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Art in Rhode Island and a special prom

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Rhode Island is a place of artwork. Not only does the city have the Rhode Island School of Design, but there are many artists all over the state that create everything from sculptures and photographs to the huge murals you see, particularly in downtown Providence. Reporter Amy Russo and photographer Kris Craig interviewed one of them this week for a story. Angela Gonzalez met our team on Academy Avenue in Providence to show us the massive picture she has been working on at the Lillian Feinstein Senior Center building.

Mural artist Angela “AGONZA” Gonzalez on May 18,

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Nonprofit uses wrestling as a tool to help teach kids life lessons

CLEVELAND — The City of Cleveland is investing more than $15 million this year to run its Division of Recreation. That budget was increased by nearly $1.4 million from 2021. The money includes the upkeep of 21 rec centers, an arts center, 32 pools, two football complexes, and a baseball complex.

That investment is not just another line item in the budget, but a critical lifeline, since all those activities help to keep kids busy and off the streets.

There are hundreds of other private nonprofits with the same mission, like “Beat the Streets Cleveland (B.T.S),” which uses the art

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“Parking Me” at  SB34-Clovis, Brussels 

Participating artists: Mona Filleul, Fabrice Schneider, Zinaïda Tchelidze.

I talked to Zinaida on the way to Venice. She mentioned how Soviet traditions in post-Soviet Georgia where she grew up experienced a frenetic erasure, an hardcore iconoclasm fueled by years of existential threats. Were a few things worth preserving? How does stuff become important, how does that switch happen. Elsewhere I wrote that Zinaida is engaged in engagement; her work is born out of the conditions set up by the exhibition, whether physical or conceptual, not the opposite. Think of a house painter as opposed to a painter–the walls, their asperities, whether … Read More

Composer William A.R. May brings perspective to his music

After a professor called his work “cartoon music,” William A.R. May was ready to quit composing. But within a year he found himself participating in the Brevard Music Festival, “and this was without having had much teaching or training formally in composition at that point. The very next year, I won second place in the national competition, you know, with one of the very first pieces of music that I wrote when I was in college,” he says. The composition will be performed at the concert by C4 Clarinet Quartet on May 26.

Born in 1988 into a musical family,

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