RISCA’s Adrienne Adeyemi joins New Urban Arts Director on RIPR interview

On the off-chance that you weren’t listening to Rhode Island Public Radio on Thursday morning, May 25th at 6:51am, you missed RISCA’s Adrienne Adeyemi join Dan Schleifer from New Urban Arts talk about New Urban Arts at 20 and the threats public funding for the arts are currently facing.  Thanks to modern technology you can listen at your leisure by going to http://ripr.org/post/ri-artscape-new-urban-arts-20 .  Enjoy.

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City of Providence Seeks Program Director for Turnaround Arts

The City of Providence was selected by Turnaround Arts, a signature program of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to bring integrated arts education into three Providence public middle schools. Turnaround Arts leverages its network and coordinates with local artists and school arts teachers and principals for non-arts outcomes. Turnaround Arts also beautifies the school and invests in culture and climate improvements that, as research shows, contribute to academic improvements. This position reports to the ACT Director and will work closely with partners in Providence Schools and other constituencies to manage all aspects of the program including fundraising, stewarding partner and funder relationships, building-level implementation of Turnaround Arts: Providence, strategic planning, budgeting, staffing, systems management and compliance with the policies of Turnaround Arts: National. This is a full-time, dedicated position.

For more information, see the full posting here.

Poetry Out Loud Regional Finals Today (4/25/17) – Watch, Livestreamed!

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Rhode Island Poetry Out Loud 2017 Champion Simon Rabatin with VSA Arts Rhode Island Director Jeannine Chartier (left) and Rhode Island State Poet Tina Cane. Photo by Malcolm Greenaway.

If it’s Tuesday morning, April 25, 2017, then it’s the regional finals for the National Poetry Out Loud Championship in Washington, DC.  Competing for Rhode Island is Simon Rabatin, a senior from Moses Brown School in Providence.  Simon is in the group competing from 9am to 12noon on Tuesday morning.

Can’t make it to Washington?  No worries.  The regional finals will be livestreamed.  So will the final competition, scheduled for Wednesday evening, April 26th, starting at 7pm from the Lisner Auditorium on the campus of George Washington University.

Good luck, Simon!

Poetry Out Loud is a program sponsored nationally by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and The Poetry Foundation in Chicago. Organized along the lines of the national spelling bee, Poetry Out Loud promotes competitions at the high school level throughout the country, with local winners going on to state finals, and from there to the national championship competition.

Do you have a “clean energy” story to tell? The RI Energy Office wants to know!

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The Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources is charged with leading Rhode Island to a secure, cost-effective and sustainable energy future, and they are interested in hearing how artists and arts organizations use clean energy or employ conservation efforts in their work.

If you have a story to tell, please share it with Robert Beadle (Robert.Beadle@energy.ri.gov), Communications Manager at the State’s Office of Energy Resources.  Or you can share your story with the world using the Twitter address @energyri and the hashtag #1000megawatts

School One Presents School One Annual Art Show with Award Winning Student Artwork

Known as an art power house, local independent Rhode Island school, School One, exhibits student work at School One on the East Side in Providence,   corner of Slater and University Avenues.

The special exhibit is Thursday, May 11th from 5:00-7:30pm and is free and open to the public.   School One Annual Art Show, highlighting the talented students of School One.

Art is integrated into many academic subjects at School One (and covers most of our walls!). Our program expands students’ appreciation of the arts in their daily lives.

Further art in all its forms has been a central component of our school’s mission and programming for over 30 years. There is a long tradition of our students connecting with professional artists, art institutions and community organizations including the RI School of Design, Bert Gallery, BankRI Gallery, The Steel Yard, Providence Art Windows, Gallery Night Providence, RI Committee for the Humanities, Prov Poetry Slam, Fusion Dance Company, RI Youth Pride, and Hamilton House.

School One is a small, independent high school on the east side of Providence that provides an arts intensive, college preparatory education to an array of students from across Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts.

For more information, contact Diana Champa at dianac@school-one.org.

Rhode Island’s Poetry Out Loud Champion to Compete in DC Next Week

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Photo of RI Poetry Out Loud 2017 Champion Simon Rabatin by Malcolm Greenaway

Rhode Island’s Poetry Out Loud 2017 champion, Simon Rabatin, leaves early next week for Washington, DC, where he will compete with state champions from throughout the nation at the 2017 Poetry Out Loud National Finals.

Rabatin, a senior at Moses Brown School in Providence, competed successfully against students from 15 schools from throughout Rhode Island on March 5th at the RISD Museum.  As State Champion, Rabatin received a $200 prize check and an all-expense-paid trip to compete at the National Finals from April 24th to April 26th in Washington, DC. Moses Brown School will receive a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books.

On Tuesday, April 25th, Simon will compete in a regional semifinal against state champions from the Eastern Seaboard and Ohio.  The regional semifinal will be held from 9am to noon, and will be livestreamed. The National Finals will be on Wednesday evening, April 26th, and will be livestreamed from the Lisner Auditorium on the campus of George Washington University from 7:00pm to 9:15pm.

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts wishes Simon Rabatin all the best for the week that lies ahead!