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Benefits of Arts Education for At-Risk Youth

Friday, March 30th, 2012

New NEA Research Report Shows Potential Benefits of Arts Education for At-Risk Youth


Youth Have Better Academic Outcomes, Higher Career Goals, and Are More Civically Engaged

Washington, DC – At-risk students who have access to the arts in or out of school also tend to have better academic results, better workforce opportunities, and more civic engagement, according to a new NEA report, The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth: Findings from Four Longitudinal Studies. The study reports these and other positive outcomes associated with high levels of arts exposure for youth of low socioeconomic status.

The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth study uses four separate longitudinal studies (three from the U.S. Department of Education) to track children, teenagers, and young adults who had high or low levels of arts engagement in or out of school. Those activities included coursework in music, dance, theater, or the visual arts; out-of-school arts lessons; or membership, participation, and leadership in arts organizations and activities, such as band or theater.

The study focuses on the potential effects of arts engagement on youth from the lowest quarter of socioeconomic status. Although most of the arts-related benefits in this report applied only to these at-risk youth, some findings also suggest benefits for youth from advantaged backgrounds.

“Arts education doesn’t take place in isolation,” said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. “It has to take place as part of an overall school and education reform strategy. This report shows that arts education has strong links with other positive educational outcomes.”

Among the key findings:

Better academic outcomes – Teenagers and young adults of low socioeconomic (SES) status who have a history of in-depth arts involvement (“high arts”) show better academic outcomes than low-SES youth with less arts involvement (“low arts”). They earn better grades and have higher rates of college enrollment and attainment.
Low-SES students who had arts-rich experiences in high school were ten percent more likely to complete a high school calculus course than low-SES students with low arts exposure (33 percent versus 23 percent).
High-arts, low-SES students in the eighth grade were more likely to have planned to earn a bachelor’s degree (74 percent) than were all students (71 percent) or low-arts, low-SES students (43 percent).
High-arts, low-SES students were 15 percent more likely to enroll in a highly or moderately selective four-year college than low-arts, low-SES students (41 percent versus 26 percent).
Students with access to the arts in high school were three times more likely than students who lacked those experiences to earn a bachelor’s degree (17 percent versus five percent).
When it comes to participating in extracurricular activities in high school, high-arts, low-SES students are much more likely also to take part in intramural and interscholastic sports, as well as academic honor societies, and school yearbook or newspaper – often at nearly twice or three times the rate of low-arts, low-SES students.

Higher career goals – There is a marked difference between the career aspirations of young adults with and without arts backgrounds.
High-arts, low-SES college students had the highest rates of choosing a major that aligns with a professional career, such as accounting, education, nursing, or social sciences (30 percent), compared to low-arts, low-SES students (14 percent) and the overall SES sample (22 percent).
Half of all low-SES adults with arts-rich backgrounds expected to work in a professional career (such as law, medicine, education, or management), compared to only 21 percent of low-arts, low-SES young adults.

More civically engaged – Young adults who had intensive arts experiences in high school are more likely to show civic-minded behavior than young adults who did not, with comparatively high levels of volunteering, voting, and engagement with local or school politics. In many cases, this difference appears in both low-and high-SES groups.
High-arts, low-SES eighth graders were more likely to read a newspaper at least once a week (73 percent) compared to low-arts, low-SES students (44 percent) and the overall SES sample (66 percent).
High-arts, low-SES young adults reported higher volunteer rates (47 percent) than the overall sample and low-arts, low-SES young adults (43 and 26 percent respectively).
High-arts, low-SES young adults voted in the 2004 national election at a rate of 45 percent, compared to 31 percent of low-arts, low-SES young adults.

The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth: Findings from Four Longitudinal Studies was prepared for the National Endowment for the Arts by James S. Catterall, University of California Los Angeles, with Susan A. Dumais, Louisiana State University, and Gillian Hampden-Thompson, University of York, U.K. The report is one of the NEA’s latest efforts to conduct and commission research that examines evidence of the value and impact of the arts in other domains of American life, such as education, health and well-being, community liveability, and economic prosperity. The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth is available at arts.gov.

About the National Endowment for the Arts

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

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Sally Gifford | Public Affairs Specialist | National Endowment for the Arts

giffords@arts.gov | 202-682-5606

URL – www.arts.gov

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Free English horn and Organ concerts on Sunday afternoons throughout RI

Friday, March 30th, 2012

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Artist Residency Program – Boston Center For the Arts

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

The Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) is accepting applications for the
Artist Residency Program. The program aims to provide an environment
where artists can experiment with their craft, develop their focus or
test new ideas and simultaneously engage in public dialogue in a way
that is considerate to the artist’s time and process.

