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Chorus of Westerly Seeks Singers

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

The Chorus of Westerly is in search of new adult singers to join them for their 53rd season, George Kent’s final season as music director, beginning this September. The Chorus is also still accepting new child and teenage singers to be a part of the ensemble. For adult voices, the Chorus is in need of singers from all voice parts (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, and Bass). Children must be age 8 or older to audition.

Auditions for prospective new members will take place on Tuesday, September 6 and Wednesday, September 7, 2011 from 6 pm to 9 pm with George Kent. Auditions consist of simple vocal exercises that allow Mr. Kent to assess the singer’s tone, pitch, music reading ability, and overall musical ability. No preparation is required (prepared pieces are not required or part of the audition) for the session with Mr. Kent. Mr. Kent will review with prospective singers an overview of the Chorus season and singing member expectations at the time of audition.

New members of the Chorus of Westerly must be able to commit to the entire season (and sing all of its events). Details of the Chorus of Westerly’s season and rehearsal schedule are available on the ensemble’s website at http://chorusofwesterly.org.

To schedule an audition or to get more information, please call the Chorus office at 401.596.8663 between 9 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday. Please note the office is closed on Labor Day (September 5, 2011). Auditions will take place at Christ Church in Westerly during the above times, but we ask that all potential applicants schedule an appointment in advance.

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Greater Tiverton Community Chorus announces its Winter season

Monday, August 29th, 2011
The Greater Tiverton Community Chorus announces its Winter season. Rehearsals are every Thursday evening at 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM, starting Thursday, September 8, 2011 at Amicable Congregational Church,3804 Main Road, Tiverton, RI. This is a non-auditioned chorus and anyone who would like to join is very welcome! The first three rehearsals ( September 8,15,& 22) are all open sing so that prospective new singers can see how the chorus operates.
This year’s Winter concerts will be ” Both Sides of the Pond: English and American Christmas music”.  Concerts will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2011 at St. John the Baptist Church, 945 Main Road, Westport, MA at 7:30 PM; on Friday, December 9, 2011 at St. Michael’s Church, 399 Hope Street, Bristol, RI at 7:30 PM; and on Sunday December 11, 2011 at St. Theresa’s Church, 265 Stafford Road, Tiverton,RI,at 3:00 PM. For more information, contact Beth Armstrong, music director, at (401) 253-7987 or bestar3@cox.net, or check the Greater Tiverton Community Chorus web site at www.gtcchorus.org.
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BUY ART Providence 2011 Call To Artists

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Providence, RI – Mayor Angel Taveras and the Department of Art, Culture + Tourism are pleased to announce an open call to Providence based artists. Five artists will be chosen by a juried panel to represent the 2011 series of the BUY ART Providence buttons. These collectable art advocacy buttons will be unveiled and available to the public in late November at all participating venues in our city that sell original art. They will also be viewable online at buyartprovidence.com.

All submissions must be in JPEG format (300dpi) and contain no text
Artist must live or have a studio in Providence
Artist must provide contact information (name, address, email, phone #) with submission
Only 1 submission per artist
Please think about how your image will look cropped and in the 1 1/2″ “I BUY ART” pin format when deciding which visual to submit
No need to crop in advance – just submit the artwork JPEG in its original form
Please email all submissions to mchristofaro@providenceri.com
Deadline to submit is September 14, 2011
BUY ART Providence is an initiative to highlight the sale of locally produced original art and art experiences in Providence, RI. The program works to collectively promote galleries, individual artists, art retailers, museums and performing arts venues throughout the city by providing limited edition I BUY ART buttons as a creative thank you to each person purchasing art from a BUY ART Providence participant. The program’s web site serves as an online “one-stop shop,” listing the city’s art sellers in one place so consumers can more easily browse and get connected to the original art being made and sold in Providence.

