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The Learning Community Seeks Middle School Visual Art Teacher

Friday, June 28th, 2013

part-time position

The Learning Community is a vibrant, high performing public charter school in Central Falls, RI that serves 560 students in grades K-8, 90% of whom qualify for free/reduced price lunch and work their hardest every day. Founded in 2004, The Learning Community serves families from Central Falls, Providence and Pawtucket, Rhode Island. The faculty, staff and administration are integral parts of a welcoming school community. Through our commitment to our families and our school’s mission, we create and support an environment for exploration, leadership and learning for both students and ourselves. Our mission informs our practice every day. At The Learning Community, we believe that literacy empowers each individual to have a voice, assume community responsibility and take social action. We expect leadership at every level. We grow teacher leaders, student leaders and community leaders.

Primary responsibilities of a Learning Community arts teacher include:

·        Deliver exceptional instruction

·        Work in concert with colleagues to plan and review curricula, analyze student work, and ensure units of study

·        and lessons plans align with state and federal standards

·        Collaborate with team members and administration to identify areas for growth and inquiry and maintain a

·        commitment to continuous improvement in one’s teaching practice

·        Work in partnership with families and commit to learning from them as their child’s first teacher

·        Co-create with students a positive classroom culture that is welcoming, affirming and focused on learning.

·        Commit to addressing the challenges presented by poverty with respect and flexibility

·        Maintain a culture of professionalism and direct communication, emphasizing collegiality over congeniality

·        Reinforce school-wide interest in the whole child and work closely with Social Emotional Support Team to

·        address personal challenges that may impact student learning and wellness

·        Participate in and support school events outside of school hours when appropriate

·        Collaborate with classroom teachers when appropriate


The Middle School position is a 0.6 position spread across three days of the week. Additional responsibilities include:

·        Offer enrichment classes for afterschool students two days/week

·        Support programmatic growth of the afterschool program, which may include managing cross grade projects,

·        working with community partners, and supporting other afterschool team members.


The ideal candidate is:

·        interested in working in an urban setting and is highly qualified under NCLB guidelines

·        committed to meeting the needs of every child in their classroom

·        a strong classroom manager, organized, flexible and has excellent communication skills

·        committed to learning and growing professionally

·        Spanish language skills a plus

·        RI Certification required


Highly competitive compensation and benefits. Send resumes to: Mindy Farrow, The Learning Community, 21 Lincoln Ave, Central Falls, RI 02863 or email jobs@thelearningcommunity.com.

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Grants in Music Research and Preservation Projects

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Grammy Foundation Accepting Letters of Inquiry for 2013-14 Grants in Music Research and Preservation Projects


With funding from the Recording Academy, the Grammy Foundation
annually provides support for music archiving and preservation efforts
and for scientific research projects related to the impact of music on
the human condition.

The Scientific Research Projects Grant program awards funding of up
to $20,000 to organizations and individuals working to research the
impact of music on the human condition. Examples include the study of
the effects of music on mood, cognition, and healing; the medical and
occupational well-being of music professionals; and the creative process
underlying music. Priority will be given to projects with strong
methodological design as well as those designed to address an important
research question.

The Archiving and Preservation Projects Grant program awards grants
to organizations and individuals in support of efforts that advance the
archiving and preservation of the music and recorded sound heritage of
the Americas. The archiving and preservation area has two funding
categories – preservation implementation (grants of up to $20,000) and
planning, assessment, and/or consultation (grants of up to $5,000).

Letters of Inquiry must be received no later than October 1, 2013.
Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit full

Visit the Grammy Foundation Web site for complete program guidelines and the Letter of Inquiry form.


Link to Complete RFP

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MacArthur Foundation Announces Open Call for Documentary Film Proposals

Friday, June 28th, 2013


The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation‘s
Media, Culture, and Special Initiatives program supports the production
and distribution of social-issue documentary films that address
important contemporary topics and are intended for a broad audience,
particularly in the United States.


The program seeks to fund documentary projects that address the
significant social challenges of our time or explore important but
under-reported topics. Domestic and international topics are welcome,
and preference will be given to projects that align with one of
MacArthur’s grantmaking areas.

Support will be provided primarily for production and post-production
activities, and to experienced filmmakers based in the U.S. with track
records of completing feature-length films that have been broadcast
nationally and internationally and received critical recognition.


