Providence, RI (March XX, 2013) -- The Art Connection-RI (TAC-RI) is pleased to announce a Celebration of Art in Rhode Island, a fund raising event and art exhibition to mark its second anniversary. The event will take place on Wednesday, April 17, from 5:30 to 7:30pm at Roots Cultural and Arts Center, 276 Westminster Street, Providence, RI.
Three dedicated supporters of the arts in Rhode Island will receive the Iona Dobbins Award, recently established by TAC-RI in the memory of the late Iona Dobbins, an arts advocate who was tireless in her efforts to help and promote artists of all disciplines in Rhode Island. An exhibition of more than 30 pieces of art by Rhode Island artists will open that evening and will be on display at through May 31, 2013. The art in the exhibition will then be donated to non-profit, social service, community & health agencies throughout Rhode Island. The event will provide refreshments and a cash bar. Requested donation is $20.
This year?s recipients of the Iona Dobbins Award are being honored for their support of the launch and growth of TAC-RI in Rhode Island. They include: Len Cabral, internationally acclaimed story teller and founder of Providence Inner City Arts; Barnet ?Bunny? Fain, a lifelong advocate for arts organizations; and Paula Most, Healing Art Program Coordinator, Hasbro Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital and Lifespan affiliates.
TAC-RI?s mission is to make visual art accessible to people who might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience art in their daily lives. Founded in Rhode Island in 2010 by Wendy Ingram and Kim Polson, the organization follows the model of Boston?s The Art Connection, which was established in 1995. TAC-RI identifies artists willing to donate their art, shows a slide presentation of the artworks to qualified public and nonprofits, and allows them to choose art that has meaning for them. The works of art then become the property of the agencies.
Since its founding, TAC-RI has worked with a diverse range of nonprofits in Rhode Island to help beautify spaces and lift the spirits of their staff and constituents with the placement of original art. So far the organization has placed 90 donated artworks by 40 artists at 10 nonprofit agencies, including Sojourner House, Year Up, Open Doors, Women?s Center of RI and six other community service agencies. Applications by 5 qualified nonprofits are pending.
Wendy Ingram, Acting Director, said, ?In the 2 short years we have been in business, we are proud to have received 165 donated artworks by 45 artists. Artists like placing their work where it will be viewed by an appreciative audience? She continued, ?We are thrilled to celebrate our anniversary and our accomplishments by honoring Len, Paula and Bunny with the Iona Dobbins Award. We hope we can also meet our fund raising goal at this event, which we are sure will be filled with fun and interesting people.?
TAC-RI?s art placement program is made possible through the generous support of individual donors and is funded in part by a grant from the Fay Slover Fund. For more information, visit www.artconnectionri.org, The Art Connection-RI?s Facebook page, see TAC-RI?s Weblog: tac-ri.blogspot.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (401) 351-0463.