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Perishable Theatre Classes

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Mondays, 6:30-9:30 PM, January 24-March 28 with MARK PECKHAM
Tuesdays, 7:00-10:00 PM, January 18-March 15 with ELISE MORRISON
Week off TBD

This is a fundamental course for anyone interested in acting on stage
or screen. It focuses on basic skills using exercises, improvisation,
monologue work, and scene study. Some work outside class is required,
but no prior experience is necessary. You’ll finish the class
prepared for more in-depth training and your first auditions—and
you’ll have a great time along the way.

Elise Morrison is a PhD candidate at Brown University in Theatre and
Performance Studies, where she studies and creates surveillance art.
With Molly Flynn and Michelle Carrier, Elise devised and performed
Cabaret Murderess and Mirror Stage at Brown. She is currently a
Resident Artist at Perishable Theatre, where she has appeared in Anna
Bella Eema, Sweet Disaster, Asphalt Dreams, and Biography of a
Constellation. Previously, Elise worked on various new plays in New
York City, and as an acting apprentice at Actor’s Theatre of

Mark Peckham’s recent acting work includes Alfred Doolittle in My Fair
Lady at the Virginia Stage Company, Buried Child at Boston’s Nora
Theatre Company and the Ghost of Christmas Present in Trinity Rep’s A
Christmas Carol. This fall, he directed Kimberly Akimbo at 2nd Story
Theatre. Other recent directing credits include Kill A Mockingbird
and Orpheus Descending (also at 2nd Story), On the Verge, Full Hook-
up, Talking With… Anything Goes and The Unnamed. He has worked
extensively as an acting teacher and theatre instructor with
Providence College, RISD, 2nd Story Theatre, and All Children’s’
Theatre. Mr. Peckham was co-founder and co-artistic director of
Wickenden Gate Theatre in Providence.

SCENE STUDY. 8 weeks. $210
Mondays, 6:30-9:30 PM, January 24-March 28 with ALEXANDER PLATT
Week off TBD

Designed for the intermediate to advanced actor, this class focuses on
the moment-to-moment reality of the scene and making specific acting
choices that support the text. Please come prepared with a monologue
(2 minutes or less) on the first day. While Alex will help guide you
toward great scenes, please be ready to find scenes from contemporary
scripts. Or bring a list of your “dream scenes”—roles you’d love to
play, but aren’t likely to get. For example, if you’re a 50-something
guy yearning to portray Juliet, now’s your chance!

Alexander Platt is Artistic Director of Elemental Theatre Collective.
With Elemental Theatre he has directed several productions in addition
to performing and writing plays. He has appeared on Perishable’s stage
as Hedwig in Hedwig and The Angry Inch, Mansur in Bad Money and Ed in
Falling Up (13th Women’s Playwriting Festival). Other credits include
Judas in The Pathological Passion of the Christ (La MaMa, NYC),
Caliban in The Tempest (Trinity Summer Shakespeare), Hank in Fall
(Studio 42), and Officer Anthony in The Etymology of Bird (Providence
Black Rep). Alex has an MFA in acting from Trinity Rep Conservatory.

Mondays, 7:00-10:00 PM, February 7-April 11 with LADY MISS IRIS.
Week off TBD

You’ve seen this old-fashioned theatrical form of striptease on the
stage or screen and you’re secretly dying to try it yourself, aren’t
you? Don’t be shy! You don’t have to do it alone. Lady Miss Iris
will train you in all the arts of burlesque goddesses of yore, from
dance steps to costume crafts. She’ll coach and support you as you
develop your stage persona and very first routine. This course is
perfect for women of any shape, age, size, or shade who have some
dance or acting experience or who have taken It’s Burlesque and want
to deepen their knowledge of the craft. Students are expected to
provide their own materials and spend 2-3 hours per week working
outside class. Women only.

Lady Miss Iris puts the femme back in feminism with her glamorous
transformations. As Providence’s first neo-burlesque artist, the Lady
has performed in rock clubs, theaters, galleries and ballrooms from
AS220 to Worcester. Though currently retired from the variety
circuit, the Lady and her mild-mannered alter ego, Amy have been
featured in The Providence Journal, RI Monthly, Fox News Boston, and
the Boston Herald. Amy was a 2006-09 Resident Artist at Perishable
Theatre, where her original full length performance work, The Thing
That Ate My Brain…Almost, was produced in May 2009. The Thing, an 80-
minute, hilarious fantasty burlesque of personal trauma and science
fiction, was subsequently selected for presentation at the 2010 VSA
Arts International Festival in Washington, DC.

