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Design Office Seeks New Members

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Greetings

 

We’re outgrowing our current Design Office enivrons here on the 4th floor
and are looking at larger spaces. More space will allow for a dedicated meeting
space, workshop and production space for ambitious projects, more equipment, a
larger and more consolidated library and more workspace. Currently, we have four
members working full-time out of the Office, and we’d like to double this to
eight. We’re looking to find folks in advance of moving to help with the costs
of a larger space and build-out. We think you, or someone you know, may be
interested in working from the Office.

 

 

Although the current four members are “graphic designers”, we are hoping to
find designers of any sort — even programmers would be welcomed. The goal is to
have a diverse, interdisciplinary community of independent designers.

 

 

Our current space, people and efforts are well-documented online at http://thedesignoffice.org

 

 

Please don’t hesitate to write with questions.

 

 

 

-John

 

 

 

 

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Girls Rock! Rhode Island (GRR!) Volunteer Info Session

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Girls Rock! Rhode Island (GRR!) is hosting a Volunteer Info Session on June 2nd at the AS220 performance space. Come by and learn about volunteer positions for our annual Girls Rock Camp!

If you’ve already volunteered, bring a friend! If you’ve been meaning to volunteer, but haven’t, NOW is your chance to learn more!

Just a few of the benefits of volunteering for Girls Rock! Rhode Island: –YOU can help girls express themselves and learn how awesome they are! –YOU can meet lots of awesome people and become a part of the GRR! community! –YOU can use your skills in a super fun and productive way! –YOU can use it on your resume or for college credit! –YOU can learn about youth development and about music! –YOU can find the music- or non-music-related position that suits you and your schedule!

Anyone interested in helping out a great cause for a week this summer, feel free to come stop by to see what opportunities we have for you! This event is by no means limited to women only, we are calling on the entire community to help the girls of Rhode Island rock our socks off!

Girls Rock Camp is happening July 9th-13th at the Rhode Island Philharmonic and we’d love to have you there!

The mission of Girls Rock! Rhode Island is to help girls and women empower themselves through the development of musical skills in order to foster self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-efficacy.

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Visit our website for volunteer position job descriptions and more:

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Brian Knoth + Eric Hastings Improv Workshop

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://as220.org/calendar.html#2012-06-01

 

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95 Empire Classes

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Summer is happening and it is sweaty and awesome upstairs at 95 Empire with School@95. Drop-in dance and fitness classes will keep rolling through the summer so you can salute the sun, punch the sky, jete, isolate your hips… the possibilities are endless, really.

Contact Improv starts this month, with an hour class followed by an open jam on June 2nd and June 16th from 10 – 12:30. Come for one or both parts – $10 each or $15 for both!

Registration is open for summer theatre classes and workshops and there are some unique offerings from some familiar faces!

Principles of Directing, or Rules to Break Later

6-week Directing Class with Vanessa Gilbert
Mondays June 18th – July 23rd
6:30 – 9:30pm
$160

As a director, one draws largely on personal experience and observation, yet there are principles that can guide everyone’s directing process. This six-week class will establish a basic directing vocabulary from table work and text analysis to working with actors. Through a series of exercises and peer feedback, students will learn tools that are applicable to a variety of texts; classical, modern or self-authored. Connect to your own theatrical point of view through learning basic principles! Actors and some limited rehearsal space will be provided, but most work can be completed in class. This class is geared toward the novice or the emerging director with some experience.

Vanessa Gilbert is a collaborative theatre artist based in Providence, RI.

From Bumps to Boas

8 week introduction to burlesque with Lady Miss Iris
Wednesdays June 20th – August 15th (no class July 4th)
7:30-9:30
$160.00

Providence’s original beginner burlesque class is back at 95 Empire, from the creativity charging first day to the glamourous recital! You’ve seen this old-fashioned theatrical form of striptease on the stage or screen and you’re secretly dying to try it yourself, aren’t you? Don’t be shy! You don’t have to do it alone. Lady Miss Iris will train you in all the arts of burlesque goddesses of yore, from dance steps and pantomime to costume crafts like making pasties. She’ll coach and support you as you develop your stage persona and very first routine. This course is perfect for women of any shape, age, size, or shade who have some dance or acting experience. Students are expected to provide their own materials and spend 2-3 hours per week working outside class. Women only.

Lady Miss Iris has been putting the “femme” back in feminism with her glamourous transformations since 2001.

The Quick Change: Two Day Physical Theatre Workshop

The Quick Change with Rebecca Noon and Jed Hancock-Brainerd of Strange Attractor
2 Day Workshop
Saturday July 7th 10am – 4pm &
Sunday July 8th 11am – 4pm
$50

More About Strange Attractor

Create lively theatre with multiple characters and very few actors by transforming yourself with virtuosity and precision. Studying animals, materials, and your fellow human beings, we’ll examine our own physical and vocal habits and then take a sharp turn away from it all, discovering a whole new cast of characters and the crazy worlds they inhabit.

Learn techniques to develop your own theatrical pieces, gain greater emotional expressiveness in your performance, deepen your collaborative relationships and find new links between your mind’s imagination and your body’s intelligence. Through movement exercises, theatre games and improvisation, local actor/directors Rebecca Noon and Jed Hancock-Brainerd of Strange Attractor Theatre will teach physical acting techniques, dynamic movement, character development and dramatic structure based on the teachings of Jacques Lecoq.

If you are an actor, writer, director, storyteller, dancer, visual artist, or curious creative person who is interested in pushing your creative frontier, this class will challenge you to find richer dynamics, increased sensitivity, a greater state of play, and deeper expression in your work.

From Lover to Villain: Creating A New Character

6-Week Intermediate Acting Class with Alex Platt
Mondays July 17 – August 21
6:30 – 9:30

Have you always wanted to play the villain but keep getting cast as the lover? Do you have a desire to play a certain role but think “that’ll never happen: that’s just not who I am?” This class is designed for the intermediate actor looking to acquire the skills necessary to create a character out of their normal comfort zone. Classes will focus on the art of walking, talking, looking and thinking like someone else. The course will use methods of improvisation, text work, vocal variance and movement isolation in helping the actor feel at home in another body. Rehearsal outside of class time is required.

Alexander Platt is a Providence based theatre artist.


Leigh Hendrix
Education Coordinator
95 Empire
Hendrix@as220.org
831-9327
www.as220.org

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BILL MURRAY LOVES RHODE ISLAND!

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

CRITICS RAVE ABOUT ‘MOONRISE KINGDOM’!

BILL MURRAY, who stars in the critically acclaimed MOONRISE KINGDOM, shares his experience working in the Ocean State. Take the tour of the set with Bill at…

http://www.film.ri.gov/Moonrise2.html

CRITICS AROUND THE WORLD ARE RAVING ABOUT MOONRISE KINGDOM:

“Beguiling and endearing” – Wall Street Journal

“Near perfect!” – LA Times

“Hilarious and heart-felt, it reminds us how to be alive” – Rolling Stone

“Delightful” – E!

“Beautifully coordinated admixture of droll humor, deadpan and slapstick” – NY Times

“Gorgeously shot cinematic pleasure” – The Slate

“Poignant coming-of-age tale filled with warmth and whimsy” – Wall Street Journal

“A beautiful, self contained idyll” – The Telegraph

“A deeply romantic film, perhaps the sweetest and most compassionate” – Salon.com

“Rating: 96%. Warm, whimsical and poignant” – Rotten Tomatoes

“Funny, bittersweet and as distinct as you’d expect from Wes Anderson” – Empire Magazine

MOONRISE KINGDOM BREAKS RECORDS…

Wes Anderson’s MOONRISE KINGDOM, the opening film at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, made a splash in its limited U.S. opening.

Focus Features debuted the movie in four New York and L.A. theaters where it took in a record-breaking $669,486 for an eye-popping $167,371 per-screen average. The studio cited the per-screen number as the best ever for a live-action feature in a regular theatrical run, topping the $126,317 opening weekend average rung up at three theaters by DREAMGIRLS in 2006.

MOONRISE KINGDOM opens nationwide June 21, 2012.

The Rhode Island Film & TV Office is a government agency and subsidiary of

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.

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REPORT SHOWS POSITIVE TREND IN JOBS AND BUSINESSES IN THE CREATIVE INDUSTRIES IN RHODE ISLAND

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

A six-year trend, beginning in 2007 when the state’s recession began, shows 52% gain in creative industry businesses and 13% gain in creative industry jobs
PROVIDENCE, RI (May 24, 2012) – RI Citizens for the Arts (RI CFA) announces positive growth trends in creative industry jobs and businesses in Rhode Island. The annual Creative Industries in Rhode Island report shows the creative sector in RI added 770 jobs (or 6%) and 460 new businesses (or 16%) between 2011 and 2012. A six year trend, beginning in 2007 when the state’s recession hit, shows a strong and steadily growing industry sector, despite economic hard times. According to the report, based on Dun & Bradstreet registered businesses, the period from 2007–2012 shows overall a 52% gain in creative sector businesses and 13% gain in creative sector jobs in both nonprofit and for profit industries.
“Anecdotally, we’ve long understood the creative industries as a strong and resilient sector, and a significant asset to RI’s economy. With these compiled figures, we now also have concrete evidence,” noted Libby Slader, principal of Libby Slader Interior Design and RI CFA Board Chair. “In addition to providing core industry jobs, the creative sector feeds innovation and entrepreneurship. This is truly a solid basis for more growth and makes for a wise investment in our state.”
The most impressive gains found in the report are in design-related businesses and jobs. Businesses and jobs in design grew by 26% between 2011-2012. Over the six year spread, this industry shows a 194% increase in businesses (from 258 in 2007 to 758 in 2012) and 142% increase in jobs (from 535 in 2007 to 1297 in 2012). The motion picture industry also showed impressive increases between 2011-2012 with a 47% gain in businesses (from 214 in 2011 to 314 in 2012) and 27% gain in jobs (from 851 in 2011 to 1081 in 2012).
“Rhode Island has something a lot of other places don’t have; a community that fosters collaboration and values creativity,” said Matt Grigsby, founder of Ecolect.com, and co-founder of Anchor, a design incubation space in Providence. “At Anchor, we saw the potential to foster this community. Because of RI’s general proximity to Boston and NY, the colleges and universities that bring people here from all over the world and the ease in making connections, we see more and more passionate, skilled designers bringing new wealth and applied knowledge into the state to create change. It’s exactly the type of company our state needs.”
The Creative Industries in Rhode Island report, released by Americans for the Arts annually, and distributed locally by state captain RI Citizens for the Arts, is part of a nationwide study using Dun & Bradstreet data and geo-economic analysis to track and map the presence of arts-related entities in six creative industries: 1) museums and collections; 2) performing arts; 3) visual arts and photography; 4) film, radio, and TV; 5) design and publishing; and 6) arts schools and services. Those creative industries ranged from nonprofit museums, symphonies, and theaters to for-profit film, architecture, and design companies. The report is considered a conservative estimate, as it is only counting those businesses that have registered with Dun & Bradstreet.
“We are not all that surprised by these numbers, though they are very impressive,” states Speaker of the House, Gordon Fox. “The arts and creative community has been a thriving industry sector in our state for some time. We are proud of the work that the General Assembly has done to support this growth over the years, and look forward to maximizing on the economic benefits this sector brings to Rhode Island.” “Rhode Island’s creative industries play an important role in building and sustaining a strong economy,” said President of the Senate M. Teresa Paiva-Weed. “This annual report reinforces the importance of this vital sector to our overall economic health. Jobs are being created in the arts-related businesses, which are important to tourism and broader economic development efforts.” For more information on the report, please contact Lisa Carnevale, 401-954-1135, lisa@myrandagroup.com. Graphs and spreadsheets available upon request.

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RISCA PAD Grant Deadline June 15

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

The deadline for RISCA’s Professional Artists Development (PAD) Grant is June 15, 2012.

Professional Arts  Development (PAD) grants provide funds to entrepreneurial artists to help  address their business and professional development needs.  The goal of these grants is to enable artists  to engage in specific professional and business development activities that  will build their capacity and strengthen their ability to meet the goals of  their arts business.  Professional  development activities should enhance the applicant’s knowledge and skills; extend  the reach of their products and services;  support efforts to expand audience or increase capacity.

Guidelines can be viewed here.  To begin an application, click here.  All applications must include a written estimate for professional services and a complete arts business/career plan.

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Auditions | 7th annual One Act Play Festival!

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Tuesday, 6/5 and Thursday, 6/7 4-8pm

Saturday, 6/9 11am – 3pm

Actors must prepare a monologue (though returning actors are exempt) and be prepared to read from this year’s selections. The festival will take place in three waves in July and August. The
set commitment for each wave will be two weeks beginning with tech
rehearsals and ending with performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays at 7pm
and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Including tech week, the dates for each wave,
respectively, are 7/15 – 7/29, 7/30 – 8/12 and 8/13 – 8/26. Additional
rehearsals will be set with each play’s cast. Auditions will be booked at 10
minute intervals. To book an appointment, please call 401.490.9475.

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Tape Art: The Johnston High School Art Project

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Check out this excellent video by filmmaker Daniel Larsh documenting the involvement of Tape Art in an Arts Talk project at Johnston High School, a RISCA supported Arts Talk project.

http://youtu.be/co8pE5tCrrA

 

 

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CALL FOR ENTRIES: RISD ALUMNI LVING IN RI

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Digital submissions will be accepted

Friday, May 25 through Friday, June 1

For Submission information, visit http://www.jamestownartcenter.org/index.html

You must be a RISD alumni living in Rhode Island to be eligible for consideration.

Entry fee: $30

Notification date: June 6

Accepted artwork drop off:
June 7 + 8, from 9:30am – 4:30pm
June 9 + 10, from 10am – 2pm

Opening Night:
Thursday, June 14th, 6:30pm-9pm

Jamestown Art Center
18 Valley Street
Jamestown

About the Juror:

Judith Tolnick Champa is the editor in chief of Art New England magazine. A longtime director and curator of regional art galleries, Tolnick Champa splits her time between the publication and her independent gallery work. She specializes in modern and contemporary art.

Judith’s impressive background includes serving as director of both Brown University’s David Winton Bell Gallery and the former Fine Arts Center Galleries at the University of Rhode Island.

Judith currently serves on the board of the New England Museum Association, and is a member of AAM, ArtTable, CAA, as well as IKT, the international association of contemporary art curators.

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Acting Classes With Ricardo Pitts Wiley

Friday, May 25th, 2012

 

 

Mixed Magic Theatre is now
offering…
ACTING
CLASSES
With
Ricardo Pitts-Wiley
TO SIGN UP, EMAIL MMTHOPE@GMAIL.COM
WITH SUBJECT “ACTING CLASSES.”
 
FOR MORE INFO, VISIT OUR WEBSITE
AT WWW.MMTRI.COM, OR CALL
401-305-7333.

 

This email was sent to cristina.dichiera@arts.ri.gov by mmthope@gmail.com |

Mixed Magic Theatre | 1005 Main St. Unit 115 | Enter Theater at 999 Main Street | At Hope Artiste Village | Pawtucket |
RI |
02860

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Thank You Arts Writer Doug Norris

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Paper names new editors

Thursday, May 24, 2012 11:04 AM EDT

Independent Newspapers has named a new managing editor and new arts editor as several employees shift their responsibilities at the company.

Doug Norris, the Arts & Living editor for the past 12 years, is leaving his post as of June 15 to pursue freelance opportunities and travel.

Betty J. Cotter, who has been managing editor of Independent Newspapers since its founding in 1997, will be stepping down from her post to take the Arts & Living position.

Liz Boardman, who has covered South Kingstown for the South County Independent since 2006, will become managing editor.

Iain Wilson, who has been a reporter for the South County Independent for nearly two years, will move from the Narragansett beat to the South Kingstown beat.

The series of changes was sparked by Norris’ decision and Cotter’s subsequent request for a reduced role in the company. For the past year she has been teaching part time at the University of Rhode Island and would like to devote more time to that endeavor. She will continue to work full time this summer during the transition and will reduce her hours at the newspaper in September.

