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Asian Youth Talent Show Auditions

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Do you know any talented RI Asian youth? Asian Youth Talent Show event is January 21, 2012 and live auditions are being held this Wednesday December 28, 2011 at 270 Elmwood Ave, Providence, RI 02907. Any questions, email Silaphone Nhongvongsouthy at silaphone@yahoo.com.

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Many employed, many served by Arts Council grants

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Close to 1,500 artists will be employed and over 117,000 individuals will benefit from the latest round of grants awarded by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, according to information released by the state arts agency today. The Arts Council announced its second round of grant awards for the 2010-2011 season, supporting projects by individual artists, arts organizations, schools and educational organizations in communities throughout the state.

In announcing the awards, State Arts Council director Randall Rosenbaum said that it was important to remember, particularly in challenging times, that the arts employ people and help communities. “The arts are an important part of the Rhode Island economy”, he said. “Each grant we award helps to employ an artist, even for a short period of time, and those artists – our neighbors – help support local businesses by paying rent, buying groceries, and by providing cultural programs in our communities. Our applicants tell us that over 117,000 people will benefit from the projects we just supported, and those people in turn will contribute in their own way to our state’s economic recovery.”

The Arts Council announced it had awarded a total of $209,712 in state and federal funds to 76 applicants in this latest round of grants. It received 238 applications from artists, organizations and schools throughout the state, with requests totaling $1,209,245. Grants ranged in size from $6,950 to Community MusicWorks of Providence for their educational programming with economically-disadvantaged young people in West Providence, to $462 to Lorena C. Pugh of North Kingstown for arts business related activities through the Arts Council’s Professional Artist Development program.

Here is a list of grants awarded, organized by city or town:

Rhode Island Wind Ensemble, Project Grant – Organization, $3200

Dan Butterworth, Project Grant – Individual Artist, $3000
Jennifer L Greene, Professional Artist Development Grants, $750

Central Falls
Central Falls School District (Central Falls HS), Project Grant – Education, $3000
The Learning Community Charter School Inc., Project Grant – Education, $1500

SmART Schools, Project Grant – Education, $6000

Paul Phillips, Project Grant – Individual Artist, $3000

East Greenwich
Music on the Hill,Inc., Project Grant – Organization, $2300

Jane Murray, Project Grant – Individual Artist, $2000

Cumberland-Lincoln Community Chorus, Inc., Project Grant – Organization, $800
State Ballet of RI, Project Grant – Organization, $4000

Musica Dolce, Project Grant – Organization, $2200

Ocean Tides School, Project Grant – Education, $1600

Sue McNally, Professional Artist Development Grants, $750
Newport School Department, Project Grant – Education, $1500

North Smithfield
Town of North Smithfield, Project Grant – Organization, $5500

North Kingstown
Daniel U Collins, Project Grant – Individual Artist, $1500
Davisville Middle School, Project Grant – Education, $1000
Fantasy Works Youth Theater dba Rhode Island Youth, Project Grant – Education, $1500
Lorena C Pugh, Professional Artist Development Grants, $462

Joseph O Addy, Project Grant – Individual Artist, $2000
Caritas House, Inc., Project Grant – Organization, $1100
Colleen P Cavanaugh, Fellowship in Choreography, $1000
John C DeBossu, Project Grant – Individual Artist, $3000
Megan and Murray McMillan, Fellowship in New Genres, $1000
Megan and Murray McMillan, Project Grant – Individual Artist, $7000
Pawtucket School Department, Project Grant – Education, $6700
PeaceLove Foundation, Project Grant – Organization, $2000
Rhode Island Film Collaborative, Project Grant – Organization, $2200
Shea Sr. High School, Project Grant – Education, $2000
Consuelo Sherba, Project Grant – Individual Artist, $2500
VSA arts of Rhode Island, Project Grant – Education, $4000
Coral Woodbury, Project Grant – Individual Artist, $1000

Amos House, Project Grant – Organization, $2900
Indigo K Bethea, Project Grant – Individual Artist, $2500
Cara Blaine, Project Grant – Individual Artist, $1000
Ben Blanc, Design Innovation Grant, $6000
Coalition for Community Development, Project Grant – Organization, $5100
Community MusicWorks, Project Grant – Organization, $6950
Carl J Dimitri, Fellowship in Painting, $1000
Educational Center for the Arts & Sciences (Teatro, Project Grant – Organization, $4000
Yizhak Elyashiv, Fellowship in Drawing and Printmaking, $5000
Environmental Council of RI Education Fund, Project Grant – Organization, $1400
Christine M. Evans, Professional Artist Development Grants, $750
FirstWorks, Project Grant – Organization, $5600
Gallery Night Providence, Project Grant – Organization, $4000
HeadsUp Inc, Project Grant – Organization, $4400
Natalie Jablonski, Project Grant – Individual Artist, $1400
Jamie Jewett, Fellowship in Choreography, $5000
Jamie Jewett, Project Grant – Individual Artist, $4400
Steven L Jobe, Fellowship in Music Composition, $1000
Brian M. Knoth, Project Grant – Individual Artist, $1000
Barbara A Kolb, Fellowship in Music Composition, $5000
Agata A Michalowska, Fellowship in Drawing and Printmaking, $1000
Rebecca Noon, Project Grant – Individual Artist, $2500
Providence Athenaeum, Project Grant – Organization, $2300
Providence Children’s Film Festival, Project Grant – Organization, $3800
Providence CityArts for Youth, Inc., Project Grant – Education, $4500
The Providence Foundation, Project Grant – Organization, $1000
Providence Inner City Arts, Inc., Project Grant – Organization, $2400
Raising Hope Inc, Project Grant – Education, $3000
Rhode Island Black Storytellers, Project Grant – Organization, $3350
Daniel P Talbot, Fellowship in Painting, $5000
Vartan Gregorian PTO, Project Grant – Education, $2000

