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Announcing the 5th Annual Sr. Ann Keefe Award for Creativity and Social Justice

Press Release
May 1, 2015
Providence ¡CityArts! Contact:
Rebecca Volynsky
(401) 941-0795 x 113

Announcing the 2015 Sr. Ann Keefe Award for Creativity and Social Justice

Dr. Paul Sproll and Victoria Matthews to receive 5th annual award at ¡CityArts! gala fundraiser on June, 5 2015.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Providence ¡CityArts! for Youth announces two award recipients of the 5th Annual Sr. Ann Keefe Award for Creativity and Social Justice. This is a significant time for Providence ¡CityArts!, with national award recognition at the White House presented by First Lady Michelle Obama and the President’s Committee for the Arts and Humanities, and the passing of ¡CityArts! beloved founder and social activist, Sr. Ann Keefe. Award recipients will be honored at the upcoming annual gala fundraiser: the ¡CityArts! MOD Party: A Celebration of Art, Culture & Style of the Modernists on Friday, June 5, 2015 from 7-10 pm at Rhode Island School of Design’s historic Woods Gerry House in Providence, RI. ¡CityArts! is proud to recognize two individuals who exemplify a vision for equity, access and youth empowerment through the arts. The Sr. Ann Keefe Award for Creativity and Social Justice was established in 2011 to commemorate Sr. Ann’s legacy for the City of Providence and her vision of the arts as a catalyst for social change and transformation. This award is to put a spotlight on individuals who embody this spirit through their ideas and practices—to champion the arts and use creativity to lift our communities to a better place, and to build equity and justice for all children to live free from the barriers of race and class.

Sr. Ann Keefe Award for Creativity and Social Justice / Recipients

Dr. Paul Sproll is Head of RISD’s Department of Teaching + Learning in Art + Design (TLAD). Dr. Sproll is dedicated to the development of progressive practices in art and design teaching and learning in K-12 schools and community-based settings. He is an ardent advocate for educational reform especially in urban public high schools and has been closely associated with reform and reorganization efforts particularly within Providence Public Schools. Under Dr. Sproll’s leadership, RISD undergraduate and graduate students have an opportunity to gain life-long teaching skills and to directly serve poor urban schools and communities, where arts learning is significantly underresourced.

As example, Dr. Sproll is responsible for forming and endorsing a 12-yr RISD/TLAD and ¡CityArts! partnership since 2003, impacting the lives of over 400 elementary and middle school aged youth through an annual semester-long RISD class called Community Art Project. Dr. Sproll also founded and directs Project Open Door (POD), a free college access program that provides studio education and support services for creative urban high school teens. POD’s Saturday Portfolio classes provide opportunities for individualized mentoring and guidance throughout the college application process.

Victoria Matthews is a ¡CityArts! Alumna and a junior at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst Victoria grew up in our Southside neighborhoods and from age 8-14, took advantage of as many ¡CityArts! classes, camps and programs made available to her—including community gardening, sculpture, clay murals, creative writing, drumming, puppet-making, painting, lending a creative hand, and so much more. Throughout high school and in college, Victoria demonstrates leadership and creative passion. Victoria pioneered the ¡CityArts! model for youth volunteerism and service. She mentored as a ¡CityArts! studio assistant and became a 2013 Summer AmeriCorps ¡CityArts! Teaching Artist at the Southside Providence Boys & Girls Club. At UMass Amherst, Victoria is majoring in Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies with a minor in African American Studies. She envisions a future of working as a Teaching Artist, public speaker and activist. Victoria is an active member of the Women of Color Leadership Network at UMass and uses her creative voice to advocate for social justice, Black women’s liberation, self-expression, and prison abolition.

ABOUT PROVIDENCE ¡CITYARTS! FOR YOUTH

Providence ¡CityArts! for Youth was founded on the ideal that all youth, regardless of socio-economic background, should have access to quality arts learning as an essential part of childhood and youth development. ¡CityArts! Teaching Artists guide and inspire over 900 urban youth, ages 8 – 14, in multidisciplinary arts classes, free of charge, in out of school time programs and arts integration residencies within local schools. ¡CityArts! provides a positive platform for youth to develop skills and a creative practice, find their voice, and explore ideas to bring change in their communities. In 2014, ¡CityArts! was awarded the prestigious National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award at the White House by First Lady Michelle Obama and the President’s Committee for the Arts and the Humanities. The organization is therefore celebrating a momentous year in programming and creative youth development!