“While we are sad to see Doug Norris leave and Betty Cotter step away from her role as managing editor, we are glad that she will stay with the company and that Liz Boardman will be taking her place,” said Publisher William Lucey. “The company will continue to have highly qualified employees in these two editing positions.”

Norris, who has won many awards in his 12 years with the company, has built a reputation as one of the premier arts writers in the state. His nuanced reviews and columns are among the most popular features in the paper, and his blog attracts many hits on the newspapers’ Web sites.

Boardman, whose reporting on the Flood of 2010 and the Michael Woodmansee case were recognized by both the New England and Rhode Island press associations, is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has extensive freelance writing experience in addition to her years as a newspaper reporter, and she also teaches writing to adults.

Wilson recently shared a second-place award with Boardman from the Rhode Island Press Association for Investigative/Analytical News Series for their Woodmansee coverage, work that also was honored by the New England Press Association. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Salve Regina University.

Norris will work through June 15, but Cotter, Boardman and Wilson will assume their new roles as of June 4.

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RIPEC Announces Support for Historic Preservation Tax Credits

Friday, May 25th, 2012

STATE OF RHODE ISLAND AND PROVIDENCE PLANTATIONS
HISTORICAL PRESERVATION & HERITAGE COMMISSION
Old State House – 150 Benefit Street – Providence, RI 02903
Telephone 401-222-2678 Fax 401-222-2968
www.preservation.ri.gov

5/24/2012

The Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council has released its new evaluation of the RI Historic Preservation Investment Tax Credit program. RIPEC finds that the economic benefits of the tax credit may support the temporary reauthorization of the credit as a means to stimulate the state’s economy. The report expresses caution about new public expenditures, but concludes that historic rehabilitation projects have had positive effects on jobs and distressed communities.

The report is available at http://www.ripec.org/pdfs/2012-HSTC-Comments.pdf .

For more information about RIHPHC programs, please visit our web site at www.preservation.ri.gov.

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Mixed Magic Theatre Is Now Offering Acting Classes

Friday, May 25th, 2012

With Ricardo Pitts-Wiley

TO SIGN UP, EMAIL MMTHOPE@GMAIL.COM WITH SUBJECT “ACTING CLASSES.”

FOR MORE INFO, VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT WWW.MMTRI.COM, OR CALL 401-305-7333.

Mixed Magic Theatre | 1005 Main St. Unit 115 | Enter Theater at 999 Main Street | At Hope Artiste Village | Pawtucket | RI | 02860

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FREE LEGAL SUPPORT FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Wednesday, June 27th 6 pm – 8 pm

3288 Post Rd, Warwick, RI
RSVP by 6/22: Sign Up Today

Email: bridgestobusiness@iine.us

Call: (617) 695-9990

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Rhode Island’s top lawyers are here to advise you, for free!

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Public Art Panel at Rhode Island State Council on the Arts

Thursday, May 24th, 2012
Public Art Panel at Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
WHEN: May 29, 2012 | 10:00AM-1:00PM Coffee and pastries will be available at 9:30AM.
WHERE: Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
One Capitol Hill, 2nd Floor | Providence, RI 02908
COST: FREE ADMISSION!
CONTACT: Elysian McNiff. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations should contact NEFA staff.

 

Space is limited! RSVP today!

 

A day of public art presentations, discussion, networking and sight-seeing!

NEFA invites you to observe
a public art panel in action at Rhode Island State Council on
the Arts
. Finalists for the Block Island State Airport RFQ will present
their proposals to a panel on May 29th. Finalists include: Marilyn Bogdanffy,
Cindy Kelly and Mela Lyman. Click here to access the
RFQ
.

What would a Public Art
Discussion Series be without networking? After the presentations, you are
invited to stay for lunch (food is available for purchase in RISCA’s cafeteria)
to discuss and get to know each other!

We welcome you to join
Elizabeth Keithline, RISCA’s Director of Public Art and Project Grants for
Organizations, for a brief walking tour of Rhode Island’s Convention Center
after lunch. The Convention Center is a 10 minute walk from One Capitol Hill and
the site of many public art projects. To learn more, check out RISCA’s public art
directory
.

