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Studio amd seeks skilled renderers and animators

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Studio amd is seeking skilled renderers and animators for upcoming national and international projects. This is an excellent opportunity for someone with both rigorous technical skills and keen artistic sensibilities who is looking for projects which routinely push those skills to the limit. We offer a relaxed environment that encourages ideas and artistic growth. Come work for a company that gives you a chance to take personal pride in what you create.

Candidates should be skilled in 3DStudio Max and Photoshop. Additional software knowledge, such as AutoCAD, Revit, After Effects, Premiere, and maxscript, is a plus.


Please send your resume and rendering samples (jpeg) or animation samples (links)
to Jon Kletzien at jkletzien@studioamd.com.

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Portraiture by Liliya Krys at the Wickford Art Association

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Mondays, 3-6pm
May 6th – May 27th
4 weeks
Members $120/Non-Members $140

In this 4 week class, students will explore and learn the basics of portraiture and discover some different ways to approach and create a portrait. Although the class will have structured exercises and demonstrations that look at things like anatomy, materials, and art history. Students will be encouraged to follow their own direction and develop their confidence to create portraits unique to them in a variety of artistic expressions!
Liliya Krys is an immigrant from Russia and who now lives and works in Rhode Island as a professional artist. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from UMass Dartmouth, and BS in Art Education, and BA in Studio Art from RIC. Liliya has a substantial exhibiting and teaching experience.
Please visit or contact the Wickford Art Association at 401-294-6840 to sign up for the class and receive the materials list.
36 Beach Street
Wickford, RI 02852

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Art Marketing by Theresa Girard at the Wickford Art Association

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Monday, May 20th 10am – 2pm
Members $79/Non-Members $99
Ideas, advice, marketing, answers,
And all round common sense steps to improve your art career!
This is a no-nonsense approach to developing knowledge of the ever changing art world as it applies to YOUR world. Theresa will provide a guide for your new direction as you pursue your artistic goals. It is not just about marketing, it is also about an assessment of where you fit in to achieve optimal success.
Realistic advice on commissions, pricing, galleries, framing and general practices from Theresa’s actual hands on studio management. Artists and non artists of all venues are welcome. (Spouses too!) So do it your way or learn from my mistakes!
Theresa Girard is a successful award winning artist who works in Narragansett, RI and Bonita Springs Florida.  She is a juried artist member of the Providence Art Club, and a signature member of the International Society of Acrylic Painters.

Please visit or contact the Wickford Art Association at 401-294-6840 to sign up for the class and receive the materials list.
36 Beach Street
Wickford, RI 02852

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a + b performances and contemporary dance master class at Providence College

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

On April 19 and 20, local choreographers Ali Kenner Brodsky and Betsy Miller will present “a + b”: a shared evening of contemporary dance. From intimate solos, to vaudevillian duets and athletic ensemble pieces, the performances will feature a mixture of new premieres and reconstructed repertory hits by both artists. The performances will be held in the John Bowab Studio Theatre at Providence College’s Smith Center for the Performing Arts, and will be followed by a peer-moderated post-performance Q&A. Prior to the performances, the choreographers will hold a technique and repertory masterclass open to intermediate-advanced level dancers and professionals.
“a + b” is the first joint venture between Miller and Kenner Brodsky, and was conceived of as an opportunity to employ local artists in the creation of high-caliber dance works. Aptly timed, this collaboration comes at a time of robust growth of independently-produced dance in Providence, a city already well-known for its other indie art scenes. Artists involved in the performance include dancers Jamie Arnold, Shura Baryshnikov, Jessika Davis, Amanda DelPrete, Jessica Howard, Kim Johnson, Audrey Maclean, Amanda Narciso, Emily Sulock, and Stephanie Turner, music by local band Brown Bird and lighting design by Stephen Petrilli.
The performance will include seven works. Kenner Brodsky’s trio Hidden (premiered at Salve Regina University in 2012) is a reflection on the artist’s emotional process in dealing with her mother’s battle with lung cancer. Set to music by Michael Wall, Miller’s solo, Just Me, Circe (premiered at the Provincetown Dance Festival, 2011) investigates the mythological demigoddess most famous for her appearance in Homer’s Odyssey. Miller re-imagines the sorceress through a personalist lens, offering audiences a new view at a complex character. Additional works include new group works by both artists, a solo by Kenner Brodsky, and two whimsical duets.

a + b is supported in part by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. The project is also supported by the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Film at Providence College.