Masters Regional Academy, Project Grant – Education, $1500

South Kingstown
Hera Educational Foundation Inc, Project Grant – Organization, $1800
Viera Levitt, Project Grant – Individual Artist, $500
Myron Rubenstein, Project Grant – Individual Artist, $1700

Tiverton Public Schools, Project Grant – Education, $1500

Mary Healey Jamiel, Project Grant – Individual Artist, $3000

Puerto Rican Institute for Arts, Project Grant – Organization, $1700
J. Arthur Trudeau Memorial Center, Project Grant – Education, $1200
Warwick Public Schools, Project Grant – Education, $4000
Maureen Wong, Fellowship in New Genres, $5000

Connecting for Children & Families, Project Grant – Education, $1500
RiverzEdge Arts Project, Project Grant – Education, $6000

About the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts

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

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New Performing Artist Awards

Monday, December 19th, 2011

New Program Launched in Partnership with the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

Creative Capital is delighted to announce a new ancillary program, the Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards, launched this fall in partnership with the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF). The Performing Artist Awards will support individual artists in contemporary dance, theater and jazz for extended professional and artistic development. The program is designed to empower, invest in and celebrate notable performing artists, allowing for long-term exploration and research needs unmet by traditional project support.

The award programs will select and support 200 artists through unrestricted grants and additional funds will be available for audience development and matching contributions to artists’ retirement accounts. The program will support 100 artists with grants of up to $275,000, plus an additional 100 artists with grants of up to $80,000. Artists will be selected for these awards through a peer-review panel process. No applications will be accepted.

Creative Capital will serve as DDCF’s primary partner in working with artists in the award programs to realize and maximize the use of their grants. All awardees will have the opportunity to take part in professional development activities, financial and legal counseling, and grantee gatherings.

The Performing Artist Awards are part of a larger initiative, the Doris Duke Performing Artists Initiative, a new ten-year, $50 million program. The overall program includes a residency program as well as the two award programs. Since its founding in 1996, DDCF has given more than $218 million to its signature fields in the arts. With the Doris Duke Performing Artists Initiative, DDCF will now provide a critical mass of flexible support to individual artists, as well as to a range of dance companies, theaters and presenters.

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, Literature, Performing Arts 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 326 projects representing 406 artists, and has reached an additional 3,700 artists through its Professional Development Program. For more information, visit www.creative-capital.org.

Creative Capital’s core program receives support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Toby Devan Lewis, the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation, the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, The Nathan Cummings Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Booth Ferris Foundation, the Muriel Pollia Foundation, the William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation, Catharine and Jeffrey Soros, Paige West, and more than 150 other institutional and individual donors, in addition to support from the Kresge Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for the Professional Development Program.

About the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
The mission of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is to improve the quality of people’s lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research and the prevention of child abuse, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke’s properties. Established in 1996, the Foundation supports four national grantmaking programs. It also supports three properties that were owned by Doris Duke—in Hillsborough, New Jersey; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Newport, Rhode Island—all of which are open to the public. The Foundation awarded its first grants in 1997. To date, the Foundation has awarded grants totaling more than $1 billion. For more information, please visit www.ddcf.org.

Creative Capital | 65 Bleecker Street, 7th Fl. | New York | NY | 10012

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Providence City Arts is currently offering two Teaching Artists Positions

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Wearable Art Instructor
Zumba/ Dance Instructor

Providence City Arts for Youth is looking for candidates to fill two
Teaching Artists positions. Each Teaching artist will teach one class twice a week for our Winter Session that runs from January 23rd to April 5th. Interested candidates should be responsible, engaged, skilled,
with a background in visual and/or performing arts and committed to the betterment of our community and the youth who live in it. Experience working with youth is not necessary, but strongly  recommended.
Wearable Art: A visual art class focused on textile design and  sewing
Zumba: A dance/ aerobic class for students ages 8-10
Interested Candidates should send a cover letter and resume to

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Monday, December 19th, 2011


Budget: $85,000
Deadline: January 15, 2011

Artwork for the Block Island Airport will be commissioned through Rhode Island’s Public Art Law, which mandates that 1% of all state capital construction and renovation funds be allocated to the purchase and maintenance of public art. Through this program the State recognizes that “public art creates a more humane environment: one of distinction, enjoyment, and pride for all citizens”.


Block Island State Airport is one of six airports operated by the Rhode Island Airport Corporation. It provides essential access to this beautiful offshore vacation retreat. Visitors from around the country are able to reach the island via New England Airlines. The airport is somewhat quiet in the off-season but can be quite busy during summer and weekends in spring and autumn.


The Rhode Island Airport Corporation, (RIAC), operates T.F. Green Airport and the five other general aviation airports in Rhode Island. A long-time supporter of public art in Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Airport Corporation has worked with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts on a number of public art commissions.

Established in 1967, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) is charged by the state legislature to stimulate public interest and participation in the arts and to serve as the liaison to the state arts community.


There are 2 possible sites for artwork:

1. Artwork could be suspended in the semi-hexagonal center cupola area, which is approximately 30’ high and 19’ across. Steel trusses cross back and forth in the space and there is a central rotating fan. Artists installing kinetic work would need to ensure that their piece was above the level of detection by the security system, as the building closes and is alarmed in the evening. Natural lighting comes in through the cupola windows.

2. Artwork could be installed on the strip that wraps around the bottom of the central cupola. This strip is 24” high. It is 12’ off the floor. This section might be a good place for a ceramic or painted mural, or other artwork.

