Providence ¡CityArts! for Youth announces our spring fundraising event, Boas and Bowties Gala: A Roaring Twenties Party to Benefit Providence ¡CityArts! for Youth to be held Friday, June 6, 7-10 PM at The Rhode Island School of Design, Woods-Gerry House on Prospect Street. All proceeds from this event will benefit ¡CityArts!'s free afterschool arts education programs for urban at-risk youth in Providence.
The Boas and Bowties Gala promises to be a spectacular event, featuring entertainment provided by The New Providence Big Band (a 19 piece ensemble!), dancing, youth performances, a roaring 20s photo booth, a cash bar, and fare from Russell Morin Fine Catering. The night will also feature silent auctions of original artwork, theme packages, and more. Previous years' auctioned items included a weeklong stay at Sugarloaf, gift certificates to Louie Fuller, Gracie's, and Pastiche, and a family membership to the RISD museum.
¡CityArts! will present the 4th annual Sister Ann Keefe Award for Creativity and Social Justice to Lynne McCormack, Director of Art, Culture + Tourism for the City of Providence. Since assuming her position in 2006, Lynne has successfully transitioned an office of cultural affairs to a community and economic development model. She is a leader of community engagement, and with her staff, spearheaded a cultural planning process that included over 2,500 participants and was endorsed by the city council as part of the city’s comprehensive plan. Ms. McCormack has worked diligently and passionately to champion the arts and has forged many partnerships that have resulted in a destination branding campaign, a summer workforce development program for youth, citywide arts festivals, and increased funding for artists and organizations through CDBG, HUD, transit and city economic development funds.
Boas & Bowties Sponsored By...
- Home Loan Investment Bank
- Hanson Curran, LLP
- Providence College
- Cox Communications
- Mills Coffee Company
- Omni Development Corporation
- Russell Morin Fine Catering
Providence ¡CityArts! for Youth is a community arts organization with a mission to provide free professional art-based education and training to Providence youth in a fully developed community-based arts center that reflects, encourages, and promotes the rich ethnic diversity of Providence, our capital city. CityArts' mission is to ensure our capital city's most challenged youth access to quality arts programs-unhindered by socio-economic barriers, and celebrating the arts as a means to youth empowerment, community building, and social change. Our work is inspired by the creative process of art-making and the exploration of ideas and concepts that shape our communities and everyday lives. www.providencecityarts.org