RI.gov R.I. Government Agencies | Privacy Policy |

Archive for September, 2012

Nominate RI Arts Organizations To Be Highlighted on the NEA Facebook Page

Friday, September 28th, 2012

The NEA will be celebrating Arts and Humanities month again this year by inviting the public to nominate an arts/culture organization in their community to be highlighted on the NEA Facebook page between October 1 – 31.

Each day’s featured organization will be selected by members of the NEA Public Affairs staff.

Please note that you can also share this info via this link to the Art Works blog (http://go.usa.gov/YqQR) , or directly from the NEA Facebook page.

Who Can Be Nominated?

Any arts or culture organization. (No self nominations please.)

How Do I Make a Nomination?

Just drop an email to beetep@arts.gov indicating:

· “NAHM Nomination” in the email subject line

· Your name and the name of your community

· The name of the organization you’re nominating and its website URL

· Five words that best describe the organization you’re nominating

· A description of why you think this organization deserves to be in the spotlight (100 words)

How Do I Find Out In An Organization I’ve Nominated has been Selected?

Like the National Endowment for the Arts on Facebook and check our page each day in October to see who’s in the spotlight!

Thanks for helping us profile the good work of arts organizations across the country!

Laura A. Scanlan

Director of State and Regional Partnerships

National Endowment for the Arts

1100 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Suite 722

Washington, DC 20506

T (202)682-5583

F (202)682-5602

Email: scanlanl@arts.gov

  • Share/Bookmark

Executive Director Job Posting For The Steel Yard

Friday, September 28th, 2012

A competitive nationwide search is underway for an Executive Director for the Steel Yard (www.thesteelyard.org) in Providence, RI. The expected date of employment is no later than April 1, 2013, with full assumption of duties no later than April 15, 2013.

The organization:
In 2002, the Steel Yard’s founders had the simple idea that re-connecting people to how things are made would open endless possibilities for fostering creativity and building community. Ten years later, the Steel Yard is a nationally-recognized non-profit industrial arts organization with a two-acre campus on the National Historic Register site of Providence Steel and Iron, a former steel fabrication facility. Every day we acknowledge the deep industrial history of Providence and Rhode Island, and work to harness it once again to promote economic revitalization through creative means. With over 9,000 square feet of workshop and studio space – including an iron foundry; metalworking shop; ceramics, jewelry, and blacksmithing departments; and outdoor multi-use work and exhibition space – we offer a dynamic array of industrial arts and technical training programs designed to increase opportunities for artistic and cultural expression, workforce development, and small business incubation.

Steel Yard programs cater to working artists, students, community members, trades-people, arts educators and entrepreneurs – and contribute substantively to the local economy. Public Projects produces our own line of one-of-a-kind street and park amenities, including art bike racks, tree guards, and trash cans that can be seen throughout New England; and in turn keeps local artists employed and fosters a significant volume of business within the state. Workforce development programming in the metalworking trades prepares Rhode Islanders for careers in design and fabrication. Community courses serve over 300 people annually in our five core arts disciplines. Below market rental opportunities provide both temporary and long-term studio and office space for individuals, companies and non-profits in the arts and culture sectors. And our site is host to a burgeoning calendar of internally- and externally-generated events.

All of this is managed by a small staff working with an annual operating budget of only half a million dollars. Yet, we have access to a $100,000 line of credit to facilitate Public Projects’ growth and, by January of 2013, we will owe less than $250,000 on our 1.5 million dollar site. The Steel Yard built this legacy and created the opportunities before us with multiple revenue streams, including income from Public Projects sales, community courses tuition, signature fundraising events and site rentals; as well as institutional grants and cash and in-kind corporate and private donations.

Facing our second decade, we recognize that the Steel Yard is at an exciting and significant moment in time. We recently completed a $1.2 million dollar brownfield cleanup project, one that received numerous local and national design and preservation awards, including EDRA Great Places. Now, we’re focusing on continuing the renovation of the studio buildings, and considering new programming. We intend to shape the Steel Yard’s future growth by focusing on the values of inclusion, interaction and sense of experimentation that have contributed to our success.

Does the Steel Yard need an excellent administrator who can manage a small, yet sophisticated organization? Yes. But we want more. We’re looking for an Executive Director who will join with the staff and Board to lead the effort to fulfill the Steel Yard’s full potential as a creative hub. If you’re interested in being part of this dynamic process, read on.

General:
The Executive Director, working in concert with the Board, staff, and community, will play a central role in guiding the Steel Yard through the next decade. It is expected that the incoming Executive Director will work with the Board to undertake a new strategic planning process within the first eighteen months of her/his tenure.

The range of compensation for the position is $60,000- $75,000. The Steel Yard offers health and dental benefits (75% for individual plans/50% for family plans) and the opportunity to take free or reduced-fee Steel Yard courses.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

● Program Development: The Executive Director will work with staff to enhance the Steel Yard’s programs, develop new programs, and optimize the use of data to analyze strengths and weaknesses. Specific responsibilities to be assumed for current programs:

o Workforce training: Complete research and evaluation of grant-funded work aimed at increasing post-program paid internships.
o Courses: Complete internal review and revamp course structure.
o Public Projects: Oversee rapid, recent growth by identifying opportunities for expansion of current operations, as well as potential for expanded retail production.

● Resource Development/Fundraising: The Executive Director will be responsible for creating and implementing a comprehensive strategy for increasing, strengthening and diversifying the Steel Yard’s funding sources. This work will include expanding government, corporate and foundation giving; cultivating and growing the individual donor base; and maximizing special events for fundraising purposes. The Executive Director will engage the staff and board as needed to achieve resource development/fundraising goals.

● Ambassador: The Executive Director, as the chief advocate for and champion of the organization, will enhance the image and promote understanding of the Steel Yard to our local, regional and national audiences and stakeholders. S/he will represent the Steel Yard at appropriate functions and make effective public presentations. S/he will raise the profile and build awareness of the organization via:

○ Partnerships and Collaborations:
■ Establish and maintain contacts and cultivate collaborations to ensure the representation of the Steel Yard’s concerns with key individuals in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors.
■ Assure professional relationships with individuals and organizations that share a stake in the Steel Yard’s mission, and cultivate new partnerships.
○ Communications and Marketing:
■ Develop and implement effective marketing/communication strategies, objectives and tactics.
■ Oversee sustainable marketing outreach to raise the visibility of the Steel Yard among our various constituencies in the arts, business, and civic communities.
o Upgrade and leverage the website and other online and social marketing vehicles.

● Human Resources Management: The Executive Director is the principal human resources officer for the Steel Yard and will:

o Ensure that necessary human resources are developed by fostering a culture of mutual respect and appreciation.
o Build accountability through clear expectations and regular performance evaluations.
o Strengthen staff capacities by modeling best practices and providing professional development opportunities.
o Oversee staff relationships with contracted employees and volunteers.
o Effectively manage the organization according to authorized personnel policies and procedures that fully conform to current laws and regulations.