In selecting documentary films for support, the foundation looks for
projects that address important, contemporary social topics —
international or domestic; that align with MacArthur’s programmatic
interests in the U.S. and international grantmaking areas; that follow
an issue over time, providing in-depth reporting that goes beyond
conventional news coverage; that utilize compelling personal stories to
engage viewers and create empathy; that appeal to a broad audience
because they are accessible, interesting, and balanced; that are
factually correct and follow best practices in journalism; that have a
strong likelihood of being broadcast in the U.S. and elsewhere, as well
as  thoughtful plans for broad dissemination in educational, community,
or policy settings; and that are led by experienced U.S.-based
filmmaking teams that have past success in bringing a documentary
project to successful completion and reaching broad U.S. audiences.

Grants will be made only to eligible organizations. MacArthur does
not make grants to individuals and does not make grants through fiscal
agents or sponsors. In order to qualify for a MacArthur grant, a project
must be applied for through a nonprofit or for-profit incorporated
entity that can claim it has complete financial and editorial control
over the documentary film project for which it is seeking MacArthur

Applicants may request any funding amount, but the typical grant range is between $50,000 and $200,000.

For the current round, initial online proposals will be accepted
between July 15 and July 31, 2013. If a project is selected as a
semi-finalist, the applicant will be notified by September 1 and asked
to submit a full proposal and detailed budget. Funding decisions are
expected in November.

Visit the MacArthur Foundation Web site for complete program
guidelines, application instructions, and the online grant proposals


Link to Complete RFP

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Arts Marketing 101 – Tools of the Trade

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Wednesday, July 10, 2-6PM in Providence
Lead by Deborah Obalil, Director of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design.  This session covers the basics of how to better understand your own arts business and where to look to increase your base of support and achieve your overall career goals.
This workshop is FREE, but you must pre-register here.  Space is limited.


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Vote for Rhode Island’s Glass Project

Friday, June 28th, 2013
Just a couple of days left to vote:

“Water  Walk, “ Paul Housberg’s new art glass installation at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital (Perkins+Will), is in the running for the CoD+A People’s Choice Awards. Please consider taking a moment to vote for it by clicking the link below and then simply hit “like.” The site also allows you to easily share on social media, if
you are so moved. Voting closes June 30.
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Webinars for Artists from Creative Capital

Friday, June 28th, 2013
Creative Capital Professional Development Program Online Learning
Happy summer, everyone! We
have a full course of webinars happening during the month of July.
Highlights include Kickstarter School, a primer on how to bring a
Kickstarter project to life, led by Stephanie Pereira. The webinar will cover
case studies of successful projects, strategies on how to structure a campaign,
marketing ideas, reward systems, and other helpful tips.
We are also
pleased to present our new Performance Documentation webinar, led by performing
artist Richard Move, who will guide you in creating high-quality documentation
of live performances for use in personal archives, work samples, marketing
campaigns and beyond.
We hope you’ll join us online!

Kickstarter School, with Stephanie Pereira

Monday, July 1, 7:00-8:30pm EST
More Information >>
Register Now >>

Webinars are $25 each.
All webinars are interactive and allow time for participants to ask
To participate, all you need is access to a computer with
speakers and an Internet connection (hard-wired preferred). There is no special
software needed.
Visit PDP’s Online Calendar for a complete list of upcoming webinars
and dates.
Learn more
about our Online Learning Program on our website, or email Matthew Deleget at matthew@creative-capital.org.
We look forward to seeing
you online soon!
Alyson Pou, Director, Professional Development
Matthew Deleget, Online Learning Consultant

About Creative
Capital and PDP

Creative Capital supports innovative and adventurous
artists across the country through funding, counsel and career development
services. Since 1999, Creative Capital has committed $29 million in financial
and advisory support to 419 projects representing 529 artists. Our Professional
Development Program (PDP), which grew out of our work with grantees, has now
reached over 6,000 additional artists in more than 170 communities through
in-person workshops and live webinars. PDP is supported by The Andy Warhol
Foundation for the Visual Arts, Kresge Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies,
National Endowment for the Arts, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Joan
Mitchell Foundation.

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General Assembly incorporates ‘State of the Arts’ proposal into final FY2014 budget

Friday, June 28th, 2013

The General Assembly has given the green light to a statewide sales tax exemption on the purchase and sale of original art,
which passed after the Senate approved the final version of the Fiscal Year 2014 budget.

