Mary Lee Partington (Vice Chair)

RI Arts Learning Network/RI Arts Passport-School Coordinator

Mary Lee is a founding member of Pendragon and the programs of The Blackstone River Theatre. She built her performing arts life by creating original songs based on stories of the Blackstone River Valley. Immigrants and exiles take center stage in musical dramas that tell the story of the making of America. Partington twice gained “Best Female Vocalist” honors in the Providence Phoenix Best Music Poll identifying her voice as a powerful vehicle for songs old and new that represent tradition in the making. Passionate about the work of schools, she was honored in 2002 by the National Council of Teachers of English as one of the top 12 secondary English teachers in the U.S. Having retired from the classroom, Partington continues her arts and education efforts through the RI Arts Learning Network, the Pawtucket Arts Festival and the Labor & Ethnic Heritage Festival. Her most recent service in the cultural community was to the RI Council for the Humanities (RICH) Board of Directors.