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Artist: Deborah A DeMarco
Address PO Box 23249,  Providence,  RI 02903
Telephone: 401/440-1611
Fax: 
Email: demarko@4dpg.com
Artist Category: Clay
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: 

Description: Deb creates tile murals using a photo-transfer-to-clay process, allowing any photocopied image to be printed directly on raw clay. Relief, extrusion and impression are combined with mono-printing free-form slabs of clay, allowing students to embellish images in clay language. Glazed stoneware tiles are suitable for interior or exterior surfaces. Installation is completed with volunteer help from faculty and parents. Subject matter is drawn from school curriculum, through collaboration with faculty members. As a working clay artist, graphic designer and photojournalist, Deb combines these resources in an academic environment and shares her vision with students ages 12 & up.

Artist: Ellen Blomgren
Address 11 Verndale Circle,  Bristol,  RI 02809
Telephone: 401/297-9412
Fax: 
Email: ellen@mudstonestudios.com
Artist Category: Clay
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: www.mudstonestudios.com

Description: Ceramic sculptor, Ellen Blomgren has worked with students of all ages and abilities, throughout the state, creating long-lasting, relief tile installations. Ellen owns Mudstone Studios in Warren, is a Ceramics instructor for RISD's CE program and is on VSA's roster of artists. Ellen works with each school or groups current curriculum, so that students will be learning through the art process. Each participant will create a drawing, which is incorporated into the overall template, composed by the artist. All students will then sculpt, refine and glaze the mural. Firings, adhering, grouting, etc. will be completed off site by the artist. Ellen will install the mural at the location at a pre-determined time.

Artist: Kate Champa
Address 37 Creighton St,  Providence,  RI 02906
Telephone: 401/351-1683
Fax: 
Email: kchampa@cox.net
Artist Category: Clay
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: 

Description: Ceramics. Kate Champa has a Masters Degree in Art History from Harvard, and attended the RISD Ceramics Department from 1978-81. She has taught students of all ages and worked in various school and after school programs, both with abled and special needs students. Kate will collaborate with other artists to provide multi-faceted ceramic opportunities for student and community projects. Her work combines handbuilding, throwing and casting techniques to produce both functional ware and whimsical sculpture. She is Coordinator for Raku Rhody-o and is happy to provide raku glazes and her own raku kiln for school & community workshops. Kate is a long-time member of the Foundry Artists' Association and exhibits regularly at the South County Art Association's Earthworks Show.

Artist: Nancy Lyon
Address 1311 Broad Rock Rd,  Wakefield,  RI 02879
Telephone: 401/783-9755
Fax: 
Email: nlyon4@verizon.net
Artist Category: Clay
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: 

Description: With 25 years experience, Ceramicist and Educator Nancy Lyon, brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her work with at-risk and challenged populations. Clay and other materials are utilized for artistic expression, expression as healing and for making meaningful and functional products. The structure of a holistic art experience can bolster team building skills, improve self awareness, increase creativity and provide a venue for learning, relaxation and healing to take place. Custom programming available.

Artist: Colleen P Cavanaugh
Address 10 Exchange Ct,  Pawtucket,  RI 02860
Telephone: 401/829-6542
Fax: 
Email: colcav54@yahoo.com
Artist Category: Dance
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: www.partoftheoath.org

Description: Artistic Director Colleen Cavanaugh, a choreographer and physician in R.I. for over twenty years, has formed an organization of professional dancers devoted to giving back to the community. Their curriculum integrates writing and dance to help children express their individuality, to empower them and to help them make appropriate choices in life. The ten day residency offered focuses on topics such as heritage, heroes, self-image, beauty, leadership. Through the spoken word and movement, these subjects are explored. Children are encouraged to express themselves. The 10 day residency culminates in an informal performance reflecting their exploration. Two to three dancers lead the residency under Dr. Cavanaugh’s supervision.

Artist: Debra Meunier
Address 204 Hillcrest Dr. No.,  Cranston,  RI 02921
Telephone: 401/944-3664
Fax: 
Email: fusionwk@cox.net
Artist Category: Dance
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: http://www.Fusionworksdance.org

Description: Teacher/Choreographer/Dancer. Deb works with children to create modern dances that are both fun and educational. She has worked in schools, nursery through college, museums and festivals for over 25 years. Programs are tailored to the needs of the group. In an in-depth residency, dances can be created working directly out of the curriculum and usually culminate in a public performance-an assembly or a shared performance with Deb's professional modern dance company, Fusionworks. On a smaller scale, basic dance workshops last 45 minutes and are highly participatory (children are creating and moving for 85% of the workshop).

Artist: Debra Meunier
Address 204 Hillcrest Dr. No.,  Cranston,  RI 02921
Telephone: 401/944-3664
Fax: 
Email: fusionwk@cox.net
Artist Category: Dance
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: http://www.Fusionworksdance.org

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Artist: Douglas Victor
Address 103 Princeton Ave,  Providence,  RI 02907
Telephone: 401/521-0546
Fax: 
Email: doug.dance@juno.com
Artist Category: Dance
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: http://www.creativedanceinternational

Description: Creative Dance Educator/Artist offers classes and workshops in the art of body movement as an artistic expression, movement as a vehicle for learning and teaching curricular material, and teacher education targeting the integral place of movement in education. A success-oriented approach to dance and body-based learning for everyone. Founder of the International Association for Creative Dance, Doug directs local dance group Creative Dance Providence, and teaches nationally for Lesley University.

Artist: Everett
Address 9 Duncan Avenue,  Providence,  RI 02906
Telephone: 401/831-9479
Fax: 
Email: info@everettri.org
Artist Category: Dance
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: everettri.org

Description: Everett offers a unique, interdisciplinary approach to performance and education. Entertaining educational programs such as "The Marriage of Art and Science", "Written in the Air" (about emotional intelligence), & "Breaking Down Science" (about the physics of break dancing), engage audiences through languages as diverse as dance, speech, interactive media, and improvisational theatre. All performances employ audience participation and can be tailored to specific age groups (youth to adult). Additional workshops are available for in-service training or classrooms.

Artist: Festival Ballet Providence
Address 825 Hope Street,  Providence,  RI 02906
Telephone: 401/353-1129
Fax: 401/353-8853
Email: development@festivalballetprovidence.org
Artist Category: Dance
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: www.festivalballetprovidence.org

Description: The FBP School for Dance Education offers over 80 hours of classes each week during the academic year, providing pre-professional training as well as a full selection of open dance classes to the community for all ages. The school's association with the Company provides opportunities for talented dance students to appear with the professional company dancers in major productions. The school also offers a six-week summer program, including intensive programs for serious young students. The school has become the foundation for the development of future dance professionals in Rhode Island and abroad.

Artist: Fusionworks
Address PO Box 402,  Lincoln,  RI 02865
Telephone: 401/334-3091
Fax: 
Email: fusionwk@cox.net
Artist Category: Dance
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: www.fusionworksdance.org

Description: FUSIONWORKS offers a variety of one-time and long-term programs perfect for every school or organization. With performances for all ages, classes and workshops for all ability levels, and a knowledgeable staff of artists we are sure to have a program (or combination of programs) that will fit your needs. Educators have said of our work: “The students were constantly engaged. Students that I would never have expected to take an interest were caught up in the experience” and “I have been teaching here for 31 years and you have brought us the most extraordinary gift I have ever seen.”

Artist: Heather Ahern
Address 131 Washington Street,  Providence,  RI 02903
Telephone: 401/601-5504
Fax: 
Email: Aerplaye@gmail.com
Artist Category: Dance
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: aerplaye.com

Description: Inspired by the belief that we all need to move, and movement is for everyone, Heather Ahern has made a career facilitating movement experiences for people of all ages and abilities. Ahern capably utilizes dance as a tool for exploring everything from language, and science, to self-empowerment and expression. An accomplished leader in theatrical work, Ahern also enjoys combining text and movement to create theatrical experiences. Aerplaye, Ahern’s company, is also available for performances, and workshops. Fee: Fees are contingent upon services rendered and are negotiable.

Artist: Island Moving Co.
Address PO Box 746,  Newport,  RI 02840
Telephone: 401/847-4470
Fax: 401/846-2902
Email: info@islandmovingco.org
Artist Category: Dance
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: www.islandmovingco.org

Description: Island Moving Co. is a professional, classically trained contemporary ballet company located in Newport, RI. In addition to its reputation of presenting world-class dance locally and on tour, the company is known for its work in area schools, having created critically acclaimed residencies through the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Artists in Residency program for over twenty years. Miki Ohlsen, Island Moving Co.'s Artistic Director, has led the development of their participatory programs that include "Text into Movement", "Introduction to Creative Movement" and "Team Building and Leadership Movement Workshop". All residency planning and teaching is done by IMC's company dancers under the direction of Miki Ohlsen.

Artist: M Bach-Coulibaly/S Coulibaly
Address 18 Imperial Place,  Providence,  RI 02903-4642
Telephone: 401/943-6074
Fax: 401/863-7529
Email: tellicoulibaly@gmail.com
Artist Category: Dance
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: 

Description: West African and Contemporary Dance, Music and Culture. New Works/World Traditions is a high energy multicultural educational and concert stage performance troupe of world class musicians, dancers, actors and writers. Their interactive presentations are researched in Mande performance traditions from West Africa. New Works/World Traditions' mission is to educate through the power of performance and active participation. They offer evening-length concerts as well as in-school residencies, workshops and master classes that incorporate masquerade theatre, drum making, literacy/oral history, song, proverb and choreography.

Artist: Stephanie Stanford Shaw
Address 21 Whipple St,  Pawtucket,  RI 02860
Telephone: 401/475-4353
Fax: 
Email: dansah@me.com
Artist Category: Dance
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: 

Description: Dancer/Teacher/Choreographer. Through collaboration with educators Stephanie believes every academic subject can be enhanced through Modern Dance. She knows that each student has a unique voice and is inspired by their individual strengths and stories. Imagery, that is appropriate and accessible, is used to help students grasp even complex movement ideas, which fosters a sense of accomplishment. Her love of dance is infectious. Stephanie is available for single classes or in-depth programs with a performance component.

