The late British actor Alan Rickman once said, “Unless we tell stories about ourselves, which is all that theater is, we’re in deep trouble.” Now, Rhode Island’s only Latino theater company, Teatro ECAS, has a permanent home where they are telling fascinating stories about their community and their heritage.
Located in a tidy storefront on the corner of Elmwood Avenue and Parkis Avenue, Teatro ECAS was founded in 1997 by a group of educators who wanted to use the arts as an educational tool. Among those was Francis Parra, a teacher at the International Charter School in Pawtucket. Francis has served as the theater’s artistic executive director since those early days and has staged dozens of performances and workshops in high school and university auditoriums, libraries and even in Roger Williams Park.
“It gives students who are not into athletics a place to shine and showcase their talents.” - Phyllis McHale, Curator
On April 29, 2016, Shea High School of Pawtucket held their 5th annual fashion show. The event is an opportunity for students to get involved and express their identity and talent through fashion. With a wide variety of cultural, sexual, and social backgrounds that make up the urban community, art is a form of expression which all students can identify with. The annual show gives students the chance to put their time and creativity into producing clothing and choreographing scenes. From modeling to designing to decorating the stage, no one is excluded from finding a way to get involved. In collaborating and committing nearly a year of their time, the students worked
hard to deliver the best to represent their community. The show not only features clothing but also dance and visual art, bringing everything together.
"As part of the parameters, they had to design a logo, as well as label designs with visual coding to translate flavor change."
FOOD IS A VISUAL MEDIUM so naturally, designing food packaging brought out the playful side of JWU Providence’s Graphic Design & Digital Media students. Professor Karyn Jimenez- Elliott’s Advanced Print class recently had the task of conceptualizing and designing an identity system for a hypothetical beverage company.
Rogers High School students enjoyed reduced cost tickets to their senior prom due to the community-supported effort.
Nearly 200 guests gathered at the Newport Art Museum on the evening of Thursday, March 24th in the name of fashion and philanthropy. “A Night to Remember,” a fashion show featuring local students, coaches, and alumni from Rogers High School in Newport as well as members of the Newport School Committee, Mayor Jeanne-Marie Napolitano, and other “local celebrities” raised funds to defray ticket costs for the Rogers High School senior prom.
"I have been creating art for years by utilizing textiles, vintage jewels, yarns, and repurposed wallpapers. However, using a sewing machine was not on my list of new things to learn in 2016."
Once I met Martha Jackson of the Restored by Design Foundation, I knew I wanted to be a part of her mission to help underprivileged women heal through art. So, I decided to take the beginner sewing class taught by the Foundation to learn how to create a bucket bag. The bags are sold at the Restored by Design Foundation’s retail boutique located on the East Side of Providence; all the proceeds support the foundation. I was determined to learn this new skill, and in return I was helping the community and providing a brighter future for them.
Wickford Art Festival 54th Anniversary
July 9, 2016 from 10 am – 6 pm
July 10, 2016 from 10 am – 5 pm
Join over 200 artists from all over the country and world as they display their art amongst historic homes, eclectic shops, and quaint streets. Handicap accessible and family friendly, this fine art festival draws art lovers from throughout New England with crowds over 80,000 attending yearly.
Admission is FREE.
All art is one of a kind or limited, signed, and numbered editions. Artists will be in their booths to meet attendees, and discuss their inspiration and method of creation.
Also, we will be introducing a “Kids’ Corner” to expand our audience to more than just the adult art lover, and encourage kids to walk away from the festival looking forward to the next year!
Wickford is located 25 minutes south of Providence, 20 minutes from Newport, RI and less than a
1-hour drive from CT and MA. Visit www.wickfordart.org or www.facebook.com/Wickford-Art-Association-Festival or call 401-294-6840 for more information.
The fashion scene has grown tremendously here in Rhode Island, so we have featured some recent runway shows that have not only showcased great styles but have also benefitted many causes!
Newport Student Fashion Show, StyleWeek NE, RISD Student Collection 2016, Shea High School Student Fashion Show and Lights, Fashion and Philanthropy by Donahue Models Talent & Agency.
Click here to see the full gallery and articles in the digital publication.
"This is our chance to put artists and the community on center stage, shine the spotlight on them. Art has no bounds; anyone can speak to each other through the language of art.” - Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza
The passionate sound of a soul band comes gliding down from the end of Washington Street. A young artist belts out lyrics to her newest single. The crowd sings along as they quickly learn the words. Classical ballet comes from down the street as a crowd forms. Beyond the heads of the crowd are the tips of a ballet dancer’s fingers as she balances on nothing but her toes. Kids run past with their faces elaborately painted with flowers, superhero masks, and animal prints. The smell of freshly fried dough, spicy street tacos, and hamburgers served straight off the grill waft past the crowds. All of these smells, sights, and sounds topple into each other in the heart of Providence also known as the Creative Capital. It was the start of PVD Fest.
Steampunk is a genre that spans literature, music, theatre, film, art, and fashion.
Its basic tenets are taking the style and technology of the midto- late nineteenth century and combining it with present day themes and technology. This happens in a few different ways, but the most common are through two themes: post-apocalyptic and neo-Victorian or altered history. Please keep in mind that these are starting points. If you are new to the genre, or just steam-curious, not to worry—there is very little that is unacceptable to the steampunk community. For example, with the post-apocalyptic, the stories behind the gadgets, clothes, and art generally run on the premise that the world has failed, and the only thing left are makers like us piecing together society and technology with a return to the sensibilities of fine craftsmanship of the Victorian era. With the altered history track, participants work contemporary technology and sensibilities into Victorian era stories, history, or art … some of which are the impetus for the genre, such as the literary works of Jules Verne and Providence’s own H.P. Lovecraft.
There are many mistakes that can be made during the organizing process. You want to be efficient and productive with the end result being a well organized space that can be easily maintained.
Here are the 7 biggest blunders people make: