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  • AAE: Supporting Individual Artists Webinar Series

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    Americans for the Arts is excited to bring you a series of deep dive webinars about supporting individual artists. As part of Americans for the Arts ongoing program, Arts Administrators Essentials: Supporting Individual Artists, these webinars are your opportunity to hear from individuals and organizations in the arts and culture field that support individual artists as part of their everyday work. The first part of this series will take a look at supporting artists of specific disciplines, with the second part focusing on programs you may want to consider developing as you work to support individual artists.

    About this Series

    Americans for the Arts is excited to bring you a series of deep dive webinars about supporting individual artists. As part of Americans for the Arts ongoing program, Arts Administrators Essentials: Supporting Individual Artists, these webinars are your opportunity to hear from individuals and organizations in the arts and culture field that support individual artists as part of their everyday work. The first part of this series will take a look at supporting artists of specific disciplines, with the second part focusing on programs you may want to consider developing as you work to support individual artists.


    This project is supported in part by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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  • Supporting Individual Artists: Teaching Artist Edition

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 12/12/2019 at 3:00 PM (EST)

    This session will reframe the question of supporting teaching artists and provide actionable new answers to questions about ways to support them. The reframing derives from new understandings of how the field is growing in the real world, and recognition of the limitations of the ways we have traditionally worked. Too often “support” defaults to simplistic consideration of money and benefits, when a more holistic view (which includes attention to money and benefits) allows for a wider range of options and actions.

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    December 12, 2019 @ 3:00PM EDT

    This session will reframe the question of supporting teaching artists and provide actionable new answers to questions about ways to support them. The reframing derives from new understandings of how the field is growing in the real world, and recognition of the limitations of the ways we have traditionally worked.  Too often “support” defaults to simplistic consideration of money and benefits, when a more holistic view (which includes attention to money and benefits) allows for a wider range of options and actions. 

    Learning Objectives:

    • Participants will rethink their understandings of the national (and international) teaching artist field.
    • They will encounter with a wider variety of tools to support the growth in size, diversity and quality of local teaching artist talent pools, tools they may use in their home settings.
    • They will discover new ways in which teaching artists are employed to accomplish seven different purposes—which invites new ways to assess impact, develop productive partnerships, and create greater visibility for the field. 

    This project is supported in part by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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    Eric Booth

    Teaching Artistry Specialist

    In 2015 Eric Booth was given Americans for the Arts' Arts Education Leadership Award, and was named one of the 25 most influential people in the arts in the U.S. He began as a Broadway actor, and became a businessman (his company became the largest of its kind in the U.S. in 7 years), and author of seven books, the most recent are Playing for Their Lives (about the global El Sistema Movement) and Tending the Perennials: The Art and Spirit of a Personal Religion and The Music Teaching Artist's Bible.  He has been on the faculty of Juilliard (12 years), Tanglewood (5 years), The Kennedy Center (20 years), and Lincoln Center Education (for 40 years, where now he is a leader of their Teaching Artist Development Labs). He serves as a consultant for many arts organizations (including seven of the ten largest U.S. orchestras), cities, states and businesses around the U.S.. A frequent keynote speaker, he gave the closing keynote to UNESCO's first world arts education conference, and he founded the International Teaching Artist Conferences, and founded the Teaching Artist Journal, and is the only recipient of an honorary doctorate for teaching artistry. 

    Websites:

    http://ericbooth.net/

    http://tendingtheperennials.com/

    Victor Sawyer

    Teaching Artist

    Victor Sawyer is a freelance trombonist based in Memphis, TN. Currently Sawyer serves as an Instrumental Instructor at the world famous Stax Music Academy, working with middle school and high school age musicians in a “pop” band ensemble and as the Senior Fellowship Coach for the Memphis Music Initiative, supporting a team of ten professional music Teaching Artists serving in traditionally underserved communities. 

    As a performer he has recorded at legendary studios such as Sun, Royal, and Ardent. Sawyer has also performed with Memphis legends such as 8Ball and MJG, Valerie June, Steve Cropper, and many more. 

    Victor Sawyer attended the Manhattan School of Music for a Masters Degree in Jazz Performance, While in NYC Sawyer performed at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, the Jazz Standard, the Bowery Poetry Club, etc. Abroad he has had the honor of performing at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, Netherlands and the Veneto Jazz Festival in the Veneto region of Italy. 