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RISCA Professional Development Workshops

Monday, August 29th, 2011

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

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

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

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

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Curiouser: Call To Artists

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

New Encounters with the Victorian Natural History Collection


Drawing from over 250,000 rarely-seen items held in the Museum’s vaults, CURIOUSER brings the humanities and sciences together with the arts, offering a unique lens on the Victorian era’s obsession with natural studies and specimen collecting. CURIOUSER will invite viewers to look forward as well as back, exploring the “history of natural history” while drawing connections with our own complex relationships with nature today.

The CURIOUSER exhibit was created by Erik Carlson and Erica Carpenter and the Museum in 2010 with the goal of giving the public a glimpse into the Museum’s vast vaulted collections, freeing them from the strict imperatives of science and analysis, releasing them “down the rabbit-hole” of artistic production. This will be the second version of the exhibit.

The goal of this exhibit is to creatively and compellingly utilize items from the Museum’s collections — items that are rarely seen by the public. Also, due to the nature of these collections there will be specific restrictions on their use that artists must abide by — artists will be encouraged to find creative approaches to these limitations. Also, all installations must be created on-site at the Museum; artists will be given a work area to use for the creation of their installations.

VISIT the project website for more info:



We will select between 4 and 6 artists to participate in the exhibit. Selected artists will receive a stipend (approx. $400 – 600) plus a materials budget (approx. $200). The exhibit will open in early November 2011 and be on display for approximately 10 months.



We are currently looking for artists interest in being considered for the second CURIOUSER exhibit. If you would like to be considered, please submit an email / letter of interest by midnight on Tuesday September 6th, following the directions for STAGE 1 below. This opportunity is open to artists from the six New England states — please read all guidelines and be aware that works must be created on-site at the Museum in Providence (VISIT THE WEBSITE for more guidelines and information).

Artists will be selected in a two-stage process:

STAGE 1: Expression of Interest >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

EMAIL Expressions of Interest to: curiouser@areacmusic.com
DUE DATE Tuesday September 6th 2011 by midnight

If you are interested in being considered for this exhibit, please submit a SHORT note of interest by midnight on September 6th (via email to curiouser@areacmusic.com), introducing yourself and briefly letting us know why you are interested in the Curiouser exhibit.

You must also include the following in your email:

1. LINK to artist’s website or examples of your work
2. LINK to your resume, CV, bio, or other credentials
(you may also send this as an attachment — PDF is preferable, or Word document)

LINKS are preferred; if you must send images, embed them in a PDF or make sure the file size is very small.

If you need to mail a hard copy, it should arrive by September 6th at the following address:

Curiouser Exhibit RFQ
Museum of Natural History
Roger Williams Park
1000 Elmwood Avenue
Providence, RI 02907

DO NOT send originals or expensive copies — submissions will not be returned.

Please note that all installations must be created on-site at the Museum; selected artists will be given a work area at the museum for the creation of their work. Please keep these things and the important dates below in mind when deciding to submit!

STAGE 2: Semi-Finalist Proposals >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

From the pool of interested artists, we will select approximately 15 semi-finalists to submit short, specific proposals for the 2011 Curiouser exhibit. These finalists will have an opportunity to visit the museum’s archives, meet the curators and museum staff, and learn more about the collections. Finalists will be asked to submit a specific proposal, consisting of a one-page description and one visual component describing their plan for an installation utilizing the Museum’s collections.

SELECTED ARTISTS: >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

We will select between 4 and 6 artists to participate in the exhibit. Selected artists will receive a stipend (approx. $400 – 600) plus a materials budget (approx. $200). Artists will be able to schedule one-on-one time with Museum staff and will be given a work area within the Museum for the creation of their installation, available during regular Museum hours (7 days a week). The exhibit will open in early November 2011 and be on display for approximately 10 months.


