The Rhode Island School of Design has received a private donation of $1M to fund international relationships. RIPR’s John Bender has more.
A $1M donation coming from Bangalore, India to RISD is the largest international gift the school has ever received. The money will be used to fund a visiting faculty position, specifically, artists and scholars connected to India.
RISD has had study abroad programs to India, and Provost Rosanne Somerson is excited to now bring scholars from India to RISD
In less than 20 years, a quarter of the state’s population will be older than 60. Rhode Island Public Radio is looking at this growing demographic in a series we call “The Silver Boom: Aging in Rhode Island.”
Rhode Island Public Radio’s Bradley Campbell talked with Warwick’s, Ken Fish. He’s spent most of his life in Rhode Island, and is a leader for gay rights. They started their conversation examining how has life changed for the gay community over the decades.
In less than 20 years, a quarter of the state’s population will be older than 60. In a series we call “The Silver Boom: Aging in Rhode Island” we’re looking at how the state will take care of this expanding older population and how Rhode Island benefits from its older residents. For example, they are the memory keepers, the informal historians of the state’s rich past.
"Groundbreaking” is the word used in the press release announcing Festival Ballet Providence’s program this weekend at the Vets in Providence. And you know what? That’s probably not just publicity hype.
When “Rent" stormed Broadway back in 1996, it was already a landmark. Its creator, Jonathan Larson, had died of a aortic aneurysm at age of 35. His death was on the day his rock musical updating the opera “La Boheme” was to begin previews Off Broadway.
Following in the footsteps of the Jane Pickens Theater in Newport, Providence’s Cable Car Cinema recently launched a web-based fundraising campaign for a digital projection system. The single-screen art house theater must raise some $50,000 soon to purchase this new technology, or risk falling out of the movie business.
The film industry will soon transition from the expensive, traditional 35mm film reels to the new, crisp digital prints, making the Cable Car’s 250 pound projector from the 1950s more obsolete than a record player.
Mixed Magic Theatre says it will open an art gallery at its Pawtucket theater. The first artist to show there is Morris Nathanson, an interior designer and artist. Mixed Magic co-founder Ricardo Pitts-Wiley says the art gallery will complement the existing performing arts spaces.
“Well, it’s part of a long, kind of a long process at Mixed Magic Theatre to develop a full-service, if you will, a full-bodied performing art space and the art gallery is really the third leg of that development,” says Pitts-Wiley.
The art gallery at Mixed Magic Theatre opens on Sunday.
Providence’s newest theater, the Wilbury Group operates out of a defunct mill in Olneyville. These nights they are taking on a feisty play, “The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity” which was a runner-up for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize. While it begins with a look at professional wrestling, Bill Gale says it aims considerably higher.