Friday, April 19 at 8pm with Q&A to follow
Saturday, April 20 at 8pm
John Bowab Studio Theatre
Smith Center for the Performing Arts
Providence College, Providence, RI
Tickets: $15, door sales only

Wednesday, April 17 1:30-3:15pm
Dance Studio, Smith Center for the Performing Arts
Providence College, Providence, RI
Class Fee: $15; free for Providence College students

Ali Kenner Brodsky Ms. Kenner Brodsky draws on everyday life scenarios as a jumping off point for her dance pieces, delving deeper into the emotionality and theatricality of human interactions. Hailed by the New Jersey Star Ledger for her “gentle and sensuous movement style,” Ms. Kenner Brodsky, originally from Rhode Island, moved to New York City after receiving a BA in Dance and Psychology from Skidmore College. She began her choreographic studies under Debra Fernandez and Martha Myers and had the great fortune of being mentored by Phyllis Lamhut, while an Artist-in-Resident at Joyce SoHo (2003-2004). While in the Big Apple, her work was shown at Joyce SoHo, Movement Research at Judson Church, Skidmore College, SWEAT (NJ), OK Harris Art Gallery, WAX, University Settlement, Dixon Place, dancenow downtown arts festival, the Dumbo Dance Festival, the former DanceSpace Center, Dance New Amsterdam, as well as The Carriage House (RI) and in Cambridge, NY. She had her inaugural season in her hometown Providence, RI in 2001 and has since self-produced two evening-length performances at the Joyce SoHo and has been produced by the Puffin Room, NYC. Since her return to Rhode Island, Ms. Kenner Brodsky has had the pleasure of being a guest choreographer at Salve Regina University and Providence College. Currently, Ms. Kenner Brodsky is on the adjunct dance faculty at Salve Regina and Dean College in Franklin, MA. She dances with and serves as rehearsal director for LostWax Multimedia Dance.
Betsy Miller
Hailing from Wooster, Ohio, Betsy Miller is a dance artist and educator currently based in Pawtucket, RI. In her choreography, Miller delves into issues of gender and power, transforming both personal memory and cultural reference into dance work that is both viscerally-motivated and delicately nuanced. She is a freelance choreographer and co-director of Propel-her Dance Collective (www.propelherdance.com), and is a Special Lecturer in Dance at Providence College. She currently performs with Fusionworks Dance Company, and has danced in works by Terry Creach, Pascal Rioult, Deb Meunier, Doug Varone, Michael Kelly Bruce, Ming Shen Ku, Kristin O’Neal, Shawn Hove, and Marden Ramos, and in collaborations with Matthew Cumbie, Maggie Bennett and Erik Abbott-Main. Her choreography has been presented in various venues in New York City, Ohio, Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Texas. She holds an MFA in Dance from The Ohio State University and a BA in Dance from Connecticut College. Brown Bird Brown Bird is the Rhode Island based musical duo of David Lamb and MorganEve Swain. Utilizing the compelling combination of cello, violin, bouzouki, electric guitar, percussion and wordless vocalization they have incorporated a cross-section of their various international influences to create the score for Kenner Brodsky’s ‘Magnification Observation.’ In Brown Bird’s 10 years of existence they have released 6 full length albums, toured extensively including an opening tour for Low

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CALL FOR ART – Fitchburg Art Museum

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Fitchburg Art Museum is seeking artists
working in all media for its 
78th Regional Exhibition of Art and Craft. 

