SPLASH August 2015

The board of directors of the Arts & Cultural Alliance and BridgeFest Director Aaron Cote would like to thank all who came out to support and enjoy the musical talent showcased during the 7th Annual Newport BridgeFest. Thousands of music lovers enjoyed over 50 music performances and educational programs. We would also like to thank the businesses, organizations and volunteers that provided support in “bridging the gap” between the Newport Folk and Newport Jazz Festivals. Planning is already in progress for next year’s event.
  BridgeFest Soiree   Rock Stage at Jimmy's Saloon   ZanRicky  
  Rhode Island Teaching Artists Center
Arts and Universal Design
The Rhode Island Teaching Artists Center (RITAC) is offering a professional development workshop focusing on Arts & Universal Design for Learning (UDLs). The workshop will provide an educational framework for incorporating the arts into UDLs, internationally recognized to help educations provide their students with ways to express what they know and engage in learning. August 20 from 9:30am-3:30pm at Rhode Island College’s Alex & Ani Hall.
Arts and Universal Design
The Island Moving Company dancers performed, along with area musicians, ballroom dancers and circus artists. The magical evening, and auctioneer Bob Colonna, brought in over $105,000 to support the innovative performances and creative educational programs of the Island Moving Co. Giovanni Feroce’s Wyndham was the stunning setting enjoyed by 350 guests on a glorious Newport evening. Music provided by Larry Brown’s Swinglane Orchestra, Art Manchester, Julio Amaro; ballroom dancing by Floortime Studios and circus arts by Rick Adam; the sketch artist was Jacqueline Coughlin; the French-inspired hors d’oeuvres were created by Blackstone Caterers. The Cote d’Azur décor was created by John Sawicki and the committee was chaired by Barbara Caldwell.
IMC Dancers Lauren Difede and Azamat AsungulDancers Lauren Difede &
Azamat Asungul performing.
Credit: Andrea Hansen
  IMC Nuit BlancheGala Chair Barbara Caldwell & Silent Auction Chair Marisa La Rocca. Credit: Michael Belsito   IMC Nuit BlancheGiovanni Feroce and Camille Kostek of BENRUS. Credit: Andrea Hansen   IMC Nuit BlancheIMC Board Chair John La Rocca with Sheryl Callaghan. Credit: Andrea Hansen  
  Project Beta
Project Beta: NY to Newport Art Exhibition
Arts in Bushwick (AiB) has joined forces with the newly formed non-profit organization Newport Art House (NAH) and will exhibit artwork by New York artists Thomas Stevenson, Lucia Rollow, and Jeremy Kiracofe. A public exhibition will be on August 20th at Long’s Yoga Room (60 Spring Street), Maison DNA (next door to Long’s Yoga Room) and the Newport Opera House (19 Touro Street).
Drop off your Daffy Work!
This past April, Newport was awash with golden daffodils throughout the city. As part of the city’s annual Daffodil Days Festival, there was an open call for artists to create their daffodil themed art “en Plein Air” in any medium. Paintings, drawings, photographs – however the flowers were interpreted, are eligible.
Artists are now encouraged to donate those works to benefit Daffodillion, Newport’s goal to plant 1 million daffodils throughout the city and to drop them off at Newport Art Museum’s Coleman Center, 26 Liberty St., during the week of September 14-21, 10-4pm.
All donated art will be on display at the Coleman Center from September 25 – October 2nd
Are you a Resident of Newport’s North End or Broadway Neighborhoods?
The Newport Health Equity Zone (HEZ) project is a place-based initiative focusing on Newport’s North End and Broadway neighborhoods. The goal of the project is to not only mitigate current health disparities present in these communities, but also to empower residents with the skills needed to create community change.
The Newport-HEZ project is focused on six main areas that impact health, transportation, arts and culture, open space, physical and emotional health, education innovation and economic opportunities in the Broadway neighborhoods.
The ACA is proud to represent the arts & cultural area for the HEZ project and is now seeking energetic residents from Newport’s North End and Broadway neighborhoods that would love to get involved! Once hired, two applicants will be assigned to the arts and cultural working group. Applicants will be interviewed in August, 2015. Additionally, there will be one mandatory day of training in early September, 2015.
Compensation: $15.00 per hour for approximately 70 hours over 7 months.
Qualifications: In order to be considered for this position, all applicants are required to live in either the Broadway or North End communities in Newport. Those who live outside of these communities will not be considered. Other skills that are needed include:
•  A strong pulse on the needs, challenges, triumphs and assets present in Broadway and/or North End Communities
•  Experience interacting with community residents
•  The ability to follow through on immediate tasks and long term projects
•  Strong interpersonal skills
•  Comfort working with diverse communities
•  An intrinsic desire to improve the health of communities
•  Enthusiasm!
If interested, please contact the ACA at
From the ACA President
Please be sure to share with us your arts related news. Email details with at least 3 weeks notice to and we will try to include the information in Splash! and on our social media pages.
As we wind after another successful BridgeFest we are also gearing up for National Art & Humanities Month in October. Stay tuned here and our social media pages to learn more about arts and educational programs.
Nancy McAuliffe
Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County, RI
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