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Vince Droser Tribute at Peabody Square/Dorchester Public Art RFQ

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

FINAL NOTICE – DEADLINE ON Friday, June 10, 2011 (materials received)

Eligibility: This project is open to artists residing in New England.

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. The Urban Arts Institute at Massachusetts College of Art and Design is facilitating the project.

Budget: $150,000-200,000

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

Christina Lanzl

Urban Arts Institute

Massachusetts College of Art and Design

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Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
Title: PAD Workshop – Legal Tools of the Trade
Event Type: Class / Workshop
Start Time: Monday June 6, 2011 at 5:00 PM EDT
End Time: Monday June 6, 2011 at 7:00 PM EDT
Location: Dept of Administration Building
One Capitol Hill
2nd Floor
Conference Room A
Providence, RI 02908
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Contact: Cristina DiChiera
RI State Council on the Arts
Description: Amy Rice Esq. will provide a basic overview of the range of legal protections available to artists and creatives. By the end of this workshop those in attendance will have a better understanding of how copyright law is relevant to their arts practice and they will know what resources are available to them for next steps.

To register for this FREE workshop go to this link: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=8aaerxn6&oeidk=a07e3tkl7t3ff10611b

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Spa at the Providence Biltmore Seeks Local Artists

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

The Spa at the Providence Biltmore is looking to display artwork from talented local artists. The Spa has many spaces to hang artwork on the walls as well as places for sculptures and works created in other mediums.  We have clients from all over the country who walk through our doors, spend time relaxing in our rooms, commonly commenting on our décor.  What artist wouldn’t want the opportunity to display their talent in such a popular venue? 

Because we care about the arts as well as giving talented artists an outlet to share their creativity with our local community and beyond, The Spa is happy to display your work free of charge. If it is agreed upon that your work will be displayed in The Spa, we only ask that you come and hang or arrange it yourself and that you set the price for the item. This will be something that you can organize with us after the decision is made to display your work in our facility.

There will be a contract stating the exact procedure when a client is interested in purchasing your work. The Spa at the Providence Biltmore will serve only as a venue to display your talent and will not receive any portion of any profit made when you sell your work. The Spa at the Providence Biltmore will not be involved in any monetary transactions. Any interested parties will directly contact you (via a method you have approved) when interested in purchasing your work. These details will be laid out further upon meeting in person with the Spa Director.

Please visit the photo album on The Spa’s Facebook page.  There you can find pictures of our multi-level, many-roomed facility.  Look closely, can you envision one (or more) of your works in that space? We hope so.  Regardless, send us a picture of your work; we may have a perfect place in mind to display it! While a link to your webpage is helpful, we are really looking for those specific pieces you would like to have displayed in a serene, spa-like atmosphere.

 If you’re interested or looking for more information, please contact The Spa’s marketing manager Lauren (spa.louellette@yahoo.com) and attach a picture (jpeg) of your work. This way, we will be able to make sure that your work is something that fits into the carefully designed atmosphere of The Spa at the Providence Biltmore.

Visit Our Website: http://www.providencebiltmore.com/spa.html

Like Us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/spa.providencebiltmore

Follow Us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/SpaProvBiltmore

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Rhode Island Artist’s Scarves on True Blood

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Rhode Island artist Christine Herron, owner of Red Chair Studios: http://redchairstudio.com/index.html will have her handmade scarves featured on True Blood, HBO’s hit television series.

Herron has designed original products for her company Red Chair Studio for over seventeen years. She studied illustration at Rhode Island School of Design where she honed her eye for detail and developed her love of color.

From garden products to childrens clothing,
oil painting to textile design, in all of her creative endeavors, it is the uncommon use of color, sensitivity to the materials and love of the natural world that remains central to her work.

Her current line of casually elegant luminous hand dyed silk scarves, hand sewn and beaded pins and unique hand crafted jewelry are casually elegant and easy to wear. You can find Red Chair Studio goods in museum stores, fine craft galleries, gift stores and clothing boutiques in the US and abroad.

Congratulations Chris!

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Classes At the Jamestown Art Center

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Summer Classes at the Jamestown Arts Center – where the approach is hands on and experimental and the teachers work as guides to help each student express their creative vision. We’ve got an incredible line up of teachers and creative classes for children, teens and adults, so lets get it stARTed!

JAC Members receive a 10% discount on all classes (membership not required). Not a member?
Sign up here: http://www.jamestownartcenter.org/getinvolved.html

For questions or scholarship inquiries, please E-mail us at jamestownartscenter@gmail.com or call us at 401.662.3839

Please note that all classes are subject to cancellation if a minimum number of sign ups is not met.
The JAC is located at 18 Valley St., Jamestown, RI


CLAY TIME in our beautiful new ceramics studio!
Come ready to get messy! Students will learn the fundamentals of hand building clay techniques, and will use a variety of methods to create imaginative and functional works of art.

Earth Forms
Ages 5-8
Participants will create functional ceramic pieces, be introduced to and use several methods of creating with clay, explore pattern, and learn about the potter’s process. Each artist will have the opportunity to create a tumbler, mug, bowl, and/or sculpture.

