Meet Luis Rodriguez and UPP Arts

Twice a year RISCA awards grants in a number of categories. Over the course of a few months, we will be profiling the amazing artists and organizations that received grants at our April 1, 2017 deadline, two at a time.

picture 1 LuisProject Grants for Individuals
Artist: Luis Rodriguez
Project: The Music Program IDLC plans to enable kids and young people in dangerous part of the city of Providence, to develop and interest and learn to play a musical instrument. The potential benefits to kids who participate in extracurricular activities are nearly as limitless as the list of activities open to them to try.
The Music Program IDLC emerged as a new alternative to help solve the problem of many of our children and young people, who after coming home from school, do not find healthy activities to perform or get involved. This need brings as a consequence the promotion of idleness and therefore possible motivation in their curiosity get involved in activities that are harmful to the mind and the heart, and can even be harmful for other people.
The music IDLC program , offers classes from 4:00-8:00 pm Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am-1:00 pm, to provide the opportunity to the parents to bring their kids and allow them to be part of the development of the arts through music, when they are out of school.
The mission is to provide qualified teachers, who are equipped to teach different ages according to the vision of the music program, providing a small class environment and providing opportunities where students can display their talents, including public concerts.
The music program has 3 years serving more than 300 young youth and kids. They have been inspired to develop their skills in the art of music, putting it into practice in front of family members, schools, concerts, and other institutions of the community. The picture 2 Luisprogram has develop several concerts.
Artist Bio: I am a musician for more than 40 years, I am been involve teaching music to kids, young people and adults, in Dominican Republic and here in USA. I teach piano, guitar, and bassguitar. It has been my passion to help the community and specially the young people to express their feelings and get new opportunities through music and other expressions of art. I also work with other young people that has been part of the music program in the past who now help me teaching music to the kids.

pic 1Project Grants in Education
Applicant Organization: UPP Arts
Participating Artists: Dan Butterworth, Sarah Cappelli, Anna Snyder, and Holly Ewald
Project: UPP Arts will facilitate a series of professional development workshops for teachers from 3 high schools–Central High School and Alvarez High School in Providence, and the Greene School in North Kingstown–to exchange ideas with teaching artists, community-based arts and environmental groups, and each other on how to build effective curricula using the lessons of Mashapaug Pond (MP) and/or place-based education across disciplines, including art.
These 3 schools all of which serve students from Providence and/or the surrounding urban area, have a history of engaging in project-based learning using MP resources gathered by UPP Arts over the last 10 years and an interest in continuing to utilize these resources. UPP Arts has worked with Central and Alvarez to fund and coordinate teaching artist workshop series in the past, but now UPP Arts is stepping back to focus on creating an archive and collaborative book to share its approach with others. As UPP thoughtfully transitions, these workshops will provide a practical way for teachers to continue to strengthen their place-based teaching through cross-fertilization of ideas and best practices between their respective schools, laying the groundwork for ongoing educational exchange and interdisciplinary curricular support over the coming years.
UPP Arts will hold a series of paid professional development workshops for teachers and teaching artists from July 2017 through June 2018. Two half-day workshops will take pic 2place in July at Alvarez High School. Currently, UPP’s Urban Pond Procession serves as the primary platform for students to bring their learning to the wider community. However, since UPP will not be hosting the procession in 2018, teachers and teaching artists can decide to celebrate student learning with the public in a new and different way. In November and February, they will check in, share, and plan the public event. In May, student work will be shared at the event. June will focus on evaluation
About the Organization: ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​UPP Arts mission is to engage artists and communities in public art-making for the purpose of celebrating and building stewardship of our shared environment. UPP Arts will be successful when public art-making is a catalyst for creating healthy places and communities throughout Rhode Island.

