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VSA arts Seeks Nominations for RI’s Creative Advocate in Disability Award

Monday, June 29th, 2015


VSA arts RI’s Creative Advocate in Disability Award

 Help us acknowledge and appreciate an unsung hero!

To commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act “ADA”     and 40th of VSA, we are looking to honor Rhode Island youth with disabilities who demonstrate exemplary leadership by making a difference in their communities, advancing the rights of individuals with disabilities.

This Award is to celebrate and encourage young Rhode Islanders of high school or college age (approximately between the ages of 15 and 25) that have a disability and are dedicated to positively affecting the lives of individuals with disabilities, creatively helping expand the full inclusion of all people in our communities.

Examples of qualified applicants can include (but are not limited to): a student who is advocating for equal access to quality education; a young artist who is creatively raising awareness about issues concerning people with disabilities through their artform, a volunteer changing the perception of people with disabilities in the workforce, or a young person actively inspiring better policies for people with disabilities though social media. This person does not have to be a “professional” advocate, but should be effectively and creatively working to make a difference.

There will be two official honorees: one will receive the Blackstone Valley Recognition, and the second a Statewide Recognition. The award presentations will be at the Beyond Barriers 25/40: ADA + ART Anniversary Celebration hosted by Mayor Grebien   on August 14, 2015 at Pawtucket City Hall.

DEADLINE for nominations is JULY 25th, 2015. Nominations may be submitted via email at programs@vsartsri.org or hardcopy at VSA arts Rhode Island, 500 Prospect Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860.  Attention: C-ADA

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Summer Classes at the Providence Steel Yard

Monday, June 29th, 2015

If you’ve been thinking about trying your hand at the industrial arts, this summer is the perfect time to get into our studios and learn a new skill or strengthen your current practice. We’ve got a number of classes for you to choose from. Be sure to  visit our website soon to see our course offerings.
With Adam Morosky
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. Click here for more info.

“Adam gave plenty of guidance and positive instruction throughout the weekend course. He made the time here very enjoyable.”
With Andrew Haviland
Birds of a Feather is a basic jewelry class that utilizes the ancient technique of chasing and repousse to create a variety of unique feather bracelets, pendants and earrings. Chasing and repousse are embossing techniques that work in conjunction with each other to achieve a raised design in sheet metal. As inspiration for our work we will study the feathers of different birds and try and replicate them in metal. Along with chasing and repousse students learn how to cut, file, form, anneal and finish their bracelets with patinas. Click here for more info.
“Andrew’s approach to teaching employs clear, straight forward instruction on techniques followed by sensitive guidance and encouragement.”

With Alison Bruun
This course is designed for the jeweler who has completed one or two intro courses but does not yet feel confident working independently in the studio. Feeling a little rusty? Don’t worry, the first class will review the basic skills. After that, we’ll take things a step further – students will be encouraged to take on more challenging projects while deepening their understanding of the materials and processes used. Click here for more info.
”This was an excellent class – the instructor shared a lot other personal experience and techniques as well as providing info and links to online resources.’
With Frank Barada and Nick Tomlin
With the use of a simple jig, steel can be formed and shaped to create unique patterns and decorative elements. In this class, students will explore a variety of cold and hot shaping techniques, they will build their own jigs and make a production of different shapes, which they can then assemble into a decorative configuration. As an added bonus, students in this class will have the opportunity to work with two of our favorite Yardies! Click here for more info.
“Frank loves what he does and makes it contagious!”

“Nick is a naturally gifted teacher, he’s very qualified!”

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Harpo Foundation Invites Applications for 2015 Emerging Artists Fellowship

Monday, June 29th, 2015

The Chicago-based Harpo Foundation was established in 2006 to support artists who are underrecognized by the field. The foundation seeks to stimulate creative inquiry and encourage new modes of thinking about art.

The foundation’s Emerging Artist Fellowship at the Santa Fe Art Institute was established in 2013 to provide an annual opportunity to an emerging visual artist 25 years of age or older who needs time and space to explore an idea and/or start a new project. Artist fellows will receive a one-month residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute that includes a well-appointed room with private bath; a beautiful, well-lit studio space; and a $500 travel stipend.

Founded in 1985, the Santa Fe Art Institute provides  unique opportunities for emerging artists to pursue creative projects without interruption. SFAI supports over fifty residents per year and offers a cohesive, arts-focused environment that creates  ideal working conditions for resident artists. Living and studio space is located within a nearly 17,000-square-foot complex designed by renowned Mexican architect Ricardo Legoretta. The unique SFAI environment allows residents to be as interactive or private as they wish. There are no requirements on the work produced during their time at the institute.

