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Announcing The Southside Circle of Hope, Opportunity, and Renewal Project

Press Release
June 27, 2016
Providence CityArts Contact:
Barbara Wong
(401) 941 – 0795 x 103

Providence CityArts for Youth Announces the Southside Circle Project

PROVIDENCE, RI – Providence CityArts for Youth is awarded a Rhode Island Foundation Centennial Grant to create the Southside Circle Project, a public mural installation and cultural event that celebrates the circle of humanity, creativity and common dreams of Southside families and youth to achieve a better life.  For generations of families and young people who have lived and grown up in the Southside since industrial times, our community has been an evolving tapestry shaped by hard-working immigrants and laborers, diverse multi-cultural voices, strong pride in heritage and HOPE.  This is the spirit that has driven the culture of our diverse neighborhoods—including Upper/Lower South Providence, Elmwood, Washington Park and the West End.   Barbara Wong, Executive Director notes, “We thank the RI Foundation for this incredible gift to our community, to celebrate and honor our community’s individual and collective hopes, dreams and aspirations.”

“Southside Circle of Hope, Opportunity and Renewal” is a creative placemaking opportunity to engage over 120 Southside youth and families, community members and 3 renowned Rhode Island muralists: Munir Mohammed, Peter Geisser and Mika Seeger in designing and creating a public art installation.  This work will be an interactive community process, and provide a major facelift to an existing, yet long-faded 150’ long CityArts mural created twenty-five years ago, in 1991 by Munir Mohammed and CityArts youth on the Lexington Avenue facade of the Southside’s busiest food market, America’s Food Basket/Compare Foods on Broad Street. 

Munir, Peter, and Mika have strong ties to the Southside and CityArts.  They will facilitate this project from concept to completion—including leading clay and painting workshops for youth and community from June through November 2016, and installation.  Creative design planning and fabrication of ceramic tiles will take place within our fully equipped art studios and engage youth, community members and volunteers in on-site painting and installation activities.  The result will be a colorful full-length 150’ x 12’ mural—a collage of clay relief tiles and painted images woven together to tell Southside stories that reflect diversity of cultures and voices.  This work will be a lasting tribute to the late Sister Ann Keefe of St. Michael’s Church, a tireless champion of social justice, founder of Providence CityArts and the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, and a beloved member of the Southside.  A culminating unveiling will include a multi-cultural celebration with music and food.

This project will enhance the Southside Broad Street landscape, comprised of small family-run businesses, restaurants, bodegas, autobody and repair shops, and triple deckers.  In the evenings, the street is lively with beats of salsa, hiphop and rap.  Food trucks and cantinas fill the air with delicious aromas, and conversations in Spanish, Creole, Kirundi, Khmer, and more can be heard in public gatherings.  Across the street from Compare Foods is CityArts’ Arts Center and our building partner, the Highlander Charter School. 

“One of the first things you have to know about Providence CityArts for Youth, is it’s not just about filling time. Rather, it’s about changing children’s hearts and giving them a new view of what life can be. And it’s about social change. For when you change children’s hearts, our hearts get changed too, and the quality of life in neighborhoods is improved.” 

- Sister Ann Keefe, CityArts Founder

CityArts and our muralists have extensive experience in public murals projects that beautify our state.  Installations include India Point Park, Waves of Narragansett, RI Training School, St. Patrick’s Church, RI DOT, Greater Kennedy Park Plaza, Ninigret Wildlife Refuge, and the Ontario Street façade of Compare Foods Market.  For CityArts youth, public arts projects are service-learning opportunities.  Youth gain an understanding for how their creative design-thinking skills can work to improve communities.

ABOUT PROVIDENCE ¡CITYARTS! FOR YOUTH 

¡CityArts! is a nonprofit community youth arts organization, founded on the ideal that all children should have access to arts learning as an essential part of childhood and youth development. ¡CityArts! works with over 900 underserved, urban elementary and middle school youth each year, through FREE classes in art & design, music, dance, theatre, digital media, and more! Out‐of‐school time and residency programs take place at ¡CityArts! Southside Broad Street Arts Center, Boys & Girls Clubs, and schools across Providence. Through the arts, youth have the power to succeed ‐ to create, express and grow!

