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Call for artwork for the “Merge” exhibit

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
“Odyssey” watercolor on Yupo by Cynthia DiDonato from 2013 RI Open Exhibit.
WMOA seeks original, paper-based works where multiple methods, materials, perspectives, or subjects merge with one another. The “Merge” exhibit will run from July 22 – August 10, 2014 and all pieces will be for sale.
“Merge” will showcase paper-based works with multiple methods, materials, perspectives, or subjects merge with one another.
The theme can be interpreted literally or figuratively so artists have maximum freedom for creative exploration.
Curator Simone Spruce-Torres, Program Director
Submission Deadline

Submission Form and .jpegs are due Friday, July 11 by 5:00 pm.

More information and artwork submission details.

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Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Artists’ Exchange is now offering FREE classes to Rhode Island seniors. Artists’ Exchange offers fun and engaging classes in art, ceramics, theater, and music for all ages and abilities. Free classes run Monday through Friday, 10:30am-12:00pm and 12:30pm-2:00pm. Art classes are offered in painting, drawing, mixed media, and ceramics. Theater classes are for
beginner, intermediate, and advanced actors. Artists’ Exchange is located at 50 Rolfe Square, Cranston, RI. Space is limited; seniors please call 401-490-9475 to reserve a spot in one or more free class.


Theatre 82 & Café, the secondary venue of Artists’ Exchange, is offering a “Dinner and a Show” package for select dates of the 9th annual One Act Play Festival.
“Dinner and a Show” is available on Saturday, July 26th (Wave 1 plays) and Saturday, August 9th (Wave 2 plays) . The package includes a ticket to the 9th annual One Act Play Festival, choice of dinner, and a glass of wine or beer for $35 per person. “Dinner and a Show” packages can be purchased for both Waves of the One Act Play Festival for $65. Choice of dinner includes: sausage and peppers over pasta; beef or vegetable stir-fry over rice; chicken marsala with mushrooms; and pasta primavera; served with garlic bread. Seniors receive a special 30%
discount and only pay $24.50 per person; $45.50 for both waves! Dinner will be served at 5:00pm preceding the 7:00pm show. For more information, dinner reservations, and to buy tickets, visit www.artists-exchange.org. Seniors must call 401-490-9475 to receive the special discount.


There is truly something for everyone in Artists’ Exchange’s 9th annual One Act Play Festival; shown in two Waves. Wave 1 brings light-hearted comedies, dramas,
relationship pieces exploring the myriad bonds, and even a delightful Mark Harvey Levine play featuring an ensemble cast of “bugs.” Poisoned brownies, free
hugs, a money-filled satchel, a ninja, and more are guaranteed fun in this fast-paced evening of new works. Wave 2 brings quirky and dark comedies, family
plays, a drama of celestial proportions, and more. A hatching eaglet, stars, googly eyes, noisemakers, Santa Claus, etc. come into town for an evening of
fast-paced family entertainment and fun. Wave 1 opens
Friday, July 25th and continues July 26th, August 1st and August 2nd. Wave 2 opens Friday, August 8th and runs August 9th, 15th and 16th. All shows begin at 7pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.


Venue for the One Act Play Festival and “Dinner and a Show” is Theatre 82 & Café, located at 82 Rolfe Square in Cranston, RI. Beer, wine, delicious food, and
refreshments may be purchased in Theatre 82’s Characters Café before and during the show.




Artists’ Exchange is a non-profit arts collaborative whose mission is to create an atmosphere in which creativity, learning, and discovery converge and individuality is celebrated. It
is home to multiple art studios, a gallery, online art boutique, and café; along with secondary venue Theatre 82 & Characters Café. Year-round classes and summer camps are offered for the community of all ages in art, ceramics, theater, and music. Artists’ Exchange is operated by Gateways to Change, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all human beings.

