The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities will honor The White Family, Silaphone Nhongvongsouthy, Edible Schoolyard at Green Animals Topiary Garden, and Joe Wilson, Jr. at the 2019 Celebration of the Humanities in October.

Edible Schoolyard at Green Animals Topiary Garden in Portsmouth, which is operated by The Preservation Society of Newport County, is among the Humanities Council Award Recipients, receiving the Innovation in the Humanities Award.

The details of this award;

“Recognizing the innovative implementation of the humanities by an organization to achieve a specific goal, this year’s Award is presented to the Edible Schoolyard at Green Animals Topiary Garden, a historic house and landscape in Portsmouth, RI, managed by the Preservation Society of Newport County. The Edible Schoolyard program teaches healthy nutrition and sustainability using garden activities consistent with Rhode Island Grade Span Expectations. Beginning in 2017 thanks to grant funding from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, the Edible Schoolyard program now serves more than 350 Aquidneck Island students annually. The program connects the humanities to food, the garden, and design while utilizing this historic property as a an outdoor classroom, teaching students the links between our environment and our social and cultural lives”.

The Celebration will take place Thursday, October 17, 2019, at the Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel. The occasion will gather nonprofit, government, legal, higher education, and business leaders, scholars, and community members from across the state. The awards presentation will be accompanied by a reception with hors d’oeuvres and an open wine bar provided by Campus Fine Wines, as well as a silent auction featuring unique humanities experiences.

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