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At RISD: Art, science, and what's wrong with ATMs

Among the most prominent solutions offered up for our present economic malaise and the broader decline of the republic: a robust investment in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education.
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By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 21, 2011
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11 Big ideas for Rhode Island

Rhode Island has problems. We all know it. Unemployment, political corruption, the Providence College basketball team.
Great notions to make things better in tough times: internpreneurships, dance parties, and Netflix for underwear 
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  October 01, 2010
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Now playing — RISD: The Musical!

We all know RISD students like to paint and draw, but can they hoof it? Or belt out a show tune and carry a giant pencil at the same time? Well, yes, it turns out.
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By ELIZABETH RAU  |  February 19, 2010
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2009: Worth another look

The lousy economy hit home this year as Stairwell Gallery in Providence and Yes Gallery in Warren closed their doors.
The gallery highlights of 2009
By GREG COOK  |  December 25, 2009
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Art for money's sake

This weekend, hundreds of arts marketing gurus and administrators from across the nation will descend upon the Creative Capital, aka Providence, for a four-day (October 30-November 2) national gath-ering entitled “CollaborACTION!”
Marketing dept.
By RICHARD ASINOF  |  October 30, 2009

Glasses, bikes, and a better world

If you thought you saw more black-rimmed glasses and aluminum bikes around town this weekend, you weren't imagining it.
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By ELLEN CUSHING  |  October 09, 2009


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RISD controversy points to non-traditional leadership

John Maeda arrived at the Rhode Island School of Design a year ago pledging a different sort of leadership.
The Academy
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  August 21, 2009

RISD's hope-less situation

On August 3 it was announced by the Rhode Island School of Design that Hope Alswang had resigned as the director of the RISD Museum. Those who have followed the coverage of this story may be somewhat confused by the revelation that absolutely everyone
Outrage over the Alswang 'Resignation.' Plus, too many sad passings
By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  August 14, 2009
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Artful dodger

Phillipe and Jorge are quite disappointed to see that the Rhode Island School of Design Museum will be closing for the month of August, largely due to its endowment being down due to the economic recession.
Keep the RISD Museum open in August! Plus, the weirdness on C Street.
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  July 17, 2009
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Brave new RISD

The Rhode Island School of Design, for all its artful ambition, is a conservative place. Students draw. They mold clay. They are awash in taxidermy. So there was more than a little anxiety when John Maeda — sneaker designer, MIT professor, digital media
After a year at the helm, president John Maeda is balancing broad shifts in the worlds of art, design, and business
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  May 29, 2009

RISD takes to the streets to show 'What We Do'

"What We Do," an unprecedented, student-run event on April 11 at the Rhode Island School of Design, aims to capture, in a frenzied six hours at six locations, the spirit of Providence's most creative and offbeat college.
Bursting the bubble
By MARION DAVIS  |  April 10, 2009


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Worth another look

In 2008, real estate and jobs dominated local art news.
Intriguing views of a warped world
By GREG COOK  |  December 23, 2008
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As RI struggles, entrepreneur sees promise

The revelation that Rhode Island faces a $300 million-plus deficit for the current year is just the latest bit of dire economic news about the state.
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By IAN DONNIS  |  November 12, 2008
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Why Rhode Island is hurting

If the nation’s fiscal crisis confirms that Rhode Island isn’t alone in facing serious economic woes, the state doesn’t suffer from a lack of other challenges.  
Bad days are here, and there is little in the past to make the future seem hopeful
By IAN DONNIS  |  October 02, 2008
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RISD redefined

Rhode Island School of Design’s new Chace Center is the physical embodiment of the 131-year-old institution’s effort to rebrand itself as a more open place.
With the dramatic new Chace Center, the art school reaches outward
By GREG COOK  |  September 25, 2008

Man and machine

Leave it to John Maeda, the Rhode Island School of Design’s new president, to invoke the long-term value of art at a time when global financial markets are gripped by uncertainty.
John Maeda talks about technology — and his quest to understand RISD
By IAN DONNIS  |  September 24, 2008