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July 1 teaching artist seminar to include CreativeGround workshop

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014
All teaching artists listed in  CreativeGround are invited  to a professional training  opportunity:
“Successful Inclusion: A Day for Teaching Artists”
Tuesday, July 1 | Boston, MA | $10

space is limited

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Friday, June 20th, 2014

In this workshop, NYFA Source Program Associate, Toccarra Thomas, will discuss strategies for sustaining one’s artistic practice. She will review free and low-cost services and programs offered by New York Foundation for the Art, as well as other resources for finding awards, residencies, services, and opportunities available to individual artists in New York and nationwide.

The talk is led by Toccarra A. Holmes Thomas, Program Associate,NYFA SOURCE, and done in partnership with AS220.
Date: Wednesday 25 June 2014, 5:30 – 7:00PM

Location: AS220 Performance Space @ 115 Empire St Providence, RI 02903. Free and open to the public!

This program is provided with support through Ford Foundation’s Supporting Diverse Arts Spaces initiative.


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Thursday, June 19th, 2014




SHOW DATE: Saturday, July 19, 2014, 10 am – 4 pm

WHERE: Jamestown Community Center, 41 Conanicus Ave.,  Jamestown, RI 02835

(across street from East Ferry Marina)

ELIGIBILITY: All traditional and designer crafts made by you,
the artisan. You must be 21 years old or older to participate in the show.

SELECTION: A selection committee will determine acceptance to the show. All crafters are asked to send at least one photo of their work with their application or provide website address for viewing of work.

BOOTH SPACE: Inside…approximately 10’x 7’ Outside…approximately 10’x 10’


REQUIREMENTS: All exhibitors must provide their own tables, lighting, panels, tent (if outside)  and RI Sales Permit.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, July 11, 2014.

For additional information and an application please contact Kim Pinksaw:

kpinksaw@bridgesinc.com or call/text 401-464-1450

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Summer Scholarships for Frequency Writing Courses – apply soon!

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

This summer Frequency will award four $50 scholarships to help cover course tuition. To apply, please submit no more than three poems or one piece of prose by July 1 to frequencyprovidence@gmail.com. We’ll announce winners here by July 5.

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The Aesthetica Art Prize – Call for Entries

Monday, June 16th, 2014

The Aesthetica Art Prize is open for entries, offering both budding and established artists the opportunity to showcase their work to new international audiences
and further their engagement with the international art world. Categories for entry are: Photographic & Digital Art, Three Dimensional Design & Sculpture, Painting & Drawing
and Video, Installation & Performance.

Prizes include £5,000 for the Main Prize winner; £1,000 for the Student Prize winner; group exhibition for shortlisted artists; editorial coverage in Aesthetica Magazine (165,000
readership worldwide); publication in the Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology distributed in UK galleries; art supplies vouchers courtesy of Winsor & Newton and art books courtesy of Prestel.


Entry is £15 and permits the submission of two works into any one category.

Entries close 31 August 2014. For more information and to submit visit www.aestheticamagazine.com/artprize.

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Classes at Tomaquag Museum

Monday, June 16th, 2014
Painting Stones at Tomaquag
Saturday, June 21, 2014 11am-2pm
Tomaquag Museum hosts Painting Stones at 390 Summit Rd, Exeter. Enjoy painting beach stones while reflecting on Native American history by the shore.Workshop
led by museum educator, Lorén Spears and is free with museum admission. Materials free with admissions.

Children’s Hour at Tomaquag
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 9-10am
Tomaquag Museum will hostChildren’s Hour for children ages 5 and under. Event held at 390 Summit Road, Exeter. Children’s Hour is to explore Native American culture
through storytelling, creative explorations, music, song and dance, and hands-on inquiry. This month’s focus is Native Americans at the shore. Admission is $10.00 for adult and children age 5 & under (max. 4 children per/adult) Register now to reserve your spot 401-491-9063

Cultural Lecture at Tomaquag

Saturday, June 28, 2014 1pm,

Tomaquag Museum will host a talk “Traditional Knowledge through my Ancestors” presented by Lorén Spears, Tomaquag Museum Executive Director and cultural educator. The talk will explore a pictorial genealogy of the presenter and the knowledge she has gained through her Narragansett/Niantic family line. The lecture is free with museum admission.

