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RiverzEdge is hiring!

Friday, April 29th, 2011

ELO VISTA & Studio VISTA (2 positions) – Full-Time

VISTA members spend one year in full-time service to address the needs of low-income communities. All projects focus on building permanent infrastructure in organizations to help them more effectively bring individuals and communities out of poverty. The RiverzEdge Arts Project VISTAS will build capacity for volunteer programs that harness specific talents in the community to meet acute and well-documented need among at high-risk Woonsocket youth in the RiverzEdge Studios and Woonsocket High School ELO Program. Community outreach and creative programming are primary activities of both positions.

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Programs Assistant — Part-Time

The Programs Assistant works in a dynamic entrepreneurial environment to support, administer and track youth programs and the grants, client jobs and media operations that fund them. The position combines administrative tasks with independent initiatives to ensure the high functioning of the organization. This is a part-time position with strong opportunity for expansion and advancement. Independent agents of change, cultural creatives and young upstarts encouraged to apply.

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Green Design Studio Assistant — Part-Time

The Green Design Studio Assistant is responsible for assisting with a youth employment and GED attainment program under the direction of our Green Design Studio Director. This position will be responsible for helping to oversee 15 high school aged youth in a research, design and build program that focuses on contemporary environmental issues as well as a historical model interpretation. The 15 youth will also be pursuing their GED while employed in the program and must attain their certificates by June 2012. This position will also act as a liaison between the GED program, tutors and community partners and potential employers with our youth involved with this project.

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Please submit resumes to the contact listed on each job description. For general information please contact brad@riverzedgearts.org.

Arts Advocacy Training Sessions

Rhode Island Citizens for the Arts’ advocacy training sessions are happening at RiverzEdge and other locations throughout Rhode Island. Sign up to attend one today and get empowered! Learn how you can take part in developing a stronger voice for the creative sector! Participants are empowered with the tools they need to engage with their elected officials and advocate for the advancement of the creative sector, and become part of a growing network working on this effort in RI.

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Japan Earthquake Art Relief Hope Fund

Friday, April 29th, 2011

The following is a special request from our friend, artist Hiroko Shikashio:

The recent unimaginable earthquake in Japan was so shocking and devastated millions of people.

It was heart wrenching to watch the news. I’ve been tracking their recovery process on a daily basis and the news brings tears to my eyes each and every time. It has been hard to see the devastation from here and not being able to help physically. The remarkable courage is evident among people who lost everything and their incredible eagerness to help each other has brought heartwarming stories.

This really necessitated the need for me to do something to extend a helping hand for those who are struggling to reestablish their life again.

With the generous help of “Crestar” in E. Greenwich supplying the gallery space, we are able to have a fund raising event in the latter part of September at their spacious facility. We hope to raise funds for the Japanese earthquake victims by having art sales and other fund raising efforts.

Artists are encouraged to donate 25% of the proceeds and of course, any amount above and beyond that would be greatly appreciated. Area merchants may donate their merchandise for auction as well.

There is going to be live music and refreshments on the day of event or events.

Please feel free to e-mail me or call me 401-827-0645 if you would like to participate in these special events, “Japan Earthquake Hope Fund”. Please accept my sincere appreciation ahead of time on your parts of extending a helping hand in this event.

Thank you so much for taking the time to do this to help others who are in desperate need.

Most Sincerely,

Hiroko Shikashio



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Vermont’s PuppeTree seeks a female puppeteer/dancer

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011
Vermont’s PuppeTree seeks a female puppeteer/dancer for July 1- August 21, 2011. Perfer 21 years old at least. Pay depends on experience and we will consider a paid internship. Tour New England with Caps for Sale and open a new production of the Ugly Duckling plus teach 4 days at VINS camp. Please check our website for trailers of the shows and more information. Then contact us with a resume and pix. www.vtpuppeTree.org and vtpuppet@gmail.com
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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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Manton Avenue Project Seeks Artistic Director

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011


THE MANTON AVENUE PROJECT seeks a dynamic and creative individual as its new Artistic Director. The Artistic Director will oversee and implement the organization’s artistic and educational work and provide fundraising and marketing support, in a manner consistent with MAP’s mission and vision. We are seeking a highly motivated and effective leader comfortable with being the public face of the organization; an experienced theater artist with well-developed teaching, directing, and writing skills; as well as a flexible, compassionate, and organized individual experienced in and passionate about working with youth ages 8-18. Also indispensable is a healthy sense of humor. This hands-on and intensive position offers many rewards, including the opportunity to collaborate with the vibrant arts community in Providence and to work closely with the wonderfully creative – yet underserved – youth of the Olneyville neighborhood.