An aspect of low maintenance will be very important for this commission. Although a maintenance fee is built into the project, it is difficult and expensive to get people out to the island for cleaning or repairs.

In accordance with the guidelines of Rhode Island’s 1% for Public Art Law, a five member public art selection panel has been appointed by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA). It is composed of one representative of the RI Airport Corporation, a representative of the community, two artists selected by RISCA, and the project architect. The panel has met to discuss aesthetic and thematic concerns for the project. Artist applicants are asked to consider the following in planning their proposals:

Artists are encouraged to think about life on Block Island in all seasons. The diner located at the airport serves breakfast and lunch to residents year round. There is no pharmacy on the island, so residents also go there to pick up prescribed medications from the ticket counter.

Panelists used words like ‘nautical’,‘elemental’, ‘meteorological’. Some mentioned that living on the island is like living on a ship. You are out on the ocean. Artwork could address elements of water and/or air. It could address the vulnerability and the toughness of life on the island. It is sometimes difficult to get there and to live there in the elements. Block Islanders are adventurous.


Please note: This Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is the first step in the public art selection process.

RISCA will conduct the Block Island Airport Public Art application process online, with all materials submitted in digital format through CaFÉ (see below). There is no charge to the artist for applying or for submitting digital images. At this preliminary selection stage, we are requesting submissions from artists or art teams consisting of six (6) images representing current work (completed within the past five years), resumes, and very brief descriptions of potential site-specific proposals.
If an artist wants to apply as an individual as well as part of a team, two separate CaFÉ profiles and two separate CaFÉ applications must be completed (i.e., one application submission for you and one application submission for your team).
Applications consisting of six images, answers to designated questions, and resumes will be reviewed by the Block Island Airport Public Art Selection Panel to assess the quality and appropriateness of the artist’s work, interest in their proposal idea, and the artist’s ability to carry out a substantial public art commission.

Applicants are asked only to provide a short description of their proposal for artwork at the site along with a rough outline of expenses totaling no more than $85,000. Three finalists will be selected from the pool of RFQ applicants and those finalists will craft detailed proposals including an itemized budget, scale models and renderings, and an in-depth project description.

No slides or hard copy materials will be accepted for this call. First time CaFÉ applicants must allow enough time to prepare their CaFÉ formatted digital images and electronic submission prior to the deadline. CaFÉ surveys have shown that it takes approximately 1.5 hours to prepare images and submit an online application, dependent on a variety of factors.

Each application must be submitted via the CaFÉ(tm) web site (www.callforentry.org) and must include:

1. A current resume for each artist. If you are applying as a team, include all team member resumes within one document.

2. Six digital images of relevant artwork. In the Description of Image, accompanying image annotation must list media, size, title, date of completion and a brief description of the artwork if necessary. Please do not present more than one view of artwork per image. If you wish to show a detail, include it within the six (6) artwork images.

3. A written statement, not to exceed 3000 characters, that addresses the artist’s/team’s preliminary concept or potential approach for creating site-specific public art for Block Island Airport as well as the total budget amount.


January 15, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. (MST) – Deadline for submissions
Early February – panel chooses 3 finalists; artists notified
Late February – finalist site visits
Late March – finalist presentations to selection panel; final selection; artists notified
April, 2012 – final approval by RISCA Council

According to law, final recommendations of the selection panel will be presented to the governing council of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts who will have final approval of the public art selection.


$85,000 is available for the acquisition of artwork. This amount must cover all costs of the artwork including artist fees, engineering fees, fabrication, installation, and transportation of the art, as well as all site work required before and after installation. If a proposal includes multiple components that spread beyond the building or incorporate landscape or media elements, those expenses must be included within the allotted budget.


The Request for Qualifications is the first stage of the selection process. Visual artists are invited to submit samples of their work and their CV/resumes for consideration. Six (6) images must be included with your CaFE application. The panel will select between three finalists from the pool of applicants. These finalists will be invited to submit specific proposals, in person, to the Art Selection Panel based upon the goals and descriptions of the Request for Qualifications.

Finalist’s site-specific proposals should convey artist’s ideas and plans through designs, renderings and/or scale models with a statement that describes the project’s intent, proposed materials, fabrication and installation methods, and an itemized budget. Artists chosen as finalists are also asked to explain how their artwork will be sourced and fabricated. The finalists will be supplied with plans, photographs, and specific information about the airport. A site visit as well as a meeting with the architect and the Block Island Airport administration will be scheduled for the finalists.

An honorarium of $2,500 will be awarded to the finalists following presentation of their proposals. This stipend includes all travel expenses: hotel, transportation, mileage, etc., for both the site visit and the subsequent presentation meeting. Finalists will not be reimbursed separately for any travel costs.

The proposals will remain the property of the artist. However, RISCA reserves the right to retain proposals for up to one year for display purposes and the right to reproduce final proposals for documentation and public information purposes.

The Public Art Selection Panel reserves the right to determine which proposal will be funded and the extent of funding. The panel also reserves the right to not accept any final proposal submitted. If the recommendations of the Public Art Selection Panel are approved by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, the selected artist/s will enter into a contract with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts for the selected commission. The accepted artwork will be owned and maintained by the State of Rhode Island.

The commission process can be lengthy. It is within the purview of RISCA and the other commissioning agencies to request changes to the original proposal.


The panel will select the artist based on the following criteria:

1. Artistic Quality: Quality and suitability of the final proposal in relation to the project description, program goals and site descriptions.

2. Ability of the Artist/Artist Team: The artist’s ability to carry out the commission, to keep the project within budget and to complete and install the work on schedule.

3. Value: The quality and scope of the proposed completed work in relation to the commission and fees paid to the artist/artist’s team.