JUROR: Nina Gara Bozicnik, Assistant Curator, 
Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire.

EXHIBITION DATES: June 23-September 1, 2013

FIRST PRIZE: Winner receives a SOLO EXHIBITION in the summer of 2014. 
Additional cash awards.

ELIGIBILITY: The 78th Regional Exhibition of Art and Craft is open to all Museum
non-members who live within approximately 30 miles of Fitchburg or who are updated members of the Fitchburg Art Museum
regardless of where they live in the US.

ENTRY DEADLINE: May 20, 2013


ENTRY FORM LINKclick here.

For further information: www.fitchburgartmuseum.org

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Ceramics Classes at MudStone Studios in Warren

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Wheel-Throwing with Rose Esson-Dawson

Learn to use the potter’s wheel to create simple yet functional works of art! No experience is needed, but more experienced potters will take their works to the next level!

Rose’s class is fun and inspiring, students keep signing up for more! Class size is limited, so payment is necessary to hold your place in class! Open studio time is included in the cost of class, see the drop-in classes for hours.

Thursday Evenings, 6-9:pm
May 2- June 6
$150 tuition, plus $30 for materials

This class fills quickly, so reserve your place early~


Teen Wheel Class with Adam Ferbert

Students 12-18 will learn the basics.  Each student will learn to center, create simple form such as cups and bowls and glaze.

Saturdays, 2-4:pm
March 30 – May 4
$150 includes materials

Last chance to get into this class, call to sign up!

Ask about our upcoming slip casting and tile design classes


Membership costs only $80/month and includes access 24/7 with storage space for works-in-progress!

Kids classes
with Ellen Blomgren

Kids will create several, hand-built garden sculptures during this 6 week program.
open to kids 1st grade and up (larger class will be split into age groups.

Sundays, 10:am-12:pm
Tuesdays, 4-6:pm
$150, includes materials

$25 discount for multiple enrollment

Drop-In classes

4 visits for $70, includes materials

Thursday evenings, 6-9:pm (adults)
Fridays, 11-3:pm (adults)
Sundays 1-4:pm (adults, teens or families)

Mudstone Studios
30 Cutler Street #129
Warren, RI 02885
(401) 297-9412


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Studios Available at Shady Lea

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Come join us at the historic Shady Lea Mill. We will soon have 2 studios available.  A 655 sq ft first floor studio will be available in April.  A second floor studio of 428 Sq ft will become available in May.  Both studios have tight Harvey window, beautifully refinished old hardwood floors, and great lighting. Verizon Fios for HIGH SPEED INTERNET is available throughout the Mill.  We also have a tenant who is looking for someone to share her space.  There is already  power set up for a kiln or power tools.   Something new…A studio Shady Lea also gives you access to 2 shops to sell your art in the area. Village Faire in downtown Wickford and the gift shop at the new Biomes on Post Road is looking for some special nautical, marine themed art.
Check out our website www.themillatshadylea.com and our Facebook Page (The Mill at Shady Lea) to learn more about us and our incredibly gifted and talented tenants. I would be happy to show you around and share this magical place.
Lynn Krim
Shady Lea Mill
A Colony of Artists & Artisans
215 Shady Lea Road
North Kingstown, RI 02852
Cell: 401-290-7548
Fax: 401-884-4947

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National Endowment for the Arts to Present Guidelines Webinar for Challenge America Fast-Track on April 3, 2013

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Application Deadline is May 23, 2013


NEA’s Challenge America Fast-Track Director, Michael Killoren, will present a webinar on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 from 3:00 – 4:00 PM EDT to help potential applicants navigate the application materials and process. There will be an overview presentation of CAFT guidelines, followed by a Q & A.


The Challenge America Fast-Track (CAFT) category of funding supports primarily small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations—those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.


The Challenge America Fast Track deadline is May 23, 2013.


