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Connie Grosch
Connie Grosch
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Tracking changes to our shoreline
By Connie Grosch / August 24, 2015
The R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) projects that sea level in Rhode Island could rise 3 to 5 feet or more within 100 years – enough to engulf local waterfronts as we know them today.

Association of Former Legislators honors five students for public service
By Connie Grosch / August 6, 2015
Five members of the Class of 2015 are headed to college with scholarships in recognition of their dedication and contributions to public service.

Staying healthy in a new homeland
By Connie Grosch / June 25, 2015
The Center for Southeast Asians was founded in 1987 “to promote the prosperity, heritage and leadership of Southeast Asians in Rhode Island.” We help them promote healthy lives through education, outreach, and enrollment in health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Workforce development full STEAMM ahead
By Connie Grosch / May 27, 2015
Beth Cunha, co-founder and executive director of CDL, believes that education and workforce development go together, that they must work as partners. The paths being developed by educators and business leaders today include tracks that do not necessarily lead to college. “Let’s face it,” says Cunha, “some kids are not ready to go to college and that’s okay. Let’s look at the pathways and training structures that support them.”

Supporting smart approaches to education
By Connie Grosch / March 26, 2015
Schools with high concentrations of low-income, urban students often have less successful educational outcomes. We are committed to changing that.

The MacColl Johnson Fellowships: Celebrating Ten Years
By Connie Grosch / January 23, 2015
With the rapidly approaching announcement of the winners of this year’s MacColl Johnson Fellowships – now in its 10th year - we talk with six of the 27 composers, writers and visual artists who have been awarded the fellowships over the past decade. Hear what they have to say about its impact on their work and careers.

Patty and Melvin Alperin First Generation Scholarship Fund
By Connie Grosch / January 5, 2015
Patty and Melvin Alperin First Generation Scholarship Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation

Providence CityArts celebratory flash party
By Connie Grosch / November 14, 2014
Providence CityArts celebrates its National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award with a flash party bus tour with a stop at Providence City Hall to thank the Rhode Island Foundation for its support.

Keeping traditions alive
By Connie Grosch / October 30, 2014
A joint effort between the Rhode Island Foundation, the RI Council for the Humanities, and the RI State Council on the Arts, the Expansion Arts Program focuses on small and emerging arts and humanities organizations run by and serving communities of color.

Cutting the red tape at DEM
By Connie Grosch / October 17, 2014
"This is the kind of momentum and engagement we need to move Rhode Island forward." - Neil Steinberg

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