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Award for Chamber Music Composition

July 6th, 2010

In partnership with MakeMusic, Inc. and the Grammy-winning ensemble eighth blackbird, the American Composers Forum announces the Finale® National Composition Contest.

The objective of this competition is to encourage creativity by composers throughout the United States and to recognize and reward their accomplishments.

The focus of the competition will be chamber music. Three composers from the total applicant pool will be chosen as finalists. They will receive a cash prize and be asked to write a piece for eighth blackbird, which will be workshopped and performed in the ensemble’s Chicago studio. One of the pieces will be chosen to receive the final prize, which includes an additional cash award and a future public performance by eighth blackbird.
 For more information go to: http://www.composersforum.org/programs_detail.cfm?oid=12474

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July 6th, 2010

The North Kingstown Arts Council announces a new listing of classes for teens and young adults who wish to add some art to their summer schedule. Classes for summer include Chain Maille Bracelet with Mimi Huszer Fagnant (July 1, 10-noon) and Wire Wrapping for Jewelry (July 13, 10-noon); Seeing Creatively with Your Camera  with Cindy  Horovitz Wilson (July 15, and 27, 9-noon); and Fiction Writing with Gail Eastwood (August 4 and 11 from 7:15 – 9:30 p.m.). 

A series of Two Drama Workshops with Graham Stokes will be held Tuesday, July 20 and Monday July 26th  6:30 – 8:30 p.m., at the NK Community Center. Topics will be auditions and a look at methods to build a believable character.

The classes are part of the popular Take an Arts Break program. Fees are low and instructors are local professional artists. Further information on Facebook or at www.NKArtsCouncil.org or 294-3331 X241.

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Classes at the AS220 Darkroom

July 6th, 2010

Happy Holiday Weekend Friends and Patriots!

This July we’re celebrating in the grand DIY tradition by hosting another thrilling round of classes in the Cottage Industries. That’s right. You too can exercise your inalienable right to a righteous education by signing up for one of our high quality all American workshops! For example:
July 7,14 & 21: Intro to Intaglio:Drypoint 7-10pm $115
Take your drawings to the next level by engraving them directly into copper plates! This is a new and expanded version of our former Intaglio class and is an excellent introduction to many fundamental printing practices. 
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Art Classes for Children

July 6th, 2010


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July 2nd, 2010

Sandywoods Farm, a 174-acre site located in Tiverton, Rhode Island, is being transformed into an innovative rural residential community for artists. Intentionally designed to link art, agriculture, community and conservation, this development will: provide 50 affordable rentals; offer 22 single-family buildable home sites; make available 22 acres for farming and agricultural activities; engage individuals who are committed to building community; foster a supportive environment for continued professional growth; preserve rural values; and responsibly conserve 94 acres of open space.

Drawing on the strong arts and agricultural presence that is a vibrant part of the greater Tiverton community, Sandywoods Farm will contribute to the social, economic and educational well-being of residents and non-residents alike. Plans include a commercial village center with retail space, community center, common use studio/work spaces, commercial kitchen, farm stand and community-supported agriculture program (CSA), art gallery, outdoor performance space, and future café and bed and breakfast.

The facilities that will be made available to the Sandywoods Farm community will be of particular interest to residents who value working toward a common goal and becoming actively involved in a model community. Those most interested might including visual, performing and literary artists, craft artists, and those individuals working in related disciplines, such as architecture, design, culinary arts and arts professionals.

For more information, please contact:

dbocian@cchcnewport.org Tel. 401.846.5114 x 12 www.cchcnewport.org / Sandywoods

Additional details: One, two and three bedroom rentals

16,000 to 37,000SF buildable home sites

Shared studio spaces

Existing wood-fired ceramics kiln

Agriculture and farming opportunities

Educational programming

Community and public events

Gallery exhibition opportunities

Performance space

Community garden space


Cooperative farm-stand

Supportive community network

Recreational opportunities

Wind turbine supporting 70% of rental community electrical needs

Easy access to Routes 24 and I-195

Close to Newport, Providence, Fall River, Boston

Close proximity to area public schools, new

Tiverton public library, Bulgarmarsh Recreational Field

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July 2nd, 2010

The North Kingstown Arts Council announces a new listing of classes for teens and young adults who wish to add some art to their summer schedule. Classes for summer include Chain Maille Bracelet with Mimi Huszer Fagnant (July 1, 10-noon) and Wire Wrapping for Jewelry (July 13, 10-noon); Seeing Creatively with Your Camera  with Cindy  Horovitz Wilson (July 15, and 27, 9-noon); and Fiction Writing with Gail Eastwood (August 4 and 11 from 7:15 – 9:30 p.m.). 

A series of Two Drama Workshops with Graham Stokes will be held Tuesday, July 20 and Monday July 26th  6:30 – 8:30 p.m., at the NK Community Center. Topics will be auditions and a look at methods to build a believable character.

The classes are part of the popular Take an Arts Break program. Fees are low and instructors are local professional artists. Further information on Facebook or at www.NKArtsCouncil.org or 294-3331 X241.

