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Norman Rockwell’s Images of Freedom Revisited 75 Years Later

VOA NEWS - Julie Taboh WASHINGTON, DC — Norman Rockwell is considered one of America's most beloved and influential artists, painting scenes of ordinary Americans at work, at play and at war, capturing simple yet compelling details that illuminated everyday life in the country. In this 1938 self-portrait called Deadline (Artist Facing Blank Canvas), Norman Rockwell painted himself trying to think of ideas for a cover illustration. () Helping tell America’s story Most Americans became familiar with his work through his hundreds of cover illustrations for The Saturday Evening Post, the most widely circulated weekly magazine in America during the first…
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State Arts Council Applauds Federal Funding to Rhode Island Arts Organizations

The National Endowment for the Arts announced today that it has awarded grants totaling $925,800 to five arts organizations and agencies in Rhode Island. These federal grants support projects by some of Rhode Island's major arts institutions. In addition, the Endowment works in partnership with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) to ensure that the people of Rhode Island have access to the ; A grant of $735,800 to RISCA helps to support projects throughout the Ocean State. In announcing the grants, National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter said, “Reflecting the diverse artistic richness…
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Donation Ceremony for the Gift of Dragon Boats to Rhode Island

TAIWAN – The Rhode Island Delegation, led by Lt. Governor Dan McKee, attended a donation ceremony for the gift of Dragon Boats to the City of Pawtucket. The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office donated the boats as a continuation of their ongoing partnership in support of Pawtucket’s Taiwan Day Festival, which brings thousands of people to Pawtucket and the Blackstone Valley every year. The ceremony was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) for the Republic of China (Taiwan) on April 17th and hosted by Deputy Minister Hsu Szu-chien. The ceremony underscored the commitment to deepening people-to-people and cultural…
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State Arts Council Commissions Artist-Designed Bike Racks for State Administration Building

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) announced today the installation of artist-designed bike racks for One Capitol Hill, the State’s Main Administration Building in Providence. This project, produced in cooperation with the State Department of Administration, provides bike racks for state employees and visitors to use when visiting offices in the Capitol Complex. The bike racks are produced by the Public Projects Department of The Steel Yard, a Providence-based non-profit that provides a place for the community to practice and learn the industrial arts. The bike racks were designed by artist Brendan Rose, with assistance from Peter…
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State Arts Council Hosts 21st Annual Show of Art by Inmates at ACI at State Gallery

Providence, RI - “Art has helped me to see who I really am inside…” begins a statement from a former inmate at the Adult Correctional Institution (ACI) in Cranston.  The artistic expressions of current inmates at the ACI are on display from March 18 through May 4 at the Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill, a gallery space managed by the State Arts Council in the State’s Main Administration Building across from the Rhode Island State House. This is the twenty-first annual exhibit of “Arts in Corrections”, a show featuring works of art by adults incarcerated at the ; This…
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Pawtucket to Exhibit Women in the Arts – Emerging & Established in Conjunction With Women’s History Month

Pawtucket – The Pawtucket Advisory Commission on Art and Culture is pleased to announce the upcoming city hall gallery exhibit, Pawtucket Women in the Arts – Emerging & Established. This exhibit celebrates Women’s History month by recognizing talented local artists who are both well-known and emerging. The opening reception is scheduled for Tuesday, March 19th from 4:30pm to 6:00pm. “The exhibit is a milestone collaboration between the City, School Department, the Women’s History Month Committee, and the Advisory Commission on Art and Culture,” said the Commission Chair Miriam Plitt. “With so many talented local women in the area, the display…
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Providence St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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The State Society of Rhode Island and the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council Name Margaret Rogers as the 2019 Cherry Blossom Princess

The State Society of Rhode Island and the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council announce that Rhode Island native Margaret Rogers has been chosen as the 2019 Rhode Island Cherry Blossom Princess. Lauren Broccoli, the Chairwoman of the State Society of Rhode Island stated, "The State Society of Rhode Island is pleased that Margaret Rogers will be our 2019 Cherry Blossom Princess, representing the Ocean State in Washington, during several formal events at the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Through her leadership skills, academic achievements and interest in civic and world affairs, specifically her volunteer work with veterans and her professional endeavors at…
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Rio’s Carnival Set for Last Night of Partying, Political Protest

Agence France-Presse RIO DE JANEIRO — Rio was gearing up Monday for the second and final night of its celebrated carnival, with the stage set for an event that will blend huge party with political protest. More than 70,000 people were getting ready to sing at the top of their voices as the seven final samba schools paraded through the city's Sambadrome, the huge concrete arena built by legendary Brazilian architect Oscar Niemayer. The night before, another seven of the city's competing samba schools — a mixture of trained dancers and enthusiastic neighborhood locals — had staged their own colorful parade,…
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From Stage to Service, Actor Gary Sinise a ‘Grateful American’

VOA NEWS/ Kane Farabaugh Army soldier Bryan Anderson was nearing the end of his second, yearlong tour of duty in Iraq, and approaching the end of his enlistment, when he unexpectedly reached a turning point on Oct. 23, 2005 — a date that is now seared in his memory. "That's the day I got blown up," he told VOA. A hidden improvised explosive device, or IED, cut through the military Humvee as Anderson was slowly driving through the dangerous streets of Iraq. "When the explosion went off, it cut my legs and my hand off instantly," he said. Anderson credits…
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