Creative Providence Studios

The city’s Creative Providence initiative will be bringing a number of studios to the city over the next couple of weeks, with panel discussions about our creative economy.  The first one’s happening, um, as I type this, but there’s five more coming up, including one this afternoon.

The idea is to come up with a comprehensive cultural plan for the city, which is something that Providence could certainly use, since we historically have a tendency of being all culture and no plan.  I’ve been to a few Creative Providence events now [that’s me, diligently taking notes in the picture] and think there’s a lot of potential for this plan, particularly since all sorts of cultural organizations are taking part, from heavyweights like the RISD museum and WaterFire down to solo artists and small organizations.

Full schedule after the jump:

Infuse the economy with creativity
Wednesday, March 04 2009, 5:30pm – 8:30pm
The creative sector is a key part of Providence’s economic recovery. As we develop this plan, Providence is swept up in the deepening worldwide economic recession. The economy is our City’s and our nation’s biggest concern. This plan intends to rally the City’s remarkable creative assets to help stimulate the economic recovery for Providence and contribute to the City’s long-term prosperity.
Facilitator: Charlie Cannon, LOCAL/risd
Panelists:
1. Rebecca Blunk, New England Foundation for the Arts
2. Meri Jenkins, Massachusetts Cultural Council
3. Jack Templin, ThoughtCap
Location: Durkee, Brown, Viveiros & Werenfels Architects | 111 Chestnut St., 2nd Fl. conference room

Create conditions for Providence’s creative workforce to thrive
Monday, March 09 2009, 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Sustaining individual artists, writers, scholars + designers as a matter of civic pride
Facilitator: Robert Leaver, New Commons
Panelists:
1. Caitlin Strokosch, Executive Director, Alliance for Artists Communities
2. Louisa McCall, Consultant, LEF Foundation
Location: The Dirt Palace | 14 Olneyville Square, Providence, RI 02909

Increase community access and cultural participation
Thursday, March 12 2009, 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Exploring gateways into Providence’s many cultures and wide range of creative practices
Co-Facilitators: Daniel Kertzner + Marta Martinez
Panelists:
1. Christopher Johnson, poet
2. Ricardo Barreto, Urban Arts Institute, MassArt
Location: DaVinci Center | 470 Charles St.Providence, RI 02904

Raise public awareness of arts and humanities
Tuesday, March 17 2009, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Facilitator: Deborah Obalil
Panelists:
1. Matt Montgomery, RISD Museum of Art
Location: International Institute | 645 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI 02907

Educate for lifelong creativity
Tuesday, March 24 2009, 9:00am – 12:00pm
Facilitator: Tehani Collazo
Panelists:
1. Dennie Palmer Wolf, Brown University
2. Ramien Pierre, Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts
3. Jason Yoon, Executive Director, New Urban Arts
Location: New Urban Arts | 743 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903

To find out more, you can visit the Creative Providence website.  To register for any of the studios, contact Stephanie Fortunato at 421-2489 x 456 or sfortunato@providenceri.com

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