For more information about the event, please contact Rebecca Volynsky: rebecca@providencecityarts.org; 401-941-0795 x 113

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The 2015 ¡CityArts! Mod Party

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Press Release

April 6, 2015
Providence ¡CityArts! Contact:
Rebecca Volynsky
(401) 941-0795 x 113

Announcing the 2015 ¡CityArts! Mod Party
Fundraiser to be held on Friday, June 5th to support arts education programs that help transform and empower youth.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Providence ¡CityArts! for Youth announces their annual gala fundraiser, the ¡CityArts! Mod Party: A Celebration of Art, Culture & Style of the Modernists, to be held on Friday, June 5th, 7 – 10 PM, at Rhode Island School of Design’s historic Woods-Gerry House in Providence, RI. Funds raised will help support ¡CityArts! nationally awarded, free arts education programs that help to transform and empower youth.

Event tickets cost $50 for Early Bird Admission if purchased by May 26th, and $65 for Regular Admission if purchased after May 26th until the day of the event. VIP Patron Donor packages are available for $200, and include: two tickets, admission to a special champagne reception prior to the event from 6 – 7 PM, and donor recognition. Tickets can be purchased online via Eventbrite: http://cityartsmodparty.eventbrite.com, or by calling 401-941-0795 x 113.

From Calder and Warhol fans to Mad Men sophisticates, the ¡CityArts! Mod Party promises to be a fabulous event with live music by the New Providence Big Band and catering by RI Monthly’s “Best of 2014 Party Pros”, Easy Entertaining. The night will include dancing under the stars, cash bar, interactive art installations, photo and video booth by They’re Using Tools, youth art and performances, art lotto, and silent auction in a gorgeous setting! Auction items include pre-season Patriots football tickets, passes to the Providence Performing Arts Center and Trinity Repertory Company, gift certificates and items from hip local restaurants and shops, and much more!

In memory of the organization’s founder, Sr. Ann Keefe, ¡CityArts! will have a special presentation for the 5th annual Sister Ann Keefe Award for Creativity and Social Justice. This award honors those who use creativity to inspire social change in their community. Guests are sure to have a memorable night out for a great cause and a lot of fun. Support during this event will help ensure that ¡CityArts! continues to hold its place as one of the top youth arts programs in the nation.

ABOUT PROVIDENCE ¡CITYARTS! FOR YOUTH

Providence ¡CityArts! for Youth was founded on the ideal that all youth, regardless of socio-economic background, should have access to quality arts learning as an essential part of childhood and youth development. ¡CityArts! Teaching Artists guide and inspire over 900 urban youth, ages 8 – 14, in multidisciplinary arts classes, free of charge, in out of school time programs and arts integration residencies within local schools. ¡CityArts! provides a positive platform for youth to develop skills and a creative practice, find their voice, and explore ideas to bring change in their communities. In 2014, ¡CityArts! was awarded the prestigious National Arts and Humanities Youth Program award at the White House by First Lady Michelle Obama and the President’s Committee for the Arts and the Humanities. The organization is therefore celebrating a momentous year in programming and creative youth development through the NAHYP award!

For media inquiries and more information about the event, please contact Rebecca Volynsky: rebecca@providencecityarts.org401-941-0795 x 113

For more information about Providence ¡CityArts! for Youth, please visit: www.providencecityarts.org
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The ¡CityArts! Mod Party is sponsored by: Home Loan Investment Bank, FSBOmni Development CorporationMills Coffee Roasting Co., Stanton Electric Inc., Cox Communications, Washington Trust Bank, Hanson Curran LLP, Providence CollegeMcLaughlin & Moran, Sodexo, BankRIEasy Entertaining Inc.They’re Using Tools, and the Rhode Island School of Design.

Host Comittee: Barbara Wong, Rebecca Volynsky, Kah Yangni, Garry Bliss, Aleida Benitez, Kevin Murphy, Brigid Nee, Mia Thompson, Sierra Barter, Emily Coutu, Michael DeMatteo, Ambuja Magaji, and Janice DeFrances.

 

CityArts wins the 2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award

On November 10th, 2014, CityArts won the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award.

The National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award is the nation’s highest honor for after-school arts and humanities programs. The National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award recognizes the country’s best creative youth development programs for using engagement in the arts and the humanities to increase academic achievement, graduation rates, and college enrollment. The 14 awardees—chosen from a pool of more than 350 nominations and 50 finalists—are also recognized for improving literacy and language abilities, communication and performance skills, and cultural awareness.

First presented in 1998, the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award is the signature program of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH). The awards are presented annually in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

In addition to their recognition at the White House, each of the 12 community-based programs will receive $10,000 and a year of communications and capacity-building support from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. For more information about the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards, visit www.pcah.gov.

Check out our commemorative poster by artist Rebecca Volynsky:

Poster