Since January 2004, THE MANTON AVENUE PROJECT (MAP) has been working with children from the economically under-resourced Providence neighborhood of Olneyville; the Founder has run the organization as sole (part-time) staff member since its inception. MAP has reached a crucial nexus in its development; by bringing in new leadership MAP hopes to deepen and build on the strong groundwork laid by the Founder. In addition to hiring a new Artistic Director to replace the founding Executive Artistic Director before September 2011, the Board envisions hiring a part-time Managing Director by November 2011 to handle administrative responsibilities and share fund raising activity with the Artistic Director. Both AD and MD will work from home or other improvised space, while planning the build-out of the MAP offices, to be completed in July 2012.

· Collaborate with Managing Director to devise organization’s annual budget, for approval by Board Finance Committee
· Collaborate with Board and Managing Director to devise and evolve a sustainable fund development strategy
· Attend and actively participate in Board meetings
· Serve as ex officio member of Board’s Board Development Committee and Gala Committee
· Network in the artistic and greater Providence area communities to increase visibility of organization
· Research and write grant proposals to advance artistic and programming goals
· Cultivate and engage potential donors (individual, corporate, foundation, government)
· Seek in-kind donations

· Oversee and implement current programming
· Assess, adjust, and, eventually, expand programming in concert with MAP mission
· Produce all theater performances (currently five per year), ensuring both smooth operation and high artistic quality.
· Plan and oversee weekend retreats, both in and out of town (currently six per year)
· Recruit and manage all volunteers (including actors, director/dramaturges, designers, stage managers, stage crew,
· prop-makers, and front-of-house personnel)
· Provide training to new volunteers and periodic refresher sessions (as needed) for existing volunteers.
· Foster partnerships with other local organizations
· Act as creative producer for annual Gala event
· If desired, there will be the opportunity to direct, perform, write, or otherwise collaborate artistically with
· MAP youth.

· Plan and teach all classes based on existing playwriting curriculum
· Recruit and supervise volunteer classroom assistants
· Steward relationship with William D’Abate Elementary School administration and teachers
· Collaborate with school, family, and community to recruit and retain youth participants.
· Communicate with children and their families regarding scheduling and programming details

· Collaborate with Managing Director to devise and implement marketing/publicity strategy
· Recruit graphic designer and supervise design of print and web materials
· Produce and edit e-newsletter

· Perform the many miscellaneous duties necessary in the operation of a small nonprofit organization, including
· but not limited to: the constant transportation of supplies and people, answering of emails and phone calls, and, as
· needed, the ordering of pizza or sweeping the floor.

REPORTS TO: The Board of Directors

SALARY RANGE: $30-35 K depending on experience, plus benefits.

Send resume, the names of three references, and a detailed cover letter explaining your experience in the above areas and your interest in MAP to search@mantonavenueproject.org by April 30.

Feel free to email with questions, but all inquiries should be sent electronically; no phone calls please.

MAP is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes all applicants, especially those whose experiences and backgrounds are similar to those of the children in the Olneyville neighborhood which we serve.

Thank you for your interest!


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Arts Writers Grant Program 2011 Application Open

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011


Online application form opens:
Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Application deadline:
Wednesday, June 8, 2011


The Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program supports individual writers whose work addresses contemporary visual art through grants ranging from 3,000 to 50,000 USD.Writers who meet the program’s eligibility requirements are invited to apply in the following categories:

  • Articles
  • Blogs
  • Books
  • New and Alternative Media
  • Short-Form Writing

Due to legal constraints we can only fund U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and holders of O-1 visas. For guidelines and additional eligibility requirements, please visit www.artswriters.org/guidelines.html.

Art Writing Workshop
In partnership with the International Association of Art Critics/USA Section, the Arts Writers Grant Program offers applicants consultations with leading art critics. For more information, please visit http://www.aicausa.org.

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NEFA Creative Communities Exchange:

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Plan to attend! Here’s who’s presenting at NEFA’s Creative Communities Exchange on May 19 & 20 at Mass MoCA:

American Folk Festival Creating Business Partnerships
(Bangor, ME) Speaker: Heather McCarthy (Director)
Now entering its tenth year, the American Folk Festival has become a cornerstone of Maine’s summer calendar, bringing economic development, community and cultural benefits to the region. This presentation will discuss measuring the impact of the AFF on the community and how the Festival has in turn sparked more cultural activity. Leadership &
Arts Alive!
(Keene, NH) Speaker: Alec Doyle (Executive Director, The Colonial Theatre), Leonard Matczynski (Chair)
In an effort to expand access to arts and cultural resources in the Monadnock Region, Arts Alive! conducted an assessment of cultural needs and market demand and is now working with The Colonial Theatre and MoCo Arts to develop a multi-arts facility that would improve the quality of and access to spaces that support performance, rehearsal and audiences alike. Leadership