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July 2nd, 2010

Rhode Island State Council On the Arts Request For Qualifications

Public Art For the Department of Motor Vehicles, Forand Building, Pastore Center, Cranston, RI

Budget: $88,000

Deadline: July 30, 2010

Digital Images: http://llbarch.com/project-catalog/featured/rhode-island-division-of-motor-vehicles/

About the Institution

With branches throughout the State, the Rhode Island Department of Motor Vehicles manages every aspect of vehicular administration including accidents, documents & forms, disability parking, inspections, emissions, licenses, id’s, operator manuals, registrations, suspensions, titles, vanity plates, and school buses.

About the Building

The building is named after Aime Forand, who was elected to the United States House of Representatives from Rhode Island in 1936 and served from January 3, 1937 to January 3, 1939, having lost his re-election campaign in 1938. He sought election to the House in 1940 and won, and won re-election nine subsequent times, serving from January 3, 1941 to January 3, 1961.

The Forand Building sits atop a hill that affords a view of Providence and the surrounding area. It is currently under construction and will officially open on August 24th.

The first floor will house Operator Control, the second, licensing and registration, and the third, business offices and hearing rooms.

The following is a partial description of the building from the website of architect Lerner/Ladds & Bartels:

“The three-story, 69,000 sf building, located in the Pastore Government Center of Cranston, had been in continuous use as an office facility for the State’s Department of Human Services since its construction in 1970. During that time several building systems had been repaired and upgraded, including the recent replacement of exterior glazing…Programming designs for the building required the ability to process a large quantity of public patrons, accounted for via enhanced entrances able to accommodate large numbers of patrons and staff…The large lobby and atrium opens up to a custom-designed 12’ wide monumental stair of architectural grade steel and art glass”.

The core of the building contains a central atrium that rises three floors and is topped by pre-existing skylights. A central ramp leads up to a large stair case. There is open space under the stairs on each level. Architect Chris Ladds described the foyer as a “mixing box”, the main place where people enter and disperse to various locations throughout the building.

The first floor will house a cafeteria with chairs and tables on the north side. The south side will contain the Operator Control area and a waiting room. Wands of light in steel bases will rise from the floor and hang suspended from the ceiling. The smallest distance between the lights is 18’, the largest is 24’.

On the 2nd and 3rd floors, bridges connect the east and west sides. The bridges are bordered by stainless steel railings.

Most of the business of the building is conducted on the 2nd floor. A 28’ elliptical service counter will occupy this area. Behind the counter, windows will overlook RI Route 2. Ceilings in this room will be 9.5’ in height.

The top floor is occupied by administrative offices. Panelists do not wish to commission work for this floor.

The building is completely accessible to those with disabilities.

The website for the DMV: http://www.dmv.state.ri.us/

About the Project

In accordance with the guidelines of Rhode Island’s 1% for Public Art Law, a five member art selection panel has been appointed by the State Council on the Arts. It is composed of one representative of the Department of Administration, a representative of the community, two artists, and the project architect. The panel has met to discuss aesthetic and thematic concerns for the project and they have selected sites appropriate for the installation of public art.

Possible sites include:

1. The 1st floor atrium

2. The wall liner in the hallways on the first floor

3. The outside entry and vestibule

  • Panelists expressed a desire that the commission not block the natural light which fills the space on every level.


  • Panelists would like the public art component to be an experience. The selected commission will be more than “just an object”.  


  • The scope will include all labor related to the artist’s installation, permit fees, equipment, supervision, testing services, RI engineer’s stamp, and all other costs incurred in the delivery of the finished installation.


  • ADA requirements apply to the final commissioned work.


  • Artwork must accommodate children and should be sustainable, safe, and extremely durable. Designs with elaborate maintenance requirements should be avoided.


  • No water installations will be considered.


  • A sound installation will undergo particularly scrupulous review by the selection panel. A winning sound commission would not be sited near employees and/or customers and would be a voluntary experience that could be turned on or off and would be of 60 to 90 seconds maximum duration.

Submission Requirements

Please note: This Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is the first step in the DMV public art selection process. 

RISCA will conduct the DMV Public Art application process online, with all materials submitted in digital format through CaFÉ (see below). There is no charge to the artist for applying or for submitting digital images.   At this preliminary selection stage, we are requesting submissions from artists or art teams consisting of six (6) images representing current work (completed within the past five years), resumes, and very brief descriptions of potential site-specific proposals.  If an artist wants to apply as an individual as well as part of a team, two separate CaFÉ profiles and two separate CaFÉ applications must be completed (i.e., one application submission for you and one application submission for your team). Applications consisting of six images, answers to designated questions, and resumes will be reviewed by the DMV Public Art Selection Panel to assess the quality and appropriateness of the artist’s work, interest in their proposal idea, and the artist’s ability to carry out a substantial public art commission.

Applicants are asked only to provide a short description of their proposal for artwork at the site along with a rough outline of expenses for the design and construction totaling no more than $88,000. Three finalists will be selected from the pool of RFQ applicants and those finalists will craft detailed proposals including an itemized budget, scale models and renderings, and an in-depth project description. For this they will each be paid an honorarium of $2,500. This stipend includes all travel expenses: hotel, transportation, mileage, etc., for both the site visit and the subsequent presentation meeting. Finalists will not be reimbursed separately for any travel costs.

