The Jane Pickens Theater & Event Center is a dynamic part of Newport’s rich arts and culture scene. Friends of the Jane Pickens Theater is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization established in 2007 dedicated to keeping the arts & culture alive in Washington Square.
The approved goals of this organization include:
- Support programming that will allow the long-term preservation of the Jane Pickens Theater & Event Center as a historic treasure for the citizens of Newport and State of RI. Enhance the quality of life through the ability to attract and support cultural programs and arts initiatives.
- Encourage the eagerness to learn for all ages and nurture love of film
- Provide educational opportunities for Rhode Island students. Fund movie-based experiences for local schools to complement their curriculum and to bring reading assignments alive through the use of film and other experiences held at the theater
The goals of this organization are currently being focused on the educational outreach within the Newport community. Our primary objective is to continue to build a close alliance with our neighbors at Thompson School. Friends has funded several film events a year for up to 250 students. And they can walk to The JPT so no expense for bus fees.
In 2013 the Friends of the JPT worked with a group of sixth grade teachers at Thompson School to develop what is now an annual documentary filmmaking event, held at The JPT. newportFILM also partners with us to support this event. The filmmaking is now a part of the school curriculum. The sixth graders work in teams to make films on topics that discuss issues in our community. We host an awards night that is our version of the “academy awards”. The mayor and prominent business people present the awards. The students dress up, walk the red carpet and have their photos taken on a step & repeat.
Our board members are currently Rob Panoff of Social Enterprise Greenhouse, Stephen Kirby of Kirby Commerical and Kathleen Staab of Jane Pickens Theater LLC. Our goal in 2017 will be to expand the size of our board and the expansion of this effort.
Friends of the Jane Pickens Theater is an IRS approved 501(3)(c). Your contribution is tax-deductible.