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The 2010 RISCA Fellowship Exhibition Writers Night

February 18th, 2010

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Presents:

The 2010 RISCA Fellowship Exhibition Writers Night


Free and open to the public
 Imago Gallery, 36 Market St, Warren RI
Friday, February 19th, 6:30-8:00pm                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
(Gallery opens at 4:00 pm)
Readings by:
Fiction Fellowship Merit Award Winner Alison Bundy
Playwriting Fellowship Award Winner Laura Colella
Playwriting Fellowship Merit Award Winner Leigh Medeiros
Poetry Fellowship Merit Award Winner Julie Danho O’Connell
Fiction and Poetry Fellowship Award Winner Michael Stewart
Music by:
Jose Fernandes, Folk Arts Fellowship Award Winner and Duarte Borges.
     For more information call RISCA at 222-3881, or email cristina@arts.ri.gov

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Call For Artists

February 18th, 2010

RIPTA will accept proposals for a custom bus shelter on

Charles Street

. The goal of this project is to enhance the experience of those traveling through

Charles Street

business district by providing seating and shelter from the weather while introducing unique design elements to the streetscape environment. Proposals are due March 18, 2010. All interested parties should contact RIPTA directly to discuss bidding process. All design, materials, installation and permitting not to exceed $49,999. 

Scope of Work attached. If you are interested in this project, the full RFP is available at https://www.purchasing.ri.gov/RIVIP/ExternalBids/QuasiPublicAgencies/RIP…

The RIPTA staff is eager to answer any and all questions from interested bidders – contact balmonte@ripta.com directly. 


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Project Ballet Coffee Hour

February 18th, 2010

“From Studio to Stage…”

Come Celebrate With Us! -

50th Anniversary SeasonYou’re invited to join The State Ballet of Rhode Island- Artistic Director Herci Marsden, for an inside

view of how a ballet is created, the training of a dancer, what inspires a choreographer, with music,

lecture and visual performance.

Project Ballet Coffee Hour is a four-series, family friendly event that takes place in the Company’s 52-

year-old historic ballet studio in Lincoln.

Reservation is required due to limited seating.

Phone: 401.334.2560 or via email at info@stateballet.com


Visit the ballet’s website at http://www.stateballet.com/sbri/projectballet/coffeehour.php

4 pm to 5 pm & 5 pm to 6 pm

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Light refreshments included.

A “Project Ballet in Education” Free Event.

52 Sherman Ave. Lincoln, RI

Sponsored in part by: Farm Family-Owned, Cabot Cheese of VT.

50th Performing Season

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February 18th, 2010
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No icebergs here in June. Doesn’t that
sound nice right about now?

Due to the unforeseen snowstorm of 2010, Americans for the Arts was closed for business for almost a week. So we’ve decided to extend the Half-Century Summit Early-Bird Deadline to Friday, March 19. This also gives you more time to get registered, buy your ticket for John Waters, and make your plans to get to Baltimore in June.

Early-Bird Deadline is March 19 and can save you $175!  Register now!Other Ways to Save

Book Your Hotel Room 


Rocco Landesman, Chairman
National Endowment for the Arts

Janet Brown, Executive Director 
Grantmakers in the Arts

Tom Cochran, CEO and Executive Director
The United States Conference of Mayors

These are just a few of the top-level leaders and who have been confirmed for the Half-Century Summit and new speakers continue to be added daily. Some other confirmed speakers and presenters include (pictured from left to right):

Derrick Ashong, artist and activist
Ben Cameron, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
Edward P. Clapp, 20UNDER40
Leslie Ito, California Community Foundation
Liz Lerman, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange
Helen Lessick, artist
Diane Ragsdale, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
John Waters, filmmaker
Abel Lopez, Gala Hispanic Theatre

For 50 years you’ve come to expect the unexpected from Americans from the Arts. This June will be no exception as Americans for the Arts hosts a milestone celebration and convention, the Half-Century Summit, in culturally vibrant and eclectic Baltimore.

Leading up to and following this unique Summit are opportunities to be inspired by the past, embrace the present, and engage in planning for the future. Find information about this year-long experience below.

Join the Online Green Paper Dialogue

As a way to celebrate the successes of the past 50 years in the arts field, Americans for the Arts has partnered with more than 20 national arts service organizations and peer groups representing different perspectives and disciplines to collect Green Paperswritten visions of the future that will evolve over time. Over the course of 2010, anyone with a vested interest in the future of the arts is invited to comment, suggest changes, and offer alternative visions in this virtual exchange of ideas through the Green Paper section of ARTSblog. Topics range from Arts Education, Cultural Democracy, Arts in Healthcare, Leadership, and so much more. The site has just launched and Green Papers will continue to be added over the next few weeks. 

