SPLASH December 2013

Happy New Year
The Arts & Cultural Alliance wishes all a Happy New Year, replete with the beauty and the fulfillment that the arts provide, both as individuals and as members of our community. Let’s all resolve to do our part this year to participate in and partake of the arts while promoting their importance throughout Newport County.
“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” Albert Einstein
Celebrate a Great Friend of the Arts
Jim Gillis and George WeinFor the past 33 years, Jim Gillis has been reporting on Newport County’s arts and cultural scene for the Newport Daily News. Jim has been a particular friend of the ACA, adding his musical knowledge, anecdotes and lore to his hosting duties of the ACA’s George Wein BridgeFest lectures. Last year, the ACA recognized Jim at our “BridgeFest Soiree
Come celebrate Jim’s illustrious career and all that he has meant to our artistic community.
PLACE: Newport Blues Cafe
DATE: Saturday, December 28
TIME: 4:00pm to 8:00pm
ADDRESS: 286 Thames Street, Newport, RI
Rare Glimpses into How Art is
Created and the Artists Behind It
Preservation SocietyThe ACA is pleased to announce a new series of small, invitation only programs where participants will get a rare view and insight into many of the great art institutions and the artists behind them.
Our first Arts Behind The Scenes will be hosted by Jeff Moore, the Preservation Society of Newport County’s Chief Conservator who will discuss the art and science of conserving art objects for the enjoyment of current and future generations. Following the presentation there will be a wine and cheese reception.
Due to limited space and the desire to have the Arts Behind The Scenes as up close and intimate as possible, only the first dozen reservations will be accepted. There is a nominal charge of $5.00. To reserve your spot, Click Here.
PLACE: Preservation Society Conservation Lab @ The Breakers Stables
DATE: Thursday, January 23
TIME: 5:30pm to 7:00pm
ADDRESS: 53 Coggeshall Avenue, Newport, RI
If you have a suggestion for future Arts Behind The Scenes programs or would like to host such an event, please contact the ACA @
Arts Around the Fire Kicks off 2014 –
Newport’s 375th Anniversary!
arts around the fireThe Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County presents its monthly networking event, Arts Around the Fire, welcoming guests from Newport’s 375th anniversary planning Committee who will describe the many celebratory events planned for the year.
Arts Around the Fire is an opportunity for artists, writers, performers and arts patrons to chat with colleagues about events and accomplishments in the Newport County cultural community and learn about new ideas and good work being done. Arts Around the Fire features a cash bar, complimentary hors d’oeuvres and an informal atmosphere where artists and art lovers can connect.
Utterly informal, no reservations needed. Info at
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, January 28th. 6-8pm
PLACE: Salvation Café, 140 Broadway, Newport, RI
All Original and Limited Edition

Works of Art now Exempt from Sales Tax
Money as ArtThe ACA, in collaboration with Discover Newport, recently hosted Randall Rosenbaum, Executive Director of the RI State Council on the Arts and Senator M. Teresa Pavia Weed who provided details regarding a landmark program for RI artists. Today, Rhode Island is the first state in the nation to establish a statewide sales tax exemption on sales of original and limited edition works of art!
• For an overview of the program click here
• To learn how the law applies to you click here.
• In order to begin the process of applying for the tax exemption, artists and art spaces must first register for a sales tax permit and pay the required $10 fee. To access this registration form, click here
• If you already have a sales tax permit, click here for the form you should send to Taxation to apply for the sales tax exemption for art.
First Ever Study Measures Impact
Arts and Culture on U.S. Economy
Arts and Culture and the EconomyThe first federal effort to provide in-depth analysis of the arts and cultural sector’s contributions to current-dollar gross domestic product (GDP), a measure of the final dollar value of all goods and services produced in the United States. According to these new estimates, 3.2 percent — or $504 billion — of current-dollar GDP in 2011 was attributable to arts and culture. In comparison, the estimated value of the U.S. travel and tourism industry was 2.8 percent of GDP. See more here
To sign up for updates from the National Endowment for the Arts, go to
The Case for The Arts in Overhauling Education
NPR Radio
Art is Education
One of the ongoing debates in education is whether so much testing in schools is taking away time for young people to develop their own critical thinking and creativity. At the same time, the White House has talked about the importance of innovation when it comes to staying competitive in the global market. The intersection of both of these issues could be the arts. Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel talks with NPR’s Elizabeth Blair about her reporting on the role the arts play in helping low performing schools improve, and in nurturing creativity that can help young people in all subjects.
On behalf of your Board of Directors, I’d like to wish our entire artistic community and its many patrons a prosperous and joyful New Year.
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