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State Arts Council Participates in Special 'Arts + Humanities Month' Pecha Kucha

Providence, RI - Join the City of Providence's Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, RI Citizens for the Arts, the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities (RICH), and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) for a special Arts and Humanities Pecha Kucha Night at the Comedy Connection in East Providence on Wednesday, October 30th beginning at 8:20PM. Pecha Kucha is an evening of stories and ideas presented through 20 images shown at 20 seconds each. Providence is one of 680 cities worldwide that participates in regular Pecha Kucha nights. Each October, Pecha Kucha Providence celebrates National Arts & Humanities Month by partnering with the four sponsoring organizations to feature presenters who have made outstanding contributions to Rhode Island's cultural, civic and artist life. Doors open at 7:20pm - guests are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy networking and socializing before the presentations. More information about Providence Pecha Kucha can be found on their website: http://www.pechakucha.org/cities/providence. This event is free and open to the public.

2013 Arts and Humanities Pecha Kucha Night will include:

Providence Department of Arts, Culture + Tourism staff will highlight the "best of" their work over the last ten years in celebration of the agency's 10th Anniversary on November 23. David Beaschesne of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and Music School and Libby Slader of Rhode Island Citizens for the Arts will recap the accolades and national awards that Rhode Island arts organizations have received in recent years, despite difficult financial and political times. RICH grantee Aaron Regunberg, founder and Executive Director of the Providence Student Union, will explain why it is critical for young people to lead the conversation about how to improve public education.

RISCA grantee Sokeo Ros will provide a glimpse into his life-story, which begins in a Thai refugee camp during the Cambodian genocide. He tells his story in his work-in-progress performance titled "From Refugee Camp to Project", through hip-hop dance, traditional Khmer dance, theater, spoken word, and video.

The Comedy Connection is located at 39 Warren Ave, East Providence, RI 02914 (401) 438-8383 ricomedyconnection.com ### Pecha Kucha Nights take place in hundreds of cities around the world, inspiring creative minds worldwide and has been running in Rhode Island since 2009.

The Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism (AC+T) ensures the continued development of a vibrant and creative city by integrating arts and culture into community life while showcasing Providence as an international cultural destination.

Rhode Island Citizens for the Arts serves as the voice for Rhode Island's diverse statewide arts community in order to raise awareness and support for the arts in the public and private sector, for the benefit of all Rhode Islanders.

The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities seeks to inspire and support intellectual curiosity and imagination in all Rhode Islanders.

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is a state agency supported by appropriations from the Rhode Island General Assembly and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. RISCA provides grants, technical assistance and staff support to arts organizations and artists, schools, community centers, social service organizations and local governments to bring the arts into the lives of Rhode Islanders.

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Department or agency: Rhode Island State Council on the Arts

Online: http://www.arts.ri.gov/

Release date: 10-29-2013

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