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Providence Mayoral Portrait Committee Seeks Proposals from local Portrait Artists

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Portrait of former Providence Mayor (and Governor) Dennis J. Roberts

A portrait selection committee led by Providence Councilman Terrence Hassett and City Archivist Paul R. Campbell is being established to solicit Rhode Island based portrait artists who are interested in being considered for a commission to paint an official portrait of former Mayor Vincent A. Cianci, Jr.  If you are interested or would like further information please contact Mr. Campbell at prcampbell@providenceri.com or call (401) 421-7740 x. 558.


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Scholarships for The Steel Yard’s Camp MetalHead

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014


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Word Soup: Ending Hunger One Poem at a Time

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Word Soup wants to end hunger one poem at a time. To that glorious end, we are an online poetry journal that solicits well-crafted poems on the theme of hunger. Imagine “hunger” in all its possible meanings, from physical food deprivation to hunger for love, acceptance, actualization.
Be creative.
Then, send us three to five of your best poems.
100% of the submission fee goes to a food bank to fight hunger.
Visit our website and click on the “Submit” tab for submission guidelines. Deadline for submissions for the next issue is September 1, 2014.
For questions, contact Kim Baker, Editor at wordsoupendhunger@gmail.com.

We can’t wait to read your work!


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Providence Art Club seeks Gallery Assistant

Monday, June 9th, 2014


Brief description of agency functions:  Founded in 1880 to stimulate the appreciation of art in the community, the Providence Art Club has long been a place for artists and art patrons to congregate, create, display and circulate works of art.  Through its public programs, its art instruction classes for members and its active exhibition schedule, the Providence Art Club continues a tradition of sponsoring and supporting the visual arts in Rhode Island.

Job title:  Gallery Assistant

Job description:  Assist the Gallery Coordinator, aid in the installation of art exhibitions, monitor galleries and complete general office tasks.  Must be computer literate, detail oriented, professional, and trust-worthy.

Job requirements: Business casual attire

Job days/hours:   Monday-Friday: 12-4 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 2-4 pm

Hourly rate:  $8.00/hr

Contact Info: Michael Rose
Gallery Coordinator
11 Thomas St
Providence, RI 02903
401 331-1114 ext 5


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Public art selection meeting for the Paul W. Crowley MET Center

Thursday, June 5th, 2014
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts invites you to attend the final
public art selection meeting for the Paul W. Crowley MET Center, 115 Girard Ave,
Newport, RI on Tuesday, June 10 at 10:00 am. Hear finalists Elizabeth Billings
& Andrea Wasserman, Peter Diepenbrock and Koryn Rolstad present their ideas
for this space. This is a great experience for anyone who wants to learn more
about RISCA’s process. Questions? Email Elizabeth.Keithline@arts.ri.gov.
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Brown University Art Slide Library is giving away 300,000 glass mounted 35mm slides

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

The Brown University Art Slide Library is giving away the ~300,000 glass mounted 35mm slides in our slide collection. These slides duplicate our electronic

If you are interested in a random selection of slides of images ranging from the Prehistoric Era – 2010 (heavy on Impressionist and Renaissance) please let us know. Unfortunately because of the size of the collection, we cannot hand-select slides, but can try to focus on one period or another as possible. The deadline for requests is July 1.

You will need to pick up the slides on the Brown Campus.

Request Form

Questions? Contact:

Karen Bouchard, Scholarly Resources Librarian for Art and Architecture
Rockefeller Library, Box A
10 Prospect Street
Brown University
Providence, RI 02912 USA
Phone: (401) 863-3218

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DownCity Design wants to Build for You!

Thursday, June 5th, 2014


Request for Proposals


Does your Providence-based non-profit organization or community group have a design
challenge? Need more seating? Not enough storage? Maybe there’s a nearby park or
school that needs some love?


This summer, we’re once again partnering with PCTA to offer a 6-week Summer Design Camp, through the generosity of the Hasbro Summer Learning Initiative. Forty teens will design and build public projects that will help build community here in Providence.

