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Rhode Island Council for the Humanities April 2011

April 11th, 2011

Recent Grant Awards

We are pleased to announce the most recent recipients of our February and March Mini Grants! Mini Grants up to $2,000 are awarded on a monthly basis to non-profit organizations in support of public humanities programs, and to individual researchers in support of research in the humanities.

We Talk about Architecture, Architecture Talks Back

CCRI Foundation

A $2,000 grant was awarded to support a panel discussion about the architectural style of the CCRI Warwick Knight Campus Building. As the building approaches its 40th anniversary, a panel of architecture scholars and experts will start a conversation about the building, its history, its place within architectural history, and about how the building environment affects those who utilize it. This panel will take place on April 14th at 4pm, for more information visit the CCRI site.

Windmill Informational Signage

Jamestown Historical Society

A $1,700 grant was awarded to support the creation of two weather-proof informational signs outside of the 1787 grist mill in order to make historical and technical information available to off-season visitors and to those who are unable to enter the windmill. The signs will increase public accessibility to the “inside story” of the windmill.

Youth Voices on the River

RiverzEdge Arts Project

A $1,956 grant was awarded to support an Earth Day event at the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Commission headquarters led by participants in RiverzEdge’s Art, Landscape & Ecology Program – teens and their historian mentors. Teens will share their research on the history and ecology of the Blackstone River with the wider community through an exhibit, presentation and panel discussion.

Photo credit: Markham Starr

In History’s Wake, The Last Trap Fishermen of Rhode Island
South County Museum
A $2,000 grant was awarded to support a partnership between the South County Museum and Historic New England to produce and install a photographic exhibition examining the disappearing trap fishing industry off the coast of Rhode Island. The exhibition will include documentary photography by Markham Starr, and will be coupled with a lecture series on the same topic.

A Sym-POE-Sium: The Life and Literature of Edgar Allen Poe
Trinity Repertory Company
A $1,200 grant was awarded to support a scholarly panel discussion to examine the life and literature of Edgar Allen Poe, in conjunction with Trinity Rep’s world premiere of The Completely Fictional – Utterly True – Final Strange Tale of Edgar Allen Poe.

Congratulations to our most recent grant recipients! The next deadline for Monthly Mini Grants is May 1, 2011 at 5:00pm. Please read our grants opportunities page for more information on the application process.

Grantee Events

We Talk About Architecture, Architecture Talks Back
Exhibition: April 5 – 27, 2011, Knight Campus Art Gallery
Panel & Opening Reception: April 14 at 4pm & 6pm
CCRI examines the unique architecture of its Knight Campus megastructure with a month-long art exhibition and panel discussion. The panel takes place on April 14 at 4pm, followed by an opening reception from 6 – 8pm. For more information, visit the CCRI site.

From Slave Trader to Abolitionist: Newport Quaker Tom Robinson
Monday, April 11 at 5:30pm at the Young Building, Salve Regina University
Elizabeth Cazden, an independent scholar of Quaker history in its economic and social context, presents a talk on Thomas Robinson, a Newport Quaker merchant, who was a key advocate for abolition of slavery both within and outside of the Society of Friends from the 1770s. For more information visit this site.

Crossing Borders: Women Writing Their Lives

Tuesday, April 12 from 4:45 – 6:00pm at URI, Kingston
Author and co-director of Brown’s nonfiction writing program, Beth Taylor, will read from and discuss her memoir, The Plain Language of Love and Loss. Taylor’s memoir is grounded in the suicide of her 14-year-old brother when she was 12, and the role of her Quaker, anti-war upbringing. The book reveals the ways she has struggled and moved forward as it also creates a historical foundation about anti-war movements during the 70s and religious influences on people’s lives. For more information, visit the URI site.

Living History’s Grand Review 2011
April 12 at the Olneyville Library & April 26 at the Washington Park Library
Living History’s 14th Rhode Island troops will be performing Grand Review 2011, a collaborative effort by Living History and the Providence Community Libraries to engage Providence 5th & 6th Graders in Hands-on Civil War activities, drama, and a real life encampment of the 14th RI Heavy Artillery Black Civil War Regiment. All activities are free and open to the public.

Frederick Wiseman’s Juvenile Court: Screening & Panel Discussion
Friday, April 15, Film Screenings: 1:00pm, 3:30pm; Panel: 6 – 8:00pm at Roger Williams University
Frederick Wiseman is best known for offering unvarnished portraits of social institutions. Juvenile Court offers a behind-the-scenes look at a busy Juvenile Court, and was filmed in the direct aftermath of a set of landmark Supreme Court decisions that ushered in rights-based protections for juvenile offenders. See the film, followed by a panel discussion with Frederick Wiseman and others in the fields of law, film, and juvenile justice. For more information visit the Roving Eye Film Festival site.

Miss Lucy: Aesthetics, Disability and Collecting
Sunday, April 17 from 12:30 – 2:00pm at the RISD Museum
The second lecture in a series on Lucy Truman Aldrich (1869-1955), titled, My soul for a beautiful thing: Lucy Truman Aldrich and the Modernist Spirit of Collecting. Scholar Gloria-Jean Masciarotte focuses on Miss Lucy’s collecting philosophy. For more information and to RSVP, visit the RISD site.

The month of April is teeming with events! For even more opportunities to attend humanities events across Rhode Island, visit our Events Calendar!

Community Events

Planet Taco: The Globalization of Mexican Cuisine

Wednesday, April 20 at 5:30 pm at the List Arts Building, Brown University

In this lecture historian Jeffrey Pilcher will follow the history of Mexican American food from the “chili queens” of San Antonio and the taco shops of southern California to their contemporary global versions. Reception at the Haffenreffer Museum featuring food by Mexico Garibaldi Restaurant. For more information visit the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology site.

