Monday, May 23, 2005



Providence – Residents will have a chance to meet one-on-one with Mayor David N. Cicilline at the next Mayor’s Night Out scheduled for Wednesday, May 25 beginning at 5 p.m. at Pleasant View Elementary School, 50 Obediah Road in Providence.

Each person or group will have an opportunity to meet privately with Mayor Cicilline for ten minutes, and appointments take place on a first-come, first serve basis.

Next Month’s Mayor’s Night Out is scheduled for June 29 in the West Broadway/Federal Hill neighborhood.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Opportunities for Teachers and Artists

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) are pleased to announce six new summer teacher institutes in the arts - open to teachers of all academic disciplines.

Designed for teams of teachers, teaching artists, administrators, and others, the five-day institutes will help participants develop and refine the skills necessary to teach students the artistic, cultural and historical context of outstanding works of art. The institutes will also provide training in related disciplines, such as history, geography, science, and literature, and in assessment of student learning.
During the institutes, teachers will develop curriculum units to implement after they return to their classrooms in the fall. In December, each institute will reconvene its participants for a full day to share their experiences in implementing the curriculum units, and to evaluate the success of the institute itself.

The six institutes now open for registration are:

The ArtsLiteracy Project at Brown University: Summer Institute July 11-15, 2005(Providence, RI)

The ArtsLiteracy Project Summer Institute will explore Whitman's Song of Myself through multiple media, imparting curriculum development, documentation, and assessment skills to its participating teachers. Teachers will learn how to choose a masterpiece for study in the classroom and how to engage students in grades 7-12 through the use of hip-hop poetry and theatre. To register or for more information contact Nancy Hoffman at 401-863-7017 or

Portland Museum of Art: Winslow Homer's Weatherbeaten and the Role of Place in Art July 25-29, 2005 (Portland, ME)

Winslow Homer's 1894 oil painting Weatherbeaten will serve as an anchor work through which participants will explore the role of "place" in works of art. Teachers will learn from experts in arts education and art historians, and meet with contemporary Maine artists for whom Maine's setting plays an important part. Teachers will learn how to use the study of local artists to enliven art and history for high school students. To register or for more information contact Stacy Rodenberger, Coordinator of School Programs at (207) 775-6148 ex. 3226 or For an application, go to

Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire: Exploring Persian Culture through the Book of Kings July 25-29, 2005 (Littleton, NH)

This institute will study the epic poem Shahnameh, a Central Asian literary classic written by the 10th century Persian bard Ferdowsi. Teachers will better understand how to engage students in grades 1-12 in the study of an ancient text through art and poetry. For more information contact Kelly Bryer, Member Services Coordinator, AANNH, 603-726-8843

Shakespeare & Company: Re-Imagining Shakespeare in the Classroom July 31 - August 5, 2005 (Lenox, MA)

Shakespeare & Company will assist teachers in developing dynamic approaches to teaching Macbeth through scholarly inquiry, experiential activities, and the creation of strategies and curriculum units that challenge students intellectually and emotionally. Teachers will learn how to make Shakespeare come alive for students in grades 4-12. To register or for more information, contact Mark Woollett at 413-637-1199 ext. 131 or

Boston Public Library Foundation: Art, Architecture and the Public Square
August 1-5, 2005 (Boston, MA)

The Boston Public Library, in partnership with the Massachusetts Studies Project at UMass-Boston, will present the Library as a model of how public buildings function, not just as monuments to the collective memory, but as constantly evolving works of art. Teachers will learn from the institute how to use local cultural resources to enliven the social studies curriculum for grades 3-12.
To register, contact MSP at 617-287-7654 or For more information, contact Christine Baron at (978) 927-5432 or

DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park: Kinetic Sculpture and the Art of Wind Dynamics August 8-12, 2005 (Lincoln, MA)

The museum will focus on the artistic, historical, social, and scientific significance of artist George Rickey's outdoor kinetic sculpture, Three Lines, and examine other kinetic sculptures on exhibit in the sculpture park. Educators will discover strategies to use these works as tools to underscore art and science curricula for grades 6-12. To register or for more information contact Donna Berube at 781-259-3603 or

More information about the NEA Teacher Institutes project is available online at

Project partners include the Western States Arts Federation, the New England State Arts Agencies and Departments of Education, and the New England Foundation for the Arts.