Collage, Clay and Color
Ages 9-12
Delve into art making based on and influenced by artists that use collage, clay, and color as a means of expression. Students will explore different methods and create pieces of pottery and collage that are uniquely interwoven.

July 18 – 22
Ages 5-8, 9:00 – 12:00
Ages 9-12, 1:00 – 4:00
$150 + $10 materials fee
Instructor: Natalie Squillante

Kids will work in a variety of two and three-dimensional mediums, exploring materials and techniques with the guidance of experienced artist/teachers.

JumpstART – Week 1
Campers will start their morning with movement and theatre exercises to get their creativity flowing and end the day working visually in two and three dimensions.
July 25-29
Ages 5 – 8
9:00 – 12:00
Instructors: Haley Barber & TBD

JumpstART – Week 2
Campers will start their morning with movement and theatre exercises to get their creativity flowing and end the day working visually in two and three dimensions.
Projects will vary from week one for returning campers.
August 1- 5
Ages 5-8
9:00 – 12:00
Instructors: Haley Barber & TBD

Islands of the Imagination
Create your own imaginary island! In this mixed media camp students will use recycled and found objects and a variety of art materials to create a unique habitat. Plan an eco-system and design shelters and masks for the local tribes.
July 25 – 29
Ages 9-12
1:00 – 4:00
Instructors: Hadley Johnstone & Haley Barber

Entering the Third Dimension!
Students will explore building 3 dimensional shelters, objects and portraits using found and recycled materials, clay, wood and papier-mâché. We will look to artists like Claus Oldenberg and Tom Deininger for inspiration.
Instructors: Hadley Johnstone & Haley Barber
August 1- 5
Ages 9-12
1:00 – 4:00

All Half-day art camps: $150 per week

Nature Works
A dynamic, visual and performing arts experience with a nature theme. Kids will build the sets, design the costumes, act or direct and put on a Friday performance for parents and friends. There’s plenty to do both behind the scenes and on center stage!
August 8 – 12
Ages 6-12
9:00 – 3:00
Instructors: Natalie Squillante, Casey Weibust & Haley Barber


Clay Club
Learn, experiment and create with clay. All levels are welcome.
Ages: 8+
This class meets 4 times: July 23 & 30 and Aug. 6 & 13
10:00 – 12:00
$80 + $10 materials fee
Instructor: Seth Rainville

Intro to Printmaking techniques
Explore and experiment! Techniques include drypoint, monoprint/ monotype, chine-colle, collagraph and woodcut/linoleum carving. Each class will be devoted to a specific technique & students will have the chance to combine techniques to make a collaborative piece.
Ages 8 – 18
This class meets 4 times: July 23 & 30 and Aug. 6 & 13
10:00 – 12:00
$85 + $15 materials fee – 4 Sessions
Instructor: Casey Weibust


INTRO TO CLAY: A workshop for teens
Students will learn hand building, wheel and glazing techniques in a fun and creative environment.
Teens 13+
Wednesdays July 20 – Aug. 10 (4 sessions)
6:30 – 8:30
$100 + $20 materials fee
Instructor: Seth Rainville

Participants will learn a combination of hand building and wheel throwing to create functional and aesthetically pleasing pieces. The purpose of this class is to focus on the usefulness of pottery utilizing basic technique. Students will be able to walk away from this class feeling accomplished and have something great to show for their hard work!
Teens 13+
July 25-29
Aug. 8-12
$150 + $20 materials fee
Instructor: Gray Twombly

This class will help participants develop their skills to make accurate drawings based on observation. Sessions will focus on objects, still life arrangements, interior spaces, landscape, portraiture, and the human figure. Various drawing medium will be explored: pencil, charcoal, ink, markers, etc.
Teens 13+
Tuesdays July 5 – Aug. 23
6:30 – 8:30 (8 sessions)
Instructor: John Kotula

Students will explore Jamestown on foot with their eyes as their guide as they compose shots with an awareness of light, angle and point of view. During the second session students will view their photos and learn the language of talking about photographs. Students will use their own digital cameras and should be familiar with their operation; and be able to send photographs from their computers by email.
Teens ages 13 + Adults
Monday Aug. 15 9:00 – 12:00
Wednesday Aug. 17 9:00 – 12:00
Instructor: Ross Harris

Explore and experiment! Techniques include drypoint, monoprint/ monotype, chine-colle, collagraph and woodcut/linoleum carving. Each class will be devoted to a specific technique & students will have the chance to combine techniques to make a collaborative piece.
Ages 8 – 18
This class meets 4 times: July 23 & 30, Aug. 6 & 13
10:00 – 12:00
$85 + $15 materials fee
Instructor: Casey Weibust

In this beginner’s class, students will learn basic hand building, wheel throwing and glazing techniques. Working with professional ceramic artist, Charlie Barmonde,
participants will explore the nature of clay and its expressive possibilities.

Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30 – 7:30
July 26 – August 18
8 sessions
$200+ $35 materials fee
Instructor: Charlie Barmonde

Figure drawing is the cornerstone of artistic training, so come draw in a relaxed and inspiring atmosphere! Open to all levels – no instruction provided just feedback from other participants if desired.
Adults 18+
July 11 – August 29
$15 per session – bring your own drawing materials, we’ll provide easels and a model.

Students will join teacher Ross Harris for an adventure in marine photography during this two-day workshop. We’ll hop on the Jamestown Ferry for a quick trip to Newport to explore the marinas and harbor area on day one and on day two students will gather at the JAC to view and critique their photographs. Students will use their own digital cameras and should be familiar with their operation; and be able to send photographs from their computers by email.

Tuesday Aug. 16 9:30 – 3:00

Meet 9:30 at East Ferry Docks for introduction – 10:30 ferry to
Newport/Depart Waites Wharf, Newport 2:05 Arrive Jamestown 2:55

Thursday Aug. 18 9:30 – 12:30 at JAC for viewing session
$95 + Ferry fee ($18 adult/$15 senior – round trip)
Instructor: Ross Harris

Students will explore Jamestown on foot with their eyes as their guide as they compose shots with an awareness of light, angle and point of view. During the second session students will view their photos and learn the language of talking about photographs. Students will use their own digital cameras and should be familiar with their operation; and be able to send photographs from their computers by email.
Teens ages 13 + Adults
Monday Aug. 15 9:00 – 12:00
Wednesday Aug. 17 9:00 – 12:00
Instructor: Ross Harris

Jamestown Arts Center
18 Valley Street
Jamestown, RI 02830

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Jamestown Art Center Seeks Part-Time Intern

Friday, May 27th, 2011

The Jamestown Arts Center has an opening for a part-time intern. This position supports the Executive Director with a focus on PR, communications and administrative work.

This position will assist with the production of Web site, Constant Contact and Facebook communications, newspaper ads, invites, postcards, templates and creative design projects. Administrative tasks will include tracking membership and other data using Excel.

We are looking for an intern who is organized and innovative, works independently, and has excellent written and verbal communication skills. Experience working with social media, design programs such as Photoshop or InDesign and Excel is required. A good sense of humor is essential!

Interns will have the opportunity to learn and experience in a creative and fun atmosphere and gain valuable skills in design, organization, PR and non-profit administration.

The Jamestown Arts Center is an emerging non-profit organization in Jamestown RI, that will open its doors for its first season of creative programming in July. For more information, please see our web site www.jamestownartcenter.org

Please send a cover note and resume to Lisa: jamestownartscenter@gmail.com

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Legislative Alert

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

House Panel Votes to Eliminate Arts Ed; Prospects Uncertain

May 26, 2011
From: Thomas L. Birch, Legislative Counsel
Vol. 18:11

On Wednesday, May 25, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, with authorizing jurisdiction over the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), passed on a strict party-line vote a bill to eliminate the U.S. Department of Education’s Arts in Education program, which provides support for competitive grants to promote innovations in arts education.

The Setting New Priorities in Education Spending Act (H.R. 1891), introduced by Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), chairman of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education, would eliminate some 40 education programs identified as “inefficient and unnecessary.”

An amendment to the bill, offered by Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ), aimed to restore funding authorization for the arts education program and a handful of others such as language education, teaching of “traditional American history” and economic education. It failed to pass, on a party-line vote as well.

There is no word on when the bill might go to the House floor for a vote, or what its prospects might be in the Democrat-controlled Senate. Much of the legislative activity this year on Capitol Hill has revolved around legislation passed by the Republican majority in the House and rejected—or ignored—by the Democratic majority in the Senate.

The bill sponsored by Hunter was presented as the committee’s debut effort in reform of ESEA. In fact, the measure has little to do with reform, failing to address concerns raised by Republicans as well as Democrats since the enactment of the No Child Left Behind Act. The serious consideration of reforming federal education policy remains in the future.

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RISD Seeks Assistant Project Manager

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

 Job open until filled
Full Time

Job Description
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), the country’s preeminent art and design school, located in historic Providence, RI, is seeking an Assistant Project Manager to join the Facilities Construction Planning Department.

Under the direct guidance and supervision of the Director of Capital Project Management and /or the Facilities Management Team, this entry level Assistant Project Management position helps to develop project specifications, scopes and budgets for new construction, renovation, maintenance, contract service and energy savings projects for review and approval by the Director. Coordinate project reviews with multiple contractors, obtains bids, and issues purchase orders. Help to protect the College against defects and deficiencies in the work provided by the contractor by being present on the field site to monitor, track, and audit the various construction phases (start, middle, end, and post completion) of the project and by escalating issues to the director and/or facilities management team. Provide a high level of customer service to the client.