ArtsBoston The Berkshires Audience Initiative
(Boston, MA) Speaker: John Beck (Deputy Director)
The Berkshires Audience Initiative is a cooperative effort among the area’s arts and cultural organizations to understand their existing audiences and broaden their reach. John Beck will describe how ArtsBoston re-imagined the “Big List” program for the Berkshires and how community database projects across the country are changing the way cultural organizations reach audiences and revolutionize advocacy efforts. Sector
Art-Speak, the City of Portsmouth Cultural Commission ArtWorks
(Portsmouth, NH) Speaker: Anna Nuttall (Visual Arts Chair, Portsmouth School Department)
ArtWorks was developed to enrich grade 8 students’ knowledge of careers in visual arts through meaningful partnerships between the school district, locally-run businesses and individual professional artists. With NH State Council on the Arts funding, over 100 students learned about how they can participate in the local creative economy now and in the future. Sector
Berkshire Creative Berkshire Creative Challenge
(Pittsfield, MA) Speaker: Helena Fruscio (Director)
The Creative Challenge connects manufacturers and businesses with local designers, engineers and creative workers with the aim of stimulating innovative research and development for existing and/or new product lines. Sector
Berkshire Film and Media Commission
(Great Barrington, MA) Speaker: Diane Pearlman (Executive Director)
Diane Pearlman will review the strategies and collaborations under development for BFMC and the challenges this new non-profit faces in being integrated into and recognized as part of the Berkshire creative economy. Sector
Boston Center for the Arts Management through Decentralized Decision-making
(Boston, MA) Speaker: Veronique Le Melle (Executive Director)
Veronique Le Melle will share a team management model that empowers staff to become more engaged and confident in their ability to solve problems and approach tasks from new perspectives. Learn how team management can maximize organizational productivity by bringing staff members from various departments together to increase institutional capacity and discover untapped talents and skills in the process. Leadership
The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts iQuilt
(Hartford, CT) Speaker: Ronna Reynolds (Executive Vice President)
iQuilt is a culture-based urban design plan which seeks to physically and programmatically connect downtown Hartford’s outstanding cultural assets, promote walkability and celebrate the Capitol City’s commitment to innovation. A winner of the NEA’s 2010 Mayors Conference on Urban Design competition, the iQuilt project has catalyzed the Hartford community and dramatically accelerated the revitalization of its downtown. Policy &
City of New Haven, Department of Cultural Affairs Project Storefronts
(New Haven, CT) Speaker: Margaret Bodell (Public Art Coordinator)
Learn how entrepreneur artists are activating empty retail spaces in New Haven to drive new consumers into underutilized areas, raise awareness of New Haven’s different commercial districts and promote spaces to potential long-term tenants which can eventually create jobs. This unique project also promotes New Haven’s various design businesses and increases their capacity through collaborations with the Economic Development Corporation. Heading
City of Pittsfield, Department of Community Development Providing the Foundation for the Renaissance of Downtown Pittsfield
(Pittsfield, MA) Speakers: Deanna Ruffer (Director of Department of Community Development); Mayor James M. Ruberto
Utilizing a wide range of municipal land use and economic development tools and resources as well as creative public/private partnerships, the City of Pittsfield has succeeded in establishing itself as a destination in the heart of the Berkshires. Learn about these tools and how other communities can use similar approaches to bring people downtown to live, work and play. Policy &
City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism Transportation Corridors to Livable Communities: Building hubs for housing, jobs, and the arts around transit
(Providence, RI) Speaker: Stephanie Fortunato (Special Projects Manager)
This project aims to integrate transit, housing, economic development, sustainability, and arts and culture along the city’s five most heavily traveled transit corridors. Learn how the Department of Art, Culture & Tourism leverages relationships to raise the visibility of cultural resources and how the federal government’s promotion of livability principles presents an opportunity to integrate arts, culture and creativity into city policies and planning. Policy &
City of Torrington, Economic Development, Arts and Culture Commission Main Street MarketPlace
(Torrington, CT) Speakers: Rose Ponte (Economic Development Director), Steve Criss (Chair, ACT Torrington)
Learn about how the City of Torrington uses a 9-week summer event as an economic engine to revitalize Main Street for the next generation. Heading
Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County Breaking the Silos – Building a Regional
Brand for Arts and Culture with FCBuzz.org
(Fairfield, CT) Speaker: Ryan Odinak (Executive Director)
First there was the “OC.” Now learn how the “FC”—Fairfield County, CT— used the arts and culture brand FCBUZZ.org to unify its cities and towns. Find out how this partnership just keeps on producing new opportunities and marketing cost savings for all. Sector
Dreeszen & Associates Growing Creative Economy Partnerships: Four Predictable Stages
(Florence, MA) Speakers: Craig Dreeszen; Meri Jenkins (Program Manager, Massachusetts Cultural Council)
As most creative economy initiatives involve partners, it helps to understand four commonly observed stages of growth that partnerships go through as they plan and implement creative economic development programs. Workshop participants will learn to anticipate and resolve predictable challenges at each stage: Exploration and Planning, Start-up Operations, Growth, and Maturity. Leadership
Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce Creative Concord
(Concord, NH) Speakers: Tim Sink (President); Byron O. Champlin (Chair, Creative Concord)
