Artists, Environmentalists, Activists: 10 Years of UPP Arts
November 28, 2016-February 12, 2017
Providence City Hall, 2nd Floor Gallery
25 Dorrance Street, Providence, RI
Opening Reception on Friday, December 2, 2016, 5:00-7:00 PM
Since 2007, Urban Pond Procession (UPP) Arts has worked to engage artists and communities in public art-making that celebrates and builds stewardship of our shared environment. Sparked by artist and Executive Director Holly Ewald’s efforts to produce colorful, more universally understood signs about the health and safety hazards around Mashapaug Pond in South Providence, UPP Arts has grown to include volunteer artists, scientists, educators and concerned citizens. Each year, UPP Arts organizes school and public workshops that have educated over 800 students on the site’s current health and history and has engaged diverse community members. These workshops integrate science and multidisciplinary art and culminate in the annual Urban Pond Procession, a neighborhood-wide event. “Artists, Environmentalists, Activists” considers the history and future of this organization.
The exhibit celebrates 10 years of UPP Arts. It was designed and installed at Providence City Hall Gallery by the Center for Public Humanities students.