Field Trip Options

ARTS-BASED FIELD TRIPS

The following is a brief description of some of the Rhode Island organizations, in alphabetical order, that offer arts-based field trips.   Visit the website listed or contact the organization for more information. Your Big Yellow School Bus field trip may include, but is not limited to the offerings below.

FirstWorks (Statewide Field Trips) connects world-class artists with schools throughout Rhode Island.  The FirstWorks focus is on arts-education, arts-creation, and helping students build connections between art, academic subjects, grade-level standards, and their lives.  We chart pathways to the future through exposure to cultural "firsts."  We offer workshops, lectures, demonstrations, and master classes with world-class, global performing artists.  Contact Kathleen McAreavey, Education & Community Coordinator (kathleenm@first-works.org) 270 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903 (401-421-4278).  www.first-works.org

Mixed Magic Theatre (Pawtucket, RI) offers adaptations of classic literature, as well theatre and performance representing outstanding drama, historic events or people, music, spoken word, and original work in support of theatre and English Language Arts standards. Mixed Magic Theatre offers performances and post-show discussions.  Contact Ricardo Pitts-Wiley (pittswiley.ricardo@gmail.com) Mixed Magic Theatre, 560 Mineral Spring Avenue., Pawtucket, RI (401-305-7333).  www.mmtri.com

Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School (Providence & East Providence, RI) is a combined professional orchestra and community music school offering performances, educational outreach, and private music lessons to the public.  Field trip opportunities may include musical performances, workshops, and residencies for students of all ages.  Contact Jacqueline Pina, Community Partnerships Manager (jpina@riphil.org) and (401-248-7008).  www.riphil.org

RISD Museum (Providence, RI) offers opportunities to engage with a wide range of objects from ancient artifacts to contemporary design, presented in permanent collections and temporary exhibitions.  Docent-led guided visits involve students in close-looking, analysis, and critical thinking regarding works of art and design.  Self-guided visits for older students give teachers the opportunity to explore curricular connections independently, to research an assignment, or to sketch and write in the galleries.  Field trip visits for K-12 include one-hour visits offering a relevant tour theme.  Self-guided tours led by  teachers, themselves, also can be scheduled or combined with a guided visit.  Contact Visitor Services Staff (tours@risd.edu) for information about admission costs, available times, and guidelines for guided and self-guided visits.  Online booking at risd.mu/1oy98dC  For questions about about specific content of tours, contact Mariani Lefas-Tetenes, Educator for School & Teacher Programs at mlefast@risd.edu or call 401-454-6552. http://risdmuseum.org/

Slater Mill (Pawtucket, RI) offers interpreter-led tours of National Historic Landmark 1793 Slater Mill, the 1758 Sylvanus Brown House, and the 1810 Wilkinson Mill-Machine Shop and Water Wheel.  Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution in America, Slater Mill shares the impact of design in early industry and traditional arts in domestic life and local economy.  Field trip visits may include presentation of the fiber arts of spinning, weaving, and knitting, as well as the work of Rhode Island's contemporary Guilds devoted to these traditional art forms. Arts exhibitions and performances are scheduled as part of  general public programming at various times.  For school tour admission fees and to book Slater Mill tours, contact Joyce Neves, Slater Mill Office Administrator (jneves@slatermill.org) 67 Roosevelt Avenue, Pawtucket, RI 02860 (401-725-8638 x100).  www.slatermill.org

Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Center (Woonsocket, RI) is a 1,088 seat performing arts venue that showcases plays, musicals, concerts, comedies, opera, ballet.  Field trip opportunities may include 10-12 performances per season.  Additionally, theatre education classes, theatre summer camp, and after school enrichment programs are offered.  Contact Diane Landry (diane@stadiumtheatre.com), Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Center, 28 Monument Square, Woonsocket, RI 02895 (401-762-4545 x2). http://www.stadiumtheatre.com/ 

Tomaquag Museum (Exeter, RI) is a native American museum focused on Southern New England tribes.  Tomaquag Museum highlights the Narragansett and Niantic Peoples with historical, traditional arts, and contemporary collections shared through interactive tours. Field trip exhibit tours are guided by Native cultural educators and include activities such as music, social dances, museum scavenger hunt, traditional games, nature hikes, craft workshops, films, and storytelling presentations.  Field trips can be specialized to meet your content needs, Arts & RI History GSE's, and CCSS with follow-up resources for your classroom.  Contact Loren Spears (Lorenspears@tomaquagmuseum.org and 401-491-9063).  www.tomaquagmuseum.org

Trinity Repertory Company (Providence, RI) is a Tony-Award-winning theatre that offers a diverse array of productions for every generation.  Field trips include Project Discovery Student Matinees, on-site theater workshops, backstage tours and more.  Contact Matthew Tibbs, School Programs Manager (401-521-1100 x 220 or mtibbs@trinityrep.com)   http://www.trinityrep.com/