MA alumna Rebecca Bradley Recipient of 2014 Emerging Leader Award

Congratulations to Rebecca Bradley, MA '10 who was one of just four recipients of the 2014 Emerging Leader Award presented at the 14th Annual Kennedy Center Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability Conference, August 1-4 in Chicago. Rebecca is Accessibility Coordinator for Fine Arts Museums, San Francisco. Rebecca's professional practice in museums activates a great deal of the research conducted while at RISD and which culminated in her MA thesis entitled "Art for All: An Exploration of Museum Accessibility for Visitors of All Ages with Disabilities."


Elena Calderon Patino, MA '09 Appointed to Latino Organization's Board of Directors

Wonderful news about TLAD MA '09 alumna Elena Calderon Patino appeared in Sunday's (07.27.14) Providence Journal, which reported that "Elena Calderon Patino, of Providence has been appointed to the board of directors of The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, the nation's only multidisciplinary Latino arts service organization. Patino, director of the community arts program at Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, has been dedicated for many years to the promotion and advancement of art and culture as an artist, a designer and art administrator. A visual artist who recently had a retrospective solo exhibit in Costa Rica, she is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design."



Sunday's Providence Journal featured the jewelry work of MAT "08 alumna Felicia Cinquegrana.


MA Alumnus Collaborates with High School Students to Create a Mural

Artist-in-Residence and MA alumnus Munir Mohammed puts the final touches to a mural he created together with a band of 5 student "apprentices" at the William M. Davies Jr. Career & Technical High School as part of a Project Open Door residency at the school. The mural was developed around the school's motto of "Respect, Responsibility and Ready to Succeed." All the figures featured in the mural are actual Davies students. Project Open Door is a college access program housed in RISD's Department of Teaching + Learning in Art + Design and designed to provide teens, particularly those attending Rhode Island's urban high schools, with access to high quality art and design programming and instruction.



Paul Sproll, Professor and Department Head of Teaching + Learning in Art + Design was invited by MAT ’97 alumna Heidi Targee-Heid, a coordinating teacher at Stone Magnet Middle School in Melbourne, Florida to run a two-day professional development workshop for teachers June 5th & 6th.  Professor Sproll’s workshop “STEAM: Art + Design as a Catalyst for Creative Thinking” introduced teachers to ideas and strategies that could be incorporated into teaching designed to leverage their students’ creative capacities.  Sproll’s work with teachers was a professional development component of a three-year, $4 million Federal Magnet Schools Assistance Program Grant awarded to support the development of Stone Middle School as a STEAM-themed Magnet School.