Expanding access to arts and humanities opportunities for Providence children

April 23, 2013

On Thursday, April 25, The Center for Public Humanities is co-sponsoring the 2013 Senator Pell Lecture on Arts and Humanities, titled, Now is the Time!: Expanding Access to Arts Opportunities in the Creative Capital.    

A panel conversation features experts from Hartford, the Bronx, and Boston, who will discuss how their respective initiatives have made great strides in redressing the decline of arts and humanities opportunities for urban children and young people.  

The panel will be moderated by Tyler Denmead, the Center for Public Humanities' Post-Doctoral Research Associate. Several public humanities students have played a role in orchestrating the event through internships with Arts Allies, a local arts advocacy group, and the City of Providence's Department of Art, Culture + Tourism.   

The panel discussion will address many aspects of arts education in contemporary America, including the following topics:

  • The importance of a sustained arts education
  • The correlation between creativity and readiness for 21st century jobs
  • Best practices for linking together Providence's arts education resources to increase access to arts education
  • How we can build on our cultural plan to increase access to arts education

Join the conversation about how Providence can leverage its arts organizations, creative cultural plan, artist educators inside and outside of the school structure to provide more opportunities for arts learning to our public school children.  Register for the event and learn more.


Tyler Denmead, PhD, is a post-doctoral research associate at the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities.  He teaches courses in community arts pedagogy with young people and digital storytelling.  He is engaged in a collaborative ethnographic research project with New Urban Arts, a studio for artists and high school students in Providence that he founded and led from 1997-2007.  First Lady Michelle Obama awarded New Urban Arts a Coming Up Taller Award in 2008 at a White House ceremony.   In 2007, he went to the University of Cambridge where he received a MPhil in Education Studies (distinction-level) in 2008 and his doctorate in 2011.  His dissertation, “Beautiful Little Moments” investigates the pedagogies of so-called community artists working with toddlers and their parents in outdoor settings. 

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