No slides or hard copy materials will be accepted for this call. First time CaFÉ applicants must allow enough time to prepare their CaFÉ formatted digital images and electronic submission prior to the deadline. CaFÉ surveys have shown that it takes approximately 2-4 hours to prepare images and submit an online application, dependent on a variety of factors.

Each application must be submitted via the CaFÉ ™ web site (www.callforentry.org) and must include:

A current resume for each artist. If you are applying as a team, include all team member resumes within one document.  

 Six digital images of relevant artwork. In the Description of Image, accompanying image annotation must list media, size, title, date of completion and a brief description of the artwork if necessary.  Please do not present more than one view of artwork per image.  If you wish to show a “detail”, include it within the six (6) artwork images.

 A written statement, not to exceed 3000 characters, that addresses the artist’s/team’s preliminary concept or potential approach for creating site-specific public art for the DMV as well as the proposed project budget.  The artist’s budget must list artist’s team commission fees, anticipated cost of the installed work, and anticipated administrative costs.

 Estimated Timeline:

 July 30, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. (E.S.T.) Deadline for submissions

August 2010: panel meeting for selection of finalists; artist notification

September, 2010 (TBA): Finalist site visits

October 2010: Finalist presentations to selection panel; artist notification

November, 2010: Final approval by RISCA Council

tba: Contract signed

tba: Work installed and completed

 According to law, final recommendations of the selection panel will be presented to the governing council of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts who will have final approval of the public art selection.

 Finalist’s site-specific proposals should convey artists’ ideas and plans through designs, renderings and/or scale models with a statement that describes the project’s intent, proposed materials, fabrication and installation methods, and an itemized budget. Artists chosen as finalists are also asked to explain how their artwork will be sourced and fabricated.  The finalists will be supplied with plans, photographs, and specific information about the DMV. A site visit as well as a meeting with the architect and the DMV administration will be scheduled for the finalists.  An honorarium of $2,500 will be awarded to the finalists following presentation of their proposals. The proposals will remain the property of the artist. However, RISCA reserves the right to retain proposals for up to one year for display purposes and the right to reproduce final proposals for documentation and public information purposes.

The Public Art Selection Panel reserves the right to determine which proposal will be funded and the extent of funding. The panel also reserves the right to not accept any final proposal submitted. If the recommendations of the Public Art Selection Panel are approved by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, the selected artist/s will enter into contract with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts for the selected commission. The accepted artwork will be owned and maintained by the State of Rhode Island.

 Selection Criteria:

 The panel will select the artist based on the following criteria:

 Artistic Quality: Quality and suitability of the final proposal in relation to the project description, program goals and site descriptions.

 Ability of the Artist’s Team: The artist’s ability to carry out the commission, to keep the project within budget, and to complete and install the work on schedule.

 Value: The quality and scope of the proposed completed work in relation to the commission and fees paid to the artist’s team.

 Durability of the Work: Permanence and durability of materials for this heavily used public facility. It is the artist’s responsibility to ensure that all artwork meets safety standards, adheres to building codes and other state regulations. Artworks must be durable and require minimal maintenance.

 Collaborative Spirit: Willingness of the artist to consult with the architects, civil engineers, general contractor and building staff (or designated representatives) to assure smooth integration of the artwork into the site and to make necessary adjustments in relation to building codes and other construction issues.

 Artist Eligibility:

 This call is open to all artists.  Applications may be submitted individually or in collaboration with others. The panel will not discriminate against any applicant artist on the basis of age, race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin or physical challenges. Excluded from participation are RISCA Council members, staff and their family members as well as Public Art Selection Panel members and their families.

 If you have questions about the RFQ, email Elizabeth Keithline: Elizabeth@arts.ri.gov.    If you require technical support for CAFÉ, please email cafe@westaf.org

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July 2nd, 2010




Arts-Oriented Development Encouraged through New Sustainable Communities

Grant Programs

Washington, DC – National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco

Landesman and U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun

Donovan today issued an invitation to the arts and creative sector to

participate in a joint webinar <

Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. EDT to learn about two new,

innovative community development funding opportunities.

Last week, HUD and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) released

two Notices of Funding Availability (NOFAs): $100 million in grants

available through HUD’s Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant



_advisories/2010/HUDNo.10-133> , and up to $75 million in grants

available through a joint HUD and DOT Sustainable Communities Challenge

Grant Program


_advisories/2010/HUDNo.10-131> . Under both programs, arts organizations

are eligible to partner with state and local governments, metropolitan

planning organizations (MPOs), transit agencies, philanthropic and

non-profit organizations and other eligible applicants to develop

consortia grant proposals.

“The arts are a natural component to furthering this Administration’s

commitment to creating more livable, walkable, environmentally

sustainable communities,” said HUD Secretary Donovan. “They can play a

key role as a partner that is able to enhance the unique characteristics

of communities and increase our economic competitiveness through

supporting creativity and innovation.”