Take a look at our guidelines and application here, and if your project fits the bill, we encourage you to submit a proposal by
June 10, 2014
(deadline extended).
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Classes at the Steel Yard

Thursday, June 5th, 2014
Come get down and dirty while learning to make functional and
sculptural forms on the potter’s wheel! This course explores basic clay working techniques, but is also ideal for the intermediate potter who needs guidance and
advice from an instructor with years of practical experience. The course will focus on the interplay of form and function, primarily through the use of the wheel. Click here for more
Yardie Views“Sarah was very helpful. I really liked her outlook on ceramics. Sarah is ‘wicked smaht!’”


With Topher Gent
An object’s form is first dictated by its function. In this course we will explore the modernist phrase “form follows function” while allowing ourselves to explore the boundaries associated with the of the function of ornamentation. Students will build upon their knowledge of design and three-dimensional thinking by creating beautifully functional objects of their choosing. Click here for more info.
Yardie Views
“Topher was great, I loved the class! He helped troubleshoot designs and figure out how to make certain elements.”
Enameling is a beautiful and ancient art form in which colored glass powder is heat-fused to a metal surface. The effects achieved from the possible colors, depths and applications available range from luxurious to whimsical, to austere, to painterly. Through demonstrations and exercises, students will learn several tools and techniques to make enamel objects for jewelry, including material preparation, methods of application, and finishing. Click here for more info.

Yardie Views
“Amie was a great instructor! She’s patient, and very knowledgeable.”


During this two-day course, students will expand on their blacksmithing skills to create their own hand-forged barbeque tools perfect for any summer barbeque. The first day will focus on tapering, shouldering, drilling holes and riveting as students creating a spatula with a riveted blade. The
second day will have students refining their designs and making an accompanying fork for turning objects on the grill. Click here for more info.

Yardie Views

“Willow was great at demoing new techniques and
helping me make functioning tools!”

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URI to offer free weekend workshop in June for educators on Exploring the History of the American West through Film

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

URI’s Harrington School of Communication and Media will host a unique educational and cinematic experience in June for educators and librarians in collaboration with the Film Foundation’s
educational initiative, “The Story of Movies.”

The free weekend seminar, “The American West and the Western Film Genre” offers an interdisciplinary curriculum covering this
important period of American history (1860-1900) and exploring how 20th-century filmmakers represented this era.



To be held on the University of Rhode Island Kingston campus, Swan Hall on Saturday, June 14 from 8am to 9pm and Sunday, June 15 from 8am to
, the seminar challenges educators to move far beyond a read-the-book, watch-the-movie approach to film study, by incorporating teaching strategies for how to read a film cinematically and as a historical and cultural document. This free interactive seminar includes film screenings and small group sessions for analysis. Participating educators will receive age-appropriate
lessons and training materials for use with students in grades 5 through 12.

“This time of year, many students in schools all across New England are viewing films in the classroom as part of English or History classes,” said Renee Hobbs, professor and founding director of the Harrington School. “Through this new professional development initiative, educators and librarians can learn how to transform passive viewing into active, critical thinking that supports
students’ ability to meet Common Core State Standards.”

Films selected for screening and discussion include John Ford’s Stagecoach and The Searchers, as well as George Stevens’ Shane. Saturday morning participants will also screen The Great Train Robbery, a silent film considered to be the first film narrative. Saturday evening’s feature film is The Big Trail, directed by Raoul Walsh in 1930, featuring a very young actor soon to make his mark on the big screen: John Wayne.


The seminar instructor is Catherine Gourley, an award-winning author of nonfiction books for young adults and the principal curriculum writer for The Film Foundation. She has presented programs on film study and popular culture nationally and internationally. “This is a real roll-up-your-sleeves, intensive
immersion in what is essentially a unique American invention: the Western film,” says Gourley. ”The Western was America’s mythology throughout the 20th century.
We’re going to explore some of the consequences of fictionalizing the past. We also explore how the Western changed in the years after World War II and why today the Western genre has fallen into decline.”


