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RI Arts Sector loses over 10K jobs and $436 million in four months, national study

Rhode Island’s arts sector lost over 10,000 jobs and sales of over $436 million during the months of April to July of this year as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, according to a report recently issued by The Brookings Institution. The report, “LOST ART: MEASURING COVID-19’S DEVASTATING IMPACT ON AMERICA’S CREATIVE ECONOMY”, documents the impact of the health crisis on arts and culture nationwide, describing the devastating impact COVID-19 has had on a sector that contributes more than $2 billion annually to the Rhode Island economy. The study from the Metropolitan Policy Program at The Brookings Institution estimate losses…
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Legendary NFL Coach Don Shula Dead at 90

VOA News The winningest coach in National Football League history, Don Shula, has died at the age of 90. His former franchise, the Miami Dolphins announced his death from their official Twitter account Monday, saying he died peacefully at his home in Miami. Their statement went to say “Don Shula was the patriarch of the Miami Dolphins for 50 years, He brought the winning edge to our franchise and put the Dolphins and the city of Miami on the national sports scene.” Shula played college football at John Carroll University in Ohio and was drafted to play in the NFL…
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From Garages to Porches, Music Keeps Flowing During COVID-19

VOA News By Julie Taboh TAKOMA PARK, MARYLAND - Classical music drifts on the breeze through a quiet neighborhood in Takoma Park, ; On a side porch at a nearby house, a group of musicians perform as a clutch of people lean against trees and sit on stoops, a comfortable distance from each ; The music, so fitting on this glorious spring day, is coming from the Milo Trio, three musicians who’ve been playing together regularly since January of last ; Since new social guidelines and mandates have been put in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, people haven’t been able…
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Pawtucket Mayor Grebien Announces Funding Opportunities to Pawtucket Arts

PAWTUCKET - Mayor Donald R. Grebien announces two City grant programs, oneto support 501 (c) 3 art organizations to pay operating expenses andanother to bring free artistic and musical programming in September duringthe upcoming Pawtucket Arts Festival. "Pawtucket truly is Rhode Island's creative community. By supporting ourarts community, we are able to bring quality programming to ourresidents," says Mayor Grebien. "Arts can also become a powerful economicengine to bring people to the city's arts studio's galleries, theatre,music venues and restaurants." According to Mayor Grebien, the Arts Panel Grants Program (APGP) bringsfree programing to the public at the Pawtucket Arts Festival.…
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Providence Preservation Society (PPS)Announces 2019 Preservation Awards

Providence, RI (October29, 2019)–The Providence Preservation Societyannounces the 2019 Preservation Awards, celebrating excellence in historic preservation, design, and planning. An esteemed jury of preservation and design professionals in New Orleans selected the following: The Pavilion at Grace Church, 300 Westminster Street; 60 King, 60 King Street; The Winslow Building, 225 Weybosset Street; Bomes Theatre, 1017 Broad Street; A. T. Cross Building, 53 Warren Street; Almy Street School, 14 Meader Street; WaterFire Arts Center, 475 Valley Street; and Providence River Pedestrian Bridge. Additionally, PPS celebratesPoint225, the Wexford Building at 225 Dyer Street, for its leadership in new construction, and landscape architect…
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THE 20TH ANNUAL LATIN GRAMMY AWARDS

Alejandro Fernández, Alex Fernández, and Vicente Fernández will perform together for the first time accompanied by Mariachi Sol de México MIAMI (OCT. 29, 2019) — The Latin Recording Academy® has announced the first roster of performers for the 20th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards®, which includes current nominees Paula  Arenas, Bad Bunny, Alessia Cara, Alex Fernández, Vicente Fernández, Draco Rosa, Ximena Sariñana, Sech, and Sebastián Yatra, in addition to Latin GRAMMY® winners Alejandro Fernández, Natalia Jiménez, and Olga Tañó; The 2019 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year™ and current Latin GRAMMY nominee Juanes will also perform a medley from his iconic ;Mariachi Sol de México will accompany the Fernándezes as the musical dynasty performs together for the first…
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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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