Vollis Simpson whirligig at American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore

Register Now for Upcoming Social Media Webinar!

Leading up to the Summit, Americans for the Arts professional members and Summit registrants are invited to attend select complimentary webinars that address topics that will be highlighted at the convention this summer. The second in this series will take place on Wednesday, March 3, 1:00–2:00 p.m. (EST) on the topic of Social Media 101. Register online now!Brian Reich, managing director of little m media will provide an overview of the nuts and bolts for organizations looking to catch up on the social media craze, and will address questions about specific challenges and ideas you might have. This webinar introduces content that will be covered at the next level during the Summit’s Visionary Panels and Professional Development Workshops.

Private Sector Blog Salon in March

From March 8–12, nearly 20 bloggers from across the country and the UK will be building awareness about how and why the private sector supports the arts. Front and center will be how to define the relevance of the arts to business in the face of urgent and basic social needs. Mark your calendar to participate in this online discussion on ARTSblog in March and then continue the dialogue at the Half-Century Summit through the Visionary Panel on the Future of Private Sector Support for the Arts and the Private Sector Professional Development Workshops.

Did You Know?
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra was the only major American orchestra originally established as a branch of the municipal government and had the distinction of hiring the first woman to head a major American orchestra.

The 2010 Americans for the Arts Half-Century Summit

Building a Vibrant Future for the Arts in America!
June 25–27, 2010
Baltimore, MD

Want more from Americans for the Arts? Check out the services below.

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February 17th, 2010


The Rhode Island Film & TV Office is pleased to announce that a new television pilot, BODY OF EVIDENCE, is slated to start filming in various locations throughout our State in March 2010.  Pre-production has begun.

ABC Studios is returning to Rhode Island with a procedural drama that centers on a brilliant and tenacious female Medical Examiner, Megan Hunt.  Her background as a neurosurgeon gives her a unique and refreshing crime-solving perspective, one that often puts her at odds with just about everyone who crosses her path.
BODY OF EVIDENCE is written by Christopher Murphey, who will also serve as Executive Producer along with Matt Gross.  Attached talent is expected to be announced soon.
Steven Feinberg, Executive Director of the Film & TV Office said, “We are extremely proud to be able to announce this great news.  ABC Studios has chosen our beautiful state once again to film one of their new television pilots.  As a result, more jobs will be immediately available to our local crew and talent pool, while we continue to build upon Rhode Island’s important creative economy.  This is further proof that, working with our cities and towns, the Ocean State has the heart and resources to compete in even the most challenging of climates.”
House Speaker Gordon D. Fox (D – Dist. 4, Providence) said, “The filming of several major motion pictures and television shows and pilots in recent years has been extremely helpful to the state’s economy.  This latest pilot will make available much-appreciated work for many of Rhode Island’s talented artists and production personnel, and will bolster local businesses that provide hospitality related services and other goods and supplies needed for the filming.” 
President of the Senate M. Teresa Paiva Weed (D – Dist. 13, Newport/Jamestown) commented, “This is one more example of the ways in which Rhode Island can build upon its strengths to foster job creation. Our beautiful state is diverse and compact, which lends itself wonderfully to the demands of the film industry. This project can help Rhode Island workers through jobs and internships in the film industry, use of Rhode Island vendors, and the promotion of our state through greater exposure of its many magnificent locations.”
“We are excited to welcome another Hollywood production to our beautiful, vibrant city,” said Mayor David N. Cicilline.  “Providence and our state have become the location of choice for the motion picture industry, creating jobs and helping to fuel our economy.”
ABC Studios is a leader in the development, production and strategic distribution of entertainment content across television and emerging digital platforms. As a key content driver for the Disney-ABC Television Group, the studio has produced four consecutive seasons of hit programming.
The Rhode Island Film & TV Office is a division of The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.
Please visit our website at www.film.ri.gov.

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19 on Paper is currently accepting applications for new members

February 17th, 2010

19 on Paper is currently accepting applications for new members.  Please view information about the group @ nineteenonpaper.com and contact 19onpaper@gmail.com for application details.

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“Winston The Water Dog”

February 17th, 2010

“Winston The Water Dog” by Barrington writer Mary Korr and East Providence illustrator Cathren Housley is now on sale at


Congratulations to these Rhode Island artists!

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Congratulations To Kaleidoscope Theatre!