This fifteen-week, process-oriented residency is awarded to two
individual artists per year (no groups or collaborative pairs).
Through a series of community programs jointly developed by the artist
and the BCA, it allows artists to connect to the public and explore
themes that inform their residency project.

International artists are invited to apply; however, all artists are
responsible for their own visa, travel, living and housing expenses.
With the BCA’s commitment to local artists, at least one resident will
be an individual based in Massachusetts.

This year jurors include: Jenelle Porter, senior curator at the
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Andrew Witkin; Barbara Krakow
Gallery; and Catherine D’Ignazio, director, the Institute for
Infinitely Small Things.

For more information:

Cynthia Woo
Program Manager
Boston Center for the Arts
539 Tremont Street | Boston, MA 02116
P: 617.426.1119 | F: 617.426.5336

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Call For Entries – Jamestown Art Center

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Artists of all ages & disciplines are invited to submit
12×12 inch square works of art to this group installation.
All work will be accepted and must be ready to hang.

Prizes awarded – 2012 Judges:
Shahin Barzin, Jone Pasha & Patti Watson

Drop Off: Monday & Tuesday, April 2nd and 3rd 12pm – 7pm
Pick Up: Friday, April 27th 10am – 7pm

For more information: http://jamestownartcenter.org/events1.html

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Ann Clanton, former RISCA Council member, chosen as RI GOP Executive Director

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

And, in happier news, Ann Clanton, a former RISCA Council member, has been chosen as the new Executive Director of the Rhode Island Republican Party.  Congratulations, Ann!


Rhode Island GOP picks Ann Clanton as executive director

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. –The Rhode Island Republican Party named Ann Clanton its new executive director on Tuesday, following last week’s announcement that current director Patrick Sweeney will be stepping down.

The Providence resident was a staffer for former Republican Congresswoman Claudine Schneider. A graduate of Howard University and Roger Williams University, she also served as a Washington, D.C.-based political coordinator for the National Association of Realtors.

She has also more recently worked for the Campaign for Healthy Rhode Island and Rhode Island for Community and Justice.




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Bruce Lang, former RISCA Council member, dies at 76

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Sorry to see this report in the Providence Journal.  Bruce Lang was a member of the Council “before my time” (so a long time ago), but it was my pleasure to talk to him frequently over the years.


By Richard C. Dujardin

Bruce Lang.JPGJournal files / Connie Grosch


NEWPORT, R.I. — Bruce Lang, a businessman and former media executive who founded the Rhode Island watchdog group Operation Clean Government, has died.

His son, Rich Lang, said his father died Wednesday afternoon after a long bout with pancreatic cancer at age 76.

After working at CBS News in New York, Lang returned to Rhode Island in 1972 to join in his father’s bowling business. After the banking crisis, he founded Operation Clean Government, through which, his son said, he fought to support honest state government.

In1991 he received the Governor’s Science & Technology Award. In 2011, he was inducted into the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame.




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The Pawtucket Arts Festival invites performing artists

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012
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how to plan, conduct and present oral history projects

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012
Save the date for Our State, Our Stories, a day-long conference on how to plan,
conduct and present oral history projects, and a chance to learn how others use
words, voices and images to capture and convey the experiences of individuals
and their communities. The conference will take place from 9 am to 5:30 pm on
June 4, 2012 at the Manchester Community College in Manchester,



keynote addresses by Dave Isay, director of StoryCorps and Mary Childers, author
of Welfare Brat, the conference includes 16 workshop sessions on a range of
topics including technology, project planning, effective interview techniques,
working with at-risk communities, empowering individuals through personal
memoir, and more.  Participating organizations include The Institute for
Community Research, Mi Casa Family Service and Educational Center, Vermont
Folklife Center, Mattatuck Museum, the Connecticut Veteran’s History Project and
the University of Connecticut Center for Oral History.



State, Our Stories is a joint conference of the Connecticut Humanities Council
and the Connecticut League of History Organizations and is co-sponsored by
Manchester Community College.  Funding support has been provided by The State
Historic Preservation Office.



your name to the invitation list by contacting Melissa@ctculture.org.




Brett Thompson,
Deputy Director


Humanities Council



P: 860.685.7592 |
F: 860.685.7569
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Portrait and Figure Studio at Portsmouth Arts Guild

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Portrait and Figure Studio Monitored By Sandra


Join this six- week, half-day portrait and figure group.
Open to all mediums and skill levels. No instruction- Simply an opportunity to
paint, draw or sculpt from live models in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.