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.

For media inquiries and more information about the event, please contact Barbara Wong, Executive Director: barbara@providencecityarts.org or 401‐941‐0795 x 103.

For more information about Providence ¡CityArts! for Youth, please visit:

www.providencecityarts.org
www.facebook.com/PVDCityArts
Follow the organization via Twitter and Instagram ‐ @PVDCityArts

Follow the mural process on our blog!

Download the full press release, here.

¡CityArts! Is Hiring A New Executive Director!

Providence CityArts for Youth (¡CityArts!) seeks a new Executive Director.  A nationally-awarded community‐based youth arts organization, CityArts’ mission is to ensure elementary and middle school youth have access to quality arts programs–unhindered by socio-economic barriers, and celebrate the arts as a means to youth empowerment, community building and social change.

We serve over 900 youth that reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of our neighborhoods in free out‐of‐school time and artist residency programs.  They engage in the arts through active project-based learning, STEAM design-thinking, and creative inquiry.  We jointly occupy a 32,000sf converted historic mill facility with the Highlander Charter School in the heart of the Southside.  Our annual budget size is nearly $500,000, and draws from private and public foundations, government, contracts, and individual contributions.

The Executive Director serves as the chief executive and is responsible for providing organizational leadership and sound management.  Alongside the Board, the Executive Director is responsible for setting the overall vision and direction for CityArts’  future, and ensuring CityArts’ success and long-term sustainability.  The Executive Director’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to: management of operations, fund development, Board and community relations, budgeting, and programs. The Executive Director must be passionate about equity and access to arts learning for underserved youth, and building vibrant urban communities through creativity and the arts.

Providence CityArts is at a pivotal point in its history as it seeks a new leader for this fiscally-sound, mature organization with a strong reputation, vibrant programs, experienced staff and a thoughtful board. The Board is looking to partner with a leader who can help expand the organization’s impact.  

Salary and Benefits: $60,000-75,000, plus individual healthcare plan.

To download the full job description, click here.

To apply for this position, please forward resume/cover letter no later than July 11, 2016, to: 

Search@providencecityarts.org

For Immediate Release: Barbara Wong to Step Down After 16 Years 

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PRESS RELEASE / Immediate Release

Contact: Barbara Wong, (401) 941-0795 x103, barbara@providencecityarts.org 

April 25, 2016 

Providence CityArts for Youth announced today that Executive Director, Barbara Wong, will depart the organization in July. Wong will serve in an interim capacity to help lay the groundwork for smooth succession through advancement activities and the launch of the CityArts/Sr. Ann Keefe Fund for Creativity and Social Justice endowment campaign. 

“My service to Providence CityArts for Youth and the creative development of young people has been a rewarding and heartfelt journey—life-fulfilling to say the least,” said Wong. “With pride and confidence in the legacy we have established for Providence’s youth and communities, I am announcing my transition from the role of Executive Director after sixteen years, effective July 1. Beyond, I will remain a steadfast champion for the creative rights of young people and the importance of equity and access for all children to have quality arts learning in their lives.” 

Wong has served Providence CityArts for Youth since 2000 as Executive Director. She has overseen an era of remarkable growth and accomplishment, and the fulfillment of founder Sr. Ann Keefe’s vision for free youth arts programs that would “change hearts and lives” in poor urban communities. Under Wong’s leadership, CityArts was awarded the nation’s highest honor for youth arts programs, the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, presented by First Lady Michelle Obama and the President’s Committee for the Arts and the Humanities. CityArts has gained prominence in school-community partnerships, including the Highlander and LCCS Charter Schools, PASA/PPSD, Vartan Gregorian Elementary School and the Boys and Girls Club of Providence; advocacy for arts-integration and STEAM project-based learning; stewardship of Rhode Island’s only AmeriCorps Teaching Artist initiative in three Providence Public Middle Schools; and efforts to create an Arts in Education Policy for Providence Public Schools. 

