SPLASH March 2014

Can you spot the daffodils sticking their heads out, wondering if spring is really here? Well, the calendar says it is, so let’s stick our heads out, unpack those easels, buy those fresh paints and enjoy all beauty and joy that the arts scene in Newport County provides.
Arts Around the Fire, Tuesday, March 25th
arts around the fireThe Alliance welcomes Natasha Harrison, executive director of the Norman Bird Sanctuary, which has just renovated Mabel Norman’s Farmhouse. Plans for the Farmhouse include an artist in residence, which Harrison will explain in the context of artists residencies as a concept, new in Rhode Island. Have you participated in an arts residency?
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. Many thanks for the hospitality and hors d’oeuvres donated by Salvation Café.
Please join us, utterly informal, no reservations needed
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, March 25th. 6-8pm
PLACE: Salvation Café, 140 Broadway, Newport
ACA’s 22nd Annual Meeting Set for Monday, May 12
Governor Lincoln ChaffeeSenate President Teresa Paiva WeedThe ACA is delighted to announce that Governor Lincoln Chaffee, along with Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, will be our keynote speakers for our 22nd Annual Meeting. They will address Rhode Island’s State of the Arts initiatives, proposed arts bond referendum and ongoing support for Rhode Island’s many arts, culture, and historic assets, including Newport’s historic Opera House. This being Newport’s 375th anniversary, we will of course celebrate with an après meeting birthday cake reception.
DATE & TIME: Monday, May 12th. 7-8:30pm (Doors open 6:30pm)
PLACE: Newport Art Museum
Join in Newport County’s Next Flash Mob Dance!
All invited, young and old alike.
For more confidential (of course) information:
Contact: Jackie Henderson at Able Mind and Body,
926 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown, RI

Would you be able to Help?
This fall, a coalition of local organizations, including the ACA, will be collaborating to create a large, outdoor mural on the wall in Hunter Park, located in the Point section of Newport. Our goal to beautify the park, and to utilize the process of mural creation to enhance social interaction among Newport residents, particularly our youth.
Hunter Park muralThe Process
This spring, youth from around the city will be guided through a process that incorporates education on history, civics, current events, architecture, and arts with the experience of capturing their own perceptions of Newport through photography. Each group of students will curate a culminating exhibition, in which they will tell a story about how they experience Newport. Concurrently, social media will be utilized to collect images from the broader community.
From these photos, a group of professional artists will work with young local artists to create the mural image. The theme will be “What We Love About Newport”, and will represent the best of Newport through the eyes of our young people.
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. 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.
Current Collaborators
Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County, The Point Association of Newport, the Alliance for a Livable Newport, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County, the East Bay Met School, the Women’s Resource Center and the City of Newport Clean City Program.
Funders: Andrade-Faxon Charities for Children, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
How you can help
We are seeking partners who are interested in helping us make this vision happen!
Specifically, we need:
• Local photographers who would be willing to lend a hand teaching our young folks some very basic photography, or coming out on one of our group outings and just helping them to frame shots, etc.
• Local artists who are interested in participating in the mural design and painting process
• Community members who are interested in helping to plan fun events at Hunter Park on painting days
• Community members who are interested in helping to educate our young folks on various aspects of Newport history in an interactive way
• Locations to host the photo exhibition
• Financial support for refreshments at various events, artists stipends, and other aspects of the project
If you would like to be a part of this exciting project, please contact Jessica Walsh, Director of Prevention at the Women’s Resource Center at 401-236-8345 or
Tuesday, March 25: Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C.
Arts Advocacy DayOn March 25th, the Arts Action Fund will be hosting a fundraiser for its Political Action Committee (PAC) in conjunction with Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C.
Building a pro-arts majority in Congress is our number one strategy to achieve a quantum leap in support for the arts in America. Won’t you help? 2014-aad-pac-campaign. For more on why the arts matter to our future and that of our children, go to
Information Session on Creative Ground
Creative GroundThe New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) will present information on Creative Ground, New England’s NEW Directory of Creative Enterprises and Artists. Creative Ground spotlights the rich range of creative people and places at work in the six New England states.
This free online directory includes profiles for cultural nonprofits like libraries and theaters, creative businesses like recording studios and design agencies, and artists of all disciplines such as performing arts, visual arts, and crafts. Here’s your opportunity to learn how Creative Ground can help promote the work of Rhode Island artists and arts organizations.
WHAT: Artists Convening and Information Session
WHEN: Tuesday, April 8, 4-5:30 PM
WHERE: The Southside Cultural Center, 393 Broad St, Suite 203, Providence
WHO: Contact Elena Calderon Patino for more information
Have you Applied for your Grant?
RISCA grantsFunds to the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts are provided by the Rhode Island State General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, on behalf of the citizens of Rhode Island. These funds in turn allow RISCA to make hundreds of grants annually to our state’s non-profit organizations, schools, individuals artists, and more. Here is a list of the many opportunities:
• Access Grants
• Investments in Arts and Culture
• Project Grants for Education
• Big Yellow School Bus Grants
• Grants for Individuals:
    › Fellowship Grants
    › Project Grants for Individuals
• Grants in Folk and Traditional Arts:
    › Folk Arts Apprenticeships
    › Folk Arts Fellowship
Keep in Touch with all that RISCA offers
• Subscribe to RISCA News
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List Your Art Events at No Cost!
Find out about upcoming arts events throughout the state on the RI Arts Calendar. To post your own arts event to the Arts Calendar, click here.
On behalf of our stalwart board of directors, we look forward to have you join us on May 12th for our 22nd (!) Annual Meeting. It should be a special evening as we acknowledge the growing importance of the arts in our state and celebrate Newport’s 375th birthday.
Art-fully yours,
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