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.
Participating Artist Kevin Rohoe said the conference is a great way to pick up new techniques.
Nearly 5,000 people are expected to attend a ceramics conference at the Rhode Island Convention Center through Saturday. The event is one of several that have brought large crowds over the winter. Attendance has gone up at the convention center despite the bad weather.
Eight years since the height of the national foreclosure crisis, Providence faces a plague of vacant houses, blighting neighborhoods. Now the capital city’s new mayor is ramping up efforts to combat the issue. One home on the city's West Side is a success story; it's part of the ambitious plan to create many more in the state capital.
On a cold, sunny morning in March a massive front end loader tears into a tan, two-story home, on Marshall St. on the West Side of Providence. A group of neighbors and passersby watch from across the street.
The RISD museum has received a $2.5 million gift from the Rockefeller family. The money will go to support the museum’s decorative arts department.
The decorative arts refer to objects which have practical uses as well as artistic value; such as furniture, silverware, and vases. In addition to the monetary gift, David Rockefeller, is donating about 43 objects from his personal collection. Museum director John Smith said the most important items include some eighteenth century English furniture.
Charter school advocates packed the statehouse rotunda Wednesday to urge lawmakers to continue their support for charter schools.
A statehouse panel is considering changes that could decrease funding for charter schools. Jeremy Chiappetta from Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy said families should have choices when it comes to public school.
“We are looking to continue to grow a high quality public school sector that includes charter schools, state run schools, independent schools and certainly traditional public schools,.” Chiappetta said.
Channel 12 reports the Providence Board of Licenses believes there’s not enough concrete evidence to revoke a liquor license for a bar that’s been implicated in a corruption probe. But Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza said he’s still looking into the matter.
Yet more snow is on the way for Rhode Island. The national weather service expects about one to three inches of snow starting late Tuesday afternoon.
The snow is predicted to switch over to a wintry mix by midnight, lasting into Wednesday morning. Meteorologist Benjamin Sipprell said this could affect the Wednesday morning commute.
“As we go into Wednesday morning, temperatures will be pretty well above normal, so the expectation is for the morning commute, it may be a little soupy out there with very low visibility along area roadways,” said Sipprell.
In what has become an all too familiar winter announcement this year, the cities of Providence and Newport have ordered street parking bans.
Mayor Jorge Elorza announced this afternoon that the capital city’s parking ban will go into effect at midnight Monday (March 2) and remain in effect until further notice. The mayor also said in a statement that parents should remain on alert for a possible school tomorrow. The city’s snow hotline telephone number is 680-8080.