Date: 6 Mondays, April 2, 16, 23, 30, May 7, May


Time: 11AM-2PM


Tuition:$70, $60 PAG members (note
new, reduced




To Register: Send a check
to PAG workshops, PO Box 1181,


Bristol, RI 02809, or contact Suzanne
at 401-254-1668, suzannelewis@fullchannel.net

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State of RI Seeks Muralist, Pre-Proposal Meeting 3/27, 9:00 am

Monday, March 26th, 2012

March 21, 2012
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Muralist: Interstate 195 East, Wampanoag Trail Overpass
Rhode Island Department of Transportation
March 21, 2012
Scope of Work
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation currently owns and operates highways
throughout the State of Rhode Island which have been negatively impacted by graffiti. In
order to remediate this public nuisance the Department coordinated with the Governor’s
Office to prepare a systematic method to reduce, remove and abate graffiti along State
The State of Rhode Island seeks Proposals for a qualified outdoor Muralist to provide
professional artistic services in the painting of a mural to be placed on:
• Interstate 195 East, east side of the Wampanoag Trail overpass. The wall is made
of concrete and its dimensions are detailed below.
The design of this mural has been selected by the Governor’s Committee On Mural Art
For Route 95. The Department is seeking the services of a Muralist to transfer the mural
design at the above noted location. Each proposal submitted shall provide the following
Project Approach and Work Description Including
• Qualifications packet: resume, descriptions of relevant past work, six (6) images
of past work at 300 dpi on disk, applicable press and other relevant support
• The product information for the paint to be used. Silicate paints are the only
acceptable materials to be used to portray the mural.
• Employees of the Muralist, whether volunteered or employed. (Please Note that
Prevailing Wages apply to applicable employee classifications.)
• Tools and materials needed and breakdown of costs for same (scaffolding,
electricity, electric lifts, etc.)
• Access needed (times of day, number of days).
• Assistance for ADA Compliance or accommodations of worker(s) if required.
Interested vendors can pick up a JPEG image of the mural on a CD at the
RIDOT Contracts & Specifications Office, 2 Capitol Hill Room 108 –
Providence, Rhode Island 02903.
Setup of Visible Barrier
• Prior to the start of work, the Muralist shall submit a plan for a covering that will
prevent motorists from seeing the work in progress. The intent is to prevent
distractions to the motorist and to maximize the impact of the mural when it is
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Surface Preparation Work Required
• The Muralist shall submit a plan with specific details on masonry primer or other
surface preparation; the filling of cracks, voids, and holes in the concrete retaining
wall; and removal of existing paint as needed. The Muralist shall consider effects
on the schedule for time required for curing of any patching material prior to the
application. The Muralist may not alter any expansion joints, nor use any method
of abrasive blasting to prepare the surface other than soda-blasting or dry iceblasting.
Power washing with pressurized water may be allowed at pressures not
to exceed 2500 psi and provided that protective sheeting is installed prior in order
to protect any passing motor vehicles and their occupant(s). The visible barrier
defined above will be considered sufficient, if it provides the required protection.
• The Muralist shall not use any solvents as part of their surface preparation with
regards to paint removal.
Types of Materials to Be Used
• It is anticipated that the successful Muralist will be proposing a specific product;
however the Department will only accept proposals which use silicate-based
paints for the top coat. Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES will neon, fluorescent or
reflective-type colors/materials be permitted.
• Paint System: The Muralist shall select a coating system designed to be applied
to concrete surfaces. The systems allowed will be a silicate type. The Muralist
shall submit full documentation on the system proposed for review and approval.
The Muralist shall seek guidance from the coating system manufacturer on how
best to apply the material. The Muralist shall also make arrangements to have a
manufacturer’s representative available on site to evaluate the condition of the
wall and review the painting operation, if needed.
Protection of Adjacent Property
• The Muralist shall take appropriate steps to insure that the materials used do not
discolor or otherwise damage areas not to be painted. This will include masking
adjacent areas and providing barriers to protect against over-spray and spillage.
• The Muralist shall follow all appropriate safety procedures to protect workers,
pedestrians and motorists. The coatings shall be applied in a professional manner
to provide a full scale representation of the approved architectural drawing. The
coatings shall be applied in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines.
Completion Treatment
• The Muralist shall address in the proposal how they will protect the mural – what
treatment or sealant they will use to provide a tough, durable protective surface
preventing damage from future graffiti, worn paint finishes and increased
resistance to moisture and pollutants. The treatment/sealant shall be nonsacrificial.
The Muralist shall consult the silicate paint manufacturer for
treatments/sealants that are compatible with their product. The Muralist shall
