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URI to present World Voices, World Visions program this summer

Media Contact: Jhodi Redlich, 401-874-4500

KINGSTON, R.I. -- June 8, 2005 -- The University of Rhode Island's Multicultural Center will hold a week-long program to bring music and dance from around the world to the Kingston Campus. The third annual World Voices, World Visions folk music and dance camp will be held from Sunday, July 17 through Friday, July 22.

With over 20 performers, instructors and artists in residence, the week offers instruction and fun for individuals and families of all ages. Adults and older teens can work with and learn about 12 different instruments, while children ages 5 to 13 participate in their own "World Village" program of music, dance, crafts, story-telling, and more. Both commuter and on-campus residential options are available.

Headlining the week will be leading folk music performers and instructors including: Banjo-guitarist Ken Perlman of Leominster, Mass.; folk singers/song writers Kim and Reggie Harris of Philadelphia; string instrumentalist Robin Bullock of Paris; and African dancer, drummer and InterPlay leader Masankho Kamsis Bando of Oakland, Calif.

The children's program will be lead by educator Clarissa Uttley of Lincoln and storyteller Valerie Tutson of Providence. Evenings offer open sing alongs followed by Salsa, African, and New England Contra dance, late-night drumming and an old-time Jam for all.

"The arts are a way to help bridge cultures and to explore our own identities. Actually practicing the arts of other cultures narrows the distance between cultures and helps us understand the roots of our identities," said Melvin Wade, director of the Multicultural Center.

Rates for the week range from $375 for adults and older teen commuters to $575 including lodging, board and admission to all classes and events. For children ages 5-13, the fee is $175 for commuters and $350 for residential participants.

For a complete schedule, registration and more information, call the Multicultural Center at 401-874-2851 or visit the website at www.uri.edu/mcc/WorldVoicesWorldVisions/2005.