The proposal, which President of the Senate M. Teresa Paiva Weed (D-Dist. 13, Newport, Jamestown) and Rep. Donna Walsh
(D-Dist. 36, Charlestown, Westerly, South Kingstown, New Shoreham) introduced earlier in the year in the form of legislation (2013-S 0743,
2013-H 5844), recognizes that the arts are a valuable economic tool and can help increase tourism, job creation and the revitalization of
communities and local entrepreneurship. Lawmakers removed from the budget a sunset clause which would have ended the exemption in March

According to a conservative estimate by Americans for the Arts, there are 3,248 arts-related businesses in Rhode Island registered
with Dun & Bradstreet. These businesses employ 13,445 workers. The total does not include nonprofit arts groups not registered with
D&B, or their employees or individual artists.
“The arts are a powerful and growing economic engine for our state,” said President Paiva Weed. “Rhode Island artists help to create jobs within creative industries, support tourism and enhance auxiliary industries such as design and visual arts, which are critical for the success of the
state’s knowledge economy. Further positioning Rhode Island as a ‘State of the Arts’ will help us to build upon the economic success of the
creative sector.”

In February, President Paiva Weed was joined by Governor Lincoln D. Chafee and Speaker of the House Gordon D. Fox in
hosting the first Rhode Island Arts Charrette. The event, funded by the Rhode Island Foundation and held at Fidelity Investments’ Smithfield
campus, brought the arts community together with leaders in government, business, academia and the nonprofit sector to discuss ways to make
Rhode Island a “State of the Arts.” The statewide arts district was among the ideas discussed at the charrette.

Rhode Island also plays host to one of America’s finest arts schools, the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). It is the belief of Representative Walsh that the newly-approved initiative will help the state retain the valuable talents of the school’s graduates.

“Other states don’t have this incredible resource to tap into,” Representative Walsh said. “We want RISD students to stay, create and make their dreams come alive in our state. This exemption is rooted in the example set by our experimental arts districts already in existence. The popularity of these districts has grown because our cities and towns recognize the benefits of incorporating artists and galleries into the patchwork of our image.”

According  to a 2011 study commissioned by the Rhode Island Foundation for the Arts, in aggregate, every dollar spent by a Rhode Island nonprofit arts and cultural organization became $2.10 in sales for businesses in Rhode Island. Furthermore, every job provided by a Rhode Island nonprofit arts and cultural organization became 1.5 jobs for workers across the state.
Since 1998, the establishment of arts districts where “one-of-a-kind limited production” works of art may be sold exempt from state sales tax has
resulted in an increased presence for the arts in designated districts, with benefits to local communities. It’s a unique opportunity for Rhode
Island to shape history and to gain an advantage over other states by becoming the first and only state in the country to declare a statewide
sales tax exemption on art.

For more information, contact:

Brenna McCabe, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-2457

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Chazan Gallery Announces New Director

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Sue Carroll , who joined the Art Department faculty at Wheeler
in 1984, has been Director of the Chazan Gallery (previously The Wheeler
Gallery) at Wheeler for 25 years. She has a BFA and a MFA (summa cum laude) in
art and art history from Ohio State University. While a faculty member at
Wheeler, Carroll has also directed the Studio Art Program, a sequence of three
full-year courses in Wheeler’s Upper School providing an intensive involvement
in drawing, painting, color theory and design.

Announcing the changes Head of School Dan Miller said, “Sue Carroll’s vision and leadership has made
the Chazan Gallery one of the finest contemporary art galleries in the state.
She’s also been an extraordinary teacher and mentor in our Upper School art
program and the architect of our legendary Studio Art Program.”

Replacing Carroll is Wheeler Class of 1986 alumna Elizabeth Kilduff who
received a BFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1990,
an MAT (with honors) from Rhode Island School of Design in 1992 and an MFA from
the New York Academy of Art Graduate School of Figurative Art in 2000. Over the
course of her career, Kilduff has served as Gallery Director at the Van Stratten
Gallery in Chicago, IL, as well as interim Gallery Director of The Wheeler
Gallery and has taught art at the American Academy of Art, the Prout School and
Wheeler. Kilduff has exhibited her works extensively and earned Best In Show
honors at the Providence Art Club in 2005.

“We are so fortunate to find a person of Liz’s caliber,” said Miller. “That she is a graduate of Wheeler and
a former student of Sue’s adds a wonderful personal dimension to this transition.”

