(Providence, RI) The Manton Avenue Project (MAP) is proud to announce that plays from their most recent festival, “This Land is Our Land: the public park plays,” will be presented in a summer series as part of the 50th anniversary of the Roger Williams National Memorial. Performances will take place on several Saturdays starting in June: June 20th, July 11th, July 25th, August 8th, and August 22nd at 6:30pm. “This Land Is Our land” was a culminating festival of short plays written by young people in our program for first time playwrights — ten third-graders at William D’Abate Elementary School. For this program, The Manton Avenue Project partnered with the Roger Williams National Memorial. Now MAP will bring the plays to the park! The Manton Avenue Project’s (MAP) mission is to nurture the unique potential of kids living in Olneyville by unleashing their creative voices and uniting them with professional artists to create original theatre. Each of MAP’s out-of-school time programs is focused on playwriting education, mentorship, and bringing kids’ voices to the stage. “This Summer Series will be a culmination of an enriching afterschool class, where we’ve discussed the importance of public parks in our lives – what we do in parks with our families and friends, and how parks create community, memorialize and recognize history, and create better futures for our neighborhoods,” says Executive/Artistic Director Meg Sullivan. “Our goal is to bring kids’ voices to the public stage, valuing their creative voices, and through our ongoing and tuition-free playwriting programs, helping them reach their full potential as tomorrow’s creative thinkers and community leaders.” This program is supported by the National Park Foundation’s “Ticket to Ride” program. The Manton Avenue Project’s 2014-15 season and programs, are also supported by The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, a Citizens Bank Growing Communities grant, a Senate Legislative Grant from the State of Rhode Island, a grant from the Katherine Baker Charitable Trust, The United Way of RI, as well as many other individual and corporate donors.