One fellowship is awarded annually to an emerging artist who demonstrates strong artistic ability and promise, as well as an evolving practice that is at a pivotal moment in its development.

For complete program guidelines, information about previous fellowship recipients, and application instructions, see the Harpo Foundation website.

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National Art Education Foundation Seeks Applications for Art Educator Grants

Monday, June 29th, 2015

Through its 2015 grants cycle, the National Art Education Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the National Art Education Association, is accepting applications from NAEF members from programs that support classroom-based art education.

1) Ruth Halvorsen Professional Development Grants: Annual scholarships of up to $2,500 will be awarded to qualified art educators whose proposals focus on understanding, implementation, and issues specifically relating to the National Visual Arts Standards and  support the improvement of the teaching of art.

2) Mary McMullan Grants: Grants of up to $2,500 will be awarded to projects that promote art education as an integral part of the curriculum and establish and/or improve the instruction of art in public and private elementary and secondary schools as well as institutions of higher education in the United States.

3) NAEF Research Grants: Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded in support of research  that advances knowledge in the field of art education as well as the goals outlined in Creating a Visual Arts Research Agenda Toward the 21st Century.

4) SHIP Grants: Grants of up to $500 will be awarded to art educators seeking art equipment and/or instructional curriculum resources r  related to student learning under the National Visual Arts Standards.

5) Teacher Incentive Grants: Scholarships of up to $2,500 will be awarded to individual art educators  for professional education related to the teaching of art, including curriculum, student learning, student assessment, and classroom management.

All projects must take place between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017.

Grants are made only to NAEA members, including student and retired members, state/province associations, and recognized NAEA affiliates. Qualified applicants must have been active members for at least a year prior to the date of application.Visit the National Art Education Foundation Web site for complete program guidelines, information about past grant recipients, and application instructions.

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Riverzedge Arts Seeks Arts and Innovation VISTA

Saturday, June 27th, 2015
Location: Woonsocket
Start Date: 8/7/15
Full Time

Job Description
Riverzedge Arts Graduation Nation Woonsocket places members in a continuum of applied STEAM (STEM + Art) learning programs serving at-high risk teens that are nationally recognized for their innovation and impact! Primary foci are 1) Expanding programs such as ELO Woonsocket at Woonsocket High School/Area Career & Technical Center (WHS), enabling better access to pipeline opportunities such as credit sharing with College for America and CCRI;; and 2) creating new opportunities and methods to better meet the needs of drop out youth and other more vulnerable populations. Member activities will increase graduation rates n WHS, which now shares the lowest graduation performance in RI with 2 Providence schools. Woonsocket is a small, impoverished post-industrial city on the verge of receivership plagued by the highest per capita debt and unemployment rates in RI, and the highest indicators of family stress—highest rates of abuse and neglect, exposure to violence, disciplinary in
cidents in schools and youth with incarcerated parents; 2nd highest rates of births to teens and youth living in poverty. 

What happens when artists take on "The Art of Learning?" Riverzedge programs use Social Enterprise, Expanded Learning for Credit and other applied methods to restore learning back to the constitutive body of the learner. Self-direction, real worksite experience, embedded enrichment, and engagement with mentors who are experts in their field are critical factors to success. Specifically, GradNation Members will: 1) Expand existing formal and informal higher education partnerships, and create new partnerships, to expand the number of youth engaged in credit sharing, exposure and networking, and to enhance the sustainability of partnerships through systemic application and formalized process. 2) Help to develop/expand empowerment and engagement programs for dislocated youth and parents, getting systems in place, as well as leading research and application of best practices for behavioral and emotional support.

Program Benefits : Relocation Allowance , Health Coverage* , Training , Childcare assistance if eligible , Living Allowance , Education award upon successful completion of service , Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend . 

*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare

How to Apply
Email resume and cover letter to Rebekah Greenwald Speck at bekah@riverzedgearts.org
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The Bar at AS220 Seeks Bar Manager

Saturday, June 27th, 2015
Location: Providence, RI
Salary: $18.50/hr / $9/hr
Start Date: 
Part Time

Job Description
The AS220 Bar Manager is responsible for running a profitable bar that is in line with AS220’s mission, values, policies and practice. The Bar Manager works closely with the General Manager to create a unique space that celebrates food and drink as art and as a building block of community. The Bar manager will plan, direct and oversee all bar operations including but not limited to managing staff, ensuring product and service standards are met, implementing and maintaining procedures for maximum operating efficiency, and crafting seasonal cocktail menus and carrying quality products.

The following staff report to the Bar Manager:


Specific responsibilities fall into the following areas:

Hiring, Staff Management

Work with AS220 management to hire part-time bar staff. Schedule, train, and manage part time employees.