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CALL FOR ENTRIES – Hera Fundraiser

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Its that time again!

This summer, Hera will hold its third annual postcard fundraiser. We are seeking artists postcards created as original works of art to sell at $15 each for the benefit of the gallery. Postcards will be displayed in the gallery from July 17-20, 2013. The postcard fundraiser event featuring music, food, and fun will be held on Saturday July 20, from 6 to 8 PM. Following the event, postcards will be permanently on sale in the gallery.

The deadline for inclusion in the show is Friday July 12. Anything goes as long as it is 4X6″. Deliver in person to the gallery or mail cards to:
Hera Gallery, PO Box 336, Wakefield, RI 02880.

More information is available on the Facebook event page found here.

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Providence Reads Project Coordinator | Serve Rhode Island

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Providence Reads Project Coordinator
Organization: Serve Rhode Island
Start Date: 11/20/2013
Full Time

Job Description
Providence Reads is Mayor Taveras’ citywide effort to ensure that more low-income children
succeed in school and graduate prepared for college, a career, and active citizenship by
focusing on the most important predictor of school success and high school graduation: gradelevel reading by the end of third grade. In July 2012, Providence was one of 14 communities –
from a pool of more than 124 – selected as an All-America City by the National Civic League for
its plan to ensure that 70% of third graders are reading on grade level by 2015, up from 46% in
2011. Leyendo is a new program of Providence Reads, funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies’
Cities of Service, to leverage impact volunteering to increase the number of Providence’s
English language learners reading proficiently by end of third grade. The AmeriCorps*VISTA will directly support the management, coordination and marketing of
Providence Reads and Leyendo initiative. The position will be physically based at the Children’s
Youth Cabinet at Brown University with direct supervision provided by the Mayor’s Senior
Advisor on Education.

Primary Duties include:

1. Manage workflow for the Leyendo bilingual reading initiative currently operating at
Lauro Elementary school. Leyendo pairs 25 bilingual/biliterate volunteers with 50
second and third grade students.

2. Plan and assist in implementing Providence Reads expansion, conduct needs assessment
and research.

3. Coordinate Providence Reads communication and events by working with Mayor’s
Office Communications teams and Children and Youth Cabinet.

4. Support Children and Youth Cabinet’s Grade Level workgroup

Skills, Knowledge & Abilities:

1. Proficiency using Microsoft Office products (MS Word, MS Outlook, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Publisher, etc.)

2. Strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task in a dynamic workplace environment

3. Excellent written and verbal communication skills

4. Bilingual (Spanish) a plus

5. Web design experience and developing content a plus

Training and Experience:

• Bachelor’s of Arts/Science Degree preferred
• Experience in program coordination or program development a plus

Terms and Conditions:

AmeriCorps VISTA is a national service program under the Corporation for National and
Community Service designed specifically to fight poverty. The VISTA member commits to
serve full-time for one full year at a nonprofit organization and receives an $11,676 stipend
over that year. The VISTA is not eligible to hold other employment during this national service
year. Upon successful completion of the term of service, the Member also receives either an
education award of $5,550 or cash award $1,500.

How to Apply
Interested candidates can apply through www.AmeriCorps.gov
Choose Advanced Search, Program Type select: AmeriCorps*VISTA, State select: Rhode Island.
The listing can be found at:

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AS220 Seeks Part-Time Production Manager

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Start Date: August 2013
Part Time

Job Description
AS220 is a community of artists in downtown Providence that provides open forums and opportunities for Rhode Island artists. We provide an alternative to the institutional venues and have gained attention for our commitment to an “open and unjuried”, egalitarian approach to nurturing a creative community.

The activities of AS220 include, but are not limited to, several weekly events in our performance space, monthly gallery exhibits, a number of annual events, including Foo Fest, the AS220 Youth Studios community learning center, the Cottage Industries that include our Darkroom/Digital Photo, Printshop, and Fab Lab. The newest addition to our programs is 95 Empire Performance Collective, which is comprised of a black box theater, theater arts school, dance facilities, and a group of resident performers. AS220 currently owns and manages three buildings in downtown Providence that house approximately 50 artists, commercial tenants, and provide individuals and collaborative work space, galleries, venues, and our bar and restaurant. The FY2012 operating budget of AS220 and related for-profit entities is $2.8 million.