Creative Concord is a priority task force of the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce. Learn about how the organization leveraged community partnerships in order retain the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen in Concord and relocate them into expanded new administrative and exhibitor space in downtown Concord. Leadership
Island Moving Company Beyond Tourism: Collaboration with Heritage Sites
(Newport, RI) Speaker: Dominique Alfandre (Executive Director)
Island Moving Company is a ballet company that has survived and prospered for almost 30 years by relying on a web of partnerships that provide performance venues and creative collaborations. As Newport, RI has no theatre, the Company has made a virtue of necessity by presenting dance in unconventional places and with unexpected allies. Heading
MASS MoCA Assets for Artists
(North Adams, MA) Speaker: Blair Benjamin (Director of Real Estate and Community Development)
Learn how a “matched savings program” for individual artists has been piloted in the Berkshires since 2008 and is now being rolled out statewide, with an innovative model that offers access to working capital, financial education, professional development, and first time homebuyer assistance. Sector
MCLA Berkshire Cultural Resource Center DownStreet Art
(North Adams, MA) Speaker: Jonathan Secor (Director of Special Programs)
DownStreet Art is a citywide public art project, actualized in primarily private spaces. DownStreet Art’s mission is to drive traffic to a struggling downtown and attract out-of-town dollars. We will look at the successes. We will look at the failures. We will look at the space between sucess and failure. Heading
NEFA/Planning Decisions/Maine Center for Creativity Economic Impact Study
(Portland, ME) Speakers: Dee Schneidman (Research Manager, NEFA); Charles Lawton (Chief Economist, Planning Decisions, Inc.); Jean Maginnis (Executive Director, Maine Center for Creativity)
NEFA and research partners will share findings to date from their latest New England nonprofit economic impact study. They will also discuss how such studies are done, why they’re important, and how you can adapt NEFA methodology to your local community. Policy &
Portland Arts & Cultural Alliance/Creative Portland 2 Degrees Portland
(Portland, ME) Speaker: Jennifer Hutchins (Executive Director)
In Portland, Maine, it’s two degrees of separation, not six. Creative Portland has recently launched 2⁰ Portland, a networking and referral program that connects people who want to live and work in the city with those who already do. Jennifer Hutchins will talk about how this program is evolving into a nexus of cross-pollination for Portland’s creative community and how it attracts and supports creative entrepreneurs, professionals and workers. Leadership
Provincetown Community Compact, Inc. The Think-ubator
(Provincetown, MA) Speaker: Jay Critchley (Founder)
The Provincetown Community Compact’s “Think-ubator” was created to empower artists and community members by providing administrative support and fiscal sponsorship of grass-roots initiatives. It gives proponents a supportive entity to encourage and honor their creative initiatives. Sector
RiverzEdge Arts Project Engaging Youth Voices in Community Planning and Design
(Woonsocket, RI) Speakers: Laurencia Strauss (Art, Landscape and Ecology Director and Green Design Studio Director) and Rebekah Greenwald Speck (Executive Director)
Find out what happens when the voices of disenfranchised youth are brought into public planning and discourse and what it really takes to get authentic voices to the table. RiverzEdge Arts Project combines real world training in art and design with education and employment intervention in workforce development for teens. Policy &
Rockingham Arts and Museum Project (RAMP) Art Challenges Rural Communities
(Bellows Falls, VT) Speaker: Robert McBride (Founding Director)
Robert McBride focuses on developing a sense of place by integrating artists into the sustainability strategies for rural communities. He will discuss three approaches he has used in Bellows Falls VT involving affordable housing for artists, hosting quarterly artists town meetings and initiating public art projects. Leadership
Studio Two Building Creative Communications
(Lenox, MA) Speaker: Kevin Sprague (Principal and Creative Director)
This session will focus on a core set of rules, technologies and practices that Creative Economy organizers can follow to build efficient, effective and scalable communications strategies for their projects and initiatives. Based on the effective brand and communications development strategy crafted by Kevin Sprague, Co-Chair of Berkshire Creative. Sector
The Steel Yard Building Stronger Community Networks Through Public Art
(Providence, RI) Speakers: Howie Sneider (Public Projects Director) and Alma M. Carrillo Lopez (Program Director)
The Steel Yard offers arts and technical programs designed to increase opportunities for cultural expression and career-oriented training. The organization trains and employs low-income residents to design and fabricate unique high-quality art-fences for local subsidized housing. Along with gaining marketable skills, course participants build lasting relationships with teachers, clients and community. Leadership
Union Square Main Streets ArtsUnion
(Somerville, MA) Speakers: Mimi Graney (Executive Director); Gregory Jenkins (Executive Director, Somerville Arts Council); Rachel Strutt (Program Manager, Somerville Arts Council)
ArtsUnion in Somerville, MA launched in 2005 with a comprehensive strategy to leverage the city’s cultural resources for economic development. While the underlying framework remains in place, the organization has stayed nimble, shifting its approach by measuring program outcomes, learning from our experience and allowing room for surprises. Heading
Vermont Arts Exchange ART & SOUL
(North Bennington, VT) Speakers: Matthew Perry (Co-Founder); Betsy Rosenbluth (Director of Projects, Orton Family Foundation)
Through art making and creative planning, citizens discover the places, the traditions and the treasures that connect them to one another and to their town. Policy &
Western Avenue Studios
(Lowell, MA) Speaker: Maxine Farkas (Director)
Take one old mill building owned by a developer interested in building communities and add a group of artists looking for a place to work . . . mix throughly. Five and a half years later you have 149 studios with more than 200 artists working in many disciplines and a thriving community. Heading