Effectively communicate job expectations to bar staff and work in collaboration with the General Manager to oversee and address performance.

Support staff in their roles and educate them in both the cocktail menu, alcohol service safety, and taking the time to meet with them and hear their feedback and concerns when needed.

Playing a supportive role to the General Manager in all aspects of staff management and effectively communicate any needs to and from staff. Be accessible and approachable to all staff members when needed.

Onboard staff to Zenefits, google calendar and bar staff google group and send staff update emails

Ensure all staff members are alcohol safety certified

Create monthly staff schedule and update shared calendar

Work with Live Arts to ensure the proper staffing and scheduling is in line with projected gate attendance of Main Stage

Menus, Ordering, Inventory:

Introduce new cocktail menu items and liquor infusions with focus on seasonal, local, and/or unique product offerings, coordinating with the seasonal restaurant menus

Update social media accounts with new menu offerings and specials

Oversee pricing for all menu items and bar product

Take weekly inventory and annotate discrepancies and communicate to staff

Complete monthly inventory, cost of goods, and product loss reports

Handle all ordering related to the bar (bar products, paper goods, glassware, etc)

Process deliveries

Establish and maintain a strong, friendly relationship with local vendors and liquor reps


The AS220 Bar Manager is expected to work approximately 10 – 20 hrs/wk behind the bar.

Financial Management:

Work with the General Manager to develop annual budgets and plan financial goals for the bar

Work with the General Manager on bank deposits and bank account management

Product ordering and inventory management

Generate profit and loss statements for AS220 Food & Drink

Initiate measures to maximize bar sales and profitability

Report to AS220 Finance Committee as necessary


Cooperative management of the space, in assistance to the General Manager and Kitchen Manager.

Equipment procurement and maintenance

Maintenance of the bar physical space

Annual renewal of Liquor License and insurance that all bar activities run in compliance with the terms of our license

Foo Fest: Coordinate the bar component of our annual Foo Fest, with a focus on maximizing profitability, customer impact, access, safety, and overall efficiency

Integrate The Bar @ AS220 into AS220 special events

Work with other program leaders to integrate The Bar into AS220’s programmatic activities

Attend Staff, Space/Access, and Foo Fest meetings, and other meetings as necessary.

Work with Restaurant Management and Lead Production Manager to maintain environment consistent with AS220’s policies and procedures

Assist both the bar staff and General Manager in maintaining the security of the 115 Empire food, drink and performance space including, but not limited to: making sure the door to the basement remains locked during business hours (except during deliveries), making sure the bar office remains locked any time there is no one in it, dealing with any patrons that may be making either staff or customers feel unsafe at any time in the appropriate manner, writing up incident reports as necessary, reporting and communicating suspicious behavior from either staff or patrons.

Possess a willingness to grow and evolve with the changing needs of the organization, especially in regards to future renovations to the food and bar space. Ability to envision and communicate growing needs for the restaurant as well as possess the ability to grow with the bar in the event that the bar and restaurant merge into a more single service establishment.

The ideal candidate will have:

At least two years management experience (with the ability to deal with costs, pricing, creating schedules, staff management, etc.- as well as problem solving skills)

Knowledge of budgeting

Is familiar with POS and Quickbooks

The ability to

interact with customers in a friendly and courteous manner

articulate the AS220 mission statement

lead a team and rally as well as resolve conflict

Possess organizational skills (with regards to work schedules, ordering and delivery, cleaning schedules, seasonal menus), attention to detail, and excellent time management


The compensation for the Bar Manager when working on administrative tasks is $18.50 per hours, and $9 per hour while working bar shifts.

How to Apply
To apply for this position, please email a resume, professional references to jobs@as220.org.

Prospective candidates should spend some time on our web site as220.org, before applying.
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Rhode Island School of Design Seeks Curatorial Assistant, Decorative Arts and Design

Saturday, June 27th, 2015
Location: Providence, RI
Start Date: 
Full Time

Job Description
Be a part of the Museum of Art at the Rhode Island School of Design. The Museum acquires, preserves, exhibits, and interprets works of art and design representing diverse cultures from ancient times to the present. Distinguished by its relationship to Rhode Island School of Design, the Museum educates and inspires artists, designers, students, scholars, and the general public through exhibitions, programs, and publications.
As an employer, RISD offers a supportive, collegial and inclusive work environment and a competitive benefits package. 