Meet School One and Sokeo Ros

Twice a year RISCA awards grants in a number of categories. Over the course of a few months, we will be profiling the amazing artists and organizations that received grants at our April 1, 2017 deadline, two at a time.

group shot of only students.NAM.WRI.2017Project Grants in Education
Applicant Organization: School One
Participating Artists: Goat Hill Writers; Ann Hood, Hester Kaplan, Taylor Polites, Eve Kerrigan, Diane Xavier, and Max Winter
Project: Write Rhode Island (WRI) is a short fiction writing competition for RI students in grades 7-12 presented by School One and Goat Hill Writers. Our goal is to stimulate, promote and celebrate creative writing by RI students. WRI offers a set of opportunities for students to have their creative writing spurred, recognized and shared publicly. The competition asks them to create a short story that incorporates Rhode Island as a theme. WRI works with teaching artists to develop curriculum, consults with teachers in schools, runs writing workshops across the state, and finally publishes the winning short stories.
We plan to offer 35 workshops throughout RI. Workshops are designed to encourage teen writers to channel their imaginations onto the page, strengthen their writing skills, learn techniques for developing conflict, character, and setting, and revise work for submission. WRI will continue to host workshops in schools, as we know these are key to generating student interest and building writing skills.
Students submit stories in December through Submittable, an online platform. Our judges convene in January to assess the stories through a blind judging process; judges Screen Shot Charihouse a matrix to score stories through multiple rounds of review. The designer and proofreaders collaborate to create the anthology.  This anthology is a key element of Write Rhode Island,
This professionally published anthology is a vehicle shows student writers that their work is serious and meaningful.  It is intended to celebrate creative writing in RI and to stimulate further participation by teachers, librarians, and students in the next year’s competition. Publication is a authentic motivator for students as they take writing more seriously and expend effort polishing their words. WRI is committed to producing a high quality print publication that will serve as   representation of our state’s talented students and part of a Rhode Island legacy. An award ceremony and book launch will take place in the spring.
About the Organization: ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Write Rhode Island is created in partnership by School One and Goat Hill. Its mission is to foster and encourage writing and learn the fundamentals of storytelling.
School One is a small, independent high school in Providence that provides an arts intensive, college prep program for students in RI and southeastern Mass. At School One, writing is central to our program, they are taught to organize complex ideas and communicate them effectively – a prerequisite for success in nearly all fields.

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Artist: Sokeo Ros
Project: Cambodian Lullaby explores the personal stories of three Cambodian youth. Keily, Johanna and Theo all share one common thread; they’re Cambodian. But how much do they know about their family and history? This project combines theater, story telling, video projection and dance, bringing to life stories of refugees, immigration, and adoption as a result of genocide and survival as told by the youth.
This project, Cambodian Lullaby, is a performance that tells the story of three young individuals whose grandparents/parents survived the genocide of approximately two million people during the Khmer Rouge regime. Most, of which, fled to the refugee camps in Thailand and made their way to the United States. Keily Ros, now 14, who was born in Pawtucket, is the daughter of a refugee, Sokeo Ros, who survived the Thailand refugee camps and made it to Rhode Island to live in an impoverished gang neighborhood. Johanna Sam, now 15, who was born in Central Falls, is the daughter of Sonn Sam. He was born in the United States after his parents escaped the war and Thailand but ultimately ending up in Rhode Island to also live in a low-income gang neighborhood. Theo Sok-Samnang Maier, now 17, who was born in Cambodia and was adopted from an orphanage at only 3 months old. He too was brought to Rhode Island but was given the life opposite of the other two youth. Together, they all share one common thread; they’re Cambodian. But how much do they know about their family and history?
The performance will be on November 18th at 7pm at Everett Theater, and is free.
Artist Bio: Sokeo was born in a Cambodian refugee camp in Thailand, arriving in the United States at the age of three. As a sophomore in high school, he began performing with the Carriage House Performers, a Providence-based hip-hop group. In 1998, Sokeo joined Everett as a creator and performer and has taught many master classes in universities throughout his touring experience. He has been in three touring pieces and is currently working on the fourth piece with Everett called “Freedom Project”. It explores mass incarceration and its effects on all aspects of society. Sokeo also tours throughout New England in Everett’s educational shows. He is the director of the hip-hop dance program at Everett’s School and has taught at many Rhode Island institutions pic 2including Central Falls High School, the Lincoln School, and the Rhode Island School of Design. Sokeo also directs the hip-hop based troupe, Case Closed!, which he founded in 2004. Case Closed! has performed at venues across New England including the Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Brown University and the Providence Performing Arts Center. Sokeo received a Rhode Island State Council on the Arts grant to develop a hip-hop theater piece, Culture Shock. He is a performer and creator of Everett’s last work, Brainstorm and Case Closed!’s latest piece called “A Daydream in the Ghetto”. Sokeo received another RISCA grant to work on a project called “From Refugee Camp to Project” which tells of his experiences of being born in a Thailand refugee camp and coming to the United States to live in an impoverished neighborhood. He recently came back from Cambodia from volunteering in non-profit organizations that offered free classes in education and the performing arts. He was able to conduct interviews and research his family’s compelling history of surviving the Khmer Rouge Regime. This was the first time that Sokeo got a chance to meet his family.

