January 2018 Update: ACT in the Community

Teju Olobongi performs at the Woonsocket YWCA

state cultural facilities grants and preservation funds

Congratulations to all our partners and colleagues who received 2017 Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Cultural Facilities grants this cycle! The Wilbury Theatre GroupProvidence Public LibraryDirt Palace ProjectsFestival Ballet ProvidenceEverett, and ECAS Theater collectively received matching funds exceeding $600,000!

IN 2008, Academy Players

Congrats also go out to our colleagues at Providence Parks and the Providence Performing Arts Center who received state preservation funds from the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission.

funda fest 20th anniversary

Our Sowing Place partners Rhode Island Black Storytellers are kicking into high gear for their 20th Funda Fest! Events in Providence include:

From Shakespeare to Hiphop
Jazz and Spoken Word featuring Marlon Carey and Reggie Gibson
Food and Cash Bar
4PM – 6PM, Sunday, January 14, 2018
Southside Cultural Center, 393 Broad St.

MLK Amazing Grace
Rochel Coleman
11AM, 1PM, and 2:30PM, Monday, January 15, 2018
Providence Children’s Museum, 100 South St.
FREE with museum admission

Free Family FUN Day
Storytelling, Workshops, Vendors and more
10AM – 3PM, Saturday, January 20, 2018
Southside Cultural Center, 393 Broad St.

Music, Mix, and Mingle
Storytelling Concert for Grown Folk
8PM, Saturday, January 20, 2018
Southside Cultural Center, 393 Broad St.

23rd annual langston hughes community poetry reading

Langston Hughes’s poems, dating from the Harlem Renaissance through the 1960s, continue to resonate today. These powerful, poignant and often amusing works are read aloud by members of the community, accompanied by the Daniel Ian Smith Jazz Trio. This event is coordinated by the Langston Hughes Community Poetry Reading Committee and made possible through a grant from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, an independent state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Langston Hughes Community Poetry Reading
1:30PM – 4PM, Sunday, February 4, 2018
Providence Public Library, 225 Washington St.
FREE admission

Langston Hughes Youth Event
Featuring Nowell Academy, AS220 Youth, and Turnaround Arts Providence Partner Schools
5PM – 7PM, Friday, February 2, 2018
FREE admission

Parisparisparis + Friends! pop up shop at the wurks

Providence City Hall Gallery Assistant and local artist/curator ParisParisParis is launching a new post-holiday pop up shop at The Wurks in Olneyville, ParisParisParis! + Friends!

According to the man himself, “the project is a 1-month long POP-UP SHOP that will allow artists to create, showcase and sell artwork at no initial cost to the artist. The project will rotate 100 PVD artists and merchant vendors in 3 weekly rotations with opening night every Thursday starting on January 18. Performances by local musicians and DJ’s will be held every Friday and Saturday alongside educational hands-on workshops every Sunday and Monday by local makers and artist teachers. The door is $5 pay what you can! (no one turned away).”