend?
How Do I Participate/Register?
View the schedule.
Learn more about the Exchange.



Create a workshop to present to your fellow creative and cultural leaders. Presenter benefits include:

Discounted registration rate

(If you are applying to present, please wait to register until after selections have been made.)

Consideration for NEFA’s first-ever creative economy awards, which include a cash prize!
Ability to share workshops online after the event
Learn more about becoming a presenter.

(DEADLINE TO APPLY: February 28, 2011)


Learn from your fellow creative economy practitioners through 32 offered workshops.

Register today!

(COST: $100; $80 before May 1st!)


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Free Professional Development for Artists Workshop: Google Search, Analytics and Tools

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

RISCA Professional Artists Development (PAD) WORKSHOP

Google Search, Analytics and Tools: free and paid online resources for your arts business

Thursday, January 13, Noon – 1:30 PM

Department of Administration Building

One Capitol Hill, Providence 

Executive Dining Room, Ground Floor

This Workshop is Free.

(Attendees may bring a brownbag lunch or purchase lunch at the Corporate Chefs Cafeteria)

Manya K. Rubinstein, MBA & MA, will give you the benefit of her experience working with the Google Corporation.  She will provide a basic overview of the tools that Google offers for free online.  You will also learn ways to increase your Google presence on “natural” Google searches and explore whether investing in paid Google ads is right for your arts business. Learn the Anatomy of a Search Page – Paid vs. Natural; Natural Search basics; Paid Search basics (and is the investment right for your business); Google Analytics and other free Google Tools.

This PAD workshop is presented in partnership with RISCA’s Creative Impact Series.

To register for this event, click on this link:   http://riscapad.eventbrite.com

For more information, contact Cristina DiChiera

cristina@arts.ri.gov or 401/222-3881

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Project One – Public Art Newport

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Hello from Project One – Public Art Newport!

We are inviting area residents to a public meeting
Tuesday, January 18 from 6:30– 7:30 pm
at the Newport Public Library in the Program Room

Project One team leaders will present overviews of different projects and outline ways that area residents may become involved in these upcoming events. Project One is hoping for feedback and input about recent and pending projects, and actively soliciting artists, event organizers, and other volunteers to participate in upcoming projects.

Project include:

VIEWPORT 2011 – a proposed temporary sculpture installation at King Park on Wellington Avenue in Newport, RI in September, 2011.

Newport’s new Art*o*Mat – a cigarette vending machine that has been converted into a traveling fund-raising, art-vending machine available to community organizations.

A developing mural project – a substantial mural being planned for Hunter Park, to be implemented in summer 2011.

The Ghost Box – a mailbox for posting letters to the departed

Project One, founded in 1997, is a non-profit organization concerned with public and community art in Newport, RI. The volunteers of Project One have staged dozens of public art projects for over a decade, including annual productions of Wind Sea Sky at Easton’s Beach, Banner Projects throughout the city, and most recently the re-appearance of a Newport Art*o*Mat and VIEWPORT 2010 at King Park this past September.

For more information contact Ben Ellcome or Kate Dana:

Ben Ellcome – Project1Newport@gmail.com or 716-531-8403
Kate Dana – Project1Newport@gmail.com or 401-573-6456

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Americans for the Arts Networks Seek Advisory Council Members

Thursday, September 16th, 2010
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On the Web: www.AmericansForTheArts.org     By E-mail: services@artsusa.org

Americans for the Arts Networks Seek Advisory Council Members!

It’s election season here at Americans for the Arts! Nominate yourself or a colleague to become a member of one of our four Network Advisory Councils: Emerging Leaders, Arts Education, Public Art Network, and Private Sector. Nominations close October 5, 2010, so act fast! Nominees must be a member of Americans for the Arts. The current Advisory Councils will select candidates from the nominees, and Americans for the Arts members will vote to determine the incoming members. 

Americans for the Arts Advisory Council members serve a three-year term and may be eligible to run for a second three year term. The incoming council members will serve on their councils from January 1, 2011–December 31, 2013. For more details, visit the council election webpage.

Only Americans for the Arts members can vote. Voting opens October 25, and look for the election ballot e-mail in your inbox! Voting closes November 23, and all elected council members will be announced December 13.

Questions? E-mail services@artsusa.org

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Initiative for Nonprofit Excellence Workshops

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

The Initiative for Nonprofit Excellence is into its third year of programs. At this point, we’ve collected some “lessons learned” from our nonprofit partners, consultants, instructors and the field of nonprofit capacity-building. We want to share these lessons and best practices with nonprofit leaders through a series of informal meetings to be held at nonprofits across the state.

But we also want to hear from you. How is your nonprofit doing? Have you tried anything innovative that you’d like to share with others? Is there anything that you think the Initiative for Nonprofit Excellence could be doing to support the work of RI’s nonprofit organizations?

Please join us for conversation and light refreshments at a location convenient to you:

September 28, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Newport Public Library

300 Spring Street, Newport

October 7, 9:30-11:00 a.m.

RiverzEdge Arts Project

68 South Main Street, Woonsocket

November 9, 9:30-11:00 a.m.

South Kingstown Library

1057 Kingstown Road, Peacedale

December 2, 3:00-4:30 p.m.

Dorcas Place

220 Elmwood Avenue, Providence

This conversation is free and open to those working in the nonprofit sector. Please RSVP to Candice at cdelosreyes@rifoundation.org specifying the session that you would like to attend.

We look forward to meeting and talking with you.


Jill Pfitzenmayer, Ph.D.

Director, Initiative for Nonprofit Excellence

The Rhode Island Foundation

One Union Station

Providence, RI 02903-1758

P: 401.427.4006


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NECAP teaching artist conference–register now!

Monday, August 30th, 2010
NECAP (New England Consortium of Artist Educator Professionals) announces their annual teaching artist conference “Play is the Thing: The Serious Work of Play” to be held Thursday, September 23rd in Brattleboro, VT.  The conference features MacArthur “Genius Grant” recipient Michael Moschen; Sara Boettrich, Museum Educator, Strong National Museum of Play; and workshops with outstanding artist-educators from across New England. Take advantage of the early-bird registration of $40 before September 7. Visit the NECAP website for more information and to register: http://www.artisteducators.org
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