Tuesdays, 7:00-10:00 PM, January 18-March 15 with MELISSA BOWLER

Ready for a challenge? Looking to push your improv skills in a fast
paced environment? This is the place. Hone your characterization,
game composition, and scene building techniques. Finish the class
sharper, faster and funnier than ever. Intermediate Improv, designed
for more serious students, works in depth on areas of both short and
long form improv. Class culminates in a performance for the public.
Enrollment by audition to ensure the class can move rapidly. Anyone
with improv experience on stage or in classes or workshops is
encouraged to audition.

Actor and playwright Melissa Bowler has been performing Improv since
2002 with such groups as Rejects on the Rise, Inside Jokes, Out of the
Gutter, Unexpected Company, Thibowla Virus and Improv Jones. She has
performed at various comedy and improv festivals including Miami,
Toronto and Austin in addition to teaching and directing improv for
children and adults for the past six years. Melissa also performs
stand-up and sketch comedy with the Sparkling Beatniks of The Empire

Tuesdays, 7:00-10:00 PM, January 18-March 15 with DAVID ELIET

From beginning to advanced, from neophyte to Shakespeare. Indulge
your taste for the dramatic, the comic, the tragi-comic or the
pastoral. Work on that play you’ve always been meaning to write, or
work on the exercises that will be given out in each and every class.
Plot out your plots, sharpen your dialogue, and hone your
characterization skills. Finish up the class with readings of your
work by live actors. But most of all write, write, write.

Playwright and director David Eliet founded of The Perishable Theatre
in 1983 and served as the director of The Cleveland Play House Lab
Company and the Circle In The Square Acting Ensemble. He was a
founder of The Trinity Rep Conservatory (now the Brown/Trinity
Consortium) and the All Children’s Theatre Ensemble. He has been an
Edward F. Albee Playwriting Fellow, a Rhode Island State Council on
The Arts Playwriting Fellow, a Fulbright Scholar and a recipient of an
Alden B. Dow Creativity Fellowship. His two most recent plays were
supported by grants from the RI State Council on the Arts. His plays
have been published and produced in this country and abroad in both
English and in translation.

Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30PM. January 19-March 16 with NIKKI CARARRA

Gotta dance? Never had a lesson? Don’t know where to start or what
form to study first? Nikki Cararra resolves your dilemma with
progressive arrangement of alignment, strengthening, and stretching
exercises from Ballet, Jazz, and Modern dance. Every class explores
basic movements and how to integrate them into dance technique. This
fun course includes snippets of dance history that provide some
background to the development of various styles and techniques. Each
week culminates with a combination, for which the student will be
prepared for during class. Music ranges from classical ballet
favorites to Tom Waits, the B-52′s, and beyond!

Nikki Cararra is a dance artist and educator. Her choreography has
been presented in theatres, studios, colleges, art galleries, and
fields throughout the region. Ms Cararra shares her love and
knowledge of dance with students of all ages, in private and public
settings. Since 2007 she has worked with other dance professionals and
the RI Department of Education to formulate and distribute K-12 Grade
Span Expectations for the study of Dance as an academic subject in RI
public schools. She currently teaches technique classes in Modern,
Ballet, and Tap, as well as Composition.

For Quarterly Classes
• Enrollment in each class is limited.
• Applications are honored in the order they are received. If
Perishable Theatre must cancel a class due to lack of enrollment, the
student will be offered the choice of enrollment in another class or a
full refund.
• Payment is due at or before the first class meeting.
• Registered students who withdraw before the first class meeting will
receive a full refund of their tuition (excludes the $10 non-
refundable registration fee). Students who withdraw within 72 hours
of the first class meeting will be refunded 70% of their tuition. No
refunds are available after the 72 hour grace period.
• Perishable Theatre reserves the right to dismiss from the program
any individual whose behavior is disruptive to the working of the
• There is a $25 fee on ALL returned checks.

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Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Fountain Street Fine Art,
Framingham, MA

JUROR: Katherine French, Danforth Museum Director
Juried from actual work.
Drop off 1/14 & 1/15. $10 per entry up to 5.