IMPORTANT DATES: (dates are subject to change)

Sept. 6th @ midnight: Expressions of Interest are due
Sept. 7th – 20th: Semi-Finalist visits to the Museum will be scheduled
Sept. 25th: Semi-Finalist’s proposals are due
Sept. 28th: Artist Selection and Notification
Oct. 1 – Nov. 6: Work period for creation of installations
Nov. 7 – 9: Final installation in gallery
Nov. 10: Exhibit Opening + Reception



CURIOUSER Call-to-Artists Website:


Museum of Natural History Website:


Last year’s Curiouser exhibit:


2010 Review in the Boston Globe:


2010 Artscope Magazine Review:



Curiouser is made possible in part through funding from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts

The Museum of Natural History + Planetarium are owned and operated by the City of Providence’s Parks and Recreation Department. Angel Taveras, Mayor.

Erik Carlson + Erica Carpenter are independent curators and artists based in Providence, RI. They created the Curiouser exhibit in 2010 as an ongoing collaboration with the Museum of Natural History.


For more info, contact: curiouser@areacmusic.com

Museum of Natural History and Planetarium
Roger Williams Park
1000 Elmwood Avenue
Providence, RI 02907
401.785.9457 Ext. 221
401.461.5146 fax

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

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

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

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


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


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

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



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



We hope to “see you” on –line.




Richard Streitfeld, CPA, CFE

Aaronson, Lavoie Streitfeld Diaz and Co, PC

1604 Broad Street, Cranston, RI 02905

401.223.0205 x118   fax 401.223.0209



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2011 Call To Artists: BUY ART Providence

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Mayor Angel Taveras and the Department of Art, Culture + Tourism are pleased to announce an open call to Providence based artists.  Five artists will be chosen by a juried panel to represent the 2011 series of the BUY ART Providence buttons which will be unveiled and available to the public in November at all BUY ART venues and viewable online at buyartprovidence.com.

  • All submissions must be in JPEG format (300dpi) and contain no text
  • Artist must live or have a studio in Providence
  • Artist must provide contact information (name, address, email, phone #) with submission
  • Only 1 submission per artist
  • Please think about how your image will look cropped and in the 1 1/2″ “I BUY ART” pin format when deciding which visual to submit
  • No need to crop in advance – just submit the artwork JPEG in its original form
  • Email jpeg(300dpi) & contact info to Michael Christofaro
  • Deadline to submit is September 14, 2011

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Fall 2011 Workshops at the Irish Ceilidhe Club of Rhode Island

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Traditional Irish Fiddle Workshop Series – Beginner and Intermediate
Tuesdays 6-7 PM September 13- November 15
$150 for 10 week session/minimum 4 students

Jimmy and Hannah Devine will share their knowledge and skills in a series of group Fiddle Workshops for aspiring fiddlers. Beginners will learn posture, basic bowing techniques, proper rhythm and intonation through the mastery of scales and simpler Irish tunes. Intermediate students tackle more complicated tunes while striving to improve tempo and technique. All students are encouraged to learn to play “by ear” (recording devices are required), although musical notation is available. The goal for both groups is to learn to “play together”, in the Irish tradition, and to have a pleasurable, musical experience. **Please note: Beginner and Intermediate students will be determined at the first class and will occasionally be brought together during the 10 weeks to play “session” style.**

About Jimmy and Hannah Devine: The father/daughter fiddle team of Jimmy and Hannah Devine comprise two thirds of the traditional Irish dance band “Devine’s Diner.” With keyboardist Teddi Scobi providing the back beat, “Devine’s Diner” cooks up a tasty mix of Irish tunes for set and céilí dancing at various venues around Rhode Island and the New England area. The son of Irish immigrants, Jimmy Devine came of age during New York’s Irish music renaissance, when fiddle legends Andy McGann, Paddy Reynolds and Johnny Cronin were holding court at the famous Bunratty Pub in the Bronx; their musical influences can clearly be heard in his playing today. Active participation at New York’s Irish Arts Center and numerous trips to Ireland over the years have solidified Jimmy’s love of the tradition. In recent years, he and his daughter Hannah have had the good fortune to receive instruction on occasion from various fiddle legends including Brian Conway, Kevin Burke and Matt Cranitch. The group fiddle workshop series they offer replicates the tradition in which Jimmy learned to play. The supportive, informal group environment encourages new musicians to play together, session style, while honing their individual skills.