  • December 2019 Private Sector Network Call: United Arts Fund Annual Retreat Recap

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 12/10/2019 at 3:00 PM (EST)

    Each year, executive leadership and senior staff of the country’s united arts funds gather in a different location to discuss best practices, trends, challenges, and opportunities that this field faces. United Arts Funds (UAF) are organizations or local arts agencies whose main function is to raise money from local individuals, businesses, and foundations to regrant to local arts institutions and provide support to the cultural community. UAFs seek to raise money to provide ongoing support to arts groups by consolidating cultural fundraising efforts in one organization and use their knowledge of the cultural community to disperse the funds accordingly. More and more, the UAFs operate as full-serve local arts agencies. This call is welcome to anyone interested in hearing about the primary topics that came up at the Leadership Retreat, and for those who wish to learn more about this field.

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    December 10, 2019 @ 3:00PM EDT

    Each year, executive leadership and senior staff of the country’s united arts funds gather in a different location to discuss best practices, trends, challenges, and opportunities that this field faces. United Arts Funds (UAF) are organizations or local arts agencies whose main function is to raise money from local individuals, businesses, and foundations to regrant to local arts institutions and provide support to the cultural community. UAFs seek to raise money to provide ongoing support to arts groups by consolidating cultural fundraising efforts in one organization and use their knowledge of the cultural community to disperse the funds accordingly. More and more, the UAFs operate as full-serve local arts agencies. This call is welcome to anyone interested in hearing about the primary topics that came up at the Leadership Retreat, and for those who wish to learn more about this field. 

    Learning Objectives:

    • Major themes and topics that arose during the annual Leadership Retreat that took place in Memphis, TN November 6-8
    • Primary areas of work and concern of organizations that fundraise and regrant in their communities.
    • How this field is evolving to better serve their communities through cross-sector partnerships 

    Flora Maria Garcia

    President & CEO, United Arts of Central Florida

    Flora Maria Garcia became president and CEO of United Arts of Central Florida—a 501-C-3, $5.8 million, local arts agency for the four-county region and the City of Orlando. Since its inception in 1989, United Arts has invested more than $136 million in local cultural organizations and individual artists. Previously, Garcia was CEO of the Metro Atlanta Arts & Culture Coalition. During her tenure, statewide legislation that would significantly fund arts and culture was introduced and as result, received the Georgia Shakespeare, Spirit of Will Award for Advocacy. On the national level, Garcia has served on the boards of the National Assembly for Local Arts Agencies and Mid-America Arts Alliance, numerous committees for the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, and on several panels for the National Endowment for the Arts. She served for two years as Vice President of Americans for the Arts’ Urban Arts Federation, an association of the 60 largest arts councils in the country. In addition to more than 30 years of experience in nonprofit arts management, Garcia has a Master’s in Business Administration and Arts Administration from Southern Methodist University and a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and Modern Languages from Saint Mary’s College. Garcia was born in Havana, Cuba and immigrated to the U.S. in the early ‘60s

    Website: www.unitedarts.cc

    Jessica Stern

    Private Sector Initiatives Program Manager, Americans for the Arts

    Jessica is the Private Sector Initiatives Program Manager with Americans for the Arts. Prior to this position, she acted as the Membership and Resources Manager for the Nonprofit Association of Oregon (NAO), providing oversight of NAO’s statewide membership program while curating and reinventing its online platform of nonprofit management best practice resources. Prior to NAO, Jessica spent nearly five years working with Portland’s local business committee for the arts, Business for Culture & the Arts (BCA), delivering programs that engaged employees from BCA’s 200+ business members, managing all marketing and communications strategies, and retaining and cultivating corporate and community partnerships. Jessica has also served in development roles at Metropolitan Youth Symphony and Literary Arts; and has freelanced as an independent web designer and developer.

  • AAE: Supporting Individual Artists Monthly Coffee Chats

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    Americans for the Arts is excited to bring you a monthly series of informal discussions about supporting individual artists. As part of Americans for the Arts ongoing program, Arts Administrators Essentials: Supporting Individual Artists, these monthly "Coffee Chats" are your opportunity to hear from individuals and organizations in the arts and culture field that support individual artists as part of their everyday work. Each month, we will bring you a new topic to support your work with artists.

    Americans for the Arts is excited to bring you a monthly series of informal discussions about supporting individual artists. As part of Americans for the Arts ongoing program, Arts Administrators Essentials: Supporting Individual Artists, these monthly "Coffee Chats" are your opportunity to hear from individuals and organizations in the arts and culture field that support individual artists as part of their everyday work. Each month, we will bring you a new topic to support your work with artists. Our topic for March 2019 will be legal support for artists.



    This project is supported in part by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation.  