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Independence Park Call for Vendors

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

 

 

 
Saturday, August 11, 2012 Sunday, August 12, 2012, 10am – 5pm 10am – 5pmSpace Fee:

______ 10 x 10 Saturday & Sunday $100.00

______ 10 x 10 Saturday ONLY $75.00 Bristol Boat show

______ 10 x 10 Sunday ONLY $75.00 PO Box 3184

Newport, RI 02840

Deadline for Application: July 11, 2012

Place: Independence Park, Thames Street, Bristol, RI 02809

Dates: Saturday, August 11


Hours: Saturday & Sunday 10am – 4pm
Setup: Saturday, 7:30am – 9:30am
Sales Tax: Each exhibitor must have a current Rhode Island sales tax number

th & Sunday, August 12th Application Requirements:

Complete the application and submit a check for the appropriate fee. Upon acceptance we will assign you your space.

Space assignment will be given out via an email, if you do not have an email we will call you with your space #.

 


No exhibitor shall sublet their assigned space.

You must provide your own table and table coverings,

Electricity is not available. This is an outdoor show.

Exhibitors must stay within their assigned space and keep their area clean. Boxes and extra product should be stored under the table.

Setup must be finished 30 minutes before the show opens.

Please park in the assigned area.

Fees:
Fees are non-refundable after acceptance.

Deadline: July 11, 2012

Questions or Information:

Contact: Becky A Hanos (401) 835-7699


Email: BeckyAHanos@gmail.com

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CALL FOR ENTRIES: DLECTRICITY

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Email: BeckyAHanos@gmail.com

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DLECTRICITY is looking for 25 innovative
projects to light up Midtown Detroit. The Open Call is on now through June 11.
Selected projects will receive up to $2,500 in project expenses, in addition to
a $1,000 honorarium.

DLECTRICITY is a free nighttime, outdoor
contemporary art festival which will invite emerging and established artists,
lighting designers, performers and architects to make site-specific
installations of light, sound, performance and projection – transforming the
Woodward Corridor into an illuminated urban spectacle for thousands of visitors.

DLECTRICITY will be held at night on October 5 & 6, 2012.

For more information: http://www.dlectricity.com/

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Blue Star Museums

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

BLUE STAR FAMILIES JOINS FORCES WITH THE FIRST LADY, DR. BIDEN AND 1,600 AMERICAN MUSEUMS TO GIVE FREE ADMISSION TO MILITARY FAMILIES

Through Blue Star Museums, museums across America will invite military personnel and their families

to visit their museums to participate in the arts free of charge all summer long

NEW YORK, NY – Today, Blue Star Families announced the launch of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,600 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel, including active Reserve and National Guard, and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2012. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families. The complete list of participating museums is available at www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

The launch of the program was announced today at a press event at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The event was hosted by Metropolitan Museum President Emily Rafferty, who was joined by Blue Star Families CEO Kathy Roth-Douquet, NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman, A. Dennis White, CEO and President of MetLife Foundation, local military families and representatives from the more than 40 New York City museums participating in Blue Star Museums this summer. Following the event, the presenters escorted local families representing the Armed Forces on a tour of several galleries at the Metropolitan Museum, which has been a Blue Star Museum since the program began in 2010.

“We are honored to once again welcome U.S. service members and their families to the Metropolitan Museum,” said Emily Rafferty, President of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. “The Museum is an American treasure, and we are grateful to share it with those who have given so much to our nation.”

“Blue Star Museums is a great resource for our military families,” said Brad Cooper, Executive Director of Joining Forces, a national initiative that mobilizes all sectors of society to give service members and their families the opportunities and support they have earned.

“As we enter the third consecutive year of the Blue Star Museums program, we are happy provide an opportunity for our nation’s service members and their families to connect with our national treasures,” said Blue Star Families CEO Kathy Roth-Douquet. “Through this distinctive collaboration between Blue Star Families, the National Endowment for the Arts and more than 1,600 museums across the United States, military families have an unparalleled opportunity to visit some of the country’s finest museums for free.”