4. Durability of the Work: Permanence and durability of materials for this heavily used public facility. It is the artist’s responsibility to ensure that all artwork meets safety standards, adheres to building codes and other state regulations. Artworks must be durable and require minimal maintenance.

5. Collaborative Spirit: Willingness of the artist to consult with community members, the architects, landscape architects, civil engineers, general contractor and building staff (or designated representatives) to assure smooth integration of the artwork into the site and to make necessary adjustments in relation to building codes and other construction issues.


This call is open to all artists. Applications may be submitted individually or in collaboration with others. The panel will not discriminate against any applicant artist on the basis of age, race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin or physical challenges.
Excluded from participation are RISCA Council members, staff and their family members as well as Public Art Selection Panel members and their families.

If you have questions about the RFQ, email Elizabeth Keithline: Elizabeth.Keithline@arts.ri.gov. If you require technical support for CAFÉ, please email cafe@westaf.org

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Bristol Art Museum Call to Artists

Monday, December 19th, 2011
Bristol Art Museum is seeking entries of
original works in all 2D & 3D media for the open juried
exhibit “The Sky’s the
“. The exhibit will be held at the
Rogers Free Library, 525 Hope St. in Bristol,
from 1/9 to 4/4, 2012. Works must
be related to the theme and not previously
exhibited at the BAM. Entries (up to 3 pieces) must
be delivered at the lower level rear entrance to the Library (on Thames
) on 1/4 & 1/5 from 2-4 PM.
Entry fee is $15 for (1) piece or $20
for (2) or (3); artwork may be priced for sale allowing for a 40%
commission to the museum (30% for BAM Members / Membership is available at
$25/yr.). All work must be properly protected upon delivery. Work not accepted
must be picked up on 1/7 from 10 AM-12 N. 2D
work must be suitably prepared for hanging (no sawtooth hangers). 3D work can be
no larger than 10″ in height, length, or width. For questions or details
email bristolartmuseum@aol.com or
call 401-253-2250 (leave mesage).
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Artist Open Studios Call for Artists in Foster, Glocester and Scituate

Monday, December 19th, 2011

For Artist Open Studio 2012

Call for Artists in Foster, Glocester and Scituate for
Artist Open Studios 2012. Must have a working studio open to
the public Nov. 3, 2012 with an art demo taking place. Submit 5 digital images
with a description of your work and location of your studio by March 1, 2012.
For details contact Earle Thurber at Thurberstudio@aol.com.



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Congress completes 2012 budget, final passage soon

Friday, December 16th, 2011

From our friends at the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies:

Congressional leaders have reached agreement on a so-called “megabus” appropriations bill combining  all outstanding funding measures for Fiscal Year 2012, including $146.255 million for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the same level proposed by the Obama administration in its budget request sent to Congress last February.  In August, the House of Representatives voted to fund the NEA at $135 million.  The Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee this fall had approved its version of the funding measure with the arts endowment’s budget held to the 2011 level of $155 million.

The mega-appropriations legislation combines nine individual bills into a single funding measure.  Once the comprehensive package is finally passed by both House and Senate it will include provision to apply an across the board cut of .189 % applied to every program in the bill.

In addition to arts endowment funding through the Interior Appropriations legislation, the bill includes Department of Education funding with $24.593 million for the arts education model development program grants, down slightly from $25.5 million in 2011.  That funding was proposed for inclusion in a larger block of grants for program innovations, combing a large number of education programs with discretionary funding.  The congressional action in the 2012 appropriations rejected that proposal for the arts education money.


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The Steel Yard Ceramic Cooperative Seeks Members

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Member Contract (2012 Season)

The Ceramics Cooperative is designed to assist emerging to mid-level artists in growing and strengthening their creative practice in a supportive, cooperative environment. We encourage artists to work together, learn from each other and collaborate in the development of a strong Steel Yard ceramics department.

Membership period:

The 2012 residency runs from March 15th 2012 – December 15th 2012

Membership Requirements:

Payment of monthly resident fee:
FULL RACK: $130 ($ 1,1700 annually)
HALF RACK: $75 ($ 675 annually)
(responsibilities are the same regardless of membership level)
Attendance at scheduled workdays (4-6 hours a month)
Attendance at studio safety and kiln safety training
Attendance at intro studio class
Attendance at closing procedure training
Completion of monthly chores (This will be in development in Year One)
Adherence to all rules and policies of the Ceramics Cooperative and Ceramics Department.

Application Process:
Applications are due no later than 5 PM February 15, 2012
• All candidates must submit:
1. 6 digital images of current work (standard format .jpg @ 1920x1920pixels @ 72dpi)
2. A current resume
3. A narrative description of work or process and reasons for wanting to be part of the SY residency program (no more than 2 pages)
4. A completed and signed residency contract (this document)
5. A completed Studio Access Contact sheet
6. Annual membership fee of $30
Applications may be submitted digitally via email, on CD or in person.

Selection Process:

In 2012, coop member selection will focus on merit-based acceptance** that takes into account the overall diversity of experience level, individuals’ areas of specialty and other variables that will best serve to develop a strong, supportive coop population whose members will benefit from the exchange of skills and knowledge. This strategy is designed to meet the Steel Yard’s mission by supporting a growing number of artists in developing their independent practices and studios.

Prior residents and/or applicants will note that this strategy differs from our prior intent to select members through a juried process and to limit the residency to a two-year period. As is often that case at the Steel Yard, experience teaches us new things-and the last two years of the coop’s development have proved this to be true once again. Moving forward, we reserve the right to change our selection process based on the coop’s growth and changing direction.

Notification: Applicants will be notified no later than March 1, 2012.