How to join the webinar

Please register in advance on the NEA’s webinar page at arts.gov or go to https://events-na7.adobeconnect.com/content/connect/c1/1100909356/en/events/event/shared/1216039387/event_landing.html?sco-id=1238502632&_charset_=utf-8


You may listen using your computer’s speakers or dial-in to 1-877-685-5350 and use participant code: 739587. Attendees will be muted but able to type in questions and comments through a Q & A text box.


An archive of the webinar will be available on April 8th on the NEA’s website.


More information on Challenge America Fast-Track

Challenge America Fast-Track grants:

Extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations.
Are limited to 4 specific types of projects: arts event featuring a guest artist(s), public art, unified promotion, and design.
Are for a fixed amount of $10,000 and require a minimum $10,000 match.
Receive an expedited application review.

To see recent CAFT grants, visit the Recent Grants section at arts.gov. For sample application narratives, go to the Freedom of Information Act Reading Room.


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April Vacation Art Camps at the Newport Art Museum

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

April Vacation will be here before you know it. Sign up your child, tween or teen for one of these great school vacation art camps.


Under the Big Top: Circus Art (ages 6-9)
Monday – Friday, April 15 – 19, 9am – 3pm

Weaving and Fiber Art Camp (ages 10-13)
Monday – Friday, April 15 – 19, 9am – 3pm

Adobe Photoshop Studio Camp (ages 13-16)
Monday – Friday, April 15 – 19, 10am – 2 pm

Adult Classes

Looking for a creative outlet this Spring? These inspiring classes start on the following dates:

April 2 – Art Around Town: Drawing from Observation

April 4 – Raku Morning

April 6 – Travel Photography for Digital Photographers

Monday – Yoga in the Galleries

Contact the Coleman Center
(401) 848-2787

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Jamestown Arts Center April Art Camps!

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

April 15 – 19, 2013
Play, Create & Learn!

Ages 5 – 10
Full day 9am – 3pm

Fee: $300 (Members $270)

Half day 9am – 12pm
or 12pm – 3pm

Fee: $150 (Members $135)

Partial week option available and prorated.

Please call us at 401.560.0979 for information regarding a scholarship made possible by the Conanicut Island Art Association.


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15th Annual Pawtucket Arts Festival presents: Slater Park Fall Festival

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Saturday/Sunday September 21 & 22, 2013

Call for Artisans, Crafters and Vendors

Slater Memorial Park

11:00 to 5:00pm


“Relax and sell your wares in our open-air marketplace!”

Show and sell your creative endeavors in beautiful Slater Memorial Park! This annual event attracts over 20,000 people attendees and is a juried festival that will be open to the public on Saturday & Sunday, September 21 & 22 from 11-5pm each day. . This event is open to all crafters as well as artisans and creators of original items made by hand. The Slater Park Fall Festival will be a weekend that celebrates the beauty of the park – from the Daggett Farm to Looff Carousel, the Rhode Island Watercolor Society and historic Daggett House. This ‘open air market’ features food, craft, exhibitions and performances with a special performance by the Rhode Island Philharmonic “Pops in the Park” on Sunday, September 22 at 5:30pm . Sunday will feature Sons & Daughters of Erin Irish Festival plus much more!

Your application, payment in full and images must be received by MONDAY JULY 1, 2013. Please visit our website for the complete list of guidelines and fees, along with the downloadable application form. www.pawtucketartsfestival.org.

For more information, please contact Pat Zacks, Slater Park Fall Festival chair at 401-273-5367 or psz333@aol.com.
Pat Zacks
The Camera Werks
Custom Framing & Photo Boutique
766 Hope Street
Providence, RI 02906

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April Vacation Art Camp and Workshops at the Warwick Art Museum