Artist: Priscilla Carrion
Address 25 Iona Street,  Providence,  RI 02908
Telephone: 401/345-8786
Fax: 
Email: priscilla.carrion@gmail.com
Artist Category: Fiber
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: 

Description: Influened by traditional textile techniques and landscapes Priscilla explores the natural heritage and industrial past of places through knitting, weaving, stitiching or painting. Students explore materials and create pieces that show the hand labor involved. Supporting ideas of sustainability by studying the materials' history and present use is encouraged. Exchanging ideas with participants about craftsmanship, textile history, and the slow process helps them to develop their skills and a connection to articles hand-crafted with care.

Artist: Rebecca Stockdill
Address 38 Lantern Lane,  Warwick,  RI 02886
Telephone: 401/885-1841
Fax: 
Email: 
Artist Category: Fiber
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: 

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Artist: Ruth D Sunn
Address PO Box 416,  Slatersville,  RI 02876
Telephone: 401/766-2005
Fax: 
Email: ruthsunn@gmail.com
Artist Category: Fiber
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: 

Description: [F] Ruth Sharp Sunn spins tales of Rhode Island history into her art as a knitter. A descendent of Thomas Angell, young companion to Roger Williams, Ruth's first stitches were a family legacy passed from her grandmother, who taught the Yankee virtues of practice and perfection, along with knit and purl. A seasoned, career K-12 classroom teacher, Sunn is also experienced in working with advanced adult knitters...having offered inaugural fiber arts at the Blackstone River Theatre's Heritage Arts Studio and having served as the first coordinator of the Community Guilds Studios at Slater Mill. Sunn is available to create and lead knitting programs in schools, museums, and in fiber arts programs. As a traditional artist and teacher, Ruth Sunn can collaborate and design residencies that connect knitting/fiber arts to RI GSE's in the arts and core standards in ELA and math, as well as standards in social studies. Ruth has also served as master artist for the Southern New England Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program, which supports the enduring legacy of the traditional arts.

Artist: Sharon Cole- Cox
Address 333 Providence St.,  Woonsocket,  RI 02895
Telephone: 401/769-9194
Fax: 
Email: vipshaco2004@yahoo.com
Artist Category: Fiber
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: shacocouture.com

Description: Fashion Designs/Sewing. Sharon Cox-Cole teaches the art of fashion design to middle high school students from concept to paper to fabric to reality by introducing fashion design techniques, fabric painting and couture detail in a fun-filled atmosphere for young, aspiring designers.

Artist: Sharon Cox
Address 333 Providence Street,  Woonsocket,  RI 02895
Telephone: 401/769-9194
Fax: 
Email: vipshaco2004@yahoo.com
Artist Category: Fiber
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: shacocouture.com

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Artist: Susan Ballenger
Address 215 Shady Lea Road,  North Kingstown,  RI 02852
Telephone: 401/595-4994
Fax: 
Email: realfibers@aol.com
Artist Category: Fiber
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: http://www.realfibers.com

Description: The merging fields of woven textile arts, innovation and sustainability allow students and innovative thinkers to push these traditional technologies boundaries far into the future! As a veteran teaching artist, programs are suitable for ages 10+ that connect to Core Competencies and RI GSE’s. Hands on explorations include: Community Weaving Projects, computer aided technology, contemporary applications, equipment and fiber, e-textiles, fashion, materials and methods, professional development, and special needs and high-risk populations.

Artist: Kate Schapira
Address 4 Brighton St.,  Providence,  RI 02909
Telephone: 860/248-9314
Fax: 
Email: kjschapira@hotmail.com
Artist Category: Literature
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: 

Description: Writing, Drawing and Comics. Combining creative and analytical activities allows students to learn about subjects, and become invested in them, in multiple ways. Kate is a working and published writer and poet who works with teachers to develop imaginative in-class writing and drawing activities that supplement and enhance their curricula. She's affiliated with the Writers in the Schools program. She has led workshops at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School and the Smith Hill Community Library, among others.

Artist: Keith S Munslow
Address PO Box 40173,  Providence,  RI 02940
Telephone: 401/823-9777
Fax: 
Email: kmunslow@gmail.com
Artist Category: Literature
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: http://www.keithmunslow.com

Description: Story writing residencies available for grade K-8. The “Build-A-Book” program is centered around the creation of books of class-generated stories. Students will be introduced (or reintroduced) to the various elements of story writing through group exercises. They will collaboratively generate character, setting and plot ideas and then create the story itself. Once the story is completed, it will be typed and formatted into books. On the final day of the program, each student will receive a copy of the book which they will illustrate with guidance from Keith. This program has been conducted with much success at numerous RI schools. Providence artist Keith Munslow has been performing, writing and instructing in numerous capacities for over twenty years. Comedy improv workshops and extended programs are also available.(See also Music)

Artist: Mark Binder
Address 393 Morris Ave,  Providence,  RI 02906
Telephone: 401/272-8707
Fax: 
Email: mark@transmitjoy.com
Artist Category: Literature
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: http://transmitjoy.com

Description: Mark Binder is an award-winning author and storyteller. With a mixture of original and traditional tales, he has delighted RI students for over a decade. His offerings include: Author visits and workshops, The Art of Peace, Eureka! Science and Math, Omakase – multicultural tales, A Holiday Present, Spooky Stories, Silly Stories, and Tall Tales. Mark works with children of all ages, from K through High School in large and small settings. Schedule an event today.

Artist: Peter Mandel
Address 239 Transit St,  Providence,  RI 02906
Telephone: 401/831-5227
Fax: 
Email: pbmandel@cox.net
Artist Category: Literature
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: www.petermandel.net

Description: Children's book author. Mandel is the author of ten books for children including: "Jackhammer Sam" (Macmillan/Roaring Brook); "Bun, Onion, Burger" (Simon & Schuster); "Say Hey!" (Hyperion); "Planes at the Airport" and "Boats on the River" (both Scholastic). His books have been named a Boston Globe "Quick Pick for Kids", a San Francisco Examiner "Bay City Best", and a "Child" magazine recommended title, as well as being translated into several languges. One of his works was recently included in "The Jump at the Sun Treasury of African American Picture Books". Children's book review columnist for the Providence Journal, Peter can work with any age group in building writing skills and advising student projects.

Artist: Steven Krasner
Address 44 Bayberry Ln,  East Greenwich,  RI 02818
Telephone: 401/884-2617
Fax: 
Email: Nudging@aol.com
Artist Category: Literature
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: http://www.nudgingtheimagination.com

Description: Children's Book Author/Education Consultant/Retired Sports Writer: Available for individualized, highly interactive, fun-filled writing workshop residencies that address reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in a format that lends itself to spontaneity and creativity. The end result is independent and enthusiastic writers. The program can include such collaborative finished products as: short stories, mysteries, mystery scripts that can be staged as spaghetti supper fund-raisers, video magazines, a classroom newspaper and tall tales. The workshops are adaptable from K-12. Residencies can include professional development workshops as well as parent-student workshops.

Artist: The Storyteller Jeanne Donato
Address 82 Potter Hill Rd,  Westerly,  RI 02891
Telephone: 401/465-6465
Fax: 401/596-6935
Email: JeanneDonato@aol.com
Artist Category: Literature
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: http://www.JeanneDonato.com

Description: Educational Teaching Artist-in-Residence/Author. Over 25 years experience collaborating with teachers tailoring programs in narrative and expository writing, connecting with cumulative classroom writing projects. Teaching students through a literacy-rich, standards-based curriculum: “Students Are Writers” (Pre-K –Gr.7). Teaching students through a literacy-rich, standards-based curriculum. Literature enriches student schema; graphic organizers guide analysis and application of writing traits and, integrative exercises reduce stress on writing fostering creativity. Dr. Donato holds a B.A. Elementary Ed., M.Ed. Reading/Story Arts, and Doctorate focused on Reducing Stress and Improving Academic Performance. Co-author: Storytelling in Emergent Literacy: Integrating Multiple Intelligences - professional development - available (See also Storytelling/Theater).

Artist: Tina Cane
Address 6 Bridgham Ct,  Rumford,  RI 02916
Telephone: 401/274-0242
Fax: 646/239-9393
Email: tinacane@aol.com
Artist Category: Literature
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: 

Description: Over the past twenty years, Tina Cane has taught French, English and Creative Writing in public and private schools throughout New York City and Rhode Island. She is the founder/director of "Writers-in-the-Schools, RI" a program that places writers in RI public schools to enhance and support curriculum through teaching "imaginative writing". Students produce, polish, publish, and perform original work, while learning how the habits and concerns of working writers reflect pride in and command of self-expression. Tina’s poems and translations have appeared in numerous journals including Spinning Jenny, The Literary Review, Barrow Street and Salt Hill Journal. Her work, The Fifth Thought, was published by Other Painters Press in 2008. She is also an instructor with Frequency Providence.

Artist: Jeffree Rocco Michaluk
Address 270 Belleville Ave,  Newport,  RI 02840
Telephone: 401/400-7001
Fax: 
Email: rocco@roccofilms.com
Artist Category: Media Arts
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: VideoAndVision.com

Description: Film & Video Production: From Script to Screen. Hands on filmmaking workshops give students the knowledge, technique and expertise needed to produce short films & videos that are informative & entertaining. The entire class collaborates in all stages of conception, planning and execution in the film & video genre of their choice. Collaborative workshops show the importance of working together to produce one shared artistic vision. Rocco Michaluk is an award-winning filmmaker educating educating youth and teachers since 1989.

Artist: Laura Colella
Address 40 Forest St,  Providence,  RI 02906
Telephone: 401/374-1152
Fax: 
Email: Lella11@aol.com
Artist Category: Media Arts
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: www.lauracolella.com

Description: Film/Video. Workshops may be tailored to include any or all phases of short video production, including scriptwriting, storyboarding, shooting and editing. The work may focus on narrative or documentary techniques. Depending on the length of the residency, short films and/or excerpted sequences may be viewed for discussion and analysis. Laura Colella is an award-winning independent filmmaker whose works include, features: "Breakfast with Curtis"; "Stay Until Tomorrow"; "Tax Day" and shorts: "The Radiator Hymn"; "The Blind Spot"; "The Burning Hand"; "Statuary" and others.