● Real Estate and Capital Improvements: The Executive Director will ensure that all facilities meet future needs by developing, managing, and maintaining them in ways that allow for strategic growth. Specifically, s/he will:

o Complete the renovation of the studio buildings.
o Revisit existing plans and create a fundraising strategy for development of under-utilized portions of the property.
o Expand the facility rental program.

● Financial Management – The Executive Director will:

o Ensure sound fiscal accountability and sustainability and direct financial activities and decisions based on plans and policies developed in concert with the Board.
o Work with the staff, Board and, particularly, the Board Treasurer, to create and recommend the yearly budget for board approval, and prudently manage resources within the budget and governmental regulations.
o Oversee all bookkeeping, accounting, and financial activities.

● Board Development and Support: The Executive Director will work with the Chair and Board to build membership, serve as the primary staff liaison to the Board, staff Board committees as needed, and foster a culture of mutual respect and appreciation between Board and staff.

Our ideal candidate is:

● Passionate and knowledgeable about the role of the arts in community development, and ensuring economic, social, and environmental justice through the industrial arts.
● Bold, decisive and able to consider many points of view.
● Comfortable with a range of constituents, and able to represent the organization’s mission with warmth and enthusiasm.
● An energetic entrepreneur who will develop new sources of revenue and know how and when to take risks.
● Able to work under pressure and meet concurrent deadlines.
● Skilled in managing and supporting staff, and promoting healthy organizational culture.
● Comfortable with unknowns, and able to move issues and projects to consensus and action.
● Experienced in managing a complex budget with a diverse mix of revenue sources and an operating line of credit.
● Familiar with successfully running a business and/or a fee-for-service program.
● Skilled in working with and furthering the ongoing development of an effective board.
● A good writer and commanding public speaker.
● Computer literate, particularly in a Mac environment.

The ideal candidate will also bring a sense of humor, an entrepreneurial spirit, flexibility and energy to the position.

To apply: email a one-page cover letter and resume to search@thesteelyard.org
Deadline for application: 5:00 pm EST on October 23, 2012.

  • Share/Bookmark

RI Council On the Humanities Seeks Executive Director

Friday, September 28th, 2012

To apply: http://www.tsne.org/site/c.ghLUK3PCLoF/b.1352209/k.B068/Nonprofit_Capacity_Building_Leadership__Management_Support.htm

The Organization
The Board of Directors of the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities (RICH or the Council) is conducting a national search for a visionary leader, with knowledge and passion for the role of humanities in daily life. The executive director serves as leader and Chief Executive Officer of RICH, responsible for implementing the strategic goals and working with the board to assure high performance and accountable governance.

Former RICH Executive Director Mary-Kim Arnold strengthened the organization’s reputation as the preeminent funder of and catalyst for public humanities work in Rhode Island, in a wide range of communities and cultural contexts. The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively with a highly engaged board and staff to build upon successes to date, shape vision and strategy, align and develop initiatives, build public interest and mobilize funding.

RICH is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Sharing with the NEH the belief that “democracy demands wisdom and vision in its citizens,” RICH invests in individuals and local organizations — from scholars, filmmakers, writers and oral historians, to libraries, museums, historical societies and community organizations — that engage Rhode Islanders in the intellectual and cultural life of the state. RICH’s outreach to newly engaged community organizations that previously had not sought grant support has resulted in an increased presence in previously underserved communities. The organization seeks an executive director to actively support such engagement.

How the Council Defines the “Humanities”
The humanities are ways of thinking about what is human in terms of our diverse histories, values, ideas, words and dreams. They help to shape individuality and community and thus pose fundamental questions about the past, present and future. The humanities help us to understand commonalities and differences among people around the world and around the corner. Questions with which the humanities deal are found in all areas of study, but are most clearly identified with the following disciplines: history, literature, comparative religion, ethics, philosophy, archaeology, classical and modern languages, linguistics, jurisprudence, history and criticism of the arts, and those social sciences that employ historical or philosophical approaches such as cultural anthropology, geography, political science or sociology.
Organization Mission and Overview
The mission of the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities is to inspire and support intellectual curiosity and imagination in all Rhode Islanders. It was founded in 1973 and its purpose remains largely unchanged today — to promote public understanding and appreciation of the tradition of thought and accomplishment. The work of RICH is based on the conviction that history, literature, philosophy, civics, the arts and other fields of the humanities are central not only to formal education, but also to the daily lives of free and diverse people.

Since 1973, RICH has awarded over $6.6 million in grants to support more than 500 organizations, from daycare centers and local historical societies to colleges and universities, throughout the state of Rhode Island. Over the years, hundreds of thousands of Rhode Islanders have participated in Council-funded activities, including lectures, workshops, exhibitions, walking tours, oral histories, documentary films and many more.

RICH is the only source of public funding for humanities projects in Rhode Island. The work of the organization supports scholars, filmmakers, writers and oral historians and invests in libraries, museums, historical societies and community organizations. For nearly forty years, RICH has provided public service to the citizens of Rhode Island by investing in local organizations and individuals through grant making and public programs.

Executive Searches

■Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass. (Worcester, Mass.)
■Boys & Girls Clubs of Middlesex County (Somerville, Mass.)
■The Chore Service (Sharon, Conn.)
■Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity (Hartford, Conn.)
■Hartford Preservation Alliance (Hartford, Conn.)
■Rehabilitative Resources, Inc. (Sturbridge, Mass.)
■Rhode Island Council for the Humanities (Providence, R.I.)
■Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts (Worcester, Mass.)

Executive Director Position Summary
Reporting to a governing board of directors, the executive director will provide overall leadership and management of the Council. The executive director will have a prominent role as advocate and primary spokesperson engaging the diverse realm of Rhode Island’s social, academic, political, community and business communities throughout the state.

The board of directors seeks a leader with:

■Demonstrated knowledge, passion and shared vision for public humanities
■An appreciation for Rhode Island’s history, culture and regional context
■Leadership experience managing and implementing grant-making programs
■An appreciation for the value of diversity for the Council’s work
■An understanding of the ways technology can be used to enhance and promote the public humanities
■Experience partnering and collaborating with public, private and nonprofit institution
Areas of Responsibility include:
Leadership and Management
■Provide vision and facilitate strategy.
■Serve as key spokesperson for the organization.
■Strengthen and grow grant making to increase the Council’s impact.
■Ensure effective board engagement and support.
■Address developments, trends, challenges and opportunities in the humanities.
Fundraising and Marketing
■Implement and adapt fundraising strategies to shift organizational focus on cultivating and increasing private donations and solicit funding for programs and operations.
■Maintain productive relations with National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).
■Oversee all fundraising campaigns including those related to programs, events, annual appeals and endowment.
■Leverage appropriate communication outlets and media including electronic and print collateral, RICH website, annual reports, press releases and online social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter etc).
■Identify new opportunities to reach constituents and partner organizations by leveraging technology and other resources.
Outreach, Collaboration, and Advocacy
■Foster productive internal and external relationships among members of staff, board and other stakeholder groups.
■Advocate for the humanities and for the mission of RICH locally, regionally and nationally.
■Create and strengthen partnerships.
■Work to ensure strategic representation of RICH board and staff at appropriate professional association meetings, conferences and other humanities forums.
Operations and Budget Management
■Supervise and mentor four staff: Rhode Island Council for the Humanities Grants
■Director, Communications Director, Program Coordinator and Director of RI Center for the Book.
■Assess and strengthen internal systems and resources.
■Administer and update personnel policies.
■Develop annual budget. Manage expenses, financial reporting and budget controls.
■Oversee annual audits.
Grants and Programs
■Ensure quality and consistency in grant program application, granting and reporting processes.
■Provide oversight of and strategic direction for RICH programs in a manner that ensures quality programs that meet needs and expectations.
■Create systems and methods that continually evaluate the value and effectiveness of RICH programs.
■Lead development and implementation of new program initiatives.
Ideal Candidate
The successful candidate will be an engaging public communicator who is passionate about the mission, enthusiastic about marketing, effective at fundraising and skilled at strategic planning, finance, operations and inclusive management practices. Specific background qualities required are:

