A vacation is so much more than a trip. In Providence, R.I., visitors can learn new skills or pursue long burning passions and even discover new ones. This spring and through the summer, the "Creative Capital" is providing travelers with acting classes, tours and musical workshops, and much more this year. After all, a vacation always ends, but learning never does. Here is just a sample of some the education offerings found in Providence:

Young Actors Spring Session; March 7 - May 2 (Grades K to 3)
Kids can prepare for future stardom with classes touching on scene study, playwriting and improvisation at Trinity Repertory. Courses are taught by Trinity Repertory Company's education staff and teaching artists. Each session culminates with a performance open to friends and family. Ten courses are priced at $175 to $225 depending on age. For more information, visit www.trinityrep.com/education/student_programs/young_actors_studio.php.

Blues Guitar Workshop; Saturdays, March 3 - April 7
Visitors can learn to emote their struggles with a crash course on blues guitar at Roots Café. The class will focus on strumming techniques and musical theory. The goal of the course is to create an ongoing learning community of guitarists who will promote the blues as an evolving tradition. The Blues Guitar Workshop consists of six classes with the final day being a performance recital. The program fee is $120. For more information, visit www.rootscafeprovidence.com/workshops/.

Discover Your Passion Workshop; Saturday, May 5
Visitors can re-ignite their passion at the delightful Hotel Providence. The luxury boutique hotel is offering a series of classes exploring various outlets for your creativity and providing some satiation for your thirst for knowledge. This month, the hotel takes the mystery out of meat with Ann Marie Bouthillette, owner of Blackbird Farm. This class will cover preparing cuts of sustainable meat, complete with side dishes from seasonal ingredients. The cost is $99 per person. For more information, visit www.hotelprovidence.com/courses/.

Food For Thought; Various Dates
Providence has burnished a bit of a reputation as a culinary hot spot. Home to some of the nation's most talented and creative chefs - and the nation's foremost culinary educator Johnson & Wales University - where better to season your skills than the "Creative Capital?" Johnson & Wales offers highly-sought cooking classes, starting at $80. Local chef Walter Potenza offers an array of cooking classes from the kid-friendly on up. Combination walking-eating food tours are sprinkled throughout the city, lending distinctive flavors to a visit. For more information, visit www.jwu.edu/content.aspx?id=17882.

The Providence Steelyard; Various Dates
Guests can steel their resolution to learn a new skill at the artsy and educational Providence Steelyard. Families can pick up their tools or learn a new trade at this industrial space turned community arts center. With classes on jewelry making, ceramics, glass and even blacksmithing and welding (sample class: "Zombie Proofing 101: Fabricating Window and Door Guards"), there's a new creative and crafty you waiting to come out. For more information, visit www.thesteelyard.org/.


~ The Creative Capital ~
Providence is a vibrant and energetic destination boasting some of the country's finest educational institutions paired with a pulsating artistic landscape. The city's history of innovation, dating back to its founding father Roger Williams, drives a strong sense of place and encourages residents and visitors alike to view Providence as a leading arts and cultural destination. Providence seamlessly blends the urban sophistication of a big city with the graceful charm of a small town replete with internationally-acclaimed restaurants and a thriving arts scene. For client press releases and downloadable photography, media may access www.louhammond.com. Media can also visit http://www.facebook.com/#!/louhammondpr or follow on Twitter @LouHammondPR for the latest client news.