Bachelor’s degree in engineering, construction, or architecture preferred or equivalent combination of education and experience as a project manager, superintendent and/or owner’s representative for general construction or facility management. Experience with CAD and the ability to work with CAD to modify and maintain drawings. Excellent interpersonal communication skills required. Experience and knowledge of computers and project scheduling, spreadsheet, and word processing software. Project Management Professional (PMP) certification or attainment of Project Management Professional (PMP) certification within one year required. Please note: This is a one-year term position.

How to Apply
For additional information and to APPLY ONLINE, please visit our website at http://www.risd.edu/jobs.

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Help Wanted At Real Art Ways in Hartford, CT

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Assistant to the Director


Assist the director by providing administrative support. Coordinate and arrange all logistics; prepare board materials, transcribe and distribute minutes, monitor tasks and adherence to bylaws and policies; coordinate work performed in conjunction with all areas of the organization; communicate with staff, donors, members of the community, artists, and performers.


Candidates must have executive-level support; non-profit experience a plus. Skills required include ability to prioritize and manage time; excellent command of grammar and writing; confident and articulate phone manner; self-direction, good judgment, and careful attention to work; strong organization skills, ability to work well under deadlines, and a proficiency with Microsoft Office. Interest in art and culture desired. Sense of humor a must.

How to Apply

Electronic applications preferred. Email a cover letter and resume with “Executive Assistant” in the subject line to the attention of Tora Buttaro at info@realartways.org, or mail to her attention at Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor Street, Hartford, CT 06106. No phone calls, please.

Communications Coordinator


Develop and implement communications for all aspects of the organization. Key responsibilities include:
-Managing the organization’s digital media, including the Real Art Ways website, a weekly email newsletter, and social networking accounts.
-Writing and producing a print calendar and member newsletter.
-Creating promotional materials.
-Maintaining and utilizing archives of media coverage and programming.
-Developing relationships with media personnel.
-Writing and distributing press releases and public service announcements.
-Developing and maintaining relations with key community members.
-Maintaining contact databases.
-Generating and implementing creative marketing and outreach strategies.


Qualified candidates must have:
-At least 3 years professional experience in marketing, communications, and/or media production (video, journalism, design, etc.).
-Strong writing ability and the ability to write well, quickly.
-Familiarity with the Mac operating system; understanding of HTML and CSS; proficiency with Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe graphic design software (Photoshop, InDesign), knowledge of Illustrator; ease with Microsoft Office Suite and FileMaker.
-A skillful and confident phone manner and an organized and detail-oriented work style.
-Some media creation experience. For example: video/audio editing, graphic design, website design, and/or photography.
-An existing presence on and familiarity with some social networking sites, especially Facebook and Twitter.
-Interest in contemporary art and expression and care for community.

How to Apply

Electronic applications preferred. Email a cover letter and resume with “Communications Coordinator” in the subject line to info@realartways.org, or mail to: Communications Coordinator, Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor Street, Hartford, CT 06106. No phone calls please.

Membership Coordinator
Part-time (approximately 15-20 hours/week)


Acknowledges donations and works with other staff members on member/donor solicitation campaigns. Organizes periodic events for members. Reports to and coordinates with Development Manager to identify and research potential donors, and update members’ contact information and interests in database. Writes and coordinates member newsletter. Develops and maintains communication with members and trustees.

Responsible for all aspects of membership, including:
-solicitation mailings
-gift tracking
-acknowledgement letters & membership cards
-mailings to new members
-gift memberships


Qualified candidates must have 3+ years of professional experience, be well organized, and pay close attention to details. Ease with technology, facility with database systems (Filemaker experience a plus), and proficiency with MS Office desired. This is a position that truly suits people who are meticulous and enjoy doing detailed tasks.

How to Apply

Electronic applications preferred. Email a cover letter and resume with “Membership Coordinator” in the subject line to Meghan Maguire Dahn at info@realartways.org, or mail materials to her attention at Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor Street, Hartford, CT 06106. No phone calls, please.

Project Archivist
Part-time (approximately 20 hours/week, six-month duration)

As a fundamental component of Real Art Ways’ 35th anniversary, we will be producing a multimedia publication with essays, archival images, and video footage. Ultimately, the publication will feature new work (primarily essays on the topics that are fundamental to who we are and where we came from) alongside gems from our past. We will hire a part-time, temporary archivist to assist us with this project.

Real Art Ways is an alternative art center and, as such, does not have the kind of archive that an academic institution or more conventional museum might. Therefore, we are looking for someone who will be up to the challenge of mining our ad hoc archive and finding significant pieces to highlight during the year.


The Project Archivist will work with the director and communications staff to select archival elements from Real Art Ways’ past to highlight in our 35th Anniversary publication, on our website, and in our events throughout the year.

The Project Archivist will be responsible for selecting pieces from Real Art Ways’ archive for conversion to digital media and ensuring that the physical artifacts are well cared for. There will be an opportunity to write posts about pieces of Real Art Ways’ past, which could be incorporated into our website, into panel discussions to take place during the 35th year, and in the publication itself.


Due to funding stipulation, applicants must be residents of Hartford. We will consider applicants who have completed or are working toward an MLS from an ALA accredited library school, or those applicants who have sufficient professional experience working in archives.

