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Public art opportunity in Roanoke, VA

Monday, August 31st, 2009

The City of Roanoke and the Roanoke Arts Commission seek qualified artists or artist
teams to design, fabricate and install artwork in the Market Square Walkway Pedestrian
Bridge. The art will hang in the tower end of the bridge on a bracket that will support up to
1000 lbs.
• The Arts Commission desires art work that will not only include a piece hanging from
the bracket in the tower, but that may utilize other areas of the bridge so that the
viewer’s eye will be drawn to the hanging artwork.
• The artwork will be indoors in an area with minimal cooling and heating
• Due to height of the bracket the artwork should be durable and require little or no
• Existing art that is one of a kind will be considered
Site photos

Compensation: $30,000

How to Apply: RFQ, photos and drawings on web site www.roanokeva.gov/publicart under “calls to artists”
DL Sept 25, 2009

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Public art call – Bowie, MD

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Bowie, MD
Call for Artists
Request for Qualifications (RFQ)
Application Deadline: October 1, 2009

Bowie, MD – The City of Bowie is seeking artists for two public art projects: one, a kinetic sculpture, $80,000, and the second a large working sundial, $100,000. The RFQ call is nationwide and artists may apply for one or both projects.

To view the Call for Artists, please visit www.cityofbowie.org and click on “Call to artists to design artwork for new City Hall.”

For more information, contact Annette Esterheld, Arts Specialist, at 301-575-5601, or aesterheld@cityofbowie.org.

Compensation: $80,000 for kinetic sculpture, $100,000 for working sundial

How to Apply: Send three hard copy qualifications with cd/dvd of work samples to Annette Esterheld, Arts Specialist, City of Bowie, 2614 Kenhill Drive, Bowie, MD 2071

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Monday, August 31st, 2009



Espero que todos hallan pasado un buen verano y que est鮠disfrutando del sol que finalmente llego a Providence en estas semanas pasadas. Estoy contactando los para compartir con ustedes sobre el 鸩to que tuvo el taller con ?Introducci󮍊a la Serigraf, la primera clase ense񡤡 en? espa񯬠que se llevo a cabo en Julio. La oportunidad de participar en esta clase fue ofrecida a los miembros de organizaciones que trabajan con la comunidad Hispana. Presentes, estuvieron miembros de las organizaciones Olneyville Neighborhood Association y Ingles en Acci󮼯span>

. Durante dos sesiones de cuatro horas cada una, los estudiantes no solamente aprendieron el proceso, sino tambi鮠compartieron perspectivas y intercambiaron ideas sobre la aplicaci󮠤e este medio. Las cuales ayudaran al Taller a mejorar los servicios a la comunidad hispana. Tambi鮠quisiera dar las gracias a todos los que participaron para llevar a cabo esta iniciativa que fue una invalorable experiencia para el Taller.?


Esta misma clase ?Introducci󮠡 la Serigraf serᠯfrecida por segunda ves durante el mes de Septiembre. Las clases se llevaran a cabo en dos sesiones de cuatro horas.? El Domingo 13 y 20 de 1pm a 5pm. Sabemos que a trav鳠de su organizaci󮬠usted sirve a la comunidad Hispana local promocionando el desarrollo de actividades culturales y educacionales, por esta raz󮬠nos gustarque usted y los miembros de su organizaci󮠳e reunieran con nosotros para disfrutar de dos tardes de clases de Serigraf


Los alumnos aprenderᮠsobre la utilizaci󮠤e la photo-emulsi󮬠varias formas de desarrollar im᧥nes en una pella, como mezclar tintas, y maneras de registrar una imagen de varias capas. Los materiales serᮠofrecidos gratuitamente por el taller. A cambio de la oportunidad de participar en nuestras clases, esperamos que usted nos pueda proveer con su opini󮠹 consejos acerca de su experiencia en el taller. Siendo esta una nueva iniciativa, anticipamos que existan maneras de mejorar nuestros servicios. Existen cinco plazas vacantes pare este curso.? Si usted esta interesado en participar, por favor responda a este correo electr󮩣o, lo mas antes posible. Si usted o miembros de su organizaci󮠮o pueden participar en estas clases pero conoce a otras personas que puedan estar interesadas, por favor enves este mensaje.