“The arts are creative placemakers,” said NEA Chairman Landesman. “We

are able to work alongside federal agencies like HUD to help create

places where people want to live work and play, both today and in the


Both programs build on the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, an

innovative interagency collaboration, launched by President Obama in

June 2009, between the Department of Transportation (DOT), the

Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Environmental

Protection Agency (EPA) to provide more sustainable housing and

transportation choices for families and lay the foundation for a 21st

century economy. Guided by six Livability Principles


e_housing_communities/Six%20Livability%20Principles> , the Partnership

is designed to remove the traditional silos that exist between federal

departments and strategically target the agencies’ transportation, land

use, environmental, housing and community development resources to

provide communities the resources they need to build more livable,

sustainable communities.

This is the first time that HUD and the NEA have co-convened the arts

and creative sector on a national level around funding opportunities,

and it demonstrates the Obama Administration’s commitment to changing

the way the federal government operates by working more collaboratively

across federal agencies and making smarter investments. The Sustainable

Communities Regional Planning Grant Program is the first HUD Notice of

Funding Availability (NOFA) that explicitly contains language

encouraging the arts community to participate in the consortia

submitting applications.

Anyone interested in participating in the webinar should log on to HUD’s

website <

July 7th, 2010.


About the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities

and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the

housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the

need for quality affordable rental homes: utilize housing as a platform

for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable

communities free from discrimination; and transform the way HUD does

business. More information about HUD and its programs is available on

the Internet at


gov> .

About the National Endowment for the Arts

The NEA is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the

arts – both new and established – bringing the arts to all Americans,

and providing leadership in arts education. Established by Congress in

1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, the Arts

Endowment is the largest annual national funder of the arts, bringing

great art to all 50 states, including rural areas, inner cities, and

military bases. For more information, please visit


http://www.hud.gov/webcasts/> onhttp://portal.hud.gov/portal/page/portal/HUD/press/press_releases_media http://portal.hud.gov/portal/page/portal/HUD/press/press_releases_media http://portal.hud.gov/portal/page/portal/HUD/program_offices/sustainabl http://www.hud.gov/webcasts/> at 3:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday,www.hud.gov <http://www.hud.gov> and espanol.hud.gov\\HLANNFP019\users1\H2\H23053\Press%20Releases\CPD\espanol.hud.www.arts.gov http://www.arts.gov/> .

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City of Pawtucket Announces Annual Photo Contest

June 30th, 2010

City of Pawtucket Announces Annual Photo Contest
Winners Will Comprise City’s Official 2011 Calendar
“Reflections of Pawtucket”

Entries for the City of Pawtucket’s 12th Annual Photo Contest are being solicited for possible publication in the City’s official calendar for 2011. The contest’s theme is “Reflections in Pawtucket.”

The 11 best submissions as determined by some of Rhode Island’s most distinguished professional photographers will comprise next year’s calendar. Each year, Pawtucket prints approximately 8,000 color calendars, which are free and distributed (while supplies last) at Pawtucket City Hall, the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center, the Pawtucket Public Library and The Camera Werks in Providence. Such pictures taken during any time of the year within Pawtucket are eligible. Submissions may be the photographers interpretation of the theme or which might include water or “reflections”. All submitted photos should include a location in the photograph that is recognizable as that of Pawtucket. Only one entry from each contestant may be submitted. The top prize (the “Mayor’s Choice”) will be awarded $100, and smaller cash prizes and gift certificates will be given to other winning contestants. All entries must be submitted by Aug. 14. Submissions must be no larger than 12 x18 in overall size and must be mounted ONLY and not framed (see complete contest rules listed below). “This contest has been tremendously popular every year since its inception 11 years ago,” stated Pawtucket Mayor James E. Doyle. “The awards ceremony, which will take place at 4pm. on Sept. 25, has become one of the most anticipated events of the Pawtucket Arts Festival, where the winning entries will be unveiled and the public can meet the distinguished judges.” Contest’s judges will include: Butch Adams, award winning photographer from The Pawtucket Times and recipient of several awards from the National Press Association, the New England Press Association and the RI Press Association for his photography; Richard Benjamin, a former staff photographer for the Providence Journal and now a freelance assignment photographer, and also a provider of stock photos of Rhode Island, in addition to publishing several books on his photography; Al Weems, a local commercial photographer with over two decades of experience in capturing images to represent a range of clients including Fortune 500 companies and some of the largest organizations in the region, and Paul Darling, former Channel 12 cameraman and now a commercial & stock photographer; & Aaron Usher, who is an active member of CIPNE (Commercial/Industrial Photographers of New England), and has been published in over 300 magazines and/or books throughout the world.

Some of the themes from past contests have been: (2010) “Face of Pawtucket”, (2009) “Doorways & Gateways in Pawtucket”, (2008) “Paws (or Pause) in Pawtucket”; (2007) “Historic Places in Pawtucket”; (2006) “Pawtucket People, Places or Things”; (2005) “Discovering Pawtucket”; (2004) “Taking Pride in Our Neighborhoods”; (2003) “Pawtucket Mills: Our Past and Our Future” and (2000, 2001, 2002) “Pawtucket: A City in Focus”.

