Catholic schools won eight of 11 winter sports championships in the Rhode Island Interscholastic League, proving once again that public schools do not stand a chance in this state, right? Catholic and private schools should compete in their own league, right?
This week an estimated 5,ooo ceramic artists, educators and industry professionals gathered in Providence for the 49th annual conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. Rhode Island Public Radio's weekend host Chuck Hinman talked to two of those involved; Jay Lacouture, on-site liason and ceramics professor at Salve Regina University, and Jo-Ann Conklin, Director of the David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University.
The debate over moving the Pawtucket Red Sox from McCoy Stadium to a new ball park in Providence is raging. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it’s time for serious study, not hyperbole.
Tis the season of renewal: Easter, Passover and daffodils. Along with the longer days comes the return of baseball to New England. It may be hard to believe after our harsh winter, but in two weeks the season opens at Fenway Park in Boston and at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket.
A major ceramics conference is drawing thousands of people to the Rhode Island Convention Center. The conference features a variety of ceramic art – from traditional bowls to sculptures and even a pile of high heeled shoes.
It is put on annually by the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. Organizer Jacqueline Hardy said the work comes from across the globe.
“All over the country, international; we come from Australia, China, Japan, Canada of course,” said Hardy.
Hundreds of people convene Friday at Roger Williams University Law School for a conference on the cost of incarceration. The event will bring local and national experts together to discuss the problems in the criminal justice system.
Judge Judith Savage is a justice in residence at Roger Williams, and she organized this conference. She said Rhode Island is in the top five states when it comes to the number of residents on probation. That means they are more likely to struggle to find work or get an education.
The Rhode Island Food Bank is hosting a fundraiser Friday night with a twist. The event called “Empty Bowls” lets participants eat soup from local restaurants in bowls created by local and national artists.
Participants can take the bowls home with them at the end of the evening. Food Bank spokesman Hugh Minor says the concept was created by a Michigan ceramics teacher and his wife twenty-five years ago.
“They got to take this bowl home as a symbol of what they’d done and the fact that there still were empty bowls in their community,” said Minor.