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RAISE UP THE ARTS! Artist Awards Party & Fundraiser


Artist Awards Party & Fundraiser

Celebrating the Artists of Newport County

Wednesday, June 5, 2019, 6:00pm

VUE, One Casino Terrace, Newport

The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Newport County presents “Raise Up the Arts!” Artist Awards Party and Fundraiser on June 5 at 6pm.


The Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County is excited to announce our Raise Up the Arts! Artist Awards Party & Fundraiser. This celebration of the artists of Newport County will be held June 5, 2019 at 6:00 pm at VUE in Newport.

This inspiring night will feature one-night-only performances from the inaugural recipients of the ACA’s new Artist Awards and the 3rd annual Tinney Family Arts Scholarship winner. Liz and Emlen Drayton will be honored as this year’s Dominique Alfandre award recipients for their stalwart support of the arts and non-profit organizations in the Newport community. We are delighted to welcome Sebastian Ruth, the Founder and Artistic Director of Community Musicworks and recipient of a MacArthur “genius grant” in 2010, as our guest speaker.  Ruth will share his thoughts about and experiences with creating community through the arts. Of course, we’ll have plentiful tasty treats from VUE, a cash bar, and a silent auction.

All proceeds from Raise Up the Arts! will go towards funding our new Artist Awards. The only grant specifically for artists of any discipline in the six towns of Newport County, the Artist Awards champion exciting and interesting arts activities and events presented in and for our community.

Tickets are $40 for non-members and $25 for members. Presenting sponsor tickets are $100. Tickets can be purchased at


Artist Awards Party & Fundraiser Celebrating the Artists of Newport County

Wednesday, June 5, 2019, 6:00pm

VUE, One Casino Terrace, Newport

Rhode Island Foundation Offering Community Grants

Centennial Community Grants available for community-making projectsIn 2016, the Rhode Island Foundation will commemorate 100 years. To celebrate they plan to fund community-making projects throughout the state. Projects may include improvements to parks, streetscapes, and other public spaces; creative use of art in public spaces; and engaging programming that invites people to experience community in public spaces.

Applications are due by February 12. Funding decisions will be announced by March 31. For details go to Rhode Island Foundation’s website.

In Newport County 357 Arts-Related Businesses Employ 1,199 People

The Creative Industries: Business & Employment in the Arts report provides a research-based approach to understanding the scope and economic importance of the arts in Newport County, RI. The creative industries are composed of arts businesses that range from nonprofit museums, symphonies, and theaters to for-profit film, architecture, and design companies. Arts businesses and the creative people they employ stimulate innovation, strengthen America’s competitiveness in the global marketplace, and play an important role in building and sustaining economic vibrancy.

Newport County, RI is home to 357 arts-related businesses that employ 1,199 people. The creative industries account for 5.8 percent of the total number of businesses located in Newport County, RI and 2.5 percent of the people they employ.

Nationally, 702,771 businesses are involved in the creation or distribution of the arts, and they employ 2.9 million people. This represents 3.9 percent of all U.S. businesses and 1.9 percent of all U.S. employees—demonstrating statistically that the arts are a formidable business presence and broadly distributed across our communities. The source for these data is Dun & Bradstreet, the most comprehensive and trusted source for business information in the United States. These data are current as of January 2015. Click here for the full Newport County report

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