May 2007
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The E-Newsletter of the
Rhode Island State
Council on the Arts
It's early May, and I would call this "the lull before the storm" if anything ever felt like a "lull" around here.  Our applications are in (lots of them), and we are about to start a long series of panel meetings to review those applications.  Don't forget that Arts Advocacy Day at the State House is scheduled for Thursday, May 17 (more on that below).  Look forward to seeing you there!
Arts Advocacy Day in Rhode Island- Thursday, May 17, 2007!

May 17, 2007 10:30 am to 4 pm.
Registration is from 10:30 - 11:00 at the Statehouse

Talk is not cheap
Advocating is a way to affect change
Participate in your legislative process

Arts Advocacy Day at the State House is a day dedicated to recognizing the arts as an important sector in the Rhode Island economy and our quality of life. Legislators need to hear from their constituents that this is a priority.

Come take part in a day of advocating.
11 am - 12:30 pm: Learn about the issues and advocacy process in a workshop with special guest Dan Hunter - Massachusetts Advocates for Arts, Sciences and Humanities.
12:45 pm - 2:45 pm: Meet with your legislator.
3:00 pm - 3:45 pm: Celebrate with us and hear legislators' remarks on the arts.


register online

Phone: 401-633-6014
Meeting with legislators will be pre-scheduled. Let us know if you would like to help in arranging a meeting with your legislator when registering.

Talking about:
Funding in the State Arts Budget
Support for Arts in Education
Economic Impact of the Arts and Creative Sector in Rhode Island
Our Quality of Life

In This Issue
Arts Advocacy Day in RI
New Council members appointed
RIVERZEDGE at the Atrium Gallery
EVENING set to premiere
RISCA-funded educational project at CityArts!
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Governor Carcieri appoints three new Council members
Governor Donald L. CarcieriGovernor Donald L. Carcieri recently appointed Beverly Blais and Bill Brackett of Coventry, along with Douglas Bennett from North Smithfield, to the board of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.  These individuals, who were confirmed on May 2nd by the Rhode Island Senate, join the thirteen-member governing body of the State Arts Council, the state agency responsible for support of the arts in communities throughout the state.

Beverly Blais is a certified Pharmacy Technician at Pawtuxet Valley Prescription and Surgical Center in Coventry, where she specializes in custom compounding medications for patients.  Beverly lives in Coventry with her husband, Senator Leo R. Blais, and their two children, Jeremy and Leanne. She attended CCRI and URI, and has also attended advanced pharmacy compounding courses at the Professional Compounding Center of America headquarters in Houston, Texas. She is the chairman of the RI Catholic School Parents' Federation Board, which she has been involved with for the past 8 years, and has also served as the chairman of the Governmental Affairs Committee. She is also actively involved in her parish community.

Bill Brackett is technical director for the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) as well as Director of Technical Services for Professional Facilities Management.  Brackett is responsible for all technical aspects of all performances at PPAC and serves as a theatre consultant specifying and designing backstage support areas and equipment.  He is active in the Town of Coventry in sports and government.  He has coached Little League, served on the Coventry School Building Committee and is currently on the Coventry Economic Development Commission.

Douglas Bennett is a resident of the Town of North Smithfield.  He is the Manager for North American Distribution of construction products for Dow Reichhold Corporation.  Bennett has been an active member of the North Smithfield community, with involvement in local government and with the local school department.

And, we are pleased to announce that the Governor has reappointed Carrie Zaslow, Regina Partridge, Nancy Chapman and Andrea Valentini to second terms on the Council.

Council members are appointed by the Governor for three-year terms, and are subject to approval of the Rhode Island State Senate.  The Council serves as the decision-making body of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.
Atrium Art Show at the "Riverzedge"

RIVERZEDGE is a youth development program giving educationally and economically disenfranchised youth in northern Rhode Island paid employment in the arts and a voice in the community. Based in Woonsocket, one of Rhode Island's poorest communities, RIVERZEDGE ARTS PROJECT does more than divert teens from destructive behaviors; it engages them in a lifestyle of disciplined effort, creative expression and economic self-reliance.

And during the month of May, RIVERZEDGE is in the Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill, with work on display in the gallery managed by the State Arts Council.

Join us on MAY 17, 5-8:00PM
Don't miss this opening: a rare opportunity to explore recent works by our talented Painting Studio and new Digital Photography Studio. May 1st - 31st.

Opening reception: Thursday May 17 from 12-1pm and from 5-8:00pm. The evening will feature many performances by RiverzEdge participants, including spoken word, rap, hiphop dancing and a performance from the Wat Loa Buddovath Dance Troupe.

The Atrium Gallery is located in the William E. Powers State Administration Building at One Capital
Hill, Smith Street Providence, RI and is open to the public daily from 9-5:00pm. (located
directly across the street from the state capital building)

EVENING, filmed in Rhode Island with an all-star cast, set to premiere
'Evening' set to premiere"Evening", based on the Susan Minot novel, is set to premiere world-wide AND here in Rhode Island, where most of the movie was filmed.

"Evening" was directed by Lajos Koltai and stars Claire Danes, Toni Collette, Vanessa Redgrave, Patrick Wilson, Hugh Dancy, Natasha Richardson, Mamie Gummer, Eileen Atkins, Meryl Streep, and Glenn Close. Many members of the star-studded cast are expected to attend the screening at the Newport International Film Festival on June 9th.

Click here to view the Evening trailer.

Click here to visit the RI Film & TV Office website,
And least we forget what this is all about...

Students from Charles Fortes & Alfred Lima Elementary Schools in Providence perform with RISCA Education/Folk Arts Roster artists Lydia Perez and Nisha Purushotham during April, 2007 in an after-school program run by Providence CITYARTS! Students performed "bomba", "plena" and other Puerto Rican and Afro Caribbean music & dance styles.

So, enjoy the rest of the month, and let us know if you have any questions...

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Randall Rosenbaum
RI State Council on the Arts