**EXCEPTION : All instructors in the Steel Yard’s community programs will be offered member status for the term they are teaching. Instructors who are already members will have their fees waived but will need to move their materials onto shared instructor racks. To clarify: instructors are limited to one shelf on a rack. If instructors want a full rack or a half rack, they may apply to the cooperative and have their fees waived by 1/3 for the term they teach.

What is included?
• Full rack = One red rolling rack for personal storage (4 Shelves).
Half rack = Half of one red rolling rack for personal storage (2 Shelves).
All other clay department space is common.

• Unlimited use of non-programmed clay department space during non-teaching times and 24-hour access, except when the Steel Yard is closed. (For access, the clay department doors will be kept on a lock box).

• Equipment use includes: Kilns, slab roller, wheels, pug mill, and extruder.

• Materials: some shop glazes provided (This will be in development in Year One),

• 4 firings per month for the full rack, and 2 firing per month for the half rack, each extra firing is $30.

• A late fee of $20 applies if members are 30 days late with monthly membership fee

• If a member becomes 2 months overdue on fees, her/his shelf will be cleared. No notice will be given. No exceptions will be made.

• Members must meet all of the requirements outlined in this document as well as be active in the cooperative to remain in good standing.
• In addition, members who do not make ample use of this opportunity (as defined by regular and active usage) will be asked to give up their space to provide access for someone on the waiting list.

The Steel Yard maintains the right to ask any member to leave the program if her/his behavior I deemed to be detrimental to the overall health of the cooperative.

In the event of unforeseen organizational circumstances, the Steel Yard reserves the right to terminate this contract at any time.

Submit the following:

I, ________________________ (name, print), accept the responsibility of being an active member of the Steel Yard Ceramics Cooperative and accept the terms and conditions as outlined in this document.

__________________________(signature) ___________(date)

Received by the Steel Yard:

__________________________ (name, print) ____________ (title)

__________________________ (signature)



Begin Date:
End Date:
Application fee paid?
Membership paid?



Preferred Telephone:



(select all that apply)


Other (please describe) ___________


Classes taken at the Steel Yard:

Brief description of related experience:

For more information: drake@thesteelyard.org

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14th Annual Fidelity Investments All Media Juried Exhibition: Growth

Friday, December 16th, 2011
Providence Art Club, 11 Thomas St., Providence, R.I. 02903

Growth is the theme for the 14th Annual Fidelity Investments Open Juried Exhibition at the Providence Art Club. Artists are invited to consider the broad concept of growth impacting our culture and environment. This could extend to population growth, economic growth, environmental growth, or urban growth–the theme of growth is open to interpretation. Recent works in all media are encouraged.
Application Deadline: February 3
To submit an application please visit www.callforentry.org
If you are not a member of the CaFE website, please register by clicking on ‘First Time Users Register Here.’ The call is listed as Fidelity Investments 14th Annual All Media Juried Exhibition: Growth.
The following website contains a video tutorial on how to apply: https://www.callforentry.org/faq.phtml. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “Watch a Video about How to Apply.”
Event Dates: 3/2/12 – 4/6/12
Entry Deadline: 2/3/12
Days remaining to deadline: 49

Images – Minimum: 1 , Maximum: 3
Entry Fee (Providence Art Club: 14th Annual Fidelity Investments Open Juried Exhibition): $20.00
(per image over minimum): $
A Call For Artists: Fidelity Investments 14th Annual All Media Juried Exhibition: Growth
February 3: Application Deadline
February 17: Accepted Artists Listed at
March 2: Bio Material Due
March 5-9: Work Received
March 18, 2-4pm Reception, Open to the Public
March 19, 5:30-7:30pm Private Reception for Artists; Awards Ceremony
April 9–April 13 Removal of Work
EXHIBITION JURORS: Diana Gaston, Associate Curator, Fidelity Investments; Judith Tannenbaum, Richard Brown Baker Curator of Contemporary Art, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design; Steven Zevitas, publisher of New American Paintings and owner of Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston.
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NEA Chairman Landesman announces Challenge America Fast-Track grants

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

VSA arts Rhode Island one of only 162 grantees nationwide

As National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman has noted, “Art works everywhere,” which is why the NEA’s Challenge America Fast-Track program supports projects from primarily small and mid-sized arts organizations that extend the reach of the arts to underserved audiences—those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. VSA arts Rhode  Island was selected to receive one of the 162 grants of $10,000 awarded to organizations in 46 states, plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Something Revealed: The Stories Of Our Lives is a series of events presented by VSA arts Rhode
Island with Lara Sebastian, a professional media artist, for and with youth with disabilities statewide. These events will be held in collaboration with the RI State Council on the Arts to present digital
stories created by Rhode Islanders about their lives and their communities. Events will be followed up with a hands-on experiential opportunity for participants to create a short digital story of their own.

“This is the first time VSA arts RI has recieved this NEA Grant” said Jeannine Chartier, VSA arts RI Executive & Artistic Director. “We live our lives in fragments, but make sense of them as stories. This opportunity provided by the NEA not only demonstrates confidence in the high quality of our work, but also reinforces that people with disabilities can make a significant contribution to American art”

Randall Rosenbaum, Executive Director of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, congratulated VSA arts Rhode Island on its support from the NEA, saying, “The State Arts Council is proud to
partner with VSA arts RI on this exciting program.  Young people with disabilities have stories to tell, and working with professional artists makes it possible to share these stories with all Rhode Islanders.”

“Taken together, these Challenge America Fast-Track grants provide an extraordinary sampling of the work that arts organizations do to reach underserved communities,” said Chairman Landesman. “With these grants, we are helping to ensure that art works for all Americans.”