February 17th, 2010
Kaleidoscope Theatre’s High School BULLY program will be receiving the 2009 Justice Award, given by RI Attorney General, Patrick Lynch, on February 25th, 2010!
The award letter we received stated -
“Kaleidoscope Children’s Theatre has been selected as a 2009 recipient of the Justice Award, symbolizing not only it’s tradition of artistic excellence but also the Theatre’s commitment to educating our children about crime and harmful behavior such as in its excellent production of B.U.L.L.Y.”
Congratulations and thank you to all who made this possible over the years by sharing their dedication, hard work and talents.
Kaleidoscope has put up a more detailed thank you message – Check it out at http://kscopetheatre.blogspot.com/2010/02/thank-you.html
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Photo Workshop at The Camera Werks

February 17th, 2010


Saturday – February 20 – 2pm
with photojournalist, Jesse Nemerofsky
766 Hope Street
Providence, RI 02906
PROVIDENCE:……is it the camera or is it me?? This is an interactive photo workshop for anyone wishing to improve their photographic skills taught by photojournalist, Jesse Nemerofsky. The afternoon workshop will include tips on composition, lighting and how to better approach your photographic challenge. Mr. Nemerofsky will share some of the techniques he has used over the years that will enhance your photographs. Students should bring their cameras, (external) flash (if available) & instruction books. Space is limited – early registration is encouraged. Cost: $75.00

Jesse Nemerofsky is a Providence-based photographer with a photographic career that has spanned over 30 years. His work has brought him to different parts of the world, and has covered an array of subjects and situations. Nemerofsky’s photographic work has included fashion, product, industrial, corporate, event photography, in addition to his work as a photojournalist. His photographs have been published in both national and international magazines including: TIME, NEWSWEEK, VANITY FAIR, USA TODAY, NEW YORK TIMES and BUSINESSWEEK. Locally, Mr. Nemerofsky was a photographer for both RI Monthly Magazine and former Providence Mayor Vincent “Buddy” Cianci for several years.

Founded in 1981, The Camera Werks brings a unique hands-on approach to photography by working with local professional photographers in a workshop setting. These photo workshops have included visiting several of Rhode Island’s public and private schools in addition to working with the senior residents at both Laurelmead Assisted Living Facility and Hamilton House in Providence.

To reserve your space – please call #273-5367.

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Rhode Island Artist Selected for Picture That Call

February 17th, 2010


Women Artists & Picture That Associates:  

Thanks again for the overwhelming response to our Open Call for Women Artists!  
Five women have been selected as featured artists for the 2010 GE Women’s History Month Exhibition.  We invite you to visit the websites of these talented artists and view their works.  
The Picture That CURATORIAL Team

Murray Best, Valerie A. Cooper, Elizabeth Kahn, Glenn Macura, Duvian Montoya



1266 East Main Street , Suite 700, Stamford , CT   06902 
203.977.8203-Office | 203.274-8817-Fax | email: opencallforartists@picture-that.com   
The selected artists are:
1.  Anne Bobroff-Hajal White Plains, NY  - www.AnneBobroffHajal.com
2.  Ekua Holmes – Boston, MA - www.ekuaholmes.com
3.  Diane Maroun – Methuen, MA  - www.portraitsandpets.com
4.  Nicole Mone – Ossining, NY -  www.nicolemone.com
5.  Catherine Smith Providence, RI – www.csimaginings.com
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Are you the next Solo Show Legend?

February 17th, 2010

It’s the dawn of a new decade! The Solo Show starts 2010 with a newly formed Residency Program dedicated to supporting & inspiring emerging artists. With even greater opportunities & resources to offer, we are on the hunt for the next generation of great artists from around the world.

The 2010 Winter Solo Show is a juried international art competition for dynamic, inventive and provocative work of all mediums: sculpture, photography, painting, printmaking, illustration, installation, graphic design, video and more!

The Selected Artist will receive:

  • $5,000 cash grant
  • Solo exhibition in 3rd Ward’s gallery, complete with a massive opening reception
  • Optional 3-month residency at 3rd Ward including private live/work studio & full facility access (photo studios, wood & metal shop, media lab, classes)
  • Airfare & shipping to and from 3rd Ward for non-NYC residence
  • 2-page spread in 3rd Ward’s Quarterly Magazine
  • NYC exposure – postcards, flyers, press!

Plus! The top 25 artists will be featured in 3rd Ward’s quarterly magazine and website.

We are joined by judging panel:

Carol Lee, Arts Edtior at Paper Magazine, Dan Deacon, Sound Artist & Electro-acoustic Wizard, Rostarr, NYC Artist and Paolo Salvagione, Lead Design Engineer, The Long Now Foundation.

Submit your best work now!


Last Day to Submit March 1, 2010, 11:59 p, EST.

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Celebrating Diversity Art Exhibit at the Attleboro Art Museum

February 16th, 2010

Celebrating Diversity

A multi-cultural exhibition honoring communities, backgrounds and points of view.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: This February, the Attleboro Arts Museum welcomes
Celebrating Diversity – a breakthrough multi-cultural arts exhibition.
Celebrating Diversity represents the greatness that can be achieved when we
embrace diversity and inclusion. Elena Calderón-Patiño, Community Arts Program
Director of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA), curates this group
show featuring a variety of media from over 40 New England artists.