Artist: Michelle LeBrun
Address 82 Camp St,  Providence,  RI 02906
Telephone: 401/274-1110
Fax: 401/477-4630
Email: michelle@harkenprods.com
Artist Category: Media Arts
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: http://www.HarkenProds.com

Description: Youth Media, Documentary Filmmaking & Teacher Training. Harken Productions offers a wide range of educational opportunities to fit the needs of all school districts and community-based programs. From youth media to training teachers to use media in the classroom to serve the curriculum, Harken can help you make your students and teachers more competitive in today's world. We use a combination of media literacy techniques, arts technology, technical training on equipment and high-level problem solving skills as the basis of our approach. Michelle LeBrun is an award winning documentary filmmaker and has been educating youth and teachers since 1989.

Artist: Aaron Jungels
Address 40 Forest St,  Providence,  RI 02906
Telephone: 401/453-4372
Fax: 
Email: ajungels@everettri.org
Artist Category: Mixed Media
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: 

Description: Aaron is an artist/performer who incorporates 3-dimensional design and multi-media effects in his work. He is a founding member of Everett Dance Theatre and has designed sets and props for all of their productions. Examples of past residencies include: transforming a gym into an interactive science and art exhibit with a group of high school Physics and Theater students; and designing and building a fountain in a community park with high school Art and Science students.

Artist: Joan Merwyn
Address PO Box 75,  Saunderstown,  RI 02874
Telephone: 401-439-5241
Fax: 
Email: joan@joanmerwyn.com
Artist Category: Mixed Media
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: joanmerwyn.com

Description: Joan Merwyn custom-designs residencies, which inspire and empower students of all ages and cognitive abilities. Collaborating with teachers, Joan integrates relevant curriculum material. Movement, mime, circus and theater residencies culminate in original, student performances Multi-arts, professional development is available for educators. Joan also engages mentally and/or physically challenged adults and seniors in community arts workshops. Joan is an award winning, critically acclaimed performer, veteran educator and arts curriculum designer. Solo performances available, please visit www.JoanMerwyn.com

Artist: Anne Geissinger
Address 168 Fourth St,  Providence,  RI 02906
Telephone: 401/226-5583
Fax: 
Email: anniegeissinger@earthlink.net
Artist Category: Music
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: 

Description: Classes/residencies in group hand drumming including West African traditions (djembe and djun-djun). Students learn about community, collaboration, self-expression, and story through oral traditions. Annie has studied with African drumming masters for over 20 years in the US as well as in Senegal and Mali. She is a licensed mental health counselor and has an M.A. in Expressive Arts Therapies.

Artist: Aubrey Atwater
Address 19 Walker Rd,  Warren,  RI 02885
Telephone: 401/392-1909
Fax: 401/392-1322
Email: AubreyFolk@aol.com
Artist Category: Music
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: Atwater-Donnelly.com

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Artist: Aubrey Atwater
Address 20 Campbell St,  Warren,  RI 02885
Telephone: 401/392-1909
Fax: 401/392-1322
Email: aubreyfolk@aol.com
Artist Category: Music
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: http://www.atwater-donnelly.com

Description: Award-winning performers Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly convey American heritage through thrilling and interactive programs of traditional folk songs and dance. Blending gorgeous vocals, Aubrey and Elwood play guitar, dulcimer, mandolin, whistle, harmonica banjo, bones, limberjacks, and other surprises, including Appalachian clogging, square dance and French Canadian footwork. Joining them when possible is Kevin Doyle, master tap and Irish step-dancer and percussionist. All three magically connect with students and create quite a stir when they appear in school communities.

Artist: Cathy Clasper-Torch
Address 24 Fourth St,  Providence,  RI 02906
Telephone: 401/272-3942
Fax: 401/331-1963
Email: cathfiddle@hotmail.com
Artist Category: Music
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: http://www.cathyclasper-torch.com

Description: Cathy Clasper-Torch plays & teaches piano, fiddle/violin and the Chinese "er-hu". Both a private instructor) and a group instructor, Cathy has taught ages 5-85 and works with children in schools, churches, camps and various other performance settings. RED TIDE RAMBLERS a trio with Cathy Clasper-Torch, Mike Fischman and John Sousa, combines a lively program of traditional folk music with lots of audience participation. The children are introduced to a wide assortment of folk instruments and how they are played. Instruments include: fiddle, guitar, bass, mandolin, banjo, "er-hu", bones & bodhran. Programs include: "Folk Music for Young Folks" (aimed at youger audiences, participatory); "Songs of Peace & Protest" (aimed at Middle and High School audiences); and "What's That Instrument?" (a lively overview and demonstration of 15 acoustic instruments/questions & answers-for all ages).

Artist: Community Musicworks Players
Address 1392 Westminster St,  Providence,  RI 02909
Telephone: 401/861-5650
Fax: 401/861-3700
Email: info@communitymusicworks.org
Artist Category: Music
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: http://www.communitymusicworks.org

Description: Community Musicworks Players is the resident ensemble of Community Music Works, and has developed a strong reputation through its concerts in Rhode Island, Boston, New York and Los Angeles. They perform music from the 18th-21st centuries, including frequent collaborations with artists from other disciplines. Its education concerts include humor, insights into music through visual artwork, story-telling and improvisation, as well as introductions to repertoire heard in their concerts.

Artist: Diana Young
Address P.O. Box 40546,  Providence,  RI 02940
Telephone: 401/300-1915
Fax: 
Email: dianayoung@youngfishschool.com
Artist Category: Music
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: http://www.youngfishschool.com

Description: Diana is a world percussionist and educator. She conducts global drumming workshops, assemblies, and performs on dumbek from North Africa, djembe and djun-djun from West Africa along with other percussion instruments from around the world.Co-founder with RA Fish of the Young/Fish School of World Drumming she is expeienced in the development of needs assessment, curriculum design and the evaluation process for schools and special needs programs. Ms. Young performs and records with Annie Geissinger's Drum Sisters and R.A. Fish's Global Jazz Ensemble. Ms. Young is also listed on the Artists Roster of the Music School of RI Philharmonic and VSA of RI for youth with special needs.

Artist: Issa Coulibaly
Address 46 Gooding St,  Pawtucket,  RI 02860
Telephone: 401/559-1198
Fax: 
Email: IssaCoulibaly@hotmail.com
Artist Category: Music
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: issacoulibaly.com

Description: [F] Issa Coulibaly performs and teaches West African drumming and songs from his native country, Mali. In the 1990s he toured Europe with Nahawa Doumbia. Since moving to Rhode Island in 2000, he has toured with Troupe Badenya and Seydou Coulibaly (see Dance). Sites have included, Brown University, RIC, URI, Shea High School, Central Falls High School, Gordon School, and Wheeler School. Currently Issa performs with his own group, Didakan. He also is an assistant professor of West African Music and Dance at Connecticut College, and a Musician for African Dance at Wheaton College.

Artist: Keith S Munslow
Address PO Box 40173,  Providence,  RI 02940
Telephone: 401/823-9777
Fax: 
Email: kmunslow@gmail.com
Artist Category: Music
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: http://www.keithmunslow.com

Description: Musician/Performer/Songwriter. Songwriting workshops/residencies available for grades K-8. Keith has conducted simple songwriting workshops as well as multi-week, performance-based programs in which student-generated songs, skits, improvs, poems, and stories are developed into a show and presented at the school. Providence artist Keith Munslow has been performing, writing and instructing in numerous capacities for over twenty years. (See also Literature)

Artist: Martin Grosswendt
Address 68 Tallman Avenue,  Cranston,  RI 02910
Telephone: 401/787-3444
Fax: 
Email: lesmoore2u@cox.net
Artist Category: Music
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: 

Description: Martin Grosswendt is an experienced multi-instrumentalist, primarily on guitar. He has been a mainstay of the folk, acoustic music scene in New England since the 1970's. He is available for residencies or lessons on roots music of many kinds for childrenof all ages.

Artist: Michelle Kaminsky
Address 18 Imperial Place,  Providence,  RI 02903
Telephone: 401/246-2720
Fax: 
Email: mkfiddle99@gmail.com
Artist Category: Music
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: 

Description: [F] Fiddler. Playing on a violin that she built herself, Michelle uses her background of hot Old-time and Cajun music to share older American folk traditions. Since her teens, she has immersed herself in fiddle & dance styles from New England to Louisiana. Combining music, dance and singing games, Michelle will create a program that integrates folk arts into your curriculum. Guitar, banjo and rhythm instruments can be included. Available for all ages and abilities. Marimba Magic. In this participatory workshop, Michelle uses fabulous-sounding xylophones; the gentle, yet rich tones remind one of windchimes, only the players are creating the music! The instruments, ranging from soprano to bass are especially designed with removable wood or metal bars. The goal is to give everyone, including those with no music background, a chance to make music that sounds great in a relaxed informal setting, while building self-esteeem. Available for all ages and abilities. (See also Dance listing)

Artist: Opera Providence
Address 585 Elmgrove Avenue,  Providence,  RI 02906
Telephone: 401/331-6060
Fax: 
Email: rderobbio@OperaProvidence.org
Artist Category: Music
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: www.operaprovidence.org

Description: 

Artist: Opera Providence
Address 585 Elmgrove Avenue,  Providence,  RI 02906
Telephone: 401/331-6060
Fax: 
Email: rderobbio@OperaProvidence.org
Artist Category: Music
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: www.operaprovidence.org

Description: Opera Providence (OP) fosters access to opera for all and promotes the development of community among the diverse cultural groups living in the greater Providence region through OPERAtunity education and outreach programs. Programs include: artist-in-residence multi session projects; after school programs, outreach, in-school performance, main-stage professional performance, interactive assemblies and performances in collaboration with other non-profits. Study guides provide age-appropriate and standards-based activities that are easily integrated into class curriculum. These programs have proven impact on student academic success and positive social outcomes.

Artist: Rebecca Chace Brewster
Address 31 Hanson Rd,  Barrington,  RI 02806
Telephone: 401/378-0065
Fax: 
Email: beckychace@cox.net
Artist Category: Music
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: http://www.beckychace.com

Description: Singer/songwriter. Becky Chace has been performing and writing roots, country, blues, folk, and rock music for over a decade. She's best known for her powerful vocals and prolific songwriting. Chace offers workshops that connect students to music through songwriting in ways they may have never known were possible. Her workshops in songwriting, performance, poetry and singing can be tailored to any age group or skill level.