■Minimum five years senior management and leadership experience in a community and /or public leadership role; master’s degree or PhD in Humanities or related field
■Demonstrated passion and understanding of the humanities
■Experience with fundraising and relationship building; knowledge of grant writing / awarding
■Proven effectiveness at engaging, developing and managing staff resources
■Experience with PR and as public spokesperson
■Finance, budget and operations management experience
■Ability to develop and implement a technology plan

Personal and Professional Qualities:
■Leadership, management and vision
■Positive interpersonal and relationship building skills
■Commitment to community engagement and collaboration
■Critical strategic and analytic thinker with effective planning, project management and process facilitation skills
■Ability to engage and motivate people from all backgrounds
Competitive benefits and salary commensurate with experience and background. Limited relocation assistance, negotiable.

Application Instructions
This executive search and transition is being conducted by Third Sector New England’s Executive Transition Program with Transition Consultants Patricia Duarte and Mary Jo Kaplan.

Please include a cover letter with compensation requirements, where you learned of the position and any other relevant information (i.e. published articles) to support your application. Only electronic submissions sent through this link will be considered. All applications received will be acknowledged.

Due to the fast pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Interview selections will begin on September 10, 2012. The final deadline for submissions is September 28, 2012. The anticipated start date is on or near December 1, 2012, or as soon as the selected candidate is available.

Rhode Island Council for the Humanities (RICH) is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively seeks a diverse pool of candidates.

  • Share/Bookmark

Providence Children’s Film Festival Seeks Intern

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Salary: Volunteer
Start Date: Immediate
Part Time

The Providence Children’s Film Festival(PCFF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing high quality independent and international  films to New England and presenting them as shared theatrical experiences for the community. PCFF was founded in 2009 with the idea that  children, teens and families deserve alternative choices to those found at the traditionally commercial film venues.  Education is vital to the PCFF mission. In addition to film screenings PCFF sponsors opportunities for children and youth to learn about film and filmmaking techniques through educational workshops held during the festival and at various other times during the year.  To learn more about the organization, please visit our website: www.pcffri.org.

PCFF is looking for a reliable and enthusiastic intern to join our team. The festival takes place February 14-19, 2013 with additional educational programming and individual film screenings throughout the fall and spring. The intern’s  primary responsibilities will include the creation of a database to support our marketing plan. The intern will also research creative ways for the organization to reach our target audiences comprised of children, teens and families. Additional responsibilities include providing support for our education, sponsorship, programming, volunteer and logistics committees. Intern will also be invited to join the PCFF film jury. This is a position with flexible hours.  With the exception of board meetings and the actual festival dates, much of the work can be completed on your own schedule.

Responsibilities:
Creation of marketing database
Researching innovative ways to reach target audiences
Attending festival production and board meetings
Support for festival committees
Assisting in the creation of methods for program and audience evaluation
Logistics support
Attending festival and film screenings

Qualifications & Experience:
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Reliable and responsible
Ability to work independently and also as part of a team
Self motivated
Creative thinker and problem solver
Enthusiasm and commitment to the organization
Interest in cinema and education

How to Apply
——————————————-
Please send email with resume to Brenda Shannon base10@cox.net.

  • Share/Bookmark

Fall Classes at the Artists Exchange

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012
Fall Classes Start Next Week!

October 1 -  November 25
Winter Session | January 7 – March 9

REGISTER NOW!

Offerings for kids include
pottery wheel throwing, writing, cartooning, woodworking, stained glass,
sculpture, poetry, drawing and painting and more!

For teens and adults: painting, pottery, altered books, and drawing!
New this Fall and Winter are workshops offered in digital photography for adults and make-up for anyone.
More information here!
  • Share/Bookmark

Fall classes at the Coleman Center

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Fall courses at the Newport Art Museum’s studio school, the Coleman Center for Creative Studies, include new, never-before-offered courses and returning favorites. The Museum is now enrolling students for the fall semester. Prospective students can view full course listings and sign up for classes at www.NewportArtMuseum.org.  The Coleman Center takes registrations by phone, Monday – Friday, 10 am – 3 pm at 401-848-8200.  The Coleman Center for Creative Studies in located at 26 Liberty Street, Newport, RI, behind the Museum’s main campus at 76 Bellevue Avenue.
The Coleman Center welcomes Taleen Batalian as a new instructor this fall. Batalian will be leading a facilitated studio, “Introduction to Encaustic Painting”, during which she will demonstrate and facilitate the ancient technique of painting with hot wax. Students interested in monotype artmaking can take one or both sessions of “Monotype Workshops” with Richard Harrington. Session one will feature monotypes made from watercolors and session two, oils. Also on offer are two new workshops by instructor Kieran Johnson of the Richard Avedon Foundation of Manhattan. During “Alternative Process Photography: Cyanotype,” students will create a cyanotope photogram and learn the art of the cyanotype so that they can print at home.  In “Constructing Realities” Johnson will teach teens 13 – 17 years to create the worlds they envision using photography.  Also new this semester is a re-structured schedule for the oil painting courses.  For the first time ever all three levels of oil painting are being offered in one semester.  Students can choose from beginner, intermediate or advanced classes or progress through all three during one semester. The Coleman Center will also be offering a variety of popular returning courses in ceramics, digital media, painting, printmaking and more, as well as workshops, classes and camps for kids and teens.

AT- A – GLANCE

Coleman Center for Creative Studies
Now enrolling for Fall 2012 classes
To register:
Online: at www.NewportArtMuseum.org

By phone: 401-848-8200, Monday – Friday, 10 am – 3 pm

In person: Monday – Friday, 10 am – 3 pm

Coleman Center
26 Liberty Street  Newport, RI
(401) 848-8200
www.NewportArtMuseum.org

About the Newport Art Museum

 

Bringing ART to life in Rhode Island

The Newport Art Museum celebrates its Centennial in 2012. The Museum’s collections and exhibitions focus on the visual artists of Newport and Rhode Island, reflecting the region’s rich cultural heritage and lively contemporary art scene.The Museum also offers art classes and camps, concerts, talks, trips and special events throughout the year. The Newport Art Museum is fully accredited by the American Association of Museums and receives support from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. The Newport Art Museum is situated in Newport’s Old Quarter at 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, Rhode Island. Admission: $10 adults; $8 seniors; $6 active military and students with valid ID; Museum members and children under 5: no charge. By donation Saturday from 11 am to noon. Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11 am – 4 pm, Sunday 12 – 4 pm. Open most major holiday Mondays. Check website for details. To learn more visit www.NewportArtMuseum.org or call (401) 848-8200.