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  • Supporting Individual Artists Coffee Chat: Activating Artists

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 12/09/2019 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    Americans for the Arts is excited to bring you a monthly series of informal discussions about supporting individual artists. As part of Americans for the Arts ongoing program, Arts Administrators Essentials: Supporting Individual Artists, these monthly "Coffee Chats" are your opportunity to hear from individuals and organizations in the arts and culture field that support individual artists as part of their everyday work. Each month, we will bring you a new topic to support your work with artists. Our topic for December 2019 will be about activating artists in community.

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    December 9, 2019 at 2:00PM EDT

    Americans for the Arts is excited to bring you a monthly series of informal discussions about supporting individual artists. As part of Americans for the Arts ongoing program, Arts Administrators Essentials: Supporting Individual Artists, these monthly "Coffee Chats" are your opportunity to hear from individuals and organizations in the arts and culture field that support individual artists as part of their everyday work. Each month, we will bring you a new topic to support your work with artists. Our topic for this month will be about activating artists.

    How can you activate artists in your local community?

    Join Edwige Charlot, Providence, RI based artist and strategist, as she discusses activating artists. This conversation will discuss:

    • Activation through Connection - How do we bridge the gap within our creative communities?
    • Activation as Support - What is needed and desired by your arts community and your creative professionals?
    • Activation as Propellent--- How are you connecting the dots to the communities at large, the communities across sectors and discipline?


    This project is supported in part by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation.

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    Edwige Charlot

    Community Membership Manager, AS220

    Edwige Charlot is the Community Membership Manager at AS220 Industries (Providence, Rhode Island). In her role, she facilities access to affordable, project-based, experiential learning in digital fabrication, printmaking and media arts. Edwige has worked in the social profit sector over the past decade and her previous roles at the Maine College of Art, Creative Portland, Engine both in Maine. Her community engagement and service include being a founding member of the Portland Global Shapers, an initiative of the World Economic Forum; an advisor of the People of Color Fund at the Maine Community Foundation; and the Artist Thrive initiative at the Tremaine Foundation. She earned her BFA in Printmaking from the Maine College of Art. 

    Website: industries.as220.org

  • Best Practices from the Best Companies Partnering with the Arts

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 12/05/2019 at 3:00 PM (EST)

    For many communities, business partnerships are a source of untapped potential. Each year Americans for the Arts honors 10 companies, one partnership and one business leader for their exceptional and creative arts partnerships. Hear directly from some of this year’s Arts & Business Partnership Award honorees and learn how to create and strengthen business and arts partnerships in your community. Together, business and artists can create vibrant workspaces and communities.

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    December 5, 2019 at 3:00PM EDT

    For many communities, business partnerships are a source of untapped potential. Each year Americans for the Arts honors 10 companies, one partnership and one business leader for their exceptional and creative arts partnerships. Hear directly from some of this year’s Arts & Business Partnership Award honorees and learn how to create and strengthen business and arts partnerships in your community. Together, business and artists can create vibrant workspaces and communities.

    Learning Objectives: 

    • Business leaders and decision makers will have a better understanding of how arts partnerships can engage employees, foster creative thinking, embrace diversity, and strengthen communities/economies.
    • Arts organizations will learn new ways to approach and to collaborate with businesses.
    • Stories will inspire attendees to consider the businesses in their community that are supportive of the arts, and consider nominating them for the 2020 Arts & Business Partnership award to honor their commitments to the arts, deepen their engagement with the sector, and strengthen their relationship with them

    Amy Siegel

    Senior Associate, Gensler

    For more than 30 years, Amy has been striking a balance between creative expression and managing the details and business demands of large, multi-faceted, projects such as international airports, hospital campuses, and gaming and hotel facilities. Amy’s aviation design expertise has been tried and proven on comprehensive wayfinding and signage programs ranging from international airports such as Incheon International Airport to regional airports such as Jackson Hole Airport, John Wayne, and Tulsa. Amy is currently leading the design standards program for Denver International Airport and has been a key team member receiving design accolades such as the 2014 AIA National Institute Honor Award for Architecture for Jackson Hole Airport.

    Website:  https://www.gensler.com/

    Damon McLeese

    Executive Director, Access Gallery

    Damon currently serves as the Executive Director of Access Gallery. He has held this position for more than 20 years, taking over as the organization’s 5th executive director in 1997.  Under his leadership, Access Gallery has continued to promote the creative power of people with disabilities through focused outreach and innovative programming, while increasing awareness in the nonprofit community about the needs and gifts of people with disabilities. Damon has worked in the fields of volunteer management and disability services for most of his career. He has worked for Colorado Special Olympics, Colorado Easter Seals and was the first director of the City of Aurora Volunteer Center where he worked with the Points of Light Foundation.  In 2002, he was elected as the Region 8 Advisory Council Representative to the VSA National Office.