The AS220 Production Manager is a part time job position and is first and foremost responsible for monitoring the sound and visual aspects of performances at the nightly AS220 performances. The Production Manager reports to the Lead Production Manager and the Performance Space Program Director. Responsibilities fall into the following areas:

Physical Space
Manage and set up the Performance Space:
• Set up and maintaining the performance space for the daily events, which may include musical performances of any genre; non musical events such as fashion shows, spelling bees, bike swaps, and anything else that the artistic Providence community may need a space for.
• Set the stage lighting, operating the DVD/VHS projector and the PA for the event
• Be present and attentive during the performances
• Preparing the stage for the performance, setting up chairs and tables for audience
• Keep accurate gate receipts and attendance records
• Perform maintenance tasks related to the Performance Space
• Prepare the Green Room for performers

Technical & Sound Responsibilities
Manage our sound system during performances:
• The sound system has four powered mains, a pair of subs and four monitor wedges in parallel. A digital projector is permanently installed on the ceiling directed at a pull-down screen on stage. There is a VHS/DVD player in the sound booth as well as a dimmer board for the stage lighting grid. The soundboard is a 16 channel Mackie, our rack gear includes compression, EQ and effects. If a band brings their own sound engineer, they must work *with* you.
• Ensure that health and safety requirements for the recording environment are met. This includes: maintaining an orderly sound booth- keep cables organized, protecting microphones, setting up and putting away microphone stands.
• Communicate sound system issues to the Lead Production Manager

Attend to (within our capabilities) the needs of performers:
• Communicate with the performers and making sure the performance runs smoothly.
• Assess the acoustics of the performance area and setting up, testing and operating equipment accordingly. Choosing, placing, adjusting and operating technical amplification such as microphones and cables, bearing both sound and visual requirements in mind.
• Set up audio and visual needs for the performers and maintaining appropriate sound levels and dynamics for each vocalist/instrument. (Can include instruments, computer input, lighting, visual projections, etc).
• Welcome performers arrive and assisting them throughout the evening, making sure they are aware of our policies, distributing door money at the end of the event, etc
• Make sure the performance is timely and operates smoothly
• Keeping accurate records of the gate receipts, handling riders, collecting space rental fees
• Will properly articulate the AS220 Mission Statement and field questions from musicians, staff members, and the general public about our daily activities, our original music policy, the active boycott, the equal pay policy, and the open and unjuried forum for the arts
The ideal candidate will have

• An interest and knowledge of diverse types of music
• Previous experience working with performers and playing music with bands
• Previous experience organizing and running an event
• Ability to work with diverse communities of people
• Good communication skills
• Ability to multi-task
• Have a working knowledge of musical equipment and PA equipment
• Must be self- motivated to be able to learn any additional technical skills necessary for the job
• Understanding of the theory and practical application of audio compression, EQ and effects.
• Ability to handle potentially dramatic shifts in sound/equipment needs in the course of one event; i.e eclectic events where there may be a folk artist, a noise act, and a hip-hop performer in one event.
• Ability to deal with the occasional high maintenance performers, and to know your own and AS220’s sound capabilities and limitations and accurately communicate them to such people, and not let jerks ruin your night.
• Timeliness and reliability
• Keep up to date with new and developing sound technologies and equipment.
• Practical wiring and soldering skills are a plus.



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

To respond to a posting, send a resume, cover letter and any other requested materials to:

AS220 Attn: Jobs
95 Mathewson St, Unit #204
Providence, RI 02903
OR Fax it to 401-454-7445
OR email it to jobs@as220.org

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New Urban Arts Seeks Director of Programs

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Job Title:     Director of Programs
Organization:   New Urban Arts
Location:     Providence, RI
Salary Range:   High 40’s, Excellent Benefits
Application Due:  July 17, 2013
Start Date:     September 1, 2013
Full Time/Permanent

About the organization:

Founded in 1997 with seed funding from the Echoing Green Foundation and Brown University’s Swearer Center, New Urban Arts is a nationally recognized arts studio and gallery for high school students and emerging artists in Providence, Rhode Island. Our mission is to build a vital community that empowers young people as artists and leaders to develop a creative practice they can sustain throughout their lives. We have been recognized as a national model for engaging underserved teenagers through the arts.