Lecture: Lonnie G. Bunch
Thursday, April 14 at 6:00pm at Barus and Holley, Rm 166, Brown University
Lonnie Bunch will discuss the history and ongoing work of creating the National Museum of African American History and Culture, exploring strategies to navigate challenges that include: Building on the National Mall, establishing conceptual frameworks for a new museum, understanding public expectations, and negotiating the contextual terrain of race. For more information, visit the JNBC site.

National Poetry Month poster quote from Elizabeth Bishop

Poetry Month: Writing Across Rhode Island
April 2011
Writing Across Rhode Island is celebrating National Poetry Month with a series of events, including Poetry Write-A-Thon, Poetry Reading and Writers Brunch. The poetry reading featuring Tom Chandler, Darcie Dennigan and Lisa Starr will take place at the Providence Public Library on April 30th. For more information, visit the Write-A-Thon site.

Opportunities

Providence 375

Wednesday, April 27 at 4:00pm at the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities

From May through October 2011, Providence will commemorate the 375th anniversary of the city. You are invited to join in the celebration by

organizing a program around one of these ideas: Roots, Hope, Freedom and Ingenuity. On April 27, RICH will host an informal brainstorming session for people and organizations interested in collaborating on a 375 event. Space is limited. Please RSVP to Carole Ann Penney at caroleann@rihumanities. As a reminder, if you are already planning an event for that time, the deadline to be included in the print program is Friday, April 8. Visit the 375 site for more information and to register your event today.

Susan B. Wilson Civic Education Merit Awards
Nomination Deadline: April 29, 2011
The education of every child should include civics education. An educated electorate is the cornerstone of our democracy and educating students, some of whom are about to vote for the first time, about the importance of their responsibility as citizens and voters is crucial. To encourage teachers engaged in this endeavor and to honor exceptional work in this area, the League of Women Voters of South Kingstown and Narragansett has sponsored the Susan B. Wilson Civic Education Merit Award with funding from the League of Women Voters Rhode Island Education Fund. For more information, visit this site.

NEH Fellowships
Deadline: May 3, 2011
Fellowships support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources in the humanities. Projects may be at any stage of development. For more information, visit the National Endowment for the Humanities site.

National Endowment for the Humanities: Bridging Cultures Through Film

Deadline: June 29, 2011

The Bridging Cultures through Film: International Topics program supports projects that examine international and transnational themes in the humanities through documentary films. These projects are meant to spark Americans’ engagement with the broader world by exploring one or more countries and cultures outside of the United States. To learn more about this grant and to apply, visit the NEH site.

Rhode Island Council for the Humanities

131 Washington Street, Suite 210

Providence, RI 02903

(401) 273-2250

http://www.rihumanities.org

Rhode Island Council for the Humanities | 385 Westminster Street | Suite 2 | Providence | RI | 02903

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Job Opportunity at NEFA’s National Dance Project

April 7th, 2011

The New England Foundation for the Arts seeks a senior, experienced Program Manager with deep knowledge of the dance field to provide leadership and oversight for the National Dance Project.  
The National Dance Project (NDP)-deemed the “fairy godmother of dance” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy-uses funding and information-sharing to provide a support system for the evolving discipline of dance in the United States.  
The Position

Reporting to the Director of Programs and working in close collaboration with the Executive Director and other NEFA staff, the Program Manager for NDP will design, develop and deliver the core program activity of grant making for the production and touring of new dance work, as well as partnerships for international exchange, the Regional Dance Development Initiative, and the Contemporary Arts Centers network. Other responsibilities include the supervision of NDP program staff, development of grant proposals and communications strategy, and the cultivation and maintenance of relationships with grantees, program advisors, partner organizations, funders, and other constituents.
 

Qualifications
The ideal candidate will have an understanding of the dance field from multiple perspectives (artist, presenter, grant seeker, and grant maker) and the ability to identify needs/opportunities in the field to inform NDP strategies.  An excellent listener, observer, and communicator, the Program Manager must be able to nurture relationships, galvanize constituents and funders, and maintain a strong presence in the field.

Salary commensurate with experience.  More at http://www.genovesevanderhoof.com/careers.htm#PM.

 
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Attend NEFA’s Creative Communities Exchange

April 6th, 2011

Announcing workshops & special guest!

EVENT DETAILS

What:

Creative Communities Exchange

When:

May 19 & 20, 2011

Where:

MASS MoCA

North Adams, MA

Registration: $100

($80 before May 1st!)

APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP

OR

REGISTER TODAY!

Tweet this!

#CCENE2011

This event is hosted by NEFA and Berkshire Creative, and sponsored by Autodesk, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, MASS MoCA, the Porches Inn and Red Lion Inn, and Art New England.

CONTACT

Nella Young
New England Services Coordinator
nyoung@nefa.org

617.951.0010 x529

Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations should contact NEFA staff by May 1.

NEFA SUPPORTS ARTISTS WITH GRANTS AND PROFESSIONAL RESOURCES; ESTABLISHES VITAL CONNECTIONS BETWEEN ARTISTS, ARTS PROGRAMMERS, AND THE PUBLIC; AND STRENGTHENS THE REGION’S CREATIVE ECONOMY THROUGH RESEARCH THAT INFORMS PUBLIC POLICY.
Learn more about NEFA.

CONNECT WITH NEFA!

EXCHANGE WORKSHOPS

A rich group of presenters from all over New England have been chosen to discuss their creative economy projects during workshops at the Creative Communities Exchange. These workshops cover a wide range of topics, from building organizational capacity through strong partnerships to catalyzing the creative economy with events that draw visitors and influence policy.

