Advancing Arts & Culture in Newport County

24th ACA Annual Meeting 2016

Thursday, April 28th, 2016
6pm to 7:30pm with reception following (doors open 5:30pm)
Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Ave

Free and open to all artists, arts enthusiasts, art venues, and art organizations! $5 donation suggested.

Dominique Award Recipient – Tom Hockaday
Tom Hockaday moved year round to Newport just under five years ago with his partner Bill Martin. In the short time he has lived here full time, he has made a tremendous impact on the cultural fabric of the City. His expertise in communications and his ebullient presence are the mainstay of the Board of the Opera House and the Partners for Dance of the Island Moving Co. In addition, he contributes his time and skills to the Boards of the Aquidneck Land Trust and the Alliance for a Livable Newport, as well as the Point Association, where he quickly rose to the top spot as President. He is also interested in the sustainability of Newport and serves on the Green Infrastructure Coalition.

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
• Rogers High School culinary arts program will provide food catering. Beverages will be available.

New Slate of Officers 2016/2017
President – Nancy McAuliffe
Vice President – Terry Dickinson
Treasurer – Warren McAuliffe
Secretary – Kaity Ryan
Thank you to outgoing Board Members
John Hirshboeck (Vice President), Jeanine Kober (Secretary), Monika Miller, Toni Mills, Barbara Shea and Lois Vaughn

What is the Dominique Award?

The Dominique Award is presented annually to a community member from Newport County who embodies the spirit of Dominique Alfandre, the long time Newport resident, arts advocate, former president of Arts & Cultural Alliance and Executive Director of the Island Moving Company.

The Dom Award recipient is a champion for the arts, an inspiration to the arts community, and selfless promoter of the arts. The ACA Selection Committee searches out people who are committed to keeping the arts alive in our community, who has a collaborative approach and positive spirit.

We present an annual award to a person in our community who is dedicated to promoting the arts, arts initiatives and arts programs for the betterment of Newport County community. The award itself is created individually by local artists that is specific to the chosen recipient of the award so each Dominique award is unique and a treasured work.

2016 Annual Meeting Program

Choir School of Newport County

Under the direction of Peter Berton

6:00pm – Annual Meeting
Newport Art Museum Welcome

Norah Diedrich,
Executive Director, Newport Art Museum


Nancy McAuliffe,
President, Arts & Cultural Alliance

ACA 12 Month Review

John Hirschboeck,
Vice President, Arts & Cultural Alliance

Ballet Interlude:

Madeline Kment, RI’s ballet theatre

The Arts & Newport’s Health Equity Zone

Olivia Kachingwe, Coordinator,
Women’s Resource Center Health Equity Zone Project

The ACA & Catalyzing Newport

Joan Abrams, Chair, RI Council on the Humanities
Norah Diedrich, Executive Director, Newport Art Museum

BridgeFest 2016 & Beyond

Newport Festivals Foundation

Music Interlude:

Thatcher Harrison, Guitar

Annual Dominique Award Presentation

to Tom Hockaday, Advocate for the Arts
presented by Alison Vareika

7:30pm – Post Meeting Reception

Refreshments and appetizers by the
Newport Area Career & Technical Center’s
Culinary Arts Academy at Rogers High School

Photos from 2016 ACA Annual Meeting

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