Meet Patricia Hawridge and Tiverton Library Foundation

Twice a year RISCA awards grants in a number of categories. Over the course of a few months, we will be profiling the amazing artists and organizations that received grants at our April 1, 2017 deadline, two at a time.

PatriciaTeaching Artist Roster
Artist: Patricia Hawkridge
Discipline: Theater
Artist Bio: Patricia is dedicated to teaching curriculum through the arts.  Specializing as an Arts Integration Teaching Artist, she holds an MFA in Dramatic Arts from The George Washington University and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Arts Integration from the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.
Committed to working with educators of all disciplines in grades 6-12, Pat will work with you to create innovative and fun standards-based arts integrated lessons which engage students while increasing their retention of the curriculum.

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Applicant Organization: Tiverton Library Foundationportrait-e1509557021615.jpg
Project: Noted ceramic artists Mika Seeger and Peter Geisser will engage the community in creating sculptural and mosaic murals to be installed in the Tiverton Public Library. This project will build community across generations, cultures and socio-economic groups through direct participation in the arts, and create a lasting reflection of the community. A series of workshops will be making hexagonheld at the Library and other local venues for the community to participate in making the smaller mosaic and ceramic tiles and figures for the mural. The large stoneware sculptural elements and smaller porcelain mosaic elements will be completed at Seeger’s studio in Tiverton. The pieces will be stoked in the wood-fired kiln for at least 24 hours at 2,300 degrees, and then numbered, packaged and brought to the Library. The artists and community volunteers will assemble the myriad of pieces and install the murals. The Main Lobbypig mural is 59 sf; the murals for two walls and four end panels in the Children’s Room are 130.25 sf.  The architects designed the walls to support the heavy work. The Library will catalogue the research materials and multimedia documentation.
About the Organization: The Foundation’s mission is to support the Tiverton Public Library by securing funding to provide programs, services and projects that are not possible under its annual operational budget.

