Virtual celebration is on March 14 at 6 on Facebook and YouTube Live
The India Association of Rhode Island will host its first Virtual Celebration of 2021 featuring cultural organizations from Rhode Island and performing artists from Massachusetts. CalledShades of Holi— An Arts Festival Celebrating Diverse New England Artists, the event embraces diverse cultures and strengthens intercultural dialogue with the artist community.
Holi (pronounced Ho- lee) is being held virtually on Sunday, March 14, at 6 p.m. on Facebook and YouTube Live. Planned are various forms of Performing Arts such as music groups, poetry, puppetry, singing, Indian dances, storytelling, master instrumentalists and singers. In addition, the event will feature award-winning poet Sunayana Kachroo, whose film Illegal made the Oscars’ list of eligible for Best Picture. She wrote the dialogue and songs for the film.
“This celebration will help strengthen intercultural dialogue with the Massachusetts Arts community. At the same time, diverse Rhode Island organizations will be participating like Hmong Rhode Island Association, RI Black Storytellers, Korean American Association of Rhode Island and Puerto Rico Institute of Arts and Advocacy will represent different shades of RI’s cultural fabric and a true reflection of Holi, symbolic of peace and unity. This dream would not have realized without support of staunch volunteers and funding agencies RISCA and RIF,” Secretary and Grant Director Smriti Gupta said.
“Holi for IARI has always been a festival of community celebrations, colors, fun and unity. While we all can not physically come together, we have this diverse multicultural event bringing different communities’ talents and art making. We are really excited for this event and to host such an eclectic group of multi-ethnic talent,” said Vice President Dr. Parul Shah.
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RISCA announces the state finals for Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest. The competition, presented in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. On Sunday, March 8th, eleven high school students from eleven Rhode Island high schools will participate in the Poetry Out Loud state finals in the James P. Metcalf Auditorium, at the RISD Museum.
Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high schools across the country. Poetry Out Loud uses a pyramid structure. Beginning at the classroom level, winners advance to a school-wide competition, then to the state competition, and ultimately to the national finals in Washington, DC. Since its inception, 3.6 million students from 14,000 high schools nationwide have participated in Poetry Out Loud.
At the Rhode Island State Finals in the Metcalf Auditorium at the RISD Museum, contestants will recite works they selected from an anthology of more than 900 classic and contemporary poems. Students participating in the Poetry Out Loud program have benefited from educational materials created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. These standards-based curriculum materials include an online anthology, a teacher’s guide, lesson plans, and video and audio on the art of recitation. Schools are welcome to download these free resources at www.poetryoutloud.org. The competition included over 2700 Rhode Island High School students and involved 44 teachers.
2020 POETRY OUT LOUD SCHOOLS AND CHAMPIONS
Portsmouth Abbey School
Bishop Hendricken High School
Barrington Christian Academy
St. Patrick’s Academy
Chariho Regional High School
Classical High School
Central Falls High School
Brazilea Simone Schenck
Central High School
North Kingstown High School
East Providence High School
Scituate High School
Our community partners include RISD Museum, The Providence Athenaeum and the Rhode Island Center for the Book.
Poetry Out Loud Awards
The winner of the Poetry Out Loud Rhode Island finals will receive $200, and the winner’s school will receive a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry materials. The first runner-up will receive $100, with $200 for his or her school library. The state champion of the Poetry Out Loud Rhode Island final will receive an all-expenses-paid trip (with an adult chaperone) to compete in the national finals in Washington, DC, on April 27–29, 2020. The Poetry Out Loud national finals will present a total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends, with a $20,000 award for the Poetry Out Loud National Champion.
Rhode Island Poetry Out Loud finals at James P. Metcalf Auditorium in the Chace Center of the RISD Museum
The Poetry Out Loud Rhode Island finals will take place on March 8, 2020 at 1 pm in the James P. Metcalf Auditorium in the Chace Center of the RISD Museum. The event is free and open to public. For more information on the state finals, visit https://www.facebook.com/Poetryoutloudri/.
About the National Endowment for the Arts
Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. For more information, visit arts.gov.
About the Poetry Foundation
The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience. The Poetry Foundation seeks to be a leader in shaping a receptive climate for poetry by developing new audiences, creating new avenues for delivery, and encouraging new kinds of poetry through innovative partnerships, prizes, and programs. For more information, visit poetryfoundation.org.
Annual Performances Feature 2,600 Student Musicians from 59 Schools
The holiday season is upon us, and the musical talents of Rhode Island school musicians will be showcased as part of a month-long musical celebration of the holidays during most of December.
“We’re pleased to be continuing this holiday tradition of student performances at the Rhode Island State House,” said Randall Rosenbaum, Executive Director of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. “Over 2,600 student musicians from fifty-nine schools throughout the state will perform at the Rhode Island State House in a special series of musical performances.” The concert series starts on Monday, December 2nd and runs through Friday, December 20th.
All concerts are free and open to the public.
The concert series, organized by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, will feature music of the season, performed by students from schools throughout the State of Rhode Island. The performances are all in the Rhode Island State House.
For a video that provides a glimpse of the holiday concert season at the Rhode Island State House, see an excerpt from the 2017 performance of the Curtis Elementary School in Pawtucket at https://youtu.be/WHtJSErNjME
About the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is a state agency supported by appropriations from the Rhode Island General Assembly and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. RISCA provides grants, technical assistance and staff support to arts organizations and artists, schools, community centers, social service organizations and local governments to bring the arts into the lives of Rhode Islanders.