What Cheer Writers Club has a call for teaching artists

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is What-cheer-logo.pngWhat Cheer Writers Club is seeking four instructors for its new Craft Curiosities series. Rhode Island artists, illustrators and podcasters passionate about sharing a specific literary craft tool or technique are invited to submit a proposal. The deadline is  June 20 to teach a two-hour craft intensive online this fall. Learn more about this opportunity and submit a proposal, by clicking here.

What Cheer Writers Club is committed to cultivating an environment that values and reflects the lived experiences, voices and literary traditions of our community. We are looking for enthusiastic artists with a passion for craft and the ability to share their expertise with vision and skill.


Congratulations to Rhode Island’s A4A grantees

Assets for Artists marked its sixth year of partnering with RISCA with grants to nine talented Rhode Island artists. They are part of A4A’s Capacity-Building Grant Program!

The artists are:

  • Lucas Baisch, Providence, is a Guatemalan-Mexican-American playwright and artist, originally from San Francisco.
  • Jobanny Cabrera, Providence, is an Afro-Dominican artist and youth mentor from the Bronx.
  • Wakefield’s Damon Campagna’s art is informed by his experience working in the museum field, specifically documenting 9/11 World Trade Center-related artifacts for the New York City Fire Department.
  • Marisa Finos, Providence, is a sculptor and multimedia artist who sees clay and other materials as an extension of her own body, while her performances seek to explore thresholds of consciousness, body and space.
  • Matt Garza, Providence, is a Queer Tejanx/Latinx performance artist, contemporary Afro-Latin choreographer, healer and educator.
  • Jon Hope, Providence, is a musician, writer and educator whose latest album is titled Hope All Is Well.
  • Keri King, Providence, is a cross-disciplinary artist whose practice incorporates illustration, public art, storytelling and the occasional foray into performance.
  • MJ Robinson, Providence, is an author-illustrator, educator and community organizer who encourages creative play and art-making in movements for social justice.
  • In her photography, painting, film/video installation and performance art, Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez, Providence, explores the proximity between daydreaming and reality, as well as life and death through themes of otherness, resistance, nostalgia, and feminist discourse.

Read more about them and follow their progress. Click here.

India Association of Rhode Island puts an artistic touch on a cultural evening called Holi

Virtual celebration is on March 14 at 6 on Facebook and YouTube Live

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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. Called Shades 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.

For more information and event related postings, click Here.