Roger Williams Middle School unveils new media arts room

Mayor Elorza Joins Community Partners Unveiling Media Arts Room at Roger Williams Middle School

Boston Celtics, Alex and Ani, and Providence Public Schools Team-Up to Build Cutting-Edge Art Learning Space in Providence School

– Mayor Jorge O. Elorza Tuesday joined members of the Boston Celtics to unveil a new media arts room in Roger Williams Middle School, a project made possible by a partnership between the Celtics' Shamrock Foundation, ALEX AND ANI | CHARITY BY DESIGN and the Providence Public Schools.

“The new media arts room at Roger Williams Middle School is a world-class facility that will help foster creative expression and prepare our students for the jobs of the future,” said Mayor Elorza. “I thank the Boston Celtics' Shamrock Foundation and Alex and Ani for their generous investment in our public schools. Creativity is ingrained in the fabric of our community and investments like this will ensure that Providence remains a leader in the arts for years to come.”

The kick-off began with a several guided projects in the new media art room, including an introduction to studio photography and an opportunity for students to design their own Alex and Ani charm. The event concluded with an all school assembly in the gym, where special guests—including Celtics' Forward Brandon Bass, Team President Rich Gotham, Legend Dana Barros and ALEX AND ANI | CHARITY BY DESIGN Vice President Nicki Maher—spoke to the students about overcoming obstacles, goal setting and finding their passion.

“It was so great to see how excited the kids were to get this new media arts room and to have us here to celebrate with them,” Boston Celtics Forward Brandon Bass said. “We stressed the importance of education and how hard work can help you accomplish anything!”

The media arts room features cutting-edge design and multimedia tools including six new iMac computers, digital cameras, a green-screen backdrop, studio lighting, a pottery wheel, art tables, and an 80-inch television monitor equipped with AppleTV.

(release from City of Providence)