The Rhode Island Philharmonic and Music School stands to get about $2 million dollars for infrastructure upgrades if the bonds pass. It's just one of many organizations that could benefit from the funds.
Rhode Islanders head to the polls in just a few short days. In addition to the major races, voters will also decide on spending bonds. There are four of them.
For this month’s Artscape, and as part of our Rhody Votes ’14 coverage we’re looking into question Five: the arts and culture bond. Rhode Island Public Radio's John Bender spoke with morning host Elisabeth Harrison.
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Award winning musician Regina Carter is a genre bending violinist. Though classically trained, she’s made a career recording jazz, folk and fiddle styles. She’s performed around the world, but this week Carter was in Rhode Island spending time with local music students. This was one stop she made in a series of events by FirstWorks, including a concert Saturday night at RISD.
A group of arts organizations from across the state are joining forces to garner support for major arts funding. The money must be approved by voters on a referendum November 4th.
At stake is $35 million in funding. 23 million would go towards matching funds for construction and renovation projects at nine facilities across the state. Those include Trinity Repertory Company, the Chorus of Westerly, and the Rhode Island Philharmonic and Music School.
Rhode Island College holds a ribbon cutting ceremony today for Alex and Ani Hall. The $17 million renovation project created the university’s first-ever arts building.
The 1958 building originally housed a student center, cafeteria, and library. RIC President Nancy Carriuolo says the renovated building has plenty of natural light and a special ventilation system to make sure the studios are safe for art making.
Ah, yes, “Hay Fever” one of those plays that became known as “a comedy of manners.” But in truth Coward's 1925 hit really ought to be called a “comedy of ill manners.”
It's Coward's view of a famous family being famously, uproariously, ridiculously bad mannered to point of forcing the family's so-called “guests” to split, to sneak out of the house, to take any measures to get away from the family's self-regard, their “I really don't give a hoot for anything or anyone but myself” attitude.
The Rhode Island Foundation has announced the winners of MacColl Johnson Fellowship. The $25-thousand fellowships are for the fine and performing arts.
The Foundation gives out three MacColl Johnson fellowships each year to Rhode Island-based artists, composers, and writers.
This year the fellowships were given to visual artists Leslie Hirst, Anthony Giannini, and Daniel Sousa. Sousa, a filmmaker, has been nominated for an Academy Award this year for his short animated film “Feral.” He says he’ll use the fellowship to expand his filmmaking operations.
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.