The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities has given New Urban Arts a Coming up Taller Award, the nation’s highest honor for youth arts and humanities programs. We were one of only nine organizations selected to participate in ARTOGRAPHY, a multi-year national Ford Foundation-initiative documenting and disseminating the artistic and organizational practices of exemplary diverse community-responsive arts organizations. Each year we serve over 300 high school students, 25 emerging artists and 2,000 visitors through free youth programs, professional development, artist residencies, public performances, workshops and exhibitions. We have a permanent staff of six and an annual operating budget of over $450,000. Visit www.newurbanarts.org for more information.

About the position:

The Director of Programs designs, manages and oversees year-round arts mentoring programs for high school students and emerging artists. S/he connects with the community (especially high school students, artist-mentors, parents, and school personnel) to create a learning environment that conveys a sense of belonging, risk, and responsibility. S/he works closely with the executive director to assess the effectiveness and ensure the feasibility of programs. S/he strives to foster a rewarding workplace that is stimulating, trusting, and results-oriented, where the mission of New Urban Arts can thrive. The Director of Programs reports to the Executive Director.


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Thursday, June 20th, 2013

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A Singular Creation presents a juried competition

Thursday, June 20th, 2013
A Singular Creation presents a juried competition, open to all artists and
photographers worldwide, working in any media, excluding video. All styles of
art and photography will be accepted.
There is no theme for this contest. Submit your very best new work.

  • This competition is open to all artists and photographers worldwide.
  • All media will be accepted, excluding video.
  • Open to all styles.

Prizes and

There will be $1,300 in total cash and prizes. Breakdown of prizes
is below. Also, all artists’ work will become part of our permanent online
collection and will be promoted heavily all over the web.

  • 1st Place: $500 cash
  • 2nd Place: $300 cash
  • 3rd Place: Two winners will each receive a $200 gift certificate to Richeson Art Supplies
  • Honorable Mention: One winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to Richeson Art Supplies
  • All winners will get a feature article with
    artwork, bio, artist statement and website link, that will be promoted heavily
    on our blog, social media outlets, on our website, and all over the web.
  • All participants will get a personal exhibition
    gallery, that will be promoted heavily on our blog, social media outlets, on our
    website, and all over the web.

Entry Deadline
and Other Important Dates

  • The registration deadline is June 30, 2013.
  • Image submissions must be complete by July 7, 2013.
  • Winners will be notified by July 21, 2013.
  • Exhibition will begin on August 1, 2013.



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Give yourself a gift: take a class this summer!

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

This summer, you deserve to take some time for yourself to enroll in one of our courses, and learn new creative skills to make yourself a handmade piece of art. Register today for one of our upcoming classes and you’ll soon be making your own jewelry, home decor, ceramic vessels, or welded sculpture.
Scroll down to read about a few of our offerings, or visit our website to enroll. Be sure to move quick, because classes fill quickly!

Easy Copper Earrings Workshop
With Heather Guidero

During this one day workshop, you’ll learn how to make a pair, or two, of fun and fabulous copper earrings! Heather will show you how to use dapping tools and stakes to add volume to basic cut out shapes. Student’s will also incorporate letter stamps, hammers, burrs, and chasing to develop textures and designs. Final touches include using patinas to highlight textures and designs. We will cover several important jewelry making techniques including sawing, filing, sanding, forming, hammering, chasing and patinas. By the end of the day, you will have a finished piece of jewelry that you designed and fabricated..

Home Decor Fabrication
With Paul Orzech
Return to the Steel Yard studio and create a unique piece of steel furniture or sculpture you can enjoy and then pass down for generations. In this course you will be able to work on a steel table, bookshelf, fish tank stand, living room sculpture or that project you have not been able to get around to building. This is the perfect course to begin a new project or to finish work already in progress with the instructor’s guidance. You should have some prior welding experience to enroll in this course, such as one of our Weekend Welding Workshops. Don’t worry if you are feeling a little rusty-the first class will be a refresher, a chance to relearn the basics and prepare for some independent work.

Handbuilding Techniques: Make Pots With Your Bare Hands

With Patti Barnatt

If you’ve been meaning to get to the Steel Yard, but our evening course schedule hasn’t worked for in the past… we have the perfect solution! Instructor extraordinaire, Patti Barnatt, will be teaching a daytime handbuilding class where she’ll show you how to make pots with your bare hands. Patti believes that making things is essential to one’s life and that sharing one’s expertise with others is fun. In this class, students will focus on the ancient building techniques of pinch, slab and coil to learn a variety of skills to create their own unique ceramic vessels and sculptures of all shapes and sizes.