Exhibition Dates:
February 23 – March 13, 2010

Attleboro Arts Museum
86 Park Street, Attleboro, MA 02703

From February 23 – March 13, 2010 the Attleboro Arts Museum will present
Celebrating Diversity – a multi-cultural exhibition honoring communities,
backgrounds and points of view. Gallery-goers will view personal responses to life
in, for example, the Dominican Republic, Japan, Mexico, Indonesia, China; examine
artwork developed for the visually impaired; discover the creative strength of an
artist with developmental challenges; and explore contemporary visual statements of
global importance. Celebrating Diversity offers a range of media and concepts.
Celebrating Diversity was initially on display at The Atrium Gallery at One Capitol
Hill, Providence, RI, (a gallery run by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts)
during August and September 2009. The exhibition launched as a group show that
included the work of artists currently living in Rhode Island. Due to popular demand
and interest it has grown to incorporate a range of artists that live and work in
Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York. This expansion has made for a very
intriguing collection of reflections and statements

“Regardless of where we come from or who we are, we all can be moved by a
powerful concept and well executed visual work”, comments Mim Brooks Fawcett,
Executive Director of the Attleboro Arts Museum. Fawcett continues, “The vibrant
and varied art in this exhibition is thought-provoking, and will undoubtedly touch all
viewers. Using a rich mix of personal messages and a range of creative techniques
Celebrating Diversity truly reflects the idea that art is a universal language.”

Exhibiting Artists
Joshua 2, Nancy Aleo, Pablo Alvarez, Elizabeth Arseneau, John Avakian, Juan Jose Barboza-
Gubo, Dan Butterworth, Taliabah & Carlos Cabral, Josh Carter, Jiyoung Chung, Cinzia
Cittadino, Nancy Cusack, Felix Diclo, Iris Donnelly, Samantha Fields, Ana Flores, Nancy
Gaucher-Thomas, Eric Mora Guillén, Francisco Hernandez, Ciriaco Herrero, Ezequiel
Jiménez, Grimm Lee, Hiroko Lee, Nixon Ledger, Farnaz Mobayyen, Munir Mohammed, Betsy
McLaughlin, Maria Napolitano, Clare Nesdall, Debra Olin, Agustín Patiño, Kristan Rangel,
Tony Reeves, Monique Rolle Johnson, Amy Jean Romero, Cynthia Ross-Meeks, Affandi
Setiawan, Hiroko Shikashio, Balam Soto, Dawn Spears, C.A. Stigliano, Mark Taber, Brittanny
Taylor, Peter Thibeault, Sidney Tillett, Luis Villanueva, Jessi Vohs.
Elena Calderón-Patiño, Community Arts Program Director of the Rhode Island State
Council on the Arts (RISCA),
remarks “The motivation behind the 1st Annual
Celebrating Diversity exhibit at the Atrium Gallery in Providence, RI, was to promote
art as a means of facilitating cross-cultural dialogue. After an overwhelming
response to the exhibit, I envisioned the show traveling throughout the New
England area. This led to a conversation with Mim Brooks Fawcett, Executive
Director of the Attleboro Art Museum, to discuss the prospect of moving the show to
her location and she welcomed the idea.” Calderón-Patiño continues, “We then
began working on an expanded version of the Celebrating Diversity exhibit for the
Attleboro Arts Museum, featuring over 40 artists from Rhode Island, Massachusetts,
Connecticut, and New York. We also talked about hosting future regional multicultural
exhibits that will include nationally and internationally renowned artists, as
well as Southern New England artists with a range of challenges.”
“The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is pleased to collaborate with the
Attleboro Art Museum and all of these extraordinary and diverse artists in presenting
this important show” states Randall Rosenbaum, Executive Director, Rhode Island
State Council on the Art (RISCA)
. “The citizens of Rhode Island and Massachusetts
are fortunate to have artists of this caliber living and working in their communities.
We are committed to supporting this work, and the work of all artists, for the value
that they bring to life in southern New England.”

“Since 2001, The Rhode Island Department of Administration, Human Resources
Outreach & Diversity Office (HROD) has partnered with Rhode Island State Council
on the Arts (RISCA) to showcase the work of black and Latino artists from the
Rhode Island area. Our shows have served as a means through which their artistic
voice could be heard,” comments Cheryl Burrell, Administrator, Rhode Island
Department of Administration, Human Resources Outreach & Diversity Office
“In 2009 we launched our first Celebrating Diversity exhibit featuring the
work of a more diverse group of Rhode Island artists. The show was a huge
success, largely due to the efforts of our curator, Elena Calderón-Patiño, RISCA’s
Community Arts Program Director. I look forward to the Attleboro Arts Museum’s
expanded Celebrating Diversity exhibition.”
Several related arts experiences will take place at the Attleboro Arts Museum during
the Celebrating Diversity exhibition.

