Portsmouth, RI, during its delegation’s visit to Portsmouth England to attend the Lord Mayor making ceremony in May 2013, started a dialogue with Portsmouth UK leaders on the potential for a cooperative effort between Portsmouth England and Portsmouth, RI. This evolved into a “summit” of the Lord Mayor with the Mayors of Portsmouth NH, Portsmouth, VA and the President of the Portsmouth RI Town Council, during Portsmouth RI’s 375th celebration weekend Aug 27 through Sept 1, on cooperation that would involve the four Portsmouths of the Atlantic. A Memorandum, called the Portsmouth Atlantic Compact, was formulated and is being sent around to the four municipality leaders for signature.
The Compact recognizes the commitment of our four communities to work together in a voluntary manner to “develop closer ties among our four namesake communities with the goal of enhancing educational, economic, and cultural opportunities for the citizens of all four communities”.
The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth England has provided contacts for three High Schools in her city as potential correspondents with a High School in each of our three American communities. Here in Portsmouth, RI our local High School volunteers are working with their counterparts in the UK to share a common High School student arts project aimed at students expressing their version of “My Portsmouth” with a collaborative show in the UK beginning June 14, 2014. Rose Escobar, Portsmouth RI High School Arts Teacher, is leading this High School effort, th ePortsmouth ARTS (PARTS) project described below.
The Portsmouth ARTS (PARTS) Project
The intial cooperative project has been developed by the Portsmouth Arts Guild by Portsmouth High School Art Teacher Rose Escobar.
For more information go the Portsmouth Atlantic PARTS Page