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.

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.

Intensive Improv workshop and performance- Saturday, August 19, 2017

The event is being co-sponsored by Rhode Island Latino Arts and the Rhode Island Black Storytellers, and hosted by Providence Improv Guild (PIG). The evening is expected to change the course of the Rhode Island Improv scene and Teatro Latino as well.

Are YOU interested in participating in this intensive Improv workshop and performance? We still have some scholarships, so please let me know by Thursday, August 16th. Participation will include an intensive 2-hour workshop, practice time with participants, dinner and ending with a performance. The value of this experience, normally offered by PIG in as part of their series of workshops, is $150. RILA will pay that cost for those who wish to participate.

Saturday, August 19th at 8:00pm at the Southside Cultural Center, 393 Broad Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02907

For more information please contact Martha Martinez at

Rhode Island Public Artists – Get On This Contact List

The RI State Council On the Arts maintains a list of every Rhode Island public artist who has ever worked with us, applied to one of our Requests For Qualifications  or even simply contacted us for information.

If you’d like us to add your name to that list, please email Please put Public Art List in the subject line. Thanks!


State Preservation Grants: Application and June 13-14-15 Workshops

The 2017 State Preservation Grant (SPG) application is online. Apply for a matching grant to support capital preservation projects at museums, cultural art centers, and public historic sites located in historic buildings. Letters of intent (encouraged) are due by June 30, and complete applications are due by August 18.
Join RIHPHC staff at an upcoming SPG workshop next week:
1. Tuesday, June 13 at 10:30am at the offices of The Preservation Society of Newport County, 424 Bellevue Ave., Newport.
2. Wednesday, June 14 at 2pm at the Old State House, 150 Benefit St. Providence.
3. Thursday, June 15 at 10:30am at the East Greenwich Free Library, 82 Peirce St, East Greenwich
Smithfield Town Hall, SPG recipient
RSVP for a workshop by contacting Sarah Zurier at (401)222-4142.
Your project may also be eligible for a State Cultural Facilities Grant. Contact the R.I. State Council on the Arts for more information.

Opportunities In Memphis

UAC and the City of Memphis’ Engineering Division are commissioning a temporary, rotating mural series at the intersection of Peabody Place and Main Street downtown. Murals will rotate every three months over the course of one year.

UAC and the City of Memphis are interested in designs that will express a Memphis-centric message and inspire activation & pedestrian traffic around the mural site. The commissioned artist will be selected based on quality of the design, with special consideration being made to emerging artists looking to expand their practice to the public realm. This mural series presents an excellent opportunity for artists new to public art to gain firsthand experience in the field! Deadline to apply is 11:59PM CT Thursday, June 29, 2017.

For more information and to apply, click the button below.
Note: UAC is now accepting applications via Submittable!



UAC and the Downtown Memphis Commission (DMC) are commissioning a lighting and mural installation that will positively impact existing conditions of the I-40 underpass at North Main Street. The selection committee expresses an interest in a public art piece that will provide a welcoming atmosphere that encourages pedestrians to move from Downtown into the Pinch and vice versa, embed elements within the installation that will be visible during the day as well as night, and create an experience that residents and tourists will want to revisit. Deadline to apply is 11:59PM CT Friday, June 9, 2017.

For more information and to apply, click the button below.
NOTE: UAC is now accepting applications via Submittable!

Join the UAC team! UAC is accepting applications for a full time project manager position. This position is responsible for managing all aspects of assigned public art/design projects. The Public Art Project Manager works with the Executive Director and Project Management Team in facilitating planning, design, and implementation of a variety of public art projects for the City of Memphis Public Art Program and private clients. The Project Manager implements effective tracking systems for recording and reporting project activities, including contracting and billing, monitoring project progress, and overall adherence to program guidelines.

More information available at

Applicants should email a current resume including salary history, a letter of interest not to exceed 1 page, and 3 professional references with the subject line “Project Manager application” to:

Call For Poetry At URI’s Beaupre Center For Chemical & Forensic Sciences


The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and the University of Rhode Island are pleased to announce the opening of an interactive public artwork by internationally known artist Erwin Redl at the Beaupre Center For Chemical and Forensic Sciences, 140 Flagg Road, Kingston, Rhode Island on Monday, May 1, 2017 at 4:00 pm. The public is invited to attend.

Unable to attend the opening? Participate anytime by submitting poetry online as part of the artwork: Redl requests that you create poems exclusively using the symbols of the periodic table. If selected, your poem will stream across the installation at URI and online via webcams.

An example might read as follows:

Mow basic barge (using the periodic table symbol combinations: “MoW BaSiC BArGe”)

Tivo pal clones foxes (symbol combinations: “TiVO Pal ClONeS FOXeS”)

Close singe. (symbol combinations: “CLOse SInGe”)

Everyone is welcome to submit poems All works must be original to the person submitting the entry, no copies of other artworks or published works.

You will be notified when your submission is received and again if it is accepted.

This is a rolling submission process run by the RI State Council On the Arts.

There is no entry fee.

The Department of Chemistry offers Bachelor’s degrees in Chemistry and in Chemistry and Forensic Chemistry, a Master of Science in Chemistry and a Ph. D. In Chemistry. The University of Rhode Island, commonly referred to as URI, is the principal public research as well as the land grant and sea grant university for the State of Rhode Island.

Established in 1967, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) is charged by the state legislature to stimulate public interest and participation in the arts and to serve as the liaison to the state arts community.

Poems submitted to GeNeSiS are not subject to copyright law. This call is open to all people age 18 and over.  Applications may be submitted individually or in collaboration with others. The selection panel will not discriminate against any applicant based on age, race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin or physical challenges.

About the artist:

Erwin Redl’s work is informed by his combination of conceptual-structural thinking and profound craftsmanship both in electronic and traditional media. With a BA in Music Composition from the University of Vienna, Austria and an MFA in Computer Art from the School of Visuals Arts in New York he has expanded his practice beyond the traditional Fine Art context. For more information please visit

Questions? Email Elizabeth Keithline, RI State Council On the Arts,