Rules for City of Pawtucket’s 12th Annual Photo Contest

· All photos must be taken in the City of Pawtucket and should include a recognizable location in the Pawtucket.

· Only one entry per contestant.

· The entry deadline is Aug. 14.

· Photos may be color or black and white. Prints from film or good quality digital prints will be accepted.

· Submitted photos should be mounted, but not framed. Matting is not necessary; however, mounting the photo on a stiff board or matboard is preferred. A mounted photo’s overall size should be no smaller than 8×10, but no larger than or larger than 12×18.

· All photos will be on display in the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center during the City of Pawtucket’s Arts Festival beginning August 27 and throughout the month of September.

· The Mayor’s Choice Award will receive a $100 cash prize, First Place will receive a $75 cash prize and Second Place will receive a $50 cash prize, with remaining winners receiving gift certificates. All winning photos will be used in the City of Pawtucket’s 2011 Calendar.

· All entries should be dropped off at The Camera Werks, 766 Hope St., Providence.

· Entry Forms will be available at the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center, 175 Main St. and the Pawtucket Public Library, 13 Summer St., both in Pawtucket; and The Camera Werks, 766 Hope St., Providence.

· Winning entries and the judges will be presented at a public reception starting at 4 p.m. on Sept. 25 at the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center, 175 Main St. Pawtucket.

· For more information, you may call The Camera Werks at #273-5367.

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Announcing Craftopia: the Holiday Edition!

June 30th, 2010

Craftopia is a festive, day-long, juried, urban arts & craft event featuring unique and original hand-made works, food and music. Located in the Main Corridor of Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket. Craftopia will host approx. 65 vendors, applications are currently being accepted and are available at www.rhodycraft100.com

Please email craftopia@rhodycraft100.com with any questions.

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NeighborWorks Americorps VISTA Job Posting

June 29th, 2010

NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley, a community development corporation in Northern RI, is recruiting for 4 full time Americorps VISTA positions. Ideal candidates will

have initiative
be dedicated
have some college experience
be comfortable working in diverse communities
have strong verbal and written skills
be computer literate
be comfortable with public speaking

Areas of service include asset development, community outreach, housing education and foreclosure prevention, access to services and higher education, and quality-of-life planning.

Vista’s will be offered free housing within the target community, a $10,908 stipend ($432 bi-weekly), a $4,725 education award, a health plan, and paid travel and training opportunities. Vista’s must be willing to attend a pre-service training in August and be ready to begin service August 23rd.

To apply, send resume and references to mmorisseau@wndc.org by July 9, 2010. Additional questions and information about the positions are welcome by email or phone (401)762-0993 ext. 233. To learn more about the Americorps Vista program, visit http://www.americorps.gov/about/programs/vista.asp.

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June 29th, 2010





Three Rhode Islanders are among the seven individuals that have been selected by the National Governors Association (NGA) to be honored at its upcoming Annual Meeting in July for significant contributions to public service.  The Rhode Island recipients will include:  Dr. David R. Gifford, Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health, in the State Officials category; Dr. Warren Simmons, Executive Director of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University, in the Private Citizens category; Barnaby Evans, creator of WaterFire, in the Distinguished Service to the Arts category.  

The Awards for Distinguished Service to State Government will be presented Friday, July 9 during the opening plenary session of the NGA Annual meeting, which will take place in Boston, Massachusetts. Each state was allowed to nominate only one person in each of the three categories.

“I am pleased that all three Rhode Island nominees were selected.  While it is unusual for the NGA to give so many awards to one state, it is clear that the selection committee believed that Dr. Gifford, Dr. Warren Simmons, and Barnaby Evans deserve recognition for their extraordinary accomplishments. I wholeheartedly agree with their decision. I extend my thanks and appreciation to each for their contributions to improve our state,” said Governor Donald Carcieri.  “This is a testament to the quality of individuals we have working in every facet of our community; government, education and the arts.” 

“These award recipients are true leaders who have made significant contributions to their states and the nation,” said NGA Chair Vermont Governor Jim Douglas. “On behalf of all of the governors, I would like to thank these individuals for their service and for their willingness to use their time and talents for the enrichment of the state.”

Distinguished Service Award – Public Official

Dr. David R. Gifford, Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health

In nominating Dr. David Gifford, Gov. Carcieri emphasized Dr. Gifford’s commitment to innovative thinking and the well-being of all Rhode Island citizens. Dr. Gifford steered the development of the state employee wellness program, Get Fit RI, which served as a catalyst for achieving Rhode Island’s ambitious goal of earning the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA)’s first Well State Award in. He has been a consistent advocate for immunization, and under his direction the Rhode Island Department of Health has been recognized by the Centers for Disease Control for maintaining some of the highest childhood immunization rates in the country for over a decade. 