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

April Vacation Art Camp for Ages 6-11
The new schedule for April Vacation Art Camp was just announced by WMOA. Art Camp runs Monday 4/15 – Friday 4/19 and children’s workshops run each morning from 9:00-12:00 noon. The new schedule includes:
* Monday – Painting
* Tuesday – Make a Mosaic
* Wednesday – Drawing
* Thursday – CD/Album Cover Art
* Friday – Improv Comedy
Workshops cost $25.00 each and are taught by experienced instructors. More info and a Registration Form is available on Facebook. Reservations can also be made by phone with MasterCard or Visa, or by stopping by WMOA during regular hours (Thursday/Tuesday 12:30-7:30 pm or Friday/Saturday/Wednesday 12:30-4:30 pm) with cash or check payment. Warwick Museum of Art, 3259 Post Road, Warwick, 4010737-0010
NEW April Vacation Art Workshops for Ages 12-16
For the first time ever, art workshops have been created for teens and ‘tweens during April Vacation which runs Monday 4/15 – Friday 4/19. The new workshops run each afternoon from 1:00-4:00 pm and include:
* Monday – Drawing
* Tuesday – Watercolor Painting
* Wednesday – Mixed Media
* Thursday – Jewelry
* Friday – Improv Comedy
Workshops cost $25.00 each and are taught by experienced instructors. More info and a Registration Form is available on Facebook. Reservations can also be made by phone with MasterCard or Visa, or by stopping by WMOA during regular hours (Thursday/Tuesday 12:30-7:30 pm or Friday/Saturday/Wednesday 12:30-4:30 pm) with cash or check payment. Warwick Museum of Art, 3259 Post Road, Warwick, 4010737-0010


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Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design – Assistant Director Research Services

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Providence, RI
Salary: $50,000 – $60,000
Start Date: June 17, 2013
Full Time

Job Description
The Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design (AICAD) seeks an experienced, highly organized individual to serve as its full-time Assistant Director – Research Services.  The ideal candidate will be experienced in collecting, analyzing and presenting a wide range of higher education data, a core function of the services AICAD provides to its member institutions – 43 leading art and design schools in the US and Canada.
The ability to interact with members and staff (at all levels) in a fast paced environment, sometimes under pressure, remaining flexible, proactive, resourceful and efficient, with a high level of professionalism and confidentiality is crucial to this role. Strong written and verbal communication skills, as well as solid decision making ability and attention to detail, are equally important.

The Assistant Director – Research Services is responsible for leading AICAD’s data collection, analysis and distribution programs, including internally implemented and managed surveys and databases, as well as coordinating participation in third-party surveys and programs.  Responsibilities include managing all annual data collection efforts, producing annual data and trends reports, presenting research reports to various member constituent groups and managing various research-related sub-committees within AICAD’s membership. The Assistant Director – Research Services reports directly to the Executive Director and regularly interacts with members at all levels of AICAD, including its Board of Trustees.  Travel is required for this position (approximately 6 – 10 trips/year).

Responsibilities by Function

Data Management
• Maintain AICAD’s online database that houses 20+ years of trend data on the membership
• Interface with AICAD’s web developer for any needed changes/improvements to our online data collection tools
• Manage the annual data collection schedule, updating survey tools as required
• Stay abreast of changes to IPEDS and HEADS (from the National Association of Schools of Art & Design accreditation agency) that may impact AICAD data collection
• Follow up with member schools and assist them in completing their data profiles correctly in a timely manner to maintain reporting schedules
Analysis & Research Services
• Produce annual compilation and trend reports from membership data
• Manage the Institutional Research committee which oversees the coordination of all AICAD research efforts
• Coordinate the research needs of all AICAD sub-committees (such as Continuing Education, Development, Human Resources, etc.)
• Coordinate the AICAD schedule of consortium-wide participation in third-party assessment and research tools (such as NSSE, SSI, CIRP, SNAAP, etc.)
• Provide custom access to AICAD data for members and limited custom analysis as requested
• Present analysis, compilation and trend reports to various AICAD constituent groups, including Board of Trustees
• Inform AICAD’s broader strategic planning and program development through deep knowledge of and attention to member school data

• Bachelors degree in relevant field (social sciences or similar data analysis experience)
• Minimum 5 years experience with data management and analysis, preferably within higher education environment
• Past experience with IPEDS and HEADS reporting requirements strongly preferred
• Excellent interpersonal skills and customer service orientation
• A demonstrated commitment to high professional ethical standards and a diverse workplace
• Excels at operating in a fast paced environment with multiple, competing priorities
• Collaborative work style and commitment to get the job done
• Excellent computer skills and proficient in Excel, Word, relational databases and Google apps
• Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
• Knowledge of art and design education a plus

How to Apply
Send a resume, cover letter and three professional references to jobs@aicad.org.  No calls please.  Search will remain open until qualified candidate is identified, with candidate review beginning April 15, 2013.

