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Call For Submissions: OpenDoors

April 15th, 2010

OpenDoors, a nonprofit based in Providence, provides direct services to people coming home from prison, and does policy research and advocacy work around prison issues. They are looking for a poster design (which will manifest as a combination silkscreen/letterpress print) as a thank-you gift for their peer mentors and donors.

OpenDoors is asking any interested artists to submit a simple sketch of their design concept, as well as a sample of a more complete work. Once they choose a designer, they will work with that person to produce a print-ready drawing. The chosen design will be given $200 dollars as thanks for the fine work. The deadline is April 26th.

The poster needs to be 11X14 and include this quote:

We cannot live for ourselves alone. Our lives are connected by a thousand invisible threads, and along these sympathetic fibers, our actions run as causes and return to us as results.

-Herman Melvillex

Learn more about OpenDoors at www.opendoorsri.org

Please submit your design concept by Friday April 26th to agrimm@opendoorsri.org, or by mail to OpenDoors, c/o Annelise, 841 Broad Street, Providence, RI 02907

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Massachusetts House Approves Future Revenues from Casinos for Arts & Culture

April 15th, 2010

Sent by: Massachusetts Cultural Council Reply to the sender

House Approves Future Revenues from Casinos for Arts & Culture FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 15, 2010

Contact: Gregory Liakos, Communications Director 617-727-3668 x343 (Boston, MA) Yesterday the State House of Representatives approved an amendment to the casino gambling legislation that would devote a portion of future revenue derived from casinos to the state’s cultural sector. “We thank the members of the House for advocating on behalf of the cultural community in this legislation,” said Walker. “The projected revenues are several years away, but the House’s support for these amendments sends a strong signal that they understand the need to mitigate the impact of casino gambling on our nonprofit cultural organizations.” The amendment approved yesterday would: Dedicate 0.5% of future annual casino revenues to the MCC to be used for operating support of nonprofit cultural organizations statewide. Based on current projections, we estimate this could provide anywhere from $1.5 million to $2.5 million per year depending on revenues realized through casinos built in Massachusetts. Dedicate 0.5% for grants to performing arts centers, to subsidize fees for touring shows or artists. This could generate an additional $1.5 to $2.5 million per year, again based on current projections. Any revenues from this legislation would not be expected for a number of years – until the first casino licensed by the state becomes operational. The legislation now goes to the Senate for its consideration. About the Massachusetts Cultural Council The Massachusetts Cultural Council is a state agency that promotes excellence, access, education, and diversity in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences, in order to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and contribute to the economic vitality of our communities. The MCC is committed to building a central place for arts and culture in the everyday lives of communities across the Commonwealth. The Council pursues this mission through a combination of grants, services, and advocacy for cultural organizations, schools, communities, and artists. This e-mail was sent from Massachusetts Cultural Council Immediate removal with PatronMail® SecureUnsubscribe.

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Lori Solinger, Channel 10, has a new arts blog:

April 15th, 2010

Check it out:


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Mass. House passes casino gambling with part of proceeds to support the arts

April 14th, 2010

House Passes Casino Gambling Bill (120-37)

Dedicates 1% of Gross Gaming Revenue to Performing Arts Centers and MCC

That’s the headline from an email I received a few moments ago from two Boston-based lobbyists.  It goes on to say:

By a vote of 120-37, the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed the casino gambling bill (House 4591, an act to establish expanded gaming) including an amendment to dedicate 1% of the gross gaming revenue to a performing arts fund (.5%) and to the Massachusetts Cultural Council (.5%) organizational support program.  Based on current revenue projections, each fund would receive between $3 and $7.5 million annually.

I’m sure there will be more on this to come.  The proposal still needs to be approved by the Massachusetts State Senate.


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Rhode Island Watercolor Society Seeks Gallery Director

April 14th, 2010

Hours:             20 per week (Flexible schedule required – some nights and weekends required)

Salary:             Starting at $15,000

Benefits:          2 weeks paid vacation

The Rhode Island Watercolor Society in Pawtucket, RI seeks a part- time Gallery Director to join our management team.