Applicants must be proficient with image editing software; have a demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; possess exceptional organizational skills, accuracy, and attention to detail. Knowledge of basic preservation standards for archival materials is important.

The applicant’s ability to work independently and collaboratively is vital. Applicants must be able to work quickly and efficiently and have the ability to thrive and prioritize in a fast-paced environment. Applicants should have an interest in contemporary art and a curiosity to learn more.

How to Apply

Electronic applications preferred. Email a cover letter and resume and “Project Archivist” in the subject line to the attention of Meghan Maguire Dahn at info@realartways.org, or mail materials to her attention at Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor Street, Hartford, CT 06106. No phone calls, please.

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Applications for Tiverton 4 Corners Arts Festival

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Arts & Artisan Festival

Come and join us for this year’s 24th Annual Tiverton Four Corners
Arts & Artisan Festival located at the beautiful Mill Pond area
of Historic Tiverton Four Corners.

Event Date: July 16th, 2011 (rain date July 17th)
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

3852 Main Road in Tiverton Four Corners, Rhode Island
(Just south of the lights at the junctions of Routes 77 and 179)
For more information go to http://www.tivertonfourcorners.com/festivals.html

or contact  Jennifer  info@tivertonfourcorners.com


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Summer Classes at the Newport Art Museum

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011


Art Theory and Practice – Exploring Creativity



Digital Art & Design

Digital Photography




Summer Art Camps

Click here for adult clases.

Click here for youth classes and camps. 

If you can’t find the class you want online, please call (401) 848-2787.

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Artists try farmers’ tactic, selling community shares

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Isn’t this a great idea (courtesy of our friends at Americans for the Arts):

The Cambridge Center for Adult Education in Massachusetts is launching a new art share program modeled after community-share agricultural projects in which patrons pay a monthly fee for locally grown produce to be delivered to them. The Community Shared Art program allows individuals to purchase a share in the businesses and receive different, unknown works of art each month—all from local artists. This summer, an exhibit at the Cambridge Center will showcase the types of art that shareholders may receive during the deliveries. More than 65 artists applied to be a part of the community share, and those chosen will receive a $1,500 stipend to produce art to be distributed throughout the area.

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Think you know Providence? Then put your movie where your mouth is.

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Make a short film that tells a visitor or someone new to Providence all about what there is to see, do, eat, drink, buy and experience. Videographers of all ages are invited to submit entries. There are two categories: children 17 and under; and adults 18 and over. Films will be judged on creativity, technical excellence and artistic merit.

Submit your video by June 1 and be eligible to win prizes like lunch with Mayor Angel Taveras, a “Dine Out for a Year” prize pack worth $1200, a $1000 shopping spree package, a VIP party for 10 at McFadden’s, or a VIP tour and animal encounter at Roger Williams Park Zoo.

For examples, check out: www.youtube.com/yourprovidence

How To Enter
Entrants must submit an original video of no less than 30 seconds and no more than 4 minutes in length spotlighting Providence, RI.

  • Read the official rules (by submitting a video you agree to + accept all rules and regulations associated with the contest)
  • Complete the entry form – cityof.providenceri.com/efile/708
  • Fax form to 351.2090 or email myprovidence@pwcvb.com
  • Upload your video to YouTube
  • Once approved, videos will appear on YouTube.com/YourProvidence
  • All forms + uploads must be received by 5pm on 6/1/11

Winners will be notified via email no later than Friday, July 1

This contest is sponsored by: The Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau, Providence Monthly, The City of Providence Department of Art, Culture & Tourism, The Rhode Show.

Questions?  Email myprovidence@pwcvb.com


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White Mountains Artist-in-Residence Program – Deadline June 6

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

In celebration of the Weeks Act Centennial, the White Mountain National Forest is partnering with the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire to initiate an Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program, and seeking applications from interested artists in all media.

The Artist-in-Residence Program

The WMNF Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program offers professional and emerging artists in all media visual and performing artists, craftspeople, writers, composers, eco artists and media artists an opportunity to pursue their particular art form while being inspired by the surrounding forest and sharing their work and their artistic process with members of the public.
The WMNF and the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire (AANNH) are working together to create, manage and sustain the AIR program. AANNH (www.aannh.org) is a nonprofit organization that works throughout the northern half of the state to promote, support and sustain culture, heritage and the arts.

Goals of the residency

The residency program seeks to use art and creative expression to explore the many ways in which people relate to forests in general, and to the WMNF in particular. The program goals include:

Capture the beauty and spirit of the WMNF through the creation of high-quality art;

  o    Provide learning opportunities through the arts to visitors to the WMNF;

  o    Help citizens understand the connections between public lands, our use of natural resources and our emotional ties to beauty, nature and self-expression, thus serving as a link between the utilitarian and aesthetic values of the forest; and

  o    Celebrate the power of the arts  and artists to explore and interpret the forest environment and forest-related issues.