Traditional Irish Whistle Workshop Series – Beginner and Advanced Beginner/Intermediate
Wednesdays 6-7PM (Beginner) and 7-8PM (Intermediate) September 14 – November 16
$150 for 10 week session/ minimum 4 students

Beginner Tin Whistle Class: This is for people who have little to no experience playing the whistle. We will be learning the notes and fingering and then a variety of traditional Irish tunes in different rhythm styles (polkas, jigs, reels, waltzes) and with some basics of ornamentation. Tunes will be taught in the oral tradition, meaning that music notation reading is not required. Some written references will be provided, but the focus will be on learning by ear. Please bring a ‘D’ whistle (key of D), and if you have one, a recording device. D whistles can be found in most folk stores, or try http://www.andysfronthall.com/paypal/whistles.html. Best to buy one with a tunable fipple (brand names include feadóg, generation, oak, sweetone).
Intermediate Tin Whistle Class: This is for whistle players who have mastered beginning skills and know how to play a few traditional Irish tunes by ear and with confidence. We will be focusing on repertoire building while incorporating ornamentation, breathing and style. Tunes will be taught by ear with some written references provided. Requirement: ‘D’ whistle (key of D), and a recording device.

About Andrea Cooper: A trained teacher, Andrea Cooper has taught everything from computers to clawhammer banjo. Andrea caught the Irish music bug while she was living in Toronto over a decade ago. Since then, her hobby has taken her to places as far as Eek, Alaska and as close as Mansfield, Mass. Andrea has been teaching whistle at Randal Bays’ Friday Harbor Irish Music Week in the Pacific Northwest for the past 6 years where a student described her classes as “the icing on the Jackie Daley cake”. Upon moving to New England last year, she’s had the opportunity to teach whistle classes at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton.

Traditional Irish Singing Workshop
Mondays 6:30-7:30PM September 12-October 17
$90 for 6 week session/minimum 4 students

About Bridget Fitzgerald: Traditional sean nós (old style) singing “represents the heart and soul of Irish¬ speaking people”, as told by Bridget Fitzgerald. She was born and raised in a small village in the region of Connemara, the Irish ¬speaking area in county Galway, Ireland. It is from this region that her singing style of sean nós, or old style Irish singing, originates. Although this traditional style of singing is generally melodically and rhythmically complex, subtleties vary by region, and it is highly individualistic. Singers generally sing unaccompanied, and lyrics are sung either in Irish Gaelic or in English in the sean nós style. Because Irish was the primary language in Fitzgerald’s home when she was growing up, 50 percent of her repertoire is sung in Irish. Like many others in her village, she immigrated to the United States as a young woman. She has been singing all her life and teaching and performing for more than 30 years.
Adult Céilí Dancing Workshop
4th Friday of Every Month 8:00-9:30PM September 23-May 25th
$56 for 8 lessons/minimum 8 students

Learn progressive and set Céilí Dances. No experience or partner necessary. Regular shoes are required – no sneakers please! Dance insurance from the instructor is available.

About Annie Hennessey: Annie is a well-known Céilí and Set dancing teacher in the Boston and Providence areas. She’s been dancing since 1980 and she qualified for the TMRF (Scrúdú Teastas Rince Céilí) Céilí Dance Teacher Certification in 1985.

Ongoing Set Dancing Workshops
Mondays: 7:15-9:15 Starting September 19th $6 per lesson – pay as you go

Pat and Barry Callahan have been teaching Set Dancing between Boston, Cape Cod, Cranston and more for many years. The ongoing classes are open to all – no experience or partner necessary! Learn set dances that are used at local pub dances, dances at the Ceilidhe Club, and at all the Irish Festivals! Regular shoes if possible – no sneakers please!

About Pat and Barry Callahan: Teaching at just about any venue they can find and giving demos and performances even in the worst of weather, Pat and Barry Callahan are devoted to the art of Set dancing and love to get everyone they know just as addicted to it as they are! They bring a sense of fun with their teaching and their students quickly become friends!