CREATIVE ECONOMY AWARDS LUNCHEON UPDATE

NEFA will present its first-ever creative economy awards to two workshop presenters on the last day of the event, with remarks by special guest National Endowment for the Arts chairman Rocco Landesman. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity!

MORE INFORMATION

Who Should Attend?
How Do I Participate/Register?
View the schedule
Learn more about the Exchange

(COST: $100; $80 before May 1st!)

APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP

Thanks to our sponsors, NEFA and Berkshire Creative are offering a limited number of scholarships to attend the Exchange. Find out how to apply before the deadline on April 8, 2011.

New England Foundation for the Arts | 145 Tremont Street, 7th Floor | Boston | MA | 02111

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Help Wanted:Full Time Managing Director for AS220

April 5th, 2011

AS220 is accepting applications for a full time managing director
for the first round of interviews until Friday April 8th. Its a big
job so I’m trying to cast a wider net in the hopes that some amazing
candidates might be among the art-loving folks I’ve crossed paths with
over years and that you might help spread the word. The position
details are posted at:

http://www.as220.org/about/2011/03/full-time-managing-director.html

The Managing Director’s primary responsibility is to manage the
resources of AS220 to best implement the mission of the organization.
The Managing Director works closely with the artistic director to
develop strategy and direction for the organization and is expected to
communicate and coordinate with the Youth Studios Director,
Development Director and Communications Director. The
Managing Director oversees approximately a dozen staff members and
handles the bulk of the organizations fiscal management and human
resources needs. If you don’t think the position would suit you, but
someone else comes to mind as a potential candidate, please do pass
along the info and encourage them to apply this week.

The activities of AS220 include (but are not limited to) daily events
in our performance space, monthly gallery exhibits, annual events and
festivals (Foo Fest), the AS220 Youth Studio community learning center
(w. arts programs at the state’s juvenile detention center & UCAP
middle school), and the on-going operation of “cottage industries”
including a photo program, a print shop, and publicly accessible
fabrication lab. The organization currently owns and manages three
buildings in downtown Providence that house about 50 artists in
residence, a handful of commercial tenants, individual and
collaborative creative work spaces, galleries, a stage and an AS220
owned and operated bar and restaurant. The FY2011 operating budget of
AS220 and related for-profit entities is approximately $2.4 million.

We are looking for someone with experience in financial management
(inc. knowledge of QuickBooks), general not-for-profit administration,
and a strong connection to Rhode Island’s art community. The position
requires a big picture thinker who pays strong attention to detail and
can manage projects independently. Great people skills, sense of
humor, grace under pressure, and energy are a must. If you have the
right personality and stills nut aren’t experienced in every facet of
the posted job description, I encourage you to 
AS220 has an “equal
pay” semi-socialist pay policy; all full time staff members receive a
yearly salary of $33,280 and health benefits. Vacation time is
offered, along with opportunities for education and professional
development. I must say one of our greatest benefits of being at
AS220 is working with the other staff here, they are a highly
motivated, supportive, intelligent and idealistic bunch.
Feel free to hit me with questions about AS220 or the job if any arise.

Thanks,
Cheryl Kaminsky

AS220 Communications Director
cheryl@as220.org
401-831-9327 (x116)

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Celebrate Providence’s 375 Years:

April 5th, 2011

Over 60 events have signed on…where’s yours?

We’ve extended the print deadline to Friday, April 8 (4:30pm)

Yes…it’s still totally free!

We are celebrating Providence’s 375 years by bringing together the best of Providence. This summer, we seek to honor Roger Williams’ ideals and legacy. We want you to join the celebration!

Do you love this city as much as we do? We invite you to organize a program around one of these ideas: Roots, Hope, Freedom and Ingenuity.

Some events and activities already in place:

● A commemorative guidebook spotlighting historical moments and a calendar of events

● The My Providence Video Contest

● Celebrate Providence! Neighborhood Performing Arts Initiative

● Friday Night Concerts at Waterplace Park

● A special WaterFire in honor of the 375th anniversary

● Providence’s Independence Weekend Celebration & Fireworks

● Summer programming at Roger Williams National Memorial Park

● Wooly Fair is headed To The Moon!

● Thematic public art installations as part of Providence Art Windows

● City-wide walking tours

● Craftland has created a Roger Williams tote bag

● The Manton Avenue Project will present 375 ROGER (OVER AND OUT): the-happy-birthday-Providence-plays

What does it mean to participate? The Providence 375 committee will help promote your Providence 375 programming to a regional audience at no cost to you.

Benefits of participation

Be listed in the official Providence 375 guidebook (40,000 print run) – April 8 Deadline
Be included on the Providence 375 website with logo + website link – Rolling Deadline
Advertising discounts with our media partners
Access to special networking opportunities for other Providence 375 participants
And more!

Do you have an idea but need a venue for your event? Need more background on Roger Williams? Contact us!.

Visit www.providence375.com to register your event today!

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From The Mass Cultural Council’s ArtSake Website:

April 5th, 2011

Gigi Rosenberg: The Artist’s Guide to Grant Writing

In the introduction to her recent book, Gigi Rosenberg shares an anecdote about her first grant proposal: an application to the Boston Film/Video Foundation (now, sadly, defunct) for a documentary project. She says that instead of clearly and confidently expressing her goals and intent, she was really hoping that a grant would confirm something more personal: that she really was an artist.