Artist: RI Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School
Address 667 Waterman Avenue,  East Providence,  RI 02914
Telephone: 401/248-7070
Fax: 401/248-7071
Email: jpina@riphil.org
Artist Category: Music
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: www.riphil.org

Description: The Rhode Island Philharmonic & Music School is the nation's largest combined professional orchestra and music school, with 70 faculty, and 65 orchestra members. We offer in-school performances, workshops & residencies; Education and Rush Hour Concerts, Open Rehearsals; master classes, chamber/ensemble study, teacher professional development; as well as private lessons on 30 instruments plus voice/choral; classical, jazz, rock & blues and world music.

Artist: Robert Arthur Fish
Address 460 Charles Street,  Providence,  RI 02904
Telephone: 401/228-4899
Fax: 
Email: rafish222@gmail.com
Artist Category: Music
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: http://www.youngfishschool.com

Description: RA Fish began the study of American drumset & marching drums in 1962. At Berklee College of Music he studied with Alan Dawson. After moving to New York City in 1973, Mr. Fish began to study global percussion, including Indian tabla, North African/Middle Eastern dumbek (two recordings on Lyrichord discs) and other forms. He has played and recorded with a wide range of jazz, pop & ethnic musicians. In 1998, after returning to RI, he co-founded the Young/Fish School of World Drumming (see also) with Diana Young. Together they have formulated a unique teaching methodology for all populations, including those with special needs. Mr. Fish & Ms. Young collaborated with the RI Phiharmonic and composer/educator Judith Sainte Croix on a piece for RI 2000. In 2002 Mr. Fish received the Fellowship for music composition from RISCA. He is also listed the rosters for the Music School of the RI Philharmonic and VSA of RI for special needs children and youth.

Artist: Sidy Maiga
Address 86 Grand View St,  Providence,  RI 02906
Telephone: 216/502-7940
Fax: 
Email: sidymaigadrum@yahoo.fr
Artist Category: Music
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: www.sidymaiga.com

Description: Description: Sidy Maiga is an award winning African drum performer and teacher from Mali, West Africa. His engaging performances, classes and workshops invite participants to experience the excitement and complexity of African music while learning about the culture and history of West Africa. Sidy has been artist in residence at the Trinity Academy of the Performing Arts and has taught workshops and performed at assemblies at URI, Brown University, RISD, The Lincoln School, Lincoln High School, Rhodes School and Lewiston Academy among others. In 2011, he was awarded the prestigious MacColl Johnson Fellowship for Music Composition and in 2012, he was the winner of the RI Folk Arts Fellowship from RISCA. Sidy's first album, Malidén, was released in 2011 and his second album is released in 2013. Malidén, has received repeated airplay on the national radio and television stations in Mali. Sidy and his band, AfriManding, regularly tour throughout the East coast.

Artist: Solati Trio Inc
Address 23 Methyl St,  Providence,  RI 02906
Telephone: 401/521-2602
Fax: 
Email: hctatian@cox.net
Artist Category: Music
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: 

Description: Rhode Island's award winning Solati Trio, whose members, Ludmilla Lifson, Sophia Herman and Hrant Tatian are accomplished performers, is involved in all aspects of music presentation. The Trio has given educational concerts, participated in residencies and master classes, recorded a CD of new compositions as well as trios from the standard repertoire, in addittion to presenting it regular series of formal concerts for the past several years. In 2006 Solati Trio performed in Rio de Janeiro at the 12th Annual Cello Encounter and conducted a succesful residency at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School in Providence.

Artist: Young Fish School of Drumming
Address PO Box 40546,  Providence,  RI 02940
Telephone: 401/228-4899
Fax: 
Email: dianayoung@youngfishschool.com
Artist Category: Music
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: http://www.youngfishschool.com

Description: Global drumming program, workshops and assemblies for K-12; special needs children, adults, seniors, colleges, hospitals, community centers, etc. Co-founders & teachers R.A. Fish and Diana Young present a most celebrated and enjoyable approach to multi-cultural diversity through their global drumming programs. Utilizing a world map and an assortment of drums and percussion instruments from around the globe they explore the musical and rhythmic landscape of North Africa, the Middle East, West Africa, India, Asia and the Americas. All programs are tailored to the specific needs of the school and its curriculum. Music departments and social studies programs could integrate lesson plans into this process to create their own individual program. Young Fish are also on the artist roster of VSA Arts RI and New England States Touring roster of the New England Foundation for the Arts.

Artist: Andy Russ
Address 232 Jewett St,  Providence,  RI 02908
Telephone: 347/217-4237
Fax: 
Email: doglung@gmail.com
Artist Category: New Genres
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: 

Description: Interdisciplinary Performance. Whether its turning folktales into theatrical spectacles, poetry into abstract moving portraits, or oral histories into scifi mixed media productions, Andy’s work as a teaching artist focuses on the sharing of experience through performance. With a background that includes innovative education programs, such as the Award Winning, Providence based “I Was There Project,” and the nationally recognized “Silk Road Connect,” directed by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, he fuses elements of dance, music, theatre, and the visual arts to help students and teachers connect the learning across disciplines, both inside and out of the classroom.

Artist: Aurea, Inc.
Address 43 Arlington Street,  Pawtucket,  RI 02860
Telephone: 401/723-9972
Fax: 
Email: 
Artist Category: New Genres
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: www.AureaEnsemble.org

Description: Aurea is an ensemble of musicians and actors from several genres which presents thematic programs of music linked to dramatic readings. Themes have included "Albion's Tears: Poetry and Music of England"; "Child's Christmas in Wales"; "Not About Heroes"; T.S. Eliot's "'Til Human Voices Wake Us"; "Under a Latin Moon"; "Reflections on Rilke"; and "Inflections of Love". Members include classical string player Consuelo Sherba, folk & avant-garde multi-instrumentalist Chris Turner, actor Nigel Gore and others. All artists have many years experience working with young audiences. Available for performances and residencies. Recommended for middle school and up.

Artist: Christopher E. Johnson
Address 60 Trask St,  Providence,  RI 02906
Telephone: 401/954-0721
Fax: 
Email: tranzitthawt@yahoo.com
Artist Category: New Genres
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: 

Description: An internationally known Poetry Slam champion, Christopher is known for his constant evolving style that without complaint, combines the experience discord of his past, the wisdom of now and the hope of the future to give voice to a universal message of human spark that connects us all. Using the intricate combination of academia, hip hop, traditional story telling, theater, and just plain old common sense, Poetry/Spoken Word.Christopher provides a soulful, uplifting experience guaranteed to move his audience through several states of equilibrium, challenging the listener to remain in an emotional stagnant state. Christopher is a Providence, Rhode Island residen. He organizes spoken word events, gives workshops on writing, performing, and public speaking, as well as growth and empowerment for youth and adults through words. He has been an active community member of Brown University's student spoken word/poetry organization "Word!" since since 2006. In 2010, Christopher was commissioned by Providence's Department of Art Culture and Tourism to write the poem "Providence Divine to commemorate the city's 375th birthday and by Brown University in 2012 in celebration of the the inauguration of the university's 19th president.

Artist: Lisa Abbatomarco
Address 149 Shaw Ave,  Cranston,  RI 02905
Telephone: 914/388-4328
Fax: 
Email: skyycake@yahoo.com
Artist Category: New Genres
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: 

Description: Lisa Abbatomarco is an interdisciplinary visual and performing artist whose 20+ year career specializes in puppetry, mask-making, painting, sculpture, fiber arts, experimental theatre and sound art. Her educational programs are thoughtfully designed to address environmental, social and community themes while also tailored to meet the specific needs of the organization. Lisa fosters a hands-on, process-oriented setting, highlighting the use of recycled materials which invites experimentation and play. In addition, students are introduced to artists, history and technique; learning to invent, improvise and upcycle while also developing their own resourcefulness and innovation. Students will create an amalgam of 2- and 3-D projects that culminate in a unique collaborative Art Happening. Workshops and residencies are available for schools (Gr K-12) community centers, hospitals and festivals, With a background in procession and pageantry, Lisa is also available for creating public community events using large-scale puppetry/mask, music and movement

Artist: Dan Butterworth
Address 451 Eagle Peak,  Pascoag,  RI 02859
Telephone: 401/568-4251
Fax: 401/568-2187
Email: butterworth1@mindspring.com
Artist Category: Puppets
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: butterworthproductions.org

Description: Performances of world music, puppetry from highly decorated staging, through the air, right out into the audience. Educational magic includes themes tied to the curriculum (history, science, literature etc.) and specialized events. With the addition of "Wheelchair Theatres" can conduct full, multi-media events including music, narration and image projection. Whole school populations can be included in choreographed performances, with full inclusion of a variety of populations. Other program options include Stravinsky's "L'Histoire du Soldat", Worldwide travelogues as a performer by this experienced RI artist.

Artist: Dan Butterworth
Address 451 Eagle Peak,  Pascoag,  RI 02859
Telephone: 401/568-4251
Fax: 401/568-2187
Email: butterworth1@mindspring.com
Artist Category: Puppets
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: butterworthproductions.org

Description: Performances, Puppetry from highly decorated staging (a puppet itself), through the air and right out into the audience. Also: Stravinsky's L'Histoire du Soldat and PowerPoint lecture/demo of World Travels. Education: Magical building of a wide variety of puppets (marionettes, hand-rod, shadow, pol, and moving masks) to be performed alone or with other actors and musicians. Can easily be directed to curriculum of community. Wheelchair Theaters (musicians, animated props, and light/shadow) can be used in parade or on stage with 'inclusive' population.

Artist: Erminio Pinque
Address PO Box 5742,  Providence,  RI 02903
Telephone: 401/831-9652
Fax: 
Email: bignazo@bignazo.com
Artist Category: Puppets
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: http://www.bignazo.com

Description: Puppeteer/Maskmaker/Director. "Creature-Creation" is a combination puppet/maskmaking performance residency. Erminio is a faculty member at RISD, and the artistic director of the BIG NAZO LAB. He has worked with special needs, elementary, high school, and elderly students in assisting them to bring to life the characters that exist in their imaginations. Using foam rubber, fabric, cardboard and tempra paint, participants create original and extraordinary masks and puppet creatures. The process develops drawing, painting and 3-D building techniques, as well as encouraging experimentation with materials, creative storytelling, and collaboration with fellow students. The final project is to form a play, parade, environment or video.

