artscape http://ripr.org en Rhode Island Artscape: Designing Better Ballots http://ripr.org/post/rhode-island-artscape-designing-better-ballots <p>In Rhode Island a group of design students barely old enough to vote are working on projects that could potentially affect the future of Presidential elections.</p><p>For this month’s Artscape, Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender profiles a class that is trying to tackle the problem of a better ballot.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>On the third floor of a building in downtown Providence, a group of a dozen or so students from the Rhode Island School of Design, also known as RISD are giving their final presentations for a class called VoteLab: Designing for Democracy.</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 13:48:26 +0000 John Bender 29740 at http://ripr.org Rhode Island Artscape: Designing Better Ballots Rhode Island Artscape: In Conversation With RI Author Rosemary Mahoney http://ripr.org/post/rhode-island-artscape-conversation-ri-author-rosemary-mahoney <p>In this month’s Artscape, RI Public Radio’s Scott MacKay speaks with Rhode Island author Rosemary Mahoney.&nbsp; Mahoney spent time in India and Tibet volunteering at a school for the blind.&nbsp; Her new book about that experience is entitled `For the Benefit of Those Who See: Dispatches from the World of the Blind.’</p><p>She spoke with Scott MacKay in our Providence studios.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 14:59:22 +0000 Scott MacKay 28387 at http://ripr.org Rhode Island Artscape: In Conversation With RI Author Rosemary Mahoney Artscape: Opera Star Calls Rhode Island Home http://ripr.org/post/artscape-opera-star-calls-rhode-island-home <p>John Reylea<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;is an internationally renowned opera star.</span></p><p>The bass singer has performed and recorded with many orchestras and companies including Metropolitan Opera in New York and the Boston Symphony.</p><p>Reylea hails from Canada, but now calls Rhode Island his home.</p><p>For this month’s Artscape, Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender sat down with the opera star, to talk about his career and what brought him to the ocean state.</p><p></p> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 13:44:15 +0000 John Bender 26830 at http://ripr.org Artscape: Opera Star Calls Rhode Island Home Artscape: Fellini's Famous Thanksgiving Pizza http://ripr.org/post/artscape-fellinis-famous-thanksgiving-pizza <p>Today is thanksgiving, so for this month’s Rhode Island Artscape, Rhode Island public radio’s John Bender, looked to the culinary arts.</p><p>You’re probably familiar with all the traditional dishes of thanksgiving, but once a year, one the day before the big turkey; hundreds of people wait in line for a very specific pizza.</p><p>John went over to Fellini’s pizzeria to find out more about their Thanksgiving pie.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Fellini’s Pizzeria on the east side of Providence has your typical pizza fair.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 28 Nov 2013 13:55:06 +0000 John Bender 25491 at http://ripr.org Artscape: Fellini's Famous Thanksgiving Pizza Artscape: Providence Loves HP Lovecraft http://ripr.org/post/artscape-providence-loves-hp-lovecraft <p>As a 10-year-old child, Howard Phillips Lovecraft would tuck himself into his grandfather’s library and read. Lovecraft’s father had gone mad and his mother eventually would too, making his wealthy grandfather – and all of those books –the center of Lovecraft’s world. Then his world fell apart. Lovecraft’s grandfather died and the estate was badly managed, wiping away his comfortable life in Providence. To earn much needed income Lovecraft, at 13-years-old, carefully crafted astronomy pamphlets and sold them, essentially starting his career as a published writer.</p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 08:08:00 +0000 Catherine Welch 24036 at http://ripr.org Artscape: Providence Loves HP Lovecraft Artscape: Bringing Traditional Puerto Rican Music to Rhode Island http://ripr.org/post/artscape-bringing-traditional-puerto-rican-music-rhode-island <p>In celebration of Hispanic Heritage month, Rhode Island Public Radio&rsquo;s John Bender profiled Warwick musician Lydia Perez.&nbsp;</p><p>Originally from Puerto Rico, Perez has been performing throughout Rhode Island since the mid-nineties.</p><p>With her group, Yoruba 2 she has toured throughout the region, teaching and performing the traditional music and dance of Puerto Rico.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>&ldquo;Well my name is Lydia Perez, I&rsquo;m a traditional artist in the state of Rhode Island.&rdquo;</p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 12:59:46 +0000 John Bender 22271 at http://ripr.org Artscape: Bringing Traditional Puerto Rican Music to Rhode Island Artscape: Trinity Rep, a Rhode Island Theater at 50 http://ripr.org/post/artscape-trinity-rep-rhode-island-theater-50 <p>This year, the Providence based Theater Company, Trinity Rep will celebrate its 50<sup>th</sup> year in Rhode Island, a remarkable feat for any non-profit arts organization.</p><p>For this month’s Artscape, Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender found out more about their upcoming season, and how the theater company made it to fifty.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 12:52:49 +0000 John Bender 20820 at http://ripr.org Artscape: Trinity Rep, a Rhode Island Theater at 50 Artscape: In Conversation with the Rhode Island International Film Festival Director http://ripr.org/post/artscape-conversation-rhode-island-international-film-festival-director <p>The Rhode Island International Film Festival will celebrate its 17<sup>th</sup> year when it starts up for a week this August.</p><p>For this month’s Artscape Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender sat down with George Marshall, the executive director of the festival.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 12:04:05 +0000 John Bender 18987 at http://ripr.org Artscape: In Conversation with the Rhode Island International Film Festival Director Artscape: Restoring Newport's Historic Opera House http://ripr.org/post/artscape-restoring-newports-historic-opera-house <p>The city of Newport is known for many things, among them, its thriving tourist industry, and its dedication to historic preservation.</p><p>The renovation of the historic Opera House Theater is a meeting of both these worlds.</p><p>While the project started strong in the early 2000’s, the economic downturn saw funding for the project drying up.</p><p>Now thanks to a recent grant, the Opera House is gearing up to finally see the project completed.</p><p>For this month’s Rhode Island Artscape, looking at this lengthy renovation as it gets its second wind.</p><p></p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 14:48:49 +0000 John Bender 17531 at http://ripr.org Artscape: Restoring Newport's Historic Opera House Artscape: The Avenue Concept: Bringing Art to the Streets http://ripr.org/post/artscape-avenue-concept-bringing-art-streets <p>In Providence, the organization, the Avenue Concept wants to clean up the city’s streets, and spray paint them.</p><p>The group believes that graffiti can be art, and wants to get the city’s street-artists to fill, what they see as the void, of public art in Rhode Island’s creative capital.</p><p>For this month’s Artscape, Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender visited the Avenue Concept at their space on Providence’s South Side.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 30 May 2013 13:18:21 +0000 John Bender 16065 at http://ripr.org Artscape: The Avenue Concept: Bringing Art to the Streets