The foundation didn’t fund her project. But the experience set her on the path to discovering how best to approach the grant writing process, which she did with the systematic rigor of a scientific researcher. The result, years later, is The Artist’s Guide to Grant Writing, which she calls “the book that I wish I’d had when I didn’t know whether I was an artist, or even when I did know and I wanted both the money and the validation that winning a grant provides.”

We asked her about the book, about her journey from grants novice to expert speaker and grants writing workshop leader, and about some common struggles artists face in searching for funding for their work.

ArtSake: You bring up that artists sometimes seek “permission” for their projects rather than confidently present them as worthy of support. Not to stoke the whole art vs. science notion, but why might an artist be more tentative about proposing a project than, say a scientific researcher?

Rosenberg: I have made this mistake and I know other artists who have too – we apply to the funding organization for money but we’re really asking them for so much more than money – we’re asking them to love our work, to support us in non-monetary ways and to cheer us on. This kind of support really isn’t the job of the funders! I encourage artists to find artist groups, colleagues and friends to support their creative endeavors. Scientific researchers have all kinds of support – their collaborators, research partners, laboratory workers, and so on. They also have a society that has a high regard for scientific research – a higher regard (in some circles) than for artistic endeavors. But don’t let that dampen your spirits – artists need to foster networks, communities, friendships, colleagues, and groups that support them to do their best work.

ArtSake: I really like that you acknowledge the emotional and psychological aspects of looking for artist funding. What’s the first thing you’d say to a disappointed applicant who didn’t receive funding?

Rosenberg: The first thing I’d say to a disappointed applicant is don’t take the rejection personally. This isn’t about you as a person. The second thing I’d say is: Can you use this rejection to learn anything about your proposed project? If you can, find out why the funder rejected your application. Ask them: What could I have done to make this a stronger proposal? You may discover that they only had money to fund 5 projects and you were number 6! Or you may find out that they aren’t interested in a particular aspect of your project or that you made a big goof on the budget. Any information you receive in this follow-up can be a gold mine of information for your next proposal.

To be an artist you have to have the skin of a rhino and the heart of a poet – this is one of the hardest aspects of being an artist – but you could say the same thing about being a human being! Rejection is a huge part of the business of being an artist. People are going to say “No” a lot. Sales people don’t take it personally when a potential customer says no – and if there’s any way you can, in the best way, adopt that attitude it will help you continue to make work and get it out there, any way you can.

Lastly, don’t isolate yourself. All of us need cheerleaders – just don’t rely on arts organizations to be your cheerleaders – find friends and colleagues who can do it.

ArtSake: What are some of the common missteps you see in artist statements that prevent them from effectively representing the artist’s voice?

Rosenberg: It’s very challenging to write about your work in an artist statement because you have to write about your work as if you didn’t make it. Few of us think about our themes when we’re making something – we’re just making it. I think it helps to interview other people to ask them what they see in the work – that can help an artist find the language. Or have someone interview you and get you talking about your big idea.

Artists tend to write clichés in artist statements or use lingo and jargon when they get scared and just want to sound smart. Write past the clichés, talk through your ideas, until you’re expressing them with fresh language that really means something.

ArtSake: In the book, you describe a demo from your workshops, where you have the artists pretend to be funders being asked for grants. Can you talk about your first experience on the “other side?”

Rosenberg: My experience sitting on a panel judging artist applications blew my mind. I realized how many artists have great ideas but don’t know how to write about the idea in a way that engages others or even to follow directions. Also, many applicants don’t understand how daunting it is to be staring at a mile-high pile of applications. As a panelist you want to find any way to make the pile smaller. And if an applicant didn’t follow directions, that’s a great reason to toss them from the pile. Competition for grants is stiff and the margin for error is narrow. I learned how important it is not to give the panel an easy reason to disqualify your application. I also learned how to see the process from the other side of the table. So, now when I apply for a grant, I ask myself: How can I make this project irresistible to this funder? This helps me prepare an application that has a much better chance of succeeding. Don’t forget, however, that you don’t want to tweak your project so much that it doesn’t feel like your project anymore.

ArtSake: Along those same lines: your book has smart, practical tips for grant applicants. Do you have any advice for grants panelists and arts funders? Or just a message they could benefit from hearing?

Rosenberg: Being a panelist and an arts funder is a hard job – they are underpaid and overworked – but they already know that! I’d want to tell them how much I appreciate what they’re doing – trying to find the right artists for the funding they have. They are so underappreciated – so I’d want to say thanks – it’s a hard job you have and you do it with so much integrity!

ArtSake: Your book’s epilogue has the title “Make Art,” a reminder never to let that part of the process drift out of sight. How does your thinking about, writing about, an artist’s career affect your creative work?

Rosenberg: I think what you’re asking is how writing a “how to” book affected my own creative life as a writer – is that right? If so, writing the book turned out to be incredibly creative. It was like editing a documentary film – where you have all these interviews and your own experience and then just plain advice and tips to share and then figuring out how to splice that all together in a way that is coherent – that process was intensively creative. I loved interviewing successful artists and having the right to ask questions about their own creative process and how they are successful with getting their work recognized and funded. I loved having the right to be nosy and the interviews were very inspiring to me. Of course it’s always easier (I think) to cheer somebody else on – but the book gave me lots of practice in being an encouraging presence – on my good days, I follow my own advice – which is to work as deeply as I know how on my own writing and then when it’s good enough to send it out!

Gigi Rosenberg has upcoming events in Seattle (keynote at BizArt Conference, Friday, March 25); New York City (author events at Foundation Center, Monday, March 28, 2 PM and at Barnes & Noble, sponsored by New York Foundation for the Arts, Thursday, March 31, 7 PM); Washington D.C. (Foundation Center, Friday, April 1, 1:30 PM); and Baltimore (keynote at Maryland Writers Conference, Saturday, April 2, 9 AM). See a full events schedule.

