SPLASH August 2014

Don’t you just love our summers in Newport County? Music on the lawn, movies at the mansions, dance at the Meeting House, singing at the beach, arts festivals in the parks, wet paint at the museums – wherever and whenever one turns, we find artistic delights just around the corner.
With a little chill in the air, its now time to think about the fall. This November there will be an important bond issue on the ballot that will impact the arts in Newport and Rhode Island. Your support is needed. Read on for more…
6th Annual BridgeFest: Biggest and Best yet!
Buskin at Bowens for BridgeFest 2014
The Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County extends our appreciation to the community and all participants in the recently held 6th Annual Newport BridgeFest. Bridging the historic Folk and Jazz Festivals, our local music festival featured over 100 performers at more than 50 events, hosted by 25 venues in just 4 days. This year’s BridgeFest exceeded expectations, setting a new standard for the future of the festival.
We would like to thank our sponsors, collaborators, media partners, host venues, volunteers, artists and audiences alike for their support of local, live music. All can take pride in the nurturing and flourishing of arts and culture in our community.
Artists and supporters of the arts in our county are encouraged to sign up for membership to the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County at Membership for Individual artists is always free.
We look forward to representing new ideas as we begin plans for the 7th Annual Newport BridgeFest in 2015.
Aaron Abrahamson Cote
Newport BridgeFest Director
Lets Get Out the Vote and Support the Arts
Invest in RIThe Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is planning to do a series of workshops to inform the public on the upcoming $30 million cultural facilities bond referendum, and to solicit comments on how the bond should be administered should it receive support from the voters.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS: A session is scheduled for Monday, October 27th from 2pm to 4pm at the Newport Art Museum. More information will be available through the RISCA newsletter. If you don’t subscribe now, go to
AUGUST 21, 22, 23 & 24
The Jungle Book – Live in the Park
The Jungle Book live in the park
Join in the fun in the jungle (ok, Paradise Park) and enjoy the Newport’s Children Theater in their production of this classic story, directed by Margaret Maurer.
Performances held outdoors at Paradise Valley Park, Middletown. Bring a blanket or lawn chair for seating!
Showtime: 6pm
Tickets: Adults $10, Seniors $8, Children $6
ACA Welcomes New Head of The National Endowment for the Arts
Peter Turner and Nancy McCauliffe welcome Jane Chu
Left to right: Peter Turner, Jane Chu, Nancy McCauliffe
On Monday, August 18, ACA Board Vice President Peter Turner and Board Member Nancy McCauliffe joined with the RI State Council on the Arts and Senator Jack Reed in welcoming Jane Chu the newly nominated head of the National Endowment of the Arts, ( an independent federal agency that funds and promotes artistic excellence, creativity and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities.
Listen to the NEA podcast with Jane Chu recorded on June 19, 2014
Capture Newport Community Mural
Design process for 200 foot community mural
This fall, a coalition comprised of the ACA and other local organizations and artists, coordinated by the Women’s Resource Center, will be collaborating to create a large, outdoor mural on the wall in Hunter Park, located in the Point section of Newport. The goal of the project is to beautify the park while utilizing the process of mural creation to enhance social interaction among Newport residents, particularly our youth.
Here’s how it’s all coming together:
Image Collection. Photographs of Newport were collected from community members in two phases. First, a group of 6 students from the East Bay Met School worked with the Women’s Resource Center to gather images of local places which hold particular meaning to them. In the second phase, the Women’s Resource Center’s coordinated the #CaptureNewport photo challenge, encouraging community members to submit a daily photo of Newport. Over 400 photos were collected.
Mural Design. A group of local artists are now using these images to inspire the design of a 200-foot mural. The image reflects the themes that the community shared through their submitted photography, and captures many of the iconic landmarks associated with Newport.
Mural Painting. Once the image is complete, artists will outline the image on the wall in Hunter Park. Community members of all ages will then be invited to participate in painting the mural; in addition to having the opportunity to participate during an event in the park on September 13th, community members will also be engaged via painting “field trips” coordinated with afterschool programs, senior centers, and schools.
Professional artists will be on hand throughout the painting process, and will also complete the finishing touches, to ensure that the final image is true to plan and something we can all be proud of.
For more information: Call or email Ben Ellcome, 716-531-8403
As Aaron Cote, our ACA BridgeFest Director, so aptly put it, all of us involved in supporting and promoting the arts can be justifiably proud of the wonderful music scene Newport county provides visitors and residents each summer. Our established Newport Musical Festival, Folk & Jazz Festivals, now along with BridgeFest, attract thousands – but let’s not forget all the music and song flowing forth from beaches, parks, museums and restaurants and clubs each summer day. Thank you music makers!
Art-fully yours,
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