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Nobidade TV and Riverzedge Arts Announce New Funding from RI DOT for Education and Outreach in Cape Verdean Creole
Wednesday, January 20, 2016: Local media group Nobidade TV, and art and design social enterprise Riverzedge Arts, are pleased to announce Rhode Island Department of Transportation – Office on Highway Safety has awarded the partners $40,000 in funds for multi media Cape Verdean Creole outreach to prevent driving while impaired.
Funds will support “Cape Verdean Communities Don’t Drive Impaired: 4 Media, 3 Cities, 2 Partners, 1 Message,” which uses a combination of video storytelling, branded giveaways and fact cards to raise awareness and promote behavior change among Providence, Pawtucket and Central Falls Cape Verdean residents, neighborhoods and entertainment venues.
RI is home to the second largest number of Cape Verdeans living in any of the United States, but with the highest percentage rate. Massachusetts boasts higher numbers, but not higher rates relative to the size of the overall population. As Luis Lopes, Founder and Director of Nobidade TV, points out, “For the first time that we know of, the Cape Verdean community is going to benefit from investment from the state of Rhode Island in Cape Verdean Creole, and we are proud that Nobidade TV, with our partner Riverzedge, could make this happen.”
For diverse urban core populations, recent research on RI suggests due to higher chances of getting stopped, there is added need for education to improve decision making to prevent driving related offenses. Overall, alcohol impaired driving causes 38% of all fatal crashes in RI, a higher rate than regional and national averages; and alcohol related accidents cost more than $153,000,000 in public funds in 2012, the last year data were compiled.
This critical step by RI DOT – OHST is worthy of celebration, according to the grant partners, who aim to prevent “pain, suffering, loss and the long-term effects on the outcomes of those involved on all sides of any alcohol impaired incident” among a vulnerable population.
NobidadeTV is a Cape Verdean television program that informs the community and promotes Cape Verdean language and culture through artistic expression, music, art, poetry, history, and “cultural pluralism.”
Riverzedge Arts helps individuals and communities reach their full potential through art, design, and creative problem-solving and provides high impact arts, social enterprise and expanded learning programs and services to at-high risk students and schools in Woonsocket and throughout the state.
RI Department of Transportation – Office on Highway Safety, working every day to deliver a safe, modern, and efficient transportation system for Rhode Island as well as the people served by that system.