The program also features a talk by Professor Kathryn Kalinak, director of the Film Studies program at Rhode Island College, an internationally-recognized expert on film music. Her book, How the West was Sung: Music in the Westerns of John Ford, explores the use of folk songs, hymns and period music in Ford’s work.

“The Story of Movies” is an educational outreach program of The Film Foundation, a not-for-profit film preservation organization founded by director Martin Scorsese and other prominent film directors. ”The Story of Movies” is designed to help students better understand the language of film and visual images. ”The American West and the Western Film Genre” seminar’s objective is to provide students with a deeper understanding of the various stages of American cultural history by examining the mythology that made this genre so appealing to generations of Americans.



The Harrington School of Communication at the University of Rhode Island prepares outstanding graduates for careers, life and citizenship in a rapidly changing global economy
with programs in film/media, public relations, communication studies, journalism, writing and rhetoric, and a graduate program in library and information studies. In collaboration with the URI School of Education, the Harrington School is preparing to launch a 12-credit graduate certificate program in digital literacy to help educators, librarians and technology
entrepreneurs to prepare the next generation for the digital economy of the 21st century.

Although “The Story of Movies” is free and open to the public, the weekend seminar requires registration; seats are limited. To register: http://harrington.uri.edu/event/the-story-of-movies/

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Community MusicWorks Seeks Director of Development

Thursday, June 5th, 2014


The Director of Development is responsible for the overall management of CMW’s resource-development program that seeks to raise one million dollars annually from all sources. This position is charged with managing relationships and securing support from donors who are capable of making gifts of $1,000 and above. The Director oversees the work of a consultant who manages CMW’s institutional relationships and works in tandem with the Manager of Communications & Administration who produces the direct mail appeals, coordinates the print publications, and maintains the prospect database. The Director manages a portfolio of prospects and works closely with organizational leaders, including the Board of Directors, in developing and carrying out solicitation strategies.

The Director must be able to work independently and have an extensive background in fundraising, with demonstrated skill in soliciting major gifts and in managing staff.

Salary and benefits information available upon request.

Interested applicants should send a resume and letter of interest to the attention of Sebastian Ruth, Founder & Artistic Director at search@communitymusicworks.org.

Principal Duties:
• Qualify and cultivate prospective donors
• Develop and propose strategies for solicitation, including determining ongoing relationships with prospect/donor; recommend specific purpose and level of gift; identifying those to be involved in cultivation and solicitation; ensure that solicitations are carried out
• Manage a sub-set of CMW’s grants, in collaboration with the Institutional Relationships Manager
• Participate in and conduct key solicitations
• Participate in developing plans and budgets for resource development
• Analyze data and conduct research to identify major gift prospects
• Design and coordinate an effective program for recognition, involvement and stewardship of major and special gifts donors
• Support board members and executive leaders in carrying out fundraising tactics
• Support CMW program staff in stewardship efforts
• Report to CMW’s leadership on fundraising plans and progress
• Remain current on CMW’s plans and programs

Knowledge and Experience:
• Demonstrated ability to successfully solicit major gifts and to develop strategies for others to solicit major gifts
• Experience developing funding proposals to foundations
• Bachelor’s Degree

Skills and Abilities:
• Passion for the work of Community MusicWorks
• Ability to understand and appreciate the needs and interests of major donors
• Demonstrated leadership and the ability to successfully manage multi-functional or diverse areas
• Demonstrated ability to manage staff
• Ability to initiate, analyze, monitor, evaluate strategic fundraising plans
• Ability to articulate the case for support
• Excellent writing, interpersonal, and analytical skills
• Knowledge of tax laws that effect charitable giving, personal assets and estates
• In addition, the Director must be able to participate in all aspects of the gift cycle:
• initiate contact with potential major donors;
• develop appropriate cultivation strategies, including working with volunteers;
• move prospects in an appropriate and timely fashion to solicitation and closure;
• make solicitations when appropriate; maintain stewardship contacts with donors
• Must be available and willing to travel to meet with donors and prospects
• Sense of humor
About Community MusicWorks (www.communitymusicworks.org)

Founded in 1997 with the conviction that musicians can have meaningful careers that unite artistry and public service, Community MusicWorks is a community-based organization with an annual budget of approximately $1 million that builds long-term learning and mentoring relationships between professional musicians, children, and families in Providence, Rhode Island’s most diverse and underserved neighborhoods.