outline the steps to be taken, or treatment techniques to be provided to extend the
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useful like of the mural to protect it from fading, graffiti, bleeding, chipping, etc.
Completion costs must be included in the proposal estimate.
• The face of the adjacent abutment wall shall be painted a solid color with the
same silicate paint system and protective sealer or treatment used for the mural.
The color proposed by the Muralist will be approved by the Engineer and shall be
selected to blend in with the color scheme of the mural. The intent is to preserve
and enhance the visual impact of the mural. The surface treatment prior to
applying the paint shall follow the same requirements as outlined above.
Design Modifications
• The Muralist shall coordinate with the original artist to discuss placement of the
mural on the wall, specific shading and perspective techniques, or any other
enhancements to the design and to accommodate any stylistic features. If any
modifications in scope, design or materials of the Work are to be made to the
approved art design, a full-color rendering on canvas or other suitable material, no
smaller than 24” in width and a written request must be made available to the
designer and the Selection Committee within one week of the Notice to Proceed.
Timeline for Completion
• The Muralist shall provide an anticipated schedule for project start and finish.
• The Contract Completion Date shall be no later than May 25, 2012.
Installation Need/Equipment and Site Access
• The Muralist shall submit its requirements for any rental equipment costs
including tarps, ladders, scaffolding, manlifts, etc. required for the successful
completion of this project and include these costs as part of their proposal
• The Department will provide traffic control for the site in conformance with the
latest edition of the Manual on Uniformed Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD).
The Muralist shall maintain all operations within the safe zone provided by the
traffic control, so as not to put personnel at risk or interfere with vehicular traffic.
This includes accessing the work areas by project personnel and movement of
equipment and materials. No deviations will be allowed unless approved in
writing by the Engineer prior to any changes in the procedures.
General Conditions
1. The Muralist shall be responsible for submitting as part of their proposal a means
and methods report which documents their approach for meeting the contract
terms. This report shall include the names and descriptions for all products to be
utilized throughout the duration of this contract. Upon submission of bids, the
Department will evaluate and perform a thorough review to ensure that all
products are environmentally safe, allow for the proper expansion and contraction
of the retaining walls and meet the effective needs of this project. If upon review
any of the products are deemed inappropriate, the selected Muralist will be
responsible for using an acceptable alternative.
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2. The Muralist shall be responsible for submitting a lump sum bid, inclusive of all
personnel, equipment, materials and all other incidentals necessary to complete
the mural.
The above work will be further discussed and reviewed during a Pre-Proposal Meeting
March 27, 2012 at 9:00 AM to be held at the Rhode Island Department of Transportation
– Traffic Management Center Conference Room located at 2 Capitol Hill, Providence, RI
02903. For more information please contact Lori Fisette at (401) 222- 3260 Ext. 4401.
Maintenance and Service Warranty
The Muralist shall provide an express warranty for the mural and painting system failures
that are the result of improper application of the paint system, for a period of one (1) year
from the date of acceptance of the mural by the Department.
The Muralist will also be responsible for maintaining the integrity of the art work for a
period of one (1) year from the date of acceptance of the mural by the Department for
minor repairs and touch-ups as needed.
Advance notification and approval by the Department is needed prior to any work. The
Department will coordinate with the Muralist for access to the site and will provide
appropriate traffic control.
Completion Date
All work shall be completed by the Muralist no later than May 25, 2012.
Utility Notification and Coordination
The Muralist is required to call Dig Safe (1-888-344-7233) a minimum of seventy-two
(72) hours before any digging begins.
2012 Holiday Work Schedule
The Muralist shall adhere to the following restrictions regarding day and night work
during holiday periods:
No work on the following holidays or the day preceding:
• Memorial Day Monday, May 28
• Independence Day Wednesday, July 4
• Victory Day Monday, August 13
• Labor Day Monday, September 3
• Columbus Day Monday, October 8
• Election Day Tuesday, November 6
• Veterans’ Day Monday, November 12
• Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 22
• Christmas Day Tuesday, December 25
Maintenance Access to Site
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The Muralist shall at their expense keep the work area free from debris and open to
vehicular traffic at all times unless otherwise authorized by the Engineer in writing. The
Muralist shall conduct their work in such a manner as to not interfere with the RIDOT
operations at the site or vehicular traffic.
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Storage of Construction Materials and/or Equipment
