Island resident helps organize music and arts festival at URI
Jamestowner Jackie Richardson is one of the organizers of the 2006 Living Proof Music and Arts Festival.
The team is made up of University of Rhode Island college students dedicated to raising money for art education charities.
Richardson is a junior public relations and art history major and president of the URI Student Film Association, one of the major student groups sponsoring the festival.
The 11-day event will feature filmmakers, musicians, and artists from the Northeast, all performing for one cause: to raise money for art education charities. The three organizations include the Americans for the Arts, the New England Foundation for the Arts and the Music Lives Foundation.
Tickets are now on sale for the 2006 Living Proof Music and Arts Festival that will take place on the Kingston campus of the University of Rhode Island.
The music festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, April 2223, with performances from wellknown Northeast acts such as the
Misfits, Mike Doughty and Sage Francis. The festival will also feature up and coming local artists, including Monty, Sasquatch and the Sickabillys, Slik Willy, Gavin Castleton, and the Ryan Montbleu Band.
Highlights from the film festival will include Providence filmmaker Laura Colella's awardwinning "Stay Until Tomorrow," "The French Guy," written and directed by Anne Marie Fleming of British Colombia, and Benjamin Morgan's "Quality of Life." Morgan's film has only been featured in a select group of festivals in the U. S. and has won numerous international awards.
The visual arts exhibit on Saturday, April 29, will showcase artists from Rhode Island, including sculptor Martin Smith from Braingrease Studios in Vermont, John Femino, a RISD graduate photographer featured in medical professional art shows in the state, and Julie Shelton Smith, figure painter and RISD graduate who has been featured in exhibitions throughout New England as well as Washington, D.C., Tennessee, Vermont, and Ohio.
Other events will include a comedy performance by the Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company from New York, an improv night on April 30 with Rhode Island's Unexpected Company and Improv Jones troupes, and a kids day on April 30 with art activities just for children.
Tickets cost $32 for URI students and $35 for the general public. They are available at the URI box office or through Ticketmaster. The ticket is valid for all of the Living Proof events.
For more information, contact Alanna Green, regional marketing co-ordinator at 569-0263.