The program is called Fast-Track because of its expedited review timeline. VSA arts Rhode Island was
notified approximately six months after applying. Also, with 375 eligible applications submitted from across the country, there was significant competition for funding for these grants. VSA arts RI’s grant award is evidence of the artistic excellence and artistic merit of Something Revealed: The Stories Of Our Lives
VSA arts Rhode Island was established in 1986 as a state-wide non-profit arts and education
organization dedicated to enriching the lives of people with disabilities through active participation in the arts. Since 1986 VSA arts of RI is the only agency in RI which exists solely for the purpose of providing opportunities in the arts by, with and for children, youth and adults with disabilities of all
ethnic, racial and economic levels to integrate the mainstream of the cultural community. VSA arts RI serves over 40,000 Rhode Islanders each year, for more information visit

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.

Please see the complete listing of projects recommended for Challenge America Fast-Track grant support.

To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA at www.arts.gov.

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NEA Our Town Grants

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

We are pleased to announce that the National Endowment for the Arts has
posted the guidelines for 2012 Our Town grants

Now in its second year, Our Town supports creative placemaking projects
that contribute toward the livability of communities and help transform
them into lively, beautiful, and sustainable places with the arts at
their core. Our Town will invest in creative and innovative projects in
which communities, together with their arts and design organizations and
artists, seek to:

* Improve their quality of life.
* Encourage creative activity.
* Create community identity and a sense of place.
* Revitalize local economies.

Pending availability of funding, grants will range from $25,000 to
$150,000. Projects may include planning, design, and arts engagement
activities that reflect a systemic approach to civic development and a
persuasive vision for enhanced community vibrancy.




Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 11:59PM EST


$25,000, $50,000, $75,000, $100,000, or $150,000


September 1, 2012 through December 31, 2014


A partnership between a local government entity and a nonprofit cultural
institution is required; additional partners are encouraged.




Email ot@arts.gov to schedule a call with NEA staff.


Contact Grants.gov Help Desk at 800-518-4726 or support@grants.gov

NEA staff will be conducting Our Town webinars on Wednesday, January 11
and Tuesday, February 7, 2012 to answer questions and walk applicants
through this year’s guidelines. Schedule and registration details will
be posted on the Our Town guidelines webpage next week.

For more information on creative placemaking and to view the 51 Our Town
grants awarded in 2011, visit


Please share this opportunity with any organizations or communities that
may be interested in applying.

The National Endowment for the Arts

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Help Wanted: Executive Director – Boston Baroque 12/07/11

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Three-time Grammy Nominee Boston Baroque — the first permanent Baroque orchestra established in
North America — is now widely regarded as “one of the world’s premier period-instrument bands”
(Fanfare). The ensemble’s performances and recordings of the Baroque and Classical repertoire have
been acclaimed from Boston to London and from New York to Vienna to Sao Paulo for their freshness,
virtuosity, and exuberant appeal. Founded in 1973 by Music Director Martin Pearlman, Boston Baroque
presents an annual subscription concert series in Greater Boston and reaches an international audience
with its now-twenty critically acclaimed recordings on Telarc and is beginning a new recording
relationship with the Europe’s Linn Records.
Boston Baroque made its European debut in 2003, performing Handel’s Messiah to sold-out houses and
standing ovations in Krakow and Warsaw, Poland. The ensemble celebrated its thirtieth anniversary in
2004 with a tour of the Monteverdi Vespers to major American music centers, including Los Angeles’
Disney Hall, Ravinia and Tanglewood. In 2009, Boston Baroque made its debut with two programs at
the international Casals Festival in Puerto Rico — the first period-instrument orchestra and chorus
invited to perform there. In March 2010, the ensemble gave a triumphal performance of the Monteverdi
Vespers in New York’s world-famous Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Boston Baroque is also the
resident professional ensemble for Boston University’s Historical Performance Program, where it is
helping to train the next generation of period-instrument performers.
Boston Baroque is a private, non-profit 501(c)3 corporation governed by a 23-member Board of
Directors and further supported by a 28-member Board of Overseers. Its annual operating budget for
FY12 is approximately $1.3 million with about 45% of its revenues from contributions, and it has a $1.1
million endowment fund. The organization’s Board of Directors and Music Director are engaged in a
process to guide the expansion of programs, organizational capabilities, and financial resources that will
allow the organization to seize on new opportunities in domestic and international touring, recording,
radio broadcasts, and the expansion of the orchestra’s audiences in Jordan Hall at New England
Conservatory and in Sanders Theatre on the campus of Harvard University.
Reporting to the President of the Board of Directors and working in tandem with the Founding Music
Director, the Executive Director will be charged with leading Boston Baroque into the next phase of its
journey, with its mission, artistic vision, and community values as a guide. The scope of responsibility
will include oversight of external and community relations, audience participation, fund development,
long-range planning, and the internal operational, financial and administrative responsibility for Boston
Baroque. The Executive Director will demonstrate efficacy of best business practices, fiscal
accountability, and audience impact, and work with the Music Director to communicate an institutional
vision that embraces unique artistic traditions.
Executive Director – Boston Baroque 12/07/11