Details on Facebook. Search for UNSCRIPTED- a call for art
(click “See more” for full prospectus)

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Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Island Moving Co.’s unique “Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff” has been chosen to be part of a story on Nutcrackers around the nation on Good Morning America’s Christmas morning show. Producers from the ABC morning show contacted the Company last week, asking for video of the production. Mary Pflum, producer for GMA, said that New York Times Chief Dance Critic Alastair Macaulay had suggested including the Newport ballet company’s site specific version of the classic tale, saying, “he said we should definitely include your Nutcracker. He loved it.”
Macaulay had seen the “Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff” and written about it in his New York Times “Nutcracker Chronicles.” The review and comments on it can be seen at http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/12/02/the-nutcracker-chronicles-following-the-dancers-from-room-to-room/. Video & Vision’s new video of the Island Moving Co.’s “Newport Nutcracker at Rosecliff” can also be viewed on YouTube. For information about Island Moving Co. visit www.islandmovingco.org .

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Monday, December 20th, 2010

NEFA updates its grant guidelines annually; be sure to review them carefully before applying. Click below for details.

January 31, 2011: Fund for the Arts
February 1, 2011:
National Dance Project FUSED (French U.S. Exchange in Dance)
February 15, 2011:
Native Arts New England
February 18, 2011: Expeditions
March 1, 2011: National Dance Project Production Grants
March 1, 2011: New England States Touring
March 31, 2011: National Theater Pilot

June 1, 2011: Meet the Composer/New England
June 1, 2011: New England States Touring
Rolling deadline: National Native Artist Exchange
Rolling deadline: Presenter Travel Fund

For more information: http://www.nefa.org/

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Creative Communities Exchange:

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Creative Communities Exchange is a New England Creative Economy WorkShare event in which creative and cultural leaders share successful industry work

What: Building upon the Connecting Creative Communities Summit in Providence, RI, in 2010, the Creative Communities Exchange is a day and a half of workshops that will focus on the implementation of successful creative economy work will provide participants with information and actionable tools that can be executed in their own communities.
When: May 19 & 20, 2011
Where: Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), North Adams, MA
Registration fee: TBA

Showcase and exchange knowledge with those developing creative communities on the local level.
Attend and participate in workshops that address field concerns such as: advocacy, policy and planning, communication strategies, information gathering and research, capacity building, and working across sectors.
Leave with actionable tools that can be executed to strengthen your own community.
Creative Economy Award presentation
Who should attend:
Participants include (but are not limited to): city, state, or regional creative and cultural leaders; arts administrators; board and community members of creative and cultural organizations; creative economy consultants; economic development officers; nonprofit leaders; city planners; Chamber of Commerce leaders; government officials; artists; students; business and civic leaders; creative entrepreneurs; funders; researchers; anyone interested in successful creative economy development.

More details on this event to come.

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Call For Entries – Pawtucket Arts Collaborative

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Call for Entries: Two upcoming exhibits

Members’ Juried Exhibition: “The Literary As Muse” – JUROR: Nancy Gaucher-Thomas, Painter/Educator, exhibit runs Feb 20-April 1

Pawtucket Foundation Prize Juried Exhibition ($1,000 prize) – JURORS: Mim Fawcett, Executive Director of the Attleboro Arts Museum & Kenn Speiser, Sculptor, exhibit runs May1-June 24

Click here for details: http://pawtucketartscollaborative.org/pac-gallery/call-for-entries

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ArtsLink Offers Support for U.S. Artists to Work in Communities Abroad

Monday, December 20th, 2010


    The 2011 ArtsLink Projects application for US visual and media artists and arts managers is now available below in fillable PDF format. You will need Adobe Reader (available through the link below) to fill out the application. Please send completed applications along with all supporting materials to:

    CEC ArtsLink
    Attn: ArtsLink Projects Application
    435 Hudson St., 8th Floor
    New York, NY 10014

    Applications must be postmarked by January 15, 2011.

    Go to http://cecartslink.org/grants/artslink_projects/guidelines.html

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Submit Nominations: 2010 NE Journal of Aesthetic Research Awards

Monday, December 20th, 2010

The NE Journal of Aesthetic Research invites you to submit nominations for the 2010 New England Art Awards, a contest to promote a more exciting local art scene by encouraging and celebrating the work of local artists, art writers and curators. The Art Awards are an open-source community project, and we invite you to take part. Last year some 80 people made nominations and some 1,900 people voted on the winners. Details on how to make nominations (through Jan. 5) and much else are here: http://gregcookland.com/journal/2010/12/20/seeking-nominations-for-2010-art-awards

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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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LEF Grants Workshop

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

What: LEF Grants Workshop

When: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 · 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Where: AS220, 115 Empire Street, Providence

Attend LEF’s grants workshop to learn more about the January 28th LETTER OF INTENT DEADLINE for production and post-production funding for documentary film projects by New England filmmakers.

