Ah, crisp cool weather; orange, red and brown everywhere. Must be fall. Time to return to and enjoy our many artistic endeavors, savoring once again all that Newport County offers; dance, theater, film, music, art, architecture, museums and more. And if that wasn’t enough to celebrate, October is national Arts & Humanities month. Enjoy
TONIGHT! TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22
Arts Around the Fire Returns with
Special Guest Elizabeth Francis
Elizabeth Francis, RI Council on the Humanities Executive Director, will be the Alliance’s special guest at tonight’s opening Arts Around the Fire. Joining Elizabeth will be SueEllen Kroll, Director of Grants and Strategic Partnerships for the RI Council for the Humanities.
Here’s your opportunity to find out about RICH’s programs and grant opportunities and its mission of promoting the humanities in citizen engagement and cultural development around the state.
Arts Around the Fire is a great way to mix and schmooze with your fellow artists and supporters of the arts each month and to learn of the latest art developments in our county and state. Utterly informal and utterly fun.
DATE & TIME: TONIGHT! Tuesday, Oct 22nd. 6-8pm
PLACE: Salvation Café, 140 Broadway, Newport, RI
CELEBRATING ARTS & HUMANITIES MONTH
ACA – Centerpiece of Visitor’s Center October Marketing Meeting
Discover Newport, the official visitor’s center for nine coastal towns, helped celebrate October’s Arts & Humanities month by featuring the Arts & Cultural Alliance. Terry Dickinson, ACA President, talked about the importance of the arts in attracting tourism. Paul Carroll, the City of Newport’s Economic Director, reinforced that idea, not only as an economic driver, but also as cultural capitol.
Art was on display everywhere. The reining Ms. Rhode Island, Jessica Marfeo, entertained the audience with song; ACA Board Members Lois Vaughan and Aaron Cody with their musical stylings; and Peter Turner with his live painting of the site of the event, the historic Vanderbilt Grace Hotel.
JOIN IN THE CONVERSATION
The Importance of the Humanities in American Life and Education
This Wednesday, October 23, from 5:30 to 7 PM, the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, will present a special edition of the radio program Action Speaks: Underappreciated Days that Changed America.
The day? September 29, 1965. The topic? The 89th Congress establishes Arts and Humanities as essential to global leadership.
In honor of National Arts and Humanities Month, Action Speaks will look at the historical moment when the National Endowment for the Humanities and National Endowment for the Arts were formed in order to examine the context today.
The panel and the audience will explore the role of the humanities for leadership, for the 21st Century workforce, for the grand challenges we seek to address, and for citizenship in an era of difficult dialogues both nationally and internationally.
HOW DO AMERICANS PARTICIPATE IN THE ARTS?
Recently Released Highlights from the Nation’s Largest Survey of Arts Participation Trends
The survey covers 5 areas of arts participation. The results are enlightening:
• Art and Electronic Media
• Attending Arts Events and Activities
• Art-Making and Art-Sharing
• Reading Books and Literature
• Arts Education
All those involved in the arts should read the survey highlights to stay informed as to how our nation’s habits and participation in the arts are evolving.
HAVE YOUR ARTWORK FOUND AND COMMISSIONED
Join the Art Commission
Benefits of artist registration include:
• free 30-day trial for a premium 10-photo portfolio
• access to tools and services, including an RFP Listing
• consistent exposure to designers, architects, and art consultants seeking commissioned artwork
Find out more at https://artcommission.com/
Portsmouth Arts Guild Center for the Art
Stop by anytime from 2-5 each Sunday from October 6-December 15 for a casual “drop-in” style session. Drop-in sessions are FREE for PAG members, $5 for non-members. Each week a different subject/still-life will be provided. You can also work on your own project or from photos. All media and levels welcome. For more information, contact Suzanne Lewis at workshops@PortsmouthArts.org
Open Studio dates:
October 6, 13, 20, 27
November 3 (Art History Lecture
on Graffiti and the 80’s Art Scene)
November 10, 17, 24
December 8, 15
Portsmouth Arts Guild Center for the Arts
2679 East Main Rd. Portsmouth, RI
I look forward to seeing you tonight at this season’s first Arts Around the Fire (ok, there’s no fireplace at the Salvation Café, but our artistic minds can imagine, can’t we?)