Revenue Enhancement
Identify stakeholders, develop strategies, and define how key messages will be delivered to various
individuals and institutions to maximize visibility, brand, and most importantly, earned and contributed
revenue opportunities.
 Take a leadership role in the organization’s development programs, including its annual
operating, endowment, and planned giving efforts and identify appropriate funding opportunities
from individuals, foundations, corporations, and government agencies with the Board of
Directors and staff.
 Develop operating and funding strategies to support expanded domestic and international touring
activities such as festivals and residencies, as well as to explore new opportunities in recording,
including the use of digital downloads, streaming, and other new media.
 Devise effective marketing efforts that achieve earned income goals from subscription and single
ticket sales while enhancing Boston Baroque’s visibility and reputation.
 Create a dynamic, engaging online presence through the effective and appropriate use of social
networking platforms that enhance existing marketing, public relations, and educational outreach
strategies to attract and develop audiences locally, nationally, and internationally.
Branding and Institutional Visibility
Guide the revitalization of the public image and increased brand awareness of the organization, clearly
articulating its mission, vision, programs and impact.
 Communicate the accomplishments and artistic mission of the organization to the public through
the media and at public speaking engagements in tandem with the Music Director and President.
 Continue to build and maintain fruitful relationships in the local, national, and international
music community with the Music Director.
 Cultivate and leverage positive relations with leaders throughout the region, the classical music
industry, public agencies, and the media.
Operational and Strategic Planning
Oversee short-term operational and long-range strategic planning and implementation processes,
including stewardship of the organization’s human, financial, and technological resources.
 Collaborate with the Music Director to reach Boston Baroque’s artistic goals through negotiation
and administration of contracts, bookings, recording agreements, and all other performing
 Create a strategic operating plan and assume joint responsibility with the Board for its
implementation, reporting progress towards goals regularly.
 Consult and strategize with the Music Director and staff regarding the annual artistic plan and
appropriate budget which fulfills the organization’s artistic vision and simultaneously maximizes
earned income opportunities.
 Work with legal counsel and Board to oversee and negotiate contractual matters with the
Musicians’ Union, guest artists, vendors, and strategic partners.
 Develop a strategy to effectively mobilize and utilize volunteers in support of the Boston
Baroque and its programs.
 Direct administrative personnel relations to ensure that the organization is effectively structured
and staffed with competent employees.
 Ensure that Boston Baroque’s employer obligations to its staff and musicians are fully met.
Executive Director – Boston Baroque 12/07/11

Governance and Financial Management
Provide guidance that best utilizes the talents and resources of the Board, stimulate involvement, recruit
new members, and work closely with the Board to ensure strong fiscal health and effective policy
setting, fiscal oversight, community ambassadorship, and general governance of the organization.
 Initiate and maintain effective communications with the Board President, Board of Directors,
Board of Overseers, Music Director, musicians, staff, and volunteers,
 Provide overall executive leadership to staff and between staff and its governing bodies, the
Board of Directors and Board of Overseers.
 Assist in Board prospect identification, cultivation and recruitment,
 Orient, educate, and engage Board members to maximize their effectiveness,
 Celebrate the successes of individual Board members and the Board as a whole in recognizing
their contribution of time and resources as community ambassadors,
 Maintain fiscal responsibility for overall budget, and ensure the most effective use of financial
 Oversee management of cash flow and present appropriate balance sheets, income statements,
and other financial oversight tools for Board review,
 Assist Board committees to develop and implement their goals and objectives and name
appropriate staff liaisons to work closely with committees.
The Executive Director will bring an energetic and entrepreneurial perspective in building an effective
management team and organizational structure that best serves Boston Baroque’s mission, vision, goals,
and artistic leadership. He/she will have the ability to demonstrate a unified approach to guiding the
organization in support of the artistic and institutional vision. A results-oriented professional and handson
manager who enjoys a drive towards accomplishing impactful goals, the selected individual will have
a proven track record and possess exceptional organizational and communication skills as a visible
presence in the greater Boston arts community. Additionally, the Executive Director will have the
ability to steward Board members in best cultivation practices to advance Boston Baroque’s
international recognition. A desire to work in an environment with regular interaction in pragmatic
management of internal stakeholders and visionary engagement of external stakeholders is needed. The
selected candidate will value knowledge and intellectual growth while realizing the importance of the
effective investment of time and resources that is required to advance institutional goals.
The selected candidate should also demonstrate the following competencies:
 Customer Focus & Diplomacy – Consistently places a high value on the Boston Baroque family
with a keen focus on diplomacy and tact. Objectively listens to, understands, and represents feedback
from donors, ticket buyers, musicians, Board, and staff. Communicates with others in ways that are
clear and considerate and demonstrates ease in relating to a diverse range of people.
 Interpersonal Skills & Leadership – Initiates and develops relationships in positive ways and works
effectively with a wide range of people at varying levels of the organization to achieve results.
 Planning, Organizing, & Teamwork – Develops, establishes, and implements plans that are
relevant, realistic, and attainable. Identifies how and when team members are involved in achieving
milestones to stay on target regardless of obstacles.
 Written & Verbal Communication – Succinct, clear, and understandable communication
capabilities both individually and in developing a distinct voice for Boston Baroque in the
Executive Director – Boston Baroque 12/07/11

A bachelor’s degree is required and an advanced degree or equivalent experience preferred in the
performing arts, nonprofit management, entrepreneurial organizations, or with other high-profile and
internationally recognized organizations. The successful candidate will have a minimum 7-10 years of
senior level experience, particularly in maximizing revenue and mobilizing human, financial, and
technological resources. Experience working with board and staff members in achieving earned and
contributed revenue goals is expected, as are excellent written and verbal presentation skills. Additional
expertise in digital technology that engages and expands audiences in the well-educated and
technologically advanced Boston market is greatly valued. Competency and comfort with all standard
computer applications and equipment (MS Office and Outlook) is mandatory.
Very competitive compensation for an organization its size and a benefits package that includes medical,
dental, 403(b) retirement plan, and other perks, including the quality of life for which the metropolitan
Boston area is widely known.
Please submit a letter and resume with a summary of demonstrable accomplishments to:
Bruce D. Thibodeau, President
Arts Consulting Group, Inc.
304 Newbury Street, Suite 315
Boston, MA 02115-2836
Tel (888) 234.4236
Fax (888) 284.6651
E-mail bostonbaroque@artsconsulting.com
Boston Baroque, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.

