The 3 Questions Series offers the chance to learn more about board members, grantees, and longtime supporters of Rhode Island Humanities. In the coming weeks, we will continue to share these conversations as a window into the people who make up our unique network.
Stephanie Basile (she/her/hers)
Founding Agent, Stephanie Basile Group
Lives in Saunderstown
As you join Rhode Island Humanities’ board, what do you find most interesting or exciting about the Council’s work? Or what are you hoping to learn more about through your board service?
I had heard of Rhode Island Humanities on and off over the years, mostly as it related to supporting cultural events that were near and dear to me. I am intrigued to learn how they determine how to provide the best support across a broad range of projects and am thrilled to have early knowledge of some of the new and exciting ideas and events that are on the horizon.
How do you interact with Rhode Island’s humanities and cultural sector personally and/or professionally? Can you share a favorite program, exhibit, project, performance, screening, or other humanities activity you’ve participated in recently and what you took away from that experience?
I have taken my son to the South County Museum over the years, never knowing that the Humanities Council had supported some of the museum’s work. It made me realize how vital Rhode Island Humanities is to the everyday things that we do, which enabled me to spend quality time with my family. It may sound trivial, but access to a local cultural site with an interesting history and beautiful open space – some things don’t have to be grand to be special.
What is it about living in Rhode Island that you find compelling?
Rhode Island is such a tiny state, and most people know us for our beaches and ocean, but we are so much more than that. We are the thriving Federal Hill, the beautiful East Side Of Providence with world-class education, and the gorgeous mansions in Newport. A place where everyone knows everyone – they need a 5-minute talk to find their common connection. I travel the state daily as a realtor and am always amazed at the new towns and neighborhoods I find. There is so much to see in our little state, and I love it.
Learn more about Stephanie and other board members by reading their biographies here.