Events include:
1. Attleboro’s Winter Night Festival
Saturday, February 27th, 2010; 6-10pm
Directly outside the Attleboro Arts Museum, Downtown Attleboro
Free and open to the public
Attleboro’s Winter Night Festival is a one-night, outdoor/indoor, family-friendly arts
event celebrating visual arts, music, performance, culinary adventures and
children/family activities. The Attleboro Cultural Council (a Local Cultural Council of the Mass
Cultural Council) is the lead sponsor of Attleboro’s Winter Night Festival.
2. Attleboro Arts Museum Annual Poetry Slam
Saturday, March 6th; 2-5 pm
Attleboro Arts Museum Ottmar Gallery
Free and open to the public
Hosted by Boston SlamMaster Simone Beaubien
The Boston Poetry Slam and the Attleboro Arts Museum present the fifth annual
Attleboro Arts Museum Poetry Slam on March 6, 2010. Poets, listeners, and art
enthusiasts of all ages are invited to attend this high-energy literary event. “Poetry
Slam” is most easily defined as the art of competitive poetry. Poets nineteen years
of age and under are invited to compete in a “youth” competition. An adult poetry
slam, open to all, will close the afternoon. All members of the public are invited to
attend to listen, compete, or judge as one of the Museum’s most dynamic programs
celebrates its fifth year of poetic fun. The Celebrating Diversity exhibition will serve
as a backdrop for the Poetry Slam.

3. “Picturing Connections”: Spotlight Exhibit at the Attleboro Arts Museum
Saturday, March 13th; 2-4 pm
Attleboro Arts Museum Ottmar Gallery
Free and open to the public
“Picturing Connections”, a visual arts education workshop series at the Attleboro
Arts Museum, featured hands-on classes with artist-in-residence, Cristina Hajosy,
and culminates with spotlight exhibitions in the Museum’s Ottmar Gallery and
Attleboro City Hall. This series was funded by VSA arts of Massachusetts and served
adult students with developmental disabilities from the Arc of Northern Bristol
County. “Picturing Connections” encouraged participants to visualize and appreciate
their surroundings for the larger possibilities, while empowering them through art to
become involved in community betterment and support.

Established in 1967, the RI State Council on the Arts (RISCA) is charged by the state
of Rhode Island legislature to stimulate public interest and participation in the arts
and to serve as the liaison to the state arts community. www.arts.ri.gov
About the Attleboro Arts Museum
The Attleboro Arts Museum involves audiences of all ages and backgrounds in the
visual arts through diverse educational programs and engaging arts experiences.
We work to support the creative and artistic development of both promising and
professional artists. The Museum is a privately supported, non-profit arts institution
whose core commitment to Arts for Everyone guides the Museum’s programs and
operations. www.attleboroartsmuseum.org
Elena Calderón-Patiño     
Community Arts Program     
Rhode Island State Council for the Arts  
One Capital Hill     
Providence, RI 02908     
401-222-6996      epatino@arts.ri.gov     

Mim Brooks Fawcett
Director Executive Director
Attleboro Arts Museum
86 Park Street
Attleboro, MA 02703
508-222-2644 x11
epatino@arts.ri.gov     mfawcett@attleboroartsmuseum.org

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Connecting Creative Communities March 9 – 11

February 16th, 2010




a summit to ignite new england’s

creative potential

New England is at the forefront of the creative community building movement. This March,

leaders from across New England will meet in Providence to share strategies for engaging

the creative sector and to begin to develop a regional network of creative communities.

Participants will discuss a regional approach for collectively promoting our creative

communities through policy, research, and resource development.

Come participate in this shared conversation about how cities, towns, and regions are

leveraging creative community development to enhance their prosperity and quality of life.

Register now at www.nefa.org

Rooms at The Providence Biltmore are available at special rate

of $139/night (book by February 14, 2010 to secure).

March 9–11, 2010

The Biltmore Hotel, Providence, RI

Registration fee $60

ch 9, 2010 for the

Second Annual Senator Claiborne Pell Lecture on Arts & Humanities

hosted by Providence Mayor David N. Cicilline.

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Amy Lovera Featured In Art Calendar Magazine

February 16th, 2010

Congratulations to Providence artist and RISCA Fellowship winner Amy Lovera, who was featured in the February, 2010 Art Calendar Magazine:


The article, written by Kim Hall, describes the City of Providence as a great place to live and make art.