Job Description: Reporting to the President of the Board of Directors, the Gallery Director is directly responsible for overseeing the daily gallery operations, educational programs and exhibitions, and fiscal affairs.  Duties include supervision of the gallery staff and working with volunteer committees; development and promotion of exhibition and educational programs; management of program applications, logistics, and fees; supervising the maintenance of the gallery’s website and newsletter. Additional responsibilities include acting as a liaison for the Society with government officials, outside organizations and members of the media; maintaining the records of the Society’s operations; and attending monthly Board of Directors meetings providing operations reports and updates. 

Requirements: Must be passionate, organized, and knowledgeable about the visual arts, and have documented experience in managing an art gallery, non-profit arts organization, artists’ cooperative, or academic art department; strong knowledge of working art studios, as well as the experience & ability to effectively coordinate programs to showcase gallery and artists; excellent communication and computer proficiency skills in Microsoft Word and Excel on a PC platform, familiarity with Photoshop, Illustrator, MS Access or InDesign a plus, Strong retail, marketing, financial and business management experience is highly desirable.

Deadline: May 15, 2010. If you are interested in becoming a part of the RIWS family and feel you have the skills and experience we are looking for please submit a cover letter and your resume to pcahalan5@verizon.net.

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Massachusetts arts administrator appointed new NEA Design Director

April 14th, 2010

Congratulations, Jason!  Jason has, most recently, been the “Creative Economy Czar” in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts…


For immediate release                                                             Contact:          Liz Stark, 202-682-5744

April 14, 2010                                                                                                 starke@arts.gov

National Endowment for the Arts Announces

Jason Schupbach as the New Director of Design

Washington, DC— The National Endowment for the Arts announced today that Jason Schupbach will join the NEA as Director of Design at the end of May.

Mr. Schupbach brings to the NEA an impressive background of support for the creative economy and the design field as well as experience working with local, state, and federal agencies. He currently serves as the Creative Economy Industry Director for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, where one of his primary focuses is the growth and support of all types of design businesses. Mr. Schupbach has also worked as Capital Projects Manager for the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and Director of Boston’s ArtistLink, an organization that creates a stable environment for Massachusetts artists as they seek workspace and housing.

At the NEA, Mr. Schupbach will manage the NEA’s grantmaking for design and the NEA’s design initiatives, such as the Mayors’ Institute on City Design as well as the proposed Our Town, which is part of the NEA FY 2011 budget request and would provide funding in recognition of the role that the arts can play in economic revitalization and in creating livable, sustainable communities.

“Jason brings to the NEA an incredible knowledge of the design world and the many ways that art can transform communities,” says NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. “His experience working with design professionals and members of the government has prepared him to direct the NEA as a leader in smart design.”

“I am incredibly excited to be working with the National Endowment for the Arts as they embark on important new smart design initiatives and continue to provide invaluable support for design projects through the NEA’s core grant programs,” says Mr. Schupbach. “From the Mayors’ Institute for City Design 25th Anniversary Grants to the new Our Town program, the new leadership of the Endowment is embracing innovative creative placemaking policies. I’m honored to be part of the team which will implement these strategies to revitalize our communities and put Americans back to work.”

Since 2008, Mr. Schupbach has held the first-in-the-nation position of Creative Economy Industry Director for the Massachusetts Office of Business Development where his accomplishments include coordinating the growth of new industry cluster groups, such as the Design Industry Group of Massachusetts (DIGMA), and launching a Design Excellence initiative, an effort to improve procurement processes in Massachusetts in order to build more sustainable and longer-lasting buildings and communities, and increase the number of designers being offered contracts.

“Jason has set a national standard here in Massachusetts for connecting the various and diverse sectors of the creative economy to the public and academic agencies throughout the state,” said Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Greg Bialecki. “He has been a critical resource for innovation and collaboration for the Commonwealth, and I’m certain he will offer the same to the NEA.”

David Hacin, co-chair of DIGMA and principal architect with Hacin + Associates Inc. says, “Jason is a fantastic choice for this important position.  In Massachusetts, Jason has played a pivotal role in developing and promoting DIGMA.  Jason brings great energy, commitment and intelligence to everything he does and he will be a tremendous asset to the NEA as it pursues its goals of connecting all Americans to the richness and power of great design.”