Artist: Christopher "Kavi" Carbone
Address PO Box 3759,  Newport,  RI 02840
Telephone: 401/846-9014
Fax: 401/846-9014
Email: bpresent@earthlink.net
Artist Category: Storytellers
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: http://www.arts-in-celebration.com

Description: Storyteller, theater artist, musician, yoga instructor. In performance, Christopher presents "Story & Song Celebrations", interactive experiences based on themes of your chosing. Workshop subjects include: "Storytelling and Creative Drama", "Yoga & Movement", "Music & the Special Child". Programs are especially geared towards grades K-4 and Special Education classes, but are available for all grade levels. A graduate of NYU's Performance Studies Program (M.A.), Christopher is dedicated to personal growth & community-building through the arts.

Artist: Cindy Killavey
Address 240 Bramans Ln,  Portsmouth,  RI 02871-3311
Telephone: 401/847-5148
Fax: 
Email: storyteller@storyri.com
Artist Category: Storytellers
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: http://www.storyri.com

Description: Author/Actress/Storyteller can provide classroom workshops or all school performances that support creativity, cooperation and collaboration. Cindy can show students how to bring classic stories to life using dramatic skills and how storytelling can spark and support creative writing or poetry. She has performed and presented throughout New England, Canada and England , Working in tandem with Anne Marie Forer allows for a musical component to any presentation.

Artist: Diane Postoian
Address 1 Midland St,  North Providence,  RI 02911
Telephone: 401/487-1400
Fax: 
Email: dianepostoian@gmail.com
Artist Category: Storytellers
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: http://www.dianepostoian.com

Description: In a group or one-on-one, Diane’s spontaneous humor and boundless energy are contagious. Three decades of performing, teaching, directing and adapting books for the stage, earned Diane Postoian an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Rhode Island College in 2006. Additionally, she has received grants from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, the June Rockwell Levy Foundation, the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation, the New York Department of Cultural Affairs, and the MetLife Foundation. Her programs include: Do That Again! facilitates story-play and pretend to promote a young child’s spontaneity, sequential recall, and critical thought, while exercising their social and emotional development. Pre K-1. ElderArts works with individuals in small groups or one-on-one to stimulate social interaction, relaxed communication, personal stories and improvisation. Adults. Say What? gently directs those interested in polishing their presentation and public speaking skills. Teens and up. Fee: Varies Recent work 2014 ‘Arts day’ Mansfield CT. middle school Say What? Riverzedge, Woonsocket 7/10 Do That Again, Creative Drama once weekly at the Hope Academy Providence ElderArts, Improvisation at Cortland Place, Greenville, assisted living 1/14-12/14

Artist: Len Cabral
Address 30 Marcy St,  Cranston,  RI 02905
Telephone: 401/781-0019
Fax: 401/781-0020
Email: lencabral@gmail.com
Artist Category: Storytellers
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: http://www.lencabral.com

Description: Len is an internationally known storyteller, who uses the art of storytelling to engage listeners of all ages & backgrounds. Through storytelling and questions asked by Len during the course of his performance, students will be motivated to begin interviewing parents, grandparents & elders in their families for stories about the "olden days". This will lead to better listening & speaking skills.

Artist: Marc Joel Levitt
Address 20 Pinehurst St,  Wakefield,  RI 02879
Telephone: 401/783-0887
Fax: 
Email: marcjoellevitt@gmail.com
Artist Category: Storytellers
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: marclevitt.org

Description: Corwin Press author/storyteller/radio host and documentary filmmaker, Marc Levitt has worked throughout the United States and in forty-five countries. Mr. Levitt's work includes workshops in writing based on his book "Putting Everyday Life on the Page", storytelling performances of primarily memoirs, original New England-based Halloween tales, workshops in oral presentation and diversity celebration. Marc Levitt believes in encouraging students to write from their own experiences and to utilize their home and school environment for inspiration. Mr. Levitt has won both RISCA's New Genres Fellowship and was the original recipient of RICH's Tom Roberts award for the creative use of the Humanities.

Artist: Mark Binder
Address 393 Morris Ave,  Providence,  RI 02906
Telephone: 401/272-8707
Fax: 
Email: mark@transmitjoy.com
Artist Category: Storytellers
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: http://transmitjoy.com

Description: An award-winning author and storyteller, Mark's school events combine the best of the spoken and literary for elementary and middle schools. His writing workshops engage minds, and get students writing furiously. His author visits are inspiring. His story programs keep children and adults riveted. Themes include: Cinderella Spinderella (and tall tales); It Ate My Sister; Stories for Peace—resolving conflicts/handling bullies; A Holiday Present (Multicultural); and Stories for Fun and Laughter.

Artist: Melodie Thompson
Address 23 Anstis St,  Cranston,  RI 02905
Telephone: 401/368-1955
Fax: 
Email: melodyarts@aol.com
Artist Category: Storytellers
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: melodyarts+education.com

Description: Melodie has performed as a Storyteller, Playwright, Actor, and Choreographer; and has produced and directed nationally-toured one-woman plays, as well as locally performed, “Dansicals” for over 15 years. Her Master’s Degree in Teaching, with a concentration in Special Education, provides the basis for her most consistent contribution to both the Arts and Education, and that is, as an Arts Integration Specialist, modeling for students and teachers how Core Subjects can be taught, and struggling students can be reached, using performing arts techniques and concepts in a classroom setting.

Artist: The Storyteller Jeanne Donato
Address 82 Potter Hill Rd,  Westerly,  RI 02891
Telephone: 401/465-6465
Fax: 401/596-6935
Email: JeanneDonato@aol.com
Artist Category: Storytellers
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: http://www.JeanneDonato.com

Description: Storyteller/Author/Expressive Arts Facilitator/Brain Gym Instructor/Educational Teaching Artist-in-Residence: Building students’ schemata, creativity, listening, focus, retelling and writing skills through: Expressive Arts & Integrative Movement– Programs (Pre-K –Gr.8): “Student Storytellers,” Creative Writing. Storytelling Ladies Series: The Winter Lady ®, Pioneer, Patriotic & Storybook Ladies celebrate our humanity and delight in our cultural differences. Dr. Donato holds a B.A. Elem. Ed., M.Ed. Reading/StoryArts, and Doctorate Improving Academic Performance Reducing Stress on Learning. Co-author of Storytelling in Emergent Literacy: Integrating Multiple Intelligences - professional development workshops available. (See also Literature)

Artist: V Raffini
Address 73 Tanner St,  Providence,  RI 02907
Telephone: 
Fax: 
Email: raffini_productions@yahoo.com
Artist Category: Storytellers
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: 

Description: Storytelling/Arts Educator. Raffini, has broadened her lively styles of Telling and Performing. Incorporating drums and songs and audience participation. Her stories are from all around the world that also include many local stories and recognizable names and places. You must experience an hour of folktales and modern stories with a little educational twist on them. (401) 450-7945

Artist: Valerie Tutson
Address 155 Lexington Ave,  Providence,  RI 02907
Telephone: 401/273-4013
Fax: 
Email: vtutson@yahoo.com
Artist Category: Storytellers
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: http://www.valerietutson.com

Description: Storyteller. Valerie Tutson graduated from Brown University with a Masters Degree in Theatre Arts and a degree in Storytelling as a Communication's Art. Valerie draws her performance stories from around the world with an emphasis on African traditions. Her repertoire includes stories from the Underground Railroad as well as the first person characterization of Ellen Craft. In addition Valerie also shares stories celebrating the lives of notable RI black women Duchess Quamino and Nancy Elizabeth Prophet. Valerie also offers workshops for students and teachers in theater, storytelling and story writing. Appropriate grade levels for performances include grades Pre-K through 12. Workshops grades 3 to adult.

Artist: ACT @ St. Andrew's School
Address 63 Federal Road,  Barrington,  RI 02806
Telephone: 401/246-1230#3063
Fax: 401/246-0510
Email: hsands@standrews-ri.org
Artist Category: Theatre
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: standrews-ri.org/page.aspx?pid=464

Description: ACT @ St. Andrew’s (ACTSA) is a premier children’s theater offering comprehensive professional training in theater arts for all youth, grades K-12, in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. Mentored by Theater Teaching Artists, student ACTors build a foundation in acting technique, character creation, ensemble skills, play scripting, voice and diction, movement and improvisation. The ACTSA Ensemble is the gem of ACT @ St. Andrew’s, performing four full-scale public productions throughout the year. Ensemble members, ages 8-18, continue to study advanced acting and technical theater while also expanding their personal practice with challenging roles and dramaturgy. Each program is a unique experience in which students explore imagination and storytelling in a creative, collaborative and supportive environment. Classes, camps, residencies, workshops offered year round. All ACTSA programs are open to the public.

Artist: Beth Berry
Address 250 Main Street,  Wakefield,  RI 02879
Telephone: 401/207-1853
Fax: 
Email: Bethberry_2001@yahoo.com
Artist Category: Theatre
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: gearproduction.org

Description: Playwright/director Beth Berry works to provide a positive performing experience to students of all ages. Key to this process is the practice of "self-casting", where students choose their own roles after hearing an outline of the play. The script is then tailored to fit the participants. Past themes have included: art history, the human body, the water cycle, tolerance, & exploring the library. Casts number from 36 to over 250. Work with Beth to create a unique theatre experience for your learning community.

Artist: Center for Dynamic Learning
Address 1 Louisa St,  Providence,  RI 02905
Telephone: 401/461-1813
Fax: 
Email: jen@cdlri.org
Artist Category: Theatre
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: cdlri.org

Description: Traveling Theatre, a program offered by the Center for Dynamic Learning, provides highly qualified teaching artists who travel throughout the state providing artistic experiences for youth that strengthen creativity, literacy, problem solving, cooperative learning, self-confidence, and the life skills necessary to face everyday challenges. Our vision to see youth actively engaging in creative learning. Traveling Theatre designs and implements arts programs that meet the needs of the school and integrate common core state standards.