The Muralist shall be solely responsible for securely storing all materials/equipment and
shall hold the State of Rhode Island harmless for any loss and/or damages incurred. No
Muralist materials and/or equipment may be stored within the State Right-of-Way
throughout the duration of this contract without prior approval by the Engineer in writing.
Inclement Work Stoppage
In the case of inclement weather, work may be stopped by the Engineer, for a period of
time, to allow full and unobstructed access to the entire facility site.
Online Proposal Questions
There will be NO point of contact at RIDOT who will directly answer questions either in
person, through e-mail, or by telephone.
Any pertinent questions subsequent to this solicitation must be posted at RIDOT’s
“Bidding Opportunities” web page accessible at:
http://www.dot.state.ri.us/contracting/bids and follow the link to “?” to submit
questions for this solicitation. Interested parties must disclose their name/company
affiliation along with posted inquiry; responses to questions submitted for the subject
project will also be posted under the same questions menu.
A determination will be made by RIDOT, in coordination with the RIDOA/Division of
Purchases, whether an addendum will be required. The Q & A Forum will disable SIX
(6) FULL CALENDAR DAYS before the due date for this project. Therefore,
questions will not be accepted after Midnight on April 5, 2012.
RIVIP Registration
All Respondents MUST register online at the RIVIP’S Internet website at
All three pages MUST accompany EACH response submitted. This document must be
downloaded from the RIVIP website. Failure to make a complete submission inclusive of
this three page document may result in disqualification.
Should there be a need for assistance in registering and/or downloading any document,
call (401) 574-8100 and request the RIVIP help desk for technical assistance. Office
Hours: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
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Submittal Requirements
The Muralist shall submit as part of their bid the following:
• Muralist Portfolio of Images, Resume and Applicable Work Experience
• References
• Required Forms (All Forms Included in RFP Attachments)
Beside the RIVIP Bidder Certification Cover Sheet as required at the State level
and obtained through the RIVIP website, RIDOT also requires that the following
FIVE (5) FORMS be completed and included in your submission package in line
with federal regulations and departmental policy. These Forms will be reviewed
for completeness and will be made part of the contract documents.
• DEBARMENT FORM: Must be completed and signed by an
authorized agent of the Respondent.
• LOBBYING FORM: Enter known project information on Page 1
(Description, etc.); Respondent must complete Form and submit signed by an
authorized individual of the Respondent.
stated, completed Form(s) must be signed and submitted accordingly.
signed by an authorized agent of the Respondent.
• W-9 Form: Must be completed and signed by an authorized agent of
the Respondent. Form may be downloaded at www.purchasing.ri.gov.
• Cost Proposal
Respondent shall specify on the Price Proposal Form, included in the RFP
Attachments, the Total Proposal Price, in both numbers and words. The
Respondent shall also include with the Price Proposal a Price Proposal Deposit in
the amount of 5% of the Total Proposal Price. The Price Proposal Deposit must
take the form of a bid bond furnished by a surety company incorporated and
authorized to do business in the State of Rhode Island.
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All proposals are due by 1:00 PM Wednesday April 11, 2012 and shall be delivered
to the Rhode Island Department of Administration – Division of Purchases located
Division of Purchases
1 Capitol Hill – 2nd Floor
Providence, Rhode Island 02903
Cost Proposals will be publicly opened on Wednesday April 11, 2012 at 1:00 PM in
the Division of Purchases Bid Room.
Selection Criteria
• All responses will be evaluated in terms of the elements of the proposal and costs
as outlined in the solicitation
• Proposals not meeting the minimum submission requirements with regard to
background and experience will not be considered
• The State of Rhode Island reserves the right to accept or reject any and all
proposals, and to waive or modify minor irregularities or seek additional
information from the Muralists, and to make an award solely on cost
Schedule of Payments
The Muralist may submit an initial invoice for mobilization to the site which shall not
exceed 25% of the total bid price. The remaining payment will be made at the
completion of the project site. The Muralist shall submit their bids as lump sum,
inclusive of all personnel, equipment, materials, traffic control devices, and any
additional incidentals.
Location Plan
See attachments for specific locations and approximate dimensions of retaining wall
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Debarment Form
Lobbying Form
Conflicts Disclosure Statement
Anti-Collusion Certificate
Price Proposal Form
Release of Art for Mural to the State of Rhode Island
Mural Location
Representation of Mural at Location
Mural Location Measurements
Mural Location Plan
Detail Views
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I-195 East Wampanoag Trail Retaining Wall
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I-195 East Wampanoag Trail Retaining Wall
(Mural shown)
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I-195 East Wampanoag Trail Retaining Wall
Location Plan
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Details of Joint Condition