From 2004 to 2008, Mr. Schupbach was director of ArtistLink, where among other duties he managed a statewide artist space development technical assistance initiative that resulted in the creation of more than 60 projects in 20 communities for a total of 350 units of live/work spaces and more than 500,000 square feet of artist space. In addition, he managed the first ever artist housing predevelopment grant program, giving out $50,000 in awards.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Schupbach has worked with such organizations as Artspace, an organization which creates, fosters, and preserves affordable space for artists and arts organizations. L. Kelley Lindquist, president of Artspace, says, “Jason has a keen understanding of urban design that has grown out of his work in cities of all sizes across the U.S. Jason’s experience spans historic preservation, new construction, and in-fill development, all with an emphasis on sustainability and green design. Artspace has had the privilege of working with Jason many times. His openness and knowledge of the field will be outstanding attributes in his new position.”

Mr. Schupbach’s experience also includes serving as National Artist Space Initiative Consultant for Leveraging Investments in Creativity from 2003 to 2007, where he was the key editor for two reports from the Urban Institute on developing artist space. From 2003 to 2004 Mr. Schupbach worked as Capital Projects Manager and Staff Urban Planner/Designer for New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs. In this position, his accomplishments included managing more than $100 million in capital projects for cultural institutions in coordination with other New York City agencies and assisting in the development of guidelines to involve artists in streetscape design and planning processes in New York City.

Mr. Schupbach received his B.S. in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his master’s degree in City Planning with an Urban Design Certificate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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April 14th, 2010
Give Us Your Junk,
Or Come Here to Sell It!
yart sale poster old stuff. new ideas.
Artists’ Exchange proudly presents the YART SALE. The event will take place on Sunday, June 13th in the lots surrounding Artists’ Exchange. Part community yard sale, part arts event, the YART SALE will feature yard sale vendors, artisan vendors, re-use workshops and a gallery showcase focusing on art made from reclaimed and repurposed objects.
There will be an entrance fee of $1
 (Kids 12 & under get in free).
Interested in being a vendor?
Contact us to request an application.
Doing some spring cleaning and interested in donating?
Contact us to set up a time for drop off or delivery. All donations made to Artists’ Exchange are tax-deductible.
Mark your calendars for a fun-filled day
celebrating the art of re-use.
Artists’ Exchange is Proudly Owned & Operated by Gateways to Change, Inc.
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Artist As Entrepreneur: Boot Camp

April 14th, 2010
The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is now accepting applications for the “Artist as Entrepreneur” Boot Camp. Applications are due on April 26 and classes begin June 12, 2010. The Boot Camp will provide artists working in all disciplines (literary, media, performing and visual) with the business skills they need to further their artistic careers. There is no charge for participation. Please share this information freely with your community of artists.The Boot Camp begins on June 12 and will take place over 5 day-long sessions at NYFA’s office at 20 Jay Street in DUMBO. Participating artists can expect the sessions to spark goals and help to define concrete steps to building a business plan that can lead to financial security. Approximately 50 artists will be accepted into the program which will include both group work and individualized training.The Boot Camp is open to artists and members of creative teams working all disciplines. They must be resident s of New York City and have internet access. Classes will take place from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm on June 12, 19, 26, July 10 and 17. The application is due on April 26 and is currently available on NYFA’s website at http://www.nyfa.org/level3.asp?id=785&fid=1&sid=76. For questions, please contact Peter Cobb at pcobb@nyfa.org or Felicity Hogan at Clearning@nyfa.org.
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John Killacky to head arts center in Vermont

April 14th, 2010
John Killacky to head arts center in Vermont

John Killacky

Yes, I know.  We usually don’t post stuff about arts centers in Vermont.  But the news has broken that John Killacky is moving from San Francisco to run the Flynn Center for the Arts in Burlington, Vermont, and this is a big deal.

I met John when he was program officer for culture at the Pew Charitable Trusts in Philadelphia, one of the country’s largest philanthropies.  John went on to the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis as their performing arts presenter, and from there to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in California as its director.  He is a champion of contemporary art and an amazingly talented guy.

So it’s really cool that he is going to be here in New England, and I hope we can get him down to Rhode Island frequently. Exciting things happen when he is involved.

check out the story at http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/04/14/DDHM1CTVE5.DTL


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NEA Chairman testifies for funding before Congress

April 14th, 2010

The Obama administration has requested a $161.3 million budget for the N.E.A. for the 2011 fiscal year, the same as its request for 2010 but less than the $167.5 million budget that Congress ultimately passed. Mr. Landesman has put his stamp on the budget, cutting a program known as American Masterpieces (though sparing one of its most popular components, the Big Read) and devoting $5 million to a pilot program, Our Town, that will support the creation of local arts districts. When Representative Mike Simpson of Idaho, the ranking Republican on the subcommittee, asked what he would do if Congress gave him $180 million, Mr. Landesman replied that Our Town could be expanded to reach more than the 35 communities currently planned.

