January 2018 Update: Turnaround Arts Providence

Marlon Carey tells stories at Gilbert Stuart as part of Funda Fest 20

Happy New Year!
January 2018 has come in like a lion!

Gilbert Stuart Middle School (GSMS) received the NAMM Foundation Education Grant for their music program for instrument repair and purchase, curriculum training and professional development. Congratulations to (GSMS) music teacher Suzanne Doiron for her hard work and vision.

We are excited to report that Turnaround Arts: Providence has a new community arts partner: Rhode Island Black Storytellers. During the organization’s statewide festival (Funda Fest) three performers shared stories in the African-American tradition with our students and teachers. (See the video with Teju Ologboni above).

We look forward to hosting Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) trainings next week at Roger Williams and DelSesto Middle schools. VTS is a method that teaches people how to make sense of what they perceive rather that telling them what to see. This is the first of three trainer visits to Providence.

Finally, the Turnaround Arts: Providence local program staff is traveling to California for the 2018 Turnaround Arts Local Program Training in Carmel. Don’t be too jealous. We are coming back to share what we learn and we will bring back goodies!