In this unique curatorial opportunity the Curatorial Assistant in Decorative Arts and Design supports project-specific and day-to-day curatorial functions in the Department of Decorative Arts and Design, including: exhibition and installation planning, collection object and exhibition research, collection care, collection interpretation, department-related programming, acquisitions, departmental database entry, special projects, publications preparations, administrative activities, assistance with public inquiries, and teaching from exhibitions and the collection.

• Bachelor’s degree in art history, or related field required; Master’s degree preferred. 
• Knowledge of decorative arts and design required. 
• Office experience necessary, preferably in a museum, gallery, or related area. 
• Excellent writing, research, computer (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and museum database), and organizational skills
• Proven ability to collaborate and effectively communicate
• Proven ability to interact with members of the community representing diverse backgrounds and interests.

How to Apply
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Mystic Arts Center Seeks Events Coordinator

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

Location: Mystic, CT
Start Date: June 29, 2015
Part Time

Job Description
The Events Coordinator works under the direction of the Executive Director managing all aspects of public and private events including facility rentals, and Mystic Arts Center exhibition, fundraising, volunteer and special events. The EC also works under the direction of the Development Manager to coordinate fundraising activities and volunteer/donor appreciation events.

The successful candidate will be outgoing, energetic, and detail-oriented with at least 3 years experience in event management, facility rental, or equivalent. Strong communication skills are mandatory for this position. Knowledge of social media, marketing strategies, budget development and Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access are preferred. This position is part-time, twenty four hours a week and requires a somewhat flexible schedule, including some nights and weekends.

How to Apply
Interested applicants should send a resume and three professional references to George King, Executive Director, exec@mysticarts.org.

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RI Teaching Artists Center & VSA arts RI invite you to a Professional Development Workshop

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

RI Teaching Artists Center & VSA arts RI invite you to a Professional Development Workshop                 

August 20, 2015 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

ARTS  & Universal Design for Learning  (UDL)

  • Do you care deeply about engaging students of differing physical and cognitive abilities in arts-based learning?
  • Are you a teaching artist, K-12 teacher, administrator, paraprofessional, researcher, or policy maker? 

Then, mark your calendars, this day is for you!

KEYNOTE : Rachel Balaban

Artists and Scientists as Partners

Adjunct Professor, Brown University
participatory workshops, panel, special presentation.

Presented by: RI Teaching Artists Center, VSA arts RI, RI State Council on the Arts

If your summer e-mail is different, and you would like to receive further details, update us with your summer e-mail at programs@vsartsri.org

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The Galway Kinnell Poetry Contest

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

The Pawtucket Arts and Culture Commission in Pawtucket, RI announces the reinstatement of the Galway Kinnell Poetry Contest in memory of Pawtucket poet, Galway Kinnell.

Open to New England poets, submit up to three pages of poetry c/o Patti McAlpine, Contest Coordinator P.O. Box 9206, Pawtucket, RI 02862. Deadline: August 1, 2015.

Sponsored by the Pawtucket Arts Festival,  three winning poets will read winning poems at a Poetry Celebration event of the Pawtucket Arts Festival on Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 2 p.m. along with Rhode Island state poet laureates: Rick Benjamin, current state poet laureate; Lisa Starr, recent state poet laureate emerita and Tom Chandler, state poet laureate emeritus. Benjamin, Starr and Chandler will also serve as the contest judges.

Born in Providence, RI, Galway Kinnell was raised in Pawtucket, RI. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1983, awarded a National Book Award and was recipient of a McArthur Fellowship. He served as F.B. Morse Professor of Arts and Sciences at New York University and was Vermont’s state poet laureate. He passed away on October 28, 2014.

The Galway Kinnell Poetry contest originated in 1985 by the Pawtucket Arts Council but has been dormant since 2002. It is with great honor that Pawtucket Arts and Culture Commission along with the Pawtucket Arts Festival reinstate this contest as a memoriam to one of New England’s  and Pawtucket’s most outstanding poets.

For more information, please contact Patti McAlpine, Contest Coordinator at 401-996-8678, e-mail at mcalpine.patti@gmail.com or visit www.galwaykinnellpoetrycontest.WordPress.com

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Summer Classes and Camps at the Artists Exchange!

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Artists’ Exchange
Families welcome to join us for FREE Crafts at Artists’ Exchange on the last Saturday of every month! CRAFT BASH is made possible by the generosity of The Krista Weller Burns Foundation and Financial Independence. The next craft bash will be held on Saturday, June 27th from 11:00am to 2:00pm, join us in making Painted T-Shirts! CRAFT BASH is FREE and open to the public. Artists’ Exchange is located at 50 Rolfe Square Cranston, RI 02910. For more information, call 401.490.9475 or visit www.artists-exchange.org.