Tambi鮍 quisiera informarles de que hemos planeado un almuerzo gratuito para el Lunes 28 de Septiembre a las 7pm con el fin de dialogar acerca de los planes que tiene el Taller respecto a la ense񡮺a de los procesos de imprenta en espa񯬮 Nos encantar tener la oportunidad de conocerlos y ense񡲬es el Taller, ascomo escuchar sus opiniones e ideas concerniente a la funci󮠱ue desempe񡠥l Taller en el estado de Rhode Island.


Si piensan atender por favor respondan a este e-mail.

Para aprender mas sobre el Taller de Imprenta Comunitario de AS220 visnos en

Preguntas sobre esta oportunidad pueden ser dirigidas a? Stephanie@as220.org
Esperamos escuchar de usted,

Dear Friends,


I hope that everyone had a great summer and was able to enjoy the good weather that finally arrived in Providence during the past few weeks. I?m writing to share the news of the success of the Printshop?s first ?Introduction to Screenprinting? taught in Spanish, which took place in July. The opportunity to participate in this class was made available to employees and members of organizations who service the local Hispanic community. We had a great turn out, members of Olneyville Neighborhood Association and English for Action not only made some incredible prints but also were able to share perspectives and ideas about the application of screen printing. This was an invaluable experience for the Printshop, many thanks to all the individuals who contributed to make this opportunity a huge success.

The workshop,?Introducci󮍊a la Serigraf is being offered again during the month of September. The class will take place over two four hour sessions, Sundays 13th and 20th from 1-5pm. We recognize that through your organization,you service the local Hispanic community by promoting the development of cultural and educational opportunities, because of this we would like to invite you to participate in this workshop to not only learn the screen printing process but to get to know your local Community Printshop as well.

In the workshop, students will learn the basics of the photo-emulsion process, a variety of? ways to make positives, how to mix to ink and troubleshoot the process, as well as registration and various printing methods. Supplies will be provided by the Printshop. Students are encouraged to bring drawings, or computer-generated designs to the first class. There are five individual spots available in the class, those interested in participating should respond with a confirmation to this e-mail.


In exchange for the opportunity to participate in one of our workshops, we hope that you can provide us with your opinion and suggestions regarding your experience in the shop. This being a new initiative, we anticipate the possibilities of improving our approach. If you are interested in participating in this opportunity, please respond to this email. Or if you know of any other individuals who might be interested in this opportunity, please forward this email to them.


Finally, we would like to invite you to join us on Monday September 28th at 7pm for some food and conversation in the AS220 Community Printshop. The objective of this gathering is to discuss the Printshop?s future plans of providing programming taught in Spanish to the public. We would love to get to know you and have the opportunity to hear your opinions and ideas regarding this initiative. Please R.S.V.P if you plan to attend.


Questions can be directed to Stephanie@as220.org

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Rhode Island Foundation $25,000 Fellowships for Writers

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Deadline Tuesday, September 1, 2009 

The Robert and Margaret MacColl Johnson Fellowship Fund provides up to three $25,000 artist fellowships each year, rotating among composers, writers, and visual artists on a three-year cycle.   The 2009 fellowships are for emerging and mid-career writers.
MacColl Johnson Fellowships enable Rhode Island artists to concentrate time on the creative process, explore personal and professional development, and expand their bodies of work. The fellowships honor and enhance public recognition of local artists producing work of high aesthetic quality. 

 Visit The Rhode Island Foundation website for additional information and online application: www.rifoundation.org.  Enter MacColl Johnson Fellowship into the search window on opening page then select the top listing from the search results to reach the appropriate web page that includes links to the guidelines, the online application, and other required and helpful information. 

Contact Wanda Miglus at (401) 427-4011 or wmiglus@rifoundation.org if you have questions. 

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The United States Mint’s 2009 Call for Artists!

Monday, August 31st, 2009

The Call for Artists was officially launched last Friday, August 28th, and we are very proud of our brand new website which launched at this time as well. The Call for Artists invites artists from all over the country to apply for a paid position as an Associate Designer in the successful Artistic Infusion Program (AIP). Artists in the AIP program have the opportunity to take part in American history through the contribution of designs for coins that will be enjoyed by all Americans. In the past, AIP artists have submitted successful designs for coins released through the 50 State Quarters® Program and the Presidential $1 Coin Program. This year artists can apply online! The program will run year-long with three cut-off dates for applicant review. The first cut-off date is November 9th, 2009.Here is a short description of the program which can be used to communicate information about the Call for Artists with your members:

The United States Mint invites artists to be a part of American history through coin design. The Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) provides gifted artists the opportunity to contribute creative and beautiful designs for coins that will be enjoyed by all Americans. AIP artists have submitted successful designs for coins released through the 50 State Quarters® Program and the Presidential $1 Coin Program.  Honorariums are $2,000 for each design submission and $5,000 for each selected design. Visit www.usmint.gov/artists to apply.