Artist: Clare Vadeboncoeur
Address 2420 Plainfield Pike,  Johnston,  RI 02919
Telephone: 401/943-2159
Fax: 
Email: goodheartpro@cox.net
Artist Category: Theatre
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: http://www.goodheartpro.com

Description: Story Performer. STORY ALIVE Playshops!: An Expressive Arts Experience for Children This program integrates body, mind and spirit through a poetic blend of creative movement, drama and storytelling. The goal is to provide a safe, loving environment to empower children to give physical form to their ideas and feelings. Clare enjoys working with teachers and designing residencies that can be integrated into curriculum.

Artist: Daniel Lee White
Address 69 Kneeland St,  Providence,  RI 02905
Telephone: 401/261-7678
Fax: 
Email: Me@DanielLeeWhite.com
Artist Category: Theatre
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: DanielLeeWhite.com

Description: Daniel Lee White is a professional who excels in the arts of film and theatrical directing, acting, improvising and filmmaking and enjoys teaching these crafts to youth, grades 6 to 12 and college. He has already worked for programs throughout the state and is available to teach during school and after school programs and can easily modify many of his workshops to meet your classroom needs. Please visit: www.DanielLeeWhite.com to learn about and contact him.

Artist: Elizabeth Anne Keiser
Address PO Box 2744,  Providence,  RI 02906
Telephone: 401/316-7255
Fax: 
Email: elizabeef@hotmail.com
Artist Category: Theatre
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: 

Description: Elizabeth Anne Keiser is an enthusiatic, empowering theatre artist with children of all ages. Schools might take interest in a Bully Tour that has had success in cities and states in New England and the Midwest. The Bully Tour utilizes improvisational comedy, music, and dance to address important topics. Elizabeth facilitates "a play in a day" in many parts of the world, where workshops lead to full on productions focusing on literacy and behavior management. She also manages Professional Development workshops in colleges and universities nationally focusing on positive behavioral strategies.

Artist: Fantasy Works Youth Theatre dba RI Youth Theatre
Address 2170 Tower Hill Rd.,  Saunderstown,  RI 02874
Telephone: 401/294-2215
Fax: 401/295-4574
Email: annjogrady@aol.com
Artist Category: Theatre
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: RIYT.org

Description: Rhode Island Youth Theatre collaborates with schools and other educational partners to promote arts literacy through: Stories on Stage workshops-(Improv. Workshops boased on literature) 6-week after-school programs-(Ensemble production of a play or musical) Teen playwriting festival-(One-week residencies leading to the development of original works presented as stage readings at a culminating festival). RIYT has been doing educational theatre programs since 1987 (previously known as FantasyWorks).

Artist: Laurie Heineman
Address 36 Hundred Acre Pond Rd E,  West Kingston,  RI 02892
Telephone: 401/782-2464
Fax: 
Email: laurihei@cox.net
Artist Category: Theatre
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: 

Description: THEATRICAL CATALYST/ACTOR/ DIRECTOR/ COACH Laurie has acted and directed professionally on stage, film, & TV (winning an Emmy Award) and she joyfully provides hands-on collaboration with students and teachers around classic plays and literature. There is still time to join Laurie in celebrating Shakespeare’s 450th Birth Year (2014) with a program in the fall! Her workshops and classes use improvisation, movement, voice, and imagination to delight learners from 6 - 106 in schools, libraries, hospitals, and other venues. Programs vary from a 2-hour stand-alone to extended residencies with optional PD. She will craft a program and performance to fit your needs. Her book on taking the fear out of teaching Shakespeare is AP Classroom: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Prufrock Press). Laurie taught at St. Andrew’s School for four years, honing her skills in working with a variety of learners, including those for whom English is a second language. Recently she has been teaching home schoolers, has led several multi-voiced readings of King’s “I Have a Dream”, been bringing poetry and spoken word programs to senior residences, and directed productions of Twelfth Night, Antigone and the Roman comedy, Amphitryo. Laurie has provided PD in integrating arts with curricula standards at “Hartford Performs”, presented at the NERA annual conference, and at NYCHEA in New York. She believes students are “turned on by greatness” and speaks about that in PBS’s “A Touch of Greatness”.

Artist: Marc Kohler
Address PO Box 16095,  Rumford,  RI 02916
Telephone: 401/441-2129
Fax: 401/725-0078
Email: Marcwkohler@aol.com
Artist Category: Theatre
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: 

Description: Multi-disciplinary Artist. Storyteller, puppeteer, face painter, art workshop specialist. Marc has worked with the RISCA Arts in Education Program from its inception. He is a working storyteller, face painter, puppeteer, and character actor. He graduated from Brown in 1969 in English, and did graduate work in Theater and Creative Writing. His residencies have included theater arts (Playwriting, historical re-enactments, make-up, masks, solo and group plays) and puppet arts (Many kinds of puppet making, character creation, and performances). He has ten years in residence at special needs locations for children and adults (Groden Center, Cranston Center, Meeting Street School, CITE, Providence SIEP, etc.). In September 2010, his studio became a performance and arts workshop location for field trips in the arts and performance disciplines.

Artist: Marvin Novogrodski
Address 25 Charles St,  East Providence,  RI 02914
Telephone: 401/578-9399
Fax: 
Email: marv@marvmarv.com
Artist Category: Theatre
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: http://www.marvmarv.com

Description: Marvin Novogrodski, more popularly known as Marvelous Marvin, offers three science-based shows entitled "The Magic of Science", "How the Body Works" and "Buggin' Out". Check out www.marvmarv.com Fees range from $300 up for shows. Marvin is also available for residencies that mix science, dance, circus arts and theatre. Prices are negotiable. Shows are geared for a K-6 grade age range.

Artist: Michael Fishel Bresler
Address 857 Hope St,  Providence,  RI 02906
Telephone: 401/273-9814
Fax: 
Email: breslersmusic@gmail.com
Artist Category: Theatre
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: 

Description: Actor (including comic & mime), Storyteller: Introducing students to realistic characters bringing stories & songs from other cultures. Engaging, creative performances: "Sappy the Old Cowpoke", "Around the World in 50 Minutes" etc. Classroom materials provided. Also available for extended creative performance residencies. Michael (BA in in music) studied theater with Tony Montanaro, and has taught music at all levels from kindergarten to college for 25 years. Michael has a multi-cultural repertoire and extensive experience with special needs students. Dr. Lambert's Travelling Medicine Show: Lively recreation of old-time travelling "snake oil" peddler, including magic, music and comedy. Authentic painted backdrop. Audience participation. Fourth grade through adult. Designed to teach critical thinking and help students evaluate sales pitches. Classroom materials available. Michael, who performs with a keyboardist and assistant, has been doing this show for 15 years.. (See also Music listing)

Artist: Ricardo Pitts-Wiley
Address 146 Colonial Road,  Providence,  RI 02906-2550
Telephone: 
Fax: 401/475-6676
Email: pittswiley.ricardo@gmail.com
Artist Category: Theatre
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: www.mmtri.com

Description: Ricardo Pitts-Wiley develops projects 2-6 weeks long with high school/college students or community groups. The artist, teachers and students break down text, language styles and acting problems to develop a final theatre event and experience.

Artist: Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre
Address 172 Exchange Street,  Pawtucket,  RI 02860
Telephone: 401/723-4266
Fax: 401/723-4266
Email: susie@gammtheatre.org
Artist Category: Theatre
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: gammtheatre.org

Description: The Gamm Theatre Education Department helps students improve their reading skills, gain confidence, and better express themselves through a literacy-through-performance pedagogical model. The Gamm provides in-school residencies, artist/teacher partnerships and after-school drama programs to local schools. Performances are made accessible to young audiences through daytime matinees at reduced rates. The Gamm Studio offers a wide selection of theatre classes for adults and children and Gamm Outreach works with community partners to help support life-long learning.

Artist: Trinity Repertory Company
Address 201 Washington Street,  Providence,  RI 02903
Telephone: 401/521-1100
Fax: 401/521-0447
Email: education@trinityrep.com
Artist Category: Theatre
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: www.trinityrep.com/education

Description: Project Discovery offers student matinees of select mainstage productions, supported by in-school programming, study guides, and teacher preview performances. The Young Actors Studio offers a wide range of year-round, out-of-school classes for students in grades K-12. Backstage tours, job shadows, and internships are available. Lifelong learning opportunities include post-show talkbacks, an in-depth magazine published three times per year, study guides for all productions, acting classes and discussion groups for adults

Artist: Alice Benvie Gebhart
Address 5580 Post Road,  East Greenwich,  RI 02818
Telephone: 401-714-5328
Fax: 
Email: alicearts@verizon.net
Artist Category: Visual Arts
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: www.alicegebhart.com

Description: Alice's work translates the everyday into a celebration. Fused glass is the media that reveals this vibrancy. The technique of using glass to create something that is both abstract and literal is a learning experience for any child. Glass is cut or grains of glass are sprinkled to create an image. The piece is then fired in a kiln to create a solid panel. The panel can be displayed individually or used in unison as window or tile.

Artist: Amy Bartlett Wright
Address 39 Massachusetts Blvd,  Portsmouth,  RI 02907-1007
Telephone: 401/293-0572
Fax: 
Email: info@amybartlettwright.com
Artist Category: Visual Arts
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: www.AmyBartlettWright.com

Description: Amy paints large realistic murals for public educational facilities such as Museum of Science Boston, US Fish and Wildlife Service at Sachuest Point in Middlletown, Save The Bay's Environmental Education Center and Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence. Paintings show realistic background scenery and animals in appropriate habitat. The public or students can watch work in progress which is not only a lesson in the mechanics of mural painting but also instructive about the animal/ habitat relationship. Amy teaches Natural Science Illustration at RISD's Continuing Education. www.AmyBartlettWright.com

Artist: Amy Leidtke
Address 19 Harvard St,  Pawtucket,  RI 02860
Telephone: 401/751-9999
Fax: 
Email: leidtkedesign@mac.com
Artist Category: Visual Arts
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: amyleidtke.com

Description: Amy Leidtke offers schools, museums, and businesses DESIGN THINKSHOP, an interactive hands-on and minds-on experience that ignites essential panhuman questions. Participants engage in facilitated design challenges that include a meaningful making/creating experience. Seeking to stimulate curiosity, launch investigation, and build thinking and teamwork skills, the integrated curriculum includes a variety of synthesizing activities, such as inquiry, reflection, expansion, visualization, iteration, formulation, critique, and presentation. Cross-disciplinary programs focus on themes including but not limited to ideation, collaboration, empathy, communication, engineering, drawing, spatial modeling, and design thinking. DESIGN THINKSHOP creator, Amy Leidtke, is a practicing industrial designer, educator, and artist. She is a faculty member in the Department of Industrial Design at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), a faculty member of SmART Schools, and a faculty Fellow of Biomimicry 3.8 Institute. She is author of RISD Design Connections: Curriculum Tools for Design Education, which includes a set of design skill-building projects for middle and high school students.