Check out the full story at http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/04/13/n-e-a-chairman-testifies-on-capitol-hill/

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March 29th, 2010


Pawtucket Arts Collaborative | 260 Main St. | Pawtucket | RI | 02860

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Main Street Independent Film Festival Call for Entries

March 29th, 2010



Hera Gallery announces a Call for Entries for films and videos to be submitted to the Main Street Independent Film Festival. Organized by Historic Wakefield Village Downtown Merchants’ Association, Hera Gallery, South County Players/Children’s Theatre, Independent Newspapers, South Kingstown Parks and Recreation. The festival will take place in historic Wakefield, Rhode Island. Screenings will take place at Church of the Ascension on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 9, 10 and 11, 2010.


Films and videos will be accepted in the following genres: Narrative/Open (ideal run-time of 30 minutes or under); Documentary (ideal run-time of 20 minutes or under); Experimental (ideal run-time of 15 minutes or under); Animation (ideal run-time of 15 minutes or under); News Segment (ideal run-time of 5 minutes or under); Commercial/ PSA (ideal runtime of 1 minute or under).

Submissions should include, 1) a DVD copy of the film, 2) filmmaker’s contact information: name, address, phone number and email, 3) a short synopsis of the film, title, film length, and writer, director, producer, actor’s names, 4) a biographical paragraph (or resume) including background and interest in film. Please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope for return of your materials if desired. Deadline for submissions is April 30, 2010.


Application forms and guidelines are available at www.heragallery.org. Mail submissions to: Hera gallery, PO Box 336, Wakefield, RI 02880, attn: film festival. For more information: 401-783-7202, jrmcnab@etal.uri.edu, or 402-789-1488, info@heragallery.org.

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Edward M. Bannister Statewide Poster Design Contest Announced for Rhode Island Artists

March 29th, 2010
A statewide contest to select a poster design for famed 19th century African American artist Edward M. Bannister is being held in conjunction with a yearlong Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) study of Bannister’s life and work in Rhode Island. Poster designs should include an image of Bannister, evoke his Barbizon School of landscape painting style, and incorporate significant landmarks, such as the Providence Art Club, associated with his career. A panel of four judges will select the winning entry, which will be reproduced and distributed statewide and used on the project website.
Entries by Rhode Island artists only in painting and drawing must be submitted in both original format and as a high resolution scan. Prizes of $300 for first place, and $100 for second and third places, will be awarded. The winning pieces and four honorable-mentions will be shown at a public exhibit in May. The deadline for all entries is April 30, 2010. Artists should email RIBannister@aol.com  or phone (401) 421-0606 to register and to acquire submission guidelines.
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Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator

March 29th, 2010

The Marketing & PR Coordinator manages all marketing, advertising and promotional activities for FirstWorks programs.   The Marketing & PR Coordinator (MPRC) is a key member of FirstWorks’ operations team, operating in a fast-paced non-profit environment.  The MPRC reports to the Executive Artistic Director (EAD), and works with FirstWorks’ Marketing Communications Consultant to implement, align and manage marketing & PR efforts as part of FirstWorks’ mission to connect art with audiences.
This is a part-time position.
TO APPLY: Submit cover letter and resume to Annette Robinson, annette@first-works.org, by April 2, 2010.
Specific duties include: 
·     Implement, manage and monitor marketing plans, campaigns and projects;
·     Develop copy for press releases, story pitches, performer descriptions, e-newsletters, web, and ads;
·     Manage the design, production and placement of all promotional collateral; including: ads, billboards, bus kings, direct mail, programs, posters, television and radio PSA’s;
·     Manage the FirstWorks online presence; including: website usability improvements, content updates and the deployment of messaging across partner and social media outlets;
·     Manage relationships and liaison with media sponsors;
·     Support press relations by coordinating relationships with members of the press to ensure story placement. Assemble press kits and distribute press releases, photos and calendar listings;
·     Develop sponsorship and cross-promotional relationships with arts, hospitality, retail and community organizations;
·     Participate in strategy-development regarding messaging, audience cultivation and branding, in collaboration with the executive artistic director, staff, consultants and the marketing committee;
·     Analyze audience research, current marketing/competitor conditions and ticket pricing strategies;
·     Track marketing budgets;
·     Evaluation and benchmarking of revenue goals and audience reach;
·     Administrative tasks, including maintaining and updating media databases, maintaining archives of press and collateral, coordinating the marketing committee, managing mailings and timelines.
Qualifications & Competencies:

