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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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Smithsonian Museum’s Latest Acquisitions Reflect a Diverse America

VOA News/Julie Taboh WASHINGTON — For the past 50 years, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington has been telling America’s story with images of people who helped shape the history and culture of the United States. Telling America’s story Each November, the Gallery selects a number of portraits to add to its collection. This year, it added 28 more pictures in an effort to tell a more diverse and complete story of American society. While the display features well-known personalities such as former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, it also sheds light on some lesser-known “hidden figures.” Ann Shumard, senior…
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State Arts Council Appoints Individual Artist Program Director

Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) announced the appointment of Mollie Flanagan as its new Individual Artist Program Director. Flanagan, a resident of Phoenix, Arizona, will manage the Council's programs and services for individual artists, including grants to individual artists, professional development and community-building activities. Within the State system the position is classified as a Senior Research Technician. In announcing the appointment, Randall Rosenbaum, Executive Director of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, said, "We are delighted to have someone with Mollie's knowledge and experience take charge of our work supporting our state's individual artists." He…
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WATERFIRE’S NEW ART CENTER

Groundbreaking ceremony at the WaterFire Arts Center Providence, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo We all know how special WaterFire Providence is to Rhode Island. It's a shining example of how the arts can be an economic driver and create jobs. Everywhere I travel, people bring up WaterFire- I tell them, come visit Rhode Island and check it out! WaterFire draws 1 million visitors to downtown Providence each year. They stay in our hotels, eat at our restaurants and shop at our businesses. Now, WaterFire is building on those strengths by constructing a new Arts Center. Senator Jack Reed Congressman Jim…
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Mars Probe Confirmed Entering Martian Atmosphere

VOA News A spacecraft from Earth has once again reached Mars. The European Space Agency said its Schiaparelli spacecraft entered the Martian atmosphere on Wednesday, but there was still no word on if the probe had successfully landed. In a bad sign, the ESA confirmed that the signal from the lander had stopped unexpectedly, with the agency's Paulo Ferri, the Head of Mission Operations Department at the ESA saying it was not a good sign. The probe was released from its mother ship, the Trace Gas Orbiter, Sunday, and over the ensuing days, it positioned itself for a landing. As…
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Smithsonian Launches Effort to Save ‘Wizard of Oz’ Ruby Slippers

VOA News The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to preserve the ruby slippers from the 1939 movie "The Wizard of Oz." The museum hopes to raise $300,000 in a month. The slippers, which for more than 30 years have been one of the most beloved items at the museum, were crafted almost 80 years ago by the MGM Studios prop department. Like most movie props, they weren't built to last. Now the museum wants to polish the dulled sequins, clean up the loose threads and create a state-of-the-art display case to preserve…
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