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Creative Arts Exchange Grant

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Creative Arts Exchange Grant – U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Exchange
Deadline- May 6, 2013

Creative Arts Exchange (CAE) initiatives are arts-based international
people-to-people exchanges that support and further U.S. Department of State
foreign policy objectives. Eligible themes under this competition include
Economic Statecraft and the Arts, Arts in Collaboration, Community Engagement
through the Arts, and Professional Development in the Arts. Please see the full
announcement for details. http://www.nalac.org/index.php/opportunitiespage/scholarships-grants/item/225-creative-arts-exchanges-state-department-bureau-of-educational-and-cultural-exchange

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Call to Sculptors – Tiverton 4 Corners Art Center

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Call to Sculptors: 2012 Tiverton Four Corners Art Center Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit

Tiverton Four Corners Art Center is now accepting submissions from artists interested in participating in this summer’s outdoor sculpture exhibit.  All styles and mediums will be accepted for consideration.  Artists must be able to transport and install their work.  Artwork must be appropriate for an outdoor venue.  Stipends are available for participating artists.

Submission Deadline: April 31, 2013


Show Dates: June 29, 2013- September 2, 2013

Submission Requirements:

-Images of work(s), artists may submit more than one work for consideration.

-Thumbnail inventory including title of work, medium, dimensions, and date for each work submitted.

-A brief artist statement.  Please include contact information in header.

Submissions & More Information:

               Please submit work by email to kmullen_0197@ric.edu, or call (774) 991-2556 to speak with curator, Kate Mullen.

Four Corners Art Center

3852 Main Road
Tiverton Four Corners, RI


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2013 Transnational Cultural Remittances Program Now Accepting Applications through April 4

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Now Accepting Applications through April 4, 2013 11:59 pm CST
The competitive TCR grant program is open to individuals, collectives and
community-based organizations in the United States, Mexico and Central America.
Successful projects demonstrate a continuous and ongoing exchange whereby
artistic activity supports, preserves or extends the cultural practices between
linked communities in two or more of the following countries: Belize, Costa
Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and the United
States. To date, the TCR grant program has awarded over $250,000 in 66

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(SEED) Corporation and Mansfield Bank will hold two basic business workshops

