PROVIDENCE, RI -- Rhode Island Black Story Tellers, the Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center and the Rhode Island Middle
Passage Medallion Program are among 40 nonprofits that will share nearly
$270,000 in grants from the Rhode Island Foundation.
Black Story Tellers will use its grant to present storytelling
programs, including performances for school, community and family audiences and
storytelling workshops for parents, teachers, librarians and others.
“People will be exposed to and inspired to do storytelling
themselves. This will create more understanding of the importance of
storytelling and its value for both cultural literacy and family engagement,”
said Valerie Tutson, executive director.
The Rhode Island Middle Passage Medallion Program will use its
grant to install medallions at sites related to the history of slavery.
“We will mark the places where stories of enslaved people
unfolded. This will make the broader story of the business of slavery
accessible to students, residents and tourist by creating new education
opportunities and greater public awareness,” said Charles Roberts, chairman.
The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center will use its
grant to support the academic success of students in its after-school and
summer camp programs. With only 4 percent of participants living above the
federal poverty line, the enrichment programs are designed to level the playing
field for the children the organization serves.
"We will provide more than 100 children with physical
fitness programs, music, theater, nutrition education and homework assistance
throughout the school year. Engaging experiential learning opportunities stem
the summer learning slide in our 8-week Summer Adventure Camp," said
Marilyn Warren, executive director.
The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most
comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. Working with
generous and visionary donors, the Foundation raised $38 million and awarded
$43 million in grants to organizations addressing the state’s most pressing
issues and needs of diverse communities in 2017. Through leadership,
fundraising and grantmaking activities, often in partnership with individuals
and organizations, the Foundation is helping Rhode Island reach its true
potential. For more information, visit rifoundation.org.
PHOTO CAPTION: Rhode Island Black Story Tellers and the
Women’s Resource Center won grants from the Rhode Island Foundation. (L-R)
Foundation CEO Neil D. Steinberg and Victoria Johnson of the Foundation’s
Newport County Fund Advisory Committee stand with Valerie Tutson of Rhode
Island Black Story Tellers and Neyda DeJesus of the Women’s Resource Center at