Meet Ellie Brown & Smart Test

2015 self portraitProject Grants for Individuals
Artist: Ellie Brown
Project: This grant supports, in part, an exhibition of artworks about Alzheimer’s produced by people impacted by Alzheimer’s: both caretakers/family members and patients. The exhibit will draw attention to the illness as well a provide a therapeutic outlet for patients. The work will be displayed at New Hope Art Gallery, housed at the Cranston Senior Enrichment Center, from 11/17-3/18.  The opening reception is Tuesday 11/14 from 4:00-7:30pm.
I am the daughter of a 66 year old man, who in his prime was brilliant, steadfast, fascinating and my rock. This man, my father, now has early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Since the moment he was officially diagnosed two years ago, I was called into artist action by creating a limited edition print benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association and engaging in other fundraising opportunities for the organization. In all of my research and time spent with my father in his day groups, I see very clearly how making art is so very important for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Additionally, the needs of caretakers/family members are often overlooked.
I have curated an exhibition using caretaker’s work about Alzheimer’s paired with art from their loved one afflicted by the disease. Accepted caretaker artists submitted work in collaboration, representing the deceased or made work in reflection of their loved one. There will be three art making workshops through Cranston Senior Enrichment Center’s memory care unit to pair with the previously accepted work.  The allotted space will have work created at the workshops from the memory care unit and work submitted through the curatorial process.
Artist Bio: Ellie Brown is a native of Boston, MA where she attended Massachusetts brown ellie-10College of Art. She received her B.F.A. in Media Arts in 1997 and her M.F.A. in Pictorial Arts from San Jose State University in 2002.  Ellie has received numerous awards including:  a 2008 Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, a Leeway Foundation grant, first prize from the Fraser Gallery’s International photo competition, a featured artist from women in photography international, the Calumet Award from the Print Center’s 2006 and 2008 International Photography Competition. In addition, Ellie has attended artist in residencies in Iceland at the NES Artist Residency, at the Santa Fe Art Institute on a full fellowship, Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, FL with acclaimed photographer Graciela Iturbide and a residency in Costa Rica at the David and Julia White Artist Colony. Both her bookwork and photographs have been exhibited extensively nationally and internationally including Mexico, England, Switzerland, Romania, Greece, with a solo exhibition at the Galeria Nacional in Costa Rica. The Center for the Book Arts in NYC exhibited a solo show entitled A Chronicle of Lovers in 2009. From 2000- to the present, Ellie has taught as a part-time and full-time lecturer in photography, digital media and 2D at many Colleges and Universities. Ellie served as a Visiting Professor position of Digital Information at the University of Ulsan, South Korea in 2008. Ellie has been photographing girls’ issues since 1996 and making altered bookwork since 2002. She has curated and coordinated exhibitions such as Family Ties at UPenn and “Body, Soul and Hair” at Rowan University. The BAG project was funded through USA Projects, an initiative of United States Artists, with numerous solo exhibitions of the work in PA, IL, ID, MT and MI. She is the founder and president of POP!sicle Artist Marketing. She is the playwright and producer for Dear Diary, Bye. Which had its world premiere at Plays and Players Theater, Philadelphia in April 2014. In April 2016 RISCA and the Woonsocket Mayor funded Ellie’s public art Faces of Woonsocket, featuring 100 portraits of Woonsocket residents wheat pasted around the city.  She is founder of POP!sicle Artist Marketing.  She is currently a resident of Providence, RI. She works as a teaching artist at UCAP School.  Her current work is a mixed media project called “Drawing Dad is Dizzy” about her father’s early onset Alzheimer’s disease.

pic-1.jpgProject Grants in Education
Applicant Organization: Smart Test, Inc.
Lead Teacher: Qiuping Xia
Participating Artists: Edgar Viloria
Project: Fifty two fifth students from Pleasant View School will learn basic scientific concepts of motion and apply Newton’s Laws of Motion and Gravitation to the Hip Hop genre, using their bodies to show concrete examples of scientific laws.
The project is a collaborative educational approach in which our artist will join with a classroom teacher to provide students with a forum in which they will learn some basic scientific        principles of motion through the use of dance.  Students will discover how to apply Newton’s Three Laws of Motion and Law of Gravitation to the Hip Hop dance form.  Through experimentation and exploration of these principles, students will understand how forces affect the body in motion.  By using their own bodies to demonstrate concrete examples of scientific law, the concepts will become more relevant to them.  In addition, as students learn how to pic-2.jpgapply Newton’s Law of Motion and the Law of Gravity to their choreography, a bridge is formed between the Arts and Science.  Finding this connection is crucial to learners who may otherwise shy away from science.  By using a popular dance form to teach science, our program will enlighten students about the applications of science in our everyday lives and will make them feel confident that they can learn science easily if they approach it in a way that makes sense to them.
About the artist:  Edgar Viloria, has been teaching Hop Hop Healthy and Hip Hop Science for Smart Test, Inc. for the past 4 years.  His other experience includes working for City Arts and the PASA AfterZone program and has taught Hip Hop classes in middle schools all over New England.  Edgar has also performed Educational Entertainments through New England teaching “The Marriage of Art and Science” and also “Breaking Down Science”, in which teaches science through breakdancing.