 

 

  • Share/Bookmark

Jane Pickens Theater Seeks FILM THEATER CREW MEMBER

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Location: Newport RI
Salary:
Start Date:
Part Time
Permanent

Job Description
——————————————-
THE POSITION:
At Jane Pickens Theater we value teamwork, so you will be cross-trained to work at concessions and ticket sales, and if you have the right aptitude and attitude, learn to work in the projection booth.  You’ll greet customers, complete cash and credit card transactions, keep the box office clean and well organized, change lobby signage and poster boxes, and be responsible for the security of box office cash and tickets. You’ll prepare and serve popcorn, beverages and other specialty items, pour wine and beer (you must be TIPS certified), perform inventory counts and replenish stock, and maintain the cleanliness of the concessions area, including the popcorn machine and other equipment, counters, shelves, floor and display cases.  You’ll perform daily opening and closing operational duties, help keep the lobby, theater and bathrooms tidy and clean, and assist with other functions and duties as needed to help ensure our smooth operations.
REQUIREMENTS OF THE POSITION:
- Excellent customer service skills; retail experience preferred but not required
- Good verbal communication skills as well as math and cash-handling aptitude
- Friendly and energetic demeanor, with the ability to stay calm and move quickly during busy times; flexible and capable of multi-tasking under pressure
- Strong work ethic, with a can-do attitude; desire to work as part of a team
- Capable of standing, walking, twisting, bending and climbing stairs on a frequent basis;
able to lift 50 lbs.
- Availability and willingness to work weekend, evening, holiday, and on-call shifts
- Access to reliable transportation to Aquidneck Island; regular access to email and the internet
-All Crew Members must be TIPS Certified to serve wine and beer in Rhode Island. If hired, you will be required to obtain certification at your own cost prior to commencing work at JPT.

How to Apply
——————————————-
TO APPLY:
Please send your resume, including references, to jobs@janepickens.com.  If your resume qualifies, you will be asked to submit an application.

  • Share/Bookmark

The SteelYard Providence Seeks Executive Director

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Salary: $60-75,000
Start Date: no later than April 1, 2013
Full Time Permanent

—————————–
The Steel Yard

A competitive nationwide search is underway for an Executive Director for the Steel Yard (www.thesteelyard.org) in Providence, RI.  The expected date of employment is no later than  April 1, 2013, with full assumption of duties no later than April 15,  2013.

The organization:
In 2002, the Steel Yard’s founders had the simple idea that  re-connecting people to how things are made would open endless  possibilities for fostering creativity and building community.  Ten  years later, the Steel Yard is a nationally-recognized non-profit  industrial arts organization with a two-acre campus on the National  Historic Register site of Providence Steel and Iron, a former steel  fabrication facility.  Every day we acknowledge the deep industrial  history of Providence and Rhode Island, and work to harness it once  again to promote economic revitalization through creative means.  With  over 9,000 square feet of workshop and studio space – including an iron  foundry; metalworking shop; ceramics, jewelry, and blacksmithing  departments; and outdoor multi-use work and exhibition space – we offer a dynamic array of industrial arts and technical training programs  designed to increase opportunities for artistic and cultural expression, workforce development, and small bu
siness incubation.

Steel Yard programs cater to working artists, students, community  members, trades-people, arts educators and entrepreneurs – and  contribute substantively to the local economy.  Public Projects produces our own line of one-of-a-kind street and park amenities, including art  bike racks, tree guards, and trash cans that can be seen throughout New  England; and in turn keeps local artists employed and fosters a  significant volume of business within the state.  Workforce development  programming in the metalworking trades prepares Rhode Islanders for  careers in design and fabrication.  Community courses serve over 300  people annually in our five core arts disciplines.  Below market rental  opportunities provide both temporary and long-term studio and office  space for individuals, companies and non-profits in the arts and culture sectors.  And our site is host to a burgeoning calendar of internally- and externally-generated events.

All of this is managed by a small staff working with an annual operating budget of only half a million dollars.  Yet, we have access to a  $100,000 line of credit to facilitate Public Projects’ growth and, by  January of 2013, we will owe less than $250,000 on our 1.5 million  dollar site.  The Steel Yard built this legacy and created the  opportunities before us with multiple revenue streams, including income  from Public Projects sales, community courses tuition, signature  fundraising events and site rentals; as well as institutional grants and cash and in-kind corporate and private donations.

Facing our second decade, we recognize that the Steel Yard is at an  exciting and significant moment in time.  We recently completed a $1.2  million dollar brownfield cleanup project, one that received numerous  local and national design and preservation awards, including EDRA Great  Places.  Now, we’re focusing on continuing the renovation of the studio  buildings, and considering new programming.  We intend to shape the  Steel Yard’s future growth by focusing on the values of inclusion,  interaction and sense of experimentation that have contributed to our  success.

Does the Steel Yard need an excellent administrator who can manage a  small, yet sophisticated organization?  Yes.  But we want more.  We’re  looking for an Executive Director who will join with the staff and Board to lead the effort to fulfill the Steel Yard’s full potential as a  creative hub.  If you’re interested in being part of this dynamic  process, read on.

General:
The Executive Director, working in concert with the Board, staff, and  community, will play a central role in guiding the Steel Yard through  the next decade.  It is expected that the incoming Executive Director  will work with the Board to undertake a new strategic planning process  within the first eighteen months of her/his tenure.

The range of compensation for the position is $60,000- $75,000.  The  Steel Yard offers health and dental benefits (75% for individual  plans/50% for family plans) and the opportunity to take free or  reduced-fee Steel Yard courses.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

●       Program Development:  The Executive Director will work with  staff to enhance the Steel Yard’s programs, develop new programs, and  optimize the use of data to analyze strengths and weaknesses.  Specific  responsibilities to be assumed for current programs:

o       Workforce training:  Complete research and evaluation of  grant-funded work aimed at increasing post-program paid internships.
o       Courses:  Complete internal review and revamp course structure.
o       Public Projects:  Oversee rapid, recent growth by identifying  opportunities for expansion of current operations, as well as potential  for expanded retail production.

●       Resource Development/Fundraising:  The Executive Director will  be responsible for creating and implementing a comprehensive strategy  for increasing, strengthening and diversifying the Steel Yard’s funding  sources.  This work will include expanding government, corporate and  foundation giving; cultivating and growing the individual donor base;  and maximizing special events for fundraising purposes.  The Executive  Director will engage the staff and board as needed to achieve resource  development/fundraising goals.