  • 3-5 years experience in marketing and/or public relations;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Excellent organizational abilities and attention to detail;
  • Ability to work with deadlines;
  • Enthusiasm for working as part of a team;
  • Strong problem analysis and problem solving skills;
  • Experience managing vendor relationships and tracking budgets;
  • Knowledge of and passion for the performing and visual arts;
  • Working knowledge of HTML, CMS and electronic marketing platforms such as Constant Contact;
  • Basic working knowledge of common design software such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat a plus.

FirstWorks was launched in 2004 as a vehicle to build community, reach underserved audiences, and present extraordinary arts programs that elevate Providence’s national profile. In six years FirstWorks has produced ten groundbreaking arts festivals, attracted over 70,000 participants, and engaged more than 100 nonprofit community organizations and schools. FirstWorks continues to grow and flourish and is looking for exceptional talent to join the team. Visit www.first-works.org to learn more.

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Help Wanted

March 29th, 2010

Department of Art
Community College of Rhode Island
400 East Avenue, Warwick, RI 02886


POSITION:                        Assistant Professor,
                     Graphic Design and Interactive Media

LOCATION:             Art Department

SALARY:                 Dependent upon education and experience

APPOINTMENT:       Fall, 2010; this position is assigned an academic year work schedule


Focus will be on teaching Graphic Design and Interactive Media courses with the possibility of teaching 2-D Design. Current courses will include Graphic Design 1, Graphic Design 2 and Visual Web Design. Expectation of continuing significant professional achievement and/or exhibition record; development of curriculum and programs; college and departmental service; student advising and community service/outreach.


Required / Minimum Qualifications
•MFA in graphic design, web/digital/interactive media.
•A demonstrated mastery of interactive design, typography and technology.
•Proficiency in applications relating to: print and screen publication design, interactive design, digital imaging, animation, sound, and video/motion.
•Ability to teach complex team projects at each level of the curriculum, primarily entry level.
•Strong professional accomplishments in web and interactive design, digital media and graphic design.
•Teaching experience at the college level.


Preferred Qualifications
•A background working in a collaborative educational environment.
•An interest in course development.
•An interest in developing community-based, inter-disciplinary and on-line courses.
•A background in grant writing and interest in working with regional industry.



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Spring Classes 2010 at Perishable

March 25th, 2010

Email Amy at classes@perishable.org or call 401-331-2695 ext.102. Leave your name, postal address, phone number, and email address. Amy will contact you by phone to confirm your registration.
Click on a class below for more information

:. Classes at a Glance .:
Quarterly Classes
The Rush Hour Dance and Fitness Series
$13 to drop in or $60 for six class punch card.
Our staff is bursting with busy, busy people, so we thought, “wouldn’t it be great to work out right here at the theatre?” And Rush Hour was born. All classes are ongoing—join anytime! The punch cards can be used for any class in the series and they never expire.
What could be more convenient?

10:00am – Noon  American Tribal Belly Dancing with Neylan*
12:30- 2:00 PM Ballet with Stephanie Lyon-Albanese*
6:30-9:30 PM ADVANCED SCENE STUDY of The Interview by Jean Claude Van Itallie—Mark Peckham

6:30-9:30 PM SCENE STUDY––EliseMorrison

7:00-10:00pm  Playwriting with Rick Massimo

5:15-6:30pm  Belly Dancing with Ameena*

6:00-7:30pm  Modern Dance with Nikki Carrara*
6:30-9:30 PM ADVANCED SCENE STUDY of The Interview by Jean Claude Van Itallie—Mark Peckham
6:30-9:30pm  Intro to Acting with Connie Crawford

5:30-7:00pm     DanceDancePartyPartyTM  $5  www.dancedancepartyparty.com

*Rush Hour Dance Series.  All classes ongoing.  $13 to per class or $60 for 6 classes


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Apply Today for Girls Rock Camp!

March 25th, 2010
Ladies Rock Camp Session II was Awesome!