In selecting Dr. Gifford, the NGA also highlighted the Health Department director’s highly effective response to the H1N1 flu pandemic in 2009 and 2010.    He mobilized his staff and a network of community partners in an effort to making vaccination clinics more accessible throughout the state, resulting in the highest H1N1 flu vaccination rate in the country.   Nearly 36 percent of the state population, including 73 percent of Rhode Island children, received the vaccination.

 “Dr. Gifford presents a results-oriented management style that has transformed the Department of Health,” said Governor Carcieri. “Virtually every citizen of our state has felt the impacts of his official actions.”

“I am honored to be nominated for and to receive this award from NGA,” said of Director of Health David R. Gifford, MD, MPH. “I am proud to lead a state Department of dedicated and hard-working employees. Without the Health Department staff, the support of Governor Carcieri, and all of our partners, we would not have been able to respond to all the public health emergencies or contribute to the state’s successful wellness efforts.”

Distinguished Service Award – Private Citizen

Dr. Warren Simmons, Executive Director of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University

Dr. Warren Simmons, selected in the Private Citizens category, has led the Annenberg Institute for over a decade in working with school systems and communities in Rhode Island and around the nation to improve the conditions and outcomes of schooling in America, especially in urban communities and in schools serving disadvantaged children.   To address the decline in the performance of urban schools in Rhode Island, Governor Carcieri appointed Dr. Simmons to lead the Urban Education Task Force (UETF) in early 2008 and began a rigorous study and planning process for improving educational opportunities for children living in urban communities.  In nominating Dr. Simmons, the Governor cited Dr. Simmons’ expertise and leadership in gathering information, developing a set of best practices, and beginning immediate implementation of task force recommendations. 

“It is through Warren’s commitment to improving education for our urban children, and his sheer force of will, that the state has made progress in moving the task force recommendations forward,” said Governor Carcieri, “His leadership and vision make him a very deserving recipient of this award.”

“I will graciously accept this award on behalf of the 34 Task Force Members and Annenberg Institute staff who worked tirelessly for 18 months to strengthen the foundation for urban school reform in Rhode Island,” said Dr. Simmons.  “I also want to express my gratitude to Governor Carcieri, Commissioner Gist, and

Janet Durfee Hidalgo for bringing the Task Force’s recommendations to life during this past year, which was capped recently by the RI General Assembly’s passage of a school funding formula that will advance education for students throughout the State.”

Distinguished Service to the Arts

Barnaby Evans, creator of WaterFire

Barnaby Evans, who will be honored for Distinguished Service to the Arts, is a renowned artist and creator of WaterFire, the art installation consisting of small bonfires blazing above the surface of the rivers that run through downtown Providence.  Governor Carcieri’s nomination of Mr. Evans underscored the impact that WaterFire has had on the arts and tourism in Rhode Island, and the international attention it has brought the state.   WaterFire has attracted over 10 million visitors with an average attendance of 40,000 per night, generated over $45 million in new spending each year, inspired the work of scores of artists, and exposed the public to numerous performance artists, visual arts, and musical entertainment – all for free.  

“Barnaby’s impact on our arts community, the City of Providence, and the State of Rhode Island has been remarkable.  With each lighting, WaterFire has brought the community together, exposed thousands of tourists to our beautiful state, expanded the appreciation and understanding of many new art forms, and provided a stage for talented local artists,” said Governor Carcieri. 

“I am deeply honored to be recognized for this national award by Governor Carcieri and the National Governors Association.  WaterFire is an artwork that is a celebration of community.  Just like our building of the bonfires, WaterFire is made possible by everyone contributing their part to making our world a better place,” said Barnaby Evans.  “The light we kindle at WaterFire illuminates our entire city, just as it also speaks to our future.  The fires symbolize the hopes and dreams of the many thousands who gather along the river.  The firelight reflected in their faces shows the engagement and commitment of all our citizens to coming together to build a bright future for our State.”

Established in 1976, the NGA Awards for Distinguished Service to State Government enable governors to bring national recognition to their states’ most valuable civil servants and private citizens. The awards emphasize the commitment of state administrators and the important contributions private citizens make to their states. The awards program is administered by a selection committee comprised of three permanent representatives from the academic community, as well as designees chosen by the NGA chair and vice chair.

The complete list of Distinguished Service Award winners includes:

State Officials

  • Dr. David Gifford, Director, Department of Health, Rhode Island
  • Katherine B. Miller, Cabinet Secretary, Department of Finance and Administration, New Mexico


Private Citizens

  • Joe Rogers and Bob Hatcher, Co-Chairs, Commission for a New Georgia, Georgia
  • Dr. Warren Simmons, Executive Director, Annenberg Institute for School Reform, Brown University,

        Rhode Island


Distinguished Service to the Arts

  • Barnaby Evans, Artist and Creator of WaterFire, Rhode Island
  • Willie Ney, Executive Director and Founder, Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives, University of

      Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin




NOTE:  Media interested in covering the NGA Annual Meeting must pre-register online at http://www.subnet.nga.org/AM10/a43/gen/index.htm. This secure site provides all pertinent meeting information, including a draft agenda and hotel reservation form.