Weekend Welding Workshop
With Hillel O’Leary
Spend a weekend learning the basics of metalworking: ripping through steel with gas torches and fusing it back together with a 10,000° electrical arc! This two-day workshop will introduce students to MIG welding, the oxygen-acetylene torch, various metal saws, and the grinder. By the end of the first day you will be able to heat, cut, join, bend, and polish. On the second day you will have the full day to use your new skills creating a project to take home. No previous experience necessary-this is a great opportunity to explore welding for the first time.

Cuttlefish Casting Workshop
With Heather Guidero
Cuttlefish casting is one of the oldest casting techniques around, and one of the easiest and most direct way to cast as well! Join us for a day of casting in the Steel Yard jewelry studio that starts with carving a design into the cuttlefish bone and ends with a finished object! In between, we will learn how to melt and pour metal into the molds and finish the castings by sawing, filing, sanding, and adding a patina to highlight the amazing natural texture that occurs with using cuttlefish. No previous experience is required. Bronze will be provided for final projects. Students interested in having their pieces cast in silver can bring their own or purchase it from the Steel Yard. All pieces created are yours to keep at the end of the day!

the Steel Yard
27 Sims Ave.
Providence, RI 02909

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National Geographic – 125th Anniversary challenge

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Talents United invites designers, illustrators,
photographers and creatives from all over the world to enter the
National Geographic – 125th Anniversary challenge at www.talentsunited.com
with an original design eligible to be printed onto a special edition of
National Geographic Retail Store T-shirts for the celebration of National
Geographic Society’s 125th anniversary.



The designs may be submitted to Talents United from June 10 to July 10, 2013.
The authors of the winning designs (one for each category: adults and kids) will
receive 1000 € in cash and 250 € worth of products from the National Geographic
Store in Madrid. There will be also up to two runner-ups for each category.
These will receive 125 € worth of products from the National Geographic Store in


National Geographic Retail Store is cooperating with the
National Geographic Society to open a global network of stores under the
National Geographic trademark and sell its products (apparel, suitcases,
accessories, maps, books, etc.). NGRS has opened three flagship stores in
London, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Madrid, and the first airport store in
Panama Airport. NGRS has opened new stores in Spain, China, Australia and South
Korea, thus continuing the development of the brand in Europe, America, Asia and
the Middle East.


You can consult the terms and conditions and enter
the contest here

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Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Artists are invited to submit work that explores themes of community and relationships within the network of those associated with the military. The exhibition will celebrate the bonds that are formed during military service and extend far beyond the call of duty.   Artwork honoring Veterans Appreciation Month  will be displayed in the corporate headquarters of a CT-based company and run from November 4, 2013 until January 3, 2014

For this exhibition, all submitted artwork & photography should express an appreciation of the American Veteran. We are looking for work that captures the essence of the “military family,” focusing on such key themes as community, trust, loyalty, and selflessness.  Artwork should focus on the ways in which service men/women and their friends and families support each other during active duty and/or transitioning into civilian life, and the effect these networks may have. Please note that images may not illustrate violence, aggressive conflict, nudity or any other subject matter that may be deemed inappropriate for display in a corporate environment. Artwork/Images need not directly depict the military experience, but may be inclusive of all aspects of societal interaction & integrating into the culture as a whole.

Submit the REQUIRED ITEMS no later than Friday, July 15th by 5pm.  Final selections will be made by Monday August 5th.  Works must be delivered to our Stamford, CT studio no later than Thursday, October 20th by 5pm.  As such, please take the timeline and location into consideration when evaluating whether this opportunity is a good fit.  Once final selections are confirmed, we will communicate details on logistics and drop-off procedures.

1. Artist name, telephone#, email, website address, bio and artist statement.

2.  Five digital jpg files of artwork.   The file size should be ~ 150 dpi.  The name of the jpg files should reflect the name of the artwork.

3.  A description of the artwork including: title/name of event and persons featured if applicable, year, location, insurance value, size (height x width) and frame size (height x width x depth). All submitted artwork must be available, framed and installation ready (D-rings, hanging hardware etc.). After selections are made, substitutions will not be allowed and artwork not properly framed can not be exhibited. Please include special hanging instructions for your work if needed.