We’ll be going over guidelines and requirements for Moving Image Fund grants, answering questions about LEF, showing clips from recently funded work and enjoying some snacks and conversation.


Or on Facebook at:



Sara Archambault

Program Manager

LEF Foundation

nellie@lef-foundation.org http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=171706722859639 www.lef-foundation.org

T: 617.492.5333

F: 617.868.5603

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VSA Playwright Discovery Program Announces Call for Scripts From Middle and High School Students

Monday, December 13th, 2010


VSA, the international organization on arts and disability, is inviting middle and high school students to submit their scripts for the Playwright Discovery Program. The program invites students to take a closer look at the world around them, examine how disability affects their lives and the lives of others, and express their views through the art of playwriting.

Playwrights may write from their own experience or about an experience in the life of another person or fictional character. Scripts can be comedies, dramas, or even musicals. Young playwrights with and without disabilities are encouraged to submit a script. Entries may be the work of an individual student or a collaboration by a group or class of students.

The winning play will be professionally produced or staged at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The winning playwright receives $2,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C., to view his or her work on stage. All submissions must be received by April 15, 2011, for consideration.

Visit the VSA Web site for complete program information and entry procedures.


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Monday, December 13th, 2010

Recycle-a-Bike is a volunteer based community bike education and maintenance collective that promotes bicycling as a safe, fun, sustainable, and empowering mode of transportation. Established in 2001, RAB provides the greater Providence community access to the skills and resources to maintain, repair, and build bikes in a workspace where all are welcome.
For more information visit: www.recycleabike.org or contact: info@recycleabike.org

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Aaron Copland Fund for Music Accepting Applications for Contemporary American Music Recording Program

Monday, December 13th, 2010


The Aaron Copland Fund for Music seeks to encourage and improve public knowledge and appreciation of contemporary American music.

The fund’s Recording Program provides grants to document and provide wider exposure for the music of contemporary American composers; develop audiences for contemporary American music through distribution of recorded performances in physical and online media; and support the production of new recordings of contemporary American music and the reissuance of significant recordings that are no longer available.

Proposals may be submitted by nonprofit professional performance ensembles, presenting institutions, and nonprofit or commercial recording companies. Non-professionals and students and projects sponsored by universities are not eligible, except in instances in which a proposal is made in support of an independent professional ensemble in residence at a university.

The fund favors first recordings. However, reissues of significant recordings are eligible if the music is not available from any other source (e.g., ArkivMusic, Amazon, or other Internet services) at the time of application. Grants will not be made solely for the pressing or reprinting of additional CDs by the same label.

Recordings to be distributed primarily as downloads are eligible. Recordings to be distributed primarily by streaming are generally not eligible, although exceptions will be made for streaming projects that involve high-caliber works that would otherwise not be available.

Compositions for the proposed recording must be completed by the application deadline. Grants will not be made for the purpose of commissions to composers.

In general, grants will not exceed $20,000 each. Grants for the recording of orchestral works may not exceed 50 percent of total project costs.

Visit the Copland Fund Web site for complete program guidelines and application procedures.

Link to Complete RFP

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Meet The Composer Accepting Applications for Creative Connections

Monday, December 13th, 2010


A program of Meet the Composer, MetLife Creative Connections (formerly the Meet the Composer Fund) provides support for American composers to participate in public activities related to specific performances of their original music. By supporting the composer’s interaction with audiences, performers, arts organizations, and local communities, Metlife Creative Connections aims to increase public awareness of and enhance the creative artist’s role in society.

The program supports composer fees for participation in outreach activities, including but not limited to open workshops or lectures (e.g., workshops/lectures in local schools/universities); community outreach events; pre- and/or post-performance discussions (in more traditional concert venues); interaction with the audience during and after the performance (in less traditional concert venues); open rehearsals; utilization of new media technologies for composer engagement such as Web sites, blogs, online videos, podcasts, etc.; and traditional media activity such as radio, television, or print interviews, etc. The program does not support commissioning fees (for commissioning support, see Meet the Composer’s Commissioning Music/USA program) or projects that are not open to the general public.