Workshops are subject to change.


Leadership & Partnerships
Organizational leaders who are building capacity within their organizations and communities by developing strong partnerships with local stakeholders.

Heading Downtown
Innovative events and projects that catalyze the creative community and draw visitors from near and far, drawing attention and life to the economic centers.

Policy & Planning
Programs that use information and cultural plans to implement policy and zoning decisions that affect all citizens of their local community.

Sector Connector
Model projects that use technology, networking, and training to enhance the capacity of creative professionals.

For more information, contact Adrienne Petrillo: apetrillo@nefa.org.

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Take an Arts Break! NK Art Classes:

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Take an Arts Break Classes sponsored by the North Kingstown Arts Council continue into late April, May and June. For further class listings, information, or registration information, visit www.NKArtsCouncil.org. or call 294-3331 X241.

Classes include:

Wire Wrapping Sea Glass (April 30)

Pet Drawing (April 28, May 5, 19)

“I’ve Always Wanted to Write” (April 27, May 4, 11)

Mindful Drawing (April 27, May 4, 11, 18)

Characters from Page to Stage (April 27, May 4, 18, 25)

Introduction to Printmaking (May 5, 19, 26, June 2,9))

Beginning Watercolor (May 10, 17, 24, 31)

Watercolor and Nature (Six Weds May 11 – June 15)

Pen and Ink with Watercolor (May 26, June 2, 9, 16, 23)

Basic Drawing 2 (May 26, June 2, 9, 16)

Acrylic Painting (May 7, 14, 21, June 4)

Acrylic to Oil (June 11)

Multi-Media Still Life Sketching (May 7, 14, 21, June 4, 11)

Writer’s Revision Saturdays (May 7, 14, 21)

Intro to Digital Photography (May 7, 21)

Mosaic Flowerpot (May 21)

Carving Soapstone Animals (May 21, 22)

Sea Glass Wind Chimes (June 7)

Etched Wine Glass (June 18)

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CultureCount Cue: Financial Data Updated!

Monday, April 25th, 2011

New England Creative Economy Spotlight

CultureCount Webinar Series

Wed 4/27 at 11:00 am

Tues 7/19 at 3:00 pm

Fri 9/23 at 10:00 am

Join us for a FREE guided tour of CultureCount!

Get counted

Add your:

- cultural organization

- creative business

- artist entry

to CultureCount!

Sign In or

Create a User Account

Associate yourself with an organization or artist.

Or follow the prompts to add a new one!

Contact us

Have questions? Feedback?

We love hearing from you!

Contact Nella or Dee at:


Nonprofit Financial Data Updates

Financial Data updated for Fiscal Year 2008 & 2009

FY 2008 data is complete! This information appears under specific organization listings and in aggregate totals using the Financial Information tool.
First round of FY 2009 data is updated! For organizations that submitted the NEFA nonprofit survey or IRS Form 990, FY 2009 information appears under individual entries but not in the aggregate view. Additional updates will fill out this information until it is complete and added to the aggregate data.
Financial data in CultureCount is updated annually with the most recent IRS data available digitally from the National Center for Charitable Statistics.