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Providence Children’s Museum Seeks Education Programs Coordinator

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Location: Providence
Salary: $20,800 + benefits
Start Date: April 2012
Full Time

Job Description
Job Opening: Education Programs Coordinator

Providence Children’s Museum’s mission is to inspire and celebrate learning through active play and exploration. The Museum opened to the public in 1977 and now serves 160,000 visitors a year in its hands-on, playful learning environments.

The Education Programs Coordinator is primarily responsible for the development and functioning of participatory programs at the Museum and in the community for children ages 5 to 11. Specific expectations include:
• Define goals, content, activities and audience for high quality programs;
• Develop programs at the Museum for the general public and groups;
• Manage outreach programs in the community for children in out-of-school time;
• Supervise and train program leaders (AmeriCorps members, volunteers, student interns, staff or contracted);
• Collaboratively manage Museum resources and schedule programs;
• Develop and maintain relationships with community partners;
• Develop and present training for informal educators;
• Serve as a senior member of the Education Department leadership team.

Seeking: Dynamic educator and leader with strong interpersonal skills. Reliable, flexible, detail oriented, able to multi-task. Min five years experience in an educational environment, at least three in informal educational program development; Experience in training and supervising staff. Experience working with community outreach desirable. Bachelor’s in education or equivalent. Full Time salaried with benefits. Providence Children’s Museum is an equal opportunity employer; members of racial/ethnic minorities are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply
For job description and application information go to: http://www.childrenmuseum.org/employment.asp

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Open Society Foundation – Call to Photographers

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Open Society Foundations Invite Proposals for Moving Walls 20 Documentary Photography Exhibit



The Open Society
invite photographers from anywhere in the world to submit a body
of work for consideration in the Moving Walls 20 group exhibition, scheduled to
open in New York in early 2013.


For participating photographers, a key benefit of the program is to gain
exposure for their projects as well as the social justice or human rights issues
they address.


Each Moving Walls exhibit highlights issues or geographic regions where the
Open Society Foundations are active. Priority is given to work featuring
subjects that have not recently been addressed in Moving Walls; special
consideration will be given to long-term work produced over years of commitment
to an issue or community.


Any emerging or veteran photographer working long-term to document a human
rights or social justice issue may apply. Photographers working in their home
countries, women, emerging artists, and people of color are strongly encouraged
to apply. Work in progress may be submitted as long as a substantial portion of
the work has been completed. The program will accept any genre of photography
that is documentary in nature and is not staged or manipulated.


In 2012, three to five portfolios will be selected based on quality of the
images; relevance to the priorities and programs of the Open Society
Foundations; photographer’s ability to portray a social justice or human rights
issue in a visually compelling, unique, and respectful way; and photographer’s
long-term commitment to the issue.


Selected photographers will receive a $2,500 royalty payment, plus production
costs (for printing, dry mounting, and other costs) based on approved budget.
When the exhibition tour is completed, photographers will receive the framed
and/or mounted work.


To support the professional advancement of photographers who have not
received much exposure, an additional travel grant will be provided to allow
some Moving Walls photographers to attend the opening in New York and meet with
local photo editors and relevant NGO staff. Photographers must apply for the
travel grant after being selected for the Moving Walls exhibition.


For complete program guidelines and application procedures, information on
the foundations’ priorities, and images from current and previous Moving Walls
exhibitions, visit the Open society Foundations Web site.


Link to Complete RFP

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Colleges and Universities Invited to Apply for Guest Artist Initiative Program

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation Invites Colleges and
Universities to Apply for Guest Artist Initiative Program



The Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation, the not-for-profit
foundation affiliated with the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, has announced a
Call for Proposals for the SDCF Guest Artist Initiative Program, a grant program
for colleges and universities to fund and facilitate the hiring of professional
stage directors and choreographers as guest artists. Through this program, SDCF
has funded six productions across the United States and has facilitated an
additional four productions.


To be eligible for this grant, the project must be produced by a regionally
or nationally accredited college or university located in the U.S.; be mounted
by December 31, 2013; and be fully funded. It is not required for the producing
school to have hired guest artists in the past. Projects for which the guest
artist has already been selected are ineligible.


SDCF will furnish up to $6,000 to be shared by at least two schools.


Program guidelines, application procedures, and information on previous grant
recipients are available at the SDC Web site.


Link to Complete RFP

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New Social Justice Documentary Film Initiative

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Princess Grace Foundation-USA Announces New Social Justice Documentary Film
Initiative with the Ford Foundation’s JustFilms Program



The Princess Grace
has announced the Princess Grace JustFilms Documentary Awards
program, made possible by the Ford Foundation‘s JustFilms program.


Through the new documentary film award program, PGF-USA seeks to identify and
support voices that tell authentic and powerful stories from or about
underrepresented communities. These funds will be awarded to help support social
justice documentary thesis projects of students in undergraduate/graduate
programs and final projects of individuals participating in production programs
at media arts centers. In the inaugural year of the grant, an emphasis will be
placed on filmmakers and films that focus on South Asian and Southeast Asian
communities. Grants will be made in accordance with the applicants’ thesis/final
project budgets.


