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I Was There Project (May 14)

Where Water Meets Land: a live radio show
Friday, May 14, 2010 @ 6 PM
Vartan Gregorian Elementary School
A Providence Public School
455 Wickenden Street, Providence
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Produced by the students of Vartan Gregorian Elementary School as part of the celebrated project, I WAS THERE 2010: Explorations of Narragansett Bay.

The I WAS THERE Project is a highly integrated Arts-Based Learning program that strives to preserve and celebrate the history of Fox Point, Providence, Rhode Island.

I WAS THERE: Explorations of Narragansett Bay uses oral history techniques, creative writing, visual arts, storytelling and the production of a live radio show to connect students to the community and natural environment that surrounds them.

The live radio show, WHERE WATER MEETS LAND, spans over 50 years of Bay history while weaving together the stories of former longshoremen, oyster factory workers and a local actress creating a theatrical performance based on waterfront workers. Interspersed throughout the radio show are the words of notable Brown scientists, Save the Bay staff and neighborhood activists who speak of the ecology of the bay, and who bring the past forward to meet the challenges of today. A City of Providence planner, state regulators and a modern-day maritime corporate executive speak of the industry of the bay|from the early days of shipping to the precarious balance of today’s residential, recreational and industrial needs. Throughout the show, the youthful voices of 4th and 5th grade students can be heard|projecting enthusiasm, hope, and a strong vision for a healthy Bay.

In the spirit of the evening, THE GOMES BROTHERS, a Cape Verdean Creole band featuring Jack Gomes (lead guitar), Charlie Gomes (guitar), Manny Santos (bass), Joe Gomes (maracas), will perform live.

For more information, visit the I Was There Project website.

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