For more information: SorrelD@pha-providence.com

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Fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

We are excited to announce the following fellowship awards available at our upcoming October 3rd deadline. All are welcome to apply; applications must be received by October 3, 2011.

Vermont Studio Center


Vermont Studio Center Fellowships
Sixteen merit-based fellowships open to all visual artists and writers.

Clowes Fund Fellowships
Four fellowships, one each for visual artists living in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Indiana and Washington. Each award includes a $400 travel stipend.

Educational Foundation of America Fellowships
Three merit-based fellowships available to emerging and mid-career artists and writers of color from the United States.

Rona Jaffe Foundation Fellowship
One fellowship for an emerging woman writer who will be a first-time resident at VSC. This award includes a stipend of $1250 to help cover expenses associated with taking the residency, including but not limited to travel, rent, childcare or to replace lost income.

Artist’s Resource Trust Fellowship
A special fellowship opportunity for New England visual artists over 35. Please apply to VSC at this deadline for consideration by A.R.T.

Sustainable Arts Foundation Fellowship
One fellowship for an artist or writer who is raising young children; this award includes a $2,000 stipend to cover lost income, travel, child care, or other costs related to taking time away from the family. In addition to the VSC application form, applicants should submit a copy of a tax return (or other documentation) showing dependents under the age of 18.

John Pavlis Fellowships
Three awards for African-American visual artists and writers, with preference given to current students and recent graduates of Fisk University, Spelman or Morehouse Colleges.

Civil Society Institute Fellowship
One fellowship for a minority artist with demonstrable financial need from New Haven, Jersey City, or Baltimore. The $25 application fee is waived for eligible CSI applicants. Award includes a $500 travel stipend.

Ohio Arts Council Fellowships
Two fellowships, one each for a visual artist and writer, who are recent recipients of OAC Individual Excellence Awards.

Bloomsburg University Fellowship
One fellowship for a Bloomsburg University art or writing faculty member.

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Greetings from CERF+,

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

This message is going out to CERF+’s contacts in coastal counties along the eastern seaboard and to statewide arts organizations. As you are most likely aware, Hurricane Irene is currently strengthening as it heads to the US East Coast.

We would like to remind you that CERF+’s Studio Protector online guide is the source for emergency preparedness and recovery information for artists. Visit the site now for suggested measures to take in advance of and in the aftermath of a hurricane. 

CERF+ would also like to make sure that any professional craft artist who may be seriously affected by the hurricane is aware of the disaster relief assistance available from CERF+.

If, as a craft artist, you suffer a loss, please contact us when able. If, as an arts organization representative, you know of craft artists in an affected area, or plan to correspond with your artist constituents in the near future, please pass this information on. If there are organizations that directly work with artists in your community that you think we should know about, please send us their contact information.

CERF+’s programs include: 

Grants up to $2,500; 

  • No-interest loans up to $8,000; 
  • Booth fee waivers at craft shows; 
  • Discounts on materials and equipment from suppliers and manufacturers; 
  • Assistance with business development through referrals to consultants and other low or no-cost resources

 For eligibility requirements and more detailed information, please click here or contact us at:


PO Box 838

Montpelier, VT 05601

ph: (802) 229-2306

fx: (802) 223-6484




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Invitation for Artists to Submit Art for an Exhibit To Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

To Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at

The Art Connection-RI Gallery @ Roots Café

September 12 to October 31, 2011




The Art Connection Gallery at Roots Cafe is organizing an exhibit for Hispanic Heritage Month & Latino CommUNITY Celebration.

Exhibit dates: September 12 – October 30.

