Warren Art Academy

collaborative The Collaborative, an all-volunteer nonprofit arts organization, will be holding free art classes for middle and high school students during the month of March.  The classes will be held at the Mary V. Quirk School, 790 Main St., Warren in coordination with the Warren Parks & Recreation Department and funded by grants from Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) and the TACO White Family Foundation.
These classes are free but are capped at ten and students must preregister.

Poetry Out Loud Regional Finals

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Rhode Island Poetry Out Loud 2017 Champion Simon Rabatin with VSA Arts Rhode Island Director Jeannine Chartier (left) and Rhode Island State Poet Tina Cane. Photo by Malcolm Greenaway.

If it’s Tuesday morning, April 25, 2017, then it’s the regional finals for the National Poetry Out Loud Championship in Washington, DC.  Competing for Rhode Island is Simon Rabatin, a senior from Moses Brown School in Providence.  Simon is in the group competing from 9am to 12noon on Tuesday morning.

Can’t make it to Washington?  No worries.  The regional finals will be livestreamed.  So will the final competition, scheduled for Wednesday evening, April 26th, starting at 7pm from the Lisner Auditorium on the campus of George Washington University.

Good luck, Simon!

Poetry Out Loud is a program sponsored nationally by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and The Poetry Foundation in Chicago. Organized along the lines of the national spelling bee, Poetry Out Loud promotes competitions at the high school level throughout the country, with local winners going on to state finals, and from there to the national championship competition.