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Connecting Creative Communities

February 12th, 2010

A summit to ignite New England ’s creative potential

March 9 – 11, 2010

The Biltmore Hotel, Providence , RI

Registration fee $60

Rooms available at The Providence Biltmore at special rate of $139/night (book by February 19, 2010 to secure this rate)

New England is at the forefront of the creative community building movement. This March, leaders from across New England will meet in Providence to share strategies for engaging the creative sector and to begin to develop a regional network of creative communities. Participants will discuss a regional approach for collectively promoting our creative communities through policy, research, programming, and resource development.

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2010 RISCA Fellowship Exhibition Artists Reception, Friday Feb 12

February 11th, 2010

Join RISCA for the 2010 RISCA Fellowship Exhibition Artists Reception at the Imago Gallery in Warren!  http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs092/1011180765211/archive/1102934154010.html

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TSETSE Gallery Art Scholarships

February 11th, 2010



51 Empire Street., Providence, RI 02903 * Voice/ Fax: 401.453.3337


The Youth Advisory Board of The TSETSE Gallery, cordially invites children between the ages of eight and fifteen to apply for Saturday art scholarships at The TSETSE Gallery.

These classes focus on the exploration of a variety of artistic applications. Each student works individually to discover their medium of choice. In addition, all students have the opportunity to exhibit in The TSETSE Children’s Gallery. Scholarships are valid for six/ 2 hour classes during the spring of 2010 and includes all art supplies. Classes are between the hours of Noon and 2PM on Saturdays.

Currently ten scholarships are available, although additional scholarships will become available as funding is obtained; therefore unsolicited applications are always welcome.

Scholarship Guideline:

1: Applicant must be between the ages of eight and fifteen, reside in Rhode Island and are in DCYF care. All applications must be signed by a parent or guardian.

2: Completely fill out application. Only one application per applicant.

3: Submit applications to: The TSETSE Gallery, 51 Empire Street, Providence RI 02903 no later than 5PM on March 5, 2010. Refer questions to: Thérèse M. Lavallee 401.453.3337 or e-mail at tsetse@tsetsegallery.org

4: Attach separately a letter of recommendation for scholarship from parent, guardian, clinician or teacher. Please give any information about this student that would justify his/her receiving a scholarship to attend art programs at the Gallery.

5: Provide at least one copy or original piece of visual art. If you would like the art back, please provide a self addressed stamped envelope or request it to be held at The TSETSE Gallery for pick up.


Board of Directors


Stephen T. Day

Vice Chairman

Jo.Ann Ragosta

Finance Officer

Sharon Johnson


Suzanne Burns


Justin Aina

Nanci DeRobbio

Thérèse M. Lavallee

TSETSE Advisors

Elizabeth Chace

Kathryn Chase-Hartley

Ralph W. Ezovski

Merle Goldstein

Martin Israelit

John Patrick Maguire

Walter Stone

Chief Justice Frank J. Williams (ret)

Youth Advisors

Jordan Bicki

Kelly Cribari

Mackenzie Damon

Chloe Deflorimonte

Ryan Hartley

Carissa Johnson

Lexi Scharf

2009 Gallery Season Sponsors

BSL Systems

Malcolm & Elizabeth Chace

Coldmasters Inc.

Foresight Science & Technologies

The Iezzi Family

Incandescent Studios


Smart Trips Inc.

To be filled out by Student





Address & e-mail:

Please answer the following questions:

1: Why do you want to attend art classes and what excites you most about art?

2: What past art experiences have you had, other than typical school day art classes, which demonstrate your ongoing interest in art?

3: Have you received any camp scholarships in the past two years through any other camp providers?

4: Is there anything else you would like the scholarship selection committee to know about you?

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Jordan Bicki, Kelly Cribari, Mackenzie Damon,

Chloe Deflorimonte, Ryan Hartley, Carissa Johnson, Lexi Scharf

The TSETSE Gallery Youth Advisory Boards Mission is to serve as a voice in promoting the Gallery’s mission of “Building Community Through Art.” Youth Advisors Work as a team with the Director of Youth Programming to address issues relating to youth and art in the community, while promoting inclusive youth art opportunities at the Gallery.

