Warwick Center for the Arts is currently seeking artists to display their arts, crafts, and handmade goods at our Winter Art Sale. Open to all original jewelry, textiles, handmade goods, ornaments, prints, greeting cards, pottery etc. (no framed artwork), with prices from $5 to $100. Submission deadline is Saturday, November 24th. For more information, click here.
The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities seeks applicants for a fellowship to research and document key figures in the formation of Rhode Island’s creative culture. The Rhode Island Arts and Culture Research Fellow will research, write, gather and connect profiles of significant artists, performers, writers, and cultural leaders with strong connections to the state. The fellowship will include helping to design the project, working with an advisory committee, and engaging the community in a variety of ways. The fellow should have strong research and writing skills, an interest in the roots of creative culture, and a background in digital humanities. The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities is facilitating this initiative in coordination with an advisory committee and funding from a private donor. This fellowship is an outstanding opportunity for a writer with a strong interest in research, digital platforms, and community engagement and/or a publicly-oriented humanities/arts scholar.
The Fellow will receive a stipend of $40,000 over one year and will have access to funds for travel and community events. The Fellow may also be able to work with a project intern. Applications are due December 7th, 2018. For more information, click here.
The Kingston Chamber Music Festival (KCMF) seeks an experienced, skilled, and motivated Executive Director to work with KCMF’s Board of Directors to strengthen our ties to the South County Community, expand our offerings, and grow our audience and funding base. The Executive Director will manage all operations and administrative aspects of the organization. This is a full-time position. The Executive Director works in partnership with the Artistic Director and reports to the KCMF Board of Directors. For more information, click here.
ART OF BUSINESS
Saturday, November 3, 11AM
Providence Renaissance Hotel
Getting ready to freelance or start a business? Need a contract for a project? Looking to grow your studio practice? Figuring out how to price your work? Get answers to these questions and many more at the Art of Business Bootcamp! Even if you’re just curious about business or looking to take your current business to the next level, this signature career event will provide you with the skills and resources you need to be successful.
*Pricing Work as a Freelancer *Business Planning for Artists *Tax Issues for Creatives *How To Write Contracts *Licensing Your Art *Marketing for Creatives *How To Design a Design Business *Lunch & Learn Featuring Designx
The City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism and the Providence Art in City Life Commission announce ACT Public Art’s Public Art Residencies. This year, ACT Public Art will embed artists in City Archives and Rogers Recreation Center. The artist-in-residence at Madeline Rogers -Selim Recreation Center will work with constituents to co-design, fabricate and install a mural on the center’s exterior wall. The artist-in-residence at City Archives will work directly with the City Archivist to mine the collection and respond to the prompt, Colonial Providence. Both residencies are six months long and have a $10,000 award. Qualifications for the Public Art Residencies are due on November 30th 2018. Artists may apply for both calls but will need to submit separate applications. To learn more and apply go to: http://artculturetourism.com/act-public-art-open-calls/
Dr. David Neves is the Director of Youth Wind Ensembles for the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and Music School and coordinator of music education at the University of Rhode Island. In June, 2017, Dr. Neves retired from his position as Director of Fine and Performing Arts for the Needham Public Schools, Needham, Massachusetts, completing 41 years of full time work in public school music education. Prior to Needham, Dr. Neves served 29 years as a Music Teacher, Supervisor and Director of Bands in Scituate, Rhode Island.
We asked him a few questions about his life and art-making in Rhode Island for our new series, Rhode Island Cultural Anchors.
RISCA: Give us a brief overview of your day yesterday- what did you do in both your personal and professional life.
DN: My typical day begins with a daily walk and exercise program to clear my mind, work on my body (which needs a LOT of work) and generally get energized for the work. Being retired from full-time work enables me to spend my time doing what I love to do on my own terms. Currently, that means spending about 2 hours a day playing my horns (saxophone, clarinet, flute), 1 to 2 hours reviewing /studying scores for Rhode Island Philharmonic Youth Wind Ensemble (RIPYWE) rehearsals and future concert repertoire, and then on to work for my position as URI Coordinator of Music Education. This might include reviewing student teacher reflections, videos of teaching, prepping for upcoming seminar lectures, and researching topics and trends in music education. I also, at times, am preparing for workshops, clinics, and other supportive meetings I take on with local music teachers, school bands, and music programs, who reach out for advice. I also am able to keep up with professional readings on music education and our musical culture in general. Finally, in addition to my conducting, playing, and clinicing, I have a few private saxophone students who I adore that I teach weekly. In addition to the pure joy of teaching them, it keeps me engaged with many of the same challenges that my URI student teachers deal with in their placements. So, in a nutshell, I spend my days only doing what I absolutely love to do: teach music, play music, support music educators, promote music education as a vital part of every single student’s education, and keep myself growing musically and intellectually — while still having the extra time for the most important joys of life, my family–my wife Janice, my daughters Kristin, Jennifer and Amanda, and of course my two insanely wonderful grandsons, Alex and William!
RISCA: Why do you make Rhode Island your home, and how did you end up here?
DN: My parents, both immigrants from Portugal, chose to make RI their home, and thus mine. The rich mixture of our Portuguese heritage with the potpourri of the entire American melting pot is easily accessible, and always visible in our state. I guess I am a bit of a “home body” having been born here, grown up here, gone to school nearby (Boston), and then with my professional life primarily here and in nearby Massachusetts. Though I’ve never called any other place home, I’ve traveled enough, and seen enough to know that RI is still where I always want to come back to – my heritage and history is here, and I love being able to relive it and be reminded of how lucky I’ve been every single day. AND, at the same time, being so relatively “close” to other incredible cultural centers, including Boston, NYC, Canada and even Western Europe makes it a great place to call my home base.
RISCA: Why do you do what you do? What inspires you, drives you, to create or enable the creation of art?
DN: I can’t imagine a world without it – and I know the power of music to transform lives for the better – the more music, the more joy and beauty in the world! I cannot thank enough my parents for mandating that I start taking lessons on my saxophone when I was 8, and “making” me practice! Neither of them were musicians in any way yet, for some reason, they just knew it was a super great thing to make their kids do! Thanks Mom and Dad!!
RISCA: What is one thing you think the art community in Rhode Island needs?
DN: We need to change the pervasive concept that so many adults, including some of our own artist/musicians and most educational leaders, have: that high level music experiences are just for those who are especially gifted and talented, or have an ingrained personal desire for it. Music is no different then math: some people figure it out more easily and quickly then others, but EVERYONE has the ability to be musically expressive in some way, and our educational institutions need to make it a priority for all students through college. This will eventually transform all adults into much more collegial, connected, expressive, sensitive, empathetic human beings whose lives will be enhanced and transformed via intimate involvement with the beauty of the arts. RI started down a great path back in the early 2000s, when we “mandated” that all students needed to demonstrate proficiency in one of the arts in order to graduate. We need to revisit that and make it authentic again for all students.
The Chazan Gallery at Wheeler is accepting artists’ proposals for solo and group shows for the 2019-21 exhibition season. Deadline: December 1, 2018. Please send proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org. For detailed information about the proposals, click here.