Gigi Rosenberg is a writer, speaker, and workshop leader. Her book The Artist’s Guide to Grant Writing (follow on Facebook) grew out of the professional development workshops she launched in Portland, Oregon, and teaches in New York, Chicago, and throughout the Pacific Northwest at colleges, conferences, and arts organizations. Her writing has been published by Seal Press, The Oregonian, Parenting, and Writer’s Digest; performed at Seattle’s On the Boards; and broadcast on Oregon Public Radio.

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Classes from the North Kingstown Arts Council

April 5th, 2011

Classes Beginning in late April

Registration has begun for the Take an Arts Break Classes sponsored by the North Kingstown Arts Council. Classes beginning in April include Wire Wrapping Sea Glass (April 30), Intro to Jewelry Making (April 19, 26, May 3, 10), The Art of Zentangle (April 21), Calligraphy: The Italic Hand (April 18 – June 6), I’ve Always Wanted to Write (April 27 – May 11), Creating Characters for Page or Stage (April 27, May 4, 18), Advanced Fiction Techniques ((April 20, May 11, 25), Pet Portraits (April 28, May 5, 19), Basic Drawing ( April 21, May 4, 11, 18), Mindful Drawing (April 27, May 4, 11, 18),  For further class listings, information, or registration information, visit www.NKArtsCouncil.org. or call 294-3331  X241.

Classes beginning in May/June

Take an arts Break Classes sponsored by the North Kingstown Arts Council continue into May and June. Classes include:

Introduction to Printmaking (May 5, 19, 26, June June 2,9))

Beginning Watercolor (May 10, 17, 24, 31)

Watercolor and Nature (Six Weds May 11 – June 15)

Pen and Ink with Watercolor (May 26, June 2, 9, 16, 23)

Basic Drawing 2 (May 26, June 2, 9, 16)

Acrylic Painting (May 7, 14, 21, June 4)

Acrylic to Oil (June 11)

Multi-Media Still Life Sketching (May 7, 14, 21, June 4, 11)

Writer’s Revision Saturdays (May 7, 14, 21)

Intro to Digital Photography (May 7, 21)

Mosaic Flowerpot (May 21)

Carving Soapstone Animals (May 21, 22)

Sea Glass Wind Chimes (June 7)

Etched Wine Glass (June 18)

For further class listings, information, or registration information, visit www.NKArtsCouncil.org. or call 294-3331 X241.

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Join The Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County:

April 5th, 2011

The ACA is an alliance that promotes and advances arts and culture in Newport County for the benefit of our community. We provide valuable networking opportunities for those seeking to be involved in the arts.

“We currently have an active alliance of over 100 individual visual & performing artists, galleries, patrons, non-profit organizations and companies dedicated to making art more visible and vibrant in our Newport County communities” said Cristina Offenberg, President of the ACA. For membership in the ACA, please visit http://newportarts.org/ and click on the Membership Tab.

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Turning foreclosed homes into works of art

April 4th, 2011

"Peace on Earth" by Lydia Stein, across the street from the William D'Abate Elementary School in the Olneyville neighborhood of Providence, RI.

Check out this wonderful article from the Institute for Comprehensive Community Development on how murals turn foreclosed homes and other structures into community assets, albeit temporary ones.

Projects like this by artist Lydia Stein – supported in part by a grant from RISCA – help to make abandoned buildings feel less ominous and help communities feel more vibrant and alive.  As LISC Program Director (and RISCA Vice Chairman Carrie Zaslow) says, “[these murals are] there as a piece of art with images people are happy to see,” she says.  “You take something very ugly and make it visually interesting.”

Randy

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Take An Arts Break Classes In NK:

April 1st, 2011

Registration has begun for the Take an Arts Break Classes sponsored by the North Kingstown Arts Council. Classes beginning in early April include Wire Wrapping Sea Glass (April 12 or April 30), Intro to Jewelry Making (April 19, 26, May 3, 10), Sing Yourself Happy (April 2, 16, 30, May 7), The Art of Zentangle (April 21), Calligraphy: The Italic Hand (April 18 – June 6), Journal Writing (April 5 – May 3), I’ve Always Wanted to Write (April 27 – May 11), Creating Characters for Page or Stage (April 27, May 4, 18), Advanced Fiction Techniques ((April 20, May 11, 25), Pet Portraits (April 28, May 5, 19), Basic Drawing ( April 21, May 4, 11, 18), Mindful Drawing (April 27, May 4, 11, 18), For further class listings, information, or registration information, visit www.NKArtsCouncil.org. or call 294-3331 X241.

For further class listings, information, or registration information, visit www.NKArtsCouncil.org. or call 294-3331 X241.

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Call for Artist Proposals – Pawtucket Arts Festival 2011

April 1st, 2011

The Pawtucket Arts Festival is inviting artists of all mediums to participate in our two-week juried annual Arts Festival.   Established in 1999, the Pawtucket Arts Festival draws over 20,000 people to the City for this annual event, which will run from September 9 through September 18, 2011.   Festival locations will be at several downtown Pawtucket locations including historic Slater Mill, in addition to Slater Memorial Park, the School Street Pier and several of our mills throughout the City. 

This year’s festival will showcase a wide variety of artistic expressions including music, hands-on art activities & demonstrations, culinary creations, unique arts and craft vendors, fine arts exhibitions.