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3 RI Writers Awarded MacColl Johnson Fellowships

February 11th, 2010


Matthew Derby, Marie Myung-Ok Lee, Christine Montross each will receive $25,000 awards; among the largest grants in the nation for artists


         Three Rhode Island-based writers – recently-named recipients of prestigious MacColl Johnson Fellowships from The Rhode Island Foundation – reflect on the role the written word has played in their lives while anticipating their futures with the $25,000 fellowships in hand. Fellowship recipient and Pawtucket resident Matthew Derby notes, “I can pinpoint the moment when my writing career began… (It was in reading) a copy of Carole Maso’s The Art Lover that I really understood the full range of possibilities in narrative. It was my gateway into a new world of experimental literature that I’d always been looking for.”
          Providence resident Marie Myung-Ok Lee began her writing career at a young age. “Ever since I banged out my first novel at age nine, I knew I wanted to be a writer,” the fellowship recipient explains, noting also that at age 16 she had a story published in Seventeen.
          The third fellowship recipient, Providence resident Christine Montross shares how her careers as a doctor and as a writer are intertwined. “Writing and medicine enrich one another…both are fields in which one is asked to look closely at small things, and to draw larger conclusions from those observations.”
         The fellowships are intended “to fund an artist’s vision or voice.” They are awarded on a three-year cycle to composers, writers, and visual artists. In addition to the three fellows, three individuals also were named as finalists in recognition of the artistic merit and strong showing of their work.
         The fellowships’ namesakes, Robert and Margaret MacColl Johnson, both were dedicated to the arts all their lives. Mrs. Johnson, who died in 1990, earned a degree in creative writing from Roger Williams College when she was 70. Mr. Johnson invented a new process for mixing metals in jewelry-making and then retired to become a fulltime painter.
         Before he passed away in 1999, Johnson began discussions with The Rhode Island Foundation to design what has become a $1.2 million artist fellowship program in music composition, literature, and visual arts, offering among the highest no-strings awards in the nation, for Rhode Island-based artists.

         Guidelines and applications for the 2010 fellowships, which will be awarded to visual artists, will be available on the Foundation’s website after June 1. Application deadline is September 1.
Fellowships will enable recipients “to further their work”
         “The Robert and Margaret MacColl Johnson Fellowships are among the largest offered in the United States and provide significant financial support that enables artists to further their work,” states Daniel Kertzner, grant programs officer at the Foundation who administered the selection of MacColl Johnson Fellows. “The Fellowships enable Rhode Island artists to focus more time and resources on the creative process and contribute to their professional development. They echo the value the MacColl Johnsons placed on the role of artists in the community,” Kertzner notes.
         The fellows and finalists were chosen from 41 applicants by a panel of four out-of-state jurors who are recognized practicing writers, professors of writing, and a publisher. Applications were reviewed based on artistic excellence, literary development, and creative contribution to the literary field, as well as the potential of the fellowship to advance the career of emerging to mid-career artists. Writers with original compositions in fiction, poetry, spoken word poetry, playwriting, and screenwriting were eligible for the fellowships.

Matthew Derby’s work is “preoccupied with notions of power and privilege”
     “The stories I have been writing…have been preoccupied with notions of power and privilege, and the point at which two vastly different cultures collide. I see good fiction as a vehicle to explore more deeply the issues that most trouble us at this point in history,” Derby explains, adding, “My primary goal in my writing is to explore the shrinking distance between cultures, the resulting imbalance of power, and its effects on the people who are least able to make a change.”
     The fellowship will enable Derby to take a leave of absence from his work; conduct a national reading tour in spring, 2011 to generate interest in his short fiction collection and more firmly establish professional contacts; and expand his author website.
     Derby, a graduate of the master of fine arts program at Brown University, is a web developer and designer by day. He has been pursuing a career in writing since the mid-1990’s. Super Flat Times, a collection of his short stories, was published by Back Bay Books in 2003.


Marie Myung-Ok Lee explores her Korean ancestry
     “Coming into contact with talented writers who made their ethnic backgrounds a focus of their work inspired me to explore in my fiction what it means to be Korean and Korean American (and) meeting other Asian American writers…helped me see ethnic and Asian American literature as something relevant, that my experiences and heritage could be part of my art,” Lee says.
     The fellowship will allow her to interview some of her father’s now-elderly physician colleagues about what life was like practicing small town medicine in the 60’s and 70’s and to travel to North Korea for research for her current novel, Chaos Theory.
     A graduate of Brown University, Lee has published adult literary fiction since 1996, including Somebody’s Daughter. She is co-founder of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, was a MacDowell Colony fellow, served as a National Book Award judge, and received an artist fellowship in fiction from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts in 2003.

Montross “differentiates madness from sanity”
     “As a psychiatrist, I am constantly called upon to differentiate mental illness from mental health. As a poet, I find fertile ground in this uncertain terrain. But as patients, we all expect definitive answers from our physicians. These conundrums that I face and their repercussions have set in motion a new series of poems which aim to explore the ambiguities of the human mind,” Dr. Montross states.
     The fellowship will allow her to work on a new series of poems called “Lunacy and Light,” in which mental illness will be juxtaposed against the current and historical ways in which doctors have diagnosed and classified it, and to travel to Paris to continue her research into the origins of psychiatric treatment.
         Dr. Montross earned a master of fine arts in poetry from the University of Michigan and her M.D. from the Brown University School of Medicine. While pursuing her MFA, she was named a finalist for the national Poetry Series; while pursuing her medical degree, she wrote Body of Work: Meditations on Mortality from the Human Anatomy Lab, a nonfiction book on her experience dissecting a human cadaver.

