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Revive the Roots will hold its third Vernal Arts and Music Festival on Saturday, June 18, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Mowry Commons in Smithfield, off Farnum Pike. The event will be open to the public with a $15 suggested donation.
The purpose of the event is to gather community members _artists and audience _to work together to enhance their art and their appreciation of various art forms, such as visual arts, music, and performance art. Artists and attendees are being sought from the eastern portion of Providence county including the following communities:
Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, Pawtucket, Johnston, Cranston and Providence.
This year, Revive the Roots asserts in a press release it has been more than a host for the Vernal Arts and Music Festival by driving it “forward with new community connections. Not only will there once again be art installations from their ‘Growth and New Beginnings,’ but thanks to them”:
RISCA awarded the Festival a coveted Arts Access Grant, the group held a fundraising event at AS220 in Providence, the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council will provide paddleboat tours of Stillwater Reservoir, and local farmers will guide safeforaging and strawberry picking tours, as well as donate food to the event.
“We are excited,” the release said. “The Festival will have more artists and exhibits this year. In addition to the usual visual, three dimensional, and poetic artists, there will be performers (like the Dead Rabbit Pirates), screen printers, and metal workers.
The Festival will also be longer, closing at 10 p.m. after a bonfire and an outdoor film.
Food will be sold on the premises throughout, with humane beef donated by Blackbird Farms, vegetables donated from Revive the Roots, and other items donated from to be determined organizations. Beer and wine will be served in the beer garden. Parking is onsite, with handicapped parking available, according to the press release.
The festival will allow artists and arts organizations to design a station within the grounds. Part performance, part art class, each station will allow audience members not only to see artists perform their craft, but allow them to participate in it. The subject matter of each station will be left to the designs of each station group.
A typical station would be that of the Artists’ Exchange from Cranston, who bring pottery materials for adults and children to sculpt. Other examples include splatter painting, a drum circle, and a cumulative abstract painting. Unlike those in other RI arts festivals, exhibits must allow attendees to participate in the art.
“Last year we hoped for and had 300 attendees at the festival, including artists and volunteers. The majority of attendees were families, local artists and their fans, and supporters of Revive the Roots,” organizers said. “This year, we are hoping to grow the number of attendees to 500.”
Among the groups supporting the annual festival: The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA); Super Stop and Shop, Cumberland; Home Depot, Cumberland; Seven Star Bakery, Providence; Blackbird Farms, Smithfield; Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council, Smithfield; AS220, Providence; The Smithfield Times; and The Valley Breeze, Cumberland.