The deadline for advance registration is 12:00 noon (EDT), Tuesday, July 6, 2010. Reporters and producers who miss advance registration must register on site, but should expect delays in clearing security and obtaining credentials.  All media must pick up their individual credentials in person at the Sheraton Boston. Two forms of identification are required to pick up NGA credentials—even if media pre-register. These must include a government-issued photo ID (such as a driver’s license or passport) and a current press credential or business card.

Founded in 1908, the National Governors Association (NGA) is the collective voice of the nation’s governors and one of Washington, D.C.’s most respected public policy organizations. Its members are the governors of the 50 states, three territories and two commonwealths. NGA provides governors and their senior staff members with services that range from representing states on Capitol Hill and before the Administration on key federal issues to developing and implementing innovative solutions to public policy challenges through the NGA Center for Best Practices. For more information, go to www.nga.org

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GSA Art in Architecture Program

June 28th, 2010

The GSA Art in Architecture Program commissions the nation’s leading artists to create large-scale works of art for new federal buildings. These artworks enhance the civic meaning of federal architecture and showcase the vibrancy of American visual arts. Together, the art and architecture of federal buildings create a lasting cultural legacy for the people of the United States.

GSA reserves one-half of one percent of the estimated construction cost of each new federal building to commission project artists. A panel comprised of art professionals, civic and community representatives, and the project’s lead design architect meets to discuss opportunities for artists to participate in the building project. This panel reviews a diverse pool of artist candidates and nominates finalists for GSA to evaluate. Artists who receive federal commissions work with the project architects and others as members of a design team to ensure that the artworks are meaningfully integrated into the overall project.

GSA maintains a large registry of artists interested in being considered for federal commissions. This registry is the principal resource for the panels that assist GSA in selecting artists for each new project. Artists may obtain instructions for being included in the registry by sending a request to the following address:

Art in Architecture Program
Office of the Chief Architect
U.S. General Services Administration
1800 F Street NW, Suite 3300 PMB
Washington, DC 20405

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Attention visual artists: Apply for a $25,000 MacColl Johnson Fellowship

June 28th, 2010

The Robert and Margaret MacColl Johnson Fellowship Fund provides up to three $25,000 artist fellowships each year, rotating among composers, writers, and visual artists on a three-year cycle.

The 2010 fellowships are for emerging and mid-career visual artists.

MacColl Johnson Fellowships enable Rhode Island artists to concentrate on the creative process, explore personal and professional development, and expand their bodies of work. The fellowships honor and enhance public recognition of local artists producing work of high aesthetic quality.

Learn more about the Fellowships and how to apply here: http://www.rifoundation.org/Nonprofits/GrantOpportunities/MacCollJohnsonFellowship/tabid/362/Default.aspx

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If you’re an actor or just looking for auditioning practice…

June 28th, 2010

Date: Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Time: 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: KLR building, 951 North Main St. Providence

The RIFC’s RIDOT sponsored production class is having a casting call Wednesday night. This one will be a ghost story. Shooting happens the weekend of July 10th and 11th. Actors in the last two class productions have had a great time, too.

The completed 4 – 7 minute short is showing at the 2011 SENE festival, and screening at an event on September 24. Plus you get a copy.

If you’re interested, come to KLR at 8 o’clock Wednesday. Casting will start right after a presentation to the class by Anne Mulhall.

KLR Building
951 North Main St.

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June 28th, 2010
Pawtucket Arts Collaborative is organizing open studios in the mills of Pawtucket on September 25 and 26 from 11 am to 5 pm as part of the Twelfth Annual Pawtucket Arts Festival.  

Artists are encouraged to register by August 15 in order to be included in the open studios brochure.  For artists who do not have studios in any of the mills, there is space available in some of the mills for the weekend at no charge.

Applications are available at the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center and at the Pawtucket  Public Library or on line at:  www.openstudiospawtucket.org.  

For more information, contact Joan Hausrath at: jhausrath@cox.net

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June 28th, 2010

Deadline: July 1, 2010. Grants of up to $30,000 will be awarded to U.S.-based film festivals. Grants are awarded for a variety of programs, however film festivals are encouraged to submit proposals that make festival events more accessible to the general public, provide greater access to minority and less visible filmmakers, and help strengthen the connection between the filmmaker and the public.

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Pawtucket Arts Collaborative CALL FOR REGISTRATION:

June 28th, 2010

Pawtucket Arts Collaborative is organizing open studios in the mills of Pawtucket on September 25 and 26 from 11 am to 5 pm as part of the Twelfth Annual Pawtucket Arts Festival.

Artists are encouraged to register by August 15 in order to be included in the open studios brochure. For artists who do not have studios in any of the mills, there is space available in some of the mills for the weekend at no charge.

Applications are available at the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center and at the Pawtucket Public Library or on line at: www.openstudiospawtucket.org.

For more information, contact Joan Hausrath at: jhausrath@cox.net

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First Annual Boston SuperMeet

June 24th, 2010

Dear Readers, get out this Friday night to enjoy a few cocktails and mingle with Boston’s production & post community!