The program is open to U.S. composers and U.S.-based sponsoring organizations. Applications are submitted by the sponsoring organization (a presenter, ensemble, dance company, etc.) requesting support for one or more composers (up to six) participating in public activities organized, sponsored, and/or presented by the organization. There are no limits or restrictions on the style or genre of music to be performed or presented.

Grants will range from $250 to $3,500 each and will be awarded directly to the composer.

Visit the Meet the Composer Web site for complete program information and application guidelines.


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Casting Call – “Perfect Day for a Picnic”

Monday, December 13th, 2010

The Rhode Island Film Collaborative is holding an open casting call for its next official production, “The Perfect Day for a Picnic.”

Date: Sunday, December 12
Time: 12pm to 4pm
Location: The 989 Project, 989 Reservoir Ave, Suite 3, Cranston, RI 02910

Seeking the following (both union and non-union):
Lead Male, age 25-40
Lead Female, age 25-40
News Reporter, female
Boys, age 9-12

Please bring a current headshot and resume. There will be a cold read, monologues are optional. The film is tentatively scheduled to shoot for two weekends in mid-late January.

We are also seeking a few minor nonspeaking roles, please feel free to stop by and drop off a resume and headshot!

All parts are for credit / copy / meals. Please email productions@rifcfilms.com with any questions.

Additionally, we are looking to fill crew positions in the following areas:
Production Manager, Art, AD’s & PA’s, Camera/DIT, Grip & Electric, Hair/Makeup/FX, Props, Sound, and Wardrobe. Please email your resume to productions@rifcfilms.com.

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Friday, December 10th, 2010

The 2011 BarPlays Newport Festival is looking for actors available to perform the first two weeks of February in a variety of short plays that will be performed in bars.

Auditions will be held:

Sunday, December 12, 2010 4pm to 7pm

Salve Regina Megley Black Box Antone Academic Center (corner Leroy and Lawrence Streets Newport, RI

Prepared monologues are not needed. Sides will be provided at the time of audition.

To audition, email barplays@gmail.com to request a time slot.

What to expect from the BarPlays Newport Festival:

3 performances per play, at least two different venues
Minimal tech. Very minimal tech.
Extremely close proximity to audience.
Performing in bar that is fully operating as a bar during your performance. This means that patrons may be ordering drinks, wait staff may be delivering food and there may be a certain number of folks in the room that just came out to the bar unaware that it is being used as a theater space. That said, during the BarPlays Providence Festival last summer, these factors did not cause any real major problems. The actors who were part of BarPlays Providence found it to be an exciting, fun and rewarding experience.

Also being sought for BarPlays Newport are short (10-20 minutes) acts to supplement the plays. Story-tellers, improvisationalists, mentalists, and similar performers are encouraged to contact us.

For more info: www.barplays.com

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Girls Rock Rhode Island Seeks Intern

Friday, December 10th, 2010

Title: Intern
Girls Rock Rhode Island, Providence
Salary: none
Start Date: flexible
Part Time/ Temporary
Job Description
Girls Rock! Rhode Island (GRR!), a new local non-profit, is looking for motivated interns to support our winter and spring programming.
GRR!’s mission is to help girls and women empower themselves through the development of musical skills in order to foster self-esteem, self- confidence, and self-efficacy. We currently work to support this mission though four activities: our Girls Rock Camp, Ladies Rock Camp, Girls Get Loud after school program, and Ladies Get Loud monthly jam session. Girls Rock Camp is offered to girls ages 11-18, who, over five short days, will learn an instrument, join a band, write a song, and perform it live in front of an audience, in addition to attending awesome workshops on body image and self-esteem, media literacy, ‘zine
making, body confidence/performance, band art/merchandising, self- defense, and the history of women in rock. Ladies Rock Camp, for adult women, is a fundraiser for and a condensed version of the Girls Rock Camp, happening over three days. 

Girls Get Loud after school program is an extension of our summer camp activities throughout the school year to middle school girls in the Providence area through the Providence After School Alliance. Ladies Get Loud is a new initiative allowing women of any age or experience level to come together and play music in a positive and supportive environment.

Description of responsibilities:
Attend GRR! planning committee and subcommittee meetings
Maintain internet/new media communication (updates to our website/Facebook/Twitter)
Enagage in outreach to local schools and community organizations
Represent GRR! at community events
Assist in data entry/analysis
Assist in event coordination (Girls Rock Camp, Ladies Rock Camp, Girls Get Loud, Ladies Get Loud fundraising events, etc.)
Learn about the process of developing a non-profit, including
fundraising, budgets, communications/PR, volunteer/participant coordination, and more


Commitment to attend engagements/complete assigned tasks
Ability to work both independently and with a group
Outgoing/positive attitude
Experience with data entry a plus
Experience with new technology a plus
Musical experience or knowledge of music a plus
Supportive of girls rocking!
How to Apply
Contact Jamie Burke via e-mail. Please submit a cover letter describing your interest, any relevant experience and general learning goals.