About the residency

  o    In this inaugural year, one three-week residency opportunity will be offered during the month of August.

  o    The artist selected will be offered rustic lodging at the historic 19th century Smith House, also known as Mead Base at the base of Sandwich Notch Road near the beautiful village of Center Sandwich, New Hampshire. The artist may also choose to stay in campgrounds at WMNF locations on an as-available basis.

  o    The artist will be free to work on his/her art throughout the residency period, and will be asked to provide at least one public session each week of his/her stay, during which visitors can see him/her at work, learn more about or possibly participate in the artistic process, and be encouraged to think about the connection between art, the forest and conservation. Programs may include demonstrations, talks, exploratory walks or hikes, or performances, based on the medium, interest and experience of the artist.

  o    These public programs will be scheduled in cooperation with the WMNF and AANNH, and may coincide with activities of the White Mountains Cultural Festival: Eight Days of Weeks taking place throughout the region during August weekends.

  o    Limited travel and mileage and reimbursement will be offered, and the cost of some materials and supplies for public programs may also be covered.

  o    No additional stipend is available. The artist will be expected to sign a volunteer agreement with the National Forest.

  o    The artist will be asked to donate one piece of work to the WMNF.

  o    Because of National Forest regulations, the artist will not be allowed to collect or alter forest resources on WMNF property.

  o    Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

Applications for the program must be received by June 6. Notification will be made by June 15.

Go to http://aannh.org/weeks/wmnf-artist-in-residency.php

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Tomaquag Museum hosts Beading Classes

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Beginners welcome!


Come and learn about the Native American Art of Beading with instructor Lorén Spears (Narragansett/Niantic)


This session of classes, will briefly overview the history of beading and how Native People use them for ornamentation and decoration with a focus on the Woodland Tribes.

Over the five weeks participants will be introduced to a variety of styles of beaded earrings. This session will be focused on beading various styles of earrings such as the Blossom week 1, Comanche Weave Double V week 2; Comanche Weave Bear design week 3 & 4, and Peyote Stitch week 5.

Class Cost: $25 each

5 Class Session Cost: $125  

Materials included

Register by June 15th Early Bird discount $100 for 5 classes ($25 savings!)

Workshop will be held at Tomaquag Museum 390  Summit Road, Exeter, RI

On Mondays from July 11th to August 8th

Classes will be held from 9am -11:30pm.


Come make a treasured gift for someone you love.

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AS220 Seeks VISTA Foo Fest Volunteer Coordinator

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

AS220 is searching for a Foo Fest Volunteer Coordinator extraordinaire! We’d like to extend this service opportunity to our beloved supporters. This is a great chance to make some summer cash while catching some of the Foo Fest action. Not to mention that you’ll be working from our office alongside the awesome Foo Fest team!
This is a Summer Americorps*VISTA position. See job description below. 
If you’re interested or know someone who would love to be part of our Foo Fest team, contact me ASAP! We need to fill this position as soon as possible, so don’t lose your chance!
More Foo Fest action will be announced soon!

Sheyla Rivera
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Stone Carving Class: Leaf in Relief

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

A day of stone carving with Tracy Mahaffey.

Saturday, June 25th, 2011 10am-4pm

This is a one day class for anyone who ever wanted to try their hand at stone carving.  We will focus on the carving of a leaf in slate.

 Just bring yourself and a lunch and the rest will be provided.*

 The cost for this class is $85.*

 Call Tracy at (401) 397-7714 to make reservations.  Only 6 students to a class, so call soon if you’re interested!  More classes to follow in her Foster, R.I. studio. 

 Call or check www.tracymahaffey.com for information.

*That includes:  All stone (practice piece and final project,) use of mallet and chisels for the day, and a plethora of leaves to choose from.  Plus encouragement, inspiration, and hot tea!

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Summer Camp Fine Art Classes at The Courthouse Center for the Arts

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Animal Art, Textile Arts, Painting, Cartooning,  Bead Mania, Creative Writing, Film or Photography

1/2 Day from 9am to 12pm or 1pm to 4pm

Members: $100

Non-Members: $125

Guitar Master Classes

1/2 Day from 1pm to 4pm

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

Members: $200 Non-Members: $250

Becoming a member of the Courthouse Center for the Arts is easy!  

$55 for your entire family for a full calendar year.  

See our website for a listing of dates and times and specifics for and member benefits




The Courthouse Center for the Arts, 3481 Kingstown Road, West Kingston, Rhode Island  www.courthousearts.org (401) 782-1018