    Website: https://accessgallery.org/

  • County Arts Network Call: Leveraging Partnerships for Increased Impact, Efficiency, and Reach

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 12/02/2019 at 3:00 PM (EST)

    From new public art initiatives and community events to capacity building programs and cooperative marketing, partnerships are frequently used at the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) to achieve our mission, support the creative economy, and increase the impact, reach, and efficiency of our programs. In this webinar we will explore partnerships with local government agencies, media outlets, funders, real estate developers, and grantees that scaffold and expand AHCMC’s core work. These partnerships support individual artists and arts organizations, expand opportunities in the creative economy, and influence arts-inclusive policies across Montgomery County. Throughout the webinar we will explore different types of partnerships, goal setting and evaluation of partnerships, and tactics for leveraging advocacy in combination with partnerships to achieve organizational and programs goals. Following the presentation, an interactive discussion will be facilitated to give participants an opportunity to share their past experiences with partnerships, discuss perceived barriers to success, and pitch future partnership ideas.

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    December 2, 2019 @ 3:00PM EDT

    From new public art initiatives and community events to capacity building programs and cooperative marketing, partnerships are frequently used at the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC) to achieve our mission, support the creative economy, and increase the impact, reach, and efficiency of our programs. In this webinar we will explore partnerships with local government agencies, media outlets, funders, real estate developers, and grantees that scaffold and expand AHCMC’s core work. These partnerships support individual artists and arts organizations, expand opportunities in the creative economy, and influence arts-inclusive policies across Montgomery County. Throughout the webinar we will explore different types of partnerships, goal setting and evaluation of partnerships, and tactics for leveraging advocacy in combination with partnerships to achieve organizational and programs goals. Following the presentation, an interactive discussion will be facilitated to give participants an opportunity to share their past experiences with partnerships, discuss perceived barriers to success, and pitch future partnership ideas.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Inspire participants to leverage their networks and resources to build partnerships that support them in achieving their organizational/program goals through discussing examples of partnerships at AHCMC.
    • Explore the cross-section of partnerships and advocacy to help identify the best relationships participants already have in order to identify potential future partnerships.
    • Support participants in creating defined partnerships goals that can be measured and evaluated in order to focus on impact and efficiency of partnerships.

    Joe Frandoni

    Deputy Director, Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County

    For the past ten years, Joe Frandoni has advocated for expanded cross-cultural dialogue, equity, and increased operational efficiency in arts management; leading arts and cultural organization to develop innovative values-based business solutions that expand their community impact and operational efficiency. He is a graduate of both the Master in Arts Management program at Carnegie Mellon University and the Masters in Innovation and Organization of Culture and the Arts at the University of Bologna in Bologna Italy. In his current position as Deputy Director of the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC), he spearheads program development for AHCMC, advocacy efforts for the community, and capacity-building initiatives for constituents. Previously, he has held positions with the Kennedy Center’s DeVos Institute of Arts Management, the Center for Arts Management and Technology, and as a middle school music teacher in his home state of Ohio.      

    Website: www.creativemoco.com | www.culturespotmc.com    

  • Supporting Individual Artists Coffee Chat: Crafting an Artist Statement

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 11/25/2019 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    Americans for the Arts is excited to bring you a monthly series of informal discussions about supporting individual artists. As part of Americans for the Arts ongoing program, Arts Administrators Essentials: Supporting Individual Artists, these monthly "Coffee Chats" are your opportunity to hear from individuals and organizations in the arts and culture field that support individual artists as part of their everyday work. Each month, we will bring you a new topic to support your work with artists. Our topic for November 2019 will be about crafting an artist statement.

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    November 25, 2019 at 2:00PM EDT

    Americans for the Arts is excited to bring you a monthly series of informal discussions about supporting individual artists. As part of Americans for the Arts ongoing program, Arts Administrators Essentials: Supporting Individual Artists, these monthly "Coffee Chats" are your opportunity to hear from individuals and organizations in the arts and culture field that support individual artists as part of their everyday work. Each month, we will bring you a new topic to support your work with artists. Our topic for this month will be about artist portfolios.

    How can artists create statements to set them apart?

    Join Naomi RaMona Schliesman, Artist Development Director for rural programming for Springboard for the Arts’ Fergus Falls, MN office, as she discusses the who, what, and why of crafting an artist statement, as well as how artists can sharpen the best description of who they are. 

    This project is supported in part by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation.

