Gamm Theatre awarded grant to expand public access to records

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A Warwick nonprofit organization has won a grant to expand public access to more than four decades of theater records. The funding is through the Herman H. Rose Civic, Cultural and Media Access Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation.

“By providing the means to support libraries and other civic, cultural and literacy-focused organizations, we can bolster their position as community centers that encourage discussion around important topics,” said philanthropist Herman Rose, who created the fund. Over the years, it has awarded more than $400,000 in grants.

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Gamm Theatre in Warwick received $2,500 to create an accessible archive of 34 years of stage productions and educational activities. The work will include processing and arranging video, photo and print materials for long-term storage, preservation and accessibility.

"Establishing an archival program will improve our current administrative and artistic activities by maximizing our existing resources and putting our legacy to work for the future,” said Oliver Dow, managing director. 

"By preserving and sharing our archives, The Gamm safeguards its historical records and becomes a permanent part of Rhode Island's theatrical heritage," he said. 

The Gamm is among 16 organizations to have won grants through the Rose Fund. The other projects include preparing a collection of women’s material for access at the University of Rhode Island, documenting the history of Latin Americans living in Rhode Island and digitizing the records of the R.I. Council for the Humanities.

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