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URI seeks participants for statewide Wall of Hope Project

KINGSTON, R.I. -- March 18, 2002 -- Members of the University of Rhode Island community are asking South County residents to join them in expressing their feelings about the September 11th tragedy by contributing a painted tile to the statewide Wall of Hope project. On April 15-19, tile-painting sites will be set up around the URI Kingston campus where students, staff, faculty and community members can design a tile with their personalized visions of hope.

Organized by the Providence Chapter of the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ), the Wall of Hope is a community building project which gives participants an outlet to reflect upon and express feelings about the terrorist attacks. On the one-year anniversary of the tragedy -- September 11, 2002 -- 10,000 tiles painted by people throughout Rhode Island will be unveiled as a permanent display at a location to be announced.

The Feinstein Center for Service Learning at URI is organizing the on-campus, community-wide tile painting. The University expects to contribute at least 1,000 painted tiles to the statewide project. Each tile costs $10. This money is tax deductible and goes to the NCCJ.
"Contributions can also be made by raising or donating funds to sponsor tiles for others," said Merith Weisman-Ross, coordinator of the event, noting that no one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

Anyone interested in hosting or booking a painting session for their program, department, organization, club, class or group, please contact the Feinstein Center for Service Learning at 874-7422 or

Checks should be made out to the University of Rhode Island with "Wall of Hope" in the comment line. Cash will also be accepted.

Participants can bring a family member or a friend, but no children under eight years old. Students and faculty may also organize a painting event with their fraternity, organizations, or class.

"All supplies are provided and you do not have to be an artist to participate," said Weisman-Ross.

The painting sessions at URI are scheduled as follows:

Monday, April 15, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Memorial Union, Atrium 2
Tuesday, April 16, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Memorial Union, Atrium 1 & 2
Wednesday, April 17, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Memorial Union, Atrium 2
Wednesday, April 17, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Studio G, Fine Arts
Wednesday, April 17, Noon-3p.m. Great Room
Thursday, April 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. SECU, Memorial Union
Thursday, April 18, TBA Keaney Gym
Thursday, April 18, TBA, TBA
Friday, April 19, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Memorial Union Atrium 1&2
Friday, April 19, Noon-3 p.m. Fine Arts, F wing 103

The Feinstein Center for Service Learning promotes the integration of community service with academic study in order to enhance student learning and involvement with communities and agencies.

The National Conference for Community and Justice is a human relations organization dedicated to fighting bias, bigotry and racism in America. NCCJ encourages understanding and respect among all races, religions and cultures through advocacy, conflict resolution and education.

The URI Providence Campus will hold a tile painting session for members of the Shepard building on March 22.

For Information: Merith Weisman-Ross, 874-7422, Kelly Thomas, 874-2568, Jan Wenzel, 874-2116, Stephanie Paquette, 874-2116

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