Socialize and network at the this Friday, June 25th in John Hancock Hall at the Back Bay Events Center in Boston for what will be largest gathering of Final Cut Pro, Avid & Adobe editors, HD-DSLR & digital filmmakers, content creators & Gurus on the East Coast in 2010!


DATE: Friday, June 25, 2010

TIME: Digital Showcase opens at 4:30PM; SuperMeet stage show begins at 7:00PM

LOCATION: John Hancock Hall

Back Bay Events Center

180 Berkeley Street

Boston, MA 02116


Complimentary Food (snacks) & Cash Bars will be available!

Connect & interact with industry leaders you want to meet. Get seen by showing your films in Open Screen Theatre. See exciting “show and tells” from some very special guest filmmakers. Win from over $50K in filmmaker-related prizes & have a great, fun time at it!


To celebrate the first ever SuperMeet on the East Coast, we’re extending special free discount code “supervip” – our gift to you to join us for a great time! Here’s how to get your discounted tickets:

- Go to supermeetbos10.eventbrite.com


- Enter discount code “supervip” and click on “APPLY DISCOUNT”

- Proceed to register for free with legitimate email and address for EACH name. A confirmation email ticket will be sent to each person who registers.


- Rodney Charters, ASC (DP on FOX NETWORK’s “24″) on HD-DSLR filmmaking in Hollywood

- David Bigelow of Gray Matter Entertainment on making HD Video for ZZ Top, Carole King and James Taylor

- Avid’s Matt Feury and CDIA-BU graduate Erin Gallagher of Powderhouse productions on Erin’s editorial work on Discovery’s “Build it Bigger” and other projects

- Montreal-based filmmaker Marc-André Ferguson on demystifying Autodesk’s Smoke on Mac OS X as a finishing and 3D visual effects tool

- Director/editor Mitch Jacobson on his work for the recent U2 Tour and his secret “Thrash Cut” multicamera grouping trick using Final Cut Pro

- Editor Abba Shapiro on “Best of the Best” editorial Tips, Tricks, and Secret Techniques in FCP 7 to make you edit faster and smarter

Plus New England Filmmaking show & tells from musical artist Casey Desmond and New Hampshire filmmaker Dan Hannon (THE POND) – and a Filmmaker Raffle with over $50K worth of prizes to give away to dozens of lucky winners.


“Get Seen” in 10 minutes – Show your films in “Open Screen Theatre” in an informal, collaborative setting. Sign ups begin at 4:30PM. Bring your content on DVD or QT movie on flash drive – available for registered SuperMeet ticket holders!

Featuring a Digital Showcase with over 25 digital filmmaking-related developers fresh from NAB including Avid, Adobe, Autodesk, Canon, The Foundry, AJA, Matrox, Blackmagic Design, AV3 Software (“get” for FCP), Boris FX, EditShare, GenArts, Noise Industries, Apogee, G-Tech and many others. Connect with these industry leading vendors to improve your production and post workflows.

For directions to Back Bay Events Center, SuperMeet Agenda updates, raffle prize list and generous sponsors who will be with us visit: supermeet.com

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Providence Children’s Museum Seeks Events Manager

June 23rd, 2010

Providence Children’s Museum
100 South Street, Providence, RI 02903
Salary: $30,000 Start Date: July 19, 2010 if possible Providence Children’s Museum is the state’s only museum especially for children, their parents and other care providers. Its mission is to inspire learning through active play and exploration. A private, not for profit educational organization, the Museum has served the public since 1977.
Part-time, 32 Hours
Reports to: Director of Development
Summary: Primarily responsible for managing fundraising and other events, increasing contributions to and awareness of the Museum and supporting volunteer fundraising activities as a member of the development department team.
Responsibilities:• Ensures all aspects of volunteer committee management for annual gala, golf tournament and other events• Responsible for event volunteer recruitment, assignments, coordination, materials and training• Establishes goals, strategies and budgets for fundraising events to meet Museum budgeted net income; responsible for production of all project and event-related materials• Responsible for event donor cultivation, solicitation and recognition; ensures accurate donor and financial data management; maintains excellent donor, volunteer and member relations• Responsible for annual meeting and exhibit opening hospitality • Communicates with Board of Directors, fundraising committees and staff to ensure internal and external efficiency and effectiveness• Participates in development of Museum newsletter, donor brochures and other promotional materials; ensures Museum’s strong, positive public image • Contributes to the development team toward adoption of best practices; co-supervises an assistant; manages student interns; and remains current on development issues. Qualifications: Minimum of five years of fundraising experience; proven track record in special event and volunteer management. Energetic motivator. Excellent writing, verbal communications and interpersonal skills. Skilled in Microsoft Word, Excel and FileMaker Pro. Bachelors degree. Must have references. Salary: $30,000 (for 32 hours) Benefits: Medical, dental insurance; paid vacation, holiday and personal days EOE Members of racial/ethnic minorities encouraged to apply.

Please send resume and cover letter to Director of Development, Providence Children’s Museum, 100 South Street, Providence, RI 02903 or laurelli@childrenmuseum.org by July 6, 2010.

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