The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities will honor George Wein, founder of the Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals, and Christina Bevilacqua, Director of Programs and Public Engagement at the Providence Athenaeum, at the 2013 Celebration of the Humanities.
This is a special year for the Celebration as the Council marks its 40th anniversary as Rhode Island's supporter of the public humanities. The event, presented by William Vareika Fine Arts Ltd and hosted by Honorary Chairs Nuala Pell and Tom Roberts, will be held on Thursday, October 10, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Biltmore Hotel Grand Ballroom in Providence.
Reserve tickets for the event at http://rihumanities.eventbrite.com.
This Celebration of the people and projects that make Rhode Island a vital place to live will bring together hundreds of scholars, artists, and community leaders to honor exceptional Rhode Islanders and to raise funds for the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities. The event will feature an open wine bar and hors d'oeuvres, silent and live auctions, and a brief speaking program. We will also present two distinguished awards:
Tom Roberts Prize for Creative Achievement in the Humanities
The Tom Roberts Prize is awarded to an individual or group whose work demonstrates an innovative approach to traditional humanities fields of study, blending the wisdom and methods of the humanities in an inventive, original, and imaginative way. This year, the Prize celebrates Christina Bevilacqua, Director of Programs and Public Engagement at the Providence Athenaeum.
Bevilacqua was selected for her innovative Athenaeum Salon Series, which provides the public with thought-provoking content and context around creative and scholarly pursuits in Rhode Island. Since beginning the series over seven years ago, Bevilacqua has developed the Salon Series into an exemplary presenter, amplifier, and connector of local arts and culture, where organizations, scholars, and artists can engage in spirited conversation with an interested audience. Bevilacqua has an M.A. in Social Policy from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in Writing and Literature from Bard College.
Honorary Chairs' Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Humanities
The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to an individual or group whose career achievements demonstrate humanities excellence, reflect RICH's mission and core values, and enrich public life in Rhode Island. This year, the Award is presented to George Wein for his significant role in the internationally celebrated Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals, which have added to the diversity of our cultural heritage and have been the site for many pivotal moments in our history.
In 1954, Louis and Elaine Lorillard, jazz fans and frequent visitors to George Wein's Storyville jazz club, asked the jazz impresario to produce a jazz event in Newport to bring more excitement to the summer season. Instead of simply presenting a concert, George decided to offer a jazz festival. The Newport Jazz Festival became the first jazz festival in America and started an era that has inspired music events around the world, including the Newport Folk Festival, which was founded in 1959.
At 87, Wein continues to advance the concept of live music, founding the non-profit Newport Festivals Foundation in 2011 in order to ensure that the festivals continue forever. Wein is an accomplished jazz pianist and appears regularly with his Newport All-Stars.
About the Celebration of the Humanities & How to Reserve Your Tickets
The event is open to the public; reservations are $75 per person ($35 for students), and can be made at http://rihumanities.eventbrite.com. Opportunities for sponsorships are available now. For more information about sponsorships, please call Carole Ann Penney at 401-273-2250 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.