LITTLE ART CAMPS at Artists’ Exchange. Ages 5 – 7  |  9am – 3pm (now full day, *before and after care available) Artists’ Exchange little art camps are designed to capture the imagination of younger campers. Each week’s theme will match our older art camps and projects will be adjusted to match cognitive ability and dexterity of the 5 – 7 year old age group. Campers will explore a wide variety of materials. The size of the scissors may shrink, but not the creative fun in these camps! Artists’ Exchange is located at 50 Rolfe Square Cranston, RI 02910. For more information, call 401.490.9475 or visit www.artists-exchange.org.

    Little Art 1 :  June 22 – 26
    Art, Animals, and maybe even a few Wild Things will collide in this week of adventures. From the ocean floor to the sky, from the deserts to the mountains, campers will explore, recreate and invent creatures and habitats of the wild world.  $275 | $220 after discount

ART CAMPS at Artists’ Exchange. Ages 8 – 13  |  9am – 3pm (*before and after care available)
Exploring clay, drawing, painting, 3D construction and more, participants will complete an assortment of individual and group projects in each weeks theme, culminating in a showcase at the end of each camp, followed by the unveiling of an installation at our 8th annual Fall Out of Summer Arts Festival in September.

    Art 4 :  July 13 – 17
    What will your artsified city look like? Urban installation artists can create just about anything from huge steel sculptures in parks, 40 foot long mosaics in subways, giant murals on sky high buildings, Using inspiration from city life, campers will paint, sculpt and erect a city from the pavement to the sky. $275  |  $220 after discount

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AS220 is Hiring!

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

The Controller’s primary responsibility is to manage the resources of AS220 to best implement the mission of the organization. The Controller works closely with the Artistic Director and Director of Programs to develop strategy and direction for the organization. The Controller reports to the Artistic Director. READ FULL JOB DESCRIPTION ONLINE
The AS220 Bar Manager is responsible for running a profitable bar that is in line with AS220’s mission, values, policies and practice. The Bar Manager works closely with the General Manager to create a unique space that celebrates food and drink as art and as a building block of community. The Bar manager will plan, direct and oversee all bar operations including but not limited to managing staff, ensuring product and service standards are met, implementing and maintaining procedures for maximum operating efficiency, and crafting seasonal cocktail menus and carrying quality products. READ FULL JOB DESCRIPTION AND APPLY ONLINE!

The Head Chef & Kitchen Manager is responsible for all aspects of employee management and for overall operations for back of the house and kitchen area of the restaurant. Overseeing cleanliness and space management of the kitchen and storage areas. Work collaboratively with the General Manager and the Bar Manager to create yearly budgets based on previous performance. Crafting the seasonal menus with attention to cost of goods. Working to maintain an atmosphere and operation that is conducive to the AS220 mission statement. Striving to showcase local, seasonal food as an art form with the AS220 community. READ FULL JOB DESCRIPTION AND APPLY ONLINE!

Also hiring Bartenders and cooks!

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Arts Center Killingworth CALL FOR ARTISTS: 2015 Autumn Arts Festival and Gallery Show

Monday, June 15th, 2015

Columbus Day Weekend, October 10-11. Rain date October 12.  Seeking artists in all mediums.  Exhibit on the Madison Connecticut Town Green (Boston Post Road/Copse Road, Madison, CT).  Opportunity to also participate in 6-week Spectrum Gallery and Store Show in Centerbrook, CT (part of Essex Township).  Prospectus/Registration Form at artscenterkillingworth.org.  For more information about Spectrum Gallery visit spectrumartgallery.org  Email artscenterkillingworth@gmail.com or call (860) 663-5593.

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Introduction to Etching Techniques at the South County Art Association

Monday, June 15th, 2015

 Experience the magic of printmaking! Instructor Casey Weibust will demonstrate a variety of techniques in intaglio printing, including drypoint and acid bath etching. You will also become comfortable with using the etching press, mixing your own inks, wiping your plate, proper paper tearing and registration techniques.  While enrolled students will be eligible to use open studio time.

Materials: (2) 2”X3” zinc plates are included in class fee, additional plates may be purchased as needed.

Instructor: Casey Weibust
5 weeks, June 25 – July 23
Thursdays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
$120 members / $145 non-members
Other Materials: TBA
To Enroll call the SCAA office at: 401-783-2195 or sign up at https://www.southcountyart.org/printmaking.html

    This course introduces students to the bold art of Linocut Print-making. Positive and negative space is emphasized as students make use of design fundamentals to simplify what they see into decisive, visual elements.  Students will also learn how to use line as a method of shading as they concentrate on mark making in order to create tone and contrast.

