SPLASH February 2014

Sure, bears and plants may be hibernating, but this is the time the arts flourish in Newport County. This month we have an amazing buffet of arts activities to choose from to warm the coldest of hearts and minds. And weren’t we all delighted to hear our Governor extoll the value of the arts to our state’s economy!? (read more below), and enjoy
The Arts: A Driving Force in Rhode Island’s Economy
Join the ACA and The Newport County Chamber of Commerce for a panel discussion on the importance of the arts in our communities and how they can and should become an even greater force in Rhode Island’s social, economic and educational infrastructure.
Join us for Presentation and Q&A with
Randall Rosenbaum – Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, Executive Director
Paul Carroll – City of Newport, Director of Civic Investment
Alexander “Sandy” Nesbitt – Alexander Nesbitt Photography, Owner
Daniel Kertzner – Rhode Island Foundation, Vice President for Grant Programs
Dominique Alfandre – Arts and Cultural Alliance, Board of Director
Joseph Grady, Ph.d. Moderator – Salve Regina University, Senior Fellow for Public Policy
Newport Chamber of CommercePLACE: Firehouse Theater Pell Center, Salve Regina University
DATE: Tuesday, February 18
TIME: 8:00am to 10:00am
ADDRESS: Young Building, 518 Bellevue Avenue, Newport
To RSVP email or phone 401.341.2927, seating is limited
Sponsored by People’s Credit Union.
“Arts Behind the Scenes” Sneaks a Peek at the Preservation Society’s Curating and Conservation
Preservation SocietyOn January 23, The ACA hosted a select audience who had the pleasure of peeking behind the scenes of the Newport Preservation Society with Jeff Moore, their Chief Conservator who discussed the art and science of conserving art objects for the enjoyment of current and future generations.
This event was the first in our 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. Look for more Arts Behind the Scenes events in the near future.
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, Tuesday, February 25th
arts around the fireOK, so we don’t actually have a fireplace, but you will be warmed by the conviviality of your fellow artists and art lovers at our February networking event, Arts Around the Fire, 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. (Many thanks for the hospitality and hors d’oeuvres donated by Salvation CafĂ©.) Sign up for a free membership or become a supporting member of the Alliance, a coalition of individuals and non-profits committed to the advancement of arts and culture in Newport County.
Please join us, utterly informal, no reservations needed
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, February 25th. 6-8pm
PLACE: Salvation Café, 140 Broadway, Newport
Rhode Island? = “State of the Arts!”
In his State of the State address, Governor Chafee called for a sizable investment in performing arts centers, museums and other facilities that cater to the arts. In our state with shuttered factories, struggling cities and a 9% + jobless rate, Chafee has called the arts economy a safe bet.
“It’s already here. It’s all around us in this state,” he told The Associated Press. “It just needs a little recognition, a little help. When you look at what the arts can offer the economy, the community, our quality of life, it makes a lot of sense.”
Our Governor is pushing for a voter referendum on the fall ballot that would authorize $35 million in grants for upgrades to local arts facilities. Museums, theaters and historic sites could apply for the money, which would be awarded by the state’s Commerce Corp. Organizations seeking the grants would have to contribute some level of matching funding. The question must be approved by lawmakers before going on the ballot.
“This is not National Endowment for the Arts-type funding. This is an investment in facilities – an investment in a sector that has proven to be one of the bright spots in our economy,” says Jon Duffy, chairman of the board at Providence’s Trinity Repertory Company.
Now is the time to contact your state legislator and let them know you support placing the funding referendum on the November ballot. Together, we all will prosper; a win for artists, the arts and Rhode Island.
State of the Arts
ACA’s Annual Meeting Scheduled for May 15, 2014
Our 22nd (!) Annual Meeting is one you won’t want to miss. This is the ideal opportunity to gather with your fellow artists, patrons, arts dignitaries and public officials to celebrate and recognize the contributions the arts make to our communities and to our state. Learn all about the Art’s Alliance’s many programs and our exciting plans while we honor the recipient of our annual Dominique Award. Special guests and performers will be announced shortly. A reception follows the meeting.
Newport Art MuseumPLACE: Newport Art Museum
DATE: Thursday, May 15
TIME: 6:00pm to 8:00pm
ADDRESS: 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport
newport FILM
Hosting Double Feature for Children and Adults
Ernest et CelestineThese two films have been met with critical acclaim and excitement. The first is entitle Ernest et Celestine, to be shown at 1pm. The film, recommended for ages four and up, has nabbed an Oscar nomination this year and has been re-voiced from the original French by esteemed American actors including Forrest Whitaker. Following the screening will be a viewing party from 2:00pm to 6:00pm with a post-party at Orange Leaf (yum!), including food and giveaways
MaidentripMaidentrip, which will be screened that evening at 6pm, is recommended for slightly older audiences, ages ten and up. The film tells the true story of a determined teenage girl, Laura Dekker, who at fifteen embarks on a journey to sail, unaccompanied, around the world.
Founded in 2010 to nurture discovery and encourage community dialogue through the art of documentary film, newportFILM brings year-round programming that features filmmaker conversations, premiere parties and panel discussions. The program includes “newportFILM YOUTH,” an inspiring series that showcases films for ages 2 – 18, “newportFILM GREEN SCREEN,” a collection of documentaries that raise awareness on environmental issues, and “newportFILM OUTDOORS,” a summer-long sunset series, which brings films out of the traditional theater setting to unique outdoor landscapes. For more information, please call 401-649-2784 or visit online at
Winter Speaker Series“Waterfire: From Art Installation to Global Phenomenon”
This award-winning work by Barnaby Evans has been praised as a powerful work of art, a moving symbol of Providence’s renaissance, and a demonstration of the power of art to unite a community. With hundreds of volunteers and the broad support of the community Evans established WaterFire as an on-going installation in 1997. Learn more during Saturday’s lecture.
PLACE: Newport Art Museum
DATE: Saturday, February 8
TIME: 2:00pm-3:00pm
ADDRESS: 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport
Lecture starts at 2 pm, tea reception to follow.
Buy tickets for Barnaby Evans or call 401-848-2787

Project Mural funding secured. Calling all artists!

The City of Newport announced that funding has been secured for the painting of a mural at Hunter Park in Newport. For too long this long wall has borne the scars of graffiti. It will now have an exiting new life with artistic renderings from the Island”s arts community and students at MECC.
Hunter Park muralArtists of all stripes and talents are now being sought to assist in the painting. For more information call Kristin Littlefield, Newport Clean Cities Coordinator, at 845-5642.
I look forward to joining you this month at both the Panel Discussion on the Arts on 2/18 and at our February Arts Around the Fire on the 25th. Meanwhile, stay warm and art filled!
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