I hope you take the opportunity to pass this information onto your artists and members through whatever means best suits your organization. Some ideas are through email, newsletter, or web-posting in a Call for Artists or opportunities section.  We would love to work with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts in regards to this opportunity.

Please do visit http://www.usmint.gov/artists for more information. You may also view the press release online. Feel free to email me with any questions or comments. If you wish to have a Call for Artists advertisement sent to you for posting please let me know.

Thanks! Look forward to hearing from you!

Emily Ziobrowski

Department of Sales and Marketing

United States Mint

P: 202-354-7390

F: 202-354-6548

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The Orlando Prize for Nonfiction and Short Fiction

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Women Writing Creative Nonfiction and Short Fiction…your Orlando deadline is here!

9/1/09—Orlando Prize for Nonfiction & Short Fiction

9/30/09—To the Lighthouse Poetry Publication Prize

10/1/09—Orlando Prize for Poetry & Sudden Fiction

Spread the word, or visit http://www.aroomofherownfoundation.org/orlando.php for guidelines and information.

Go to http://www.aroomofherownfoundation.org/To_the_Lighthouse.php for the answers to all of your To the Lighthouse manuscript submission questions. Don’t miss the opportunity to be A Room of Her Own’s first poetry publication winner!

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Should whites direct black plays, and vice versa?

Monday, August 31st, 2009

An interesting article in this weekend’s Los Angeles Times (Should whites direct black plays, and vice versa? — latimes.com).  It begins by looking at a play in rehearsal at the Pasadena Playhouse.  “Key characters in this play are a white woman and her family. The director happens to be black, as does the playwright. Should it matter?”

In fact, since spring, when a revival of August Wilson’s “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” opened on Broadway, the American theater has been engaged in a racially charged discussion of who should direct what. Should white artists direct plays that are black in authorship and subject? And by extension, should black — and Latino, Asian, mixed-race and other — directors be hired to stage plays written by white authors? Such are the questions being posed.

Give the article a read.

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Harken Productions Seeks Venues to Screen Youth Films

Monday, August 31st, 2009

There is a very exciting initiative for youth happening in Providence this summer!

The  Department of Art, Culture and Tourism in Providence through The Workforce Investment Act / 2009 Summer Youth Employment Recovery Act has been training 260 youth ages 14-24  in a variety of jobs ranging form “green” jobs to beautification, to arts and technology. For many of these youth, this is their first work experience.  

Harken Productions is well underway training and providing work for 6 of these youth being paid under President Obama’s stimulus program.  Our youth, trained in all aspects of documentary production, are assisting in the making of a short documentary for the city of Providence about all of the art and community based work experiences happening this summer. 



Our footage ranges from gorgeous mural projects happening around the city, to youth working in sustainable agriculture, conservation, recycling, product design, photography, metal working, and documentary filmmaking (us).

All of these projects demonstrate the city of Providence’s commitment to a future economy infused with creativity.  Youth across the city are learning to think outside the box and express themselves more fully and clearly. They are learning to see in new ways, work as a team, and experience the pride of being able to help support their families.

Our film will be finished by the end of September and will be featured on the Department of Art, Culture and Tourism Youtube site, among other venues. If you have any interest in screening our video at one of your events, please contact us for information.

About Harken Productions:
Harken  Productions works with non-profit organizations to help them achieve their mission using short documentary style videos to help with their fundraising, operational and training efforts.


You can reach us directly at  401-274-1110.

We look forward to collaborating with you!

Neil Klein  &  Michelle Le Brun

Harken Productions, Inc.






Michelle Le Brun, MA
Harken Productions, Inc.
HARKEN! Youth Media
cell: 401 477-4630

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Waste Not Want Not: Call For Volunteers

Friday, August 28th, 2009

We at Waste Not Want Not are beginning an outreach program for senior citizens interested in textile arts, and need some dedicated volunteers!

Waste Not Want Not will be hosting informal sewing/knitting classes at the Fox Point Senior Center once a week, similar to the Stitch and Bitch’s we host in our space downtown. The program will begin as an informal social gathering for seniors to learn new skills, or simply utilize our machines for their own projects. This program could become an opportunity for seniors to work together on a larger group project, or make work specifically designed to show in our gallery. At the moment, this is a volunteer position, not a paying job, but we can provide financial assistance for gas money or bus fare.