Meet Bristol Garden Club and Diana Hoffman

Raincatcher Kennard parkProject Grant for Individuals
Project Name: Garden Sculpture Project – “RainKeep”
Organization: Bristol Garden Club
Project: Allison Newsome will create an aesthetically pleasing and functional garden sculpture for Mrs. Perry’s Garden in Bristol’s Thomas Park at Silver Creek. It addresses a critical need for water in gardens not served by any municipal source. The rain harvesting sculpture will stimulate and enhance a wide range of educational opportunities for children and adults in the community.
Exploring the purpose and function of the rain harvester will complement the learning of sustainability, conservation practices, and environmental science and climate topics for adults and children. As a focal point to raise public awareness, the rain harvester will be integrated into the Bristol Parks and Recreation Department’s rain barrel campaign. This program is aimed at developing understanding and encouraging the use of rain barrel technology for water conservation and environmental improvement.
About the Organization: The Bristol Garden Club is an educational and charitable organization promoting knowledge of gardening and flower arranging, protection of the environment and encouragement of civic planting as well as charitable activities that further these objectives.

Diane Hoffman project picTeaching Artist Roster
Artist: Diana Hoffman
Discipline: Visual Art
Artist Bio: Diane’s professional artwork is inspired by the environmental concept that the more disorganized, over grown and rambling “nature” appears, the more life it can sustain. Her studio practice explores animal typologies, layering and pattern blocking to contemplate buoyancy, fecundity and collapse. She uses multi-media to make her work including paint, silkscreen printing, digital printed fabric and found textiles.
Diane has over twenty years of experience in undergraduate education. She has taught art classes at Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design and Leslie University of Art and Design and others. Diane loves teaching drawing, painting, digital collage and more.

Meet Butler Hospital and Kirsten Volness

Butler Hope Healing Community ExhibitionArts in Healthcare
Organization: Butler Hospital
Project Name: Multi-Disciplinary Healing Arts Residencies
Project Coordinator: Wendy Grossman and Laura White Carpenter
Participating Artists: Len Cabral, Christopher Johnson, Teri Pimley, and Kerri Peterson Weaver

Project: Butler Hospital’s Healing Arts 2017-2018 Multi-Disciplinary Residencies Program, a nine-month project (September 2017 – May 2018), will host a variety of artists and expressive arts therapists for a series of workshops and short-term residencies on each of the hospital’s eight inpatient units. The goal of the residency is to provide quality arts experiences to our inpatients, their caregivers and staff, which help patients move forward with their treatment.

Through a series of groups in movement, music, visual arts, creative writing and storytelling, we strive to create a comfortable space for creative self-expression to take place. This in turn allows for connection, joy, a sense of peace and hope.

More concretely, we also will use the arts as a tool for engagement in treatment for mental illness and addiction recovery during the short stays that our patients experience, which typically last from five to 10 days. This allows for a broad integration of the arts into the culture of Butler Hospital and permits us to serve as many patients as possible.

About the Organization: Butler Hospital treats psychiatric, substance use and neurological disorders and serves as the flagship mental health teaching hospital for Brown University’s medical school. Butler is a member of Care New England Health System. The hospital’s mission is to: Provide treatment for psychiatric illness in an atmosphere of dignity and respect; Contribute to knowledge through education and research; Continuously improve the ways we serve our patients and our community.

Kirsten Bio picProject Grants for Individuals
Artist Name: Kirsten Volness
Project Name: Verdant Vibes New Music Concert Series
Project: Verdant Vibes is a new music ensemble and concert series bringing together artists and musicians creating new work in a variety of genres and media, acoustic and electronic. This season we will present a three-concert series of music selected from our international call for scores, local and regional guest artists, and collaborations with young writers from the Manton Avenue Project, an afterschool playwriting program based in the Olneyville neighborhood of Providence. We will work with the students on composition and performance of a new project, Olneyville: the Operetta!