“Through Blue Star Museums, the arts community is extending a special invitation to military families to enjoy over 1,600 museums this summer,” said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. “This is both an opportunity to thank military families for their service and sacrifice, as well as a chance to create connections between museums and these families that will continue throughout the year. Especially for families with limited time together, those on a limited budget, and ones that have to relocate frequently, Blue Star Museums offers an opportunity to enjoy one another and become more fully integrated into a community.”

This year, more than 1,600 (and counting) museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa are taking part in the initiative, including more than 300 new museums this year. Museums are welcome to join Blue Star Museums throughout the summer. The effort to recruit museums has involved the partnership efforts of the American Association of Museums, the Association of Art Museum Directors, the Association of Children’s Museums, the American Association of State and Local History, and the Association of Science-Technology Centers. This year’s Blue Star Museums represent not just fine arts museums, but also science museums, history museums, nature centers, and 70 children’s museums. Among this year’s new participants are the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar in Richmond, Virginia, the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo, NM, the Cleveland Botanical Garden in Cleveland, Ohio, the Children’s Creativity Museum in San Francisco, California, the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas, and the World Figure Skating Museum & Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

FOLLOW: Blue Star Museums is on Twitter at @NEAarts, hashtag #bluestarmuse. To learn more about the White House’s Joining Forces initiative visit JoiningForces.gov and follow on Twitter @JoiningForces and on Facebook. Follow Blue Star Families on Twitter, @BlueStarFamily, and on Facebook.

About Blue Star Museums

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,600 museums across America. The program runs from Memorial Day, May 28, 2012 through Labor Day, September 3, 2012. The free admission program is available to active-duty military and their family members (military ID holder and up to five family members). Active duty military include Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and active duty National Guard and active duty Reserve members. Some special or limited-time museum exhibits may not be included in this free admission program. For questions on particular exhibits or museums, please contact the museum directly. To find out which museums are participating, visit www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums. The site includes a list of participating museums and a map to help with visit planning.

Museums that wish to participate in Blue Star Museums may contact bluestarmuseums@arts.gov, or Wendy Clark at 202-682-5451.

About Blue Star Families

Blue Star Families is a national, nonprofit network of military families from all ranks and services, including guard and reserve, with a mission to support, connect and empower military families. In addition to morale and empowerment programs, Blue Star Families raises awareness of the challenges and strengths of military family life and works to make military life more sustainable through programs and partnerships like Operation Honor Cards, MilKidz Club and Blue Star Museums. Membership includes military spouses, children and parents as well as service members, veterans and the civilians who strongly support them. To learn more about Blue Star Families, visit www.bluestarfam.org.

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.

This is the latest NEA program to bring quality arts programs to the military, veterans, and their families. Other NEA programs for the military have included Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience; Great American Voices Military Base Tour; and Shakespeare in American Communities Military Base Tour.

Blue Star Families media contact:
Stephanie Himel-Nelson, 703-472-6292
NEA media contact:
Sally Gifford, 202-682-5606

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The Moving Image Fund

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

The Moving Image Fund supports independent documentary filmmakers living in New
England and we’d really appreciate it if you could help us spread the word about
our grants to Rhode Island filmmakers; if there’s a space on your website that
lists funding resources we’d love to be included. Our selection criteria is:

- Quality of cinematic form and technique
- Originality of filmmaker’s voice, vision, and point of view
- Resonance and power of the film’s core idea or story
- Feasibility of production

The application deadline for our $5,000 Pre-production grants is June 8, 2012 at 5pm
(in-house deadline, not postmark). Pre-production funding can be used for research, travel, location scouting, script or storyboard development, experimentation with shooting picture and sound, distribution planning, fundraising, creating a trailer and schedule and budget development.

Guidelines and eligibility:
http://www.lef-foundation.org/NewEngland/MovingImageFundGrants/Guidelines/tabid/162/Default.aspx

How to Apply:
http://www.lefoundation.org/NewEngland/MovingImageFundGrants/HowtoApply/tabid/163/Default.aspx

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