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

The South Eastern Economic Development (SEED) Corporation and Mansfield Bank will hold two basic business workshops in Mansfield aimed at assisting potential and existing entrepreneurs.
The free workshops are being held in cooperationwith the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), MA Small Business Development Center (MSBDC), Tri-Town Chamber of Commerce, and SCORE.
Both workshops will be held at the Holiday Inn, 31 Hampshire Street, Mansfield, MA on Wednesday, April 10, 2013. The first of these workshops entitled “Learn the Fundamentals in Planning, Preparing, and Financing Your Business” will be held from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Breakfast and lunch will be provided free of charge to attendees.
This workshop is geared toward helping potential entrepreneurs evaluate and understand the fundamentals of owning one’s own business. Information on how to get started, where and how to get financing and the loan application process will be presented. Attendees will also be provided with a free guide to writing a business plan and other materials.
The second workshop entitled “Understanding the Purpose of Financial Statements and How They Can Help Determine the Health of Your Business” will be held
from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The focus of this workshop is to help attendees understand a balance sheet, income statement, and cash flow statement. The workshop also explains how a small business owner can anticipate financial needs in order to operate his/her business more efficiently.
Please call SEED Corporation at 508-822-1020, to register for either or both sessions by Wednesday, April 3rd and for directions to the Mansfield Holiday Inn. SEED Corporation holds this entrepreneurial workshop series on a monthly basis throughout the region. For information on future sessions, please contact SEED.
SEED Corporation is a non-profit organization certified by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and designated as an Intermediary under the SBA’s Microloan Program. This program is designed to provide loans to new and existing business owners in amounts up to $50,000.
As a regional economic development organization, SEED also offers a full range of financing programs providing loans up to $5.5 million to assist small businesses to grow and create jobs in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. SEED works with other economic development and financing institutions throughout the region to ensure that individuals who are committed to owning and operating a small business in the region are able to get the assistance they need to be successful.
Mansfield Bank, founded in 1883, is a cooperative bank owned by its depositors. Mansfield Bank has five branch locations in southeastern Massachusetts and an experienced staff of one-hundred dedicated professionals. Mansfield Bank is particularly known for the strength of its commercial and residential lending teams, the friendly expertise of its branch employees and significant commitments to charitable causes.
For more information on SEED and its programs, please call the SEED office at 508-822-1020 or visit SEED’s website at www.seedcorp.com.


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Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Want to start a business, but need to learn more about what it takes?

Already have a business, but looking for a refresher on the fundamentals?

Join Bridges to Business for a nuts and bolts approach to starting or strengthening your business!
Topics covered will include:
Entrepreneurship – Business Feasibility – Business Planning and Time Management
Elements of a Business Plan – Marketing and Sales Strategies – Financial Literacy
Budgeting and Financing for your Business – Licensing and Entity Formation

This 16 hour class will be held over 2 Saturdays in Boston

April 20 and 27 9am-5pm
One Milk Street, Boston, MA 02109

Pre-registration is required
Space is limited, so RSVP today!
Income and other eligibility requirements apply. Contact us for details.
email: bridgestobusiness@iine.us
call: 617-695-9990 x122
website: http://iine.us/services/business-services/

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Brimstone Award for Applied Storytelling

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Taking its name from brimstone, the elusive element medieval
chemists believed would transform base metals into gold, this award
focuses on the transformational properties of storytelling, and aims to
increase understanding of the ways storytelling can promote change in
individuals and communities.




The grant supports a model storytelling project that is
service-oriented, based in a community or organization, and to some
extent replicable in other places and situations.   It is our hope that
projects receiving this award will have impact beyond their own
communities, organizations, or clients, inspiring excellence in applied
storytelling work and communicating to new audiences the humanitarian
possibilities of storytelling.




Many different sorts of projects can be considered for the
award, including community, organizational or institutional programs,
curricular activities, short residencies, and projects combining
complementary art forms.  Projects may involve various kinds of stories,
including traditional tales and myths as well as personal and ad hoc
narratives. Although oral storytelling should be central to the project,
the work need not be conducted by professional storytelling performers.
Educators, therapists, naturalists, internal or external
organizational practitioners, etc., personnel appropriate to the
situation may carry out the project, so long as they can draw on
suitable storytelling expertise and experience.  We are looking for
responsiveness to the standards of good practice in the field of the




Note:  In keeping with the intent of the Brimstone
Award to support innovative, service-oriented projects, the Award will
not normally fund honoraria for performances, storytelling festivals,
travel, or the purchase of equipment.




Various fields are appropriate for the Brimstone Award,
including, for example, health care, environmental education/activism,
community development, law, multicultural awareness, organizational
development, leadership, intergenerational initiatives, empowerment of
the disabled, substance abuse prevention, and educational curriculum at
all levels.