●       Ambassador:  The Executive Director, as the chief advocate for  and champion of the organization, will enhance the image and promote  understanding of the Steel Yard to our local, regional and national  audiences and stakeholders.  S/he will represent the Steel Yard at  appropriate functions and make effective public presentations.  S/he  will raise the profile and build awareness of the organization via:

○       Partnerships and Collaborations:
■       Establish and maintain contacts and cultivate collaborations to  ensure the representation of the Steel Yard’s concerns with key  individuals in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors.
■       Assure professional relationships with individuals and  organizations that share a stake in the Steel Yard’s mission, and  cultivate new partnerships.
○       Communications and Marketing:
■       Develop and implement effective marketing/communication strategies, objectives and tactics.
■       Oversee sustainable marketing outreach to raise the visibility  of the Steel Yard among our various constituencies in the arts,  business, and civic communities.
o       Upgrade and leverage the website and other online and social marketing vehicles.

●       Human Resources Management:  The Executive Director is the  principal human resources officer for the Steel Yard and will:

o       Ensure that necessary human resources are developed by fostering a culture of mutual respect and appreciation.
o       Build accountability through clear expectations and regular performance evaluations.
o       Strengthen staff capacities by modeling best practices and providing professional development opportunities.
o       Oversee staff relationships with contracted employees and volunteers.
o       Effectively manage the organization according to authorized  personnel policies and procedures that fully conform to current laws and regulations.

●       Real Estate and Capital Improvements:  The Executive Director  will ensure that all facilities meet future needs by developing,  managing, and maintaining them in ways that allow for strategic growth.   Specifically, s/he will:

o       Complete the renovation of the studio buildings.
o       Revisit existing plans and create a fundraising strategy for development of under-utilized portions of the property.
o       Expand the facility rental program.

●       Financial Management – The Executive Director will:

o       Ensure sound fiscal accountability and sustainability and direct financial activities and decisions based on plans and policies  developed in concert with the Board.
o       Work with the staff, Board and, particularly, the Board  Treasurer, to create and recommend the yearly budget for board approval, and prudently manage resources within the budget and governmental  regulations.
o       Oversee all bookkeeping, accounting, and financial activities.

●       Board Development and Support:  The Executive Director will work with the Chair and Board to build membership, serve as the primary  staff liaison to the Board, staff Board committees as needed, and foster a culture of mutual respect and appreciation between Board and staff.

Our ideal candidate is:

●       Passionate and knowledgeable about the role of the arts in  community development, and ensuring economic, social, and environmental  justice through the industrial arts.
●       Bold, decisive and able to consider many points of view.
●       Comfortable with a range of constituents, and able to represent the organization’s mission with warmth and enthusiasm.
●       An energetic entrepreneur who will develop new sources of revenue and know how and when to take risks.
●       Able to work under pressure and meet concurrent deadlines.
●       Skilled in managing and supporting staff, and promoting healthy organizational culture.
●       Comfortable with unknowns, and able to move issues and projects to consensus and action.
●       Experienced in managing a complex budget with a diverse mix of revenue sources and an operating line of credit.
●       Familiar with successfully running a business and/or a fee-for-service program.
●       Skilled in working with and furthering the ongoing development of an effective board.
●       A good writer and commanding public speaker.
●       Computer literate, particularly in a Mac environment.

The ideal candidate will also bring a sense of humor, an entrepreneurial spirit, flexibility and energy to the position.

How to Apply
——————————————-
To apply:  email a one-page cover letter and resume to search@thesteelyard.org
Deadline for application:  5:00 pm EST on October 23, 2012.

  • Share/Bookmark

Public Art Call From the Maine Arts Commission

Monday, September 24th, 2012

The Maine Arts Commission is making an International call to any artist to submit proposals to design, create and install artwork at the Stewart New Media Center/Art Complex at the University of Maine, Orono, Maine, USA.

Project budget: $10,000
Submission deadline: 3:00 pm, Thursday, November 15, 2012

Full details: http://maineartscommission.blogspot.com/2012/09/orono-public-art-competition-seeks.html

Darrell Bulmer
Maine Arts Commission
193 State Street, 25 SHS
Augusta, ME 04333-0025
207/287-6746 Direct Line
207/287-2724 General Office Line
207/287-2725 Fax
darrell.bulmer@maine.gov
MaineArts.com

  • Share/Bookmark

Portsmouth Arts Guild Fall Classes

Monday, September 24th, 2012
Sign up now

Contact Suzanne Lewis at suzannelewis@fullchannel.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CREATIVE
DRAWING WITH WAYNE QUACKENBUSH

 

The class
will come up with 30 words or phrases to stimulate the imagination. These
prompts will form the basis for daily drawing. In class we will learn techniques
for creative drawing, including visualization, blind-folded drawing, using the
non-primary hand, etc. This class will help you establish a daily drawing
practice. We will share our drawings in class each week. Open to all media and
skill levels.

 

Instructor:
Wayne
has a BFA from Pratt Institution with an emphasis on Drawing and
Illustration. He owns and runs annex comics in Newport. This class is based on
the popular Art and Writing Challenges offered by Annex Comics on Facebook. See
annexcomics.com.

 

Date:
4 Thursdays, Oct. 11, 18, Nov. 1,8

 

Time:
9:30-12PM

 

Tuition:
$75, $65 PAG members

 

 

 

START AN
ART BLOG WITH MARGARET OWEN

 

Blogging about
your art is easy and motivating. It can help you develop as an artist and meet a
community of like minded people. You’ll learn about setting up a blog,
photographing your work, and packing and shipping. We’ll also discuss how to
integrate the private and public aspects of art making. All skill levels and
media welcome. Class size will be kept small.

 

Instructor:
Margaret Owen
received her BFA from the University of Georgia and an
MFA from the NY Academy of Art. She lives and works in Providence. You can see
her work at Studio Hop in Providence and Bristol Looms and her BLOG at www.permanentmagenta

 

Date:
4 Fridays, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26

 

Time:
9:30-12:30PM

 

Tuition:
$175, $150 PAG members

 

 

 

PAINTING
PORTRAITS IN 4 COLORS WITH KATHY WEBER

 

Find out how
easy it is to paint portraits when you use a limited palette of only 4 colors.
This is the palette made famous by Andres Zorn. First we will create a color
chart. Then we’ll paint from a model. You’ll see how effective these colors can
be for flesh and hair colors. Oils and acrylics welcome. Open to all
levels..

 

Instructor:
Kathy Weber
has a BFA/Painting from UMass Dartmouth. She has won awards
and her work has been published in American Artist magazine. She has a
background in commercial art and illustration. See www.weberstudio.com

 

Date:
5 Wednesdays, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 31 Nov. 7 (no class Oct 2

 

Time:
9-12 (mornings)

 

Tuition:
$135,$125 PAG members. (returning students who have done the color chart

 
will start on Oct. 10 and pay $115, $100) model fee $35 to be paid to teacher.

