Concept: The exhibition SHAME attempts to lift the veils of submission and silence by exploring shame in its many dimensions. The concept of shame has reached a new level of urgency as we witness shaming being used as a strategic tactic in the current political climate where it has become common place and legitimized. Rather than purposefully confronting shame we are prone to step away from taking a close look at it’s nature and manifestations.
Chat Club PVD is a series of experimental performance and media. A bi-monthly curated cabaret and community salon, Chat Club PVD celebrates art that challenges genre, cultural hegemony, and institutions of the avant-garde. Chat Club embraces an exploratory, DIY ethos and provides an inclusive, supportive space for artistic experimentation, expression, and community conversations for performers and attendees. Performances include and are not limited to comedy (stand-up, sketch, improv), music, installation, literary readings, screenings, storytelling, performance art, and more. Chat Club PVD gathers to spark and sustain artistic collaboration and investigation.
Chat Club PVD debuts on Wednesday, January 16th on the AS220 Main Stage (Doors: 9:00 pm // Tickets: $5) featuring performers Alexander Dupuis, Muggs Fogarty, A.B. Khim, Benjamin Lundberg Torres Sánchez, Charlie Shields, Alyssa St. Franc, Florence Wallis, and Stine An. For more information on the debut event, click here.
Performers who are interested in submitting work for future editions of Chat Club PVD can reach out to the organizer Stine An at email@example.com.
Harrison Grigsby, aka Jon Hope, is a multidisciplinary hip hop artist and educator. He teaches at Roger Williams University, focusing on hip hop and urban culture and art, and the intersection with community development. He is the 2019 RISCA Fellow in Music Composition.
We asked him a few questions about his life and art-making in Rhode Island for our series, Rhode Island Cultural Anchors.
RISCA: What do you love about the art community/scene in Rhode Island?
HG: I love the counter stories and the counterculture here that is slowly but surely getting louder with their voice. There are so many stories that weren’t being heard and now we are creating our own outlets, spaces, and opportunities for those stories to be told. That’s a dope feeling.
RISCA: Why do you make Rhode Island your home, and how did you end up here?
HG: I was born and raised in Providence. I’ve had the opportunity to live in other major cities (ATL, Brooklyn, Richmond) but there is something about the cultural melting pot that is Providence and the niche things that you can engage in in short proximity. The Liberians, Dominicans, Haitians, Southeast Asians, Nigerians, and more communities are all neighbors with something to contribute – especially food!
RISCA: What is one thing, personal or professional, that you or (if applicable) your organization want to accomplish in the next year?
HG: I want to share my art and my voice on a larger scale. Rhode Island has given me the support and confidence to scale up and share it with the world. Furthermore, I would like Hip Hop culture to have a stronger presence in the academic space. This is why I started the Hope Scholars Initiative – to leverage Hip Hop’s impact to engage students in a much more sensible way when it comes education.
RISCA: What is one thing you think the art community in Rhode Island needs?
HG: We need to invest in our own. I see so many events being curated under the guise of Rhode Island/Providence centric art but it’s out of towners or transplants who are predominantly featured. Furthermore, we need to properly compensate and value the homegrown artistry and artists. The more that we celebrate HOMEGROWN through adequate showcasing and compensation, the more we will truly thrive.
RISCA: What is the biggest challenge for you in your art life?
HG: The biggest challenge is honestly securing adequate funding. I want to increase visibility and continue to connect with allies and organizations who value the impact of Hip Hop culture. There’s still a community of people who see Hip Hop still as a novelty or other. They’re in for an enlightenment because Hip Hop is going to be here whether they accept it or not. That’s always the spirit and energy that we rely on.
In September 2019, the Norman Bird Sanctuary will be hosting their inaugural artist residency in Middletown, RI. The residency will provide time and space for artists of exceptional talent to make work inspired by the rich history and breathtaking landscape of the area called Paradise Valley. The residency provides exclusive use of a studio on the sanctuary property, private accommodations in the Paradise Farmhouse, and three meals a day for up to four weeks. There are no residency fees. Artists will need to cover their own transportation to/from the residency and bring any supplies necessary for their work.
They are accepting applications from artists working in the following disciplines: architecture, dance, film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, music composition, and visual arts. They welcome mid-career as well as established artists to apply. Applicants who are enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs as of the date of application are ineligible for a residency and therefore cannot apply.
Trinity Repertory Company is seeking a full-time Advertising & Group Sales Associate to join the marketing team. This individual is responsible for soliciting program advertising, business partners, and group sales through inside and outside sales. Successful candidates will have sales experience, moderate to strong computer skills, and the ability to deliver excellent customer service. Must have a positive, results-oriented approach and willingness to work as part of a team. Background in theater or non-profits is preferred. To apply, read the full job description, then email a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for application is January 20. Applications without cover letters will not be considered.
The co-director will implement their own creative ideas as they manage the operations of non-profit LiteraryArts RI and its main event, the Providence Book Festival (www.providencebookfestival.org). This position assists in developing the logistics and strategy of the Festival, ensuring the smooth operation of the Book Festival including events programming, author and vendor management, venue rental and set-up, contracts, registration, community outreach, volunteer coordination, marketing, grant making, and fundraising activities. The Co-Director builds and maintains partnerships to foster a Festival environment that creates a unique and welcoming community experience.
The Co-Director manages all aspects of the Book Festival in close partnership with the Executive Director. They oversee the operational success of program events, including managing Festival operations, set-up and break-down, and ensuring customer safety and satisfaction. The Co-Director acts as back-up to the Executive Director in their absence, assuming the responsibility for overall administration, finance and operations of LARI.
The successful candidate will be a motivated, flexible, problem-solver who thrives in a complex creative environment. Possessing a professional demeanor, he/she will be able to work under tight timelines, be organized and team oriented. The candidate will be committed to the mission of LiteraryArts RI and have a high-level of integrity and ethics.
This position is flexible, 8-10 hours a week, and is a volunteer position with a stipend. For more information, click here.
WCFA is seeking artwork for our upcoming 2019 Members Show running January 16-February 21, 2019. We are looking to highlight our artist members and their unique individual styles. All mediums will be accepted as well as all themes and subject matter. We encourage you to submit artworks that best represent you!