We’re looking for one or two people who are:
- skilled with sewing machines, hand stitching, and/or knitting
- comfortable working with the elderly
- able to commit to visiting the senior center once a week, in the early afternoon (Thursdays or Fridays are 
- reliable and punctual
- willing and able to transport one or two sewing machines and and supplies from WNWN to the Fox Point Senior Center

Please email or call us if you are interested. And if you’re not able to take on this volunteer position, please pass the word on!!!


Mindy Barrett
Waste Not Want Not


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Governor’s Official Portrait Commission Process Announced

Friday, August 28th, 2009

RI.gov : Rhode Island Government : Governor’s Official Portrait Commission Process Announced

Governor’s Official Portrait Commission Process Announced

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts announced today a call for artists interested in painting the official state portrait of Governor Donald L. Carcieri. State law requires that a portrait of Governor Carcieri be commissioned and presented to the State by the time the governor leaves office in January 2011. The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts will assist the Governor in choosing a portrait artist.

The deadline for submitting sample work to the Arts Council is Thursday, October 15, 2009.

“Commissioning a portrait of a governor is an important event in the life of Rhode Island,” said Randall Rosenbaum, director of the State Council on the Arts. “Art is the way society preserves its history. Great art tells a great story, and walking through the halls of the state house, you experience the history of Rhode Island.”

A website providing an historical list of all Rhode Island governors with links to their official portrait can be found at http://www.sec.state.ri.us/library/riinfo/governors.

A panel consisting of representatives from the arts community, the Governor’s Office, and the Historic Preservation Commission among others will select up to ten finalists to present to the Governor for his review. The Governor will choose a portrait artist from among the finalists, or he may ask the panel for additional choices. The artist chosen by the Governor will then be commissioned to produce an official portrait.

The portrait will be created in cooperation with the Governor and the Rhode Island Historical and Preservation Commission, which is the caretaker of the portraits of past Rhode Island Governors on display at the State House. The finished portrait must be completed and turned over to the State by January 2011, at the conclusion of Governor Carcieri’s final term in office.

Artists interested in being considered for the commission should contact the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts or visit its web site for an application form. Artists will be asked to submit a resume and no less than five and no more than ten digital images of previously commissioned work. Interested artists have until Thursday, October 1, 2009 to submit samples of their work to the State Council on the Arts.

Full details are available at http://www.arts.ri.gov/portrait or by calling the Council at 222-3880.

About the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is a state agency supported by appropriations from the Rhode Island General Assembly and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. RISCA provides grants, technical assistance and staff support to arts organizations and artists, schools, community centers, social service organizations and local governments to bring the arts into the lives of Rhode Islanders.
Related links

* Link to Governor’s Portrait page on Arts Council website
* Rhode Island State Council on the Arts webpage
* Website listing RI Governors with links to their official portraits

Department or agency: Rhode Island State Council on the Arts

Online: http://www.arts.ri.gov/

Release date: 08-28-2009

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And We Built a City Together

Friday, August 28th, 2009

And We Built a City Together, an interactive installation by local

artists Meg Turner and Andrew Oesch, invites Providence residents

and RISD Museum visitors to answer the question: What do you want

in a city?

Where: The RISD Museum of Art, enter through the Chace Center at 20 N.

Main Street and go to the second floor or walk up the brick steps to Moore

Terrace. The Inner City exhibition is on the third floor of the Chace Center.

When: Saturday, September 26, 2009, 11-4pm

What: And We Built a City Together is an interactive installation dreamed up

by Providence community artists, Meg Turner and Andrew Oesch. For one

day only on September 26th, the project will be installed at the RISD

Museum as part of its Free For All Saturday program and the Year of

Providence initiative.Complementing the Arnie Zimmerman

Inner City exhibition (opening FridaySeptember 25th), And We Built… will take over the entirety of Moore Terrace,

asking visitors to consider their role as authors of the city and how we dictate

our environment through individual desire and group effort.

This is about the city of Providence. The city we will build together is about

the numerous potential Providences we each carry with us day-to-day

through the existing streets and buildings. It will show our voices blending

together both disjointed and unified. As a participatory art piece, And WeBuilt. . . is about sharing in the joy of creation and building. It models

Providence as a collaborative composition of the voices of the city’s

residents, one that depends on the active imaginations and collective efforts

from neighborhoods across the city.

And We Built… is the third in an installation series

that has been exhibited at New Urban Arts

(Providence) and the Green Lantern Gallery

(Chicago). Chicago art critic, Albert Stabler,

described the Green Lantern installation in the

following manner: “The result is at least a moving

illustration of a de-centered totality, a cohesive

diagram of an impossible place, a simple scheme

implying a grand gesture of incidental accidents–

everything that this show, at its best, strove to

convey.” (From a review in Proximity Magazine of

“Without You, I am Nothing,” a group exhibition at

the Green Lantern Gallery, curated by Anne Elizabeth Moore, in March 2009.

What will this event look like?

First explore city life as it is portrayed in the current exhibition Inner City and

other works around the Museum. After viewing the exhibition, visitors are

invited to share how they work and live in and around cities in And WeBuilt…, a collaborative sculpture project.

People will arrive at the RISD Museum’s

Moore Terrace and be greeted by a volunteer

who will hand participants a sheet of

instructions and an allotment of stickers.

There will be a series of large cardboard hills

and land masses carving up the terrace;

these will serve as the structures upon which

the museum visitors, artists and facilitators

will build the city. The stickers will be

drawings of various architectural elements

and complete buildings. Using scissors,

markers, and blank cardboard building

cutouts with stakes attached to their backs,

participants will construct their own built

environment – be it fantastical, based on

current realities or unimagined futures.

Once participants have completed their respective buildings, they will give

them voice by writing a message, a memory or a hope on a long ticker tape

banner, Turner and Oesch will connect these messages to a grid of strings

that hangs above the fabricated cityscape.


Artist Bios

Andrew Oesch lives, dreams, and rides his bicycle in Providence, RI. . .

only not for much longer, since he will be living, working, and traveling on a

1988 Bluebird School Bus, beginning September 1st 2009. For the past two

years he worked at New Urban Arts as one of the Artist Mentoring Fellows.

He plans to take his Mentoring and Creative Practices on the road, continuing

the type of work he has done in Providence at New Urban Arts, City Arts!,

The Rochambeau Branch Library, The Olneyville Community School, English

for Action, and The Steelyard. Exploring the boundaries between communitybased

arts education and personal creative practice, he finds beauty in

individual efforts adding up to chaotic, complex, and grand collaborative


Recent exhibitions and projects include The Zine Factory - a collaborative

project with students from New Urban Arts at AS220′s Foo Fest (August

2009), And We Drew A City Together – an installation in Without You I am

Nothing, a group show of Providence and Chicago artists at Chicago’s GreenLantern Gallery (March 2009),

Block Party, a participatory building block

installation at StART on the Street

in Worcester, MA (September 2008), and

Magic City Repairs at the Playtime exhibit at Clark University (September

2007). Andrew graduated in 2002 from the Rhode Island School of Design

with a BFA in Furniture Design.

Meg Turner is a city-based printmaker, teacher, and installation artist. She

believes in the power of buildings to narrate the personal histories of the

inhabitants of a city. Finding peace and inspiration in the out-of-use

industrial spaces of Providence, she is engaged in an ongoing compilation of

portraits of the city as it exists right now. Showing this work at AS220,

Craftland, the 5 Traverse Gallery, and RISD alumni sales has seen portraits

of specific buildings become the catalyst for an outpouring of stories,

associations, and personal connections. The desire to bring these voices of

experience into a larger collaborative work spurred the first And We Drew A

City Together as part of Chicago’s Green Lantern Gallery show,

Without You Iam Nothing,

in March 2009. Meg graduated from the Rhode Island School of

Design in 2008 with a BFA in Printmaking. Since that time she has been

working primarily at The AS220 Community Printshop, and on projects with

The Providence Public Library Special Collections.