Artist: Anna Jane Kocon
Address 16 Winsor Street,  Providence,  RI 02908
Telephone: 401/256-1859
Fax: 
Email: annajanekocon@gmail.com
Artist Category: Visual Arts
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: 

Description: Visual Artist. Silkscreen printmaking to create one-of-a-kind garments for a group of up to ten students. Beginning with a demonstration and examples of single color garment silkscreening, students will be walked through the process of designing and printing their own tshirts. The artist can either come to a facility and perform a two day workshop or a group can come to the artists studio for a one day workshop.

Artist: Arthi Sundaresh
Address 54 Locust St,  Providence,  RI 02906
Telephone: 401/374-5349
Fax: 
Email: Arthi@arthisundaresh.com
Artist Category: Visual Arts
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: 

Description: Arthi Sundaresh is a photographer and oral historian. Through portraits and interviews, her work presents commentary on peoples' histories: on social inequalities, gender conformity, and on loss, grieving and healing. By sharing experiences, people can relate to each other and begin to break down constricting boundaries. Sundaresh's work aims to put forth these themes in writing and photographs in order to re-open dialogue and build understanding across differences. Limited Availablity.

Artist: Beth Drainville
Address 256 Canonchet Rd,  Rockville,  RI 02873
Telephone: 401/539-3113
Fax: 401/539-3113
Email: bethdrainville@aol.com
Artist Category: Visual Arts
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: http://www.bethdrainville.com

Description: Painter/Illustrator. Directs diversified groups with individual abilities and needs. The instructional objective is finding the "artist within" by developing observation skills and drawing and painting techniques to express and communicate concepts, ideas and emotions. Using the state art standards as a guideline to create an arts-integrated curriculum, students and educators benefit from a valuable resource to enhance and fufill new education initiatives.

Artist: Brent Bachelder
Address 195 Lenox Ave,  Providence,  RI 02907
Telephone: 401/467-5277
Fax: 
Email: Neopolsi13@aol.com
Artist Category: Visual Arts
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: http://www.clubneopolsi.net

Description: Brent is a graduate of R.I.S.D. and has been a professional, practicing artist and teacher for over 25 years. He is available to work with schools/ organizations to brainstorm, design and implement high quality educational art programs for all ages. These multi-class projects can be of any subject matter and can be tailored to match your specific needs or he can utilize one of his existing curricula. Primarily, he specializes in creating collaborative mural installations, sculptural projects and drawing/ painting programs, but the use of other concepts and materials can be implemented as well. Utilizing the S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) approach, he can design a program in almost any subject matter. Classes can be scheduled for any time of day and for any duration. They can be incorporated into your existing programs or can be it’s own unique, stand-alone project. Past 2D projects include murals of The Universe, The Planet Earth, The State of RI, The United States, Environmental Biomes, Quality of Life, History of Whaling and Weather Systems, among others. Past 3D projects include Bridges & Skyscrapers, Dinosaurs, Robots, Remote Control Cars, Rube Goldberg Machines and The Systems of the Body.

Artist: Cathren Housley
Address 1400 S Broadway,  East Providence,  RI 02914
Telephone: 401/434-1922
Fax: 
Email: cathrenhousley@aol.com
Artist Category: Visual Arts
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: www.theadventureofrubistar.com

Description: Achieving great work takes more than inspiration; it requires an understanding of process. Often, what holds us back is that we don't know how to start…or where to go from there! Cathren, an award winning illustrator and writer, shows how to take an idea from inception to finished form and reveals her tricks for overcoming writer's block. This picture book workshop teaches creative problem solving skills, each student will create their own book.

Artist: Cheryl Kirk Noll
Address 19 Hooker St,  Providence,  RI 02908
Telephone: 401/861-5869
Fax: 
Email: ckirknoll@verizon.net
Artist Category: Visual Arts
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: www.cherylkirknoll.com

Description: Cheryl is a watercolor painter who has illustrated over 30 books for children, contributed to magazines such as Highlights and Calliope, and done dozens of illustrated stories for elementary reading programs. She specializes in multicultural and historical art. Her picture books include several Japanese folktales and a history of the Black regiment of RI. She also teaches at RISD-CE and is advisor for their Children's Book Illustration certificate program. Cheryl is available for presentations. BS-Lebanon Valley College, BA-Rhode Island School of Design

Artist: Dana Simmons
Address 18 Imperial Place,  Providence,  RI 02903
Telephone: 401/831-7360
Fax: 401/831-7360
Email: dana@sprintmail.com
Artist Category: Visual Arts
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: www.danasimmons.com

Description: Painting/Photography/photshop/Sculpture/Drawing/Mixed Media. MFA Pratt Institute. RI & MA certification K-12. Offering an eclectic and varied format to reach individual needs. Independent study programs or collaborative teacher/classroom hands-on curriculum. Multi-media expression emphasised. Twenty-eight years of teaching experience and residencies with all ages & needs. Critiques, informative discussions foster & encourage creative and individual self-expression. Program may culminate with an exhibition.

Artist: Eclipse Marcy Neilson
Address 17 Whipple St,  Barrington,  RI 02806
Telephone: 
Fax: 
Email: eclipsfey@aol.com
Artist Category: Visual Arts
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: 

Description: A.W.A.R E (Awareness With Art Education) offers a wide range of art possibilities and experiences. Eclipse has won a variety of awards for model programs in the past. Projects focusing on environmental topics, community issues, theater, fun and fantasy are some of the many possibilities. Project A.W.A.R.E is committed to designing projects that fit your needs and has a team of skilled artist and professionals in the field. Available during the daytime, Fridays and weekends. We are excited to announce our two new cutting edge programs. 1. C.O.P.E (CIRCLES OF PEACE EDUCATION) The team is exploring new creative ways to look at peace both within our communities, ourselves and the world. This program brings visual and literary arts together through simple creative projects. C.O.P.E helps develop communication and leadership skills with journal writing, story development visual arts and simple musical projects. This is great for small groups or for teacher training days. 2.EARTH TAPESTRIES (K-12). Discovering the magic of art is the foundation. This is a really fun project, where all students can get involved and explore their individuality and imagination. The students are taken through a series of step-by-step exercises to explore the creative process as they learn about the world around them. They learn to stretch their imagination with a beautiful array of craft materials. Eclipse Neilson is an experienced educator, artist and author. She is currently the artist in residence and program coordinator at Pawtucket COZ - Child Opportunity Zone. She is the former art director at St. Dunstan's school and offers leadership workshops nationally.

Artist: Erik Gould
Address 518 Pawtucket Ave,  Pawtucket,  RI 02860
Telephone: 401/556-2254
Fax: 
Email: erikom3@gmail.com
Artist Category: Visual Arts
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: erikgould.viewbook.com

Description: Photo and new media workshops. Traditional photo processes including pinhole cameras, camera obscura, and experiments with light sensitive materials. Projects include creating camera obscura within rooms and free standing boxes, building pinhole cameras from found materials such as mint tins and garbage cans. Digital and new media workshops employing digital photography, video and audio capture exploring documentary and self expressive modes. Projects include slideshows with audio,video shorts and field recording of audio and video interviews and found sounds. Personal mapping and gps tagging explored.

Artist: Gail Porter
Address 152 Bayard St,  Providence,  RI 02906
Telephone: 401/273-9529
Fax: 
Email: g.porter@cox.net
Artist Category: Visual Arts
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: 

Description: STILL PHOTOGRAPHY: Students are challenged to discover their unique ways of seeing and to expand their vision by exploring their environments from many vantage points. Students use digital cameras, and learn a photo program; or use film, and learn b+w printing in a darkened room; or use a combination of the two. Sample projects: students make “sunprint” photo paper and use it; construct and use pinhole cameras; create self-portraits with self-reflective writing; create abstract photographs that inspire poetry; or create documentary projects. Teacher and artist design a custom photography program that meets state standards in literacy, social studies, visual literacy, science and/or technology. CLAY ANIMATION: Students create a short animation using stop motion animation. Working in teams, they write a simple script; draw storyboards; form their characters from modeling clay; build mini sets and make props from found/recycled objects, cardboard and/or clay. Meets several technology and art standards as well as those mentioned above.

Artist: Jane Hesser
Address ,  Providence,  RI 02906
Telephone: 
Fax: 
Email: jhesser01@risd.edu
Artist Category: Visual Arts
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: http://www.hesserstudios.com

Description: Photography, mixed media. In addition to being an artist and part-time professor at RISD, Jane is a licensed social worker. She enjoys working with children of all ages, as well as adults. She has significant experience working in after-school art programs as well as teaching high school and college students.

Artist: Jennifer Iwasyk
Address 33 Hart St,  Providence,  RI 02906-2659
Telephone: 401/831-9782
Fax: 
Email: 
Artist Category: Visual Arts
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: 

Description: Portrait artist/painter/muralist Jennifer Iwasyk draws on a diverse community of people for her art. She has taught in public schools, the RISD Young Artist program, senior centers and public libraries. Jennifer collaborates with teachers and students to explore history and develop an appreciation for different cultures through drawing and painting portraits that focus on traditional dress and costume. Attention is paid to items of adornment, tools and weapons, giving context and meaning to the art forms. Students are encouraged to incorporate these details into their finished portraits. Jen's programs merge the past with current trends. In her “historic selfie” workshop students might act as researchers discovering items of clothing and adornment from historic eras; these time traveller portraits convey students as citizens of the past. All portrait workshops can be modified in collaboration with the needs of a school’s curriculum or age group.

Artist: Jessica Regelson
Address 52 Dexterdale Rd,  Providence,  RI 02906
Telephone: 401/556-8608
Fax: 
Email: jessregelson@gmail.com
Artist Category: Visual Arts
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: http://www.indigomoonmosaics.com

Description: Mosiacs/Murals. Working with teachers and students we decide upon a theme which dovetails with the classroom curriculum. Using student drawings the artist creates a composite, which becomes the image for the mural. Students are taught how to cut tile, glue pieces to the surfaceand grout the finished piece, which will be on permanent display in the school.