This is an exciting new chapter for CityArts. It opens the door to exciting times ahead, as the organization grows to meet the evolving needs of urban at- risk youth. “On behalf of the Board of Directors, I offer my thanks to Barbara for her years of service. We could not have asked for a better leader. Barbara’s work with CityArts has and will continue to have deep and meaningful impact on how we think of creative youth development, and the importance of an arts education in helping youth gain the skills and social/emotional confidence they need to succeed in school and in life. We wish Barbara the best in her future endeavors.” The CityArts board will launch a national search for its next Executive Director, and appoint Yesica Guerra as interim director starting in July. 

“I am so grateful for these last 16 years at Providence CityArts,” says Wong. “It was an honor to be part of Sr. Ann’s vision to improve our neighborhoods and empower lives. Engaging in the arts helps youth to become creative, critical thinkers and engaged citizens. After 24 years, CityArts is still meeting an important need, to ensure that no child is left without an opportunity to find their voice. I am thankful to an extraordinary staff and Board, and am confident that CityArts and Sr. Ann’s legacy are secure in their competent and committed care.” 

Providence CityArts for Youth is a national award winning community youth arts organization. CityArts serves over 900 youth in free afterschool, summer and in-school residency programs across the city of Providence, RI. Youth have free access to classes in visual art and design, digital media, dance, theatre, music, and creative writing. Our work is inspired by the creative process of art-making and the exploration of ideas and concepts that shape our communities and everyday lives. 

Download this Press Release as a PDF, here.

STEP RIGHT UP and join us at Cirque du ¡CityArts!

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Press Release
April 4, 2016
Providence ¡CityArts! For Youth Contact:
Rebecca Volynsky
Executive & Fund Development Associate
(401) 941-0795 x 113 or rebecca@providencecityarts.org

 

Announcing Cirque du ¡CityArts!

Fundraiser to be held on Friday, June 10 to support arts education programs that help to transform and empower youth.

 

PROVIDENCE, RI – Providence ¡CityArts! for Youth is pleased to announce their annual gala fundraiser, Cirque du ¡CityArts!, to be held on Friday, June 10, 7 – 10 PM, at Rhode Island School of Design’s historic Woods-Gerry House (62 Prospect Street, Providence, RI 02906). 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 Sunday, May 29, and $65 for Regular Admission if purchased after Sunday, May 29 until Friday, June 10 (day of 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://cirqueducityarts.eventbrite.com, or by calling 401-941-0795 x 113. 

STEP RIGHT UP and purchase tickets for Cirque du ¡CityArts! as it promises to be another fabulous, record-breaking event! The night will feature live music by the New Providence Big Band and inspired cuisine from Russell Morin Catering. Guests can enjoy non-stop dancing, cash bar featuring a signature cocktail, interactive art installations designed by students with a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) twist, photo booth, youth art and performances, raffle, and a new live crowdfunding event. Guests will have the opportunity to raise a paddle and pledge their support to ¡CityArts! at varying monetary levels; they will see exactly how their gift will be used through a fun and interactive event led by Master of Ceremony, Congressman David Cicilline.

In memory of the organization’s late founder, Sister Ann Keefe, ¡CityArts! will have a special presentation of the 6th 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 from the 2015 gala raved that “the spirit of the organization, achievements, and youth voice” were all highlighted at the event. Attending this year’s gala, Cirque du ¡CityArts!, 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 

¡CityArts! is a nonprofit community youth arts organization, founded on the ideal that all children should have access to arts learning as an essential part of childhood and youth development. ¡CityArts! works with over 900 underserved, urban elementary and middle school youth each year, through FREE classes in art & design, music, dance, theatre, digital media, and more! Out-of-school time and residency programs take place at ¡CityArts! Southside Broad Street Arts Center, Boys & Girls Clubs, and schools across Providence.

Through the arts, youth have the power to succeed – to create, express and grow!

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.