Other recent exhibitions include Collective Access:

Prints and Drawings by the 10 Key-Holding

Members of as220′s Print Shop at the 5 Traverse

Gallery in Providence (July 2009) and Structuresof Light and Weight

a group show of Providence

artists at The Hope Artiste Village. (February


Year of Providence

Co-sponsored by RISD|Public Engagement and the Offices of Multicultural

Affairs and International Programs, the Year of Providence is an

acknowledgment of place and concept, a year-long initiative committed to

broad investigation and intentional collaboration. Through this initiative, the

RISD community will fully explore the concept of “providence” as foresight,

prudent management, and divine direction. At the same time, RISD’s home

in the Capital City serves a rationale and impetus for exploring the many

contexts across which we encounter its geography and meaning. Using

curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular opportunities to produce

meaningful and impactful learning, YOP provides multiple intersections for

learning and rich possibilities for sharing that help to strengthen our sense of

self and inform our engagement with others. For more information, visit


Inner City Exhibition

Inner City is an installation of more than 150 figurative and architectural

ceramic elements by Arnie Zimmerman, one of the most significant

contemporary artists working in ceramics today. The exhibition encapsulates

the human condition: men are engaged in activities ranging from the

grandest of feats to the repetitive aspects of the everyday, as they build

buildings and carry out mundane chores. Are we destined to mark time and

be doomed to endless Sisyphusian tasks or is there progress and

achievement? Like the densely populated paintings of Breugel and Ensor,

Zimmerman’s work is rooted in the myriad details of ordinary experience and

at the same time it seems fantastical. His figures reflect ceramic traditions as

much as they comment on contemporary urban life. Zimmerman received a

BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from the New York State

College of Ceramics at Alfred. In 2005, he was awarded a Louis Comfort

Tiffany Foundation Fellowship. Inner City is a collaboration with the architect

Tiago Montepegado, who designs the site- specific architectural framework

for the ceramic sculpture. Previous versions of Inner City were shown in

Europe at Museu da Electricidade in Lisbon (2007) and Princessehof Museum,

Leeuwarden, the Netherlands (2008).

Inner City will be on view Friday, September 25th, 2009 through January 3rd,


Support for Inner City

is provided through the generosity of:

Providence Tourism Council

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Ministry of Culture / Directorate-General for the Arts, Portugal

Friends of Contemporary Ceramics



For more information, please contact Andrew Oesch at aoesch@gmail.com or

401-316-7475. Additional information can be found on the RISD Museum

website (www.risdmuseum.org)

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CCRI Adjunct Faculty – Art History

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

 To teach survey courses in Ancient to Medieval and Renaissance to Modern studies or a seminar-style in Non Western Topics.  


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Auditions for the American Songbook

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

The Trinity Church Ministry of the Arts is holding auditions for the American Songbook, The Rydell High and Bandstand Reunion on Monday September 14th and Tuesday September 15th at 7:00pm. Rydell High is a musical revue of the 60′s and 70′s. There are six women and six men with age ranges 30 to 45. Prepare a song of your choice or you can chose from songs provided. Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to do some simple dance steps. Accompanist will be provided. This production is schedule for November 12th through November 22nd. All level are encouraged to audition. For more information: artisticdirector@trinitynewport.org

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Americans For the Arts

Thursday, August 27th, 2009
Arts Action Alert - Take Action Now!

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Public art opportunity – Univ of Utah College of Nursing

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009
University of Utah College of Nursing – Call for artist’s letter of interest and qualifications for the creation of public artwork for this newly remodeled facility. The Artist Selection Committee, representing a wide variety of constituents, hopes the artist(s) can help them create integrated art into this newly remodeled facility that will respond to the student, faculty and this place of teaching and learning the art and science of human caring.  A place where the individual learns about caring for humanity and contributing to quality of life of the community.  To download the RFQ visit: www.utahpublicart.org or contact Fletcher Booth at fbooth@utah.gov or 801-533-3586

Budget: $77,000 – Deadline: October 15, 2009

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Lower East Side Rotating Studio Program

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009
August 26, 2009
Dear Elizabeth:United We Serve
As many of you are aware, President and Mrs. Obama have made volunteerism a central part of their call for building communities across the country as part of the White House’s United We Serve initiative. Americans for the Arts is playing our part in this initiative and is happy to announce the launch of a new web portal dedicated to promoting community service opportunities for arts groups, arts volunteers, and artists nationwide.
Serve.artsusa.org is a place for volunteers in the arts to share stories and upload photos and videos related to their volunteer experiences. Inspired by President Obama, Americans for the Arts is leading the nation’s arts sector to be an active participant in this national service initiative, and showcase the arts and humanities service activities happening across the country as part of the National Day of Service and Remembrance on September 11, 2009 and throughout the year. Please visit the website to showcase your personal or professional volunteer stories, videos, and pictures, which we will then compile and share with the White House, Congress, and the media. By demonstrating the impact of arts volunteerism, we aim to encourage arts volunteerism support. The interactive site allows you to:
  • Share your story. Calling all volunteers in the arts to share stories and upload photos and videos related to their volunteer experiences.
  • Become a partner. Calling all arts groups around the country to sign up as a free national partner for United We Serve: ARTSusa.
  • Sign the petition. Show your support of President Obama’s proposed “Artists Corp.” 
  • Find volunteer opportunities. Serve.artsusa.org links to All for Good where you can browse activities and find volunteer opportunities based on your location or interests.