Instructor: Jill Heffernan
4 weeks, June 24 – July 15
Wednesdays, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
$100 members / $120 non-members
Materials: A linocut cutter set, a small size pad of newsprint, a pad of mulberry paper or 5 sheets of light-weight 115-175 gsm Rives BFK, 4-6 pieces of linoleum or a soft-cut linoleum alternative (any size), a black marker and a pencil
To Enroll call the SCAA office at: 401-783-2195 or sign up at https://www.southcountyart.org/printmaking.html

Experience the magic of monotype printmaking! Instructor Casey Weibust will demonstrate a variety of techniques in monotype printing, including watercolor monoprint. You will also become comfortable with using the printing press, mixing your own inks, proper paper tearing and registration techniques. This class is designed for all skill levels.

Instructor: Casey Weibust
5 weeks, July 14 – Aug 11
Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
$120 members / $145 non-members
To Enroll call the SCAA office at: 401-783-2195 or sign up at https://www.southcountyart.org/printmaking.html


Learn how to create beautiful prints from collaged textures!  Students in this class will make printing plates fashioned from everyday materials such as cardboard, fabric, paper and thread.  Both intaglio and relief inking will be covered as well as successive printing with multiple plates.  Students will print on a press as well as learn hand-press techniques which can be done at home. 

Instructor: Jill Heffernan
4 weeks, July 22-Aug 12
Wednesdays, 6:30 pm – 9:00pm
$100 members / $120 non-members
Materials: See website for complete list

To Enroll call the SCAA office at: 401-783-2195 or sign up at https://www.southcountyart.org/printmaking.html


An introduction to the solarplate (or polymer) etching process. Solarplate etching is a greener, solvent-free method of plate making.The first class will be spent developing artwork to make a plate that reflects their individual artistic expression, and there will be a demonstration of how to create a solar plate. In the second class, plates will be created, and relief and intaglio inking methods will be explained and demonstrated, as well as different methods of applying color to the plate. Students should be able to produce a number of prints, and have plenty of time to explore different aspects of the process.This course will help painters and printmakers alike to view their work with new possibilities. Beginners welcome.

Carol Dunn is an award winning printmaker and photographer, specializing in alternative processes for creating artwork. She exhibits frequently in the area, and is an Elected Artist in the Norwich Arts Center, Mystic Arts Center, Connecticut Women Artists, Essex Art Association, and CT Academy of Fine Arts among others. See her website for imagery and information or to contact her: www.caroldunnart.com

Instructor:  Carol Dunn
Dates/Times:  Saturday, Sept. 19, 12:30pm – 3:30pm and Sunday, September 20, 12:30pm – 7pm
Cost:  $125 members/$145 nonmembers
Materials: See website for complete list

To Enroll call the SCAA office at: 401-783-2195 or sign up at https://www.southcountyart.org/printmaking.html

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YoungArts Foundation Invites Applications for 2016 Young Artists Prize

Friday, June 12th, 2015

The National YoungArts Foundation provides emerging artists (ages 15-18 or grades 10-12) with opportunities to work with renowned mentors, access to significant scholarships, national recognition, and other opportunities  to help ensure that the nation’s most outstanding young artists are encouraged to pursue a career in the arts.

To that end, YoungArts is accepting applications for its 2016 cycle. Support is offered in ten artistic disciplines: cinematic arts, dance, design, jazz, music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice, and writing.

To date, YoungArts has honored more than 17,000 young artists with over $6 million in monetary awards; facilitated in excess of $150 million in college scholarship opportunities; and enabled its participants to work with master teachers who are among the most distinguished artists in the world, including Mikhail Baryshnikov, Jacques d’Amboise, Plácido Domingo, Bill T. Jones, Quincy Jones, and Martin Scorsese. In addition, YoungArts serves as the exclusive nominating agency for the U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, the country’s highest honor for young artists.

The program selects up to seven hundred winners per year from students across the country.  Winners will receive grants of up to $10,000 each and have the opportunity to attend YoungArts programs, and partake in workshops, interdisciplinary activities, performances, and master classes with internationally renowned artists.

Application materials must be received no later than October 16, 2015. Applicants will receive notification of their status via email by no later than the end of November and written confirmation by the end of December.

Applicants must be citizens or legal residents of the United States or  its territories, and be between the ages of 15 and 18 on December 1, 2015, or in grades 10-12. International students who are studying in the U.S. on a student visa are eligible to apply.  YoungArts reserves the right to extend eligibility on a case-by-case basis, provided the applicant’s nineteenth birthday falls within ninety days before or after the designated guidelines.