We welcome and encourage artists of all mediums to download and fill out an application form by visiting www.pawtucketartsfestival.org.  Application specifics must include:  cost, scope of work, time-frame, equipment needs, any installation or stage needs and/or requirements for sound or lighting.  Incomplete applications that do not provide us with requested information will NOT be considered for placement in the festival.  Artist selection will be based upon creativity, merit of the work, variety and placement availability that will allow us to create a balanced festival.  Accepted proposals will be added to the publicity of the Pawtucket Arts Festival and will be included and showcased on the festival website. This is a wonderful opportunity for area artists to join the Pawtucket creative community as it celebrates the arts. 

The submitted application should also include supporting materials such as CD’s, DVD’s, any previous marketing or newspaper materials that will support your proposed venue.     

For more information, please call Diane Agostini, Program Coordinator/Pawtucket Arts Festival at 401-724-5200, ext. 438. 

Completed proposals must be received by Friday, April 15, 2011 and can be mailed to Pawtucket Arts Festival, c/o Pat Zacks, Program Chair, 175 Main Street, 3rd Floor, Pawtucket, RI 02860.

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National Endowment for the Humanities Information Session:

April 1st, 2011

Please join us for a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) information session presented by the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage at Brown University.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

8:30 – 10:00am

John Nicholas Brown Center

357 Benefit Street

Providence, RI 02912

Russell Wyland, Deputy Director of the Division of Research Programs of the NEH, will visit the John Nicholas Brown Center at Brown University to talk about NEH grants for the public humanities. Come with your questions and proposals, and he’ll have answers and suggestions. This information session is free and open to the public. Light breakfast refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to the John Nicholas Brown Center by April 5, 2011.

Rhode Island Council for the Humanities | 385 Westminster Street | Suite 2 | Providence | RI | 02903

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Calling all Artists for City Art Festival

March 30th, 2011

Where: Biltmore Park
Providence, RI
When: August 6, 2011
10am to 5pm
Artist Apply: www.festivalfete.com

When over 6,000 athletes arrive the first weekend in August to participate in the inaugural running of the Rock n’ Roll Marathon, they’ll not only be treated to the scenic landmark filled course, but will also get to experience first-hand Providence’s vibrant cultural arts community.

The Rock n’Roll Marathon is estimated to bring in approximately 10,000 people to the city of Providence, Rhode Island. In conjunction, Festival Fete will present The City Arts Festival, featuring over 100 contemporary American art and crafts artists along with strolling entertainment including Rhode Island’s Big Nazo and Ten 31 Productions.

The City Art Festival is currently accepting all forms and styles of painting, sculpture, drawing, ceramics, glass, jewelry, textiles, crafts and photography for consideration. All entries will be reviewed by a qualified panel of judges. Notification of acceptance will be mailed or emailed by May 1, 2011.

There will be a limit to artists within any given category. Exhibit space provided will be approximately 10’x10’. No electricity will be provided and no generators allowed. All exhibits must be professionally presented. Please, be prepared to bring your own tent as the show will only be rescheduled in case of extremely inclement weather. All participants must provide a valid RI Sales Tax Permit on the show date or you may purchase a temporary permit at the show.

Attendance: 8-10,000

Deadline: April 15, 2011

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The Providence After School Alliance (PASA) Seeks Staff Writer

March 30th, 2011

 Job Title: Staff Writer
Organization: The Providence After School Alliance (PASA)
Location: Providence, RI
Salary: Mid $30K’s
Start Date: June, 2011
Full Time

About PASA
The Providence After School Alliance’s (PASA) mission is to expand and improve after-school opportunities for the youth of Providence by building a lasting system of after-school supports. Working in close partnership with the Mayor’s office, School Department and youth serving City departments, and dozens of youth focused non-profit organizations PASA has built a public private system that provides all Providence middle school age youth access to high quality after-school programs and learning opportunities. By building a well organized system of quality after school programs, PASA leverages public and private funding that will sustain and stabilize programming, as well as build broad parent and youth engagement in the development of quality programming.

The Staff Writer will serve as an essential team member, working closely with the Deputy and Executive Directors in authoring the wide range of written materials, both virtual and physical, that PASA produces.

Primary Job Responsibilities

Public Relations
• Author all press releases and media advisories, in coordination with Providence City Hall Communications Staff when needed
• Manage PASA’s press materials, publications, and packets
• Serve as main contact with contracted design/communication firms and oversee related projects

Grant Writing and Grants Management
• Lead grant writing and progress reports to funders
• Keep development calendar with dates for progress reports/upcoming deadlines
• Assist Executive Director with funder correspondence (e.g., thank yous, updates, publications)
• Research and update grant/PD opportunities on PASA’s website
• Research grant opportunities for PASA

Website/Social Media Content/Messaging
• Keep PASA’s website up to date with fresh content
• Oversee PASA’s social media strategy, in coordination with SchwaDesign, including:
o Creating and loading blog content (news updates, press, staff responses to current events/articles, program/youth profiles)
o Authoring Facebook and Twitter updates
o Distributing quarterly eNews blasts
o Investigating new communications innovations
• Oversee photo and film production and interface with web and publications
• Ensure all outgoing communications are in synch with PASA’s messaging/brand bible

Knowledge and Skills Required
• B.A.
• Superior communication skills, written and spoken
• Strong technological skills, including high-level skills with Microsoft Office Suite
• Ability to complete and manage multiple tasks and work duties
• Ability to synthesize writing style of multiple staff members
• Fluency in a variety of writing styles (online, research, profiles)
• Ability to work unsupervised and meet deadlines
• Rhetorical understanding of different audiences, and how to best communicate with each
• Ability to distill complex ideas into salient and appropriate language
Knowledge and Skills Preferred
• Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite
• Knowledge of Drupal/Joomla
• Graphic Design experience
• Development/fundraising experience
• Experience overseeing social media strategies

Position to start in late May. Salary is mid $30Ks with a comprehensive benefits package.