 

PAINT A
TONALIST LANDSCAPE WITH JONATHAN SMALL

 

Capture misty
atmosphere and twilit scenes. Tonalism was a painterly style most popular from
1880 to 1920. We will discuss paintings by LaFarge, Ryder, Twachtman as well as
modernist artists such as Marsden Hartley and Wolf Kahn. Students may work in
oil (no turpentine), acrylic, watercolor or pastel. We will paint inside, using
photos or sketches with an occasional foray outside for a view of the sunset.

 

Instructor:
Jonathan
is an award winning artist, a member of the DeBlois Gallery in
Newport and chair of the exhibition committee of the PAG. He studied at the
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Mass Art and RISD.

 

Date:
Wednesdays, Oct 3, 10, 17, 24

 

Time:
6-9PM

 

Tuition:
$125, $100 PAG members  $5 materials fee

 

  • Share/Bookmark

Tax Credit Panel opens Pawtucket Film Festival

Thursday, September 20th, 2012
The Rhode Island Film Collaborative (RIFC) is organizing a panel to encourage smaller productions, demystify tax credits, foster local film companies and achieve more consistent local production.

The discussion takes place at 7 PM on September 27th at the Blackstone Valley Visitor’s Center, and opens the Pawtucket Film Festival, which runs from September 27th – 30th.

Now entering its thirteenth year, the Pawtucket Film Festival, which is part of the Pawtucket Arts Festival, is an event that celebrates the artists behind the films it shows.  For news on other upcoming Pawtucket Film Festival events, check out their Facebook page.

The Tax Credit panel will consist of:

Anthony Ambrosino -
Producer of the upcoming feature JAR OF FOOLS and Creative Director at The 989 Project;

Bert Crenca – Artist, Artistic Director and Founder of
AS220;

Steven Feinberg – Executive Director of the RI Film & TV Office;

Gary Glassman – Documentary Producer and Founder of Providence Pictures;

Andrew Lund – Associate Professor of Film Production and the Director of the Integrated Media Arts MFA Program at Hunter College, City University of New York

Dr. Edward Mazze – Distinguished University Professor of
Business Administration at the University of RI and former Dean of the College of Business Administration. He is author of the study, THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF THE MOTION PICTURE PRODUCTION TAX CREDIT ON THE RHODE ISLAND ECONOMY FOR THE YEARS
2005-2009;

Kimberly Wyman – CPA, head of film tax audits at Carl Weinberg & Co.

  • Share/Bookmark

Official RI Film Collaborative Call for Entries

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

The next RIFC Official Production will create several shorts all set in an elevator. Scripts will be assessed based on fun, quality and feasibility of production . While scripts of all length will be considered, we prefer scripts in the 5-6 page area.

Submit a script or address questions to productions@rifcfilms.com.

Note, this is not a glass elevator, and does not have a hatch in the roof. Other than that, you can add an elevator operator, emergency phone, and decide how many floors in the building – these can all be changed to match a script.

  • Share/Bookmark

NDP TOURING AWARDS DEADLINE

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

NDP Touring Awards fund the presentation of works created independently from the NDP Production process that are scheduled to tour nationally. Awards reserve up to $40,000 in funding for each artist and company and are distributed to nonprofit organizations presenting the work to support artist fees and travel. Learn more.

 

WHO MAY APPLY

Choreographers and companies. Agents, artist managers, and presenters may also apply on behalf of an artist, company, or project.

 

GRANT RECIPIENTS

Touring Awards are disbursed to nonprofit organizations as Presentation Grants.

 

DEADLINE

 

October
15, 2012. Apply today!

 

  • Share/Bookmark

Vermont Studio Center Fellowships for Artists/Writers

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012
Artists/Writers in New England, IN, WA, OH: Apply
by October 1st
Please help us spread the word about these
exciting fellowship oportunities!
Clowes Fund Fellowship Four
fellowships, one each for visual artists living in Massachusetts, New Hampshire,
Indiana and Washington. Each award includes a $400 travel stipend.
Ohio Arts Council
Fellowships
Two awards, one each for a visual artist and writer, who
are recent recipients of OAC Individual Excellence Awards.
Artist’s Resource Trust (A.R.T.)
Fellowships
A special fellowship opportunity for New England visual
artists over the age of 35 with demonstrable financial need. Please apply to VSC
at this deadline for consideration by A.R.T.
These are just a few of the 35 fellowships
available at our October 1st deadline–other awards include 16 open merit-based
fellowships, 2 awards for a parent-artist raising young children, 2 awards for
outstanding American poets with financial need, and more. Learn about all of our
current fellowship opportunities at www.vermontstudiocenter.org/fellowships.
Applications are due by October 1st, 2012. Apply
at apply.vermontstudiocenter.org.
Contact David Grozinsky at david@vermontstudiocenter.org or
802-635-2727 with any questions.

  • Share/Bookmark

Consultant Position for VSA National Network

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Proposed Formation of a VSA Association
Request for Information (RFI)

Proposal Submission Deadline: Friday, September 28, 2012
Award Notification: Friday, October 26, 2012

Overview
The VSA domestic affiliate network of state arts and disability organizations seeks to form an association to advance the sustainability of individual state affiliates; enhance the impact of services; cultivate our relationships with international VSA affiliates; and showcase the VSA network as state leadership organizations at the forefront of the arts and disability field. Please see the attachment for a complete overview the VSA network history and current status.
The VSA domestic network seeks to engage a qualified consultant with national experience to assist its representatives in the development of such an association uniting the VSA domestic affiliates, to be implemented by October 1, 2013. The association will be a 501(c)(3) with its own board and articles of incorporation, with primary activities including:

1. A central office/spokesperson – location TBD
2. Financial and Data Management – including fundraising and development that supports administration of the association and the long-term work of affiliates in their respective states
3. Creative Program Development – coordination of product development
4. Linkages with appropriate organizations, agencies, entities serving disability groups, and international VSA affiliates
5. Repository of programming being implemented nationally include best practices, innovations and model projects

Specific components of this RFI include:
• Research and fact-finding on relevant information pertaining to VSA and proposed models
• Presentation of three organizational models for consideration for this association’s administration
• Models for funding the association’s administration
• Proposed association policies, including addition, monitoring, and mentoring new affiliates

Process
Interested consultants are asked to submit a proposal that includes the following:
• Narrative outlining how the consultant will approach this project, including alignment with the following timeline.
o November 2012 – January 2013 – Research and fact-finding
o Feb. – March 2013 – Meeting between Consultant & VSA Association Working Group
o April 2013 – Model Review by VSA affiliates at annual meeting in Washington DC
o June 2013 – Finalize Association Model
o July – Aug. 2013 – Incorporation, hire staff, etc.
o October 1, 2013 – Start Date for Association
• A fully inclusive project budget.
• Current resume or vita of key personnel.
• Summary of experience on projects of similar scope/nature.
• A list of two professional references, at least one of which are from projects of a similar nature/scope, including current contact information.