Help us continue this important work by becoming an official member of the Arts Action Fund.  If you are not already a member, play your part by joining the Arts Action Fund today — it’s free and simple.

Rhode Island College Symphony Orchestra Auditions

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

The Rhode Island College Symphony Orchestra will hold auditions for new members on Tuesday, Sept. 1, at 7:30pm in the Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts rehearsal hall (Room 198). Please bring a classical piece, preferably from the standard repertoire. It may be an orchestral excerpt or a set piece. The Symphony Orchestra meets each Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. from September through April. For further information, call (401) 456-9515. 

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RI Foundation Fellowship For Writers

Thursday, August 27th, 2009
The Robert and Margaret MacColl Johnson Fellowship Fund provides up to three $25,000 artist fellowships each year, rotating among composers, writers, and visual artists on a three-year cycle.  The deadline to apply is Sepember 1.  For more information and to download an application please click here. 
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RICH Grant Deadlines

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009



:: Upcoming Deadlines for Grantseekers ::
Rhode Island Council for the Humanities

Major Grant Intent to Apply: September 1st

Major Grant Application Drafts (optional): September 21st
Major Grant Final Application: October 15th
Mini Grant Application: First of each month 



:: Applying :: Online


RICH’s grant applications are available exclusively online. If you are applying for the first time, you will need to set up a new username and password to create an account.

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Dear Cristina, 

Do you have a project that will inspire and support intellectual curiosity and imagination in all Rhode Islanders through lifelong learning? Consider applying for funding from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities (RICH). 

Our Major Grant Intent to Apply deadline is quickly approaching. In order to be eligible for consideration for this year’s Major Grants Cycle, you must submit your Intent by September 1st at 5 PM. Major Grants are awarded to Non-Profit Organizations and are specifically for projects seeking funds over $2000.

Developing a smaller project? Consider applying for one of our Monthly Mini Grants. Mini Grants are awarded on a monthly basis to both Non-Profit Organizations and Individual Researchers for projects requesting up to $2000. Mini Grant applications are due on the first of each month.



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writingRICH grants staff accepts drafts to assist grantseekers in the application process. Those applying for the Major Grants Cycle must have their drafts submitted by September 21st at the latest to receive comments from staff.  

Please keep in mind, the instructions and documents on our website are a great resource and grantees often find it helpful to investigate these materials in preparation for their conversations with staff and draft submission.

Wondering if RICH is an appropriate funding source for your project ? Learn more by reading a detailed description of our available grants and our grant guidelines.

We look forward to learning more about your projects,
SueEllen Kroll
Grants Director 

Sarah Golden Martin
Grants Associate

Rhode Island Council for the Humanities

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Lower East Side Rotating Studio Program


The Lower East Side-Rotating Studio Program provides two FREE six- month residency sessions to 8 visual artists a year. Located in the vibrant, multicultural neighborhood of the Lower East Side, the AAI Studio Programs underscores AAI’s mission to support the careers of emerging and mid-career artists working in all fields. The LES-Rotating Studio Program is open to underrepresented, emerging and mid-career artists from all cultural backgrounds and disciplines – painting, photography, sculpture, video, installation and new media will be accepted. Only US legal residents may apply.

What the residency offers: 
  • Six-month long residency. Session 1: January – June 2010: Session 2: July -  December 2010
  • Location: A shared space between 4 artists, each studio approx 170 sq ft and partitioned without a door. These studios are provided to the artists at no cost. (Photos of the studios are available here: studio interiors )
  • Access to the studios 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  
  • Opportunities to present works to curators, critics, arts professionals, and the general public.  
  •  An annual exhibition of LES-RSP residents, selected by a guest curator, is presented at Cuchifritos, AAI’s gallery and project space located in the historic Essex Street market.

This residency is open to artists with disabilities, plans will be made to accomodate any special requirements. Please contact Felicity Hogan at aai@aai-nyc.org or 212-420-9202 with any questions. Thank you for your interest in our programs.

