Arts & Culture

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State Department officials are meeting with artists at the Rhode Island School of Design this week for a series of workshops on design and public policy.

RISD head of continuing education Greg Victory said good designers consider a variety of perspectives. He thinks that approach that might improve things like public policy and legislation.

“Often times the times the process doesn’t really include for lack of a better term the user, until late in the game, and at some points, that’s too late.”

The 19th annual Rhode Island International Film Festival kicks off Tuesday. Judges sifted through more than 5,700 entries to winnow down this year’s festival  to 250 films.  The films will be screened at a dozen venues across the state.

Executive Director George Marshall said after nearly two decades the festival is gaining international recognition.

“Things are starting to coalesce with folks internationally discovering who we are as an organization and as point of exhibition for quality films that reflect filmmakers’ visions from across the world,” said Marshall.

National Cheese Society Convenes In RI

Jul 31, 2015
RIPR file photo

More than 1,000 cheese lovers have descended on Providence for the American Cheese Society’s annual conference. 

This is the first time in more than a decade that the national conference has come to New England.

Winners of the 2015 Cheese Competition will be on display at a cheese festival scheduled for Saturday.  Norah Weiser from the American Cheese Society said the event will feature more than 1,700 different types of cheese. 

Rebels And Redcoats Set To Storm Sturbridge Village

Jul 31, 2015
John Collins / Old Sturbridge Village

The Revolutionary War returns to New England soil this weekend in Massachusetts. The annual reenactment known as Redcoats and Rebels is thought to be the largest war reenactment in the country.

Event Coordinator Jim O’Brien says it features more than 1,000 soldiers in full period costume.

“You forget about today,” said O’Brien. “You really forget who you are. For that moment, you are back in the 18th century. It really is just a unique experience that has immediate gratification.”

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The Providence Athenaeum has appointed a new executive director. Matt Burriesci comes to the non-profit following work with the director of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs and the PEN/Faulkner Foundation. He’s also the author of two books, including one novel.

The Providence Athenaeum is an independent library and cultural center, founded in 1836.

Burresci and his family will move to Providence this month from the Washington D.C. area. He begins his tenure at the library and cultural center on September first.

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