For media inquiries and more information about the event, please contact ¡CityArts! Executive & Fund Development Associate, Rebecca Volynsky: rebecca@providencecityarts.org or 401-941-0795 x 113. 

For more information about Providence ¡CityArts! for Youth, please visit:

www.providencecityarts.org

www.facebook.com/PVDCityArts

Follow the organization via Twitter and Instagram – @PVDCityArts

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CityArts Craft Lab Holiday Popups!

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 The Providence CityArts Craft Lab will host drop-in, holiday craft workshops for kids and families who want to make something special for the holidays this month at the RISD Holiday Sale, Farm Fresh RI Wintertime Farmer’s Market, and The Gordon School! 

Scroll down to see the full schedule and list of fees below.

Choose a one-of-a-kind craft to make as a perfect gift for friends or family, including: holiday wreaths, wearable art, and fabric creatures! CityArts teaching artists will offer hands-on instruction and supplies will be provided. 

Funds raised from these workshops will help keep Providence CityArts after-school and summer art programs free for underserved urban youth. CityArts is a nonprofit youth arts agency, with a mission based on the ideal that all children should have access to arts learning as an essential part of childhood and youth development regardless of socio-economic background. Over 900 youth enroll in CityArts multidisciplinary arts classes at our South Side arts center on Broad Street, Boys and Girls Club in Fox Point, and in Providence public and charter schools. 

Craft Lab Holiday Popup Schedule:

RISD Holiday Sale

Saturday, 12/5, 10 AM – 5 PM

Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin Street, Providence, RI 02903

Sliding scale of $10 – $15

Farm Fresh RI Wintertime Farmer’s Market

Saturday, 12/12, 9 AM – 1 PM

Hope Artist Village, 999 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860

Unit #708 (Across the hall from New Harvest Coffee Roasters)

Sliding scale of $10 – $15 

The Gordon School

Saturday, 12/19, 10 AM – 12 PM

45 Maxfield Avenue, East Providence, RI 02914

$35 for a two-hour workshop

(To sign up in advance for The Gordon School x CityArts Craft Lab, please email abenitez@gordonschool.org)

 

Join us for #GivingTuesday!

For the first time, we invite you to come together on #GivingTuesday to support the Providence CityArts for Youth community and become part of a larger worldwide movement that promotes generosity this holiday season. 

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#GivingTuesday is an international day of philanthropic giving that follows the widely recognized shopping events of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It is a movement that celebrates and supports charitable giving to nonprofits, organizations, small businesses, as well as families and individuals. Anyone around the world can get involved and give in a way that is meaningful to them!

This past month, we’ve been giving thanks and reflecting on the reasons for why the arts are an important part of our lives! One fundamental reason is Sister Ann Keefe’s legacy as our organization’s founder and her impact on our communities. The CityArts mission is based on the ideal that all children should have access to arts learning as an essential part of childhood and youth development regardless of socio-economic background. 

By contributing to Providence CityArts for Youth this holiday season, you are helping keep our after-school and summer art programs free for underserved urban youth. Over 900 youth enroll in CityArts multidisciplinary arts classes at our South Side arts center on Broad Street, Boys and Girls Club in Fox Point, and in Providence public and charter schools. CityArts teaching artists inspire creativity, personal growth and fulfillment, and deep connections to learning beyond art-making skills.

Help us provide opportunities for youth to explore ideas, problem-solve, and discover their creative voice by making a contribution through our Global Giving campaign or PayPal.  

If you make a recurring donation (3 months) to our Global Giving campaign by the end of December, funds will be matched by an anonymous donor! 

If you are unable to give, you can still help us by spreading the word! Follow us and like/share/retweet our posts on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. Be sure to use the hashtag #GivingTuesday and #PVDCityArts in your posts!

Thank you for your support!

 

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

For more information about Providence ¡CityArts! for Youth, please visit:
www.providencecityarts.org
www.facebook.com/PVDCityArts
Follow the organization via Twitter and Instagram (@PVDcityarts) 

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
Follow us via FacebookTwitter, and Instagram!

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:

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