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Cranston Rotarians begin special Artists Exchange project

By MERI KENNEDY
Posted 2/15/22

By MERI KENNEDY The Rotary Club of Cranston is making improvements at the Artists' Exchange (located on Rolf Square) as one of their important causes. Often, the Rotarians are active in the community and support local efforts. The Cranston Rotary Club

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The Rotary Club of Cranston is making improvements at the Artists’ Exchange (located on Rolf Square) as one of their important causes. Often, the Rotarians are active in the community and support local efforts.

The Cranston Rotary Club was able to secure a matching district grant and gave the Artists’ Exchange a total of $3,000.

Last Sunday, a half dozen Rotarians painted the rooms along with a group from the Artists’ Exchange. They will reconvene on Feb. 20 and 27 to complete the makeover.

“This year, our proposal to Rotary District 7950 is for labor and financial assistance in renovating our art studio,” said Shannon Casey, Director of the Artists’ Exchange.

“Professional arts furniture and a synthesized color scheme will show that this is an advanced learning space and encourage further teen and adult participation in addition to our youth programs. We will replace the inadequate seating, replace haphazard shelving, and re-paint the mismatched walls and ceiling with a cohesive color story drawn from our Picasso mural,” she said.

Artists’ Exchange celebrates artists of all abilities and backgrounds by offering year-round diversified arts engagement opportunities and making space for meaningful arts learning exchanges.

“This is now the second project we are able to do with the assistance of the Rotary District 7950 Grant,” Casey said.

Last year, they made work surfaces and modifications to support screen printing – a medium not previously offered in their studios.

“The space is now equipped with all of the previously cost-prohibitive materials and features an open floor plan with mobile furniture that can easily be rearranged to adapt to the special needs of specific classes,” Casey said.

Their programs support adult artists with disabilities, many of whom are advanced artists and craftsmen working toward showing and selling their work. Renovations to the space will improve accessibility to tools and materials and allow them to work independently in a clean and more organized space.

“We greatly enjoyed working with The Rotary Club of Cranston of Rotary District 7950 last year and are very appreciative of their consideration again in 2022,” Casey said.

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