The data is analyzed in reports that NEFA commissions to assess the economic impact of New England’s arts and culture nonprofits.

Sign up for April 27 CultureCount Webinar
CultureCount Webinar:

A Guided Tour of New England’s Cultural Database

Add your artist or organization listing to CultureCount! Explore New England’s cultural nonprofits, creative businesses, and artists!

Join us for a FREE click-by-click guide to CultureCount – New England’s Cultural Database.

Wednesday, April 27 at 11 am

Tuesday, July 19 at 3 pm

Friday, September 23 at 10 am

Webinars will last approximately 45 minutes

RSVP to Nella Young at nyoung@nefa.org to reserve a spot

Creative Communities Exchange Workshops Posted

Creative Communities Exchange May 19-20 at MASSMoCA

We are excited about the dynamic presenters from all over New England who will discuss their creative economy projects during workshops at the Creative Communities Exchange! Workshop topics range from building organizational capacity through strong partnerships to catalyzing the creative economy with events that draw visitors and influence local policy. Click here to view workshops

$80 ($100 after May 1)

Registration deadline: May 15

Join the Conversation

Keep up-to-date with New England’s creative economy activity on the NEFA Network.

This email was sent to elizabeth@arts.ri.gov by nyoung@nefa.org |

New England Foundation for the Arts | 145 Tremont Street, 7th Floor | Boston | MA | 02111

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Sappi Fine Paper North America Seeks Entries for Ideas That Matter Design Grant Program

Friday, April 22nd, 2011


Sappi Fine Paper North America has announced the 2011 call for entries for Ideas that Matter, an annual grant program that recognizes and supports designers who donate their time and talent to create communications materials for a wide range of charitable activities.

Ideas that Matter grants will be given to individual designers, design firms, agencies, in-house corporate design departments, design instructors, and individual design students and design student groups working on any kind of communication project that supports the needs of a nonprofit organization. At least a portion of the project should be printed. Additional elements may include a variety of communication media such as outdoor signage, T-shirts, banner advertising, print advertising, Web sites, and HTML campaigns.

Project concepts and design entries for Ideas that Matter will be evaluated on their creativity, potential effectiveness, and practicality of implementation. Applications must include the mission statement of the nonprofit organization that will benefit from the campaign and proof of its 501(c)(3) tax-exempt (or Canadian equivalent) status.

Grant awards ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 per project may be used for implementation and out-of-pocket costs, including photography, illustration, paper, printing, mailing, and related expenses. Grants cannot be applied toward the designer’s time, hardware, or overhead elements such as computers or rent.

For complete program guidelines and the entry form, visit the Sappi Web site.

Link to Complete RFP

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Turn to 10′s Arts Blog – check it out

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

We’re always happy to promote a fellow arts blog (and blogger) here in Rhode Island.  So you should check out NBC 10′s arts blog at http://www2.turnto10.com/blogs/arts-all-around/.  It’s edited by Lori Solinger, a self-described arts fanatic.

Lori is always on the lookout for a good story (did I mention she’s also a segment producer at the TV station?), so if you have a good story to share be sure to contact her via email at LSolinger@wjar.com.


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Current art-related grants and Fellowships at the RI Foundation

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Patricia W. Edwards Memorial Art Scholarship  

  • For further education of young Rhode Island artists (such as art lessons for high school students in two-dimensional art) and/or scholarships for Rhode Island art students at Rhode Island institutions 
  • Support towards art class registration fee (up to $400)
  • Deadline: April 25, 2011

Alan Fox Fund for the Music School

  • To the Music School of the RI Philharmonic Orchestra to provide scholarships to needy students

Nick O’Neill Scholarship

  • For students enrolled in All Children’s Theatre programs


Carol Pellegrino Scholarship

  • To Toll Gate High School for private music lessons for a student active in the school orchestra

Norton E. Salk Scholarship Fund

  • Completed at least one academic year of architectural studies
  • Enrolled in an accredited school in Rhode Island as an architectural major pursuing the study of architecture
  • Financial need

For more information go to www.rifoundation.org

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Call to Artists from the Art League of RI

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

The Art League of Rhode Island is pleased to announce upcoming “Comfort Zone” Exhibit at the Portsmouth Arts Guild,

July 15 through August 14, 2011.