Tomorrow we’re leaving on a jetplane for the Girls Rock Camp Alliance (GRCA) Conference in California to get our learn on with camps from across the country and around the world!  We’ll bring back all kinds of great info for our Girls and Ladies Rock Camps! 

Session II of Ladies Rock Camp was so great!  If you’re a lady and you want to rock, we’ll have another Ladies Camp in October, and our first ever Girls Rock Camp in July– sign up for more info here.

Here’s what else is happening!



GRR!’s first ever Girls Rock Camp– Apply today!
You can apply now for the first ever Girls Rock! Rhode Island Girls Rock Camp for girls ages 11-18!  We are sooooo excited, and we hope you are, too!  Apply now or spread the word to everyone you know– especially parents, teachers, and those who work with youth!  Check out our Sign up for Camp! page for more information!!

Check out the trailer for Girls Rock! The Movie about the Portland Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls for a brief view into the world of Girls Rock Camp!




Ladies Rock Camp Session II was awesome!
Six new and amazing bands played their hearts out on stage live just over one week ago!  Thirty women gave it their all for three days and came up with some super amazing and creative songs (and saw a great GRR!-only performance by Mary Lou Lord!)!  Check out our YouTube and Flickr pages to relive the fun from the weekend, and see pics and performances by Heaving Seagulls, Proof of Residence, Feral Fawcett, (sic), Douchewazee, and the Semantics!




Want to get involved?
With our first Girls Rock Camp fast approaching, we’d love to have as many people involved with GRR! as possible!  Here are a few ways that you can help:

Volunteerwe’re always look for guitar, bass, drum, vocal instructors; workshop leaders (sound, self-defense, history of women in rock, art/merchandising, ‘zine-making, etc.); roadies; food helpers; accountants/bookkeepers.  Got skillz? We can probably use them!

Join a committee– join our Youth Advisory Committee, Ladies Rock Camp Committee, Girls Rock Camp Committee, Fundraising Committee, Financial Committee, or Communications Committee!  Direct the future of GRR!

Set up a GRR! benefit–  Could be a rock show, an art show, a cake walk, whatever! 

Donate equipment/other stuff– instruments, pedals, gig bags, straps, microphones, stands, a copy machine, books/DVDs on music, anything you have, we could probably use!

Donate money– quick and easy via PayPal– all your donations go to help girls and women rock out!

Donate space– office space, storage space, or space for camp!

Check out our website for more information.  Thanks!



Thanks again for all of your support!
Girls Rock! Rhode Island




The mission of Girls Rock! Rhode Island is to help girls and women empower themselves through the development of musical skills in order to foster self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-efficacy. Through this work we hope to build an environment conducive to the active participation and respect of women as creative producers of our culture.


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Take an Arts Break Classes in North Kingstown

March 25th, 2010

Registration for Take an Arts Break Classes sponsored by the North Kingstown Arts Council has begun. Class registrations will be accepted until five days before each class begins. The class schedule for spring 2010 includes calligraphy, digital photography, stone carving, acting, fabric art, voice, acrylic painting, multi-media portrait sketching, jewelry making, creating a stained glass window hanging, and calligraphy. The North Kingstown Writers’ Workshop will include offerings in both fiction and non-fiction. Writers’ Workshop instructors include Liz Boardman, Audrey Friedman, Betty Cotter, and Gail Eastwood-Stokes. For full class schedules and registration information, visit www.NKArtsCouncil.org or call 294-3331 X241.


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News from the RI Film Collaborative

March 25th, 2010



“The Perfect Day for a Picnic”

by Bob Lucas is the next official RIFC Production. This 5-7 minute short has a stark, Twilight-Zoneish feel with a surprise ending. We plan to shoot sometime in April.

Right now – we are in need of a strong PRODUCTION MANAGER!

Definition: What does a Production Manager do?

Reporting to the film’s
producer, this person supervises the budget, hires the crew, approves purchases & time cards, and generally makes sure all departments are doing their respective jobs within the parameters of the budget and on time.

Please EMAIL your resume with note of interest to: productions@rifcfilms.com with the subject line “Production Manager” NO LATER THAN SUNDAY, MARCH 28!!

This is a great chance to show your strength and communication skills on set. Are you ready to step up?

This is a non-paying position with great experience and networking opportunities for future gigs.