Panel names three finalists
     Three applicants also were named MacColl Johnson finalists. Although they are not receiving cash awards, they are being recognized for their works’ artistic merit and strong showing in the jury process. Finalists, all Providence residents, are:

  • Kelli Auerbach, a graduate of the Brown master of fine arts program, brings her background in music, dance, and art to bear on her writing. A visiting assistant professor at the Rhode Island School of Design, teaching has been a core component of her work as an artist.


  • Kate Colby writes poems that are deeply rooted in place – particularly New England – and explore the interconnection between the personal and the historic. She has a master of fine arts in writing from the California College of Arts.


  • Gillian Nehassaiu deGannes is a multi-disciplinary literary and theater artist whose work draws upon her experiences as a person of the African Diaspora and the child of immigrants. She is a graduate of both the Brown master of fine arts program and Trinity Repertory Conservatory.



The Rhode Island Foundation was founded in 1916 and is one of the nation’s largest and oldest charitable organizations serving a specific geographic community. In 2009 the Foundation made grants of $29 million to more than one thousand organizations.

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February 11th, 2010

Craftopia @ Rhody Craft 100 – Sunday, April 11, 2010

Rhody Craft 100 announces CRAFTOPIA

Rhody Craft 100 is excited to announce CRAFTOPIA, it's first juried  
indie art & craft sale on Sunday, April 11, 2010 at Hope Artiste  
Village in Pawtucket, RI. Craftopia is a super-duper day of art,  
craft, food and music and will feature 65 artisans and food vendors.  
Applications are currently available at www.rhodycraft100.blogspot.com  
and must be submitted for consideration by Feb. 19, 2010.

RC100 is a seasonal shop at Hope Artiste Village, open every Saturday  
from Nov. through March, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Everything available at  
RC100 is 100% local, 100% handmade and 100% delightful!

Click here for more information.
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February 11th, 2010

for arts classes sponsored by
the Jamestown Arts Center

at the Jamestown Gallery at 47 Conanicus Avenue

preschoolafter school - adult

Sign up for classes by emailing jamestownartscenter@gmail.com

We will send you all the necessary information and registration forms.
Please sign up now and send payment to secure your place.

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Creative Drama for Preschoolers and their Care Givers
Mondays Feb. 22th – April 12
9 to 10 am
Wednesdays Feb 25 – April 14
9 to 10 am
Become the character in a new adventure every week. Through storytelling, music, crafts and dramatic play, pre-schoolers will have the chance to engage their imaginations, make friends and play in this creative class.

student fee: $65
minimum 6, maximum 10


TEEN BEAD w/ Emily Coble
Wednesday Feb. 24 – March 17th – 4:00-5:30 (4 weeks)
This beading class is for students at all levels, 8th Grade and up. Many beading techniques will be explained and demonstrated, and students may work at their own pace on the project of their choosing. Students will need at least 3 colors of size 11 beads (approx. cost $10 – Don’t worry if you don’t have them for the 1st class, there’s a bead store right next door and Emily can help students pick out beads as necessary.) Beading needles and wire will be supplied by JAC.

Minimum students: 6
Student fee: $45


Tuesday evenings 6 to 8pm, running through April 27th.
All levels are invited to this open studio class. Drawing from the model with short gesture poses, and longer poses ranging from 5 to 30 minutes. Easels supplied. Session will be lead by various artists each week, no instruction.

walk-in fee: $15

ESSAY WRITING with Leslie Banker

March 18 to April 15
Thursday evenings 6 to 8pm
A personal essay can be humorous, heartbreaking, informative or sentimental; it presents the writers unique slant on an idea or an experience, whether its as mundane as taking out the garbage or as fanciful as believing in fairies. This class covers the basics of essay writing for students who want to write for themselves, for publication, or both.
Cost: $100
minimum students: 6

with Eileen McCarney Muldoon & Cindy Horovitz Wilson

March 8 and 15,
Mondays 5 to 7:30pm
This workshop is for beginners and intermediate photographers. The first session will focus on the basics of digital photography and gaining a fuller familiarization with ones camera. During class students will have a hands on shooting experience and work on some of the concepts introduced. An assignment will given for the students to work on during the week. The second session will concentrate on reviewing each students assignment and the fundamentals of well crafted photographs.
Student Fee: $80.
minimum student: 8
maximum students: 12

Please check out the Capital Campaign square
on our website to view the plans for the beautiful new
Jamestown Arts Center building on 18 Valley Street!
Jamestown Arts Center PO Box 97, Jamestown, RI 02835

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