How to Apply
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To apply for the position, please submit a current résumé and cover letter, along with a 3-5 page writing sample, to:

Monique Cote
Providence After School Alliance
17 Gordon Avenue, Suite 104
Providence, RI 02905
mcote@mypasa.org
Fax: (401) 228-3915

PASA will begin reviewing applications on April 4, 2011 and will accept applications until the position is filled. Additional information about the AfterZones and the Providence After School Alliance is available online at www.mypasa.org.

PASA is an EEO Employer and does not discriminate due to race, religion, sex, nation of origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.

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RISCA Presents – CULTIVATING CREATIVE LIVES at the Attleboro Art Museum

March 29th, 2011

 Creative Impact Series features programs and panel discussions designed for
artists and arts professionals in southern New England.  These programs
introduce attendees to curators, fellow artists, gallery owners, new creative
ideas, potential exhibition opportunities, and provide low-stress networking
sessions.
You are invited to the third Creative Impact Series Program.  See below for
program details.  We look forward to seeing you!
Friday, April 1st, 2011
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Attleboro Arts Museum
86 Park Street, Attleboro, MA 508-222-2644
Free admission
www.attleboroartsmuseum.org

With spring approaching, the Attleboro Arts Museum celebrates the color, warmth
and beauty of nature with its annual Flower Show. The Museum’s galleries are
transformed into live gardens by landscape and floral designers during this
special event – and the third Creative Impact Series program will be part of
this lush setting.
The evening will include relationship building and feature several special
guests from New England arts agencies and organizations including the
Massachusetts Cultural Council, Pawtucket Arts
Collaborative, and the Art League of RI.  Learn how these agencies and others
cultivate creative lives and work to grow art, culture and humanities programs
in our region.
With live performances by:
Mark Taber on piano and the Eastern Medicine Singers
Videographer- Besty McLaughlin
Free parking is available in the Museum parking lot.  Handicapped accessible.
To register, visit http://creativeimpactapril.eventbrite.com
___________________________________________
Creative Impact Series coordinators:
Elena Calderón-Patiño, Community Art Program Director, RISCA
Mim Brooks Fawcett, Executive.Director, Attleboro Arts Museum,
Nancy Gaucher-Thomas, Artist/Founder, Art League of Rhode Island

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Wooly Fair – Seeks participating Artists

March 29th, 2011
     CALLING ALL STARRY EYED moonlets, MOONFLOwERED MOONwALKERS, MOONstruck and SERANADED honeyMOONERS, and MOONSHADOWED MOONwORTS…
 
Wooly Fair VII: To the Moon!
Is warming up the Rockets – launch pad -  the Steel Yard
If you are interested in participating in this year’s homegrown art carnival, a spectacle showcase of Providence’s creative community at its most joyful, read on….
 
There are lots of ways to be involved:
 the central collaborative artwork is The Space Station: 21 pods in  a continuous lunar sequence.

Space Pod visioning this Tuesday 3/29 at 7:30pm

a meeting for those interested in scheming up the architecture of these pods.
532 Kinsley Ave #117, Providence RI.
 
(sorry for the last minute notice!  If you can’t make it but want to be a part of the engineering & building of the pods send us an e-mail)
 
Tune your satellite dish in our direction.  set up your tin foil antennae…There will be a transmission from the moon to all you makers to develop an installation for a pod.  
 
Wooly Fair is is always better with you.
We need volunteers!  Makers, Planetary Scientists , Engineers, Puppeteers, Astronauts, Paraders, Inventors, Lamp Lighters, Rocket Launchers, Visionaries, yes, YOU!
 
If you are interested in collaborating, creating a booth, generating some cosmic rays
Mark your calendars for the Pre-Wool Rocket Launch Fundraiser at FH13, Friday  May 20, 2011
Please forward and share this info this with your wooled of friends…
facebook
twitter:
thewooled.com
Contact ground control

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Classes at AS220

March 29th, 2011
Cottage Industries Open House: Tuesday, April 5 6-7pm FREE

Photo: Digital Photo Editing
Sundays, Apr.3 & 10 3-6pm $60
Print: Intro to Silkscreen
Sunday, Apr.3 & 10 10am-2pm $75
Photo: Medium Format Photography
Tuesdays, Apr.5, 12 & 19 7-10pm $75
FabLab: Vinyl Cutting Workshop
Wednesday, Apr.6 7-10pm $50
Photo: Intermediate Black and White Darkroom 
Thursdays, Apr.7, 14 & 21 7-10pm $100
FabLab: Intro to Audio Engineering
Thursdays, Apr.7 & 14 7-10pm $75
Print: Letterpress Wedding Invitation Workshop
Fridays, Apr. 8, 15, 22 & 29 6-10pm $150
Print: Offset Lithography-Posters
Saturdays, Apr.9 & 16 10am-2pm $75
FabLab: Intro to Vector Graphic Design with Inkscape
Tuesday, Apr.12 7-10pm $50
Photo: The JOBO and Film Scanning
Wednesdays, Apr.13 & 20 6-9pm $75
FabLab: Arduino for All
Wednesdays, Apr. 13, 20 & 27 7-10pm $115
Print: Intro to Letterpress
Wednesdays, Apr.13, 20 & 27 6-10pm $120
Print: Advanced Intaglio-Aquatint
Thursdays, Apr.14, 21 & 28 6-10pm $120
FabLab: Intro to the Laser Cutter
Wednesday, Apr.20 7-10pm $70
Photo/FabLab: Lasercut a Pinhole Camera
Saturdays, Apr.23 & 30 12-4pm $75
Photo: Alternative Photo Processing Vol.2-Van Dyke Brown
Wednesday, Apr.27 7-10pm $40
Print: Experiments in Monotype
Friday, Apr.29 6-10pm $20
Print: Hot Foil Stamping
Saturday, Apr.30 2-6pm $25
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MAY