18055642_776072662571353_6649634511345034880_oThis summer we posted our public, free, and inclusive call for scores for all types of new music that fits our core ensemble’s instrumentation, regardless of style or genre. We encouraged submission of electroacoustic and multimedia works, as well as proposals for collaborations from artists of all disciplines that do not fit the mold of a standard call for scores. opened this summer and received 750 submissions from around the world. We received over 750 submissions from around the world, and have been very fortunate and successful in attracting fantastic local, national, and international composers and other collaborative artists to work with us and present their work to local audiences.

We will continue to emphasize the work of RI artists (one show will feature local composer/performers) while including music from composers from all over the world. We believe combining local music with music from outside Rhode Island on our concerts helps expose our growing audience to exceptional new music from a variety of communities. We will encourage composers from out of state, who are able and willing, to attend our rehearsals and concerts, with the aim of providing a fruitful exchange between these creative communities.

Artist Bio:
Kirsten Volness is a musician, composer, and teacher who has been involved in the creative community of Providence and greater Rhode Island for eight years. She is co-founder/director and pianist of Verdant Vibes, plays piano with NYC-based ensemble Hotel Elefant, collaborates on unique multimedia projects such as Meridian Project (astrophysics+new music/media), Tenderloin Opera Company (homeless advocacy music/theater group), and is an affiliate artist of Sleeping Weazel. As inaugural Composer-In-Residence, Kirsten also curates the First Fridays chamber music series at the Music Mansion in Providence. She teaches privately and at the University of Rhode Island. kirstenvolness.com

The mission of Verdant Vibes is to present opportunities for a diverse group of composers, performers, and audience members to come together to experience new music. We aim to accomplish this not just through our call for scores and performances by our core ensemble, but through our collaboration with unique and diverse guest artists, accessible and eclectic performance venues, talented students, and curious and enthusiastic audience members. We hope to grow on the successes of this project thus far, and to continue to strive toward the goal of a strong and inclusive new music community in Rhode Island.

Meet Cathren Housley and Nancy Brown-Garcia

Twice a year RISCA awards grants in a number of categories. Over the next few months, we will be profiling the amazing artists and organizations that received grants at our April 1, 2017 deadline, two at a time.

RISCA_Cathren2Project Grants for Individuals
Artist: Cathren Lee Housley
Project: Multidisciplinary artist and writer Cathren Housley has created the Maker’s Box Workshop series, designed to kick start young imaginations with a variety of art mediums. Each week a different mystery box is provided with raw materials where kids can explore drawing, sculpting, writing and more! While the fun doesn’t stop there, they will develop solid problem solving skills as they take their ideas from thought to form.
For each session, Housley will bring a mystery Maker’s Box, along with a variety of adhesives and tools that kids may need to complete their project. We will have a different theme to start from every week. How they decide to express their ideas is up to them.
In addition to license to create at will, kids will also get instruction on how to use age appropriate tools and materials. At the beginning of each session, students will each be asked to decide what they make, and then follow through. Their ideas can change as they work- but they must complete them. At the end of each workshop, we will talk about the projects. Did the end result differ from what they intended? Why? What were some of the difficulties they encountered and how did they solve the problems? Would they do things differently next time?

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Project: Traditional Native American Regalia
Master: Nancy Brown-Garcia
Apprentice: Misheshau Garcia-Perry
Artist Bio: Nancy Brown-Garcia is a Mishawomett/Meshanticut Narragansett of the Pawtuxet Falls Band in Warwick, Rhode Island. Nancy learned 1897traditional arts at an early age and continued her interests in leather, feathers, beads, wampum, weaving, and print making. Nancy can bead with the smallest beads in the world. Her work has been exhibited in Europe. Nancy has shared her skills with schools, colleges and universities throughout the United States and Europe. Nancy enjoys beading when she is not protecting ancient ancestral graves as the Narragansett Indian Tribe’s, Chief Deputy Historic Preservation Officer.