Visit the YoungArts Foundation for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

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Grammy Foundation Accepting LOIs for Music Research and Preservation Projects

Friday, June 12th, 2015

Funded by the Recording Academy, the Grammy Foundation’s grant program 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 provides awards 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 those designed to address an important research question.

The archiving and preservation projects grant program awards grants to organizations and individuals to support 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, 2015. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit full proposals.

Visit the Grammy Foundation website for complete program guidelines and the LOI form.

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Classes at the Providence Steel Yard

Friday, June 12th, 2015

Did you know that if you’ve already taken a class at the Steel Yard, our shop is available to you to work on your own projects? Each week, we have monitored Open Studio sessions where you have access to our tools for a low hourly cost… and, if you’re a youth – it’s on us! Check out our website for more details.
If you haven’t taken a course yet, this summer is the perfect time to get into our studios and learn a new skill or strengthen your art practice. We’ve got a ton of classes for you to choose from. Be sure to visit our website soon – because classes are filling up quickly!
With Dave Allyn
In this course, you are encouraged to use your time in the studio however you like with an instructor to guide you and help you realize your creative goals. You are welcome to wheel-throw, hand-build, or shape the course to meet your needs. We can cover a wide variety of techniques and tricks, from the practical to the absurd, in order to help you delve deeper into the world of ceramics. Click here for more info.

“Dave demonstrated techniques and prompted ideas. He showed us processes complimentary to what we were doing.”
With Amie Plante
Wax has long been a material in jewelry used to make original models for casting. In this class you will learn various techniques to sculpt, fire, carve, melt, drill and finish jewelry wax into their own unique designs. Metal finishing techniques such as soldering, sanding, polishing, and the use of patinas will be covered, as well as where to source casting and jewelry supplies. Click here for more info.
“Amie gave very detailed instructions and made sure to give us one-on-one time to teach us the skills we needed for our own pieces!”

With Max Van Pelt
 Spending a warm night sitting around a fire is a Steel Yard tradition, and this summer is the perfect time to get into the shop, learn to weld, and build yourself an outdoor fire pit! In the first part of this 10-week course, students will learn basic welding and fabrication techniques. In the remainder of the course, they will apply these techniques to construct their own fire pit, perfect for the front yard, back yard, or patio. Students will tackle technical and aesthetic design details and carefully consider the fire pit’s location and the ways they would like to use it. Click here for more info.
”Max is an excellent instructor, he did a great job! He was ready to help and answer any questions and give advice, but still let us try to work things out for ourselves.”
With Willow Zietman

In this class, students will learn the fundamental skills of blacksmtihing, while focusing on forging their own artistic bottle openers. A perfect introduction to the craft of metalworking, this course will teach the basics of heating and shaping steel. In two days we will cover techniques such as tapering, spreading, bending, scrolling, and shouldering. Additional focus will be given to punching, upsetting, and upsetting.  Click here for more info.

“Willow was great! She was veyr patient and knowledgeable. The demos were clear and concise, and we had plenty of time to practice our new skills.”

With John Fazzino

In this class, you’ll learn how to use handbuilding techniques to turn clay into sculptural additions for your yard or garden that compliment or highlight your current landscape. Just as your flowers bloom, so can your artwork! Students will use pinch, coil and slab techniques to build up and out. Project ideas can range from birdbaths, to small tables, planters or decorative spheres, to figurative or sculptural objects.
Click here for more info.

John has been working in the field for 35 years and teaching ceramics for the past 15. His classes are a wealth of knowledge!

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The Providence Singers, Inc. Seeks Communications Director

Friday, June 12th, 2015

Location: 667 Waterman Avenue, East Providence, RI 02914-1712
Start Date: open position
Part Time

Job Description
Communications Director

Reports to:    Executive Director
Status:    Half-time, salaried
Benefits:    Health Insurance stipend
   All federal and state holidays; 10 vacation days per fiscal year
   Professional development and travel, set annually

The Communications Director plans and manages marketing and promotional activities to enhance the public profile of the Providence Singers and build audiences. The position also serves as Education Pro-gram Coordinator. The Communications Director works closely with the Executive Director, Artistic Di-rector, Junior Providence Singers Music Director and key partners and volunteers to achieve organiza-tional goals.

I. Marketing and Audience Development
•    Prepare and implement season marketing plans to reach ticket sales goals
•    Oversee design and production of promotional materials for the concert season, including season brochures, season mini-cards, concert postcards, posters and flyers
•    Recommend and implement ticket pricing and promotion strategies
•    Develop and implement online (e-mail, social media) marketing strategies
•    Design and oversee the production of special event materials as needed
•    Monitor and submit material for website to advance marketing goals
•    Develop messaging, and oversee production and placement of print and radio ads

Media Relations
•    Write and distribute news releases announcing seasons, concerts, and significant developments or events for the Providence Singers; do print and online calendar postings
•    Contact media by email and phone to promote feature stories or other coverage
•    Provide support for singer recruitment, including news releases, follow-up phone calls, online postings, flyer production and distribution.

