Shop Safely

Local grocery stores are setting aside some of their hours of operation to be used exclusively for those most vulnerable to COVID-19 — seniors and those with underlying medical conditions. These hours are the first in the day after the stores have been cleaned so that these vulnerable populations can be in the safest possible […]

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RI restaurants ask help and compassion from state government as COVID-19 shuts them down

A group of four independent food service operators sent a letter to RI Gov. Gina Raimondo on March 17, desperately asking for help from state government: “The COVID-19 crisis, and the necessary government-mandated gathering restrictions, [have] shuttered most of us. Those still left open are seeing as much as a 75% decrease in sales. While […]

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Calling All Artists: Motif will display your work in a virtual gallery

Art brings community together and promotes positive mental health, and we want to encourage community and creativity in this time of social distancing. We are asking visual artists, musicians, creative writers, actors, poets and artists of all kinds to submit their original content to our new virtual gallery! #MotifVirtualGallery is a compilation page that showcases […]

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Front Lines: The important role of independent journalism in a crisis

Bill Bartholomew is host of The Bartholomewtown podcast and frequent Motif contributor. As the coronavirus crisis has unfolded, he’s stood shoulder-to-shoulder with other Motif reporters and independent journalists at Governor Raimondo’s daily press conferences (at least until the governor required reporters to stand 3 feet apart). We recently talked to him about the role of […]

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Okay, ‘Shroomers: Fantastic Fungi documentary celebrates all things mushroom

NOTE: Jane Pickens Theater is currently closed for public health reasons. Interested folks can go to the Fantastic Fungi website to purchase or rent the film so they can be part of the conversation on March 26 and livestream with the director. Aquidneck Community Table and the Jane Pickens Theater and Event Center in Newport […]

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Artistic Expression: This pandemic is hitting artists where it hurts

Performance cancellations, while necessary, are having a very real impact on the income of local artists. On this page, we’ll compile a list of resources and fun stuff to help artists connect, support each other and express themselves. To add to this list, email Find a list of free resources, opportunities and financial relief […]

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