­čî▒Premiere ‘Biennale Noire’ at RISD + Airbnb Tugboat in Providence

Welcome back, Providence! Here’s everything you need to know to get this Friday off to a good start.

First, today’s weather forecast:

Not as cool. High: 59 Low: 40.

Here are the top five stories from today in Providence:

  1. Speaking of the black experience, the first-ever “Black Biennial” takes center stage at RISD’s Gelman Student Exhibitions Gallery, now until April 10. The exhibition is a student-curated exhibition for black artists, which features works by 80 artists. It’s the brainchild of RISD senior Rey London, who saw the need for an inclusive space where artists of color could showcase their art. (Rhode Island Monthly)
  2. Andre Biggs, 32, was arrested on Wednesday after Massachusetts State Police said he stole a van from Boston Children’s Hospital. and led police in a chase on Interstate 95. He was charged with stealing a motor vehicle. (Providence patch)
  3. Looking for a floating Airbnb rental? Look no further than Providence Marina, where a tugboat that once served as a Canadian Coast Guard vessel now offers cozy overnight stays. (www.wbsm.com)
  4. A bus used by the West End Intruders football team was found on fire Wednesday afternoon at the West End Community Center. Two minors were apprehended and a third was identified in the incident. (WPRI.com)
  5. The deadline is fast approaching for the $10,000 grants for community projects from the Rhode Island Foundation. March 31 is the last day to apply for any of the grants that are available to local libraries, schools, neighborhood groups and nonprofit organizations to fund proposals that bring people together as a community. (What’s newNewp)

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  • Brown University: “A team of journalism and computer science students from Brown University has produced a series of stories that provide new insights into the opioid epidemic and its human toll in Rhode Island.” (instagram)
  • Providence Police Department: “Congratulations to Major Oscar Perez on his recent graduation from the prestigious FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia!” (Facebook)
  • Providence Animal Rescue League: “Mark your calendars and save the date! Friday, April 1st is 401 Giving Day! It’s Rhode Island Community-Wide Giving Day! Your donation will support our animal care programs, adoption and community support.Facebook)
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ÔÇö Karena Garry

About me: I am a graduate of URI and have been a community journalist for most of the past 20 years. I love Providence and am honored to be part of Patch.com. You can reach me at; [email protected]

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