Box Office
•    Manage box office functions to promote efficient ticket processing and good customer service
•    Design and produce printed tickets for non-Vets (Veterans Memorial Auditorium) concerts
•    Recruit and provide direction to volunteers to assist in processing ticket orders
•    Ticket fulfillment: Process phone, mail and online ticket orders
•    Subscription fulfillment: Process and mail subscriptions orders
•    Maintain adequate box office records; prepare box office reports for Executive Director
•    Develop and implement strategies for selective group ticket sales
•    Coordinate box office service through Vets and RI Philharmonic as needed

•    Oversee design and production of concert program books
•    Serve as house manager at concerts, supervise ticket sales volunteers and ushers
•    Arrange or do signage for concerts (conductor, soloists, tickets, will call, directions, etc.)

Database Records
•    Update database records with patron contact, subscription and ticket sales information
•    Provide feedback to and work with Executive Director and webmaster/programmer on enhance-ments to the database and efficient processes for updating

II. Education Programs
Junior Providence Singers (10 week program)
•    Coordinate planning, serve as primary point of contact for JPS program
•    Develop and distribute print and online recruitment materials
•    Oversee registration, check processing, financial aid awards
•    Enter JPS singer and parent data into database

Young Men’s Choral Festivals (one day event)
•    Coordinate and provide operational staff support for YMCF planning, program, publicity, re-cruitment, and record keeping

III. Fundraising
Program Ads
•    Oversee preparation of program ad sales materials for Singers membership-based program ads campaign
•    Work with and provide guidance to program ads volunteer coordinator; track progress

IV. General Duties
•    Work with chorus manager and others to recruit volunteers for singer ticket sales, general ticket processing, program ads sales; recruit concert ticket sales volunteers and ushers

•    Review annual marketing budget and recommend appropriate levels of funding to achieve mar-keting goals
•    Monitor marketing budget expenses to stay within budget, bring unusual or unexpected expenses to the attention of the Executive Director

•    Open and process selected mail; handle general phone calls, provide customer service
•    Coordinate box office deposits, process credit card transactions and some checks


How to Apply
Please e-mail resume (or CV) and cover letter to marketing@providencesingers.org or mail to:

MJ Daly
Executive Director
Providence Singers
667 Waterman Avenue
Providence, RI 02914

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The Manton Avenue Project Seeks full-time Program Development VISTA

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Location: Providence RI
Start Date: August 6 2015
Full Time

Job Description
The Manton Avenue Project is seeking a full-time Program Development VISTA member for a stipended service commitment starting in August 2015.
This is a year-long position through Americorps. Benefits include living allowance/stipend, health insurance and education award. 35 + hours a week. (NEW VISTA rule allows for outside employment).
VISTA service will help The Manton Avenue Project build organization capacity. The Program Development VISTA will be expected to be an enthusiastic and reliable member of our small MAP staff, and to take the necessary initiative to:
•    Research best practices for program evaluation at similar storefront youth arts organizations.
•    Create data systems to better track and evaluate the participation of students, parents, volunteer, and alumni.
•    Research program grant and fundraising opportunities, and create a better system for program grants management and donor tracking/communications.
•    Research ways to better measure correlation of MAP participation to literacy, school readiness and social/emotional development.
•    Work with staff to devise program enhancements at MAP’s Olneyville Clubhouse.
•    Integrate partnership information into database and tracking system for guest artists and partner organizations that correlate with MAP’s themed playwriting programs.

Skills preferred:
•    Spanish speaking skills a huge plus.
•    Experience with Salesforce
•    BA required, in youth development or non-profit management a plus.
•    Ability to take initiative and work independently
•    Strong organizational, research and writing skills
•    Enthusiasm about MAP’s mission

Required Pre-Service Orientation Aug 3-6. Service term starts immediately following PSO.
Note:  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 $11,797 total living stipend for those twelve months of service. Upon successful completion of the term of service, the Member also receives either an education award of $5,730 or cash award $1,500. For more information on AmeriCorps VISTA, please visit http://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorps-vista

How to Apply
Please submit a cover letter and resume to Meg@mantonavenueproject.org by June 15th.

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Loans available from SEED Corporation

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Small Loans Available to Rhode Island Businesses! From $1,000 – $200,000 at 5%-6% Fixed!

SEED: (508) 822-1020


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