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CULTURE • COMMUNITY • ARTS EDUCATION
The Blackstone River Theatre (BRT), a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit cultural arts center where the music, dance and folk arts traditions of the Blackstone River Valley come to life, celebrated its 13th anniversary in September, 2013. With an emphasis on the ethnic groups that settled in the Blackstone Valley, BRT presents weekly world and roots music concerts, arts classes for adults and children, and special events on a year-round basis. Blackstone River Theatre is proud to have been given the 2013 ARISTA award at the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council's annual fall dinner (Achievement in Renewable Initiative and Sustainable Tourism Award.) We are also very excited to announce that the Town of Cumberland has renewed BRT's lease for another 15-year term!

BRT is dedicated to supporting, promoting and developing the arts for our community and its artists by creating awareness, and providing both educational and performance opportunities. As part of our Heritage Arts Studio initiative, BRT pursues arts education outreach by offering classes and workshops at the theatre. This school for the traditional arts allows the local community to discover or reconnect with traditional art forms and become participants in our area's rich arts heritage.

Since re-opening in late 2000, BRT has now seen more than 89,000 audience members attend more than 1,800 events. BRT also rents out its space for private, corporate and nonprofit functions and maintains a rotating art gallery showcasing works by local visual artists. In BRT's role as a community center, we have hosted adult ESL classes, winetasting fundraisers, and educational, preservation and environmental forums.

The 4th annual Blackstone River Theatre Summer Solstice Festival will return to Diamond Hill Park on June 21, 2014! Last year's Blackstone River Theatre Summer Solstice Festival was presented on June 22 to more than 1,200 audience members! Blackstone River Theatre presented its first Solstice Festival in June, 2011 and also programmed Celtic Festivals at Diamond Hill Park in 2007 and 2008.

"The Blackstone River Theatre may be the best place to see a show in Rhode Island"- Rick Massimo, Music Editor Providence Journal

"...the Corridor's premier institution for promoting the traditional arts."- John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor 2003 Annual Report

" ...one of the greatest venues to hear live music in this country!" - Award-winning blues artist Duke Robillard (who recorded a live DVD at BRT in 2004)

"Our fedoras are off to ye, BRT. The fully renovated and beautiful sounding venue has done an amazing job for eight years. Despite the recent economic downturn, the hall had its most successful five-month stint yet and looking at their short-term agenda, there's a lot to like." - 2008 Providence Phoenix

"At the Blackstone River Theatre, the four-year renovation effort has resulted in the most comfortable hall and best acoustics that I have ever experienced for a folk show." - Mark Flanagan, The Sun Chronicle