Format email Subject: as follows: GEVN_YourLastNameYourFirstName_YourCityYourState.
For example, GEVN_DoeJane_StamfordCT

Send the required items or questions via email to opencallforartists@picture-that.com and thanks for your participation and support!

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General Electric Invitation to Brazilian, Hispanic, and Latino Artists

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

On behalf of General Electric Company, we invite you to submit works for GE’s
6th Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Art exhibition. The exhibition opens August 26, 2013 and runs through November 1, 2013. This will be a wonderful opportunity to
exhibit your artwork in a prominent Fairfield, CT corporate headquarters
location, and also on GE’s Cultural Online Gallery for worldwide distribution.
The works are available for sale.

To view past
exhibitions visit: http://www.picture-that.com/gegallery/yearinreview/2012/

Submit the
materials required no later than Friday, July 5th,
2013, by 5pm
. We will confirm receipt of
your materials within 72 hours of receiving. Final selections will be made
by Friday, July 12th, 2013.  Works
must be shipped/delivered to our Stamford, CT studio the week of August 19, 2013. Please take this timeline
and location into consideration when evaluating whether this opportunity is a
good fit.  Shortly after finalists are confirmed, we will communicate details on
logistics, commission structure and drop-off procedures.


1. Artist Bio/Statement
including name, telephone# and web address.

2. Five digital .jpg files
of artwork, including the frame. The name of the .jpg should reflect the name of
the artwork. All submitted artwork must be available, framed and installation
ready (D-rings, hanging hardware etc.).  After selections are made,
substitutions will not be allowed and artwork not properly framed will not be

3. A listing of the five works including title, year created,
medium, size and insurance value.
Send all materials and questions via email
to opencallforartists@picture-that.com.

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Multi-Arts Production Fund Invites Letters of Inquiry for Performance Work Embodying Spirit of Exploration

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Administered by Creative Capital with support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Multi-Arts Production Fund
was founded on the principle that experimentation drives human
progress, no less in art than in science or medicine. The fund has
announced a call for Letters of Inquiry from artists, ensembles,
producers, and arts presenters whose work in the disciplines of
contemporary performance embodies this spirit of exploration and

The fund is particularly interested in supporting work that examines
notions of cultural difference or “the other,” be it in class, gender,
generation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or other aspects of
diversity. Only projects that contain a live performance will be

Up to forty grants ranging from $10,000 to $45,000 will be awarded in
2013 to nonprofit arts organizations. Organizations and artists must
demonstrate at least two years of professional experience, and
unincorporated artists or ensembles may apply through a fiscal sponsor.

The fund does not support straight adaptations from one medium to
another, remounting of past work, traditional restaging of classic
works, educational projects, youth programs that do not achieve as high
an artistic standard as competing professional works, festivals, or

Current employees or board members of Creative Capital, the Doris
Duke Charitable Foundation, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, as well
as immediate family members of such persons, are not eligible to apply
for a MAP grant.

The fund will begin accepting Letters of Inquiry for the 2013 MAP
Fund grant cycle on September 9, 2013. Upon review, selected applicants
will be notified during the week of November 4, 2013, to submit full

See the MAP Fund Web site for eligibility and application guidelines.


Link to Complete RFP

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Investing in the Creative Workforce

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Investing in the
Creative Workforce

Human Resources Symposium


June 20
9:30am – 4:30pm
New England Foundation for the Arts
145 Tremont Street,

Registration: $75
Lunch will be
provided. Space is limited!


As an administrator of a busy nonprofit, you wear many hats. At the A&BC,
we understand that managing the human resource functions of your organization
can be challenging—and even treacherous. Join Ipswich Bay Advisors and the
Northeast Human Resources Association for a one-day, deep dive into
critical human resource topics
, including:

  • Hiring & Culture: Interviewing, job descriptions, and new hire
  • Employee Relations: Supervision, leadership, performance reviews, talent
    management, terminations, and career development, as well as managing the
    lifecycle talent
  • Employment Law: Human resource laws and compliance
  • Compensation and Benefits: Structuring compensation and benefit programs,
    employee benefit and payroll laws

Who Should Attend:

  • Executive Directors of nonprofit organizations
  • Nonprofit Administrators
  • Future Executive Directors
  • Members of nonprofit boards of directors

You will come away with:

  • Tools on how to hire the right candidates
  • Tips on how to avoid compensation and payroll nightmares
  • Strategies to retain and engage employees
  • Opportunities to network with directors and experts in the field


We hope to see you there!

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