Video and Pictures from RISCA’s 50 Anniversary Rally at the State House

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Click on this image to see the Capitol TV video of the “Rally for RISCA’s 50th”

Thanks to all of you who attended RISCA’s 50th Birthday party at the Rhode Island State House on June 1st!  We had a great turnout, and a lot of fun.

The highlight of the event was our 50 Speakers for 50 Years of Public Support for the Arts in Rhode Island, when 50 arts and political leaders in our state took 60 seconds apiece to creatively express their support for public funding for the arts.  And it was VERY creative.  Click on the image above to see the video, courtesy of Rhode Island Capitol TV.

And check out pictures of the event on the RISCA Flickr page, courtesy of photographer Lew Place III.

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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Grateful for the recognition – Pell Awards 2017

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Last evening (May 22nd) was the 21st Annual Pell Awards, an event hosted by Trinity Repertory Company to “celebrate outstanding contributions in the arts.”  The event was held in the spectacular new Waterfire Art Center in Providence.  RISCA was honored for its 50 years of support for the arts in Rhode Island, and shared the stage with a distinguished group of awardees:  Joe and Sally Dowling, Ricardo Pitts-Wiley, and screen and stage legend Jessica Lange.

It was a thrill and honor for RISCA to be recognized for the work it does on behalf of the arts in Rhode Island. I tried to express our gratitude in my remarks while accepting the award on behalf of the RISCA board and staff, but for me personally the best expression of our work is in the achievements of others. I couldn’t help but feel a thrill when Joe and Sally Dowling talked about their personal engagement with Trinity artistic directors and actors over the years, and how their commitment to an art form and an ensemble has meant the difference, not only for them but frankly for all of us who love the arts in Rhode Island.

I have long admired Ricardo Pitts-Wiley. He has a strong and steadfast commitment to the arts as an actor and director, and an unending work ethic. It has, sadly, been a challenge for African-American artists to build a career in the arts in this state and this country.  Frankly, agencies like ours struggle with the most appropriate ways to equitably support work by African, Asian, Native and Latino artists, and Ricardo has been one of our toughest critics, which – perversely, I know – makes him one of our most important friends.  In spite of the challenges – and with the help of his wife and partner, Bernadette – Ricardo has built Mixed Magic Theatre into an important company sharing the work of the African-American experience, among other works, with a Rhode Island audience.

Finally, I was moved by Shura Baryshnikov‘s introduction of her mother, Jessica Lange.  Shura talked about how her mother’s work and approach to life helped to shape her own as a dancer and performer, and how that inspiration is finding root in her own daughters’ lives.  This reminded me of the importance and influence of community. We Rhode Islanders take for granted the small size of our state, which I believe is one of our greatest advantages. Shura is the co-artistic director of the Doppelganger Dance Collective, and this young company has been influence by the dance, and the music, and the theatre and visual and literary arts it sees all around it.  Generations of theatre artists have been influenced by the work of Trinity Rep, and it has spawned a number of important companies and ensembles in our state.  The Rhode Island Philharmonic and its Music School have an outsized influence over the growth of music in Rhode Island. And the list goes on.

So, sure.  RISCA was absolutely honored to be recognized for 50 years of work on behalf of the arts in Rhode Island. We’re grateful to Trinity Rep and others for the award. But for those of us who work at RISCA, the excitement of helping to grow and support the arts in Rhode Island is, indeed, its own reward.

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