Fall 09 Artists: Martin Basher, Blane De St. Croix, Chris Yormick, Tamara Kostianovsky

The selection panel for 2009: Christopher Ho, Artist;

Bill Massey, Artist Alliance Studio Program Artist; Monica Lorduy, Arts Advisor; Julie Ann Mann, Artist, Rotating Studio Program Recipient/07; Lauren Rosati, Assistant Curator, Exit Art. We thank them for their time and expertise.

Special thanks to Zeina Assaf, Program Manager and program assistants, Lisa Hanson, Arielle Kilgore and Kristina Rohde.


AAI LES-RSP Artists Spring 2009

AAI LES-RSP Artists Fall 2008

AAI LES-RSP Artists Spring 2008

AAI LES-RSP Artists Fall 2007

AAI LES-RSP Artists Spring 2007

AAI LES-RSP Artists Fall 2006

AAI LES-RSP Artists Spring 2006

AAI LES-RSP Artists Fall 2005

AAI LES-RSP Artists Spring 2005

AAI LES-RSP Artists Fall 2004

AAI LES-RSP Artists Spring 2004

Description: The residencies take place in a former classroom space about 25′ by 28′ ft. (approximately 700 sq. ft) The room is divided into four areas, using an open plan with passage way around the perimeter and two 8′ high walls intersecting in the center of the space, perpendicular to one another.

additional photos

The four studios are approximately 175 sq. ft each or about 12′ x 14′. Ceilings are approximately 14 ft high. Slop sink etc. is available down the hall.

There is a wide stairwell. Despite the fact that there are no elevators, AAI artists regularly produce sizable painting and sculptural works, and load them in and out of the building frequently for gallery shows around New York and abroad.

Note that as with all artist residencies at 107 Suffolk Street there is absolutely no living. This is work space only.

Residencies are designed to encourage active engagement with the neighborhood and to benefit artists from under represented communities and constituencies.

Located at the Artists Alliance Inc., at 107 Suffolk Street, in the heart of the Lower East Side. The setting is within a community of professional working artists.

To reaffirm our continuing commitment to this historically significant neighborhood, AAI sponsors the LES Rotating Studio Program.

The LES-Rotating Studio Program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York Department of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and through the generous support and dedication of members of the Artists Alliance, Inc.



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Press Conference to Announce the Providence Peace Art Partnership

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Press Conference to Announce the Providence Peace Art Partnership

URI Feinstein Providence Campus

80 Washington Street – Ground Floor Gallery

Providence, Rhode Island

Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at 4:00 pm


September 16, 2009. The Providence Peace Art Partnership will be announced at a Press Conference on Wednesday, September 16, 2009, at 4:00 pm, in the Gallery at the URI Feinstein Providence Campus, 30 Washington Street, downtown Providence. Five prominent organizations will be announcing their participation and goals for the partnership:  Steven Pennell of the URI Feinstein Providence Campus Urban Arts and Culture Program, Rebecca Siemering of Providence Art Windows, Jodi Glass of the RI Commission on Prejudice and Bias, Ginny Fox of the Peace Flag Project, and Deanna Camputaro of the Arts, Communication, and Teaching Academy of Central Falls High School, a URI Academy Public School.


Drawing on a rich local culture of art and peace, the partnership will mount exhibitions in September 2010 in support of Providence’s annual September celebration of the UN International Day of Peace. The exhibits will take place in downtown Providence at several venues such as the URI Providence Arts and Culture Program and Providence Art Windows. The 2010 exhibit will run throughout September and will be free to the public.


“Art can inspire us, move us; it helps us to see the world in a fresh way. Opening us up to new ways of thinking about peace through art is the focus of this new year-long collaborative effort by several Providence art, peace and educational organizations,” said Steven Pennell, Coordinator of the URI Providence Arts and Culture Program. “We’re delighted to be working with all these groups to create and exhibit art about peace, an important issue for each of us and for our world.”


This exciting art/peace partnership is planned as Providence’s seventh annual celebration of the United Nations’ International Day of Peace. Ginny Fox, Director of the Peace Flag Project and principal organizer of Providence’s Peace Day celebrations for the last six years, added “it has been an inspiration to watch these annual peace celebrations grow year after year.  We are particularly pleased that in 2010 the peace celebration will span the whole month of September.”


Ms. Fox will also announce that this year’s 2009 Peace Day will be celebrated at Burnside Park at Kennedy Plaza on Sunday, September 20, 2009, from 3:00 to 6:00 pm. This event is free and open to the public.  For details, see www.thepeaceflagproject.org

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