Media: 2 Dimensional artwork ready to hang

Application deadline: September 2

Email notification: September 6

Delivery of work to gallery: by September 9

Gallery address: 276 Westminster St, Providence

Reception: Thursday, Sept 15 (Gallery Night)


Please email to artconnection.providence@gmail.com:

  • Your name, address and complete contact information
  • Resume
  • 3 jpegs of the work you would like to exhibit


For further information call: 401-595-6148 or 617-304-1521

Kim Polson and Wendy Ingram

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Check out this nice video commemorating Pawtucket’s 125th birthday

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Happy Birthday, Pawtucket!

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Providence Provision – Proposal Deadline Sept 9

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

The due date for proposals for the next Provision (which will be September 18, 2011) is September 9. The first 4 proposals received will be reviewed at the September Provision; additional proposals received will be reviewed at the following event.

Go to  http://providenceprovision.wordpress.com/propose/

To propose a project, read and complete the below proposal guidelines. Thoughtful, clear, and concise responses are encouraged. Proposals are due one week before dinner. Proposals are presented and reviewed in the order they are received by Provison organizers. We encourage projects that consider and reflect community needs in innovative ways.

Before crafting your proposal, please consider the following:

· How will this grant impact your project?
· Who does this project benefit – which individuals, what communities?
· Why is your project a good match for Provison’s community-supported funding?
· If you win, how will you present your progress at a future Provision?

Important Note: Please write your proposal using the following format. Deviation from this format, including word counts, will delay or disqualify your proposal.

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Call For Presenters: Arts In Education NH

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

“Get On Board! Learning and Teaching about Culture, Heritage and History
with and through the Arts” is the theme of the NH State Council on the
Arts’ 2011 Arts in Education conference, presented in partnership with the
Arts Alliance of Northern NH.

If you are interested in presenting a workshop, download the RFP at
Note: The deadline has been extended to August 22. Collaborations between
artists and educators are encouraged.

For additional information, contact Catherine O’Brian, Arts in Education
Coordinator New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, 603-271-0795, or
Frumie Selchen, Executive Director Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire,
603- 323-7302.

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Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

THE MANTON AVENUE PROJECT seeks a creative and highly-organized individual as its new part-time Managing Director. The Managing Director will assist the Artistic Director by overseeing and executing the organization’s financial and managerial tasks, and providing fundraising and marketing support. A love for theater, the arts and children is imperative. The ideal Managing Director will be an excellent multi-tasker, demonstrate respect for the participating children, their families and the artists who volunteer with the organization and have the ability to balance kindness and compassion with discipline and a no-nonsense attitude. S/he must balance self-sufficiency with strong team-member skills, feel comfortable being a public face of the organization, tirelessly promote the vision and goals of THE MANTON AVENUE PROJECT and be committed to its mission and vision. Command of Microsoft Office applications in preferred. Proficiency in QuickBooks preferred. Proficiency in Spanish ideal. 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 has been working with children from the economically-challenged Providence neighborhood of Olneyville. Having recently hired a new Artistic Director, THE MANTON AVENUE PROJECT wishes to strengthen its infrastructure further through an expansion of its staff.

· Oversee financial aspects of THE MANTON AVENUE PROJECT
· Perform managerial duties
· Support Artistic Director as an additional MAP leader and contact person for volunteers during rehearsal and
· performance periods
· In conjunction with AD, address and manage various fundraising and marketing needs and initiatives

· Manage the financial records of the MAP (QuickBooks)
· Write all checks and make all payments
· Process payroll
· Make all bank deposits
· File all tax documents
· Acquire all annual insurance policies
· File annual Rhode Island Non Profit report

· Obtain space for all classes, playwriting and performance weekends, prop-making day
· Arrange for transportation for playwrights for playwriting weekend and summer retreats
· Order and set-up lunches for playwriting weekend
· Order office supplies
· Order all candy, mugs, other items for sale at performances
· Oversee organization of storage units

· Assist AD in recruiting stage managers, stage crew, front-of-house personnel and volunteers for propmaking for all
· performances and annual Gala event

· Assist AD in researching and writing grant proposals
· Assist AD and Board of Directors in coordinating special events
· Assist AD to develop fundraising packages and individual giving forms and campaigns

· Provide support at playwriting weekends (as needed)
· Provide as-needed substitute teaching support to AD
· Provide as-needed support for annual Gala event
· Perform miscellaneous duties necessary to keep the organization running

HOURS: Flexible; 10-15 hrs/week


Send resume, the contact info for three professional references, and a detailed cover letter explaining your experience in the above areas and your interest in MAP to search@mantonavenueproject.org .