Cottage Industries Open House: Tuesday, May 3 6-7pm FREE

Print: Intro to Letterpress
Sundays, May 1, 8 & 15 10am-2pm $120
Photo: Advanced Black and White Darkroom
Mondays, May 2, 9, 16 & 23 7-10pm $175
FabLab: Advanced Audio Engineering
Thursdays, May 5 & 12 7-10pm $75
Print: Family Day in the Printshop
Saturday, May 7 2-6pm $FREE
Photo: Large Format Photography
Saturday, May 7 1-4pm and Fridays, May 13 & 20 7-10pm $150
Print: Advanced Intaglio-Chine Colle
Mondays, May 9, 16 & 23 6-10pm $120
FabLab: Arduino and Servo Motor Workshop
Tuesdays, May 10, 17 & 24 7-10pm $100
Print: Offset Small Publishing Workshop
Mondays, May 10, 17 & 24 and Wednesdays May 12, 19 & 26 $200
FabLab: Vinyl Cutter Workshop
Wednesday, May 11 7-10pm $50
Photo: Photographing Your Artwork
Thursdays, May 12 & 19 $85
FabLab: Advanced Laser Cutter
Saturday, May 14 1-4pm and Tuesday, May 17 7-10pm $90
Photo: Advanced Digital Printing and Editing
Sundays, May 15 & 22 3-6pm $75
FabLab: Intro to the FabLab
Thursday, May 19 7-10pm $50
Photo: Alternative Photo Processing Vol.3-Gum Bichromate
Wednesday, May 25 7-10pm $45
Print: Experiments in Monotype
Friday, May 27 6-10pm $20
FabLab/Print: Laser Cut Stamp Making
Date TBD $50
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Happy Spring campers! Now get out there and learn new things, make more art and make us proud!
See you soon.
xoxoxo
-k- 
*************
Krystal Grow
AS220 Cottage Industries Coordinator
Americorps VISTA
krystal@as220.org
401-831-9327×203

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Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation Invites Universities . . .

March 28th, 2011

Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation Invites Universities and Colleges to Apply for Guest Artist Initiative Program

 

The Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation, the not-for-profit foundation affiliated with Stage Directors and Choreographers, is accepting grant proposals for SDCF’s Guest Artist Initiative Program.

Through the program, SDCF facilitates and funds the hiring of professional SDC directors and choreographers to helm theater productions at universities and colleges across the United States.

American colleges and universities may apply for matching funds of up to $5,000 for guest artist fees for a director or choreographer for a specific project. An SDCF panel comprised of professional directors and choreographers, arts administrators, and college educators will select productions for the award. Two proposals will receive funding and facilitation services, and several more will be offered free facilitation services. The schools will be solely responsible for selecting the Guest Artist from among SDC member applicants.

Please note that the production can be mounted as part of the academic curriculum or as an extra-curricular student activity; it is not limited to theater departments.

Complete grant program guidelines and application instructions are available at the SDC Web site.

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Cinereach Invites Letters of Inquiry for Film Production Grant Program

March 28th, 2011

 

Cinereach is a not-for-profit film production company and foundation that supports fiction and nonfiction filmmakers from all over the world through grants and awards, the Reach Film Fellowship, an internal productions department, and partnerships with the Sundance Institute and other organizations.

Through its grants program, Cinereach supports feature-length nonfiction and fiction films that are at the intersection of engaging storytelling, visual artistry, and vital subject matter. Cinereach seeks to support films that utilize cinematic artistry and storytelling to provide insight and spark dialogue,challenge prejudice and advance human rights, discover humanity and hope, and foster global community.

Through its grants program, Cinereach supports feature-length nonfiction and fiction films that are at the intersection of engaging storytelling, visual artistry, and vital subject matter. Cinereach seeks to support films that utilize cinematic artistry and storytelling to provide insight and spark dialogue,challenge prejudice and advance human rights, discover humanity and hope, and foster global community.

Cinereach does not award multiyear grants, grants for capital or endowment campaigns, or individual scholarships for study or travel. Cinereach is not currently accepting applications for organizational support or to support a project’s outreach or distribution activities.

In order to receive support from Cinereach, a prospective grantee must be a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization or be fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) organization.

There are two grant cycles per year (summer and winter). Within each cycle, between five and fifteen projects are selected to receive support.

Cinereach requires all prospective applicants to submit an initial letter of inquiry, and will consider full proposals only by invitation. The LOI deadline for the Summer 2011 grants cycle is June 1, 2011.

Visit the Cinereach Web site for complete program guidelines, application procedures, and the online LOI form.  http://www.cinereach.org/grants/granting-program-guidelines

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Tax Time Tutorial With RI Young Professionals

March 28th, 2011
Saturday, March 26
1:00pm – 3:00pm

Join the Rhode Island Young Professionals (RIYP) as it hosts its Tax Time Tutorial seminar on Saturday, March 26, from 1pm until 3pm, at the brand new Roots Cafe (276 Westminster Street, Providence). The seminar will be conducted by Joe Bentum of DGC Tax Services. You will be able to ask tax filing questions about W4s, deductions, 401(k)/IRA rollovers,you name it! Light food and refreshments will be provided, along with the opportunity to network with RIYP members & guests.

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