Nominations for film grants are to be submitted by deans/department chairs in
conjunction with the faculty of established colleges and universities in the
United States, or by directors of nonprofit media arts organizations with
structured film production programs that the foundation has invited to apply. (A
current list of accepted schools is available at the PGF-USA Web site.
Additional schools/media arts centers that would like to be considered may
contact the foundation for further information. )


In evaluating an application, primary consideration will be given to the
talent and potential of the filmmaker as demonstrated by the sample work
submitted with each application. The panel also will consider the quality,
originality, and mastery of the subject and approach of the proposed project, as
well as the potential impact the work will have on viewers, the community, and
the film’s subject(s).


For more information about the awards, nomination procedures, and a list of
currently accepted schools/media arts centers, visit the PGF-USA Web site.



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Providence CityArts Seeks AmeriCorps Teaching Artist

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

Providence CityArts for Youth, 891 Broad Street, Providence, RI
Salary: education award $1175
Start Date: June 20 to August 17, 2012
Full Time

Providence ¡CityArts! for Youth seeks 12 volunteer teaching artists to join our AmeriCorps Expanded Day Teaching Artist Project (EDTAP) team.  Through artist residencies in sites that offer free summer programs to under-served urban youth ages 5 to 14, teaching artists increase students’ problem-solving and creative skills so that they have a means of self-expression and empowerment.
Each teaching artist will be assigned to a multi-person team that develops and leads their own creative arts curriculum, focusing on visual arts, dance, music, creative writing and/or theater.  Summer teaching artists will be assigned to one or two recreation sites, leading arts workshops while assisting with other aspects of programming, such games, field trips and lunch duty.
The AmeriCorps EDTAP program offers members an opportunity to not only strengthen their curriculum development and classroom management skills, but also deepen problem solving and leadership abilities. One week of intensive skill development training plus weekly feedback and reflection sessions will support the member’s professional growth as well as the success of their students’ experience. Team leaders with more teaching experience will also act as mentors to less experienced members.

AmeriCorps EDTAP Teaching Artists need to:
- Volunteer full-time from June 20 to August 17 to complete 300 hours of service
- Be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma
- Complete a federal and state criminal background check
- Have a strong interest and passion for the arts and for sharing their passion with youth
- Have reliable transportation to their service site(s)
- Have completed college or high school courses in art (visual arts, music, dance and/or theater)
- Have some experience teaching or tutoring in a community or school setting
The ability to speak Spanish is a plus, since many youth are from Spanish-speaking families.

How to Apply
AmeriCorps Summer Teaching Artists will receive an education award of $1,175 at the completion of 300 hours of service, to go toward paying back qualified student loans or higher education. For volunteers 55 years of age or older, awards are transferrable to children, foster children and grandchildren.

To apply for this opportunity, please send cover letter and resume to nancy@providencecityarts.org by May 15, 2012 and apply online at www.americorps.gov.  For more information about ¡CityArts!, go to www.providencecityarts.org. For more information about AmeriCorps service and terms of commitment, go to www.americorps.gov .

Providence ¡CityArts! for Youth is an equal opportunity employer.

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AS220 Seeks Pt Media Lab Manager

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Part-Time Media Arts Lab Manager
The Media Arts Lab is a new initiative, an expansion of AS220′s photography program that will include similar and parallel mediums: video, film, audio, and computer/internet applications. The Media Arts program will encourage the creation of art using digital technologies and/or analog processes. The Media Arts Manager will work to establish this initiative at AS220 and build awareness and engagement in the broader community. This position is part-time, with a commitment of thirty hours weekly. Flexibility in regards to hours worked is necessary for success.

Cottage Industries Program Leaders work together to identify best practices and standardize systems around access, membership, and programming while focusing on the individual needs of their respective programs. The AS220 Media Arts Manager will work with key members and volunteers to build a self-sustaining program through paid membership and access to the resources of AS220′s Paul Krot Community Darkroom and the Mercantile Media Arts Lab; supplemented by innovative fundraising and strategic earned income opportunities. The Media Arts Manager will work closely with AS220 Printshop and Labs Management and AS220′s Communications Director to promote classes, workshops, and open houses, will contribute to weekly and monthly e-newsletters, and coordinate a quarterly class schedule. The Media Arts Manager reports directly to AS220′s Managing Director.

Prospective candidates should spend some time on our web site as220.org, before applying.