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until position is filled.

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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Funding opportunity for contemporary artists and ensembles

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Funding opportunity: MAP Fund, “MAP supports artists, ensembles, producers and presenters whose work in the disciplines of contemporary performance embodies this spirit of exploration and deep inquiry. MAP is particularly interested in supporting work that examines notions of cultural difference or “the other,” …or other aspects of diversity.” Deadline to submit a letter of interest is Sept 1. http://bit.ly/b9cyAZ

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Free Lesson Day at the RI Philharmonic Music School

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Wednesday, August 31
2:00 – 7:00pm
at the Philharmonic Music School
The Carter Center 667 Waterman Ave, East Providence
FREE 30 minute private lesson
with a member of our Faculty!
To register email cartercenter@riphil.org
Include student’s name, age, instrument or voice; beginner, intermediate
or advanced; list 4 times between 2 & 6:30 that are convenient for you.
Deadline to register: Friday, August 26, 5pm
We’ll confirm lesson time by email by Tuesday, August 30.

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Opportunity for Stage Directors and Choreographers

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation 2011-2012 Observership Program is taking applications. Deadline is Sept 15, 2011. SDCF offers early-career Directors and Choreographers paid opportunities to observe the work of masters as they create new productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway and at leading regional theatres across the country. Application and guidelines: http://sdcfoundation.wordpress.com/observerships (Sent via Seesmic http://www.seesmic.com)

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Call for Images Mother Clara Hale Bus Depot, MTA New York City Transit

Thursday, August 18th, 2011


MTA ARTS FOR TRANSIT seeks artists’ images of previous work. Artists’ packages will be reviewed and finalists will be selected to create original two-dimensional proposals for the Mother Clara Hale Bus Depot in Harlem.The new bus depot will replace the existing depot with an environmentally sustainable facility. A percentage of the construction budget for the station is allocated for the design, fabrication and installation of permanent artwork.

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2011 MacColl Fellowships for Composers

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

2011 MacColl Johnson Fellowships for Composers

Applications accepted through September 1, 2011

The Rhode Island Foundation is pleased to announce applications for The Robert and Margaret MacColl Johnson Fellowships are being accepted, July 1 – September 1, 2011.  The 2011 fellowships will be in music composition.

The Robert and Margaret MacColl Johnson Fellowship Fund, established at the Foundation in 2003, provides up to three $25,000 artist fellowships each year, rotating among composers, writers, and visual artists on a three-year cycle. In all three disciplines, the fellowships are awarded to emerging and midcareer Rhode Island artists whose work demonstrates exceptional creativity, rigorous dedication, and significant artistic merit.  Applications will be accepted online through September 1, 2011. 

To read the complete guidelines and learn more click here to access The Rhode Island Foundation website.

In an effort to reach Rhode Island composers across the entire State, The Rhode Island Foundation asks that you share this information within your community and forward it directly to individuals who may be able to benefit from the fellowship. 

If you have any questions please contact the Alliance of Artists Communities, who is managing the Fellowship selection, at info@artistcommunities.org or 401-351-4320.

We appreciate your assistance in helping us reach Rhode Island’s composers and we look forward to announcing the 2011 MacColl Johnson Fellows.


Eligibility & Guidelines [here]

Application Deadline
Sept 1, 2011

Awards Announced
January 2012

Previous Awardees in Music [here]

Contact Information
Applications and selection for The Robert and MacColl Johnson Fellowships are managed by the Alliance of Artists Communities. Please contact the Alliance for questions regarding eligibility, guidelines, and application, at (401) 351-4320 or info@artistcommunities.org

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