Whatever their field or design, proposed projects should be:


  • Service-oriented: aiming to make a positive and lasting impact on some community, organization or group;
  • Innovative in either method or application;
  • Replicable: offering models of design that others can learn from and adapt in new settings;
  • Informed by relevant work in the field:
    based on knowledge of what has been done elsewhere and on awareness of
    the broad theoretical framework that underlies the project (expressed in
    jargon-free discussion that relates ideas in existing literature to the
    construction of the proposed project);
  • Assessable: designed to include ways of evaluating the effectiveness of the project;
  • Well-documented: planned to culminate in
    accurate documentation of the process and design, including the
    difficulties as well as the accomplishments of the project.  Different
    media may be used for documentation and dissemination, so long as the
    end result is clear, accessible communication.




Please look at previous winners’ projects for some idea of
the scope the Brimstone Award Committee is looking for.  You will also
want to review the rubric and criteria the Committee uses for scoring




Applicants should consider realistically what they can
accomplish with the relatively small award of $5000.  The award could
fund a new project that represents an applicant’s ongoing commitment and
expertise in a particular area.  However, the award could also be used
to enable a project already in motion to come to completion.  In other
circumstances, it could fund effective documentation and dissemination
of a successful project.  We encourage collaborative funding; the
Brimstone Award might support part of a project that is otherwise
sustained by funds from other sources: matching funds, grants and
donations, other revenues.
For more information click here.



Applicants who are not members of the National Storytelling
Network will pay the current membership fee to become an NSN member.

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College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts

Monday, March 25th, 2013

The College Board is now accepting applications for the 2013 College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts.
This annual award recognizes and celebrates the achievements of six
member institutions that have implemented an arts program that promotes
student learning and creativity in exemplary and innovative ways.

Take a look at the 2012 Arts Award brochure for profiles and photos of last year’s winning programs.

One school from each of
the College Board’s six regions will be awarded $3,500 to support the
continuation and growth of their arts programs. Of the six finalists,
one school will be named the national winner and will be awarded an
additional $1,500. Regional winners will be honored at their respective
College Board Regional Forums; the national winner will also be honored
at the College Board National Forum.


The applicant program
must have been in place for a minimum of one year prior to the
application date. Applicants must be College Board member institutions
member or member districts that serve grades 6–12. To find out if your
school is a member, email membership@collegeboard.org

Previous recipients of
the College Board’s Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts are
not eligible, but semi-finalists, honorable mentions, and schools that
have applied in the past are encouraged to reapply. College Board
Schools are not eligible.


applications will highlight programs that expand student potential by
promoting creativity, innovation and critical thinking skills. We
encourage programs that:

  • Utilize arts
    programming as an effective tool to improve education in general and as a
    solution to achieve access and equity for all students;
  • Integrate the arts across the curriculum, recognizing that interdisciplinary collaboration is an invaluable learning tool;
  • Promote ways to
    ensure that the global arts, which include folk, traditional, indigenous
    and classical arts, are integrated into its programs and services;
  • Promote the engagement of professional artists and scholars in the classroom.
  • Initiate and sustain alliances with community organizations to develop collaborations that support the arts in education.
  • Recognize civic engagement as an invaluable component of an arts education; and
  • Develop
    partnerships between teachers and across grade levels, in order to
    create dynamic multilevel learning environments for students.
Application Requirements

The application packet must include the following materials:

1. Applicant contact information and brief description of the applicant program and school.

Application Statement describing how your program has used the arts to
expand student potential using one or more of the selection criteria
outlined above, and how the award will be used to continue or expand
arts programming in your school. (500 words max)

3. Portfolio of support material:

  • Lead teacher/administrator résumé
  • Two letters of support from school and/or community officials
  • Project
    documentation that may include: Lesson plans (2 pages max), student work
    (6 pages max) program documentation photography (2 pages max) and up to
    five minutes of video or audio excerpts of student created media
    artwork or documentation of performances

In order to help us evaluate your application please:

Indicate the author and grade level of each student sample.

Indicate the connection
between each student sample and the intended learning outcome.

Indicate whether videos and photos submitted are student created.

DEADLINE: All applications must be submitted online by April 5, 2013, 11:59 PM EDT.

Email sbalistreri@collegeboard.org with questions, or to join our Arts Award email list. 

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