Theme Description: The comfort zone is a state within which a person operates in an anxiety-neutral condition, using a familiar set of behaviors to deliver a steady level of performance, usually without a sense of risk. To step outside a person’s comfort zone, they must experiment with new and different behaviors, and then experience the new and different responses that then occur within their environment. Highly successful persons may routinely step outside their comfort zones, to accomplish what they wish.

Exhibit open to all artists whose dues are current and those who wish to join the Art League of Rhode Island. Artwork by Associate Members will be juried by artist/printmaker, Felicia Touhey. Hanging fee ($15) will be refunded only if work is declined. Artists may become Associate Members ($45 annual dues) on day of delivery. One piece of artwork displayed per artist; all work must be for sale.

Delivery dates: July 11, 3 to 6 pm and July 12, 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Opening Reception: Friday, July 15, 2011, 6 to 8 pm; Show closes Sunday, August14, 2011

Any artist from any state is eligible to become an Art League of Rhode Island Associate Member. Membership entitles the artist to invitation to Art League events, a yearly exhibition, and discounts on Art League of Rhode Island workshops.

Portsmouth Arts Guild is located in the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Parish House,

2679 E. Main Rd., Portsmouth, R.I. 02871. Visit www.portsmouthartsguild.org or call 401.293.5ART.

The Art League of Rhode Island was formed based on a shared vision to encourage and foster artistic recognition and growth among Rhode Island Artists. It numbers among its founding members some of Rhode Island’s most prominent artists working in a wide range of media from painting to furniture making.

For more information about the Art League of Rhode Island, visit www.artleagueri.org.

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To New England artists – public art calls in MA deadline Fri 4/22/11

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

This is a reminder to NE artists that the final deadline for Art in the Park is this Friday, along with a brand new call for the Vince Droser Tribute in Boston.

Deadline: Thursday, April 21, 2011
Worcester, MA   –  Juried Sculpture Exhibition at Elm Park 2011 Call for Entrieshttp://www.massart.edu/About_MassArt/Urban_Arts_Institute/Opportunities.html
Eligibility: Open to New England artists
Honorarium: Artists accepted to exhibit will each receive a stipend of $700.
About ART IN THE PARK, Worcester
The Art in the Park exhibition was created to present public art to a broad community, promote works by artists from the region, enhance outdoor spaces and enrich lives.  Since its premiere in 2008 this annual exhibition of 20-25 large-scale sculptures has been organized by a dedicated group of volunteers and community supporters in conjunction with public art curators. Art in the Park was one of six projects to receive the Gold Star Award in 2009 – a statewide award given by the Massachusetts Cultural Council to recognize exemplary cultural programs funded by a local cultural council.  Art in the Park continues to be exhibited in Worcester’s historic Elm Park where it attracts an ethnically and socio-economically diverse audience of 10,000 people.  Art in the Park 2011 is presented by Art in the Park, Worcester in partnership with the Urban Arts Institute at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, the City of Worcester’s Parks Department and ArtsWorcester. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Worcester Arts Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Exhibition Dates: July 30 to October 3, 2011
Contact: Christina Lanzl, Project Manager, Urban Arts Institute at Massachusetts College of Art and Design
URL: http://www.massart.edu/About_MassArt/Urban_Arts_Institute/Opportunities.html

Deadline: Friday, June 10, 2011 (materials received)
Boston, MA  -  Vince Droser Tribute at Peabody Square/Dorchester RFQ
Eligibility: This project is open to artists residing in New England.
Budget: $150,000-200,000
Project Summary: Trinity Financial invites artists to forward qualifications for a sculptural tribute to Vince A. Droser to be permanently installed in Peabody Square, Dorchester. The work to be commissioned is envisioned to be an “art installation with a surprise”. The committee would like to honor Vince’s spirit by allowing the project to also function as a location for annual community/ culinary celebrations.
Contact: Ricardo Barreto, Director, UrbanArts
ricardo.barreto@massart.edu or 617.879.7970
RFQ URL: http://www.massart.edu/About_MassArt/Urban_Arts_Institute/Opportunities.html

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Rhizome Commissions 2011: Call for Proposals

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011
Now Accepting Proposals for 2011-2012 Commissions Cycle Commissions Cycle until Sunday May 01, 2011

Rhizome Commissions 2011: Call for Proposals

In this funding cycle, Rhizome will award ten grants: eight grants will be determined by a jury of experts in the field, and two will be determined by Rhizome’s membership through an open vote.

The commission awards will be determined by a jury consisting of Tina Kukelski, formerly of the Whitney Museum of American Art, currentlyone of the curators for the Carnegie International 2012; Candice Madey, founder of On Stellar Rays gallery, and Domenico Quaranta, writer and media art historian. Two awards will be determined by Rhizome’s membership through an open vote.