Primary Responsibilities of the Consultant
1. Work throughout the process with the VSA Association Working Group, comprised of VSA affiliate executive directors and board members.
2. Design and propose logic model or other framework design for the new VSA Association.
3. Present three models for consideration to the affiliate network during the annual meeting, April 2013.
4. Finalize Association model based on consultant’s recommendations and feedback from the affiliate network.

Deliverables should include but not be limited to the following:
1. Drafts – Three (3) rubric, logic model or other frameworks for the new VSA Affiliate Association.
2. Final report – One (1) framework detailing the new association model, best practices, areas for consideration, next steps in the incorporation process.

Costs
All travel, administrative and operational costs would be the responsibility of the consultant.  Payment will be made at the conclusion of the project when all responsibilities have been met, deliverables received and accepted by the VSA Association Working Group.

Assumptions and Agreements
The following assumptions shall apply to the final contract:
• Work must be completed by June 30, 2013 in order for the Affiliate Association to incorporate over the summer and begin implementing activities on October 1, 2013.
• The consultant will ensure cultural competence, relevance and inclusiveness in all methods, actions and communications.
• The consultant will take all steps possible to protect the confidentiality, anonymity, privacy, safety and reputations of all informants and participants.

How to Apply
Proposals should include a cover sheet identifying the consultant and all pertinent contact information.  The narrative will clearly identify the approaches and methodologies that will be employed to develop the VSA Association, a tentative project timeline, brief bios of key personnel, and what experience the consultant is able to bring to the project. A separate sheet should be included for the budget overview.  Applicants should also include information on their company and/or relevant past work and clients.

VSA reserves the right to extend the submission deadline and timeline outline above.

All proposals must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 28, 2012 and should be sent to
Marian Winters, Executive Director of VSA Florida via email at mwinters@usf.edu, or mailed to:

Marian Winters
VSA Florida
University of South Florida
4202 E. Fowler Ave., EDU-105
Tampa, FL 33620

Additional Information
If you have any questions concerning this project, please contact Marian Winters at 813-974-0721.

  • Share/Bookmark

LinkedIn Board Connect:

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

At LinkedIn, we believe connecting the right talent with the
right opportunity has the potential to change the world. In many ways,
this is at the heart of what we do as a business. Since the beginning,
it has been part of our culture to identify ways we can leverage what we
do as a business and apply it to the social sector. Today, we are proud
to announce LinkedIn Board Connect, a program that helps nonprofit leaders find high quality professionals to join their boards.

Nonprofit Landscape in the United States

Over the last two decades, the nonprofit marketplace has exploded. There
are nearly 1.6 million nonprofits in the U.S. with nearly two million
board seats that need to be filled annually. The good news is that
professionals want to join these boards. According to the Taproot Foundation,
an estimated 87% of human resources professionals and 92% of marketing
professionals are interested in board service but far fewer actually
serve on boards.

Introducing LinkedIn Board Connect

With the launch of LinkedIn Board Connect,
we are giving nonprofit leaders the tools to help them leverage their
own networks and their board members’ networks to find the right skilled
professionals to join their boards. The Board Connect program includes
free access to Talent Finder (one of our premium accounts focused on
finding top candidates on LinkedIn), access to an exclusive educational
webcast and an invitation to join the Board Connect Group on
LinkedIn. To participate, you must be a registered U.S. nonprofit. We
are launching in limited release to give us a chance to learn from our
initial participants.

To learn more and sign up for the program, please visit our brand new LinkedIn for Nonprofits resource page.

Leading up to the launch of Board Connect, we identified several
nonprofit organizations in key verticals – social entrepreneurs and
education leadership – and invited them to test drive the program and
partner with us for launch. We believe these verticals are well
positioned to leverage Board Connect successfully and we’re honored to
have them join us as launch partners: Teach for America, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, New Schools Venture Fund and Charter Board Partners.

It is our hope that Board Connect will enable nonprofit leaders to
find professionals with the right skills, experience and social capital
to help them be successful.

Benefits of Serving on a Nonprofit Board

On a personal note, I currently serve on the boards of Network for Good and VolunteerMatch
where I’ve gained valuable perspective and made business contacts that
help me every day in my position as Head of Social Impact at LinkedIn.
There is no question that board service has had a positive impact on
both my career trajectory and my personal development.

For professionals who want to use their skills and passion to make an
impact on a nonprofit organization, there are fantastic benefits to
serving on a board:

  • Builds your skill set: Hone the skills you currently possess while
    serving on a board whether you work in marketing, human resources or finance, and learn new skills that you can add to your LinkedIn profile.
  • Grows your network: Meet and collaborate with other passionate and
    talented professionals while serving on a board and make key contacts
    for the future.
  • Builds your brand and the nonprofit’s brand: Not only will your
    professional brand get a boost from serving as a board member, but you can build awareness and endorsements for that nonprofit through your participation.
  • Makes you feel good for doing good: Building social capital will
    give you that burst of professional and personal inspiration you may be looking for, and there is nothing better than the feeling that you can
    put your skills to good use.

If you are interested in joining a nonprofit board, be sure to add the Volunteer Experience & Causes section
to your LinkedIn profile. Expressing the causes you care about and the
organizations you support will enable your network to connect you with
the right opportunity.

  • Share/Bookmark

Rock & Reel Teams Local Music and Film

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Rock & Reel is a grassroots art project starting in Providence, Rhode Island, that pairs independent filmmakers with local bands and challenges them to make a narrative music video in just nine days.
Filmmakers gather teams, locations, actors, props, etc. Musicians pick appropriate tracks of music. On October 4th they get randomly matched, and the filmmakers are off to make narrative shorts insprired by the music.
At the end, all completed work is shown on the big screen at CinemaWorld, in Lincoln, where audience members and a panel of judges vote on their favorites. The winning pairs will have a special screening of their video before the winning bands perform live in a “Best of” concert at The Met Café in Pawtucket.

“The project is all about narrative video – so each short will tell a story of some kind,” says co-Producer Emily Olson. “Don’t imagine a typical “concert footage” video – think more like ‘Thriller’ (but with a lower budget)”.
The proceeds go to help the non-profit Rhode Island Film Collaborative, which helps independent filmmakers make independent films.
2012 is Rock and Reel’s inaugural year. Says Co-Producer Mike Ryan, “As the project grows, we’re excited to spread to other cities and help artists support and promote each other through the contest.”
All kinds of music are welcome – musicians and filmmakers can sign up at www.rockandreel.org

History:  Cinematic music performance is as old as the talkies. Al Johlson’s performance in The Jazz Singer in 1927 kicked off the tradition. But filmed performances changed for good at 12:01 a.m. on August 1, 1981, when MTV flickered to life with its first music video – “Video Killed the Radio Star” by The Buggles.
Since then, the music video has gone in many directions – animation, literal imagery, metaphoric imagery, performance and narrative – and its only limitation is the imagination of musicians and directors. In 2012, Rock and Reel joins this robust history with its contest debut in Providence, Rhode Island, a city known for its vibrant music scene and lively film community.