CMW’s mission is to create a cohesive urban community—through music education and performance—that transforms the lives of children, families, and musicians. Our model is centered on the teaching, mentoring, program design, and performance activities of our twelve musicians-in-residence, and participants in a two-year Fellowship Program for young professional musicians.

CMW applies an innovative approach to music education that features the relationship between music and social justice. In 2010, CMW’s after-school programming was celebrated by First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House and CMW’s Founder & Artistic Director was the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship for his work “creating rewarding musical experiences for often-forgotten populations and forging a new, multifaceted role beyond the concert hall for the twenty-first-century musician.”

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Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014


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Riverzedge Arts Seeks DESIGNworks Studio Director

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

OVERVIEW: This position is responsible for overseeing a Graphic Design Studio of 8 teen participants, while also working with other program staff and studio participants. The studio runs much like a small business of which you are the artistic and production manager, and the teen artists are your creative and production staff.

HOURS: This job requires 25 to 30 hours/week during the school year (required hours are Mon –Thurs 1-6pm) and 30 hours/week for 7 weeks in the summer (Mon through Thurs noon-6pm).

EDUCATION:  BA/BFA degree in the arts, preferably graphic design, and a strong portfolio.

SKILLS:  Candidate should possess a thorough knowledge of Adobe CS5 or later, including Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Strong knowledge of HTML, CSS, and a basic understanding of PHP and JQuery are required. Experience with WordPress and Constant Contact is a plus. Excellent design skills with previous experience in a design studio or agency preferred. Candidate must be able to oversee the completion of projects within given deadlines, and be responsible for not only teaching teen participants, but also making sure they produce the highest quality of work. Projects range from logo designs and brochure design, to web design and implementation. Therefore, this position requires teaching skills, and leadership and art direction skills, as you work with teens to complete various projects.

EXPERIENCE: Working with youth, preferably in an urban environment; experience creating lesson plans and designing of short and long-term projects; knowledge of higher education opportunities is helpful. Graphic design experience in an agency or boutique environment with some pre-press experience is desired. Must be flexible, able to multi-task, work under deadlines, empower teen participants to mentor others in art-skill development, and work with high-school aged youth to develop new products; possess strong interpersonal communication skills, able to work independently, accept supervision and work with other staff.

SPECIAL: Some background in general business skills including marketing, job tracking, estimating, invoicing, inventory management, and supply ordering, product development, and marketing.

ABOUT RIVERZEDGE ARTS: RiverzEdge provides high-school youth in the Woonsocket-area (20 minutes north of Providence) with keys to self-sufficiency through paid employment in the arts. The year-round employment experience engages youth in a lifestyle of disciplined effort, creative self-expression, and economic self-reliance. RiverzEdge is built on the philosophy that art is a powerful force for social change, and that creative entrepreneurship through the arts is a productive and life-changing opportunity for young people.

THE NEED:  Woonsocket youth live in a community which offers few opportunities to its high school youth. The city has a 30% high school dropout rate, the highest rate of school disciplinary actions in the state, the second highest rate of teen pregnancy, and the highest rate of child abuse and neglect. With 31% of the children living in poverty and 46% living in single-parent families, RiverzEdge Arts Project is providing services to help meet the needs of it’s underserved youth.

HOW TO APPLY: email: brad@riverzedgearts.org or mail resume and cover letter to 196 Second Ave., Woonsocket, RI  02895

Riverzedge Arts is an Equal Opportunity Employer and recognizes the importance of diversity within its workforce and recruitment. Riverzedge makes all decisions which affect terms of employment without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, political belief or affiliation, religious belief, sexual orientation, military status, disability or any other protected characteristic.

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