⇒ Please read all about eligibility, policy and procedures before applying!

Application Deadline: Sunday May 01, 2011

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French-American Jazz Exchange Application – Due May 15

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011
Now Available!

The application for the French-American Jazz Exchange (“FAJE”) program is now available. A program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and FACE (“French-American Cutlural Exchange”), FAJE supports projects designed collaboratively by French and American professional jazz artists that encourage artistic exploration, foster intercultural dialogue, and contribute to the dynamism of the art form.  Projects eligible for support can include creative residencies, composition, recording, performances, and other activities that develop new professional relationships and audiences. 

The application deadline for the 2011-2012 program is May 31, 2011 for projects taking place between September 1, 2011 and December 31, 2012.

American applicants should direct their questions to Sara Donnelly at sara@midatlanticarts.org.  French applicants should contact Emmanuel Morlet at emmanuel.morlet@diplomatie.gouv.fr.

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Multicultural Festival 2011

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

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Dave Bown Projects – Call for Artists

Monday, April 18th, 2011
$7,000 USD (7 artists will each receive $1,000).Dave Bown will be buying works of art, on an ongoing basis, from select artists as submissions are received.Eligibility
This competition is open to all visual artists who are 18 years of age or older. All styles and media are eligible.Selection Process
Early entries are encouraged. Previewing will occur on a daily and weekly basis by Dave Bown and the jurors as submissions are received.

30 May 2011


For further information, please contact Dave Bown at (917) 365-5265 or info@davebownprojects.com

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Occupy 539 – Call For Entries

Monday, April 18th, 2011

The Boston Center for the Arts is accepting applications for Occupy 539, a unique platform for artists to engage with audience through public art projects that explore ways in which people congregate and linger in public spaces. Artists are invited to submit proposals for a temporary public art project that will be exhibited on the BCA Plaza campus for Summer 2011 (July through October).

Artists from the Greater Boston area and New England are invited to apply for a $1,500 stipend to develop, produce and install the public artwork. The stipend includes costs for shipping, construction and additional support for installation into consideration. Proposals for a site-specific temporary artwork should reflect the artist’s concerns and simultaneously explore the many ways in which the flow of public traffic is transformed. Non-traditional media is welcome including video, audio and performance.

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Call to artists to join the 2011 RI Natural History Survey BioBlitz

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Every June for the last 10 years, the RI Natural History Survey has
held its BioBlitz event — a project celebrating Rhode Island’s
biodiversity. Local scientists of all types get together for a 24-
hour period to collect and identify as many different species as they
can within the specified study area. Last year, with the blessing of
the folks at the RI Natural History Survey, Mary Grady — writer,
educator and all around naturalist — created the concept of
incorporating an Artist Team comprised of artists of various media who
are inspired by the natural world and science and who would like to
interact with the environment and naturalists teams.
The 2011 BioBlitz will be held at the Joslin Farm site in Scituate
from 3 p.m. Friday June 10 to 3 pm Saturday June 11. Joslin Farm is
approximately in the center of Rhode Island, located south of the
Scituate Reservoir, in the angle between Tunk Hill Road and Old
Plainfield Pike. The dramatically scenic bioblitz site includes
approximately 700 acres of mature hardwood forest, new and old warm
season grassland, shrubland, and headwater streams. This bioblitz will
be a unique opportunity to investigate the biodiversity on a long-
abandoned farming landscape with large blocks of relatively
undisturbed habitat. This is not an area frequented by biologists so
anything could be discovered. A team orientation will be held
Thursday, May 12, at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence. The
orientation is not required, but advanced registration for all
participants is. I will be attending the orientation and would love
to meet any interested artists and answer questions. A camping option
(best for 24 hour exploring) is likely to be part of it. No two
Bioblitz are alike, and each artist will bring their own perspective
to it. The results can’t help but be exciting!

An exhibit of the 2010 Bioblitz artists was held last fall at the
Island Gallery on Block Island. (http://bit.ly/bioblitzshow) This year
we are planning an even larger and longer running exhibit in a gallery
on the mainland. If you think it’s something you’d be interested in,
check out these links from Bioblitz 2010, then send me an email with
what you might like to focus on and what kind of work you do. Links to
your work are welcome!

“Like” the Art Team page on Facebook to keep up-to-date and interact. http://on.fb.me/bioblitz-site-announcement




VIDEO http://vimeo.com/groups/472/videos/15444190

NEWS STORY http://bit.ly/gwzqNQ

RI NATURAL HISTORY SURVEY http://www.rinhs.org/category/events/bioblitz/

Contact: Kathy Hodge – mail@kathyhodge.com



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