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Youth Build Life Skills in the Mentoring in the Arts Program (MAP)

This year, we partnered with our Woonsocket neighbors at Beacon Founders Academy to launch our Mentoring in the Arts Program (MAP). Thanks to donors, supporters, and friends like YOU, MAP allows teens like Sunny D. (16) to take on leadership roles as mentors for middle-school-aged youth. And Woonsocket youth at Founders are getting new access…

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Double YOUR Impact This GivingTuesday with KSA Marketing!

November 1st, Woonsocket, RI—GivingTuesday is just around the corner, and every year, people like YOU take this opportunity to turn their values into action for the people and communities they love. This year, we need YOUR help to show some love for teens in northern RI. We’re asking YOU to help us raise $5,000 by…

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Eden B. (18) Teaches Screen Printing on TV!

In a special NBC10 segment, Riverzedge Arts alum and current Print Studio Assistant Eden B. (18) led a one-on-one screen printing tutorial with Rhode Island’s favorite news anchor, Mario Hilario! Each design feature’s Mario Hilario himself in a snapshot of one of his hit NBC10 segments. A huge fan of his work, Eden was thrilled…

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Riverzedge Arts Launches First Annual Youth Gallery

October 19th, Providence, RI—Hosted by The Wurks Gallery, Riverzedge Arts launches its first annual gallery of youth artwork this October. The show, titled Art Works, features both individual and collaborative projects across a wide range of media, giving teens a chance to break away from client-driven work and explore their individual creativity. Centering the incredible talent…

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YOU Can Name the Official Riverzedge Arts Mascot!

Something mysterious is happening in our studios! With a little design magic and a lot of help from our teen artists, the 401 Rooster has come to life! Our most famous t-shirt design is now clucking about the studio, and we need YOUR HELP to name it! Our teens have created 5 great names for…

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How It's Made: Riverzedge Arts Merch

Thanks to YOU, teen artists in our Print Studio are filling out their professional portfolios with incredible merchandise for retail partners and commercial clients. Teens like Indy G. (15) and Aaron M. (16) are becoming experts at turning design concepts into things you can actually wear. And they want to help YOU learn more about…

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Advantages to Aging Podcast Welcomes Dr. Kristen Williams, PhD, Executive Director

Are you older today than you were yesterday? Then check out this very special episode of the Advantages to Aging podcast! Executive Director Kristen Williams sits down with host DJ Horton to talk about growing up, getting older, and how giving back can make both feel a whole lot better. https://advantagestoaging.com/energize-and-engage-stay-active-by-volunteering/ DJ Horton is a…

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Riverzedge Arts Launches Evening Workforce Development Program

May 18th, Woonsocket, RI—On May 1st, a new group of young artists started their first day—or rather evening—of work as part of Riverzedge Arts’ new Arts Education and Training Evening (AETE) program. The AETE program expands the hours and resources of Riverzedge Arts’ flagship AET programing. Designed in partnership with DCYF, the program aims to…

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Riverzedge Arts Debuts LGBTQIA+ Advocacy Billboards Across RI

March 16th, Woonsocket, RI—Billboards emblazoned “We Say Gay” appeared in locations across the state as part of the latest project to combat homophobia and transphobia from teen artists at Riverzedge Arts. Youth like Addy K. (16) developed the initial concept in spring of 2022, when the Riverzedge Arts Print Studio released a line of t-shirts…

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Nonprofit Innovation Lab Hosts Funding Awards, Riverzedge Arts Launches New Program

February 1st, Providence, RI—Ten nonprofit organizations from across Rhode Island compete today in the Social Enterprise Greenhouse’s (SEG’s) Nonprofit Innovation Lab Impact Showcase and Pitch Night for a total of $90,000 in program funding. Participating organizations spent months fine-tuning innovative community programming with coaches, consultants, and special advisors as part of the Nonprofit Innovation Lab…

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Riverzedge Arts Teens Debut at West Elm Providence

Providence, RI, November 19, 2022—From 10am to 5pm, West Elm’s Wayland Square location will host a pop-up shop for Riverzedge Arts, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing art and design career training for northern RI teens. According to Executive Director Kristen Williams, the opportunity to see their work showcased in such a respected venue…

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Riverzedge Arts Launches “The Blackstone Meets Main Street”

