Thank you!


The CORE Org is beyond. Beyond grateful. Beyond overjoyed. Beyond ready to get to it with great thanks to the entities listed below for a RICHARGE grant that is allowing us to hire staff, order supplies, create new programming that blends SEL(social emotional learning) with arts integration, support students needing the hug of an arts class while building up self awareness through a creative process.

This grant will allow us to work with principals and district social workers with a teaching artist to create a template of learning through an arts integration. Please give a shout out to the entities above and know without them and their funding our creative choices would be limited. Registration for classes for FALL 2021 (October 19-December 2) will open on Friday, September 24, 2021 for all in person and online offerings.

Registration for Who Am I Anyway? grades 6-8 is open NOW as well as registration for our Youth Theater program that begins October 5, 2021. Fall into an arts world of amazingness!!

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Registration Open – Fall 2021 – Part 1

Today we kick off part one of our fall programs! Registration opens today for CORE Youth Theater (10-week musical theater and acting program) and for Who Am I Anyway? Look at Me! (our 14-week arts integration program at Tiverton Middle School for students in grades 6-8). Registration for ALL other after-school fall programs will open on September 24th! Register here:

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May is Show Us Your HeART Month!

Join us in showing us your heART throughout May for our first ever Show Us Your HeART Month!

Students will use their remaining art supplies from this year’s courses to create projects inspired by their feelings through wellness themes, which will be announced weekly. Students should submit a photo of their weekly art to to be featured on our social media pages:

At the end of the month, musician Abby Hennigan will conclude this event through a virtual live performance and share her story of trying times expressed through transformative art.

Our first wellness theme is Show Us Your Gratitude! Students should submit a photo of their art to by May 1st to be featured on our social media pages the following day. Express your gratitude in any creative medium that your heart desires! 

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Gloria Crist

President & Founder of The Core Organization

Posted Thursday, February 25, 2021 11:13 am

For over 30 years, the arts have sustained Gloria Crist. The North Carolina native saw a full career working in award- winning theater, film, and television, even developing a one-woman show in Las Vegas that became stand-up comedian Don Rickles’ opening act. Along the way, she’s earned the 2012 Best in RI award for acting, graduated with an MA in Holistic Counseling and CAGS in Expressive and Creative Arts from Salve Regina, and holds certificates and memberships with several mental health associations.

Founder of THE CORE ORGANIZATION, Gloria is intimately familiar with the doors arts education opens. “I have always believed that the arts play a vital role in the well-being of children, adolescents, and young adults and created The CORE Org. to see that each and every young person has access to the creative and performing arts,” she says. The non- profit is led by professional teaching artists and attached to extended learning programming through school districts to also provide social emotional learning with a heart-centered approach.

The varied programming allows students to, for instance, see a PPAC performance for the first time through Go See a Show, or take Core Youth Theater classes in performing and applied technical arts to put on their own production. In its sixth year, Who Am I Anyway? is an arts integrated social emotional program for middle schoolers that works through topics like bullying, gender identity, depression, and more.

“My job is pure joy,” says Gloria. “At the very center of what we do, and why, is helping young people thrive and become more aware of who they are, to be kind and compassionate, and to know deep down how crucial a role the arts play in owning who they are.” Gloria remains active in the entertainment scene today and expresses herself with her blog, TraumaDramaMama. “I am most proud of being a mom to my daughter,” she says. “Everything after that is a bonus.”

156 Highland Road, Tiverton • 401-749-1203 • @glosoul and @thecoreorg

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Congratulations to the winners of CORE’s 6th Annual Recycled ART & SCULPTURE Contest held at the Tiverton Library on Earth Day, April 22nd: Recycled Fox (4th Grader from Gaudet); Mr. B. Saves the Day (1st Grader from Fort Barton); and Castle and Rainbow Stables (4th Grader from Pocasset). Each artist received a $25 Amazon gift card and a package of wildflower seeds. Congrats and enjoy these pieces on display at The Tiverton Library through mid May!

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6th Annual Recycled ART & SCULPTURE Contest


Visit the Tiverton Library on Earth Day for an outdoor art walk and place a vote for your favorite piece of art/sculpture, which will also be displayed indoors around the library to allow for social distancing! Visitors will receive wildflower seed bookmarks to take home and may join in to scatter extra seeds in the library’s garden.

Celebrating Earth Day, Art and Recyling!

Contest Details:

***Prizes for 3 Winners: $25 Amazon gift cards

***Who can enter the contest?

Grades K-12 students in our partner school districts (Tiverton, Portsmouth, Middletown, Bristol, and Little Compton)

***How do I enter?

1st — Register by April 7th — emailing your name, grade, school, and contact phone number to

2nd –Submit your artwork beginning Saturday, April 10th through April 13th in person or online – two options:

1. Drop off for display at the Tiverton Library, 34 Roosevelt Avenue OR

2. Email two (2) clear photos of front and back of your artwork and email with your name/grade/school to


1. Only 1 entry per student. (Please include name, grade, school and contact information with your submission.)

2. Create a sculpture (abstract, animal, creature, etc.) or wearable art (jewelry, headwear, etc.) using only recycled materials. Recycled meaning materials that have been used at least once and would have otherwise ended up in your recycle bin or trash.

3. NO GLASS or materials that previously contained a hazardous substance are permitted to be used in recycled art piece. If you are unsure about something you may want to use please call CORE at (401)749-1203 or email us at

4. The only non-recycled materials permitted are glue, tape, screws and nails

5. Sculptures and wearable art pieces should be designed and built by students only.

6. Sculptures should not be so heavy or so large that it cannot be easily moved by 1 person. Size limit 3 feet x 3 feet.


–There will be a panel of three judges (TBA) and a public online vote for TWO winners based on best use/variety of materials and originality

.–KIDS’ CHOICE: A third winner will be chosen by a special vote taken by kids visiting the library IN PERSON on the day of the event – Earth Day, April 22nd. They will vote for their personal favorite!


The three winners of $25 Amazon gift cards will be announced at the end of the event on April 22nd.

Questions can be sent to

Now go create! Good luck! 

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