To respond to a posting, send a resume and any other requested materials (see below) to:

AS220 Attn: Jobs
95 Mathewson St, Unit #204
Providence, RI 02903

OR Fax it to 401-454-7445
OR Email it to the contact person in the listing and/or jobs@as220.org

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Three RI musicians win MacColl Johnson Fellowships from RI Foundation

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Great news from the Rhode Island Foundation.  Congratulations to all three Rhode Island musicians!

Three local musicians each awarded $25,000 MacColl Johnson Fellowships

More than $550,000 awarded since 2005

2012 MacColl Johnson Fellows
MacColl Johnson Fellows (l to r) Sidy Maiga, Daniel Schleifer, and Brian Knoth.

Three Rhode Island-based musicians have been named recipients of prestigious MacColl Johnson Fellowships from The Rhode Island Foundation. Brian Knoth, Daniel Schleifer, and Sidy Maiga will receive $25,000 each. In addition, three finalists were recognized by the selection panel of artists, academics, curators, and arts administrators.

The Foundation has awarded the fellowships, intended “to fund an artist’s vision or voice,” since 2005. The program has granted more than $550,000 to 21 composers, writers, and visual artists on a three-year cycle that rotates among these disciplines.

“The Robert and Margaret MacColl Johnson Fellowships are among the largest offered in the United States and provide significant financial support that enables artists to further their work,” notes Daniel Kertzner, vice president for grant programs at the Foundation, adding, “The Fellowships enable Rhode Island artists to focus more time and resources on the creative process and contribute to their professional development. They echo the value the MacColl Johnsons placed on the role of artists in the community.”

Rhode Islanders Robert and Margaret MacColl Johnson both were dedicated to the arts all their lives. Mrs. Johnson, who died in 1990, earned a degree in creative writing from Roger Williams College when she was 70. Mr. Johnson invented a new process for mixing metals in jewelry-making and then retired to become a fulltime painter. Before he died in 1999, Johnson began discussions with the Foundation to create what has become a $1.2 million artist fellowship program.

Read more about the new MacColl Johnson Fellows and how they will use their Fellowships. Learn also who was recognized as a finalist “for their works’ artistic merit and strong showing in the jury process.”


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Performing Arts Exchange Juried Showcase Opportunity

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

This September 19-22, Miami will host the
annual Performing
Arts Exchange
(a program of South
). Juried Showcases will feature up to 18 touring artists/ensembles,
performing for presenters from throughout the Southern, Mid-Atlantic and New
England regions. Showcases are 15-minute presentations of a performance and are
designed to give presenters a sense of the work as their audience would
experience it. Showcases will be held the evenings of Thursday, September 20 and
Friday, September 21 at the beautiful restored Art Deco Colony Theatre on
Lincoln Road in South Beach, Miami. Presenters and other conference attendees
will be transported to the Colony for these featured conference




If you/your company is interested and
ready to tour regionally/nationally, PAE Juried Showcases are an excellent
opportunity to be seen by a wide range of presenters. Artists/ensembles are
selected based on artistic excellence and demonstrated readiness to tour.
Juried Showcase applications are due by March 30, 2012. Please review the
thoroughly before applying.

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The Kennedy Center National Seminar for Teaching Artists

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

The Kennedy Center National Seminar for Teaching Artists
(www.bit.ly/2012NationalSeminar) is designed to strengthen the quality and
impact of Teaching Artists’ work. To do so, this intensive, multi-day
Seminar leverages the Kennedy Center’s decades of experience in
professional learning for artists.

The Seminar is open to Teaching Artists from around the country, who will
explore the Kennedy Center’s definition of arts integration and its
approach to planning effective residencies for students, as well as
designing lesson plans. The experience will be supported by a three-month
follow-up coaching engagement with a Kennedy Center Teaching Artist.

When: Sunday, August 12-Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Number of Participants: Up to 30 (register soon)
Faculty: Sean Layne and Lynne Silverstein
Fee: $250.00 per Teaching Artist

For more information and to register, visit
http://bit.ly/2012NationalSeminar. Registration closes on June 1, 2012.

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French-American Jazz Exchange Application Deadline Approaching!

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012


The deadline
for applications to the 2012
French-American Jazz Exchange (FAJE) program is Tuesday, May 1,
.  A program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and FACE
(“French-American Cutlural Exchange”), FAJE supports projects designed
collaboratively by French and American professional jazz artists that encourage
artistic exploration, foster intercultural dialogue, and contribute to the
dynamism of the art form.  Projects eligible for support can
include creative residencies, composition, recording, performances, and other
activities that develop new professional relationships and audiences.
American applicants should direct their questions to Jeff
Parks at
jeff@midatlanticarts.org.  French
applicants should contact Emmanuel Morlet at emmanuel.morlet@diplomatie.gouv.fr.

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