TSL Production is seeking Non-Union actors for several upcoming projects. 
Please see character descriptions below.
Open casting call will be held at 560 Mineral Spring Ave, Pawtucket, RI from 12:00PM – 8:00PM on Sunday, March 28, 2010.  Please bring current head shot and resume. 

Sides for cold read will be provided at audition.

Character Descriptions:

JACK – Caucasian male (mid 20’s – mid 30’s): Ordinary looking, eccentric, flamboyant and sophisticated NOTE: The ability to speak in a decent British accent is highly desirable. Experience in stage combat and stunts are highly desirable.

NIGEL – Caucasian male (mid 20’s – mid 30’s): handsome, charming, witty, playboy. NOTE: The ability to speak in a British accent is required.

KELLY – Female mid-20’s (any ethnicity): Attractive

JANICE – Caucasian female (late 30’ – 40’s). Modeling agency Manager. A former model, now “over-the-hill”. Aggressive, no non-sense woman.

KENDRA – African-American female (mid-20’s): Attractive (fashion model look), snobbish.

GRANGER – Caucasian female (20’s): Attractive (fashion model look), stuck-up, snobby diva.


Open casting call will be held at 560 Mineral Spring Ave, Pawtucket, RI from 12:00PM – 8:00PM on Sunday, March 28, 2010.  Please bring current head shot and resume.


*This is a non-paying gig.



Exile Movies is currently looking for a suburban house decorated with a feminine touch to shoot a remaining scene in the movie “smalltown”.
We would need access to the kitchen, living room, bathroom and a bedroom.
We areLooking for a small ranch with fairly large rooms or an open design that would allow the camera to get reasonably far away from the subject.

There would be a small crew and we will be very respectful of the property.

We will pay a small fee for the right place.

If interested or know of a possible location please send email to info@tslproduction.com with the the word suburan house in the subject line

Thank you

Todd LeComte
This is an affiliated RIFC Production

Midway Pictures Announces Premiere of Documentary Film

 ”It’s a Bash!”

PROVIDENCE, RI – Midway Pictures, producers of the award-winning
documentaries You Must Be This Tall: The Story of Rocky Point Park
and On the Lake: Life and Love in a Distant Place, proudly announces the
premiere of the documentary film
It’s a Bash! on April 30, 2010 at
Heartbreak Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island.

The premiere will be followed up with screenings nightly at 9 p.m. over at the Cable Car Cinema, also in Providence, from May 2nd to May 6th.

The new documentary is an in-depth look at seminal 
Rhode Island
 rock band 
Neutral Nation, and, by extension, of the Providence
music scene
. Neutral Nation were an active band in the scene
throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, before deciding to retire their
existence as an active band.  

The band has played a series of well-attended and regarded shows in the intervening years.  
The film explores the reasons behind the band’s popularity in Rhode Island, their break-up, and why they subsequently continued to play music

The film’s director, David Bettencourt, says the film touches on more
than just the history of one band.  

It’s a Bash! takes a look at the many great people that helped to build a live music scene here in Providence.  It’s a film about being in a band.”

The premiere screening will be followed by a rare Neutral Nation live

When we started the band the three goals were:  free beer, meet girls, and be on the cover of The Attleboro Sun Chronicle’s weekender edition. 
Mission accomplished!” said Mike Yarworth, Neutral Nation’s vocalist.

Tickets to the premiere and show went on sale Friday, March 5 at
http://www.lupos.com.  Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door.

For more information, visit http://www.neutralnationmovie.com
This is not an RIFC Production
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Employment Opportunity – Lippitt House Office Administrator

March 24th, 2010

 The Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum is a high-style, Victorian mansion built in 1865 and recognized as a National Historic Landmark. Located on the East Side of Providence, the property is owned and operated by Preserve Rhode Island, the statewide non-profit for historic preservation.  The Lippitt House is both a museum and a private, multi-unit residence.  The museum is open to the public and encompasses the first floor and part of the second floor, along with the south garden.  The museum is also available to rent for wedding photographs, private events, and meetings.   

This is a temporary (one-year), part-time position.  The Lippitt House Office Administrator will work with Preserve Rhode Island staff to manage both the museum and rental operations of the Lippitt House.  A successful applicant will be detail-oriented and have excellent organizational and customer service skills.  Experience in marketing and historic house museum fields desired.

For the full job description, and how to apply, go to our website.

Applications are due by 5:00PM on Tuesday, March 30th.

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