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    Naomi RaMona Schliesman

    Artist Development Director, Springboard for the Arts'

    Naomi RaMona Schliesman is the Artist Development Director for rural programing for Springboard for the Arts’ Fergus Falls, MN office, where she leads the Hinge Arts at the Kirkbride residency program and teaches the Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists workshops. Naomi grew up in Fergus Falls, MN. She has her BFA with an emphasis in sculpture from Minnesota State University Moorhead and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Schliesman has received a Fellowship from Ragdale and Kimmel Hardening Nelson Center for the Arts, was awarded 2nd place for Miami University Young Sculptors Competition for William and Dorothy Yeck Award, and was a LEAP finalist for Society of Contemporary Craft Award. She has traveled abroad to Italy, Scotland, Ireland, France, United Kingdom and Belize to study art and has done artist residencies at Vermont Studio Center, Kimmel Hardening Nelson Center for the arts, Ragadale and Hospitalfield Arts. Schliesman serves on the Public Arts Commission for The City of Fergus Falls and is also a board member for the Fergus Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau, and recently joined the Fergus Falls Childcare Collective. She continues her own studio practice in Visual and Performing Arts and has shown nationally. Schliesman is a single parent to a 3-year old and knows firsthand the struggles of childcare shortage and managing her time as a full-time mom, artist and full-time professional.

    Website: www.springboardforthearts.org

    Twitter: @SpringboardArts

  • Own Your Past, Shape Your Future

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    What would it look like if we had a comprehensive understanding of who we are and where we have come from as nonprofit organizations? Could this allow us to evolve, adapt, and ensure relevance in today’s climate? This series will explore alternative approaches to organizational structure, leadership models, and succession planning as a way to empower new leadership, embody inclusivity, and foster equity while furthering the organization’s mission.

    About this Series

    Own Your Past: Shape Your Future

    What would it look like if we had a comprehensive understanding of who we are and where we have come from as nonprofit organizations? Could this allow us to evolve, adapt, and ensure relevance in today’s climate? This series will explore alternative approaches to organizational structure, leadership models, and succession planning as a way to empower new leadership, embody inclusivity, and foster equity while furthering the organization’s mission.

  • Successful Successions: Empowering the Next Generation of Leaders

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Web Event on 11/22/2019 at 3:00 PM (EST)

    Across the country, a leadership shift is taking place in the arts and culture sector. Organizations are and will encounter significant change as seasoned leaders make way for new leadership. This is an incredible opportunity to empower new leadership while identifying and implementing thoughtful succession processes. This webinar will present examples of successful and smooth leadership transitions and the efforts made by key players involved to ensure an organization's healthy evolution.

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    November 22, 2019 at 3:00PM EDT

    Across the country, a leadership shift is taking place in the arts and culture sector. Organizations are and will encounter significant change as seasoned leaders make way for new leadership. This is an incredible opportunity to empower new leadership while identifying and implementing thoughtful succession processes. This webinar will present examples of successful and smooth leadership transitions and the efforts made by key players involved to ensure an organization's healthy evolution.


    Check out part-one of this three-part series here: How Did We Get Here? Understanding the History of Nonprofit Culture

    Check out part-two of this three-part series here: Working Outside the Box: What do Alternative Organizational Models Look Like?

    Rikki Davis

    Co-Executive Director, Girls Rock! RI

    Rikki Davis (they/them) was a vocal instructor and band coach with Girls Rock! RI for two years before joining the administrative team. They have made use of their bachelor’s degree from McGill University in Art History and Gender Studies working for music festivals, campaigns, art galleries, and museums in Boston and Maine before their most recent position as program director at Slater Mill. Rikki trained in classical voice for 10 years before leaving the opera world in favor of Rock, Jazz, and Pop. They are currently the vocalist and bassist in the band Top Sugar. As a professional, Rikki is passionate about collaborative leadership and approaching administration and programming through an anti-oppression lens. In their free time, Rikki is a skater with Providence Roller Derby under the alter ego, RetroRocket.

    Website: www.girlsrockri.org

    Facebook: @girlsrockri


    Denise Mathews-Reidpath

    Co-Executive Director, Girls Rock! RI

    Denise (she/her) is a bilingual educator who focuses on positive youth development and educational justice aligned with arts accessibility. She has a background as an advocate, interpreter/translator and socio-emotional support in Providence and Central Falls Schools, the RI Disability Law Center, and the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence. Denise is also a community yoga instructor who has volunteered to teach yoga and participating in  body image workshops at Girls Rock Camps and Ladies Rock Camps with a focus on intersectionality, and trauma-informed practices. Denise is a  atinx feminista who loves tacos and flan. She is a self-taught vocalist who dabbles in the harmonica and ukulele with her band Tall and has diverse musical influences from Selena and Buffy Sainte Marie to the Grateful Dead.

    Website: www.girlsrockri.org

    Facebook: @girlsrockri