 

  • Share/Bookmark

Call for Proposals – Chazan Gallery

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

The Chazan Gallery is accepting artists’ proposals for solo or group shows for the 2013-2015 exhibition season

Deadline: December 1, 2012

Please send or drop off at the gallery:
Chazan GalleryAttn: Sue Carroll, 228 Angell Street, Providence, RI 02906

  1. 20 slides/digital images of your work (#1-5 will be juried in the first
    round)

    • Images must be numbered and listed accordingly on an image list.
    • Digital images should be in JPEG format, no more than 1200 pixels in any
      dimension, and not less than 300 dpi on a CD-R (PC/Mac compatible).
  2. A list of images, titles, dates, medium and size
  3. A brief proposal
  4. An up-to-date CV
  5. A self-addressed, stamped envelope

Please see www.chazangallery.org for details

  • Share/Bookmark

Imagine Woonsocket Main Street Workshop

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Do you have ideas for the future of Main Street Woonsocket?

Please Attend Imagine Woonsocket Main Street  Workshop

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

6 PM to 8:30 PM  at RiverzEdge Arts  Project, 68 South Main Street, Woonsocket, RI 02895
We will be discussing a community vision and goals for streetscape, transportation patterns and zoning in the Main Street area.  This workshop will build on previous visioning work already completed.  If you want to voice your opinion on the future of the Woonsocket Main Street area, please attend this event.  Light dinner will be served.

Please RSVP by Monday, Sept.. 17 to Jennifer Siciliano at 401-767-1418 or jsiciliano@woonsocketri.org.

  • Share/Bookmark

Call For Public Art: The Eleven

Monday, September 17th, 2012

A. Project Summary – ArtsinStark, the private non profit county arts council for Canton and Stark County, OH is issuing a “Request for Qualifications/RFQ for professional artists to design, fabricate and install artwork in front of the Frank T. Bow Building at 201 Cleveland Avenue, SW Canton, OH. The Call for Artists deadline is October 15, 2012. The installation deadline is before December 31, 2013.

B. Project Budget – Total artwork budget for Moment #1 – “Birth of the NFL” $150,000. This budget will cover artist fees, overhead, operating costs, fabrication, materials, shipping, insurance (general liability, automobile, workers compensation), travel expenses, and installation. Submission deadline: materials must be submitted no later than 12 am Monday October 15, 2012 Eastern Standard Time.

C. Scope of Work – This National Call to Artists will result in a short list of three semi- finalists who will each receive an honorarium of $3,500 to cover the following:

•A site visit to Canton to 1) learn more about the history of the area, 2) see the location of the artwork, and 3) and participate in a community meeting
•Development of a concept proposal and maquette for the project
•A returning visit to Canton to present proposal to Selection Committee
D. Eligibility – The public art project is open to professional artists residing in the United States who are at least 18 years of age and have at least two years of visual art exhibition and commissioned public art experience.

E. Project Goals – The artwork should be suitable both for the location in terms of scale and to be viewed by pedestrian traffic. It must:

•Celebrate the “Birth of the NFL” — the first of the eleven greatest moments of professional football history for which we are commissioning artwork.
•Represent the highest quality art being made in America today.
•Be so amazing that visitors coming to Canton would want to see it whether they were sports fans or not.
F. City – Canton is the birthplace of professional football and home to the Pro Football Hall of Fame (pictured right). It is located about an hour south of Cleveland. ArtsinStark, the private non profit arts council for the county is partnering with The Pro Football Hall of Fame to create The Eleven – a series of public artworks celebrating the 11 greatest moments in professional football history. The majority of the eleven works will be located in downtown Canton within walking distance of one another — which is about a two miles from the Pro Football Hall of Fame. All artwork styles will be considered and our goal is for the series to represent every kind of art being made in America. The Eleven is a multi-year project. The first work for which we are commissioning artwork is moment #4: the Formation of the NFL or the “Birth of the NFL.” Our objective is to install it during 2013 — the 50th anniversary year of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

When “The Pro Football Hall of Fame 50th Anniversary Book” was published in July 2012 it listed the eleven greatest moments in no particular order:

1) 1958 Championship Game (Colts/NY Giants)

2) Formation American Football League (1959)

3) Pete Rozelle Named Commissioner (1960)

4) Formation of the NFL (1920)

5) Red Grange Turns Pro (1925)

6) The NFL Draft (1936)

7) Reintegration of Pro Football (1946)

8) Monday Night Football (1970)

9) Super Bowl III (1968)

10) The Ice Bowl (1967)

11) AFL/NFL Merger (1966)

G. History – First known as the American Professional Football Association (APFA) and later renamed the NFL in 1922, the league’s first president was Jim Thorpe. He was without a doubt the most famous athlete of his time. The league’s formation was the start of a journey that has made the NFL America’s favorite sport. Here is part of what it says in the “The Pro Football Hall of Fame 50th Anniversary Book”:

It goes without saying that the formation meeting for the National Football League held on September 17, 1920 in Canton, Ohio has to be among the eleven most significant moments in NFL history. Representatives of the league’s ten charter members crammed into the tiny showroom of Canton Bulldogs owner Ralph Hay’s Hupmobile dealership and created the American Professional Football Association, which was renamed the National Football League in 1922. Interestingly, the impetus behind forming the league was to combat three major issues plaguing the game at that time: rising salaries, college eligibility, and players jumping from team to team. The organization of the league brought structure to a previously ungoverned sport. Regular meetings among the team owners created rules and bylaws to allow for fair and stable play on the pro level for the first time.

Project Site – The historic meeting was held in the Hupmobile auto showroom of Canton Bulldogs owner Ralph Hay, which was located in the Odd Fellows Building (left). Though the building has been razed, the current site is the Frank T. Bow Federal Building (now owned by Stark County). A historical marker has been put on the building to commemorate the moment . See photos. The site for the artwork will be a footprint of 9 feet by 18 feet along the sidewalk with no height limitation.

H. Application Requirements – May be submitted by mail, electronically or by hand. It must include the following:

1.Letter of interest, not to exceed one page, as to why you are interested and how you would approach creating the artwork
2.Current resume (two page limit)
3.List of three professional references
4.Up to (10) digital images of previous work saved to CD. Each image uploaded shall include the following:
a. title of artwork

b. media

c. dimensions (H x W x D)

d. project budget

e. date of artwork or project completion

f. artwork description (300 character limit)

5. Submission deadline: materials must be submitted no later than 12 am Monday October 15, 2012 Eastern Standard Time to Robb Hankins at ArtsinStark 900 Cleveland Ave. NW P.O. Box 21190 Canton, OH 44701-1190

Timeline:

•Request for Qualifications announced: end of August 2012
•Deadline for return of RFQ: October 15, 2012
•Selection Committee decides on three semi-finalists: Oct 30, 2012
•Site visit for semi-finalists: Nov 2012
•Semi-finalists’ presentation to Selection Committee: Dec 2012
•Artist Selection Decision and Notification: Dec 2012
•Installation Date: before Dec 31, 2013
Questions, Follow-up: Questions may be directed to Robb Hankins at ArtsinStark at 330-453-1075 or RobbHankins@ArtsinStark.com

  • Share/Bookmark