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VISTA Leader for AS220

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

AS220 / Americorps*VISTA

Location: Providence, RI

Salary: See post description

Start Date: May 26

Full Time/Temporary

VISTA Leaders play a supporting role in recruiting, mentoring, and coordinating AmeriCorps*VISTA members. Leaders help Sponsoring Organizations to recruit, screen, place, and train AmeriCorps*VISTA members. They assist them in coordinating members and developing monitoring, reporting, and project management systems. Leaders help promote information sharing; create an AmeriCorps*VISTA support network; develop and implement on-site orientation and training plans and in-service training workshops; conduct site visits; and create model programs.  Responsibilities of AS220 VISTA Leader: RecruitmentAssist in the recruitment and training process of VISTA Associates and VISTA Members for AS220Develop and implement on-site orientation and training plans and in-service training workshopsMonitoringConduct site visits as requiredCoordinating VISTAs for events or meetingsServe as a mentor and guide for other VISTAs in AS220Assist the Project Supervisor in gathering application materials from Project Supervisors of the sites under AS220′s umbrella of supervision.ReportingVerify VISTA attendance twice a month with Project Supervisors for the Sponsor Verification Certification.Develop monitoring, reporting, and project management systemsAssisting in gathering materials and crafting narratives for VISTA reports.  General administrative duties as required

Eligibility:VISTAs who have completed at least one year of service with strong recommendations from their last VISTA Project Supervisor, a record of outstanding performance, and demonstrated leadership ability are eligible to serve as Leaders. A VISTA is not entitled to a Leader position. A VISTA must apply to an open Leader’s position and go through the application and enrollment process. Designation of a Leader requires permission of the State Program Director. Permission is dependent on compliance with policy as stated herein, funding available, and the nature of the agreement with the sponsor. The state office selects which projects may have a Leader, determines the number of Leaders that may serve at designated projects, and approves the Leaders to serve at designated projects. In the case of Regional Leaders, the state office works with all projects involved to determine where the Leaders will be located and who shall supervise. The Leader position is a full-time position and subject to the same terms and conditions of service that apply to VISTAs (outside employment, school, Hatch Act, etc.). Leaders shall not perform the work of a VISTA in addition to their functions as Leaders. Additional qualifications specific to AS220:Method of transportation for visiting sites. It can be car or bicycle since most of our sites are located in Downtown, Providence.Multi-tasker and detail-oriented VISTA Leader Benefits Living AllowanceLeaders receive a $200 per month increase in their living allowance. If the $200 per month increase raises the living allowance above the federal or state minimum wage (whichever is higher), the Leader may chose one of the following options:Retain the lower living allowance to keep public assistance payments (see 42 USC. Sec 5044 of the Domestic Volunteer Service Act)Accept the allowance increase, with an understanding that it may jeopardize eligibility for, or the level of, governmental assistance, including public assistance payments  End-of-Service Benefits Beginning on October 1, 2009, Leaders who have not previously enrolled for two Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards may opt for the $5,550 education award. Leaders who have already received two Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards (full or partial) accrue $250 per month for an end-of-service stipend (up to $3,000), which they receive upon completion of service. Leaders generally do not receive a stipend if they do not complete 12 months of service. However, if a Leader’s service ends for compelling reasons, the Leader will receive a prorated stipend. 

How to Apply-For More Information Visit: The AmeriCorps*VISTA website: www.americorps.gov or The Corporation for National & Community Service website: www.nationalservice.org.  Apply:To apply, please visit www.americorps.org. In the “Join AmeriCorps” box on the right side of the page, select “Insert Service Area” as your interest and “Rhode Island”. When the results from the search appear, scroll down to the positions that begin with AS220. To supplement the online application, we encourage you to also send resumes and cover letters with attention to AS220 Assistant Managing Director, Sheyla Rivera, by fax to 401-454-7445 or via email to: shey[a]as220.org For more information call the AS220 Main Office at (401)831-9327.

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NEA to invest more than $88 million

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Chairman Rocco Landesman Announces the latest
National Endowment for the Arts Grants
NEA to invest more than $88 million to support arts projects nationwide

Washington, D.C. — National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman today announced the latest round of NEA funding for Fiscal Year 2011 totaling more than $88 million awarded through 1,145 grants to not-for-profit national, regional, state, and local organizations nationwide.

Chairman Landesman said, “NEA research shows that three out of four Americans participate in the arts. The diverse, innovative, and exceptional projects funded in this round will ensure that Americans around the country continue to have the opportunity to experience and participate in the arts.”

This round of funding is provided through four grant programs: Access to Artistic Excellence, Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth, Arts on Radio and Television, and Partnership Agreements (State and Regional).

Access to Artistic Excellence grants foster and preserve excellence in the arts and provide access to the arts for all Americans. Grants in this round focus on two primary themes: access to the arts and preservation activities. A broad range of activities are funded in the disciplines of dance, design, folk and traditional arts, literature, media arts, museums, music, musical theater, opera, presenting, theater, and visual arts. Projects include outreach, touring, artists’ workshops and residencies, technology, preservation, recordings, and conferences and symposia. In addition, this round of funding includes grants to local arts agencies. Through the Access to Artistic Excellence category, 789 grants out of 1,415 eligible applications are recommended for funding for a total of $24.9 million.

Examples of projects supported by Access to Artistic Excellence grants include:

· Southwest Chamber Music Society (Pasadena, CA) is recommended for a $35,000 grant to support Ten Freedom Summers, a recording and national performance tour of a new work by composer and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith inspired by the Civil Rights Movement from 1954 to 1964.