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Webinar on Taxes for Artists, Tuesday, Dec 13

Monday, December 12th, 2011

For financial advice related specificall to taxes, you might want to
check our friend Richard Streitfeld’s webinar tomorrow on sales tax,
sponsored by the Arts and Business Council of Greater Boston.  This
webinar is targeted to artists, though most of the subject matter can
apply to any business.  Tuesday December 13 at 7 PM.


Rich’s website also has lots of good information for artists:


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Occupy 539 2012: Temporary Public Art At the BCA

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Boston Center for the Arts
Call for Entries – Occupy 539
Temporary Art on the Plaza 2012


The Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) is pleased to announce a call for
applications for Occupy 539, a unique platform for artists to engage
with audience through public art projects that explore ways in which
people congregate, occupy and linger in public spaces. Artists are
invited to submit proposals for a temporary public art project that
will be exhibited on the Plaza of the BCA campus for July through
September, 2012.

Artists from New England (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont,
Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut) are invited to apply for
a $2,000 honorarium to develop, produce and install the public
artwork. Artists are asked to craft their budget to take shipping,
construction and additional support for installation into
consideration. Proposals for 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 welcomed.

Past artists include John Slepian, Jaimie Calderwood, Philippe Lejeune
and Matthew Cleary.
2011 Occupy 539 received positive local and regional press including
the Boston Globe.

Submission deadline: Monday, February 6, 2012
Notification: Monday, February 27, 2012
Installation on site: Monday, July 9 – Friday, July 13 (4pm end)
Reception: Friday, July 13 at 6pm


Brian Friedberg
Visual Arts Manager

Boston Center for the Arts
539 Tremont Street | Boston, MA 02116
P: 617.456.1130 | F: 617.426.5336

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LEF Foundation’s MOVING IMAGE FUND for Production and Post-Production support

Friday, December 9th, 2011

LEF Foundation’s MOVING IMAGE FUND for Production and Post-Production support. All LOI’s need to be over the LEF transom by 5pm on Friday, January 27th. You can find the information you need about our guidelines, how to apply, FAQs, etc., on our website here: http://www.lef-foundation.org/NewEngland/MovingImageFundGrants/tabid/160/Default.aspx.

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Help Wanted: ME Arts Commission Executive Director

Friday, December 9th, 2011

The Maine Arts Commission is seeking qualified applicants for the
position of Executive Director. The successful candidate will be
responsible for the strategic planning, direction, management,
implementation, and evaluation of all agency operations, programs and
services. The deadline for applications is January 20, 2012.

Candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree in nonprofit management,
arts administration, business administration or public administration,
or a closely related field. They should also have ten years experience
in a progressive senior management position managing an agency division
or department, including staffing, budget development and
administration. Preference will be given to candidates with a Master’s

Full details of this opportunity are available through the Division of
Financial and Personnel Services website. Use this link
) to access their Career
Opportunities main page.

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Help Wanted: RI Black Storytellers

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

RI Black Storytellers is in need of a person who can work with the administration and management of FUNDA FEST. The dates for the Festival are Jan 15-22, 2012. Much of the work has been done, but there are lots of administrative and management details that must be attended to. We need someone with excellent computer, administrative and organizational skills who has experience w/event management and can work w/quirky artists, as well!

We’d like to hire someone to work 10-12 hours a week starting the week of 12/14/11 and continuing through January (about 7 weeks of work).

Please contact Valeri Tutson if you are interested, or know of anyone who is! Call 401-439-7122 to discuss the details.

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EXPOSURE, an international call for photographers

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011
You’re invited to participate in Artists Wanted’s 3rd annual photography competition: EXPOSURE, an international call for photographers of all backgrounds who speak in the language of lenses and aperture. Submit your images for the opportunity to earn over $50,000 in awards, including a $10,000 grant and your own solo exhibition at the Aperture Foundation in New York City.
Photographers, this is your moment.
Click Here to Participate
Your Final Deadline to Enter is Tuesday December 20, 2011 11:59pm EST
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Submit Sculptures For Ballard Park

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Artists, Students and Groups Invited to Submit Sculptures for
7th Annual Illuminated Garden at Ballard Park in February

Friends of Ballard Park will host the 7th Annual Illuminated Garden on Friday, February 24th and Saturday, February 25th, 2012 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. The free event features thousands of lights displayed on the trees and unique features of Ballard Park’s three acre quarry meadow. Ballard Park is located at the corner of Hazard and Wickham Roads in Newport. Close to 1,000 people attended last year’s tour.

Local artists, teachers with student groups, scouts and community organizations are invited to create sculptures or displays for the event. The event is an evening tour so all displays should light up in some manner — solar powered lights, battery operated, electric lights, etc. Power sources will be provided if requested but each displays must have needed power cords and be ready to be plugged in. Installation will take place on Thursday 2/23 and Friday 2/24. Installation must be completed by 5:00 pm on Friday 2/24. The event will conclude on Saturday 2/25 at 9 pm. Artwork is to be removed from Ballard Park by 6pm on Monday, February 27 by the artist or group who installed it.

Last year children from the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, Boys & Girls Club of Newport County, students from St. Michael’s Country Day School and several artists (including two from RISD) produced exhibits for the event which ranged from sculptures made of twigs powered by solar lights to a large metal sculpture illuminated with electric lights.

The event, held on two evenings during school vacation week, is free and open to the public. It provides a fun, family-oriented activity for those who might not be able to leave town and also helps to deter negative park activities.

The deadline to submit entries for consideration in this year’s event is Tuesday, February 1, 2012. Those people interested in participating may download a “Call for Entries” form at www.ballardpark.org or call 619.3377 for more information.

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