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Summer at New Urban Arts 2015

Summer 2015 at New Urban Arts was phenomenal and we couldn’t have done it without your support!  Thanks for believing in the power of art to transform lives and communities!

Our summer Art Internship programs provide low-income high school aged students in Providence structured art education opportunities.  This year we worked with 25 students in three programs – the Art Inquiry, Untitlement Project, and Providence Prints.   Students committed to a rigorous schedule and received stipends on successful completion of their programs.  We provide participation stipends so that low-income youth aren’t forced to choose between enrichment and employment.  Please join us on September 11th for the opening reception of our Summer Art exhibition.  

Art Inquiry:  Creative Compassion and the Art of Kindness

Ten students explored compassion and kindness in art and the role artist play in promoting kindness, compassion and understanding through their art work.  Students worked with mentors Caitlin Cali and Eva Joly to explore Providence, meet artist and make work around the theme of compassion and kindness.  Special thanks to Julia Gualtieri for her advice and support as our Scholar in Residence for the Art Inquiry program.

Many thanks to all our visiting artists including Hollis Mickey, Victoria Ruiz, John Risica, Geraldine McPhee, The Providence Athenaeum, Alison Rutch & Resources for Human Development, Sycamore Street Garden, 186 Carpenter Street, RISD 2nd Life, Big Nazo, Iyengar Yoga, Little Free Library, Free Store, Mimi Chrzanowski, and Dailen Williams.



 The Untitlement Project

With the guidance of artist mentors Alex Algoro and Eric Axelman, ten students explored issues of identity, including sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.  Thank you to visiting artists Victor Terry, Christopher Johnson, Ron Lewis, Muggs Fogarty, and all the couples who participated in our Relationship Panel.

The Untitlement Project received funding from the Equity Action Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation for funding this important work.  Look for an Untitlement Resource Guide on the exchange section of our website this fall. 



 Providence Prints

Five students spent the summer studying the history and culture of printmaking in Providence.  Under the guidance of printmaker Mimi Chrzanowski students visited print shops, experimented with various printmaking techniques, and became screen printing ninjas! 

Thank you to everyone who visited or opened your doors, especially Ian Cozzens, Julia Gualtieri and the AS220 Printshop, Pricilla Carrion and Atlantic Mills multi-use studio space, Christina Alderman & Britnay Salsbury at the RISD Museum, Lois Herrada and DWRI Letterpress, Alison Nitkiewicz, Dirt Palace, and the Providence Public Library’s   Special Collections.