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Teacher Residency Program at Gordon School and Roger Williams University

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010
Wednesday, December 8 · 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Location East Providence Public Library

Grove Avenue
East Providence, RI

  Come join Residency Director Lynn Bowman and learn more about the program that the Rhode Island Department of Education called “ground-breaking”.

The Teacher Residency Program at Gordon School and Roger Williams University is a full time, twelve-month immersion program leading to a Master of Arts in Teaching degree and elementary teacher certification in first to sixth grade.

Applications are being accepted for the year that begins May 2011.


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Open Call – CCRI’s Knight Campus Gallery

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

We Talk About Architecture, Architecture Talks Back
An Open Call for artworks inspired by the Brutalist megastructure; the Knight Campus of CCRI in Warwick

This is an Open Call for any artist, architect, writer, as well as CCRI alumnus/a, faculty or staff member!

A chance to interpret a building; An opportunity to dialogue with a style

Exhibition: April 5 – 27, 2011, Knight Campus Art Gallery (possibly other locations of CCRI campus in Warwick)
Panel discussion: Thursday, April 14, 2011, during All College Week
Eligibility: Open to artists working within any medium

Deadline to submit a proposal: January 12, 2011
(proposal should include name, medium, size and preferably also photo of any existing work that you are submitting. For a new piece, please submit a description and/or sketch of what you intend to create. Please consult the gallery director if you have any questions)

Deadline for delivering finished work: March 30, 2011

Installation: March 30 – April 2, 2011
Contact information: Viera Levitt, Knight Campus Art Gallery Director and Exhibition Curator, VieraLevitt@gmail.com, www.ccri.edu/art/

Budget: There is a possibility that a small amount of money might be made available to help cover basic production costs. If you are planning to create a new work and need assistance to cover its costs, please include an itemized production budget.

The Community College of Rhode Island’s Knight Campus Art Gallery director and curator, Viera Levitt, is seeking artworks for a show entitled “We Talk about Architecture, Architecture Talks Back.” Please consider submitting existing artwork inspired by the megastructure of the Knight Campus or create new work in video, photography, painting, drawing, 3D, sculpture, sound piece, dance, oral history, text, architectural model or even a cake inspired by the building created in the architectural style called Brutalist.

You can also contact the gallery director if you are interested in participating in the panel discussion.

The CCRI Knight Campus is the veritable “elephant in the room,” something large, noticed and not spoken about. We will use this exhibition and panel discussion to make the history of the 1972 completed building known to Rhode Islanders (as the one they love to hate) while making its effect on those who study and work there visible and articulated.

The Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission described the Knight Campus building as, “an enormous, flat roofed concrete megastructure with semicircular terminus and twin cylindrical skylight funnels set on a hilltop site and ranging in height from four to six stories”. The building was designed by Perkins and Will Partnership of White Plains, New York, in conjunction with the Providence firms of Harkness and Geddes and Robinson Green Beretta. The design was strongly influenced, the report notes, “by the work of the famous modern architect Le Corbusier and has been reviewed extensively by international critics….”. The Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission Report called it “one of the most striking and innovative contemporary structures in the state” due to its prominent location visible from Interstate Highways 95 and 295. But some people call this well-recognized campus destination the “mothership”, some faculty complain about its loudness, many students get lost again and again in its corridors and many consider this like other Brutalist structures, intentionally overwhelming to the individual.

While Rhode Island has been extremely aware of its 17th to early-20th century architectural heritage, it has not been as attentive to structures built since 1950. Yet it is within this environment where most of us live and work. By creating an art project that is in dialogue with the CCRI campus, we seek not only to explore this building afresh, but to inaugurate an ongoing reconsideration of how late 20th century architecture in general and Brutalism in particular affects us all.

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Studio to Share in Pawtucket

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Looking for an artist who needs a studio and likes to work in the later afternoon, evenings, and weekends. This is a wonderful, light filled space with a skylight, kitchenette and bath with shower. Near downtown. 1200 sq. ft. Including util. $350/ month.

Contact: mimogr1@gmail.com

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