PAWTUCKET – The Pawtucket Arts Festival announces the addition
of Karen Alzate, Chachi Carvalho, and Meghan Kallman to its Board of Directors.
While each bring a unique perspective to the Pawtucket Arts Festival
leadership, all share an enduring commitment to the City of Pawtucket and to
the many arts and culture organizations that make their home in the Blackstone
?“For 20 years, the Pawtucket Arts Festival has celebrated our
city’s substantial creative and cultural identity,” said Festival Chairman,
John Baxter, Jr. “The addition of Karen Alzate, Chachi Carvalho, and
Meghan Kallman to the Pawtucket Arts Festival Board of Directors only further
ensures that the Arts Festival will succeed in its mission of cultivating a
place for the arts in the Pawtucket of tomorrow.”
?“Pawtucket has such a vibrant arts community, which we are
proud to spotlight each September,” said Mayor Donald R. Grebien. “Thank you to
the board members—past and present—for making this event a success for the past
?Karen Alzate is a life-long resident of Pawtucket and alumni of
Tolman High School. Alzate currently works at The Providence Center Latino
Team, assisting members of the Latino community who suffer from mental illness.
She brings her passion for meeting new people and connecting communities to her
newfound work at the Pawtucket Arts Festival.
?Chachi Carvalho is a multi-talented artist and educator who
comes from a long line of musicians and singers. He is a Rhode Island native
born-and-raised in Pawtucket, with roots that stem from the islands of Cabo
Verde. Throughout his career, he’s won acclaim from Vibe magazine in its
roundup of the best MCs state to state, and he was a two-time winner of the
Wild Out Wednesdays competition on BET’s 106 & Park. Carvalho was also
awarded the 2014 Cape Verdean Music Award for best hip-hop act. He is a
registered artist-educator with Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and a
registered touring artist with New England Federation of Artists. He is a
former board member of AS220, a current member of the Advisory Council for the
AS220 Youth program, and is extremely excited to hit the ground running as a
newly elected member of the Pawtucket Arts Festival Board of Directors.
?Meghan Kallman represents Pawtucket’s fifth ward on the City
Council, and is delighted to become a part of the thriving Pawtucket Arts
Festival. Kallman earns her living as a professor who writes about social
change; she teaches college and graduate courses in the state prison system and
at UMASS Boston. A former caseworker, she worked for several years with
children in the foster care system. Kallman is the founder of two nonprofit
organizations, and holds leadership positions on several local boards. A
musician herself, Kallman plays the trumpet in one of the region's beloved
street bands—the Extraordinary Rendition Band—and looks forward to bringing her
skills and her commitment to the arts to the festival’s Board.
?The Pawtucket Arts Festival runs the entire month of September.
In 2018, the Festival marks its 20th year Anniversary with long-time favorites,
such as Taiwan Day, the RI-Chinese Dragon Boat Races, Slater Park Fall
Festival, Pops in the Park, S.A.M. Fest, and Mixed Magic Theatre’s ‘Peace
Concert’. New additions include the Culture Shock Block Party, Teatro ECAS
performance of ‘La Danza di Mingo’, artist May Babcock’s ‘Blackstone Watershed
Papers’ project, and LX Showcase.
?“One of the great things about the Pawtucket Arts Festival is
that there really is a little something for everyone to enjoy and to discover,”
said Festival Director, Jennifer Dalton Vincent. “I’m thrilled for the new
energy Karen Alzate, Chachi Carvalho, and Meghan Kallman will bring to our 20th
Anniversary milestone year. Each are gifted artists and community advocates in
their own right .”
?The Festival is sponsored by generous donations and the
corporate sponsorship of The Pawtucket Teachers Alliance, The Pawtucket Times,
the City of Pawtucket, and Bristol County Savings Bank.