Northern Rhode Island Council of the Arts helps to promote
all types of art and culture in the northern part of the state.

Fleur de Lis

NRICA Arts Scholarships and Arts Contest

was held at the

Fresco Italiano - A Night of the Arts

 Saturday, June 22nd
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

St. Ann Arts & Cultural Center

84 Cumberland Street, Woonsocket, RI


The NRICA and the St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center saluted the arts and artists
at an Italian dinner under the beautiful frescoes.

Congratulations to our scholarship winners


Jamie Brannon, of the Beacon High School for the Arts, Jack Lawhead Scholarship for the Arts

Claudia Desrosiers, of Woonsocket High School, Ray Nolan Scholarship for the Arts

Nathaniel Gomes, Cumberland High School, Northern Rhode Island Council of the Arts Scholarship for the Arts


Congratulations to our art contest winners


G'ovanni Collazo (from Woonsocket High School, First Prize)

Sid Lapore (from Cumberland High School, Second Prize)

Rachael Bonner (from Cumberland High School, Third Prize)

Katelyn Callahan (from Woonsocket High School, Fourth Prize)

Jayda Grimaldi and Jasmine Washington (both from Woonsocket High School, Honorable Mention)


Pictured (L-R): Nathaniel Gomes, Sharon Charette (NRICA President), Jamie Brannon, Claudia Desrosiers, G'ovanni Collazo, Sid Lapore, Jayda Grimaldi


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Fleur de Lis

Thank you to everyone who attended our Coronation and Mardi Gras!


Fleur de Lis

Tammy Irwin Receives NRICA Award

Tammy Irwin (right), receiving the award from Sharon Charette, NRICA Chair


The Northern Rhode Island Council of the Arts (NRICA) presented Tammy Irwin with its Annual Appreciation Award at its recent annual dinner meeting held at St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center.

The award recognizes a person or organization whose arts-related activities and interests have improved the community. Tammy Irwin, owner of Timeless Antiques on Main Street, has assisted the organization for a long time, serving as a ticket outlet and helping the NRICA with publicity for events.

Ms. Irwin has been a part of the NRICA since 2017, in her first year, reigning as a Mardi Gras Princess in NRICA’s royal court and continuing that reign the following year. Using her well-earned experience as a queen contestant, she became an NRICA member and began taking the lead and co-chairing the Queen’s Coronation Committee ever since then.

Ms. Irwin has been designing and donating beautiful gift baskets for raffles at NRICA’s events. She has also used her design talents to help beautify the group’s floats and cars for the Autumnfest Parades.

Since 2021, she has been Secretary of the organization. Ms. Irwin is also a member of many local organizations that help promote the city of Woonsocket.

She was presented this award in recognition of her contributions that help the Northern Rhode Island Council of the Arts accomplish its mission.

During the meeting, the group also discussed plans for the 29th Mardi Gras that will be held at St. Ann Arts & Cultural Center on Feb. 10, 2024. The Mardi Gras Queen’s Contest is underway, and the Mardi Gras Queen of 2024 will be crowned on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2024, at the Italian Workingmen’s Club.