Artist: John Kotula
Address 16 Amos Street,  Peace Dale,  RI 02879-2414
Telephone: 401/783-0610
Fax: 
Email: johnkotulapchn@yahoo.com
Artist Category: Visual Arts
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: portraitoftheartistasanoldman.blogspot.com

Description: John is a visual artist who is interested in public art. He has worked with young people in the United States and Central America to develop and paint murals. Other workshops include: portraiture, self-portraiture, mask-making and comic books/graphic novels. John has a lot of experience working with schools and would welcome the opportunity to collaborate with teachers to develop projects that meet their curricular goals. He is a returned Peace Corps volunteer and speaks intermediate-advanced Spanish.

Artist: Kenneth A Speiser
Address 131 Rochambeau Ave,  Providence,  RI 02906
Telephone: 401/521-9652
Fax: 401/454-0184
Email: kspeiser@cox.net
Artist Category: Visual Arts
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: www.publicartri.com

Description: Sculpture/Printmaking/Painting. Kenn Speiser is a professional sculptor who has worked with High School students to create painted wall murals and 3-Dimensional works of art that have a special relationship to a specific site (Site Specific Art). Students and teachers work together with Speiser to identify an appropriate location, select and collect materials, work on design possibilities, and complete the installation within budget and time limits. Learning takes place throughout every stage of the project's development. Www.rustprints.com www.safetyenvelopes.com

Artist: Kurt R Van Dexter
Address 1740 Stony Lane,  No Kingstown,  RI 02852
Telephone: 401/837-2215
Fax: 
Email: asclepiask@aol.com
Artist Category: Visual Arts
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: http://www.stonylanestudios.com

Description: Landscape/Garden Design. Through design, students forge connections with the natural world. Schoolyards serve as canvas while plants, paths and gardens become the pallette. Math, Science, Language Arts and research skills will be combined with art and design to create outdoor classroom spaces, gardens and otherwise enrich the schoolyard environment. Student-produced schematic design plans, models, sketches and presentations will take place. Kurt, a registered landscape architect, visual artist, and certified K-12 visual arts educator, works to educate people about nature through art and design. LIMITED AVAILABILITY.

Artist: Laura E Travis
Address 182 Calla Street,  Providence,  RI 02903
Telephone: 401/484-0481
Fax: 
Email: stonypath@verizon.net
Artist Category: Visual Arts
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: campus.digication.com/lauratravis or facebook:lauratraviscarving

Description: Laura Travis is available to do weekend or full week workshops or demonstrations at your festival, camp, school, activity or community program. A highy experienced educator, Laura has experience with all levels of students for carving stone or demonstrating and explaining the craft. Among the events she has demonstrated at are Pawtucket and Providence, RI Convergence Festivals and at The Celtic Roots Festival in Goderich, Ontario. She is listed on the Rhode Island State Arts Council roster as an Artist/Educator; RISCA funding may be available for programs conducted in Rhode Island. She's lectured about her own work and Celtic Art at the Rhode Island Foundation, Celtic Women's International Conference and at the American Conference of Irish Studies in St. Louis, MO. For more information, or to discuss your program, please e mail.

Artist: Lauren W Scotto
Address 22 Orchard Avenue,  Greenville,  RI 02907-1007
Telephone: 
Fax: 
Email: laurenscotto@verizon.net
Artist Category: Visual Arts
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: risd.digication.com/laurenscotto

Description: Painter, Visual Artist. Using mostly nature as her subject, Lauren creates drawings and paintings that exploit the qualities of her surfaces and media, always allowing texture and mark-making to have a prevalent voice in her work. Collaborating with teachers for content and subject matter, Lauren works closely with students to create murals in public spaces. Students become familiarized with the steps of the design process including brainstorming, sketching, designing and refining ideas, while gaining much from the process of working on a large, sustained project.

Artist: Liz McGrath
Address 116 Yorkshire St,  Providence,  RI 02908
Telephone: 401/527-2020
Fax: 
Email: lizmcgrath9@gmail.com
Artist Category: Visual Arts
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: lizmcgrath9@gmail.com

Description: Children's Book Author & Illustrator/Painter Liz collaborates with teachers to bring the visual arts into the classroom. Projects can be designed to meet your school's curriculum needs and requirements. Bookmaking themes can range from simple counting books to historical fiction or complex science books. She emphasizes a detail-oriented, back-to-basics approach (with no computer assistance) to learning & creating.

Artist: Mary Beth Meehan
Address 109 Burlington St,  Providence,  RI 02906
Telephone: 401/480-3184
Fax: 
Email: marybethmeehan@cox.net
Artist Category: Visual Arts
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: www.marybethmeehan.com

Description: Mary Beth Meehan is a documentary photographer, writer, and educator, with a particular interest in issues of urban life, including immigration, culture, and community. Her educational work leads students through the exploration of their worlds through photography and writing, promoting both visual and verbal literacy. Students become familiar with the language of narrative photography and are taught to photograph while reflecting on such themes as self, home, family, neighborhood, community, and culture. (These themes may be adapted to suit any project or classroom curriculum.) Writing prompts then accompany the photography, promoting further reflection on relevant themes. She has received RISCA education grants for a variety of photography-based projects: most recently, she directs the “Documenting Cultural Communities” project at the International Charter School, where bilingual third-graders explore their own cultures, producing photographs and reflective writing in two languages, and three public exhibitions each year. She also co-directs the “My Own World” photography project at The Groden Center, where she helps young people with autism use the photography to express themselves, to describe their worlds, and to share those worlds with others. In Brockton, Massachusetts, Meehan led a Mass Humanities-funded summer photography project in which teenagers were asked to reflect on life in that city. Thirteen banner-sized photographs made by students were then hung on buildings in downtown Brockton in a large-scale public installation, which included walking tours and community-led discussions of the issues that the photographs raised.

Artist: Michael Townsend
Address 532 Kinsley Ave.,  Providence,  RI 02909
Telephone: 401/225-8552
Fax: 
Email: 
Artist Category: Visual Arts
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: http://www.tapeart.com

Description: Tape Art is a collaborative visual art form that uses a special, low-adhesive tape to draw. We have a wide range of activities that can focus on various common core subjects or students can work together to develop their own themes and create temporary tape art murals on the walls of their school. For over 25 years, Tape Art has travelled as a public art form around the world and extensively through the United States, transforming buildings into works of art. All Tape Art programs are custom tailored to each school to integrate existing themes and curricula. Appropriate for all age levels.

Artist: Monica Shinn
Address 33 Armstrong Ave,  Providence,  RI 02903
Telephone: 401/965-5045
Fax: 
Email: mshinn1@cox.net
Artist Category: Visual Arts
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: 

Description: With degrees in painting, metals and education, Monica has worked in theatre and welding fabrication for over 20 years. She enjoys working with students of all ages and capabilities and believes everyone can learn to make art. Her skills are in promoting individual creative thinking and using drawing, painting, theatre craft, and sculptural mediums to increase self expression and self awareness. She can easily work with teachers to combine their teaching objectives with her skills to provide a challenging and exciting artistic experience.

Artist: Steve Brosnihan
Address PO Box 111,  Bristol,  RI 02809
Telephone: 401/253-5909
Fax: 401/253-5909
Email: Stevebfly@msn.com
Artist Category: Visual Arts
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: http://www.stevebcartoons.com

Description: Steve Brosnihan is a professional cartoonist who has been published in Rhode Island newspapers and national magazines. His "Cartoonagrams" program employs a method that is easy to learn and remember. Using letters of the alphabet, students draw fun and unusual cartoon characters created by Steve. All students, from grades K through high school, regardless of artistic ability, will enjoy drawing Cartoonagrams. Steve also teaches academic classes using Cartoonagrams, putting a cartoon spin on subjects including American History, Shakespeare, Geography, Astronomy and Rhode Island awareness. Instruction periods are ideally one hour per average size class.

Artist: Tiffany Cabral
Address 24 Metropolitan Road,  Providence,  RI 02908
Telephone: 401/218-3443
Fax: 
Email: tcabral88@gmail.com
Artist Category: Visual Arts
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: cabral.carbonmade.com

Description: With a BFA in Art Education and Painting, Tiffany has taught art classes at the RISD Young Artists’ Program, Pathways Strategic Teacher Center, and Children’s Enrichment Center. She has directed and painted nine mural projects including locations at the URI Providence Campus, Trudeau Center, and the School of Social Work at RIC. Tiffany’s murals revolve around social justice issues and are based on the notion that art is a vehicle for change.

Artist: Tracy Mahaffey
Address 142 Howard Hill Road,  Foster,  RI 02825
Telephone: 401/397-7714
Fax: 
Email: info@tracymahaffey.com
Artist Category: Visual Arts
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: tracymahaffey.com

Description: As a professional stone carver, working in two and three-dimensional sculpture, Tracy Mahaffey brings together many facets of art. Using strong observational skills, along with drawing, sketching, and clay molding, she can lead students of varying ages through the awareness and process of creating bas-relief, artistic lettering, and sculpture. Through the use of simple and safe tools, such as mallet and chisel, students can experience the empowering feeling of leaving a mark in stone.

Artist: Victor M Justo
Address 90 Evergreen St,  East Providence,  RI 02914
Telephone: 401/286-2318
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Email: victorkanyo@gmail.com
Artist Category: Visual Arts
Artist Type: Education
Artist Website: www.victorkanyo.com

Description: Victor Justo (Victor Kanyo) is an experienced artist and teacher who has a diverse professional and educational background in sculpture and teaching. He is skilled in various mediums such as concrete, wood, paper mache, metal, and he is a master of foam construction technique, (puppets, muppets and creatures). He utilizes contemporary, classical and impressionistic styles for creating sculptures that have both aesthetic and functional value. He has created many unique and original designs, sculptures and creatures for use in the entertainment and amusement industries. Victor has also taught art and sculpture to school age students, for more than 13 years. As a teacher in the Dominican Republic and the United States, Victor has helped many young people develop and grow, by using art to discover their creative expression. He has instructed his students in the use of various mixed media, such as, paint, and paper mache, clay sculpture, wood work & handcrafts. Please contact him for possible collaborations.