· Missouri Historical Society (aka Missouri History Museum) (St. Louis, MO) is recommended for a $20,000 grant to support the preservation of costumes from the Katherine Dunham Dance Company’s collection, primarily those created by scenic and costume designer John Pratt. Once conserved, these pieces will be photographed, catalogued in museum records, digitized on the museum’s online database, and made available for exhibition.

· Public Art Fund, Inc. (New York, NY) is recommended for a $40,000 grant to support In the Public Realm. The program provides emerging visual artists (selected through an open call) with opportunities to create temporary art projects for non-traditional public exhibition spaces in New York City.

· National Constitution Center (Philadelphia, PA) is recommended for a $25,000 grant to support the Fighting for Democracy Theater Exhibition Project. The hybrid theater exhibition will integrate an interactive theater production incorporating live performance, multimedia installation, and online educational tools for audience members with the Fighting for Democracy exhibit in the National Constitution Center’s exhibition gallery.

· University of Arkansas Main Campus (Fayetteville, AR) is recommended for a $30,000 grant to support a revitalization plan for the Pettaway neighborhood. To be created in partnership with the Downtown Little Rock Community Development Company, the revitalization plan will use affordable housing and transportation principles to link existing and new neighborhoods to create liveable places within the turn-of-the-century Pettaway neighborhood.

Please see the complete listing of projects receiving Access to Artistic Excellence grant support in this round of fiscal year 2011 funding.

Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth grants strengthen American educational opportunities by providing children with focused arts instruction, exposing them to legendary artists, and introducing children to artworks of the highest quality. The recommended projects require educators to give students in-depth, challenging learning experiences. Through the Learning in the Arts category, 229 grants out of 706 eligible applications are recommended for funding for a total of $7.4 million.

Examples of projects supported by Learning in the Arts grants include:

· Regional Arts & Culture Council (Portland, OR) is recommended for a $25,000 grant to support Right Brain Initiative, a professional development seminar that brings together school administrators, teachers, and teaching artists to integrate the arts into Portland-area schools’ curricula. The project will provide hands-on training for teachers and artists to integrate and assess arts learning across the curriculum, leading to classroom collaborations in theater, music, dance, and visual arts.

· New School University (New York, NY) is recommended for a $50,000 grant to support PetLab, a professional development project based on the principles of game design. In partnership with the Institute of Play, participants will engage in and instruct others in design-based processes, including problem-solving, sketching, prototyping, testing, and modifying.

· InsideOut Literary Arts Project (Detroit, MI) is recommended for an $80,000 grant to support the Voices High School Literary Expansion program, in which teams of writers-in-residence will visit Detroit public high schools to present a literature program to enhance the schools’ curriculum throughout the school year. Services will include year-long creative writing residencies in selected classes; creative writing teaching units developed with classroom teachers; guest poets; one-on-one mentoring in a writing center;; publication in literary journals; and public performances.

· SAY Sí (aka San Antonio Youth YES!) (San Antonio, TX) is recommended for a $20,000 grant to support Project Say Sí, a multidisciplinary “open studio” visual arts program. High school students will conceptualize, produce, refine, and eventually exhibit and sell their own artwork in a manner that parallels the working process of professional artists.

Please see the complete listing of projects receiving Learning in the Arts grant support in this round of fiscal year 2011 funding.

Arts on Radio and Television grants support the development, production, and national distribution of radio and television programs on the arts. The recommended projects will support the creation and presentation of more than 3,100 hours of arts programming, including television and radio programming, as well as projects that stream on the Internet, and mobile phone and tablet applications. Through the Arts on Radio and Television category, 64 grants out of 145 eligible applications are recommended for funding for a total of $4 million.

Examples of projects supported by Arts on Radio and Television grants include:

· Association of Independents in Radio, Inc. (Boston, MA) is recommended for a $50,000 grant to support the second phase of Makers Quest 2.0 (MQ2), a national collaboration among independent producers, public radio and television stations, and communities. There will be 10 separate media production teams “assigned” to invent new approaches to storytelling and distribution that blends traditional broadcast with digital platforms and tools.

· Public Radio International (Minneapolis, MN) is recommended for a $30,000 grant to support the production of The Global Hit segments on the weekday news and information radio program The World. The daily feature showcases world music for American audiences, offering listeners a unique perspective on other cultures through the medium of music.

· Independent Television Service, Inc. (aka ITVS) (San Francisco, CA) is recommended for a $170,000 grant to support the selection, acquisition, and packaging of films for the public television series Independent Lens. This weekly PBS series provides the public with access to innovative, dramatic, animated, and documentary works by independent filmmakers.

Please see the complete listing of projects receiving Arts on Radio and Television grant support in this round of fiscal year 2011 funding.

Partnership grants provide support to 55 state, jurisdictional, and territorial arts agencies, six regional arts organizations, the National Association of State Arts Agencies, and Pacific Resources for Education and Learning. In total, more than $52 million was awarded through this category. Please see the complete listing of Partnership grants.

A state-by-state listing of all the grants announced in this release is also available.

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

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