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Phone: 401-874-2116 Fax: 401-874-7872

Media Contact: Jan Wenzel, 401-874-2116

URI’s Multicultural Center to pilot
summer camp in music, dance, creative arts

KINGSTON, R.I. -- June 16, 2003 -- Ever have a hankering to fiddle with the fiddle or pluck a banjo? How about singing, dancing, or creating some art? The University of Rhode Island’s Multicultural Center is offering people of all ages an opportunity to do all that and more at its first World Voices, World Visions camp. The camp will be held on URI’s Kingston campus from July 20 to 26 and is designed to enhance understanding and appreciation of the diverse streams of global culture, identity, and community through exposure to and participation in traditional arts and public dialogue. The camp is sponsored by URI with support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

"The mission of World Voices, World Visions is to help participants understand what it means to be a global citizen and to develop a sense of responsibility for each other beyond the limits of family and nation," said Melvin Wade, director of the Multicultural Center. "The folk arts allow us to understand our own identities. And as we become more secure in our own identities, we can become influenced by others and build bridges."

Singer songwriter Bob Franke, whose most recent CDs include Long Roads, Short Visits and The Desert Questions, will lead participants in song most nights. Tom Paxton says of Franke: "I always think of Bob as if Emerson and Thoreau had picked up acoustic guitars and gotten into songwriting. There’s touches of Twain and Buddy Holly in there, too." Well-known artists such as Peter, Paul, and Mary, Dave McCutcheon, and Sally Rogers have sung and recorded Franke’s music.

Arts will offer workshops in blues, Native American, Appalachian old time music, New England contra dance, African-American dance, songwriting, singing, creative dramatics, storytelling, and African cloth making.

Children ages 5 to 12 will be offered a separate arts program called "World Village" designed especially for their age group.

People can participate in the camp by either staying in residential housing, commuting to camp to each day, or by attending part-time by taking one, two, or three classes. Rates and fees vary accordingly. For example, people who want to stay on campus for the camp would be charged $450, which includes housing, all classes, materials, food, and events. Someone who wants to enroll in one class would be charged $150.

For more details or to purchase tickets, please go to or call Mailee Kue at 401-874-2851.

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