Category Archives: ACA Annual Meeting

ACA Annual Meeting May 23, 2017

Tuesday, May 23, 2017
6pm to 8:30pm with reception following
Salvation Cafe Post & Beam Room, 140 Broadway, Newport, RI

Free and open to all artists, arts enthusiasts, art venues, and art organizations!

$10 donation suggested.


ACA Annual Meeting, April 28th

Please join us for an exciting and informative evening as the ACA celebrates its 24th year.

Date: April 28th, 2016
Time: 6:00-7:30pm with reception following (doors open 5:30pm)
Place: Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave.
Admission: Free, Please RSVP here (suggested donation $5.00)

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Annual Dominique Award for outstanding contribution to our Newport County arts community will be presented to Tom Hockaday.

Entertainment & Refreshments
• Choir School of Newport County, directed by Peter Berton
• Thatcher Harrison – guitarist will perform 2 solos. (14 year old )
• Madeline Kment from Rhode Island’s ballet theatre(13 year old) will perform a lyrical solo to Lois Vaughn’s Meditation #2
• Refreshments and appetizers by Rogers High School’s Newport Area Career & Technical Center’s Culinary Arts Academy

ACA presents check to MUSE for National Gallery Fundraiser

MUSE Receives Check for National Gallery Fundraiser
MUSE Coordinator Peter Dickison accepts a check from John Hirschboeck, ACA Vice President, during the Arts and Cultural Alliance (ACA) Annual Meeting. The check for $2,632, was raised from ticket sales to the National Gallery film screening / fundraiser, held by the ACA for MUSE back in April. Thank you to all those who attended the film!

23rd Annual Meeting, Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County

Join us for an exciting and informative evening as the ACA celebrates its 23rd year.
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 6–8:30pm
Doors open at 5:45pm
PLACE: Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave, Newport
ADMISSION: Free. Please RSVP here (donations always appreciated)
Dan McKee, Lieutenant Governor RILieutenant Governor
Dan McKee
Our Annual Meeting is an opportunity to celebrate our County’s arts and artisans, review ACA accomplishments and initiatives, and to hear from our new Lieutenant Governor, Dan McKee and the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Council State Council on the Arts, Randall Rosenbaum on the vital importance of the arts to Newport and the Rhode Island economy.
Mini Performances by:
• Portsmouth High School Strings Ensemble
• Middletown High Valley Road Trio
• Middletown High Women’s Vocal Ensemble
• Refreshments and appetizers by the Newport Area Career & Technical Center’s Culinary Arts Academy at Rogers High School
ANNUAL DOMINIQUE AWARD for outstanding contribution to our Newport County arts community will go to:
• Miki Ohlsen, Artistic Director, Island Moving Company
Your ACA’s new slate of officers for 2015/2016:
» Nancy McAuliffe, President
» John Hirschboeck, Vice President
» Jeanine Kober, Secretary
» Monika Miller, Treasurer
I hope you can join us for our annual meeting which will provide us an opportunity to thank our out-going ACA President Terry Dickinson, whose steadfast leadership has inspired and led us the past years.
Your incoming President,

2014 ACA Annual Meeting – Haven for the arts

Senator Teresa Paiva Weed speaks at ACA Annual MeetingArts and Cultural Alliance discusses the need to preserve and promote the arts in the state
By Joe Baker | The Newport Daily News
Posted: Tuesday, May 13, 2014

NEWPORT — Everyone knows New York with its Broadway and California with its Hollywood lead the nation in the sheer size of their arts communities. But few know that Rhode Island has the third-highest percentage of arts and culture-related jobs in the nation.

That piece of cultural trivia emerged Monday night during the 22nd annual meeting of the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Newport County, held at the historic Griswold House, home to the Newport Art Museum. Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, D-Newport, used the tidbit as evidence that the arts community is an integral part of the state’s economy and needs not only to be preserved but promoted.

“This truly sets Rhode Island apart as a state of the arts,” Weed said. “We’re playing to our strength when we play to the arts.”

The state has embarked on its own arts-related economic promotion efforts. For years, state officials carved out arts districts around the state that would be eligible for tax incentives, but last year the General Assembly passed legislation sponsored by Weed to make the entire state an arts district. One of the biggest aspects of that designation is a sales tax exemption for all locally generated artworks.

Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee speaks at ACA Annual MeetingGov. Lincoln D. Chafee, who has been an ardent advocate for the arts, told the gathering that the state had 1,163 arts and cultural organizations associated with 5,200 jobs and $324 million in annual economic activity. That segment of the state’s economy remained strong even through the most recent recession, Chafee said.

In his proposed budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, the governor proposed moving the Rhode Island Council on the Arts and the Rhode Island Film Office into the Rhode Island Commerce Corp., which used to be the Economic Development Corp., to enhance the arts sector. He also proposed adding one full-time equivalent job (FTE) that would coordinate promotion efforts with the state’s cultural organizations.

“The arts are an important part of our economy and I think it’s worth one FTE to do that,” Chafee said.

One doesn’t need to be an artist to appreciate the importance of culture, said Arts and Cultural Alliance President Terry Dickinson.

“While wonderful in its own right, knowledge of art and culture is not a prerequisite for appreciating art and things cultural,” Dickinson said. “Art and culture serve as a source of joy and delight, as a fount for inspiration and sometimes as a safe, comforting place from which to find solace.”

Dominque AWard presented to Alan BernsteinThe alliance awarded its annual Dominique Award to the soon-to-be-retiring Newport public schools arts supervisor Alan Bernstein. Named for longtime Island Moving Co. Director Dominique Alfandre, the award is given to someone who has had a positive impact on the local arts community. Beyond his teaching, Bernstein, who is also a composer, has been instrumental in promoting local artists, bringing them into the schools, Alfandre said.

“He’s always ready to do what it takes to make musicians grow,” she said.

City Council Vice Chairwoman Naomi Neville reminded those present of the opening ceremony for Newport’s yearlong 375th anniversary celebration. The kickoff will be held on the steps of Newport’s historic Colony House on Saturday, May 24, at 6 p.m., with a ceremonial signing of the compact between the Narragansett Indian tribe and the original English settlers in 1639.

In her speech, Weed recalled a small gathering of five people at the Newport Public Library two years ago that ended up generating some large ideas. That meeting, which included Council on the Arts director Randall Rosenbaum, Alfandre and Alison Vareika, was the start of the effort that eventually led to the campaign for Rhode Island as a State of the Arts.

“We wanted to do what we could to harness the power of the arts,” Rosenbaum said.

Newport String Project and Rhode Island ballet theatre perform at Annual Meeting
Newport String Project and Rhode Island ballet theatre perform at Annual Meeting

ACA 2013 Annual Meeting

Successful Annual Meeting on May 2, 2013.
New officers elected: Terry Dickinson – President, Peter Sterling – Vice President, John Hirschboeck – Secretary and Monika Miller – Treasurer.
Our Annual Meeting for 2014 will be in May. We are in the process of planning the event so stay tuned for further details.

Our annual Dominique Award was present to William Heydt in 2013. His award was an original work of art from Tom Dillinger.
President Terry Dickinson honored the Tiverton Four Corners Arts creator on celebration of their 20 anniversary – here is what he had to say
“Tonight we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Tiverton Four Corners Arts Center, founded in 1993 to promote the arts in Tiverton and the surrounding communities. Tiverton Four Corners is a New England village offering residents and visitors alike an opportunity to experience a wonderful collection of historic houses dating back to the 1700’s, a variety of quaint shops showcasing antiques, fine arts and decorative crafts, and the chance to enjoy delicious treats along the way.

And if all that were not enough Tiverton’s Four Corners hosts a vibrant year-round arts center where those blessed with artistic talent, be it in the form of poetry, prose, sculpture, photography dance, film or music can find a fitting venue to share their artistic creations with all of us.

Many people dream of things they wish could be so, but only a few take the dream and turn it into a vision, a vision that serves as a call to action. We are blessed to have two such visionaries, James and Rosalind Weir, as residents of Newport County. As the owners of Tiverton Four Corners James and Rosalind Weir have devoted many years of hard work and effort to making Tiverton Four Corners a place that celebrates the arts, while preserving an important part of America’s heritage, a special place we can all take pride in.

On this the 20th anniversary of the Tiverton Four Corners Arts Center we extend our sincere thanks and best wishes to James and Rosalind Weir and we applaud their fine work.

I would now like to introduce Rhode Island State Senator Louis P. Dipalma, a resident of Newport County and a strong supporter of the arts to offer his congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Weir.”

Thanks to our Annual Meeting Sponsors: Newport Art Museum, Greenvale Vineyard, Lakuna Design

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