Woonsocket, RI, November 11, 2022— Running from Market Square to City Hall, the sights and sounds of the mighty Blackstone River splay across Main Street Woonsocket thanks to the work of teen digital media artists at Riverzedge Arts. Supported by Grants for Arts Projects funding awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) early…

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Riverzedge Arts Hosts 20th Anniversary Gallery Exhibition at Machines with Magnets

Pawtucket, RI, October 27th, 2022—Riverzedge Arts, a Woonsocket-based nonprofit youth organization, is pleased to announce an exhibition of staff and alumni artwork at art gallery Machines with Magnets in honor of its 20th Anniversary.   The exhibition, titled “Parallel Lines,” nods subtly to the railroads running through Woonsocket and the city’s industrial history. But it…

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Riverzedge Arts Debuts “Chronicles of the USS Ocean State” in Partnership with RIDEM

Woonsocket, RI, September 28th, 2022—Teen artists at Riverzedge Arts this week unveiled a massive arboreal sculpture outside NeighborWorks Woonsocket’s “Art Center” as part of a project to raise awareness about the city’s urban forest and the challenges it faces. “Most people don’t even think about trees unless one falls down and starts causing problems,” said…

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Riverzedge Arts Partners with Stop & Shop to Support Local Teens

Woonsocket, RI—This August, Riverzedge Arts is joining Stop & Shop’s Bloomin’ 4 Good and Community Bags programs to give vital resources to local teens. A nonprofit dedicated to helping northern RI teens develop economically and culturally sustainable futures, Riverzedge Arts has a history of providing wraparound services for Woonsocket youth. In addition to paying teens…

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Woonsocket HEZ Teen Health Workgroup Unveils Art Mural at Thundermist

Woonsocket – March 10, 2022 – Youth artists at Riverzedge Arts, a Woonsocket Health Equity Zone Teen Health Workgroup partner, transformed an empty space at Thundermist Health Center into a welcoming community courtyard. The teen workgroup worked with Riverzedge Arts on the project. The art display features a mural painting and benches engraved with You…

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Riverzedge Arts Grows Gardening Community with Community Garden

March 8, 2022—Woonsocket, RI—The first week of April will mark the opening of Riverzedge Arts’ free community garden, and everyone is encouraged to sign up for a plot. As part of its newest initiative to build environmentally and economically sustainable relationships with the northern RI community, Riverzedge Arts is opening plots in its community garden…

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Riverzedge Arts Awarded $25,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Woonsocket, RI—Riverzedge Arts, a local nonprofit providing professional training in the arts to Woonsocket teens, has been approved for a $25,000 Grant for Arts Projects award to support “The Blackstone Meets Main Street,” an immersive arts installation and mixed-use venue in historic downtown. “The Blackstone Meets Main Street” reconnects residents and introduces visitors to the…

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Everything Equal

WOONSOCKET, RI., (August 17, 2020) – This summer the youth artists of Riverzedge Arts present Everything Equal, a large-scale, outdoor drive-through installation artwork articulating what social justice and equity mean to them in their community of Woonsocket. The exhibition will run from August 21 to September 7, 2020 and will be available for viewing 24…

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You Don’t Need Wealth to Check Your Sexual Health

Over the last few months, our teen designers worked with the Health Equity Zone of Woonsocket to develop some marketing tools for Title X and it’s initiatives! We are here to tell you, You don’t need wealth to check your sexual health! Check out this video to get started or for more info, call 401.222.5960.…

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Pride Month

The Pride flag is a great example of design being utilized as a means for social change! You may have noticed the various different Pride flag variations that are being flown. The original Pride flag, created in 1978 by artist Gilbert Baker, was designed as a symbol to unify the queer community. Originally the flag had eight…

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New Riverzedge Arts Logo & Branding

Super stoked to announce and show you our new Riverzedge Arts logo and branding! After some hard work by our Graphic Design Studio, we’ve updated our look and everything that goes along with it. Besides our stationary, be on the lookout for some hot new stickers and merch coming your way!

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Virtual World

In a time of a global pandemic, when the COVID-19 crisis struck every corner of the globe, Woonsocket would be no exception. March 12, 2020 was the last day we saw our youth artists in person. But the Riverzedge team sprang into action. Determined that no virus, however novel, would keep us from achieving our…